S T Y L I Z E D . S H O O T || Sugar & Spice Concept Shoot

When I was little, I used to achingly wish that I was a princess with my whole heart. They had it *made*, don’t you think? I mean, sure, most Princesses had it rough for a bit (Princess Odette was turned into a swan after being forced into a marriage arrangement from childhood, only to realize she did love the guy who didn’t know she needed to be more than beautiful, and then he declared his love for the wrong person, and she basically died, but he saved the day in the end, and they got all married anyways; Princess Jasmine fell in love, mourned his death, fell in love again with a different guy, found out he was the same guy, then got enslaved by his nemesis, and then finally got to keep dating him after her dad changed laws for it to happen; then there’s Rapunzel who lived her entire life shoved into a tower with a woman who emotionally abused her while forcing her to wear a hair style that was impractical and probably gave her wicked migraines, only to fall in love with a wanted thief who wanted nothing to do with her for quite a while, and then willingly gave up her freedom to save his life, only to have him die in her arms saving her, only to find out she had magical tears–and then she was abruptly reunited with her parents, and the responsibilities of an entire kingdom where thrust upon her now light-headed shoulders) but in the end, they had gorgeous clothing, fantastic, smooth skin, and droves of admirers. C’mon, what little girl doesn’t want that?!

We know a lot of women reminisce fondly about the time when they were little girls, dreaming of being a princess, or a warrior princess, or a punk princess (whatever your favorite might be!) but how was that captured and recorded? Did you write your dreams in journals? Did your mom sneak pictures of you while you played? What about your daughter? How have you captured that whimsical, fleeting stage of her self-awareness?

Enter the Sugar & Spice Shoot, coming up on May 3rd. Shmily Face Photography has teamed up with 3 amazing small businesses to give a one of a kind, fairy tale experience to little princesses everywhere. So what’s included in the shoot, you ask? Weeeellllll, I’m glad you asked!

 

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Though there are 10 time slots total, we are officially down to 9 slots left, with several in the works to being booked. The sooner you book, the more options on time slots you have, and the more time you have to plan for outfits! So if you’re on the fence, remember, these slots will be selling out quickly-and this is a limited edition shoot–meaning that while we’ll explore other themes for down the road, we don’t know that we’ll be doing a princess-themed shoot again anytime soon. And seeing as we only plan on doing one stylized shoot a year…..it could be 5 or 6 years. Or longer.

In the mean time, we’d love if you’d also take a look at some of our favorites we got on our shoot. While the shoot wont be in this exact location, we’re excited to give you an idea of how gorgeous taking pictures of little girls in tall grass can be. The inside pictures are gorgeous, we know, but until we can get a location that allows us to have old, vintage floors, we’ll have to make do with blossoming meadows and country roads, *sigh*. I don’t think we can lose ­čśë

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Tutu’s – Little Blooms
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ace Crowns: Snickerdoodle 
Cupcakes & Vintage Props : Batch Bakeshop

And a special thank you to our gorgeous models:
Mary, and her two little ones, Miss J and Miss M,
and Melissa’s sweet little one, Miss K.

Thank you Princesses for sharing your beauty and curiosity with us! It was a privilege to capture you as you are!

And finally, a very special thank you to Staci Lewis, for her unwavering support, her last minute rescuing a rained out shoot, her wonderful companionship, and her amazing talent with film photography. You’re awesome, Staci!!!

A N I M A L || Bailey the Chiweenie

In case you wondered, I LOVE PUPPIES. Puppies, and owls, and mustaches, and coffee, and flowers, and photography, and people, and life, and my baby, and chocolate.

But I really, really love puppies.

Meet Bailey. She was rescued at 4 weeks old, and she couldn’t take care of herself at all. Squirmy, wiggly, happy-go-lucky Bailey found her Forever Home with the Leonard Family. Two sweet little girls, and an older Chiweenie named Molly took Bailey under their wing, and nurtured her into a roly-poly kibble-eating machine. Oh, my heart melted. MELTED.

Seriously. I want 10 of them–preferably potty-trained, and up to date on shots. BUT I WANT THEM ALL.

Enjoy this sweet look at Bailey, the two girls that spoil her rotten, and her mothering companion Molly, who puts up with waaaaay more ear chewing then I ever could.

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Oh, and finally, TJ, (the other half of the brains and beauty of SFP) came back to where we were shooting, and met Bailey for the first time, and I’ll tell you something: He can say he doesn’t want any more dogs all he wants, the look on his face when teeny li’l Bailey bounced into his arms and beard, I knew then and there, he wouldn’t turn a new dog away. <.< *plots*

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P E R S O N A L || Liam’s First Birthday

Normally, I don’t share personal pictures on here-there’s so much excitement and beautiful people to share with you, I never have time. But now that wedding season has ended on a beautiful note, I’ve had some time to lift my head up, and look around.

