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Austyn Rose {13 days}

It’s very appropriate to share this blog today, because I just worked with this cutie again! These are some of the most unique newborn photos I’ve ever taken and I love them! I knew this session would be extra special, because I’ve known this beautiful girl’s mama for a while. We’ve worked together for a couple years now. Before Miss Rosie came along, I had worked with Erika and her hubby taking engagement photos for them. Those sessions were also some of my most unique! We did a Kentucky Derby themed engagement shoot with mint juleps and all! Then, we met again for an 80’s themed pre wedding party with big hair and satin galore! As I said, I knew this newborn session would be a treat!

Erika loves all things girly! She gets the credit for these fabulous ideas and most of the props are hers as well. This baby girl had a better shoe collection than me lol! The verse on the Kate Spade bag says “she tucked her coral lipstick away and floated back to the party.” The very last photo is of her Baptism dress.

I’m sure you can understand why I just adore these photos! I look forward to many more creative sessions with this beautiful family!

 

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Happy Birthday Tzina!!!!

Today is the birthday of one of my longtime friends, Tzina!  Her and I met in the 9th grade.  We were chair partners in orchestra, twirled on the flag corps, and shared the honor of being on Homecoming court together.  Those were just a few of our memorable times together! Since we grew up during the ancient times of film photography, most of the photos I have to share from back then aren’t good quality, but they are still so precious to me.  I also had a hard time finding our high school photos since they are scattered between photo albums and scrapbooks.  Here’s some of my favorites though…

Unfortunately for me, Tzina has moved back to Greece where she is originally from.  We are actually terrible at catching up with each other via Skype, but when we do find the time to chat it’s like we’ve never missed a beat with each other.  Thank goodness for Facebook though, because it always keeps us updated with each other’s lives.

This past summer, Shannon and I were so fortunate to be able to travel over to Greece for Tzina’s wedding!  I don’t think any vacation we ever take will top that one!  Not only was Greece amazing, but we were able to reconnect with several high school friends, and watch our first traditional Greek wedding.  I knew by seeing photos of Tzina, that she looked and felt amazing to be back in Greece, but when I physically got there with her, she radiated happiness!  I mean, of course she was ecstatic that she was getting married and so many old friends had travelled from all over the world to share her special day.  Even though I miss her terribly, I would never want her to move back to the US  after seeing how complete her life is now in Greece.

I wanted to share some of her amazing wedding stories and photos!  First of all, we were warned that it would be a long day!  The girls and I started our day around 9:00.  We had breakfast and headed to the hair salon.  Tzina’s wedding hair was the most intricate masterpiece I’ve ever seen!  After everyone finished at the salon, we put on summer dresses and headed to Tzina’s parents home for the start of the ceremonies.  Tzina lives in a village called Florina.  It was quite a rural drive to get to the house, which sat high up on a hill.  When we arrived, the wedding photographers immediately wanted some fun shots of all us girls together.  I had no idea we would be asked to be in photos like that!  It was so fun!  There was a fully catered meal and also a live band, so we enjoyed that for a while.  I’ve been watching Tzina, and our other Greek friend, Christina, do traditional Greek dances since I’ve known them, but watching her with her family on her wedding day was so awesome.  The music and food continued for the guests, but all of us girls had to go inside and not only get our wedding clothes on, but also help Tzina get into hers.  Once she was dressed, she was escorted and presented to her father.  More dancing occurred and then we made the trip down the hill to the church.  The church was absolutely beautiful!  It was also very significant to Tzina, because her parents and grandparents had been married there too.  This part of the ceremony was my favorite!  Talk about being a show stopper on your wedding day!  The street is shut down and lined with people.  Some of these people are wedding guests, but most of the ones on the street are just bystanders taking in the beauty of yet another wedding.  There was a band in front of Tzina and anyone who wanted to, could walk behind her through the street and up the stairs to the church where the handsome groom was awaiting her arrival.  At this point, Tzina asked me to help carry her veil behind her as she walked and I was so honored to do this!  Definitely my most memorable part of the ceremony!  Once inside of the church the ceremony lasted about an hour.  Even though we couldn’t understand much of what was spoken, just watching all of the rituals was so neat and beautiful.

