Can you believe I’ve known Peyton since we were TEENAGERS!? Yes! She was 14 and I was 12 when I first started going to Camp Mont Shenandoah and she became not only a friend to me but in a lot of ways a mentor. As a camper, I looked up to her as a legacy camper, a Green team cheerleader and then the Captain! When I joined her as a counselor she helped show me the ropes and always made sure I was included. She took me along with her on days off, showed me how to be a mentor to younger campers and even sat outside a bathroom stall of Junior Four (a bathroom at camp) when I was in tears because I was so afraid of going to college. When we moved back to Baltimore this summer she was one of the first to reach out and invite us over to hang out and have dinner. She is a great friend. Read More »
I’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 »
How do you normally like to wake up? Peacefully to soft music maybe? Maybe slowly opening your eyes to the sign of sunshine peaking through the windows? What about being woken by your partner screaming with excitement and jumping up and down? No? Really?Read More »
As most of you reading this though, my main profession is as a teacher! More specifically I am an Instructional Technology Coach which basically means that I work with teachers to help them plan innovative lessons and project experiences for their students! As most teachers will tell you, there is something really special about the back to school season. I LOVE it! I love the red apple decorations with the big yellow school buses! I love the pencils and the funky erasers; I love the bulletin board borders, stamps for homework and don’t even get me started on the stickers. I have thousands of stickers that I’ve been collecting for years with no hope of using all of them. And even though I don’t have my own personal students any more, I am a sucker for those flashy pencils to give away as behavior rewards. 🙂
So this got me thinking, I love the beginning of the school year and I wanted to do something FUN to celebrate! I also haven’t hosted anything in Baltimore yet and am ready to hit the offer something for families in this area! And so, for the first time ever I’m going to host BACK TO SCHOOL MINIS! PLUS if you are a teacher with a current teacher ID, I’m going to offer you a discount (because we all know how much us teachers shell out of our own money in the first weeks of school…. yikes!)
So many families take those cute first day of school images with their kiddos all ready to go and then may not get another good looking picture until school pictures, and that’s if those go well. If they are anything like my school photos… let’s just say they aren’t always flattering. So then I thought, maybe people would be interested in actually getting nice images of their kiddos at the back to school time without making their kiddos sit through a long photo session when they are in the midst of getting settled back into their routine.
I am SO EXCITED for this! I’m especially excited because this will be my first portrait event in Baltimore and I can’t wait to see who signs up! Each mini will be 20 minutes for families in (or will willing to travel to) Baltimore. Location is TBD and the minis will be hosted on Saturday, September 22nd with the rain day on that Sunday. If you are at all interested contact me here and make sure to say BACK TO SCHOOL MINIS in the notes section. I’ve got limited spots and time slots are first come, first serve so if you are interested let me know as soon as possible!
Yup, it’s happening. Soon too. I’ve struggled with how to write this post because I have so many mixed emotions about the whole thing. I’m sad. Deeply sad but also proud and excited for this next chapter in our lives.
My sister got a new puppy a few weeks back and let me tell you, she is the CUTEST! For me to say this means a lot too because I’m usually pretty biased in thinking that Winnie is the cutest but…. Lucy might have her beat… shhh don’t tell Winnie. Read More »
Disclaimer: This little post was supposed to be posted with tons of fun pictures and it got a little sneaky on me! This little bugger posted before I uploaded any images and so some of you may have gotten a little preview 🙂 So in case you did see it and wondered “Hey, shouldn’t there be pictures?” welp here they are! 🙂
For me, one of the best parts about summer is being able to go home and visit with my family. Well known fact about me is that I am from Baltimore and love my home town. Even at 28 I get homesick and crave being home in Baltimore. I find myself missing Maria’s Pizza, Orioles Games, and even the Towson Town Mall. 🙂 Above all of that though, I miss my family and getting to go home for long weekends or more during the summer is such a treat. Unlike Thanksgiving when we are driving mostly the whole time, or Christmas which is special in its own way with the hype and busyness of the holiday, summer is relaxing and provides a comfort that feels like normal life before joining the adult world.Read More »
First let me start off by saying, scroll down for a second and then scroll back up. Isn’t Maggie GORGEOUS!!? I mean really! It isn’t a surprise to me how beautiful she is but what was a surprise was how grown up she is! You see, I’ve known Maggie for her whole life, literally. Our Mom’s are old friends and so our families used to spend a lot of time together. Birthday parties, Christmas parties and even Creative Memory parties were spent together. Creative Memories ps is a scrapbooking company and back in the day, we were big into scrapbooking. In any case, as we grew up a bit I would even babysit Maggie and watched her play outside as a little goof ball. Seeing her now all poised and grown up was a little crazy but definitely cool as this girl is going places!Read More »
A few weekends ago, Sterling and I decided that we had to go back to Baltimore to see my family for Valentine’s Day! You may be thinking, “ummm, you went home to your parent’s house… for Valentine’s day?” and you know what, yeah we did! Read More »