Sunday, May 14, 2017

7 QTs: First blog post of the year

Yup, first blog post of the year. It's only May, ya'll. The year isn't halfway over, NBD. Linking up with Kelly for 7 QTs because she's got a popularity contest going on, and I'm %100 guaranteed not to win that one. Maybe when she promotes "Worst Blogger of the Year".

1. Anywho... goodness, where to begin! Most people who read this blog already know this, but we are expecting baby #3 and she's a GIRL! Woot! Following in my friend Faith's footsteps and the Bennet family and Ana too. Basically celebrities. E is over the moon she gets another sister, R enjoys smothering my belly with affection, J is excited to have another little lady to dote upon, and the only thing I'm disappointed about is that I don't really need to go shopping for new baby clothes.

So this probably means I should rename the blog, because I'm officially two kids behind, unless we can just pretend the "Three Little Cupps" part is talking about our kids now.

2. E turned three back in February. I was actually behind sharing pictures from her party on FB, so there might be some you've never seen. She got a "bike" that she can barely ride because her legs are too short, potty trained, and tells me all the time she's a "big girl now" and "Don't worry Mama, there will be another little one here soon".

3. R turned two last week. She's had quite the birthday week. My family came down for a small party and we went out on her birthday to Wendy's and the playground. She basically thought it was the best time ever. The day of her party, J asked her if she knew what was going to happen later. She gleefully shouted, "A Dog Party!!". Well... not quite. Set their expectations low people, they will be excited about anything.

Oh, and we got her a trampoline... which we haven't given to her yet because apparently I underestimated how big it is and we have no idea where to put it other than smack in our front yard. I think the neighbors will love it.

4. Happy Mother's day to you all mothers, both physical and spiritual. Praying for all those yearning for a child- know I see your mother's heart. Also, especially to my own beautiful mother whom I wish I could see everyday and is probably my number one blog reader ;) And my dear grandmother who passed away this March.

Cheating again, and linking up with Rosie for my Sunday Best.

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This counts to link up with My Sunday Best, right, Rosie? ;) 

My beautiful mother with R 2015

Rest in Peace, Maga. 2014 with first great grandchild, E. 

5. Check out Ginny's newly revamped blog! I recently did a little photoshoot for her a couple weekends back. She is such a natural model and it was so fun! Anyone else want new photos for their blog? For their family? I have some availability in the second week of June and then in the month of July.

6. I haven't blogged in over six months and I can't even come up with seven things to write about. My life is that exciting. Or maybe it is? I'm so busy I can't even remember what I've been up to? That must be it. Hmm,  I've been trying to read more lately so I stay off social media. I finished Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier. I thought I had read it before, but definitely not. It was really enjoyable! And I kicked myself for not reading it before the Eyre Affair. It's kind of imperative to understanding the Mrs. Danvers character. Oh and it's, you know, on like all the well-read reading lists according to so and so, so you should probably read it too. Now I'm reading Here Be Dragons, which is HUGE, but satisfying my historical fiction/history major nerdiness craving. I tried Pillars of the Earth, which really wasn't cutting it for me, but so far I'm enjoying this tome. Do you like to read? I'd love if you joined me on Goodreads! I'm constantly adding to my To Read list faster than I can possibly keep up with.

7. The CWBN conference is happening in Front Royal again this year, hosted by the gorgeous and gracious Ana! So many great bloggers coming to speak and I made so many awesome connections and friendships last year. I'll be 38 weeks pregnant, but I'm planning on being there and just trying to figure out what I'll be up to photography wise. Last year I offered headshots and did some group shots, but  my legs and arms were tired and I wasn't even pregnant! Maybe everyone can sit on the ground and I'll sit in a chair and take their pictures if anyone's interested. That should work well :-P.

Bonus: The resident pregnant, dancing fairy


Maybe I'll blog again before six months pass...maybe not. Go check out some legit bloggers over on Kelly's page! 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

7 QTs and My Sunday Best: Catching up

Linking up with Kelly as I attempt to revive the much neglected blog.

