Baby Belen | NewbornJanuary 7, 2014

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It was a cold and snowy December day when I arrived at the E family’s house, ready to take pictures of their brand-new baby girl. Inside the house it was warm and oh-so-cozy, just right for little Belen. This little lady was just a few days old when she was photographed. She was SO easy to work with, and I had fun capturing all her facial expressions. I’m also convinced she’s going to be a dancer or a gymnast because she kept her legs moving and her hands were constantly poised (see above … all you gymnasts know what I’m talking about!).

Every time I do a newborn session, I love it more and more. Enjoy my favorites from Miss Belen’s session, with appearances from her brother, Logan.

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I love when newborns are awake for some of their session. You can see a little of their personality already forming!

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My heart melts.

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Thank you E family!

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Creative Juices: Stay Alive by Jose GonzalezJanuary 6, 2014

Have you seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty yet? If you answered no to that question, I encourage you to make your way to the closest movie theater stat! Walter Mitty has made its way onto my List of Favorite Movies Ever. The cinematography is just so gorgeous and the story is uplifting and encouraging. For a lifelong traveler, it touched my heart and made me want to pack a bag and get on the next plane to Iceland. (Go see the movie. You’ll know what I mean.)

As we were leaving the theater and the credits were rolling above us, this song by José González was playing. It was the perfect end to a beautiful story, and I downloaded it as soon as we got home. Enjoy the sweet tune!

And in case you’re in need of a new playlist, I thought I’d share my 2013 Creative Juices picks:

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365 Day Photo Challenge: DecemberJanuary 3, 2014

*Here it is! The LAST month of my 365 Day Photo Challenge. Whew! I missed a couple days here and there but I’m so stoked that, for the most part, I took a picture a day for the entirety of 2013. I’m so looking forward to creating some sort of album that sums up this year in our life.

Bought basically all of Anthropologie’s Volcano candles for client gifts (That was an awkward purchase! “Hi, I’d like these 55 candles, please.”) * Got help unloading the dishwasher from our curious cat * Decorated for Christmas! * Tried a new Japanese restaurant with Nathan * Had a double date night with my BFF and her husband * Packaged and mailed a LOT of client gifts * Went to an ’80s prom ;) * Enjoyed staring at our house in the pretty snow * Met some amazing lady photographers and had an inspiring night of sharing and brainstorming * Saw Straight No Chaser in concert! * Hung out with Nathan and Rosie a lot more :) * Read the January Real Simple, which really spoke to me on the cusp of the new year * Bought a new lens! * Was gifted a beautiful coat for Christmas * Laughed at my brother in his Superman onesie * Woke up to snow on Christmas Eve! * Had a fantastic Christmas with my family * Tried The Katz Club for the first time * Rang in the new year!

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January GoalsJanuary 1, 2014

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Happy New Year! And a white and frosty one at that. Here on the east side of Cleveland we have 6+ inches of snow. The kid inside of me is doing cartwheels right now! What a beautiful way to ring in 2014.

December was filled with rest and spending time with people I love. It was a really fantastic way to prepare for Christmas and spend the end of what was a crazy year. This coming month I want to be even more purposeful about nurturing relationships, spending some time just being, and learning to be content with the things I already have instead of coveting and buying new things. And of course starting out my 2014 wedding season with a bang! My first wedding of the year is this Saturday!

This morning I had some time to sit and reflect on what is most important for me to accomplish in January. I realized that while professional goals are really important, I wanted to look further than work and embrace the whole BALANCE New Year’s resolution I’m taking on (I’ll be sharing specific pieces of that throughout the year). I had to remind myself that the most important goals are the ones that make me a more well-rounded person—a healthy blend of work and play. Because of this, I’m taking a new approach to goal setting this month. Of course I have professional goals sitting on my office desk, but here on the blog I want to celebrate the other, unique things that will make my January memorable.

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