Tova’s Cake Smash

Babies are gonna do what babies wanna do.

That’s one major thing I’ve learned as I’ve done more & more photo shoots involving babies + littles – it’s alllllll up to them! Case in point: Tova’s cake smash.

I had been photographing Tova every month for the first year of her life, as her mom’s a close friend of mine, and we had been planning for quite some time to do a cake smash for her first birthday. This involved lots of Pinteresting, Etsy shopping, baking (on Dina’s part!), and coordinating! We rented out studio time, and there was soooooo much leading up to this moment.

And of course, it ended with no cake being smashed and a very sad one year old.

This whole experience definitely taught me to keep my expectations in check when working with babes, and to focus on capturing the true nature of each shoot – no matter if it goes to plan or not! ­čśë

Tova’s Cake SMash

Let’s start off with one my favorite photos from the day – a reluctant little one quickly crawls away from the set-up…

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Jessica + Taylor

When you meet Jessica & Taylor together, it just makes sense. They’re so personable, funny, & sweet together that it wasn’t hard to get amazing photos of these two at their engagement shoot! I couldn’t stop smiling while I was editing this set, and I’m so excited to share it with you all!

They’re getting maaaaaaarried SO SOON! Sending all the love + good vibes their way for their special day.

Jessica + Taylor

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#summersnaps day seventeen – a man & his dog

I came home from work tonight & Ben took Moose out for a little potty training and playing – and this was what I saw when I peeked outside!

day seventeen

Just a man & his dog. Seeing these two together makes my heart swell with love and happiness.

Also, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – somehow we got the cutest dog in the entire world. Sheesh.

#summersnaps day fourteen – Prime Day mini haul!

day fourteen

My husband got me a Kindle Paperwhite during the crazy sales of Prime Day! Although nothing could replace beautiful, physical paperbacks, it’s nice to have something that fits so perfectly in any bag. I’m so excited to get more reading done with this beauty!

{If you’re curious, I got that laptop sticker at Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville, NC! It’s one of the best indie bookstores I’ve ever been to. Here’s a similar sticker on Amazon! heads up: affiliate link}

#summersnaps day eight & nine – weekend edition

A free weekend {with no work days, gasp!} is made for pure laziness. Hence the late post & slightly boring snaps.

day eight

daisy

I am v grateful for grandparents who helped to weed the garden while they were visiting last week. These front yard flowers appreciated it as well!!

day nine

board game night

I am also vvv grateful to have couple friend groups to hang out and play board games with. Yay friends!

#summersnaps day four, five, and six

Family time = tired Margaret! Here are the snaps from the last three days…

day four

family reunion

My lovely grandparents just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They are truly an inspiration and the most wonderful people you will ever meet!

day five

Drinking an iced turmeric ginger latte out of one of my fave mugs is a fab way to end a looooooong day.

day six

pour over coffee

I had a rare day off, so I got to slow down and make myself a delicious pour over. This is what fuels all of my photo editing!!

Yisrael’s Newborn Session

Lately I’ve been wanting to share my photos from some of my photo shoots, and I think I’m going to start making blog posts where I highlight a few of my favorite shots!

Well, let’s be honest – more than a few. I’m one of the most indecisive people ever!!

My good friend Dina, whose little one I had been doing monthly milestone photos with, wanted to get her friend Rochel the gift of newborn photos. This was mama’s sixth baby {amazing woman!}. Dina, being the sweetest person ever, wanted her to have something to memorialize this fleeting moment of tiny baby-ness, so she asked me if I’d like to help out. Of course I said yes!

This was only my second newborn shoot, and I’m not a pro at handling babies, so I was really excited {and nervous!} about the challenge. I don’t have a studio or really very many props – someday I’d like to invest a little more so that things don’t feel so DIY/thrown together.┬áSomeday! Dina is great at planning, and together we were able to pull together something wonderful.

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Why you need to rent camera gear before you buy

I’m an amateur photographer right now,┬ábut more of my friends lately have been asking me to take photos for them – which I’m LOVING!

For a while I’ve felt that my camera bag is missing something, but I couldn’t figure it out. There are about a million + one options of cameras and lenses out there, and for someone who barely knows how to shoot in manual mode, the choices can be a little overwhelming. Continue reading “Why you need to rent camera gear before you buy”