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Now, when is the last time you sat down to hold your photos and flip through the pages from your wedding or family session last fall?

There really is nothing better than seeing photos come to life in print. And honestly, I don’t feel like I’ve done my job until you have prints in your hands. Because of this, all of my sessions now all include prints or an Heirloom Book, because I believe that your session is only the start. Having your photos sit in an online gallery shouldn’t be how you enjoy your photos. And, I totally get that with a busy schedule, picking your favorite photos and figuring out how & where to get them printed is a chore in itself.

The Binkley Family chose the Heirloom Session to document their sweet girl soon after she turned 6 months old, and their session included an Heirloom Book. It’s one of my favorite books to date! The navy linen cover with foil embossing makes for such a timeless heirloom to share with sweet Rowan as she grows older!

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When I think of southern charm, I think of the Dellinger family. I’ve known Kelly for a few years now, and we became fast friends after meeting through the wedding industry. She’s always been the epitome of a Southern woman, and her husband, Drew, fits the role of a dear Southern gentleman.

They had me photograph their firstborn, Lilly, throughout her first year of life. ( Newborn // 6 Months // One Year) You can see her sweet first-year heirloom book here! Now,they’ve officially welcomed Miss Julianna Cate into the world! Anna Cate is quite the spitting image of her father, but as I’ve seen more recent pictures, she’s growing into the perfect little combination of them both.

One thing you’ll know about Kelly from the first time you meet her is that she adores all things Lilly Pulitzer. She’s always dressed to the nines and most of the time, it’s going to includes some type of Lilly Pulitzer. Well, we found out that we’d be vacationing in Charleston at the same time, so we of course had to set up a session to document this sweet time as a new family of four. And of course, the girls wore their Lilly Pulitzer with pride as we explored the streets of Charleston. What better city to dawn Lilly?

The last time I photographed Kelly in Charleston was for her maternity shoot with Lilly, in between our styled shoot at Legare Waring House. This time, we explored the waterfront area and I was so thankful to have some time to photograph this sweet family in their favorite city!

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The in-between moments are the moments I hope to never forget, so I love when clients come to me seeking to document that precious time too.

The Binkley Family welcomed Miss Rowan earlier last year, and had reached out about a session during one of my recent trips to Nashville. They wanted something a bit more casual at their home – my favorite!

We started out with them in their simple pajamas and then spent some time photographing Rowan during bath time. Seeing her parents simply adore her and documenting the bond between the three of them was all that was needed for this session. Simple, quiet moments full of so much love.

Stay tuned next week, as I plan to share some of the book from the Binkley family’s session!
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As you may remember, Jeremy and I traveled out west to Lake Tahoe earlier this summer for Stephanie & Freddy‘s wedding (which if you missed it, be sure to see their post here!). Funny enough, I had only found out I was pregnant a few weeks prior. I was feeling great, until a few days into the trip in which my “crazy hour” developed where dinner became quite the hassle. We ended up skipping eating out so many times, as all I could stomach was chicken noodle soup or mac n cheese from the grocery story. #livinglarge

So, when I came back, all of our friends asked us how the trip was, and I simply smiled and said “it was great!.” Because it really was…besides all the nausea. We still hiked some and enjoyed the beaches at the lake, which felt like an ocean beach without the waves…something I didn’t know was possible! California never ceases to amaze me with its expansive range of landscape!

Of course, when we landed, our first order of business was In-N-Out, because…priorities. We spent some time scouting for Stephanie & Freddy’s wedding, and after the wedding, we explored Sand Harbor Beach, Emerald Bay State Park and Kings Beach. The weather was incredible, and the lake views were endless! A few of our favorite views are below…enjoy!!

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  1. Sarah Der said:
    How is this place real!??!!? So, so pretty!!!!!! The water looks so blue and clear, I just want to jump in.
    August 12, 2017  6:01 pm
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BabyCherryAnnouncement-3This is one of those posts that I can’t believe I’m actually writing. You see, I’ve been one of those women who has always adored children and wanted children, but to be honest, I’ve been deathly afraid of pregnancy. If you’d ask me “what scares you about it?,” I’d say, “Well, how long do you have? Because I have a very long list!”

But, the Lord has been so good. Since the moment we found out we were pregnant, I’ve had this really sincere peace about it all. Yes, of course, I’ve had strings of worry and anxiety, but not about the things I expected to be worried about. I’ve been concerned about the health of our baby rather than the things I’ve always been worried about like delivery and recovery, etc.

