I had the pleasure of photographing Ben’s sunrise proposal to Shanna last month! It was a very cold November morning but the frost and the soft winter light made for a gorgeous session. It was so fun to see Shanna’s surprise and excitement…proposals are the best! Here’s a few of my favorite pictures from their session:
It’s hard to believe I’m already at the point in my pregnancy where I’m announcing my maternity leave! This week I hit the 28 week mark and am officially in my third trimester. Here are the details about my leave:
I will not be photographing sessions or weddings from March 1-June 14. If you are a 2019 bride and your wedding does not fall within those dates, then I would love to talk with you!! If it does fall in those dates, please still feel free to contact me and I would be happy to refer you to some other awesome photographers. If you want a family, engagement, newborn, or some other type of session, be sure to book soon if you want it done before March 1! Get in touch here or at email@example.com. During my maternity leave, I will be available at select times to future 2019 brides but otherwise largely unavailable so that I can enjoy family time and newborn snuggles. So please be sure to contact me ASAP if you need anything.
To answer a few other frequently asked questions:
How have you been feeling? Overall, I've been feeling great! My second trimester has been a breeze and other than some heartburn here and there, I haven’t had many issues. Last time around I had a lot of back pain during my last trimester so I’m hoping for the best but preparing myself for that!
Do you have a name picked out yet? We have a few strong contenders. Alex and I both had several girl names we really liked before we knew we were having a girl so we’ve got some good options! I have a feeling we won’t narrow it down until the baby comes like with Dom but we’ll see!
What things have you been loving this pregnancy? Last time I was pregnant it was during the summer and so most of my maternity clothes were for warmer weather. However, I learned a lot my last pregnancy and realized this time around I could make it without hardly buying any maternity clothes. It also helps that during the winter tunics, big sweaters, and leggings are in style! So far I have only bought these maternity leggings, these black maternity jeans (it’s SO hard to find good maternity jeans and I LOVE these), and this maternity support tank (which I have been LOVING, it really helps with back pain…I got it 50% off so keep an eye out for sales). I have been eyeing these leggings as well because I’ve heard amazing things. Otherwise I’ve just been wearing tunics, sweaters, and dresses (i’ve linked several options below). I have also been LOVING this body butter (the scent is amazzzzzing).
What are some things on your list for baby #2? Thanks to the generosity of so many family and friends, we have most of what we need! There are some things that I wished I had with Dom that I’m hoping to be able to get this time around (like a wildbird sling and fawn diaper bag) and other items listed below. If you’re interested, you can view my baby registry here. If you’re a first time mom, you can view all of the things I recommend putting on your registry here. I’m also super excited about baby girl clothes and have already visited a few consignment shops and gotten some adorable dresses. ;)
Thank you for following along on this journey with me and taking an interest in my family! If you are a former, current, or future client, I am especially thankful for YOU! Your support of my business and family means the world to me and you are the largest part of the reason why I continue to enjoy running this little business!
I’m so excited to share our family pictures with you! My sister-in-law Erin was kind enough to take some pictures for us with my camera and I could not be happier with how they turned out! We went to Old Salem a few days after our big snow and got some pictures at the bridge with Moravian stars and on the main street. Here’s some of my favorites:
Yeti Mug- Keeps drinks cold or warm for hours!
Nixon Watch (on sale!)- I love how classic this watch is and it’s on sale for a GREAT price!
Robe- A robe with a sherpa lining?! Yes please!!
Puffer Vest (on sale!)
Headphones- Noise cancelling and wireless…anyone would love these!
Wallet Folio (on sale!)- This is one of my favorites! It’s a monogrammed iphone wallet folio that will hold his phone, cards, and cash. So useful and classy.
Briefcase (on sale!)
Pajamas (on sale!)
Dockatot- One of the biggest items I wished I had with Dom!
Jammies- My favorite baby jammies…the quality is great!
Activity Center- This is the one we have and it’s amazing. Dom used it a lot from about 6-10 months and now we have converted it into a table. It has several uses and has been great (and is so cute!)
Wooden Blocks- I like pretty much anything by this brand!
