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What were we thinking? Parenthood mistakes…

When we started decorating Stella’s nursery we knew we didn’t want to have a diaper genie. We had read online as long as you get a garbage can with a lid that closes automatically it is essentially the same. Besides, a stainless steel garbage can is much more attractive than a white plastic genie. We were so excited when we were a TJ Max last fall and we found this cute little stainless steel garbage can that we just knew would be perfect for disposing of Stella’s little “joy-filled” diapers.

Well we quickly found out that even though Stella is only in size one diapers, it only took one day to fill up her garbage can. They quickly started piling up, we were emptying the can constantly, and we finally realized we made a huge mistake. Bigger can = less emptying…sooo…this past weekend we decided to find a larger can and found the perfect one at Garden Ridge :) It actually is the same one we have in our kitchen, except only half the price!

We are sure there will be many many more lessons learned as life goes on, but this one just makes us smile because we clearly weren’t thinking…

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Stephanie Grooms

LOL that is cute! I could have told you that. :)

Jill Carestia

Lol wait til a second bundle of joy arrives, and Stella is still in diapers

Jill Carestia

You will need a dumpster!!

Michelle 'Doddek' May

Thanks for the heads up! haha.

Chas Cook

It’s so true :)

Marilyn Schmucker

Way too cute!

Jasmine Star + theFIX

So yesterday we headed into downtown Dallas to meet Jasmine Star and attend theFIX. It was a relaxing time to meet other local photographers, hear J* talk, ask questions, and learn how to improve our business. After we left we immidiately got in the car and began talking about  how we can improve our business.  Although most of the information disucessed was information we already knew, it was so refreshing to visit these ideas again.

The one idea we really walked away with was how to maximize our strengths and avoid weaknesses. Jasmine said to make a list of all of your strengths and find ways to impliment them. One way for us is that fact that we love talking with people and making new friends. Our goal on how to impliment this is to do more face-to-face consultations with potential brides. We have had numerous consultations where we walk away feeling like we not only booked a client, but we made a new friend, and that is best feeling in the world!

Although we should strive to make our weaknesses better, if we know what our weaknesses are, than we probably shouldn’t be doing things publicly that are related to them. For example, she said if you are a really bad writer and often times don’t know what to write about, maybe blogging everyday is not the best option for you.

 

So we told Jasmine that, yep, we are the crazy ones that brought their baby to theFIX. Sorry. lol. We were pretty sure Jasmine wanted see Stella though. However, Stella didn’t make a peep (we even had someone at the end ask us if she was there the whole time because they didn’t hear any babies #bestbabyever) and she’s just to young for us to trust anyone else with her yet :) Soon, Stella’s aunt Courtney will be moving here to DFW and will be able to watch her for us :)

Stella with David Jay! David Jay was Jasmine’s wedding photographer and is now the owner and CEO of Showit. Showit is world’s most amazing website program that allows us to totally customize our website with ease and freedom.This picture may end up in Stella’s baby book! haha…

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Awww, Stella was pretty amazingly quiet and super cute!

Megan Andzulis

Looks like you guys are having a blast! We are dying to meet Stella in June!!

I was excited for my chance at the fix this Thursday but you have made me… what’s past excited? I’m not really sure but that.

Side note: David Jay is such an amazingly talented man… both in his business and photography… I missed that he was going to be apart of this!

Corinna Huff

Looks like quite the day. =)

TOO CUTE! wish I could have gone. I would have held that baby for you!

David Jay was there?! I had no idea. Awesome! So cute that Stella got her picture with Jasmine! You make me wish I would have gone! Thanks for sharing :)

Jasmine Star

It was SO nice meeting you both…and STELLA! Thanks for coming out and being such an encouragement! xxxo

Jeremy Schmucker

It was great meeting you too Jasmine! Thanks for all you do for the industry!

Cat Neumayr

Stella is a little star! I wish J* would make a stop in Houston!

Jeremy Schmucker

lol little Star – pun intended

Your images are wonderful. Keep up the great work =)

Mayra Fiori

How Cool! She is beautiful.Lucky Stella! I hope to run in to you sometime in the near future. I didn’t know about theFIX because I just started my photography journey last week. EEK! but plan to attend the next time. ;)

So cool that you met Jasmine! I would love to meet her. That is so awesome : )

We make up Wordz

One way we keep each other laughing is by making up words. I’m not sure when this started, but we both every now and then just say something and it kind of sticks, even though it’s not a real word. Internet readers, please tell us we aren’t alone?! Here are a few of the favorites:

1 – (this is a phrase actually) “I ver sleep” – The story behind this: last year when Jeremy would wake up crazy early to go to work at the elementary school, he would occassionaly text me and ask if I was awake yet, how I was doing, if I slept well, ect. Well one morning he texted me and while still lying in bed I meant to text “I’m very sleepy” however I could muster enough energy to text “I ver sleep.” Well now, any time either say the word “very” we shorten it to “ver” and we drop off the last letter or syllable of the next word. Our new favorite is when we get angry with someone we simply state, “I ver ang!”

2 – Specialecialecialist – While we were in PA visiting my family my was telling a story about visiting a doctor and how it wasn’t resolved. Jeremy said, “well you should go see a specialist” My mom said that WAS the specialist! At which point Jeremy replied, “well it looks like you need to find a specialecialecialist!” Yep, true story.

3 – A. Buser – when we joke around with each other and lovingly nudge or poke the other we tell them “you are a buser” (pronounced byou-zer???) as in you are abusing me. Hence, you are a buser. Make sense?

4 – Elbelbelbow –  This is what you say when you are trying to say elbow after you bumped your funny bone. “I hurt my el-bel-belbow” Jeremy laughed at me a ton when it happened and then it just stuck.

