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Before we say “I do”- Jay & Meagan’s rural Berryville e-session

“I proposed on our first date.” Well, technically speaking, it’s true, but the build-up was so much more than that. They met during training for their missions work- grouped together with other young Christians, all preparing to set out around the globe and spread the Gospel to all nations. They were in a big facility, and as the group did pretty much everything together it’s no surprise the Jay & Meagan were eventually introduced. Training inevitably came to an end, though, and they parted ways. For now, at least. Hundreds on miles away from each other, she in Delhi, he in Nepal, their friendship grew over Skype dates and emails. And then on a group trip to New Zealand, something shifted, something almost tangible.

A few months later when Jay was in Delhi to visit Meagan and meet her visiting parents, he asked her on their very first official date. And what better way to finish off a lovely evening with than a walk in a park? Only… the park was locked. So, outside of the locked gates of park in Delhi, India, Jay began to talk. He told Meagan how he admired her, all the things about her he’d come to love, and how what he was about to give her? Well, it was just temporary. Things didn’t click for Meagan until Jay was down on one knee with a beautiful promise ring, asking her to be his wife. The promise ring was the temporary bit he’d mentioned- being half way around the world made it a little difficult to pick out a diamond.:)

Jay & Meagan, I am SO EXCITED for you guys!! Your story brought me so much joy as you relived it over our Skype meeting, and from our morning together last week, I just know you all are perfectly designed for each other. I loved watching you two interact, and your constant laughing and loving with abandon was such a blessing to witness. Thank you, a hundred times over, for the sheer pleasure of documenting your love. I can’t wait for October!!

We began at sunrise in Berryville…

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This needs, NEEDS to be on a canvas. We walked over a hill and found this field and my first comment was “Don’t think I’m a nerd, but this looks like the Shire.” And then I found Jay’s a huge Harry Potter fan and I loved these two even more.

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You two are ridiculously good-looking.

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Meagan!! You’re beautiful!!

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I loved how easy going Jay & Meagan were- my constant “last one, I prom- NO WAIT! DON’T MOVE! [takes 27 more frames]” didn’t phase them at all.

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Love. Love love love.

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Model status! You guys are going to ROCK your wedding day portraits.

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Happy Thursday!

[...] knew, after shooting their e-session, that Jay & Meagan knew how to work the camera. But they blew me away all over again on [...]

Susan Lines - September 19, 2012 - 12:23 am

Your pictures are AMAZING…but what is even MORE amazing is his trust in God’s plan!

Jodi Burks - September 8, 2012 - 1:10 pm

So fun to see these spectactular pictures. Brings a smile to my face to see the love in their eyes captured in a photo.

John Shepherd - August 28, 2012 - 12:11 am

An His perfect plan moves forward. May Jay and Meagan be an instrument of His peace. My heart if full.

Abby - August 25, 2012 - 10:22 pm

I like the pictures!!! I miss Miss Mary!!!

Mark - August 25, 2012 - 10:17 pm

Great photography!!! Seems like each picture captures one of those precious moments of innocent love!!!

Perla - August 25, 2012 - 10:15 pm

You guys look beautiful together! Beautiful pictures!!!May God bless you in this new stage of your lives!!! :)

Sally Hood - August 25, 2012 - 9:38 pm

Perfection! I love the one where they are looking right into each other’s eyes, but their bodies are facing forward! That and the one holding hands facing each other in the field! Says it all!

susan Gobble - August 25, 2012 - 2:20 pm

The pictures are amazing. Great looking couple and the early morning haze is beautiful!!!! You can also see how much in love they truly are.

Eric Sturm - August 25, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Best wishes. Very beautiful pictures

Kellie Sturm - August 25, 2012 - 1:38 pm

What amazing and beautiful pictures. Megan and Jay look so much in love.

Erin Boyd - August 25, 2012 - 11:54 am

Gorgeous!!!! Love ya girl!

Julie Bendle - August 25, 2012 - 11:09 am

If the engagement pics are this beautiful, I can’t even imagine what the Rodes Farm wedding ones will be like! Looking forward to it….