Baby Einstein Phone- A best selling toy and one of Dom’s favotites…plus the noises aren’t obnoxious. ;)
Sit Me Up Seat- This is another item I wished we had with Dom!
Activity Gym- We have this and loved it!
Pat the Bunny- One of Dom’s Favorite books and great for around ages 6+ months when they start to touch and feel things!
Jellycat Bunny- Jellycat makes the cutest, softest stuffed animals
Easel- I have been eyeing one of these for Dom!
The Biggest Story ABC- A great, basic alphabet book explaining the gospel.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear- One of Dom’s Favorite Books!
Tool Bench- How adorable is this?!
Dollhouse- The CUTEST dollhouse!
Personalized Chair- I would love one of these for Dom to put in his room or put in front of the TV!
Who still has Christmas shopping to do?! I am excited to share three gift guides with you today: gifts for her, gifts for the beauty lover, and gifts for the young mom. In the next few days, I’ll share three more guides: for him, for 0-1 year olds, and for 2-3 year olds!
Flowerbomb perfume- This is a bestselling scent and is universally flattering. I think any woman would LOVE this!
Wool coat (on sale!)
UGGs- I wear my UGGs all the time in the winter. They’re the coziest shoes ever!
Weekender bag- I personally own this bag and LOVE it! So classy!
Gorjana Hoop Earrings- These are my most worn pair of earrings!
Tory Burch Miller Sandals- These have been on my wishlist for a long time; they’re SO classy and timeless!
Madewell Transport Tote (currently 20-30% off!!)- I personally own this a love it! It’s a great, classic bag that fits everything.
DiPrima Photography Gift Card- I had to include this! ;-) For former clients, I have e-gift cards that they can use towards prints and canvases. I also offer paper (or e-gift cards) with money to put towards a future session. This would be a great gift for anyone wanting to get family, anniversary, engagement, or newborn pictures!
See more picks here:
Fragrance Sampler- A set of best selling perfumes with a certificate included to get one full size perfume. Such a fun way to sample and figure out what you like!
Anastasia Soft Glam Palette- I personally own this palettes and it’s one of my favorites!
Huda Beauty Palette- I own the “smokey” version of this palette and it is probably my most worn palette.
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Brushes- I LOVE Morphe brushes and pretty much everything Jaclyn Hill puts out is high quality.
Julep Eyeliner Set- Julep eyeliners are my favorite! This is a great set at a great price!
Drunk Elephant Littles- Drunk Elephant products are clean (breastfeeding and pregnancy friendly) and they are supposed to be amazing. This is definitely on my wishlist and is a great way to try the brand!
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette- This is pricey but, in my opinion, so worth the money. Hourglass powders are the best and this is great for travel and everyday wear.
See more picks here:
Nespresso Machine- Any busy mom will LOVE this gift! It’s amazing to be able to make a great cup of coffee in under a minute. We bought this machine when Dom was one month old and haven’t looked back. ;)
UGG Slippers- These are definitely on my wishlist, I know I would live in these!!
S’well Cup- How cute is this?! Great for breastfeeding moms because you’re always so thirsty (or really any girl because who doesn’t love a cute tumbler?!)
Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan- Ok I realize this is very pricey but TRUST ME it is worth it! I got a Barefoot Dreams Cardigan two years ago during a Nordstrom Anniversary sale and I wear it almost every day. It is like being wrapped in a cloud.
Freshly Picked Diaper Bag- This bag is SO adorable and as a busy mom with little ones, you NEED a backpack to have your hands free.
Drunk Elephant Eye Cream- To help your eyes recover from all those sleepless nights. ;-)
Plaid Flannel Pajamas (on sale!)- An adorable, classic set of pajamas and nursing friendly for breastfeeding moms!
DiPrima Photography Gift Card- In my opinion, this is the perfect gift because most moms want to preserve their most important memories with their children and families! For former clients, I have e-gift cards that they can use towards prints and canvases. I also offer paper (or e-gift cards) with money to put towards a future session. This would be a great gift for anyone wanting to get family, anniversary, engagement, or newborn pictures!
See more picks here: