motherhood, Picture Taking Time

Chatbooks

Raise your hand if you take one million pictures on your phone of your kids, your spouse, your food, or – and let’s be honest here – yourself. If you love Instagram, you’ll love Chatbooks.

After having a baby in October 2017, I knew I’d be taking so many pictures, but had no idea what to do with them – I didn’t just want them living on my phone forever, but I also didn’t want to make a hundred traditional photo albums by hand. Enter: CHATBOOKS.

You’re able to automatically link your Chatbook account to your Instagram, Facebook, Google photos, iPhone camera roll, or in my case, your camera roll FAVORITES. I chose favorites because as I took photos I loved, I would hit that pretty little heart on my favorites. Each month, I ordered a new hardcover book of my favorite baby pictures. I did this for her whole first year, and I love having this beautiful collections! When you subscribe to a series, each book is only $15 for hardcover, or $10 for softcover.

Click this link to get $10 off your first purchase!

For $15, the quality is awesome. I’d recommend you edit your photos to a fairly bright finish, just to keep the overall look of the books light, but other than that, you can add captions, locations, and dates to each picture if you’d like to. I have truly loved using this site for keeping up with memories. Try it out!

There are a few other photo projects I like to keep on my shelves, like my smashbooks (pictured below on the left, and deserving of their own post!) and a traditional scrapbook or two. More on that another day!

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Dan + Candice + Baby Girl

This weekend, I had the distinct privilege of capturing my friends Dan and Candice in their last few weeks before the birth of their first baby. This couple is so beautiful, and they were so comfortable showing off their love for each other and their little girl. I really feel special to be able to capture these moments for them. Here are a few highlights! (Check outย my portfolio site for more photo shoots!)

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Arcade Engagement Photos {Katie & Brandon}

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It has truly been a while since I’ve taken photos. In fact, since my move to Columbus over a year and a half ago, I don’t think I’ve done a single photo shoot. LIFE, am I right?

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OKAY but recently a work friend asked me to take a few low key engagement photos for her. She and her fiance are super fun, and love video games. She’s planning on working a few little video game themes into her wedding, and it sounds so fun!! We have this really cool bar in Columbus called 16-Bit, where you can play all the old school arcade games your heart can handle, as long as you’re drinking their drinks (and honestly, even if you’re not). It’s a really cool place and seemed like a great spot for these two.

I confess, I don’t have the lighting equipment to do much indoor shooting. But between the natural light at the front of the bar, and the wonders of photoshop, I think we got a few fun shots! I think her save the date may include something along these lines…

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A cool, comic-booky, arcade-y type image, don’t you think? A little bit of editing on the game between them, and it will say “Save the Date” along with the date and city of their upcoming nuptials. Clever move, Katie. Clever. Move.

And so here are a few more of my favorites from the shoot. Enjoy!

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4th of July {Nashville}

Last week, I delayed my trip to Wisconsin, and ended up staying in Nashville for the 4th of July. In fact, this was only my second 4th of July outside of Cedarburg in my whole life! Mr. Boyfriend and I went downtown Nashville and enjoyed a little country music, food, and fireworks. Did you know that the Nashville Symphony plays along with the fireworks, creating a choreographed fiery spectacle?? It was awesome.

We also got to see a little Craig Morgan. He was a blast!

Gotta love my sassy man ๐Ÿ™‚

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Graceland

At the end of September, I ventured to Memphis for the wedding of two very dear people. While in Memphis, a few of us decided to be touristy and check out Graceland. What I love most about tours like this is understanding the sequence of events in an individual’s life. To see Elvis go from sweet little 21-year-old musician, to the mess he was while in Las Vegas in the 70s was morbidly fascinating. A few photos for you…

It’s fun to be a tourist.