Sessions: Love, On The Seashore

I had the most memorable time capturing this lovely couple's engagements by the sea last weekend. The lighting, weather, and atmosphere were all perfect. I cannot wait to capture the wedding!


Sessions: Baby Q

Over the years I've fallen in love with all of my best's babies, but an extra special heart melting moment happened when this little babe was fussing during our session, and I had a few minutes to quietly console her, and she just fell asleep in my arms! It was so sweet - I'm smitten! 


Sessions: By the Sea

I had the opportunity on Mr. Abear's work trip last week to photograph beloved friends of ours, it was so fun! We took turns taking pictures of one another and the end result was a lot of laughter and memories for years to come.


Sessions: The "J" Family

It has been such a privilege to watch this family grow over the years, and capture them on such a perfect late spring day <3


Family: Little Miss' First, Second, Third and Fourth Birthday Party ❤

I'm 90% sure this is the girliest thing I've ever done, and I'm not ashamed to say I loved every minute of it. Throwing a birthday party for my long awaited little girl and celebrating all of her life up to this point was so healthy, so good. Mr. Abear and I each had moments during her party where we felt the love so strongly, these people that helped bring our princess home. 

So many loving hands helped her get to us, it's a love debt I'll never be able to repay. And to top that off, helping hands abounded on this celebration day. Cookies and sprinkled donut hole plates, rainbow veggies, snacks, and the most thoughtful gifts were all brought to show Little Miss and us unimaginable amounts of kindness and love. Not only that, but I so wanted her to have a cake that celebrated every year of her life, the three birthdays we weren't able to spend together and this most special occasion - Jenessa Boleda Coccaro blew us all away with the tastiest and most beautifully frosted cake, I can't even tell you what a blessing this was. I got to decorate this work of art with a couple of fun pieces from Petite Party Studio (my most favorite party store in the world!!!!), sprinkles, and a sparkler cake topper I had been saving for a long time for my sweet girl. 

Little Miss loved the cake, but the glow on her face was evident that she felt the whole house radiating with the swell of love for her. It was perfect.

Isn't she the sweetest?!?!?!



Travel Stories: Mississippi

Back in April Mr. Abear needed to head to the South for a couple of work trips, so the kids and I found some steals on red eye plane tickets to Fort Worth and met him, such good memories. It was a great trip full of visiting friends and family - a huge blessing since Mr. Abear was working, so it was convenient and perfect the places we went! While we started in Fort Worth, we drove to Louisiana so his Maw Maw could meet Little Miss for the first time, and then we would travel on for him to work in Baton Rouge. Due to the shape of Louisiana, we started out in one part to see extended family, then drove through Mississippi to get to another part of Louisiana to visit my in-laws and another day of work training for my love. I was bound to stop in Mississippi since we have only ever driven on through, and so Mr. Abear graciously obliged! It was short and sweet, and tasty too! After crossing over the river we were in Natchez, a sleepy little town with a historic area right by the river. We grabbed some delicious BBQ lunch at The Pig Out Inn & Restaurant, and continued on our way. If you're ever crossing through, I highly recommend this stop, it was so pretty, the countryside so green, and of course the delicious BBQ and Sweet Tea. Yum!


DIY: Simple "Shiplap" Facade

Here's a pretty simple and easy DIY, depending on the size of your space! We had a pretty boring front facade to our counter, and the whole shiplap trend fit a simply and affordable makeover.

Due to the specific nature of this project, you'll have to figure out the dimensions and amount of supplies you'll need, but the jist of it is:

2X4 Wood Planks
Hand or Table Saw
Liquid Nails/Caulking Gun
Nails (or screws if you'd prefer)
Trim (if you need/want the edges finished)
Sand Paper
White Paint
Sealant (once again, preference - we haven't sealed yet)

Mr. Abear measured the space, and we purchased the amount of wood needed. He sawed the wood to make an uneven pattern, some planks on varying heights had cuts that lined up and some didn't. 

You may want to alternate gluing and cutting, as cutting all the wood ahead of time may result in some wasted pieces. You can liquid nail them to the surface, and reinforce with two nails/screws on each plank. 

Once they're all down, sand away! Beware, this will create lots of dust. It sounds obvious, but kitchen projects tend to surprise me with the amount of mess they make. 

Once it's all sanded, paint each plank one by one with your hue of choice. (I didn't do this, and it ended up causing us a little extra work needing to score the space between the planks so it looked like individual pieces, trial and error!)

 We still haven't put trim on the edge of the work, but it's been a crazy year all around and it doesn't bother me as much as it could! 

A simple and affordable solution to an otherwise bland space, my jam! 


Summer and Grace

I had this great plan of blogging every day this summer, or every weekday at least. I'm a chronic perfectionist, if I, or anyone else fails at something out of my control I want to throw my hands in the air and leave it altogether. This is not a healthy habit, but this is my struggle, especially this week. I wanted to have a perfect Memorial Day weekend with the family, dedicate the babies at church on Sunday and just enjoy a perfect Monday with Mr. Abear home. This didn't happen, it was far from perfect and things didn't get a whole lot better until early evening. I struggle with grace, I don't know if I don't believe in it or I don't accept it or a little bit of both - but I put perfection on my shoulders and the shoulders of everyone around me. Well, there are only One set of shoulders big enough for that - so maybe this will be the summer of letting go and accepting the Grace given. I hope you all have a grace-filled summer, with more joy beyond sorrow and hope beyond all what's lost than you could ever imagine.

With love,



Sessions: A Spring Wedding

It was a joy and blessing to get to work together with Mr. Abear on this beautiful wedding. The details were so carefully thought out, and yet there was not an air of stress about the planning of it - it flowed so well that even as an outsider I found myself enjoying the time. I hope every day begins and ends for this happy couple as this day did - and all the moments in between are just as beautiful and memorable. 

Videographer: Elli Howard
Event Planning & Day of Coordinating: Jennifer Humprey and Sarah Givens