4th of July | Weekend Recap

4th of July | Weekend Recap

Here's a photo dump of our weekend! It was so much fun and such a whirlwind- I'm still trying to catch up. A few highlights:

- Alex's mom coming to visit (we've got to get better and getting pictures! 🤦🏽‍♀️) 

- Fox in the Snow Cafe, the sticky bun and iced mocha are always a win. 

- Dominick channeling his inner James Dean with his skinny jeans, boots, and hair. 😍 

- Going to the parade. Not going to lie, the ONLY thing that made that worth it in the blistering heat was seeing how much fun Dom had. He seriously though he was a part of the parade! 😂 

- Spending the 4th with great friends and family swimming, eating, and laughing. So thankful for the many freedoms we have in our nation because of those who served before us and the incredible people we've been blessed with in our lives.  

- And last but not least, getting to watch the fireworks sitting in our front yard at our new home. This was a holiday for the books. 

 

So. So. Thankful. 

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Summer Maternity Session | Columbus, Ohio

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Summer Maternity Session | Columbus, Ohio

I'm sitting at our kitchen table as I write this, watching & waiting for my little guy to put himself to  sleep on the baby monitor, and maybe also eating a few cookies too (no shame). I can't help but smile, thinking back to being pregnant and anxiously awaiting the arrival of your baby- there's nothing like it. Feeling all the kicks, hiccups, and just knowing that your body is growing a tiny person that you haven't met yet, but somehow already love with your whole being. 

I was so excited when Taylor reached out to me about shooting her maternity session. Her and her husband, Ryan, are expecting their first baby- a little boy, at the end of July. Taylor's due date is about two and a half weeks after my sister's due date- and I'm SO looking forward to all these July babes to make their debuts! And cue the baby fever!

We went to Scioto Audobon Metro Park for their session- I've shot here in the past and it's always fun to see how the landscape and scenery changes throughout the year. There were so many flowers in bloom and the golden hour sunlight was magical. The temps hit 90s the day of our session, but it cooled down a little by the time we all got together (thankfully!) Taylor was an absolute trooper and inpiration- walking around in heels, in the heat, 32 weeks pregnant, and yet STILL managed to look absolutely phenomenal! She is one gorgeous mama!

Check out some of my favorites from the evening!

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Exploring Columbus

Yesterday we took a trip downtown and explored around the Franklinton area. One of our favorite things to do are find cool spots around town and we try to make a habit of getting out of the house and exploring around the city when we can. Columbus has a pretty awesome coffee scene and a ton of great and local coffee shops. We've been really wanting to check out Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op   for a while now so I was glad we stopped in. 

Bottoms up is a coffee shop plus a co-op shared working space for business owners, non profits, entrepreneurs, etc. Even cooler than that is their mission, which I love- they donate a portion of their proceeds to help fight infant mortality in Columbus and around Franklin county, specifically in Franklinton (Ohio has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the United States). You can read more about their mission here

The owners, Virginia and Josh are super nice. We chatted with them for a while and it was great to just connect and see their passion for their area and what they do. I got an iced mocha, which was absolutely amazing and completely worth splurging on. Alex got an iced coffee and they even gave Dominick a little cup of whipped cream (he sugar crashed in the car on the way home which was perfect because we hit rush hour traffic!)  

The take away?  

1. Bottoms Up Coffee  is great, and you should go support them.

2. Franklinton is a sick area with a lot of community pride and really awesome art and murals all around. If you haven't been, check it out. 

3. Dominick with teeth and his overalls and red shoes is pretty much my new favorite thing. (For anyone wondering, his overalls are from Baby Gap and his red pumas are from Marshalls).

Happy Friday!

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Woodsy Family Session | Columbus, Ohio

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Woodsy Family Session | Columbus, Ohio

I'm excited to share some of my favorites from this sweet first birthday and family session I did over the weekend. When Erika reached out to me about shooting a birthday/family session, we realized our sons are 9 days apart! I could see our boys getting along great, eating a ton of food and destroying anything in their paths- as most 1-year-old boys do. Sawyer is the cutest little man, so sweet, and full of charm. We started their session in the woods at Hoover Reservoir in Westerville and had a beautiful day- this was the weekend the weather went from windy to snowing to raining to 70 degrees and sunny. I was SO thankful the weather turned out so nicely for us. I had a great time with Erika, Chris, and Sawyer. They're such a down to earth family and I really enjoyed hanging out and talking with them!

Here are some of the highlights from their session! 

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Dominick 1 Year

Well it's here. The both dreaded and highly anticipated first birthday.  I thought I'd be more of a mess today (okay maybe I am a little bit, but I'm always a sucker for birthdays and celebrating moments). I can hardly believe it's been a whole year since Dominick was born- it feels like it was just yesterday and yet it also feels like he's been with us forever. This guy has completely changed life for us in the best and most challenging of ways. He's the perfect addition to our family and we're absolutely crazy about him. He's a pure mix of Alex and me. It's been such an incredible experience to watch him grow and change this past year and I'm really glad I was able to document so much of it. We're taking him to the park today and doing all of his favorite things (i.e. eating a ton of food, yelling, and listening to the Moana soundtrack!) 

Here's a recap of some of my favorite monthly pictures- newborn to 12 months! There's also some of his birthday pictures we took- his party hat hahaha oh my gosh I can't handle it! 

I'll be sharing more pictures of his first year and birthday party in a later post! Thanks for reading and following along!  

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