Now, let’s talk about the reception!  Those Greeks really know how to party!  I believe there were between 500-600 guests at the reception!  We had another deliciously catered meal and watched more traditional Greek dancing.  Some of the dances can easily be picked up if anyone ever wanted to jump in and join the fun.  Shannon and I choose to sit back, relax, and just take it all in.  I think Shannon and I threw the towel in around 2:00 AM and headed back to the hotel.  The party was still going strong though!  Tzina said they finally left around 4:00 AM.  I guess it’s typical for a Greek reception to last until 6:00 AM.  I told you they know how to party!  My favorite memory from the reception was Tzina and her hubby dancing in a pan of beer!

The day after the wedding was so great, because we spent the entire day with Tzina.  We met for lunch, which lasted hours, because we finally had time to catch up on everything.  Then, Tzina walked us through the village, which was so pretty.  There were so many cute shops, but they were all closed since it was Sunday.  We got to see their new flat, which was beautiful.  It just was so great to spend quality time together!

Saying goodbye to Tzina that night was so hard!  Those three days we spent in Florina will always be some of my most treasured memories.  I remember I kept telling Shannon how amazing it felt to be with people that really know you.  People that have been a part of your life for more than a decade.  You’ve grown from children to women together, seen the good, bad,and ugly, and yet still love each other.

Tzina will be welcoming her own little Greek Goddess into the world in March!  She has been dreaming of being a mother since we were teenagers in orchestra class together, so I couldn’t be happier for her!  She will make an amazing mother, and I can’t even fathom how beautiful this little girl is going to be.

Happy birthday Tzina!  I love and miss you!  Can’t wait for all the excitement this year holds for you!  xoxo

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Paying it forward with Grandpa…

It’s been a while since I shared a personal blog, but today definitely calls for one!

My day started out filled with unnecessary drama.  I found that a site was posting one of my photos as advertisement for their product without my knowledge.  As a small business owner, I feel that typically this community is all about supporting each other and giving credit where it’s due, but not this site.  Long story short, I ended up asking the person to take my photo down since they would not cooperate.

I then started my journey to Mansfield for a dentist appointment.  I travel all the way there, because I love my dental assistant so much.  She’s like family to me.  On the way there, a semi refused to let me merge onto the highway, so pretty much ran me off of the road.  The rest of my drive was uneventful and my dental visit went well, thank God!

After my dentist visits I usually meet my Grandpa for lunch.  We typically eat at Cracker Barrel, but he picked Mansfield Restaurant this time.  I noticed as we were eating, the table across from us was staring out of the window.  I didn’t say anything, but thought maybe there was a car accident or someone had fell.  Since the table didn’t react, only stared, I finished my lunch without saying anything.  We payed and headed out to the car to leave when we saw what the table had been staring at.  A man had fallen down on the passenger side of his car, which happened to be right beside my car.  There was a woman trying to help him up, but not succeeding.  My Grandpa immediately went over to try and help the man, but I stopped him quickly.  He has a bum knee himself and definitely shouldn’t be lifting anyone off of the ground.  Thankfully, I had my gait belt in the back of my car.  For you non-PT’s, a gait belt is what we use at work to transfer patients.  After placing my belt around the man, I then instructed my Grandpa how we were going to lift him without injuring ourselves.  I also told the man he was going to have to come up onto one of his knees to help us.  The transfer went smoothly, and we were able to walk the man to the drivers side and let him sit down.  The man stated he had just came from a Dr’s visit where he checked out fine.  Ummmm, time to switch Dr’s I think!  The man stated he was diabetic so maybe that was what caused him to fall.  My Grandpa stayed with him and I went back into the restaurant to get him orange juice.  We didn’t want him to attempt to drive, and an ambulance ride is so expensive, but we also didn’t want to just leave him there.  So, he told us where his son was working near by and Grandpa and I drove there to find him.  Of course, he wasn’t working, but his co-worker said he would call him and tell him his dad needed help.  Grandpa and I headed back to the restaurant parking lot to inform the man his son was being contacted.  As we were about to pull away, Grandpa and I looked at each other with uneasy feelings.  We thought, what if they forget to call his son and this poor man waits here forever?  What if he has a heart attack in his car in the parking lot?  What if he attempts to drive somewhere and gets in an accident?  So, we asked the man for his son’s address so we could personally go get him.  Thankfully, it was close by.  When we arrived at his son’s house he had already been notified by his co-worker and was just on his way out to go help his dad.  I hope the man got home ok and is doing fine.

