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Baby Wilt!

Heath and Nicole recently celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary (12th!).  Don’t let those newlywed looks fool you, they have a lot more celebrating before the year comes to an end.  This fall, the newest addition of their family is due to arrive the day after Thanksgiving.  Their due date seems especially fitting, because as a yoga teacher and lover of life, Nicole expresses gratitude everyday. I can’t think of what more to be thankful for than a 3rd baby boy for the Wilt’s!Media Image-21

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The Wilt twins are two sweet, rambunctious, curious, creative little preschoolers who are kind, energetic, and eager to become big brothers.


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On a recent playdate I saw the boys dote on a little stuffed animal and politely remind everyone “Shhhh. Baby is sleeping” .  It is clear that Asher and Brooks have been practicing for their new role!  When my daughter Charlotte was itty bitty, I remember they were both so sweet and gentle with her.  The boys were always offering to rock Charlotte or pop a pacifier in her mouth.  I have know doubt that Baby W is going to have some awesome big brothers.  

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It is such a special time for the Wilt’s and I am so honored to be able to capture it for them.  Bringing home a new member of the family is one of life’s biggest celebrations.  I know the Wilt’s don’t want to rush through the spelndor of fall but winter sure does feel a lot cozier knowing they will have a brand new baby to snuggle.

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Grace Family Photos

Shannon and Tommy met at the University of Kentucky – GO WILDCATS!  I know this because, well,  because I was there.  Shannon and I were both Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters at UK and  we had a very fun four years in college.  Shannon and Tommy got engaged during undergrad, and Kappa does a very special candlelight ceremony to celebrate.  This all seems like forever ago – I am pretty sure I just saw a post about Shannon planning their 10 year wedding annivesary.  Where does the time GO!?

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Well for the Grace family, their time has been well spent!  After moving back to the midwest I was able to reconnect with Shannon and meet her beautiful family now including Carter + Charlotte.  We have done photos together for 2 years now and it has been incredible to watch their children grow.

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Carter is doting a big brother, very loving and sweet in some moments and ALL boy at other times.  He was a great remodel for Charlotte during our photo session.

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Shannon swears that Charlotte is a little bit more like her than Carter is, insisting that Charlotte comes by her, sweetness, strong convictions and a little bit of sass quite honestly.  They are the perfect siblings together, encouraging one another and just goofing and having fun.

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It was a blast to follow this family of four around on a quiet summer evening in the park.  Ice cream cones always make for the best photo props!

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Baby It’s Cold Outside | Engagement Session

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I was so excited when one of my childhood besties called me about doing engagement photos!  Lauren and Cory got engaged back in July and they have been busy planning a fabulous outdoor wedding this coming September.  From the get go, Lauren wanted to do the photos on a snowy day in December.  Easy right?  Ohio usually doesn’t get a lot of snow before Christmas, but we set the date and did a little snow dance.  *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

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When the stars align, the stars align!  A huge snowfall rushed in the day before their engagement session!  I am forgetting that any other Ohioan would not consider 3-6 inches a huge snowfall, but keep in mind I moved back from Atlanta where that type of accumulation could have paralyzed the city for days on end!  We bundled up and braved the cold, I promised them we would end the shoot in a nice cozy warm spot.

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Old Worthington has become one of my favorite spots to do photo sessions.  Not only is it the town I grew up in, but it’s also the town where Lauren and Cory live.  They bought their first house and can ride their bikes, run, or skip to coffee shops, ice cream places, wine bars, summer concerts on the square, you name it!  Worthington particularly sparkles around the holidays with lights, wreaths, and festively decorated trees.

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For some couples, engagement photos are the one of the first wedding-ish type things they get to do together.  During an engagement sessions it’s so fun to capture all of the excitement, love, and anxious butterflies.  Lauren and Cory nailed it!  You could just tell these two have so much fun together, never a dull moment.  Cory was a true champion and a very good listener.  He was game for all of my posing directions, playing in the snow despite not having gloves, and the mandatory glass of wine finale.  Lauren was a smitten kitten the whole time.

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I was truly honored to be their photographer, not only to capture amazing photos but to also create  new memories along the way.  Here’s to a happy holiday!  May your days be merry and bright :)

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Cheers!

