Our First Week in Baltimore

Well it’s been about a week (almost) since moving up to Baltimore and there have been our fair share of ups and downs.  So far it’s been going pretty well and we’re enjoying our new adventure.  While we’ve had a few things go wrong the one thing that has been constant is our ability to work as a team.  I know it sounds cheesy but having Sterling as my partner in crime makes everything 10x easier.  He’s the first to crack a joke to cut the tension when something goes wrong and the one to do the heavy lifting, quite literally!

So a little recap of the week so far!  We had a few “son of a gun” moments this week one of which was having our all our tools and two storage containers stolen while we were moving in!  We pulled them out of the uhaul first while we moved the other things and in the process of moving the truck to a different parking spot, the tools were swiped.  Luckily the tools were mostly all cheap tools we had gotten from Walmart throughout the years and Sterling’s dad has offered to give us some of his doubles!  We also found water damage and mold on some of our stuff that was in storage while packing the uhaul.   The water damage and mold got to Sterling’s textbooks and my Cricut 😦 and also some of our ornaments.  Thankfully all our sentimental ornaments and favorites were safe and the textbooks with the most damage were ones that Sterling doesn’t need as often or can access online.  It was definitely frustrating and caused a handful of curse words if we’re being honest but, we keep reminding ourselves that it’s just stuff.  Things, replaceable things.  We have been so blessed that we made it up here safely and besides these minor hiccups, everything has been going smoothly.   Besides the moving hiccups Winnie would be upset if I didn’t mention that she got a pretty bad hot spot on her tail and lost the fur on half of it.  She is currently in a cone and milking it for all it’s worth – including sleeping on our pillows on top of our heads at night.

Now for all the good moments from this past week!  The best part of our move so far is our new place!  It is very charming and has plenty of room for us and all our things.  We’ve got two bedrooms, a finished attic space where Sterling has set up an office and a MEGADESK (said like Dwight), a finished basement, garage and HUGE kitchen (which I LOVE).  The best part of unpacking so far has been unpacking all of our wedding gifts that we didn’t have room for before.  All of our new dishware, glasses, kitchen appliances and pots and pans have not only been unpacked but there is actually SPACE for them!! AND room to spare!!!  It feels amazing to have enough space that we won’t have to live in clutter!  We came up early before moving and painted the first floor and master bedroom and it has made such a difference!  The new color brightened the entire house up and makes it look more neutral and clean.

We also got to go to an Orioles game the second day we were here!  My mom got tickets for us to go and celebrate my Dad’s birthday as a family (minus my sister who was at a wedding).  Being able to spend time with my family has also been nice.  My brother stopped in at our place to grab some things and it was so nice to get to chat with him for a little without having to drive three hours to do so!

The aspect of the move that we are really enjoying is our new neighborhood.  It is loaded with charm, big overarching trees, children everywhere, and sidewalks to take the dogs on walks.  The neighborhood is very family friendly with kids playing basketball in the alley, walking home from sleepovers, riding bikes and even setting up slip and slides in their front lawns.  Needless to say I am VERY excited for Halloween and all our trick or treaters!  Everyone in our neighborhood has been ultra friendly too!  There is an older man who comes by and walks two dogs everyday.  Each day he makes a stop and talks to our neighbor Dotty about the weather while the blind dachshund wanders a bit on his leash.  It’s quite the American scene 🙂  Sterling is loving our fenced in yard out back as he can make some coffee in the morning, let the dogs out and then scroll through emails before getting ready.  🙂

We’re definitely missing our friends and family in Virginia and are hoping to get everything unpacked and settled ASAP so they can all start visiting. 🙂

Disclaimer: These are all iPhone images 🙂

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The moving process was pretty painful if we’re being honest.  We got started at 7:30am and didn’t leave Richmond until 11pm with most of our stuff packed.  Unfortunately it didn’t all fit in the truck so we are heading back this weekend to get the rest.  We packed all day on Thursday and unpacked the truck all day on Friday.

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Terrible picture on the left BUT those are my new dishes that I registered for!!  Look at those cabinets in the back!! They are big enough for ALL my kitchen gear!

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SHE. IS. PITIFUL.

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Now we’re off to get the rest of our stuff this weekend and then I’m heading to the beach for the week!

Puckette Family Portraits

Wanna know why I love working with Maggie and this sweet family?  About a year ago this time I took her newborn images and instantly felt comfortable.  Maggie is so down to earth and easy going the whole session felt like hanging out with a friend.  We got some gorgeous images that are hands down some of my favorites – especially the clean black and whites images that we got.

But then!  Flash forward a few months and I run into Maggie at Jack Browns.  It’s been months since I’ve seen them and they still say hi and talk about their newborn images! Better yet!  She emails me about making sure to get on my calendar months in advance!  AND THEN!  I meet them for our mommy and me session and Maggie says “Alex! I wanted to bring some glasses and wine so we could hang out while we did this but I just didn’t have time to get it together.” GIRL! YOU are my THE BEST!

