Archive for December, 2016

I’m pre-writing this blog at midnight on a Tuesday.

I can’t sleep, so I’ve been obsessively reading the “25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me” column for the past 2 hours. Because of this, I decided to write my own, so here it goes:

1. I am one of those annoying people who always says “Everything happens for a reason.” As cliche as that is, I really be it. For example: I always imagined that my parents getting divorced would be a terrible thing. However, because of that bump in the road, I now have SO many good things in my life. Because of that event, my dad began to coach again which is how I met my husband. My husband (then boyfriend) introduced my dad to my stepmom and my mom to my stepdad. I mean come on, that has to be fate!


2. I always say that I can’t cook, but the truth is, I don’t like to do things that may be a disaster when I’m crunched for time (which is August – May). Because of this, I have developed a HUGE love for fast food, delivery pizza, and the Waitr app.


3. I never wanted an indoor dog. Ben did. Once we moved to Lake Charles in 2012, he wore me down and we got Winston. Best. Decision. Ever.


4. I converted our extra bedroom into a closet. Now, when looking for possible future houses, a room-sized closet is a must. I can’t go back now!


5. I’ve never been bored before. Seriously. I can always find something to do around the house, a Netflix series to start, or a YouTube make-up tutorial to watch that will take up HOURS!


6. I love to travel more than anything. I go into a mild depression when I don’t have a trip to look forward to. My favorite places that I’ve traveled to so far have been Ireland, New York City, and Alaska.

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7. I do most of my shopping online (another time saver)! I’ve even gotten to the point that I’ve started using Prime Pantry for most of our groceries. 


8. I still collect DVDs. I love movies and TV shows so much and have this irrational fear that my favorites will disappear unless I have a hard copy. Sorry, but my kids HAVE to be able to watch Smart House and America’s Sweethearts.


9. I flew a plane once. It was only for a few minutes… And with the help of my pilot stepdad… But it still counts!


10. My favorite celebrities are Jennifer Aniston and Audrey Hepburn. I think that they are not only talented, but strong, brave, and intelligent – some one that even young kids of the future could look up to!


11. My favorite college course was a government class. I learned so much and I honestly think that EVERYONE should be required to take it in order to be educated when forming their political opinion.


12. I was raised Southern Baptist. I fell in love with the Methodist Church when Ben and I started dating and adopted it as my own denomination 7 years after I started attending.


13. I’m an Extroverted Introvert, if that makes any sense. If you are confused by this, check out this list: Extroverted Introvert.

14. It has always been a dream of mine to stay close to home. I want for my future children to be close to family, as family is the most important thing in the world to me! Plus, my mom is a great cook and I’d love random dinner dates!


15. Most of my friends are people that I’ve known forever. It’s to the point that my friends actually call my mom MeeMee because we’re basically a big family. They also get extremely excited when we get her to dance with us, which isn’t a hard task:

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16. I graduated from high school and college with top honors. I’m not extraordinarily brilliant, but what I lack in brain power I make up for in perfectionism. 


17. I love to read, especially during the summer while at the beach. A few of my favorite books are The Spectacular Now, Looking for Alaska, and All the Bright Places. 


18. I love a good to do list. I am balancing 2 jobs, a home, and a family, so my life requires me to plan ahead. I make a to do list every day, but I don’t always stick to it. I am also an excellent multi-tasker. 


19. My favorite thing to do in my down time is to drink margaritas while playing games with my family and friends. Seriously, you should see us play Hollywood Game Night and/or Beer Pong. It’s quite the site – especially after a few margaritas haha!

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20. I want my future home to be a mixture of farmhouse and plantation style with a slightly modern twist. I know this probably makes no sense, but give me a few years and I’ll show you! 😉


21. Me and Ben have no idea when we want to have kids, but we love them! Plus, we already have 3 names picked out (2 girls and 1 boy).  


22. If I could only eat one meal for the rest of my life, I would choose the chicken parmesan and fried bowtie pasta from Copeland’s. The picture of health, I know. 


23. I can’t relax if my house isn’t clean. My favorite scent to walk in my house to is the smell of bleach. 


24. Reality TV shows are my guilty pleasure. I love covering up with a heated blanket, eating popcorn, and watching the latest episode of Real Housewives, The Bachelor, or Vanderpump Rules. I’m basic, I know. 


25. My business started when a college classmate saw pictures I took of my family on Facebook and offered to pay me $50 to do her engagement pictures. I still have my favorite photo from that session hanging in my office.


It’s been a while since I’ve done a “personal” post, so I figured this may be a good one! I did something similar to this a few years back and you guys seemed to like it, so I hope you enjoyed this one as well! My New Year’s Resolution last year was to do more personal posts, which is a promise that I’ve kept better some months than others haha!

Coming soon is THIS year’s resolution, so check back soon for that, as well as many more beautiful photos of my fabulous clients! 🙂

Rayvin & John Paul are having a baby! To celebrate Rayvin’s pregnancy, we headed to a couple of family locations to take some gorgeous photographs!

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I loved working with these two and I hope that they cherish these pictures for years to come!

Amy’s senior shoot was wonderful! We went to her house, the high school, and a gorgeous tree farm! Take a look at a few of my favorites:

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Amy – thanks so much for including me in your senior year! I had a blast taking your photos and I hope to work with y’all again in the future!