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What’s important to you?

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I am going to pull at your heartstrings today because this is something that weighs on me nearly everyday. I am a family photographer. It is my heart, my passion, my inspiration. My job is take capture your family’s essence at a moment in time.

Yes, you yelled, they cried, someone scraped a knee, someone wiped snot on your top, and you will be heading out for a shot of something strong after your session. These are all normal occurrences. You believe that only your children act a fool on the day that you need them to look like the perfect Stepford family. No. All children act this way. Especially on important days. It is how they are wired: how disgusting & obnoxious can we get before making mom cry? Welcome to parenthood. HOWEVER, my job is to take that heinousness, set it aside, and capture you, your interaction, your children’s smiles, their laughter, their whimsy, your love for your spouse, your love for your kids, in spite of them making you scream, cry & yell.

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Recently, I have started working with St. Baldrick’s families. These families only intensify the importance of family photos in my eyes. As a mom, it is a stretching exercise to work with these families. It is every mother’s greatest fear realized: childhood cancer. It’s horrible. Put yourself in their shoes for a moment though. How much more important & valuable are those family photos now, knowing that your child is sick? Absolutely priceless.

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I joke around a lot, but on this subject, I am dead serious. So many things in life are unpredictable. We are not promised tomorrow, and how devastating would it be to miss out on having your loved ones in the frame because you kept putting it off.

Yes, custom photography is expensive. I get it. It’s an investment. It is not easy for everyone to just drop a chunk of change on custom photography. However, I can’t tell you how many people I have come across since starting my business who have told me that they have lost sons, daughters, grandchildren, moms, dads, and one of their greatest regrets is never taking the time or money to invest in a session. The first time I heard a story like that, I came home & cried. How devastating!

If you lost a loved one tomorrow, the photos that you invested in would be priceless. You would cling to those images for the rest of your life. Skip Starbucks a few times, put away birthday money. Save some money, and find a family photographer that you love & trust. You will NEVER regret taking the time & the money to get your family photographed each year.

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Mama Swag Monday | Wire & Honey

It’s Mama Swag Monday with Wire & Honey!

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We love Wire & Honey, and this mama’s message. Yes, you may think it’s controversial, but that’s ok. I am not ashamed to say we vaccinate! These tees are so soft, comfortable & fun to wear. Maddie loves her purple tee!

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Here is a little glimpse of who Wire & Honey is:

At Wire and Honey, we create hip, urban clothing that represents the heart and soul of our beloved city. We draw inspiration from music, culture, and local flair while endorsing and promoting love and tolerance.

Who are we personally? We are Steve and Rah, a husband and wife team. We have a son, Brady, who is quite possibly the coolest kid to ever walk this earth (not that we are biased or anything).  After we had our son, we noticed that the clothing options, particularly for toddler boys, were limited. We live in the city, we are an urban family, and most of the apparel that can be found at the major retailers just didn’t fit our offbeat style. So, here we are, embarking on this crazy journey of creating rad apparel for urban littles. We sincerely appreciate your support in fueling our passion for our son and fashion.

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For the month of April, a portion of proceeds on the Vaccines Save, Bro shirts will be donated to the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund (a non-profit whose mission is to find effective treatments and a cure for Fanconi anemia and to provide education and support services to affected families worldwide).

Head over to Wire & Honey to stay current on new styles, trends on fashions on their blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Special thank you to Sarah for working with us, and letting me brag on your amazing shop! We love our Vaccines Save, Bro tee!

 

Little Mr. | Friday Feature

Happy Friday! I have the cutest little guy in the cutest little suspenders from Little Mr. up for you today!

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fort-collins-photographer-maddie-b-photographyTee: Rock-A-Boy Apparel, Jeans: Old Navy, Shoes: Sweet N Swag, Suspenders: Little Mr.

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As you can tell, I love making these boys look dapper. I love dressing them in hip, fun clothing, and we love these suspenders for that very reason. They are comfortable, well-made, and fit true-to-size. Plus, aren’t suspenders on babies the cutest thing in the world? The answer is absolutely yes.

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I was so excited to get my shipment from Jamie, the mastermind behind Little Mr. Ties. In addition to these darling suspenders, Little Mr. has a patent pending on their button-on bow ties. They are safer than traditional bow ties because there is no elastic or clip! You can custom order for your little one OR for your man!

Right now, Jamie is hosting a brand rep search on Instagram. Post some pictures of your darling boys, tag Little Mr., and you could get the chance to get FREE bow ties & suspenders just to show them off on your baby boys all over Instagram!

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To stay current on new trends, prints & releases, follow Jamie on her website, Facebook & Instagram! These are perfect for everyday or special occasions for your little boys.