Jen Lokey - August 25, 2012 - 9:58 am

Love these photos!!!! can’t wait for October!!

Kristy - August 25, 2012 - 9:51 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

Janice W. Bolton - August 25, 2012 - 8:11 am

Jay & Meagan,
WOW! You restore that ole dream that there really is “old-fashioned, committed love”! You’re both beautiful and God must be rejoicing and saying, “It is VERY good”! Abby captured your love in such a special and fresh way! October, here you come!!

Sharon Mock - August 25, 2012 - 6:07 am

I love the photo’s! You are a beautiful couple!

Rici - August 25, 2012 - 5:30 am

These two are sooo beautiful together!! and this bling shot is AMAzing!! WOW!

Pattye Whitmer - August 25, 2012 - 12:32 am

All the pictures are so beautiful–Meagan is gorgeous–they look so much in love–now I need a tissue! Love it–can’t wait!!!

Mary Lacy - August 25, 2012 - 12:23 am

Beautiful story, beautiful couple.

Erin Aleece - August 24, 2012 - 9:44 pm

These are beautiful!! You two are so cute together…as always! And I love the location too!

Brittany Hartsfield - August 24, 2012 - 6:14 pm

These are so precious! I love them!

Ursha - August 24, 2012 - 2:55 am

Really gorgeous, and i love the fog in the photos!

Lindsey - August 24, 2012 - 2:17 am

These are gorgeous! Love ‘em!

teri pozniak // tPoz - August 23, 2012 - 11:17 pm

ack!! gorgeous!!! that one – neeeeds to be on a giant canvas STAT!

Lizzz - August 23, 2012 - 10:00 pm

Ahhhhhhh can’t stop looking! These are absolutely gorgeous. Jay and Scooter, YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED.

Ruthie - August 23, 2012 - 7:33 pm

Fantastic wonderful photos! I am so happy for you. And more than a little impressed how beautiful Meagan looks at SUNRISE. Oh my.

Jo Anna Parker - August 23, 2012 - 7:27 pm

Such awesome photography capturing the feeling between these two!!

Janet Hartsfield - August 23, 2012 - 6:55 pm

These photos are beautiful! I love the detail that is brought out in each one. You for sure captured the love and gentleness that Jay and Meagan have for each other. Truly amazing!

Mary Shepherd - August 23, 2012 - 5:33 pm

Beautiful pictures Abby! You did a wonderful job of capturing two precious people in love. Can’t wait for the wedding pictures! Thank you!

Sarah B. - August 23, 2012 - 4:31 pm

Again, Abby – beautiful job documenting sweet love!

lauren - August 23, 2012 - 4:10 pm

well, hello! these are amazing!!

Karis - August 23, 2012 - 3:32 pm

these are so great! so happy for you guys!

Brooke - August 23, 2012 - 2:25 pm

i love these pictures!! :) so beautiful!

Sabrina - August 23, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Love these!! And I love sunrise sessions, just love them :-) Incredible job!!

Jean - August 23, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Beautiful pictures. Getting up that early certainly pays off! Great work!

Dani - August 23, 2012 - 1:04 pm

So much prettiness!! Seriously, you and these amazing open fields that seem to be endless, I love them. And Meagan is just beautiful!! Jay ain’t so bad either ;-)

mollystillman - August 23, 2012 - 12:53 pm

i LOVE the soft, romantic feel of these. so gorgeous!

Kari Jeanne - August 23, 2012 - 11:21 am

Such a GORGEOUS session!!! The light gives everything a beautiful pastel Jose Villa esque feel! I pinned my favourite – the first couple photos :) ALSO I am enjoying that you are not putting any sorts of watermark/logo on the images – what made you change and go that route?

Serena Severtson - August 23, 2012 - 11:07 am

Beautiful work, Abby! I’m LOVING this location!

Hannah Rancourt - August 23, 2012 - 10:23 am

I am SO in love with this session!!!!! AMAZING light, beautiful people and LOVIN’ that field!!!!!

ashley barnett - August 23, 2012 - 10:10 am

Oooo girl these are NICE! So pretty!

