Crafts & Kitchen – Valentines Day Sugar Cookies

Alexandra Michelle Photography - 2019 - Self Portraits - Baltimore Maryland - Valentines Day Baking-8I’m trying something new at work and it all started this past month.  Aside from photography, I’m mainly an Instructional Coach for teachers at a school.  Many people have no idea what this means and the long and the short of it is that I help teachers plan lessons and projects that are more student-centered and promote engagement!  Recently I had been feeling lonely at my desk with not many projects on the horizon.  So I decided why wait for people to come to me when I could go to them! And thus POP – UP PD (professional development) was formed.Read More »

Our Best Moments from 2018

Woo lawzy it has been a hot second since I’ve posted here.  2018 was a serious whirlwind and life is finally starting to slow down (thank goodness!).  During December I let myself relax over the holidays so I could totally process the year and prepare for 2019 in mind and spirit.  I’ll tell you honestly, as great as it was to step back for a bit there was a big part of me that felt guilty like I was falling behind.  Even though part of me was distracted by this feeling of neglecting things I wanted to get done, 90% of me was able to have really intentional reflection about 2018.  Good LORD was this needed and here’s why.  Read More »

Richmond Newborn – Rennolds Family

My first real memory of Leslie was initiation night my first year at camp, circa 2000.  She was a JC (Junior Counselor) and this year’s JC group decided to dress up as crazed electricians.  Or something to this affect.  You see, at camp every summer we initiate our first year campers will a scary (and often times silly) story, a walk around camp and a fun introduction to the rest of camp.  Leslie’s group being the “crazed” electricians were dressed up in jeans, plaid, hats and drawn on fake beards (if memory serves me right).  I was 12 as a first year camper and she was 16 and we had no idea we’d be such good friends.

Fast forward 5 years and Leslie is my first co-counselor at camp.  I felt pretty lucky actually because Leslie was the “Mother of the Row” and I was less nervous knowing I’d have help from a pro!  We lived in Pony Express with about 12 nine to ten year olds and boy was it a crazy summer.  Note-ably of course, was the 2 week long guessing game of “who is wetting the bed?”.  Which ended with a surprise twist and cabin sweeps for three cabins.  Truly a memorable summer!  In our time as co-counselors together she taught me how to sweep away homesickness, laugh through the weird moments and of course get 12 crazy nine year olds to bed, which is not always an easy task.  She was a role model that I always looked up to.

Leslie quickly became a very close friend of mine and a person who I can always call on for help.  She is fiercely loyal, a great listener and silly.  Greg is the calm in any storm, easy going and a perfect match for Leslie.  Seeing them become parents has been a real honor.  It is already evident that Greg and Leslie are great parents, they are grounded in love for each other and their new baby.  This family of five (let’s not forget the two pups) is simply lovely!  Congratulations Leslie and Greg!  I’m so happy for you guys!

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Newborn Portraits – Sam – Charlottesville

Meet my new nephew!! That’s right this little cutie is my sister in law’s son and so obviously I’m biased in thinking he’s precious!  He is officially a month old now and doing very well!  His sister Cora has adapted so well and is really sweet with him.  She is gentle and kind and even calms him down by saying “It’s okay little buddy, it’s okay.” ::swoon::  Sam meanwhile is an observer, calm and quietly takes it all in.  He has big blue eyes that watch you intently.  It’s going to be great watching these two grow up! Read More »

A Year of Love

I can’t believe that’s it’s already been a year!  One year ago today Sterling asked me to marry him!  It was a year ago that we went to a corn maze and for just a fun Saturday ended up at JMU for a night of reminiscing.  It was a year ago today that we parked and walked around JMU at night while it was lit up so pretty and talked about all the fun we had when we first started our relationship.  It was a year ago today that Sterling ignored an Ole Miss game while we ate dinner (which should have been a give away).  And then at 10pm one year ago today Sterling and I sat down on the quad looking at Wilson Hall and he asked me to marry him.  It was magical.

It has been one crazy year let me tell you.  Not only did we get engaged but we hit a bunch of other fun and new milestones.Read More »

Newborn Wyatt!

Welcome to the world little dude!  Wyatt is only two weeks old and already making a big impression!  Within minutes of meeting him, he locked in on me and just followed me with his eyes.  It’s pretty incredible considering the ability to track people and things doesn’t come until later in babies development but there he was tracking.  His eyes are gorgeous too, just piercing, big and deep blue.  Read More »

Deihr Newborn – Milestone 2

There is something so special about getting to work with a new family.  A new baby that makes a woman a mother and a man a father.  A precious little baby, innocent, soft, perfect little baby that changes everything and whose new life brings light into the world.   I love getting to be a part of this.  When I went to visit with Kayleigh and Bryan it was like walking into a precious secret garden.  I got invited into their world of excitement and spent time with them celebrating their new life. Beautiful baby Deihr was perfect.  He was sweet, patient, observant, quiet, and blessed with two amazing parents.  Read More »

Big Announcement – Holiday Minis!!

I have to admit, doing minis has always really intimidated me.  Each year I push off doing them because it just always felt too overwhelming to plan and to execute.  So I always said “Next year, yeah definitely next year”.  The next year would come and weekends would book up and I’d realize, “oh shoot… I probably should have done minis”.  Well the time has officially come and I’m excited to announce that Holiday Minis are here!! Read More »

Cole is One!

It’s hard to believe that a year ago I was taking this little one’s newborn images!  The first newborn session I had done and now he is one year old! Naturally we had to celebrate with a cake smash!

In the past year Cole has grown so much and I’d love to see how he looks today with that same bowtie on.  He loves to dance to smile at the girls and generally seems to keep a cool dude persona.  I ran into Amanda and Cole at the pool this summer and  I couldn’t believe how independent he was as he bee-bopped around in a float trying to play with the older girls. 🙂

His cake smash was especially cute in that he definitely didn’t know what to do with this new food group.  He loved playing with the balloons and seemed to especially enjoy when I picked up the cake and had it “dance about” – that crazy cake ;).

Happy birthday little dude!  I hope you get to eat lots of cake in your next year of life!

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