baby love


lisa christine photography

today i am highlighting my dear friend and exceptionally talented photographer lisa austin. her work is creative, stylish and delightfully real. she know's exactly how to capture the most treasured moments in your life and sustain them forever. some of my favorite things about lisa are her bubbly spirit and contagious laugh! she always fills a room with her laughter. 

{How did you get into photography?} 
In middle school and high school, I was obsessed with documenting any and everything my friends and I did. It's cliche, but I loved the idea of preserving a moment in time. I started learning the technical/artistic aspects of it through classes in high school. I did it as a hobby, poorly, for a couple of years. While planning our wedding, Chad and I met and started working with a local photographer who taught us pretty much everything we know about photographing weddings and running a photography business.

{What activities do you love to do in your free time?}
I read, anything I can learn from, I'm not a fan of fiction. I'm trying to learn how to knit right now, which is equal parts frustrating/fun. In warmer weather, I just love to be in the sunshine. But most of my free time is spent cuddled up in one of my 9,087 blankets with Chad : )

{Tell us something we may not know about you!}
I am the heaviest sleeper most people have ever met. I can sleep through storms/loud noises, falling out of bed, being in a room full of people. I can also fall asleep almost anywhere. I take my unconsciousness very seriously.

{Where do you draw your creative inspiration from?}
In general, I try to keep my eyes open all of the time for inspiration. I take a lot of random photos with my phone of outfits/ideas/colors/poses/props that I love. I try to combine the things that inspire me with each client's personality.
More specifically, for toddlers and older kids sessions: Kids clothing ads. For baby sessions: my peers. I follow a lot of photographers blogs to see how they're lighting and posing babies.

 lisa is so insanely talented and even took this lovely pic of my baby girl {below}! i love it so much i just had to share it with you. if you are interested in booking lisa for your photography needs you can contact her here.

{we love your love}

it's seriously astounding to me how many wonderfully talented people i know. colleen shawk is one of those people. she is the owner of {we love your love} photographycolleen started in the art of photography because of one thing, love. her love for her sweet nieces and nephews and wanting to capture all of their darling moments. her passion and artistic eye for photography was clearly evident and it didn't take long for people to start requesting her to take photo's of their family and events and so she decided to take on the photography endeavor that has now become {we love your love} photography

i love the quality of what she captures, it is simply breathtaking. you can view more of colleen's astounding work and book your next session at  

oh snap

i've known christina adam for a long time. i decided not to embarrass either of us by posting an old picture with our opaque lip liner and iridescent lip gloss from high school, but that's how long we've known each other. recently she has become a mother to an adorable little boy and blossomed into a phenomenal photographer who is able to capture atheistically astounding moments. she is a natural light photographer who works with the elements of nature to highlight the loveliness of everything she 'snaps' with her camera.

here are just a few of my favorite shots...

her body of work is so marvelous it was hard to choose just a few photo's to highlight! check out all her work and book your next shoot with her at grace designs photography. you can also view more of christina's beautiful work on her blog.

paisley the fairy

here are a few pic's of paisley's halloween costume! by her daddy's request she was a fairy princess. i actually ordered her a fairy costume online and when it arrived to my home i was immensely disappointed. granted i probably got exactly what i payed for, but i was still disheartened. so i shipped it back and started racking my brain on how i could throw together a fairy costume that i would be satisfied with! and here is what i came up with...

paisley the mis-matched fairy 

sorry for the quality of this picture, but my favorite thing is her homemade leg warmers! tutorial to come soon on how to make those! 

her fairy wings were $1! can't beat that! 

...and she's over it. i was trying to cheer her on in the background but this fairy was spent. 
overall i think her costume was a success! 

hope everyone had a safe and candy filled halloween!