Alison Mish - August 23, 2012 - 9:55 am

Love the one above the barn pictures…the light is rocking! Love these! So so good :)

Emilia Jane - August 23, 2012 - 9:47 am

Oh my gosh that first one in the field!!!!!!!!!!!!

karen allen - August 23, 2012 - 9:38 am

Girl, these are amazing!! That location is so pretty, but you made it incredible! What a gorgeous couple! I love these!

Rebekah Hoyt - August 23, 2012 - 9:34 am

OH MY GOSH. I’m obsessed! This is simply gorgeous. That morning glow is becoming your signature style – I LOVE it! They are so natural in front of the camera and she has the BEST smile! Beautiful work, Abby!

caitlin elizabeth - August 23, 2012 - 8:24 am

ohmygosh that FIELD. love their outfit change too… completely different look!

How to keep running and avoid asthma attacks

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m NOT a champion runner. I haven’t timed myself lately on the fastest single mile I can run, but I tend to average between 9:15-10:00 on my everyday runs (4-7 miles), and even slower on my long runs (anywhere from 10-20 miles). Both my parents were avid runners at my age- each ran cross country at Radford, and my dad’s continued through the years, so when I finally started up with distance running in college we decided to sign up for the Marine Corps Marathon together. Was I completely intimidated at the thought of running 26.2 miles? Uh, YES. Especially since my running could never be what you called “consistent.” I’d go through exercise spurts where I’d run for a few weeks, get bored, then stop, take a few months break, do it all over again. Lather, rinse, repeat! So because I’m the queen of procrastination and inconsistently in exercise, I thought I’d share a few tips as I gear up for my second Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) in October!

1) Begin with the end in mind. This breaks down into two areas-

  • Overall planning: I know myself- I’m not going to exercise unless there’s some sort of goal I’m working toward, whether that’s my favorite bikini for our beach vacation or a long-distance race, hence why I was game to sign up for this year’s MCM again with my dad. Start out easy- consider signing up for a Turkey Trot 5k or something. Just having an end goal in mind will give you the motivation to start.
  • Day-by-day planning: If I set out on a week without being clear what sort of mileage I need to run each day, I’m going to slack. It just happens. So at the beginning of every week, I plan out how far I’ll go each day. This helps me look FORWARD to my runs because I know when they’ll start and when they’ll end- it’s not some endless of abyss of exercise.

2) Outfit yourself properly. You need a good pair of running shoes from a RUNNING STORE, a pair that have been specifically fitted to you according to the way your feet strike the ground. A good pair of running shoes is anywhere between $100-$150, and spending money on a pair of shoes that weren’t fitted for your personal needs is just a waste of your deñeros. Do yourself a favor- check out your local running store; my favorite here in northern Virginia is Footsteps of Reston.

3) Hydrate! Hydrating makes a HUGE difference- often times when I’ve had a crappy run and I look back to see what I could have done differently, it breaks down to the fact that I didn’t drink enough water. I push at least a liter of water into my body two hours before my run (but I stop drinking an hour before to avoid those constant bathroom breaks), and I chug a few more glasses throughout the day. Hydrate enough beFORE and you won’t worry about drying out on your shorter runs.

  • Just a heads up- if you’re running anything less than a 5k (3.1 miles), it won’t do you any good to take water with you ON your run- your body won’t process it before you’re done with your run. I don’t carry water with me for anything less than 6.

4) Stretch. I failed miserably with this at first, but not stretching really does lead to injury- you’ve just worked your muscles into a frenzy and without taking time to calm them down with some slow, intentional stretches, your muscles will tighten up and you’ll be more prone to pulling something. Some of the most common running injuries (plantar fasciitis and iliotibial band syndrome) can usually be avoided with good post-run stretching. Make sure when you stretch to take at LEAST 30 seconds per pose. Long muscles = strong muscles!

