Lauren and Jack. I so loved photographing these two.
The pair have been playing the long distance relationship game for some time now - she, here in Charlotte; Jack, in Los Angeles. I know they seriously can't wait for their March wedding day to get here so they can begin their new life in California together. Truly, I couldn't be more excited for them.
Lauren is *extra* special to our family, as she is not only sister to our talented friend and filmmaker, Jared, but she has been a caretaker for our Boone and our dogs many a time. There were even a couple times this past season that she would care for Boone while he was sick, but we had to shoot a wedding. I was always beyond grateful to have the peace of mind that he was being loved while we had to be away.
When Lauren told me she wanted their engagement session to be super simple / super relaxed at her cozy little home as they made breakfast together and hung out, I was totally up for it.
This is basically my life motto.
Seriously, how cozy is this living room?
Wrapping things up meant an outfit change and a step out into the street of the front yard. Love it.
Lauren and Jack - I am so happy for you guys - congratulations! :)
Hi friends! Super pumped about these January goals - well, super pumped about goals in general....I love new beginnings and the fresh start that the new year brings.
A couple of weeks ago Geoff and I went on a date to spend some time together and make plans for what we wanted our life to look like in 2013. I hope to share more of the big picture goal wise soon, but for now, here are a few of my goals for January.
1. The Business of Being Born. I plan to finish watching this documentary (available on Netflix) in the next few days. I have been meaning to watch it for years now. So far, it is super interesting and has given me a lot to think about as far as what I want this baby girl's birth to look like if I have it my way, as well as has raised a lot of questions I have for my midwives.
2. Expectant Parent Tour. A tour of the labor & delivery wing of our hospital. Going to try to knock this one out this weekend.
3. Nursery. This one already feels like a great accomplishment, as we are FAR more along with this child's nursery than we were with Boone's. If you are a long time follower of this blog, you might recall our complete unpreparedness of his arrival, which came 3.5 weeks before his due date. He came home from the hospital to an empty room - we didn't have a THING ready. This time, I am determined to make this a different experience if I can help it. Anyway, we're hoping to have shop set up in the next week.
4. Baby Book. Just need to buy one. Thinking that tonight I'll purchase this one for her. Does anyone out there have any other recommendations for a cute one?
1. 2013 Goals. Geoff and I need to finalize things that we had begun talking about. Perhaps we will on our date tonight!
2. Date Nights. Speaking of date nights, this month, we are going to go on a date each week - trying to squeeze in as much "us" time as possible before things get crazy with a newborn.
1. 2013 Goals. Haven't really taken any time to plan things out for the year on the business front yet. Soon.
2. Email/Editing. I will....repeat...I WILL be fully caught up with all of my editing and my inbox WILL hit zero this month. Not sure either of those things have ever happened. But, I am determined! I am this close on my editing. Emails, however, I still feel like I'm drowning.
3. Christmas Card. Needing to take a few pictures and share this on the blog.
4. Branding. We've got our new logo finalized, our business card nearly completed and are beginning work on our website. I think at this point, I need to list out our pending projects and get some kind of production schedule going.
There you go, friends. January. It's a great month. :) I'll leave you with an image I shot for two of my favorite people at the end of 2012 - Larry and Kelly. Goodness, do we love them. And goodness, we sure have been blessed with some fantastic influences in our lives.
Oh, what a joy it was to photograph this little baby. Born ON her due date (!) baby Harbor is the first child of our dear friends and fellow photographers Kristin and Aaron Byrum. Seriously, she is undoubtedly one of the prettiest little babies I think I've ever seen...wouldn't you agree?
Kristin and Aaron - at nearly one month in, you are already fantastic parents. :) We love you guys and couldn't be happier for you. See you soon!
Hi friends. :) Would have loved to have gotten this post up prior to the close of 2012, but I was preoccupied. Mostly with unpacking/setting up shop in our new home (yes, you read correct; we have moved AGAIN...this time for good), eating exorbitant number of red and green m&m Christmas cookies and feeding my newfound Netflix addiction to watching the 1998 show Felecity. Truth be told, I needed a break from it all and I was grateful to have had it! And now that Christmas is over, we begin the countdown to the arrival of Baby Schultz #2. :) Anyway, here is the official 2012 Recap.
1. Family/Marriage 2012 was undoubtedly the hardest year yet for our marriage and family; probably the hardest year yet of my whole life. As 2012 came to a close, our church went through a seven week series in which our theme verse was Samuel 7:12 - "Thus far has the Lord helped us". I have really come to cling to that verse, as it gives me great hope and great peace as we march forward into 2013. Despite what 2012 brought us, we know that God was walking through every moment with us and we are believing in great things for our future. And really, even with the hard stuff, we had some really sweet times in 2012 (as you'll see below) and we've got SO much to be grateful for.