If we are with you on your wedding can’t promise that we won’t make up words as we go along but can promise that we will make moment of that day even more memorable.

Here is a shot of Jeremy from when we were in PA a few weeks ago. He secretly wants to be a football star but got confused between a football and a snowball…hmm.

 

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What an awesome capture! I make up words too so you are not alone!

Laura

Love you guys! :) This made me smile! Can’t wait to make up wordz with my honey someday! <3

Tiana Spencer

Love it!

Gabrielle Dailey Bass

Haha! Very Cute!

Jillian Tree

You guys are tooooo cute! We don’t make up too many new words but I do mispronounce words ALL the time, and my hubby thinks its the funniest thing :)

Chris-Elizabeth Robertson

Funny! But I think you forgot the word cuidad pronounced quee-dod!

Kristin Schmucker

How could we forget! That is going in Part 2!

Stella | 3 Month Birthday!

It’s hard to believe that our little Stella Grace is already 3 months old today! Where has time gone? This past weekend we decided to purchase a new camera lens but were torn between two different lenses; so, we rented both of them and took pictures of the world’s cutest baby! Ha. But seriously. I didn’t even have to touch her skin in some of these pictures because the lens was amazing and Stella is just perfect. Let us know which picture is your favorite so it will help us know which lens took that shot.

Happy 3 month birthday Stella. You are the best thing that has ever happened to us! We love you…Mom & Dad.

We are officially uncool by being “those people” that squeak toys at their children to get them to smile for pictures! haha…

Apprently this is Stella’s new favorite thing to do…

Stella’s tongue plus her bunny from Nana…

So the picture on left was like “ready set SHOOT” – I (Jeremy) had my hand on her back and took it off for a split second while Kristin took the shot. We do not recommend doing this at home…haha.

Stella’s first attempt at the “model face” – she’s so cute!

Compliments to Baby Gap for the adorable outfit :)

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Cindy

They are all really great but I love the last two pictures!

Patty Thompson

Beautiful! I’m a fan of close-ups….Your inspiring me to dust off my camera….Great work!

Erin Broskie Brown

She is a beautiful baby…love the photos they are great!

Johanna Lucas

I love the ones where she is sticking her tongue out! LOL Cracks me up!

Jillian Tree

She is so so so cute! My fave picture is that last & first ones :) and LOVE her coat! <3

Rebekah Slaughter

Stella, can I have your coat?

Kristin Schmucker

I know, right? That coat was the first thing I bought for her when we found out we were having a girl…oh Baby Gap…they make me broke!

Sarah Seaman

Ha ha! I love her little tongue.

Laura & Shawn | Fort Worth Engagement

We had such a great time shooting Laura and Shawn’s engagement session this past weekend. They were so laid back and as you can see they are naturals in front of the camera.

Laura and Shawn met when Shawn noticed the Great Dane with Laura and Laura noticed the cute boy across the room. Shawn and Laura are runners for Team in Training and they are passionate about running to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma . We are so excited to shoot their Fort Worth Wedding this April!

To view even more pictures from Laura & Shawn’s engagement session CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

Happy Friday – J & K

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Debi Norton

Nice pictures! What a nice couple :)

Trek

Great shots. And, of course, a great couple!

Kristin Bergfield

Your team did such a great job capturing how happy these two are!! :) I love how artisitc and original each photos is, and you can tell Shawn and Laura felt really comfortable during the shoot! These turned out fantastic! :)

Melissa Free

You guys look so Happy :) Love the pictures!!

Kim

Absolutely gorgeous!

M Bergfield

Great pics! Awesome use of some Fort Worth scenery!

Diane Hogan

Ahhhhhh, love the bottom photo. My fave. Makes me want to get married.

Mike

Great Pics!

Stacey

Great shots! I love #3!!!

Jennifer Sims

What great pictures. You make a good looking couple and I wish you all the happiness in your bright future.

Monica

Great Pics!

Lynn

Adorable!! You two are so perfect for each other :) xoxo

Crystal

Love your pics!!

Donna Webber

Love the pictures. It is great to see Laura so happy.
He must be a really great guy to get her to fall in love with him.

Suzy Laine

I like the happy, smiley, kissy ones! Congrats!

Jessica Gugliuzza

Beautiful! I can’t wait got april! You guys look fantastic :)

amanda

Amazing pics!!!!

Andee Staley Plucinski

GREAT!

Julie Maunoir

A LOVING GORGEOUS COUPLE AND BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHY.

Alison Ince

You look so happy! And I like that teasing kiss picture.

Kerri Diaz

Very nice! Pretty ring. Congrats Julie, you did such a wonderful job with your brood!

Tammy Damore

This girl should always where color, she radiates. Gorgeous pictures. Can’t wait to see the wedding pictures of this cute couple.

Julie Maunoir

A beautiful couple and artistic photography.

Brenda

Beautiful! Love #3. Congrats!

John E. Scott

Fantastic pictures!

Shauna Gutierrez

So cute!

James Cazzaly

Love the pictures. Can’t wait to see you guys married. Miss ya both!

Michael

Awesome photos! Love the street shots.

Lori Dobard Brown

Beautiful couple!

Jill MacBeth

The pictures are great. Best wishes!

Becky

These pictures are beautiful! Wishing you and Shawn the best!

Macy Murillo Ojeda

Great engagement pics, can’t wait for the wedding in April!

Michelle Coats

Awesome pictures! You two look so happy!!

Amy P

Beautiful!!

Debra Dunlap

Great photos! I can tell yall are both so happy and in love!!!

Julie Maunoir

As many times as I have looked at them, I still cannot decide which ones to order. There is something beautiful about each one.