^that’s my Dad and I after the 2010 MCM. Don’t worry, he doesn’t always have a creepy mustache like that. It was some contest he was doing with my brother.

5) Find a pace and stick with it. I used to abhor running because I’d get terrible side stitches and I’d tire out so easily. Then one day my dad took me running with him and we realized why- I was practically sprinting. No wonder I’d tire out! If you start out on a run and are seriously out of breath within the first couple of minutes, SLOOOOW DOWN. It’s better to finish your run at a slower pace than to have to stop early. On my long runs each week, my pace often slows down to around 10:45-11:00 because I KNOW that that if I go too fast, I won’t finish.

6) No T-Rex arms! We’ve all seen those people that run with hands up near their armpits- don’t be one of them. Keeping your arms up that high wastes energy and tires you out more quickly- drop your arms so that your wrists are level with your hip bones. It’s going to feel super awkward at first and you’ll have to be intentional about it until it begins to feel natural, but you’d be surprised at how much better it feels.

7) Lastly, it gets easier! Every time I come back to running after a long hiatus, I hate my life for the first week or two. My body’s getting used to exercise after a prolonged state of inactivity, so it only makes sense that it’s going to resist. It’ll get easier and more comfortable with each and every run, so push through the frustration!

And finally, because every post is better with a photo, here’s an image from Jay & Meagan’s sunrise e-session, hitting the blog TOMORROW! Provided the power doesn’t go out. AGAIN.

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Happy Wednesday!

caitlin elizabeth - August 23, 2012 - 6:40 am

never will i ever be a runner, but i appreciated this post ;) hehe

Karen Field - August 22, 2012 - 10:24 pm

Good explanation of starting up with running. The shot was beautiful!

Rebekah Carter - August 22, 2012 - 10:31 am

Thanks for this post! I have asthma & have pretty much always hated running. For most of my life I’ve found it much too difficult but also boring, if that is possible. However, in the past few years I’ve slowly started running more, mostly to prepare myself for hiking w/ my husband. I can’t say I’m in love w/ it but I have started looking forward to running which is a huge step for me. I still have a LONG way to go but thanks for the encouragement & especially for mentioning the running shoes. I really need to do that ASAP!

Tori Watson - August 22, 2012 - 10:23 am

at this point in my life i kind of have NO desire to ever train for a marathon, but i could see myself trying for a 10K or half-marathon someday (maybe) and these are some great running tips! i’ve never heard the one about arm placement, before. so thanks for sharing and if i ever switch from my jillian michaels DVD’s to running, i’ll be referencing this post…. :)

Hannah Rancourt - August 22, 2012 - 9:14 am

AH!!!! You make me want to go running!!!! Alas, I cannot go for a while:-( Could you please set a reminder to motivate me again in December???

Elizabeth Victory - August 22, 2012 - 9:12 am

Great tips Abby!! This was really inspirational, and almost got me wanting to try to run again, until I got to #7. lol. It never got easier for me! Don’t know what’s wrong with me; Andrew tries to make me feel better by saying I’m an upper body person or something.

You’re just so awesome. When telling someone about you, it would go something like this:
“Yeah, the photographer we had at our wedding is super talented and is full time wedding photographer now, AND she runs marathons!”

Before we say “I do”- Josh & Lorinda’s Eastern Shore, MD e-session

They started out, as many of the best relationships do, as friends. Brought together by mutual friends of theirs, Josh & Lorinda spent two full years in the platonic stage. But around that two year mark, something subtle shifted. A friend of theirs was raising money for charity walk and needed their group to patron particular local restaurants, so Josh & Lorinda both headed out to dine in the name of philanthropy. And somewhere along the line, Josh began to notice her as more than a friend, more than just another member of their band of cohorts. And so he asked to take her out for a night of dining, just the two of them.

After an evening at the Melting Pot, Lorinda joked that she didn’t know how Josh would ever top himself. But top himself he did, and when the time came to ask Lorinda one very big question, they returned to where it all began at the very same Melting Pot. Before walking in to claim their reservation, Josh turned to Lorinda, told her that “this is a good way to top that first date,” and lowered himself to one knee with a ring in hand. As the hostesses inside screamed with glee at what they were witnessing, Lorinda managed a “yes!” and flung herself into his waiting arms.