I love working with women and families like this who are loyal and keep coming back but also who get me! It ends up feeling a lot like working with a friend than just a client and we always get GORGEOUS images.  My favorite part of childhood and family photography is getting to work with families through the years and watch the kids grow up and their family evolve! This loyalty means the world to me and makes this whole business feel x10 more personal and worth it.

For this session we met up at my favorite spot and the light was perfect!   We basically stayed in the same two spots the whole time because the light coming through the background created the most creamy bokeh!

Check out this my favorites of this amazing family of three!

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It’s Here! Baltimore Here We Come!

Today is MOVING DAY!  You want to know what I am most excited about?  It to all be OVER!  Haha seriously.  YES SERIOUSLY!  I am so ready to settle into a normal life where I can use my kitchen appliances!!!  Or not curtz (I think I just made that word up…) around boxes!  Or how about just settle into the idea that for at least a year or so I’ll actually know what’s up from what’s down!  I can’t wait!  It’s going to make me bust by a*$ unpacking just so I can settle into normalcy.

First thing I’m trying to do after we unpack?  GO TO THE BEACH!  I’m driving my tush down to the beach for a few days even if it means I go by myself because I need to just get away, clear my head, read a book and leave my anxiety in the ocean.  I’m going to buy ice cream and boardwalk fries, drink wine on the porch at night and wear shorts and a big sweatshirt every evening!  Also big goal of mine is to finally have the time and focus to get back into my workout/running routine.  I MISS it!! If you know me from growing up you would NEVER in a million years think I was this girl; hell I didn’t even own sneakers until college because I felt like I should… Also did you see what I did there?  With the semicolon?  Grammar nerds – did I do it right?  I never actually know…  In any case though I’m excited to have my life normal enough again to get a routine going and run, I just need to find a running route from my front door (wish me luck!).

The last time we were up in Baltimore to paint, everything went wrong.  Yes and I do mean everything, like spilt a can of paint in my car everything.  So please if you’re the praying type or even if you’re just the wish on a dandelion type PLEASE pray/wish/send us cosmic waves of good luck that everything goes smoothly today and this weekend as we unpack.  Seriously though because I just need to get my butt to the beach. 🙂

I’ll be posting soon with pictures and the story of the paint/move so keep you eye out!

Hampton Girls – Belle Isle Morning Session

OH MAH GAWD!  So a few weeks ago I woke up early and tried to run some errands around town, you know, pick up dog food, get birthday card for friend, etc. etc. etc. Well the pet store wasn’t open yet so I had some free time on my hands and I decided on a whim that I was going to go down to Belle Isle and walk around.  It was about 8am and as soon as I started walking around I knew that I HAD to do a morning session here!  The light was amazing! Seriously so glowy and clean.  Well a few weeks later Anne contacted me about adding to her mini session with her daughter Morgan and I thought, well I’ll just throw it out there and see if they’d be willing.  Sure enough Anne said yes and it was GAME ON!   I was over the moon!  We set the session up for 8am and while it was early it was SO WORTH IT!  Read More »

Mommy and Me Portraits – Francisco Family

We met early at Forest Hill Park for this session which was great because it got HOT that day!  I got to the park a little early and saw it, the most gorgeous tree with the most gorgeous low hanging branches!  SWOON!  We spent almost the entire time in this one spot.  Margaret wore a purple dress which popped off the background and showed off her baby bump so beautifully.

While this session was a mini and shorter in time than a typical session we were able to go a lot of images and variety!  We were even able to incorporate their dog!!  My favorite part of the session though was playing with Scarlett at the end as she picked me flowers and brought them over to me as little gifts!  Read More »

Watermelon Smash – One Year Portraits

It’s always a good sign when you roll up to a session to meet the family for the first time and you connect instantly with the family and kids.  I arrived to Forrest Hill Park and walked up to meet Kelsie and her husband Brent and within seconds their gorgeous daughter Maddie did what I always hope the kiddos will do, she opened her arms and reached out to me.  AHHH my little heart almost exploded!!  She got passed over to me and I knew in that moment – this was going to be a GREAT session!   Read More »

Zedaker Mommy and Me Mini!

This girl is one of my favorite people!!  She joined our science team at Quioccasin my third year teaching and we became fast friends.  We would laugh our way through the obscure moments, cry through the tough moments (or at least I would) and she always had starbursts for me to eat.  I’ll never forget when she told me she was pregnant with Zack in the drive thru of Chick Fila as she looked at me and said “Oh yeah so.. I’m pregnant”.  I SCREAMED with delight!   Fast forward and she welcomes Zoe to the family making this one cute family of four.Read More »

Mommy and Me Mini Giveaway Winners!

These two!!!!  These two were SO FUN at our session!  Little Miss Sulli Grace is a firecracker!  I just LOVE kids with big personalities and really hope that Sterling and my kids will be full of energy and personality like Sulli.  She was a HOOT!  Very smart and a great talker, willing to listen and do anything for her mom.  She is fun and silly but also very caring and snuggly.  Best part of the session was at the end when she very sweetly came up to me and said “Okay Alex, all done with pictures.” and then preciously lifted her arms up for me to pick her up and carry her.  ::SWOON::Read More »