I know this path can be so different for so many women and families, and I’m still in awe that we are officially expecting our sweet Baby Cherry in January. I’m officially in my second trimester and it’s truly been such a beautiful journey already.BabyCherryAnnouncement-10

Funny enough, before we found out we were pregnant, I thought we’d come up with some clever reveal, a gender reveal, you name it. But to be honest, it’s been so great to simply sit and celebrate in this dear season. We have SO much to learn, I’ve been researching strollers like a mad woman and I think I’ve taken more naps in the last couple of months than I have in the last five years, ha!

So, you may be wondering a few things, so I figured I’d answer a few questions!

So, when is Baby Cherry due?  We are due January 27th!

Do you plan to continue photographing weddings and families? Absolutely! I’m so thankful for the timing in that it will give me some time to slow down during an already slow time of year before wedding season really picks up. So yes, I’m booking 2018 weddings and 2018 Family sessions!

Will you take time off for a maternity leave?  Yes! I do plan to take some time to prepare in early January, and I also plan to take some time off once the baby is here. Stay tuned for more info on those dates!

Ok, so how have you been feeling? Honestly, I did have some sickness in the first couple of months but it was mostly aversions and extreme exhaustion. I mostly felt sick after dinner (we called it “crazy hour”, ha!) but overall, I’m so thankful that it wasn’t as bad as I expected!

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I am SO thankful and excited to journey along this beautiful adventure called motherhood and I’m also thrilled to see how much it will inspire me as I venture to document families and motherhood for so many. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out! I’m so excited to share this journey with you all. Thank you for all of your support and love! Yay, Baby Cherry!

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  1. Kelly said:
    Eeeeeeeeeeeep!!!!!! So so so so so so thrilled and excited for baby Cherry to come! Your sweet little one is covered in love across an entire country. All the love and joy and excitement for y'all!!!!!!!!!
    August 2, 2017  2:30 pm
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  2. Sera said:
    I'm so happy for you two! It's so normal to feel what you are feeling! You're right! Pregnancy is so different for everyone! Just enjoy this time and it will all work out! I can't wait to catch up soon! You are just glowing!
    August 2, 2017  2:43 pm
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  3. Em said:
    Yay, Amy!! So happy for you both!
    August 2, 2017  5:08 pm
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  4. Sarah Der said:
    I know I am late to seeing this blog post, but I hope you know how happy I am for you two!!! Little baby Cherry will be so, so loved!!! (also definitely very cute because you two are super cute duh)
    August 12, 2017  6:02 pm
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Earlier this spring, I was talking with Sarah over at Old Metropolitan Hall and mentioned collaborating on a bright summer styled shoot that would feature a lovely color palette since Old Metropolitan Hall has such a gorgeous blank space. Shortly after, I reached out to a few talented friends and the shoot began to come together quite quickly! I was thrilled to have Alana of Chancey Charm join again after our winter shoot at Early Mountain.

Our main vision started with the gorgeous floral napkin that you see below and mixing it with a pinstripe runner for a colorful, yet sophisticated design. (Have you heard of Pressed Fine Linens? They are a new linen company I’m in love with!) Since Old Metropolitan Hall hosts so many rehearsal dinners, we also decided to focus the shoot on a rehearsal dinner rather than the typical wedding shoot.

Beyond the gorgeous floral design by Lauren at Bloom Floral Design, we incorporated pops of color through King of Pops popsicles ( a fun treat for a summer fete!), the lovely invitation suite by Bluestocking Calligraphy and perfectly southern welcome bags by The Detail Darling. 

Shaina, our model bride donned a classic yet chic off-the-shoulder cocktail dress by Camilyn Beth and statement jewelry by Kendra Scott. Gohar Makeup and Brianna B. Adams completed her simply stunning summer look. Beecroft & Bull, a local men’s clothier also had our groom looking quite dapper for a casual yet refined look. We had such an incredible team for this shoot, and you can see all of the talented vendors below!

Our shoot was recently Featured on Style Me Pretty, so I wanted to share a few favorites myself!

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Photography: Amy Nicole Photography // Planning: Alana Futcher of Chancey Charm // Venue: Old Metropolitan Hall // Floral Design: Bloom Charlottesville // Makeup: Gohar Makeup // Hair: Brianna B. Adams // Groom’s Attire: Beecroft & Bull // Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Camilyn Beth // Jewelry: Kendra Scott // Popsicles: King of Pops // Welcome Bags: The Detail Darling // Catering: Brasserie Saison // Calligraphy: Bluestocking Calligraphy // Rentals: Festive Fare Event Rentals // Linens: Pressed Fine Linens //Models: Shaina Koren & Mike Esposito

 

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