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Studio News: Atlanta Baby and Child Expo

 

We are so excited to be participating in this year’s Atlanta Baby and Child Expo!  The event takes place on Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 11th, 11am – 3pm at the beautiful Fox Theatre.  For expectant and new parents, this event promises to be a wonderful place to gather information and celebrate your family.

We’re hosting a raffle for a FREE family portrait package and we’re introducing a new keepsake album unlike any we’ve ever designed with a fantastic special just for those in attendance.  Plus, there will be door prizes and giveaways all day.

Learn more about the event and get your tickets. We can’t wait to see you there!

 

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Picture of the Day: Atlanta Newborn Portrait

 

A couple years ago, I had the pleasure of photographing Elizabeth and Joe’s wedding.  It was such a beautiful day, perfect May weather, for this awesome couple to say their I-do’s.  Josh photographed the day with me and we had a great time capturing everything that made their day special – the unique location (The Mary Gay House in Decatur), the awesome band (Nick and The Grooves – achem, my husband’s band), Elizabeth’s beautiful gown – but most of all, we were both impressed by how comfortable Elizabeth and Joe both were that day.  No nerves whatsoever.  None that we could see.

So when Elizabeth told me that they were expecting their first child, I was so excited to be asked to document another life changing event for their family.

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Because I am almost 38 weeks pregnant, (come on baby!) I asked Josh to photograph the session and he rocked it out.  Big thanks to Josh for these awesome images.  Josh will continue to photograph sessions while I’m on maternity leave, so if you’d like to book a session with him, please contact us using the contact link above.

Introducing Aiden George!  Born March 15th bringing much joy to his mom and dad!

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Adorable turtle outfit from Etsy.  Of course it’s Etsy!

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Love that little grin

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All ready for Easter this weekend with Peter Rabbit.

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Love this math… e + j = aiden

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Love this scrumptious family portrait.  Doesn’t Aiden look so cozy and content?

Congratulations Elizabeth and Joe!  Josh and I are so happy for you and so honored that we could be a part of capturing this amazing time for you.

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Update: Only 4 spots left in the Summer portrait sale

 

UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming demand to this sale, we only have 4 spots left.  Book your session by clicking the sale image below or the contact link above. 

 

Are you dreaming of summer yet?  Planning a vacation or just dreaming of warm sunny weather?  Us too!

So in the spirit of the freedom and relaxation of summer, we have an awesome deal…

 

Book your family’s summer portrait session NOW, and receive a FREE set of wallets and a Facebook photo ($95 value!)

Contact the studio at 404-966-SARA or through the contact form above to book your session.

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Book your June, July or August 2013 session by April 30th.
No Cash Value; new bookings only
Set of 8 wallets and Facebook image = all same image
Mention SummerDream to receive the free gifts!

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Reminder – Don’t Miss Out on Atlanta Family Portraits

 

Are you dreaming of summer yet?  Planning a vacation or just dreaming of warm sunny weather?  Us too!

So in the spirit of the freedom and relaxation of summer, we have an awesome deal…

 

Book your family’s summer portrait session NOW, and receive a FREE set of wallets and a Facebook photo ($95 value!)

Contact the studio at 404-966-SARA or through the contact form above to book your session.

——————————————–
Book your June, July or August 2013 session by April 30th.
No Cash Value; new bookings only
Set of 8 wallets and Facebook image = all same image
Mention SummerDream to receive the free gifts!

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Client Room Inspiration: Dining Room

 

It’s time to share another client room with you.  Sometimes it’s really difficult to envision how custom photography will look in your home.  You may be worried about creating a “shrine” to your family or maybe you’re concerned about making a commitment to a collection of pictures knowing that the kids are growing and you will want to change them out in the future.  Client Room inspiration is a perfect way to see how other families are using their pictures in a way that fits their lifestyle and their decor.

Take a look at this beautiful collection.  On a recent session at The Goat Farm in Atlanta, I captured these images of this family of 4.  With one picture of each of the boys and then a family picture in the middle, this collection is really expressive of the boys’ personalities and the fun this family has when they’re all together.  Mama coordinated the clothing for all 4 of them so they all fit together but weren’t so matchy-matchy, which I love.  The teal, gray and yellow just pop off the wall and add a vibrant energy to the pictures without taking away from the focus of the images – the family.

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Oscar Fine Art Metal Cluster – three 16×16’s

This Cluster of fine art metal prints come in three sizes and this is the middle size – 16×16.  As the kids grow, we can swap out the pictures one by one or add another row above to the grouping.  Clusters are really versatile because they are individually hung and easy to replace with updated images.  If you ask me, this isn’t anything like a shrine to their family.  It’s a contemporary, fun and vivid installation of art that they can enjoy over many many meals.

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Picture of the Day: Marietta Kids Portrait

 

This past Sunday I had a chance to catch up with Ms. Clare.  She is now 2 years old and full of personality.  She loves her big brother and has a glowing smile.  I wish I could bottle the sound of her laughter because it has the power to make everyone happy.

