lifestyle

firecracker ford + bump

I am sooo excited to do this post. I was lucky enough to get out of town a couple weeks ago to attend my dear friend, Keri's baby shower in Atlanta. She is pregnant with her first baby (a boy!), and I couldn't be more excited! t hadn't seen her since MY baby shower nearly two years prior! She helped my sister and Mom do an AMAZING job decorating my shower. It seriously was out of a magazine. And these were the days before Pinterest! Anyways, it was my turn to help her Mom and sister with the shower. It was such a blast, and turned out as perfectly as we hoped. Keri's family took me in as one of their own that weekend, never making me feel out of place. I couldn't stop laughing all weekend with this high-energy New Jersey, super-Italian family. 

Keri is one of those people that lights up a room as soon as she walks in. I love that she was born with these amazingly bright, blue eyes.. but her parents both have brown eyes. Apparently they came from her Great Grandfather (I think?). It's as if her spirit was so bright– that when she was born, her eyes had no choice but to be sparkling blue. She came into my life like a beam of light, when I was surrounded by darkness. Isn't it funny how some people walk into your life when you need them most? We are two crazy wackadoos when we get together, talking a mile a minute and making the most ridiculous expressions to support our dramatic stories (usually about our husbands). We always felt like we knew each other from another lifetime. Kindred spirits you could say. 

Mrs. Keri Lynn Ford inspires me in so many ways, aside from her infectious energy. She has MADE things happen in her life through her determination, passion and hard work. She started her very own company, IgniteGirls® Fitness, which is a fitness program that offers KICKass workouts, nutrition plans and guided support towards your goals (and the support of a community of women in the same boat). Go see for yourself. She is SO INCREDIBLY photogenic. Did I tell you she also does fitness modeling? So getting in front of the camera was like 10 cups of coffee for her. And how ADORABLE is she?? She was doing planks and push-ups in no time– showing off her crazy-pregnant-strength. Keri is a prime example of a doer, a go-getter, a make-it-happen-because-there-is-no-plan b. She has always been one of my biggest supporters, and for that and a million other things, I am forever grateful. She is SO thoughtful, caring and hilarious. She is extremely nurturing to everyone. She is the Momma dukes of her company! She takes all of these women under her wing and guides them to a better lifestyle. But she also doesn't. take. shit. So, dear sweet little Peyton Michael Ford, look out. You have one tough Momma that won't let you get away with sh&t. She will however, make you giggle your socks off. 

She is going to be one. amazing. Momma. 

Keri's husband, Dave is the perfect man behind this incredible woman's story. He is her rock. A total goofball without trying. A true gentleman with a huge heart. And he is pretty obsessed with Jeeps. Peyton is going to have such a blast with these two!!! 

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mel and joe // take one

I had the absolute pleasure of doing an engagement shoot in Old Newcastle, DE (established in the 18th Century) for one of the most adorable (and super fun) couples that I now know. Mel and Joe. They are highschool sweethearts (that tried to be apart but kept finding themselves together again). They are one of those couples that seems to just make sense. That just works. That wants to have fun. They are good friends but can't stop kissing. Isn't that the definition of true love? We had such a fun day...  from balloons to silly string to getting juiced up on delicious latte's from an adorable divey coffee shop in the heart of town. We also were one of the few people that were awake (or around during church hours) that beautiful fall morning. Stay tuned for more...

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squatch hunting

Happy Halloween! I took the little man out to the wetlands & woods nearby to do a little Sasquatch hunting (or cute winter yeti hunting- that looks like a scary chicken). If I haven't said it lately, I'm so grateful to have such a happy baby (he must take after his Dad, who is ridiculously happy all the time). He was so happy to get out and crawl all over the boardwalk (and I had to chase him away from the edges every 5 shots). Num num num... leaves taste yummy.

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My little cousins

Once removed cousins, that is. Or whatever. That stuff confuses me. It's too late, so don't ask! Tomorrow is Friday, that's all that matters! 

These adorable kiddos are my cousin's kids, which I am lucky enough to live closer to  since moving back east. It has been so wonderful being close to family. I have a ton of super-amazing relatives, and it just so happens that my cousin married a super-amazing woman. I seriously feel like I'm related to her too. She loves when I take photos of her mini trio, and I am more than delighted to use them as my little models. Especially when they have the cutest outfits (for a wedding they were in)! The oldest, Hailey, is blossoming before my eyes. Such a beauty. James is the MOST energetic child on earth. I adore him so much. One time when I visited, he was wearing a daisy costume and pouting by the big window as I left. He is so fearless and full of life. You'll see his eyes twinkle if he stays still long enough. Ava, the youngest.. is just the sweetest sweetest girl. She is a tiny little peanut, but as fearless as her big brother. And never stops smiling!

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