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Ellis Turns One! | Birthday Fun | @BLynnePhoto

Whoo hoo!  Grab your party hats, practice making your favorite animal noise, and ooogle over the cuteness of Ellis’ barnyard theme 1st birthday party!

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Lindsey  and Cutler graciously transformed their home to accommodate all things necessary to evoke that Kentucky barnyard feel.  Family and friends were greeted by hay bales, pumpkins, and bushels of apples, not to mention DIY pony sticks and party hats.

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As babies played together and adults munched down on some bbq, a leash lead petting zoo was ushered up 36 steps to a backyard paradise.  Cow and pig cakepops, cowboy hats, and a bottle of bourbon rounded out the afternoon (yes, bourbon is absolutely mandatory for any sort of Kentucky-esque event).

 

 

 

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Even a crisp chill in the air and a little afternoon drizzle couldn’t “rain” on Ellis’ parade!

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Ellis wore his cute little plaid shirt and he LOVED seeing all the animals in his very own backyard.  Ellis was a tiny bit timid at first, but I loved watching the little guy squeek and squeal when he petted one of the baby chicks.  So stinkin’ cute!

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Image-34Image-27-2Image-37 Image-14Image-24-2Image-36It was a truly special moment when everyone gathered round to sing Happy Birthday to Ellis.  There was so much love filling the room you could feel it.  He is a lucky little guy that’s for sure.

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I would have loved to know what Ellis wished for when he blew out the candle :) !

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Too Cute for Friday | Baby Hudson | Fall Photo Shoot

For those of you who know me well, you know that fall is near and dear to my heart.  Something about this time of year just sings to my soul.  So when my dear friend Angela wanted to do a fall photo session of her precious baby boy, I sprang into action.

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First of all, Angela and I go way back.  All the way to freshman year at the University of Kentucky.  She lived two floors below me and we both pledged the same sorority, besties for ever more.  Throughout the past 12 years, we have cheered each other on all along the way.  From studying for calculus tests, to living in foreign countries, to moving to strange big cities (me to D.C. and Ang to Chicago), to meeting the men who would ask us to be their’s forever, to standing next to each other the day we each said “I do”, to eventually making a full circle and moving back to the Cincinnati area.  Did I mention Ang and her hubby Chris have the most amazing little baby named Hudson?

Image-11Image-2-2Image-24Hudson has big blue eyes that could go on forever.  He is super expressive and inquisitive.  He has been labeled a baby genius for hitting some of those down the road milestones as a 3 month old.  He is a TON of fun.  He loves it when his mama sings to him, and quotes her favorite books, “Hudson, you is kind, you is smart, you is important” – The Help.  We got some of the best smiles of the day when Angela repeated that little line over and over again.  So sweet.

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We took photo breaks to make sure Hudson had plenty of rest and outfit changes.  Angela, Hudson, and I took a stroll through my neighborhood with my puppy, Rumford on one of our mini breaks.  Rummy and Hudson are only a few weeks apart and it was a bromance from the start.  Cars rolled by very slowly, and neighbors ooh aned ahhed over the siting of not just a cute puppy, but a cute puppy AND a cute baby?!  Life could not get more adorable in Cincinnati that day.

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It has been an amazing journey to watch little Hudson grow over these few short months.  Did I mention I also took Angela and Chris’s maternity photos?  Hudson and I go way back.  I am so grateful to be able to capture special moments of this little guy’s life.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he hates us later for the picture of his Halloween costume, but his mamma couldn’t help herself.  Too cute for Friday indeed!

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PS – I think Hudson loved this photo shoot as much as we did!


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Throw back….

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany | Europe!

Happy Fall!

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The air is getting crisp and a bit cooler here in Cincinnati.  The leaves are beginning their brilliant color journey and gracing the grass with a smattering of fall splendor.  We are burning pumpkin scented candles, cheering on our favorite football teams and googling the best ever chili recipes.  Fall is here.  —- REWIND….3 weeks ago we were in Europe, doing all things European!  Kris and I took off for 15 days of adventure, romance, culture, food, and of course, photography.

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We roamed and wandered through castle walls, sunbathed on rocks in the Mediterranean sea, picnicked beneath the Alps, made new friends on the long wooden plank tables at the bier gartens, and just enjoyed living in the moment.  The trip was insane, we had so much fun seeing the world together.