Josh & Lorinda, I am so grateful for the chance to get to know you both and to photograph your love! You two are hilarious, spunky and fun, and I really can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed getting to know you so far. I can’t WAIT to photograph y’all again next April for your wedding!!

We began at sunrise at Lorinda’s grandfather’s house on the Eastern Shore of Maryland…

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Lorinda’s grandfather’s house was where Lorinda and her family spent many a week each summer, so returning there for their engagement session was really important to Lorinda. I LOVE shooting in locations that mean something to my couples!

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Oh Lorinda! You are so, so elegant!

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After a quick outfit change, the sky finally produced the rain it’d been threatening all morning. So we did the only practical thing left to do- grabbed umbrellas and kept shooting anyways!

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You guys are so. stinking. CUTE.

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Lorinda happens to be a fabulous wedding planner in the area, so y’all should definitely check her out!

Happy Tuesday!

Debbie - September 4, 2012 - 1:11 am

Loved all the pics! Especially the one’s of them under my favorite tree. They make a wonderful couple. You can see the love they have for each other in the photos. Abby you did a great job!

chris - August 25, 2012 - 10:37 am

Your pictures are very nice. I like the umbrella pic, and the pics on the dock.

tracey - August 24, 2012 - 1:32 am

great pictures.You’ll look so happy

Taylor Kail - August 23, 2012 - 10:02 pm

The photos are so beautiful!! It’s amazing seeing my big sister marrying a great guy like Josh. I love you guys

Brian - August 23, 2012 - 3:15 pm

Absolutely love the pics. Looking forward to the wedding

tina - August 23, 2012 - 2:44 pm

Great shots

Telecia - August 23, 2012 - 2:32 pm

Such a beautiful couple! congrats again Lorinda!

Shannon Pratt - August 23, 2012 - 1:48 pm

Beautiful Pictures!! Would love to get some done like this of me and Mike! These pictures are PRICELESS….congratulations you two…I am so happy for you!

Meghan - August 23, 2012 - 1:39 pm

You two are wayy to adorable together. I love it and with you both all the happiness!

Roz Coates - August 23, 2012 - 1:24 pm

Beautiful couple, beautiful photos! My favorite is the one at the top: they look so happy!

Todd Eisele - August 23, 2012 - 1:10 pm

Wow. Josh actually has a pair of full length jeans. Never thought I’d live to see the day he wore something other than shorts. Great pics.

Evilisa - August 23, 2012 - 1:10 pm

I positively LOVE the “in the road” pics. Great photography. Super cute couple.

Joan - August 23, 2012 - 1:03 pm

Fabulous pics!!! Soooo romantic!

Shannon - August 23, 2012 - 12:55 pm

Absolutely lovely. You are a beautiful couple!

Mandy - August 23, 2012 - 12:53 pm

I like the “American Gothic” with the umbrellas!

Kathy Eisele - August 23, 2012 - 12:45 pm

GREAT PICS!!!! Love the umbrella pics. nice job working with the weather. my baby boy looks so handsome. :) And his bride to be is just beautiful inside AND out!

Katie - August 23, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Love all of these photos! They are so beautiful! Can’t wait for the big day :)

Josh Crain - August 23, 2012 - 12:21 pm

These came out just as awesome as i thought they would. Thank you :)

Tami Gunther - August 23, 2012 - 7:06 am

LOVED the pics! You were an adorable little girl – and have really grown into a beautiful young woman!

Nancy Nolan - August 22, 2012 - 8:51 pm

Beautiful, beautiful photos of Josh and Lorinda’s engagement. They are all great!

Eryn Carlisle - August 22, 2012 - 6:27 pm

Absolutely amazing!! Gorgeous photos of Lorinda and Josh!

Alecia Kohrs - August 22, 2012 - 4:18 am

These photos are superb. You captured the beauty and serenity of Lorinda and Josh’s love for each other.

