Monday Lovin’: Matt & Allie Take On #theCLE

I woke up this morning to pouring rain & thunder…so obviously I stayed tightly cuddled in bed & fell right back to sleep! Luckily, by the time I woke up for the second time, it was a beautiful sunshiney day — perfect for Day 1 of Matt & Allie’s adventures in Cleveland!! For those who don’t know…Matt and Allie are my two youngest siblings — 8 and 11 years old and full of laughter, fun, and SASS!!! My mom asked if Chris and I would hang out with them for the week and we were more than happy to get the time together :) So, because I get so little time with these two goobers, I am going to keep this post short!

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(a photo from the last time Matt & Allie came to CLE)

One of my FAVORITE things about hanging out with my siblings is listening to all the funny things they say :) Matt and Allie are never lacking in the shock-value department, so, as a result, I get some really great quotes :P From the few short hours they’ve been here, I wanted to share three of my favorites:


Allie (at lunch with Dad yesterday): “So Sami, I’m working on a new book! It will be titled “How To Burn Your Nipple Off (And Other Short Stories)”. Basically it will just be a bunch of funny stories about our family…what do you think?!”


Matt (in the car): “Umm, Sami, did youuuu get me a birthday present this year?!”

(His birthday was last October)


Sami: “Matt, it’s time to get your PJs on!”

Allie: “Oh, he doesn’t wear PJs.”

Matt: “Don’t worry guys! I brought some bottoms — they are super cute!!!” *pulls out paw print flannel pj pants*


Haha! Hopefully those made you giggle a bit too :) We are off to the beach now to enjoy this beautiful day — but I want to leave you with some sneak peeks for this upcoming week on the blog!

First up will be my BEAUTIFUL cousin and her family — I am so glad I was able to take some pictures for them while I was up in Michigan this past weekend!2014.6.13 Mastin Family Facebook Red-6901_STOMP

And we will end the week out with Ashley & Jerome’s sweet brunch wedding! “Getting Ready” photos are some of my favorites…love the excitement and anticipation for the day!! How sweet is this image of Ashley and her Mom?

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And ya just can’t forget these SWEET cuffs Jerome rocked for his big day!

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:) Happy Monday!!!


Midweek Catch Up

Dear Summer,

Feel free to slow down anytime you’d like. 

Sincerely, it’s already halfway through the week and I feel like it’s still Sunday.

But really, am I right?! Anyone else’s week flying by??? I love how that’s the best thing ever during the school year, but once summertime hits…cheer with me everyone: We! Want! Slooowwwwwwww!!!

Anyway, this week has already been crazy busy & it’s just getting crazier! Between taking photos, editing photos, part-time babysitting for the cutest little munchkin around (I met the family by taking Bella’s 1 year pictures, which I just realized I never blogged as I went to go try to link to that…oops! Recap blog post will be coming soon because, umm, she is adorable!!), running errands, going to my first SPIN class (so. much. sweat.), grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, business planning, and all of the other fun things I thought I’d get done this summer….I am definitely realizing that my “free time” is not so free! I don’t know how the momma’s of the world do all of this AND work AND raise kids….thanks Mom!!!

I wanted to go ahead and share some images with ya’ll from the rainy Sunday morning shoot I did with my co-teacher and her extended family! It is a little out of my typical style, as she wanted some traditional group shots of the whole family together, but still so much fun! We ended up traveling out to the Rocky River Reservation to take photos UNDERNEATH a huge bridge…and it actually worked super well :) You could never tell from these images that it was POURING above us! Ha!

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Love how they all color-coordinated — I can’t even imagine the craziness that must have been going on to get SIXTEEN people to all match :P Needless to say, the families were such troopers & I am so glad they were willing to try my crazy idea of taking photos under a bridge! Haha!!

Well, now I’m off to go babysitt!! Weather permitting, I will HOPEFULLY be taking my head shots (woot woot!!) with Lane Baldwin tomorrow morning for my new website, and then it’s off to Michigan for a GIRL’S WEEKEND with my college besties! I cannot WAIT to relax and catch up with some of my favorite girls…it’s going to be amazing :) Oh, and did I mention how post-girls-weekend, I am meeting my Dad halfway to pick up my two youngest siblings for the week?? I’m sure I will have lots of crazy stories from Matt & Allie’s Cleveland Adventure…so keep a look out :)

Hope your week is going wonderfully — we’re almost to the weekend!!

love love love,


Harley & Chelcie: A Chagrin Falls Proposal

About a month ago, a good friend of mine sent me an email introducing me to his friend Harley: a Southern boy through & through! Raised & residing in Beaufort, South Carolina, he and his fun-loving, oh-so-sweet, Northern-gone-Southern girlfriend Chelcie were planning on visiting Ohio for a wedding over Memorial Day weekend, as Chelcie is originally from Chagrin. During this trip, Harley planned to propose to her in her hometown, surrounded by their closest friends & families. Even BETTER, he wanted to find a photographer to capture the moment too! 2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3577_STOMP

I was SO excited for such a unique session, and couldn’t wait to meet this couple — I knew it would be such a special moment as Harley had every single thing planned out — INCLUDING text messages I was to copy and paste at specific hours the day of to trick Chelcie into venturing into our planned proposal location :) His excitement to propose was CONTAGIOUS, and I couldn’t wait!!2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3598_STOMP

Despite cupcake smears, last-minute changes in plans, and an INCREDIBLE crowd of people due to Blossom shenanigans, Harley’s plan was perfect. I am so excited for these two and, while their proposal story is one of the best I’ve heard, I know that the future ahead of them is even BETTER. The love they share, the joy they have, and the excitement they possess — just makes me so happy!

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2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3654_STOMPWe took a few quick photos post-hugging before Phase 2 of Harely’s plan: walking up to The Popcorn Shop for some ice cream!2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3700_STOMP2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3703_STOMP2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3635_STOMP2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3696_STOMP2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3704_STOMPYeah, they’re adorable :)2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3710_STOMP 2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3715-2_STOMP 2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3725_STOMPWe made a quick pitstop to the rocks on our way up — this was the planned proposal location, but when Harley brought Chelc down it was swarmed with middle school boys, so obviously he improvised! However, we couldn’t pass up a few gorgeous photos with the falls in the background!2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3677_STOMPBut then we were on to the ice cream! 2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3736_STOMP2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3739_STOMPI mean, how precious are they?! And props to Harley for making sure Chelc had the ice cream cone in her left hand — check out that BLING!2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3741_STOMPI had to include this random dude — while I was waiting for Harley & Chelcie to grab their cones, he stopped me and asked if I would take his photo too! HAHA!2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3737_STOMPThis last set just might be my favorite. We stopped by the bridge on our way out, and the lighting was amazing!2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3762_STOMP

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Love how these two can laugh and have fun together even when the ice cream is melting all over the place :)

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Harley and Chelcie, I am so glad I was able to photograph this special moment in your lives. May this just be a glimpse at all the joy and love your future days have in store.2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3764_STOMPKeep holding each other close…2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3572_STOMP2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3773_STOMPLook to each other and God when times get tough… 2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3785_STOMPAnd make sure you take time to appreciate each other each and every day :)2014.5.24 Harley Proposal Facebook Red-3788_STOMP

All my love, and best wishes to you both as you begin the oh-so-crazy but WONDERFUL process of wedding planning :) Congratulations again!!!