1. I got a little negativity from my family *cough* mom *cough* sister *cough* after my last two posts were predominantly about my business. It wasn't because they weren't excited for me! They definitely were. The conversation went a little like this:

Mom: So I was so disappointed by your last blog posts
Me: Really? I'm sorry, why!?
Mom: Well I was so excited that you had a post up, and then it was such a let down when there weren't any pictures of the girls.


2. So here I am, returning this blog to it's rightful place- where henceforth there will only be pictures of my family life and the business will forever be separate. Which really makes more sense anyway. Although seeing how I post here about once every three months, and the business is taking up all of my free time, I'll guarantee a post here once every six months...

3. My friend and I shared our photography talents and took pictures of each other's families. It was so much fun! I'm sharing a few, but you'll have to wait for the best one after I send out our Christmas cards.

Taken by Ashley Maciag

Taken by Ashley Maciag

Taken by my husband! 

Taken by me... which is obvious by her face. Please ignore the gnats I didn't spend the time editing out...

4. Which aren't ordered yet...

5. I never shared Halloween pictures here, so here you go. A month late is better than never, I think...

6. The weather here has been amazing! The coldest its been has been in the low fifties during the day and today its in the 70s. November in Virginia is wonderful. These pictures were from a couple weeks ago, but still fun!

This is spikeball. It's our new favorite game. My brother introduced it and we played for three days straight


R was more interested in spikeball than the playground

And then today it got cold... I spoke too soon! 

7. And since it took me two days to get this post out, I'll just make this a My Sunday Best link up too and join in the fun over at Rosie's. I wore a new LuLa Roe dress that I picked up yesterday at my friends' pop up shop in Meghan's house. It was awesome. I got to shop with my friends and make new ones! If you haven't heard of LuLa Roe yet, head over and join Meghan and Elizabeth's facebook group. They will have their online launch on Monday. And, if you've already heard of LuLa Roe, they had some killer legging patterns :) 

My new Nicole dress! 

Leggings Legging Leggings! 

Beautiful Maxi skirt patterns

Happy Business Partners

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

First Fashion Shoot

Last week, two wonderful ladies, Meghan and Elizabeth, approached me about taking pictures for their new business. They are jumping into selling the incredibly comfortable and stylish LuLaRoe line. If you're interested in checking out more about the clothes, join their facebook group page HERE! This was my first "Fashion shoot", but it was so much fun and I found some neat areas right on Main street. It was so nice of those local business owners to paint the sides of their buildings fun colors ;)

Without further ado, here's a quick sneak peek!

This dress has pockets! 

This skirt is called a Cassie. I can't wait to find one in a print I love! 

Elizabeth styled her Carly dress differently by tying it in cute knots

Headshots of the new business owners! 

Headshots of the new business owners! 

Some local color

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Traveling and a Fall Photoshoot

We've been to Missouri and back since I last posted. The girls had such an amazing time with their cousins. We went to the zoo, a pumpkin patch, and apple picking. And I forgot my camera for all three events. So.... I might have almost cried... a lot. There was definitely a lot of moaning. J can attest. Every time the sun glinted through the apple trees just perfectly a little part of the photographer in me cried out in anguish. Ok, enough drama, but seriously, it was heartbreaking.

I did get to do a little photoshoot for some of my friends' children, and oh my, they are just adorable. Here's a little sneak peek of their sweet faces.

 I still have a few openings for sessions before the cold weather! Write me a comment, e-mail, or contact me via FB :)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Catching up and some Big News

No I'm not pregnant.


Who says that anymore? Really Rachel. Lamo. Seriously. Stop. Now.

I've been so bad about blogging, but I have a fairly legitimate excuse now! I'm finally diving into the world of owning a business. My photography business will be official come Thanksgiving with the launch of my website.

In the meantime I'll just photo dump here after I do sessions.

My latest session was last weekend with Mary Lenaburg from Passionate Perseverance. She and her husband needed some headshots and some fun couple shots. They were THE BEST to work with. So fun and easy going. I felt quite honored to capture the love and humor they share between each other.

Without further ado, here's a sneak peek.

Also, if you happen to be local and want some fun fall pictures or family pictures for Christmas cards, I still have a few weekends open and would love to squeeze you in for a session!