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Our Random Life #32

I have skipped a few weeks of Random Life posts…because life has been so busy…but so good at the same time. This week is also going to be a bit crazy, but we are trying to get organized for the summer so that we can stay sane through all of the summer craziness.

We love Ikea…we really do. But the past two weeks we have been tackling so home improvement projects…and lets just say that it resulted in 8 trips to Ikea in 1 week! I love all the new things we bought for the house, but for the first time ever, I think I can say that if we don’t go to Ikea for awhile, I will be fine with that!

I think it is safe to say that Summer is officially here….at least in Texas. We have had so much fun playing outside, and Jeremy has been working hard on building us a little patio for us to enjoy the sunsets and relax while Stella plays outside. I am so excited for it to be finished and show off the finished product.

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw that I finally tried the Aquage Uplifting Foam in my hair…I LOVED it. IT gave me actually volume and lift at my roots without being to heavy or making my hair feel greasy. After 2 years of being in Texas I have learned that if you are going to live here…you just have to have some big hair…Aquage to the rescue.

You all know how much I LOVE my Simplified Planner…since I wrote about here! Well, the new planner is out and I was so excited to pre order mine last week…as well as Lara Casey’s Power Sheets which I have been wanting to get for awhile. One of the new colors has already sold out…so if you want one you better pre order it soon! I kinda feel like I am in a middle of the year slump and I think these are going to be just what it takes to get me back on track for an amazing year!

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Marilyn Schmucker

Wise wise woman!

Caitie Sheppard

Love the picture of Stella! You’ll have to post pictures of your new patio too… Where are you building it? Miss y’all! xoxo

Kristin Schmucker

It is almost finished and then we will post pictures! It is on the side that the grill is on.

For Photographers: Preparing the Prep Room

This is a blog post for photographers who are wanting to take their prep images to the next level. Some of our favorite images are of the bride getting ready for the wedding. It is such an awesome time with all her girls and her mom around as she prepares to see her soon to be husband for the first time on their wedding day. There are often lots of people, and there is always LOTS of stuff! As a former bride, I know that all of that stuff is important, but as a photographer I know that it can take away from the images. Brides have a lot to think about on a wedding day and they need you as their photographer to help them look out for things like this.

As you are taking prep shots you need to be aware of your surroundings. Make sure that there is not something distracting in your background. This is especially important for the images while the bride is getting her dress on. As the bride is getting ready, I am looking around the room to find the best possible place for her to get into her dress. I am looking for a good background that has enough space and most importantly I am looking for good light. Once I have found the spot it is time to tidy up the room. I don’t want suitcases, bags, hair products and stray undergarments in the background at this iconic moment when the bride is slipping into her dress.

This may seem like a small detail and not worthy of its own blog post, but I promise if you take the time to really see your surroundings and clean things up a bit, you will see much cleaner and more gorgeous prep images.

Frisco Heritage Center Wedding Photography by Fort Worth Wedding Photographers Jeremy and Kristin

Dallas Wedding Photographers Magnolia Hotel Wedding Photographers Bridal Suite

Boone North Carolina Wedding Photographer photo

The Orchard Wedding Azle photo

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My Favorite Places To Shop

Like most girls…I love to shop…but I definitely have my list of favorite stores, and I am pretty loyal to them. Every now and then I will find a new store, but I always keep going back to my favorites ( which is probably why 80% of my wardrobe is from LOFT). One of my favorite bloggers recently posted a list if her favorite stores and I thought it would be a fun post. It made me laugh a bit that Target shows up in all three categories…which is just one more reason why Target is awesome…and has so much of my money. So here are my go to stores…I would love to hear what yours are!

Best places to shop Loft Ann Taylor Target The Limited TJMaxx Ikea Emily Ley Staples photo

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Time Standing Still

It is so easy for me to rush through each day moving from task to task, and miss out on the little moments because I am just so busy. It becomes so easy to let Stella play at my feet while I work, instead of getting down on the floor with her. To do lists pile high (as does the laundry pile), and I catch myself getting distracted from what really matters. I rush to fold the laundry, instead of enjoying Stella’s “help” with the task. I want to get things done, but I want to be present more. I don’t want to look back in 20 years and wish that I had taken more time to play games on the floor, help her feed her baby dolls and run through the backyard.

Our amazing photographer Deidre captured this image of Stella and I, and I will cherish it forever. It is a reminder to me of why it is worth it to enjoy life and love our children. I want a little less busyness and a lot more moments like this one.

Mother daughter photo

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Tammy Damore

So well said and so true! Your a very wise and lucky woman to realize this precious truth before it is to late, and to be an inspiration to others! I’m very proud of you!!!

Nancy Ayello Lechleitner

That is do beautiful

Lynn Byrne

How beautiful. You are so fortunate that someone captured that precious moment on film.
Children are such a blessing. Mine are down (20) or near so (17- twins!). But I am happy to report that each stage is wonderful. Enjoy.

Caitie Sheppard

So beautiful…you guys are great parents! This picture is priceless… <3

June 2013 Goals


June is here, which means that in my mind summer has arrived! May was as great but busy month! We roadtripped over 3500 miles, shot some beautiful weddings and engagement sessions, spent time with family, had our own family pictures taken and enjoyed time just the three of us. June is the start of our summer schedule, and it is going to be a great month!

The goals:

12 in 12 – It is June and I have already finished more than 12 books…so I think I will revise this to 20 in 12 for now.
Adjust to a new summer routine! Jeremy is taking summer classes, so that will be an adjustment from what we had in May, get a new schedule that gives us plenty of time for work, school, and family time.
Don’t eat out for the month of June
Shoot our gorgeous June Weddings and sessions.
Polish the living room and kitchen now that we have bought new furniture.
Order a new Sample Album

Aristide Wedding Venue monthly goals photo

What are your goals, leave a link to your goals post or write your goals in the comments!

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