Moving, moving all the time. As mentioned, in December we moved into yet another home. Although, this time, it's for the long haul. This is the fourth house we've lived in this year; the fifth house Boone has lived in his two short years of life. We are beyond grateful to be here - especially being able to have moved in before Christmas and with enough time to settle in before baby girl is here.
Home #1 - If you recall, early last year we had moved into a cute little home in our dream neighborhood. Unfortunately, we got word just after the new year that our landlords had to move back in, which gave us the boot outta there. We were sad to leave, as we loved that home and we loved the neighborhood....especially our wood burning fireplace, the park down the street and our family walks to Starbucks on Friday mornings.
Home #2 - And so, because we couldn't find another home to move into before we needed to be out, we put all of our belongings into a POD and moved into a month-to-month condo with just the bare necessities. Living in the condo for those couple of months was a really sweet time with a lot of fond memories (besides hauling three dogs up and down three flights of stairs twice daily to let them out). We loved our view of the skyline that we had from our balcony.
Home #3 - After a month and a half of my daily Craigslist scouring, we found a home that was available and moved in May. However, after finding out that we were pregnant and due to have a baby in February, we decided it best to begin the home buying process so we wouldn't have to move again with a newborn and during wedding season. We were beyond ready to settle into somewhere for good; into our home.
Home #4 - We're here! We closed on our new home mid-December and have already begun to make some sweet memories (pictures below are Boone's first night in his big boy bed, making sugar cookies and our annual tradition of sleeping on the living floor for Christmas Eve).
Baby Schultz #2. About a week ago I almost sent out a tweet to proclaim my love of pregnancy and how I would miss it. And now, I am thankful, as I would be eating those words. Goodness, things are getting uncomfortable! We can't wait to meet this baby girl - we're hoping she stays put until February when she is due. :)
Frank Almost Dies. Our poor Frank. This summer he ate a rope toy, which got stuck and required surgery for removal (not to mention, a foot of his intestines were taken out). Poor old goat has had a hard life; we were so thankful for his full recovery.
Boone Turns 2. Oh, how we love this child. This August he turned two years old. On his birthday we celebrated with cake, a few presents and a trip to a local farm where he got to pet lots of animals and even ride a horse for the first time.
Family/Maternity Pics. We were blessed with the opportunity to have Jenna w/ Red, White and Green Photography take some professional pictures of our family this past November. To see more, visit HERE.
2. Business 2012 was another good year for us business wise. However, early on in the year we knew we needed to pull back a little to focus on our family life and decided to freeze our bookings for weddings and only shoot what we had scheduled already. This was especially nice when the fall season came around and we weren't running ragged trying to keep up with a normally insane time of year.
Weddings. 2012 brought us 21 beautiful weddings to photograph.
Babies/Maternity. When time allowed, I photographed the occasional newborn session. Here is a preview of little baby Harbor, which will be hitting the blog very soon. :)
Studio. At the end of 2011 we signed a lease for our first-ever out of home studio space. We got it fully functional in 2012 and really did love it. However, we ultimately decided it best to move things back home - at least for the next year with a new baby.
Published. We are always so honored and grateful to see our work being picked up on blogs and in print. To see some of our features from the year, you can click HERE if you like. :)
Speaking. This was a lot of fun. We were asked to give a talk about branding at the 2012 Wedding Photographic Society (WPS) Convention this past summer. It was our first-ever speaking engagement and hopefully won't be the last.
*Let's just ignore the name spelling error on my nametag. :)
3. Travel 2012 brought us to California, Mexico, Chicago, Blowing Rock, Wilmington and Chimney Rock. We are seriously grateful for these memories.
Boone and I fly to California for a trip to my hometown.
Celebrating our five year anniversary in Mexico.
Parents day and night out in downtown Chicago.
Boone seeing Thomas the Train in Blowing Rock, NC was probably the best moment of his life.
Beach trip to Wilmington.
Long weekend getaway to Asheville, NC with a stop in Chimney Rock.
4. Elevation Church This past September was Geoff's four year anniversary of working for our great church. Every year has been a banner year for our church; this year was no exception.
Code Orange Revival.
Code Orange Baptisms (below is probably one of my favorite-ever pictures I've shot for our church).
Easter - Seven Mile Miracle.
Night of Worship.
And there you go. 2012. :)