Annamarie - August 22, 2012 - 12:18 am

I definitely agree..the red umbrella ones are my favorite:)..I love the soft light and the ring shot is SO pretty on the flower with the rain drops:). I’m loving watching your style evolve!!

Stephanie - August 21, 2012 - 10:31 pm

I LOVE all of these! I can’t wait for yall’s wedding! :)

Carolyn - August 21, 2012 - 10:10 pm

The pictures of Lorinda abd Josh are amazing. You really captured their love for each other.

Mike - August 21, 2012 - 7:22 pm

Pictures look great guys. Can’t wait for the big day!!

Jean - August 21, 2012 - 7:04 pm

Gorgeous pictures.

Connie - August 21, 2012 - 6:36 pm

The pictures are really good, grandpop’s property looks great, and the picture on the pier with the crabbing boat is cool!

Brooke - August 21, 2012 - 4:42 pm

I love you both sooo much. What great shots!!!

Dani - August 21, 2012 - 1:12 pm

I mean, seriously. These are gorgeous. Everything about them. I love every single one of the umbrella shots so much!

mollystillman - August 21, 2012 - 12:07 pm

these are TOO CUTE!!

Carrie - August 21, 2012 - 10:40 am

The pictures are so beautiful. I love how you all kept going in the rain.

Alexandra Veletsis - August 21, 2012 - 10:30 am

Lorinda I dont think you understand my obsession with your wedding and everything. You guys are the cutest couple I have ever seen!!!!! I love you and miss you!!!!! <3

Chelsey - August 21, 2012 - 10:09 am

WOW. These are so adorable! I can’t stop looking at them! Even with a rainy day you were able to capture some amazing photos of 2 amazing people :)

Rebekah Hoyt - August 21, 2012 - 9:57 am

This is definitely one of my favorites of yours, Abby! There is something so relaxed and natural about this entire session! And I am OBSESSED with that headless shot on the dock! STOP IT it’s so good!!!

Nora - August 21, 2012 - 9:56 am

These are absolutely amazing!! I love the umbrellas!

David Abel - August 21, 2012 - 9:51 am

Abby those last two photos are so amazingly beautiful I had to pin them! Great job on this session!

Serena Severtson - August 21, 2012 - 9:44 am

Beautiful set, Abby! I love the location (especially being something of meaning to her!) and they’re seriously adorable!

Natalie - August 21, 2012 - 9:01 am

I AM FREAKING IN LOVE WITH THIS SESSION! Now if my all caps doesn’t give away my feelings… than this will – Love the Maryland feel and the way you worked through the rain, awesome! Truly a great set of images!

Kathy - August 21, 2012 - 8:54 am

I love the street ones at the end!! SO awesome! I also love that it was windy in the first photos, I love movement in dresses! :D

Hannah Rancourt - August 21, 2012 - 8:54 am

These two are too cute!!! I LOVE the ones on the dock!!!!!!!!! What a stunner of a ring! You outdid yourself this time Abby! :-)

caitlin elizabeth - August 21, 2012 - 8:41 am

CUTEST UMBRELLA PHOTOS EVER

Emilia Jane - August 21, 2012 - 8:40 am

They are so cute!!

Ursha - August 21, 2012 - 8:40 am

Such nice photos! Love the ones with the transparent umbrella..they are oh so cute…the photos, the couple, the umbrellas :)

Monday Mash-Up

This weekend was crazy awesome and crazy busy. I had my first ever double header (what we in the wedding industry refer to as two weddings in two days, back to back), and I’ll admit that I was pretty nervous going into it. I’d hear stories from other photographers about having to peel themselves off the floor at the end up the second wedding and I was slightly concerned that I may experience something similar. Fortunately, things ended up being great! I wasn’t nearly as tired as I was expecting to be and due to a combination of having AWESOME second shooters and a spare pair of “comfy shoes” for the reception, I made it out alive. I don’t know that I’ll be doing any more double headers in the future, but I’m glad I’ve experienced for myself how it actually feels!

