announcing sound stories

We are thrilled to announce a new element at it's the everyday! 

Presenting sound stories. We are adding more dimension to your photo story by including a personal interview with you. Your words, our photos. The truest portrayal of your everyday.
It's a beautiful thing. 

Click on the photo below for the full story (and be sure to watch in HD).


We will be sharing the complete blog post of this amazing family's session soon!
(For details about sound stories head here.)

chucktown (part 2)

Our recent trip to Charleston was wonderful and we found so many great spots to visit as a family. Especially a family with young ones. As we already shared here there are some great things you can do as a family if you are visiting for the first time. Some of them are even free! 

We wanted to share a few more that we will be sure to visit again the next time we come back. 

Whenever we travel we love to find new toy stores that have unique hand made toys. The Magnifilous Toy Emporium immediately caught our attention from the street because of the small scale carousel in the store. Really! It's the first time we visited a toy store where there was a carousel you could ride! Well, that is if you are a small child. Our boys loved it! They giggled as it lit up and cranked out old tunes as they rode around and around on it. For $1 it was a very worthwhile investment! This store had a very hands on approach, as it should with toys. But a few cool things were a musical piano that played by itself, a real train horn you could pull to hear the whistle, a tall tower where you rolled a marble down and played a song, and a variety of quality brand toys that made you want to sit down and play with each one. Truly it was so much fun being in that store we were sad we had to leave. Before we left though one of the workers took us to the little courtyard in the back and showed the boys some giant bubbles with one of their special wands. We left knowing we'd be back for sure! 

For a sweet treat you have to stop for an icecream at Jeni's. Their icecream is made from grass grazed cow's milk (which means no hormones, and makes us happy!) and they offer amazing gourmet flavors as well as seasonal flavors. They also make their own waffle cones right there! You can smell the vanilla goodness from the street and you will not be able to stop yourself from going in! We also found out that they have one right here in our stomping grounds in Atlanta, hurray! (And since we've been back home we have already made a trip to it!)

If you have room for another sweet treat, or if you'd like a quick bite in the morning be sure to head to GlazedYou can choose from a variety of flavors here, made fresh. And by fresh I mean you can sit and watch them roll them out while you munch on the flavors of the day. We are donut people (um, who isn't?) and loved the donuts here. 

photo credit due to the talented  Amelia at Bloom and Lo

photo credit due to the talented Amelia at Bloom and Lo

We did some shopping along King St. and stopped in for lunch at  Jim-n-Nick's BBQ and loved that they had a simple and yummy menu with some options for the boys (grilled cheese, which is always a favorite in our home). We also just realized they have a location locally here in Acworth, so we will be able to visit again! Yum! 

And of course we headed out to the beach a couple times, driving over the amazing Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge. We can't wait to visit again!

Mothers day story

Becoming a mom has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I cannot measure the amount of joy that fills my day-to-day from being with these babes of ours. And I've never been so actively involved in photography as I have been as a mama. There are so many little things I don't want to miss! As they have grown from newborn to baby, toddler to little man, I have been documenting along the way. My collection of photos has grown to thousands, but I love being able to look through the past few years and see what my everyday is like with them. And from all those photos, do you know which ones are my favorites? Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly) they aren't the controlled, posed, set up shots that we have of our boys when they were tiny newborns. No, it's the candid, natural, in the moment kind of shots that I love the most. Like our first stop at the beach when we arrived in Charleston. We had our swim clothes packed in the car, but we were so excited to see the ocean. We just planned to dip our feet in, however when you are with a toddler that has been talking about the beach for the past 5 hours in the car, plans change. And you come away with a shot of your 3 year old in his underoos. 

Or how there are always rocks to collect whenever we visit the grandparents. 

Or the moments I catch these two reading a book or eating snacks all squished together in the same place. 

The moments are what I remember, and having those in photos is something that I will always treasure. 

So, as Mother's Day approaches, I wanted to offer something special just for moms.  
This is a session that will be in your home (or a special place you love to be with your kids) documenting your relationship with your little ones. What moments in your life do you most want to remember? What is your story?
I have to laugh because, as I typed this, my youngest came toddling by with one shoe on and the other shoe in hand, waiting for some help from mommy or daddy to put it back. And once I sat back down to type (I was outside enjoying our spring weather) a ladybug landed on my cup of water. My three year old was instantly enthralled with this tiny bug. It's these little moments that I love, that fill up my days. They are ordinary, but fleeting, and I know when I'm not so busy in the middle of raising these little boys I will miss simple moments like these.  

The moments in your own life are what I will be documenting. This real life session will be the simple everyday you spend as a mom with your own little ones. The stories you read together, the breakfast routine you share everyday, the teaching moments when you show your child something for the first time, the times you get to hold your little ones and they don't squirm away.  

Ready to book your session?
Because I really want to invest my time into your individual story, I will only be offering a minimum amount of sessions. So please contact me if you are ready to book your session! I can't wait to get to know you and document your own sweet story in motherhood! 

southern snow!

We have been experiencing some unusually cold, wintery weather this year down south. And while we do love the hot days with some warm sun on our faces, we cannot deny the excitement that a little snow brings to our household. All four of us love the outdoors, and when we are given the chance to play outside, especially when there are snow adventures awaiting us, it's a pretty perfect kind of week. Also we cannot deny the fact that the beauty of this snow, as fleeting as it is (pretty sure it's melted away a substantial amount as I type this) presents a photographer's dream. The sheer beauty of the pure white fluff that greeted us this morning was enough to take our breath away. The silence of the morning, followed by the crunch of newly fallen snow under our feet was an amazing start to the day. I (Carrie) was struck by the beauty of it all, but as I looked back through these photos, I was again reminded of the beauty of our God. He didn't have to make snowflakes be so unique, but He did. Even if we can't see the tiny separate flakes, they are there in all their collective beauty. Amazing. Here are a few snapshots we wanted to share with you.