Grandpa and I laughed on the way home that this would only happen to us!  He said maybe he and I should start a service together, since we worked so well as a team assisting the man.  I know Grandpa and I were at the right place at the right time today, and I feel thankful to have been able to help and to have this story now.  After starting my day out dealing with people who were not paying it forward, I feel very grounded and happy to say that Grandpa and I definitely did.

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The Beautiful Nadja

Meet our friend, Nadja.  She was a foreign exchange student during our senior year of high school.  After graduation, she moved back to Germany and we lost touch until Facebook brought us back together.  I was really excited when Nadja contacted me to say she was returning to the USA for a vacation and would like to meet up for a photo session.

We had a great time during the photo shoot catching up on the past 13 years of our lives.  I also met Nadja’s mom for the first time, which was a real treat!  We continued the reunion at dinner that evening.  I choose Oscar’s in Dublin.  It’s my favorite restaurant, because I love the salmon dish.  I highly recommend them if you live in the area.  My hubby and a couple other high school friends were able to join us for dinner too.  It was a lovely evening!

We get to reconnect with Nadja again at the end of July for our mutual friend’s wedding.  Two times in one year after not seeing each for over a decade!  Very excited!!

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Love is in the Air

With Valentine’s Day being one week away, I wanted to share some of my favorite “love” inspired photos…

 

Those tootsies belong to Shannon’s Godson, Preston, who’s three now!

 

Our friends, Rich and Jackie, during their Christmas session!

 

The easiest baby I’ve ever photographed!  Miss Lili who’s turning one very soon!

 

The future Weaver’s!  Pop art session done in honor of their engagement party we had in November.

 

My amazing in-laws!  This was taken when we were vacationing in Tybee Island.

 

A couple years ago, I did a weekly photography challenge.  This was one of the photos from that project.

 

Really enjoyed this urban maternity session!  It was freezing outside that day too!

 

Another photo from the weekly photography project I did a couple years ago.

 

Isn’t he the cutest?!?  This was taken at the Jeffrey Mansion in Bexley.

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Happy 2013!!!

New year, new website!!

Shannon and I have been working so hard to update the website, and I’m so happy that’s it’s finally done!  There’s a lot of new and exciting changes with Sevens Photo, so I’m really looking forward to a fun 2013!

If you don’t already know, I’ve been working as a Physical Therapist Assistant for the past ten years.  While I still really love doing that job, I feel blessed that I’ve found two professions that I love to do.  Having said that, I am officially prn now with my Physical Therapy job.  What does that mean?  Basically, it means that I have more control over my schedule.  My goal, is to continue doing both jobs, but be able to balance my work and home life better!

You’ll see that the prices have changed for all photo sessions.  Please note that there is no longer an option to choose just ten photos.  Now, you will receive ALL photos from your gallery!  You will also receive a custom 3×3 accordion album with every session.  If you’ve never seen an accordion album, they are great brag books to carry with you!  You’ll also see that if you schedule a weekday session, you’ll save $50.  This goes along with me trying to balance my work and home life.  While I love photographing your families, I also need to spend time with mine.  I know that you will understand where I’m coming from!

Something I want to do more of this year is themed sessions.  While I love them, they are time consuming to set up.  My plan is to incorporate themes into mini sessions.  For instance; I’ll set up a lemonade stand at a local park, and schedule clients between 10:00-2:00 to bring the kiddos for a 30 minute photo session.  Please be sure to check back here and also on the Sevens Photo Facebook page to see when these sessions will be taking place.

Lastly, I just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has helped me get to this point in my life!  To my friends and family who have been in my corner cheering me on from the beginning, THANK YOU!!  You all inspire and encourage me everyday to be a better person and photographer.  Every “like” and comment you take the time to post means more than you could ever know.  To all of my amazing clients, THANK YOU!!  I am honored to be a part of so many of your lives!  I wouldn’t be able to make all of these exciting changes this year without all of your referrals.  So, thank you again from the bottom of my heart for believing in me!