As always, lessons learned from this weekend:

  • If shooting a double header, make sure to pack an emergency supply kit. Here’s what was in mine: Luna bars, water, Tylenol, TOMS, and Cheetos. Don’t forget that last item- it’s important.
  • Unsalted peanuts are such a disappointment.
  • Don’t try to cull photos on your laptop whilst driving in a heavily-hilly area of town. It’ll make you nauseous.
  • Be prepared to understand that no matter how carefully you may have styled your trendy bangs, if it’s hot enough outside, you’ll need to pin them back or risk looking like a melted Barbie with a camera. (note to self: bring more bobby pins in my bag)

Previews from this weekend’s weddings!

Happy Monday!

Rebekah Hoyt - August 21, 2012 - 7:41 am

You go girl!! I’ll be sure to pack Cheetos for my double header coming up – thanks for the advice :)

caitlin elizabeth - August 20, 2012 - 2:54 pm

these are my favorite posts. for realz. I LOVE CHEETOS!!!

Hannah Rancourt - August 20, 2012 - 11:32 am

AH! SO excited to see these images!!!!!

Katie Nesbitt - August 20, 2012 - 10:48 am

Haha I just added a bag of jalepeno cheetos to my shopping list…gotta have them for the post wedding drive home!

molly - August 20, 2012 - 10:15 am

Cheetos are essential to all life. always.

Another peek into my office!

When I began searching for fun additions to my office, one thing I KNEW I needed was some sort of organization system for my packaging/craft supplies. My solution up until that point had been various cardboard boxes stacked on top of each other with an assortment of creative tools inside. Since my new office has a closet, I was really excited to start utilizing space in the most efficient way possible. After wandering through countless aisles at Target and Bed Bath & Beyond, I finally made my way to the Container Store where I was able to custom build THIS bad boy!

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I was able to choose the color, the exact number and depth of shelves, the kind of material the shelves were made out of, and even the kind of finished top I wanted. I chose the butcher’s block top so that I could use it as a work station for all my various projects.

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Each drawer has it’s own purpose- the top shelf is for stamps, embossing powder, my heat gun and all the small things I use to finish off my packages before sending them to clients.

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The next one down is my adhesives drawer! Yep, I have an entire drawer devoted to all things sticky. Tape, double-stick tape, painter’s tape, packing tape, glue sticks, hot glue, etc. etc.

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I use my two large bottom drawers to hold my flash drives- the 16 gig drives go in the second-to-last drawer, and the 4-gig drives go in the bottom drawer. I maximize the space by also storing envelopes, cards and postage for my client stationery.

Container store organizer drawers

This is probably my favorite part- the ribbon holder!! Prior to purchasing this drawer set, my ribbon holder consisted of a ghetto, beat-up hanger that I’d strong my spools onto. So when the guy at the Container Store showed me this, I nearly flipped my lid. Cutting ribbon is so much easier now! I don’t even have to take it off the holder!

Container store organizer drawers

The end! Happy Friday!

Rebekah Hoyt - August 21, 2012 - 7:40 am

Oh, I love this! I love the Container Store!

Sarah B. - August 18, 2012 - 6:17 pm

I’m totally an organizational geek and love this!! SUPER COOL! I had no idea you could go somewhere and customize something yourself – how awesome!

ashley link - August 17, 2012 - 9:29 pm

SO COOL! my friend lives up near arlington and has a container store. she is obsessed with it! i must go visit for sure now haha. so cool! such a neat addition to your office!

Jean - August 17, 2012 - 11:01 am

I LOVE that! These work so well in sewing rooms, too. Keeps you organized and looks great!

Tori - August 17, 2012 - 10:15 am

ahhh! this is EXACTLY the type of thing i need for my office! i’ve been just shoving all of my packing stuff into little storage containers in my cubical organizer from target, but i’m starting to outgrow that between all of the packaging stuff AND all of the other things i need to find a place for in my office, where the cats can’t just tear through everything. thanks for posting this! :)