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This is my last portrait before SweetPea arrives in just a few weeks.  It was an amazing morning with a family I’ve known and been photographing for 6 years.  As I embark on this new adventure of parenthood, it’s relationships like these that I am so grateful for.  Thanks for making my last portrait so meaningful, Sandra, Roger, Patrick and Clare!  See you when we are a family of 3!

Interested in booking a session now through May?  Details coming soon on portraits with our associate photographer.

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Reminder: Book Your Summer Portrait for FREE Gifts

 

Are you dreaming of summer yet?  Planning a vacation or just dreaming of warm sunny weather?  Us too!

So in the spirit of the freedom and relaxation of summer, we have an awesome deal…

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Book your family’s summer portrait session NOW, and receive a FREE set of wallets and a Facebook photo ($95 value!)

Contact the studio at 404-966-SARA or through the contact form above to book your session.

——————————————–
Book your June, July or August 2013 session by April 30th.
No Cash Value; new bookings only
Set of 8 wallets and Facebook image = all same image
Mention SummerDream to receive the free gifts!

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34 weeks of pregnancy …and counting

 

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I’m officially 34 weeks pregnant today (picture coming soon).  That means I have 6 weeks, plus or minus, until I get to finally meet this squirming, kicking little bundle.  It seems that every other day Nick or I say to each other that we still can’t believe we’re having a baby.  We’ve been to many many doctor’s appointments, seen Sweet Pea on the ultrasound, researched, registered, received and bought things for the baby that I never even knew existed before now, cleaned and purged our house to create more space, rearranged our bedroom to accommodate an awesome gliding reclining chair (which, by the way, is really comfortable for sleeping – yes, I already know this), signed up for baby classes, taken prenatal yoga and water aerobics classes, met some other awesome pregnant couples, and answered this one question at least a gazillion times – How are you feeling?  As much as we have planned, made lists, checked things off, talked to friends and family, read pregnancy books, it’s still hard to believe that Sweet Pea will be joining us in just a few short weeks.  And soon, we’ll have to start calling this baby by it’s actual name instead of Sweet Pea.

Since most, if not all of you, who read this blog have gone through or are currently going through pregnancy, you know all about everything I’m about to write.

Here are some things I know.

  1. Naps are awesome and being pregnant is the one excuse that justifies taking them without any further explanation.   “Where’s Sara?”  “She’s taking a nap.”  “Oh, ok!”
  2. The best line I’ve heard about pregnancy was from Modern Family.  Gloria is pregnant.  In the scene, she and Jay are standing in the kitchen.  It’s clearly morning as he’s still drinking a cup of coffee.  She complains “I’m so tired!”  He replies “How can you be tired?  You just woke up?”  She exclaims “Jay, leave me alone.  I’m turning food into a human!”  I love that!  That is totally what it feels like.  And I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve used that line a few times when I just didn’t have the energy to do something and needed Nick to help me out.
  3. I’m relieved to report that, despite my expectations, not many people have felt the need to rub my belly uninvited.  Yay for that.
  4. I have been rather surprised by how many complete strangers ask when I’m due.  I don’t know, for me personally, even when I’m 90% sure that I’m looking at a pregnant woman, I am still nervous to ask.
  5. The best advice I’ve gotten is “Don’t take advice from anyone.”  Seems a little counter-intuitive to take that particular advice but it’s so true and has been really helpful.  It’s so easy to get lost and overwhelmed by all the information, so having that basic rule has been a great grounding force.
  6. Being in a pool is instant relief from back pain and pressure.  It’s really quite unbelievable that as soon as I enter a pool the pain disappears.  And swimming is one of the best and most freeing workouts I’ve found both pre- and mid-pregnancy.  If you’re interested in prenatal water aerobics, I highly recommend Oh Baby! Fitness.  They also have fantastic yoga classes.
  7. I miss wine.  Period.  End of story.
  8. It is really easy to be overwhelmed by all the stuff we’re told the baby will need.  I’ll never forget the feeling Nick and I had when we walked through the doors of Buy Buy Baby.  It’s a store packed floor to ceiling with at least 10 different versions of everything you’d ever need and many things you’ve never even heard of for baby.  Even though we’d done hours of research at home before getting there, we were there for 4 hours!  What I learned… get the basics for your baby, the things you KNOW you’ll need.  Everything else can be purchased later once you know what you’ve gotten yourself into.  Especially if you’re like us and are short on space, I think this is the best option.  As my client Emily said to me the other day, “You know, the stores will still be open after the baby is born.  You don’t have to feel like you must buy everything now.”
  9. THE BEST part of pregnancy is feeling the baby move.  At first I wasn’t sure what I was feeling.  But by 19 weeks, I knew that this little creature was making him- or herself known.  I could be completely engrossed in writing an email at my desk or driving around town listening to an in depth report on NPR, and with a little flutter, kick, shiver or roll, I’d snap back into being completely present in my physical state.  “Oh, hello Sweet Pea.”  Being reminded to live in the moment is a wonderful thing.

I know this list will continue to grow over the next few weeks so I’ll try to keep up.  But I make no guarantees.  The nesting bug doesn’t apply to blogging, sorry.