It’s fall! Trees are changing color, the smell of burning wood, fall leaves, and pumpkin-everything permeates the air! It’s my favorite season to dress for, my favorite season to shoot in, and my favorite season to eat in.

But more than that, Fall is now home to the celebration of the most precious and amazing gift I’ve ever received, my little one, Liam. It’s been a YEAR since he was born, ONE. FULL. YEAR. I’ve been running around like crazy preparing his party, and buying presents, and stopping to have a good cry when I realize my baby isn’t a baby anymore.

Ready or not, he’s walking, gabbing and pointing, laughing with me, and just this morning, I picked him up out of his crib, and his little hand held my cheek, and he looked at me like I was his greatest treasure. I just about squeezed his guts out, you guys. That’s how precious that moment was.

Take a look at some pictures I caught of him playing on his birthday! ÔŁĄ

That awkward moment where you try to surprise them, but when you open the door and turn on the light, they're already awake, and playing with toys.

That awkward moment where you try to surprise them, but when you open the door and turn on the light, they’re already awake, and playing with toys.

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His favorite book, "If I Were An Owl" by Ann Wilkinson.

His favorite book, “If I Were An Owl” by Ann Wilkinson.

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We got him a toy that's actually a kid friendly housing for my iPhone, so he can watch Big Block Sing Song, but now he can't send cryptic messages on Facebook, via Siri. <.<

We got him a toy that’s actually a kid friendly housing for my iPhone, so he can watch Big Block Sing Song, but now he can’t send cryptic messages on Facebook, via Siri. <.<

Do you have any traditions for your kids’ birthdays? Did you have any when you were a kid?

F A M I L Y || Welcome Baby Quinn

Will and Ashley have been in front of my cameras twice. The first was for their engagement session–to this day, one of my favorites. The next was their gorgeous red and white wedding, where Will made a WWE entrance that was the most awesome thing ever. And now, their family is wholly complete with their little baby girl, Quinn.

Quinn has the cutest smile when she’s dreaming, unnerving timing with going to the bathroom when her diaper is being changed, and beautiful blue eyes that are full of wonder. Oh, the joy of seeing everything for the first time!!! Ashley and Will are already absolutely fantastic parents, and the level of devotion they have for little Quinn–and their cat Captain Jack Sparrow–it’s easy to see that they’re now a complete set.

Enjoy this little sneak peek of them and make sure to leave em some love!

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F A M I L Y || Damyka & Blaine

Sometimes, I get a couple that I shoot, and I really feel a connection with them. Damyka and Blaine are just such a couple. Blaine has a smile on his face CONSTANTLY, the guy is in love with life. And Damyka fits his personality to a T. Modest, sweet, intelligent, and witty, her and Blaine kept TJ and I entertained our entire shoot together–from the thorny patches they spun in, to the tall wheat grass at sunset–we had an amazing time. Here are some of our favorites from the shoot!

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Puppy and Baby Picture!

The last few days have been INSANE.

Mother’s Day was hectic, and super emotional, because, you know, I’M A MOM NOW, and then the next day TJ broke his hand, and now I’m pretty much doing all the chores, cooking, cleaning, baby moving, changing, clothing, bathing, and still trying to run a business.

It’s been two days, and I already feel like I need a vacation.

ON THE PLUS SIDE.

I started honing in on how I edit images–and I’m finding a *groove* to it. I edited an entire engagement session–and had another set up for final sharpening and vignetting (56 images, almost 4.5 hours of work), and then my husband turned off his computer, and my computer turned off, and all my progress was lost.

I spent the rest of the day on tumblr, quietly mourning.

I just wanted to upload one quick pic from Mother’s Day, because I’m EXHAUSTED. Let’s see how well I can keep up on my mission to capture life every day for the month. :3

Day 17 Challenge: BEST FRIENDS!  Momo and Liam are thick as thieves--meaning Momo knows Liam could squash her in a second, but still mothers him when he tries new things.

Day 17 Challenge: BEST FRIENDS!
Momo and Liam are thick as thieves–meaning Momo knows Liam could squash her in a second, but still mothers him when he tries new things.

He is the HAPPIEST baby I have ever met. I'm pretty lucky. :3

He is the HAPPIEST baby I have ever met. I’m pretty lucky. :3