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After a 9 hour flight from Atlanta (shout out!) we arrived in Munich and navigated the train system to our destination,  Rothenburg, Germany.  Rothenburg is a tiny little medieval town situated 4 hours northwest of Munich.  The town is rich in history which made it very fun to explore the city walls, roam the little streets, follow our noses to delicious cafes with salty pretzels and flaky pastries.  Rothenburg smelled absolutely delicious.  When walking about at night swirls of smoke lingered in the air full of roasty toasty sausage and cured meats.  It was so cozy.  There was a slight chill in the evening and the warm familiar wood smoke just added to the overall charm of the town.

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Another thing that made Rothenburg feel so cozy was our amazing hotel.  Hotel Spitzveg was not only as charming as you would ever think possible, but the inn keeper was the quintessential inn keeper that you always hoped to one day meet.  I am blanking on his name, but the sweet man looked like ol’ St. Nick and he defined hospitality.  We sat and drank hot, strong coffee while chatting about the town, photography, good food, and the innkeeper’s stint as a cake baker in culinary school in Bermuda.

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To round out our stay, we went on the Night Watchman Tour.  Now, I am not one for cheesy, organized, group tours, but this tour was really enjoyable and entertaining.  We learned a lot about the city and why it had become such a popular tourist destination, and why it had been spared bombing during the war when so many other cities had not. Image-18

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It was sad saying goodbye to our first city, but it was also exciting knowing that our next stop was Munich!

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Prost!

So Much To Celebrate | 1st Wedding Anniversary!

Hooray!  Kris and our celebrated our first wedding anniversary this past weekend!  It was so much fun to reflect back on the last 12 months and relive some of our favorite moments.  I don’t think we could have possibly packed more into our first year of marriage.  We’ve been busy!  From starting new businesses, to moving to new cities, to taking new jobs with new companies – traveling, laughing, learning, and loving all along the way.Image-5

To commemorate our special occasion we went for a hike and packed a picnic – just like the one we took when Kris proposed.  Although, we were not on a side of a mountain this time, it was so fun to break out the champagne, cheese, and olives and relax in the great outdoors.  It was a hot sunny day and our little patch of grass  in the shade was so wonderful.

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After our hike, we took a fun duck boat ride through the city.  The tour was the perfect way to explore the city where we first met and where we now call home!  Tons of history, I was truly impressed.  We finished the night off with a fancy dinner downtown with gorgeous sunset views of the city.

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I don’t want to get too sappy on  here, but I am so thankful for this past year.  We have had so much fun making every moment count.  I can’t imagine life getting much better than this, but I know the best is yet to come!  Happy Anniversary babe!

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Friends Are Family Too | Friends & Family Photo Shoot

The old saying goes, “friends are family too” could not have been more true than on a Sunday afternoon in Old Worthington.  I was asked to do a photo shoot to capture the love and friendship between the 3 families as they all are about to begin big new adventures.  New jobs, new cities, new careers, lots of new things.  They have all been friends forever so even though it was bittersweet occasion, nothing but sweetness came from this photo session!  Here are the photos from our park and play photo shoot!  Yes, play = ice cream!

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It is no easy task finding what I call “flat tire friends.”  You know, the friend who you ACTUALLY call if you got a flat tire at an inconvenient place and at an inconvenient time.  Yes, those people.  Some say if you have just one of those friends you are among the luckiest people on earth.  These friends have it.  The history, the future, the we will be great friends no matter time zone, latitude, or longitude coordinates we live in.

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So, needless to say, it was an honor to capture some great photos and help make new memories as these friends get ready to make their next big moves.  The kids were simply adorable.   Full of energy and spunk, and hopes of getting only the most gigantic chocolate chips in their Graeter’s ice cream ever.  The simple equation of kids +sticky fingers + sloppy ice cream cones = photo magic in the summertime.

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If this doesn’t serve as a reminder to get off the computer and call your bestie I don’t know what will!   #FriendsAreFamilyToo

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Lesson of the day:  Don’t waste your ice cream, your big brother wants you to do it like him!….

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Maine, Love, & Lobsters | Summer Travel

Have you ever been to Maine?

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{Warning!  This is a SUPER long post.  It is by all definitions, vacation OVER SHARE.  However, its amazing and you won’t regret}

I had the amazing good fortune to attend a wedding in Maine over 4th of July weekend with my family.  There was so much love in the air you could just breathe it in, along with the sea salt and pine.  We stayed in a beach cottage in a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere.  It was such a treat to wake up each morning and see the mist hanging low along the shore line and listen to the churn of lobster boats heading out to check their pots.  It was unseasonably hot in Maine, so every activity centered around ice cream and lobster.

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My sister, husband, and I arrived a few days early to soak up all things Maine.  I made a joke upon our arrival at the Portland airport pledging to eat lobster at every meal.  I did not however fulfill my pledge, because how could I possible turn down the day’s catch of scallops, oysters, and mussels?  Seafood at its finest!  On our drive from Portland to Brooklin, we stopped for some roadside lobster at Red’s Eats.  Red’s Eats was featured in the NY Times for being so delicious, locals were petitioning for its relocation due to inherent traffic jams (every lobster roll has over a whole lobster!).  No false advertising here!

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As wedding guests, our itineraries were filled with things such as sailing, fireworks, croquet, kayaking, beach combing, and sun bathing (and lobster eating).  We did so much in just a few days but nothing, not a thing, felt hurried.  Well, I suppose some would argue that the 4 AM sunrise felt a bit hurried, but you get the idea.

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A little back story on the bride and groom.  Scott and Ali live in Brooklyn and are an amazing couple.  The rest you’ll understand after I describe their wedding.  All of the guests seemed to have a heart felt connection with the couple and personal investment in making their wedding day amazing in anyway possible.  You know the weddings where no one dances?  This was not one of them!  You know the weddings where the toasts are cringe worthy and make you question how well you know the couple? This was not one of them!  The dance floor was packed even before guests ate their salads!  The toasts were beautiful and descriptive and uplifting.  The wedding was simply stunning and filled with funny, talented, Scott and Ali adoring guests.

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When our boat docked after our sail it was time to get ready for some nuptials!

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There were so many sweet personal touches at the reception.  I toured around several times to make sure I saw it all!  The food was delicious – from lollipop lamb chops hot off the grill, to fresh oysters and a raw bar, lobster bisque, and kalamata goat cheese crostinis…oh wait, that just covers the appetizers!  Signature cocktails and signature dance moves, this wedding had it all!  I had to make a serious effort at times to put down my camera and just enjoy the show.  Luckily, my sister and husband had no trouble snapping a few pics of their own.  Team effort.

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Beautiful evening….

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Even though I have a HUGE birthday coming up…You are never too old to be a little sister (handmade seersucker napkins by the MOB, btw)

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I came to dance, dance, dance…..

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Before we knew it, it was time to pack our bags and drive to the airport.  The marvelous wedding weekend had come to an end.  Maine is well known for its free souvenirs to take home with you, brag worthy mosquito bites and memories to last a lifetime.

 

Sweet Summer Time | Father’s Day

 

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Wow, how is it already the MIDDLE of June!?  Where has the time gone?  One thing I know for sure, my time has certainly not gone to my blog.   I am back…at last.

I was chatting with a good friend the other day and we were discussing planning a weekend trip for November.  Yes, November.  Call me crazy, but calendars fill up fast!  In the beginning of summer, life feels wide open and we welcome the sweet months of June, July, and August with an enthusiasm that only warm weather can inspire.  Before you know it, every single weekend is scheduled with something fun and fabulous.  Then somehow an invisible line is crossed and life seems a tad too scheduled without an ounce of room left for spontaneity.  Yes life is busy.  Yes we are all busier than ever.  But let’s not be too busy for a little front porch sittin”, people watchin”, tea sippin’, unscheduled me and/or we time.

My goal for this Father’s Day weekend to us unplug, and unwind, and enjoy the company of those I am with.  It is so easy to think Father’s Day, check, yoga in the park check, happy hour with friends check, work work work, check, check check!  Let’s slow our hustle down just for a few unplanned moments of summer bliss.  Summer is not about crossing everything off the to do list, its about enjoying little pleasantries that bring a sweet smile to your face. Notice how little beads of water gather on the side of your ice cold glass.  Wave to a neighbor.  Send a letter to friend, yes like in the mail, with a stamp.  Read a book, a really, really good one.  You get the idea.  Join me in delighting in the most simple treasures of the here and now.  Summer is upon us!

Here are some pictures from a recent photo shoot, where little Anderson soaked up every minute of the sunshine, flowers, bugs, and blades of grass as he played in the park on a beautiful morning.

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