February 17, 2016

The One in Rose Colored Glasses

"February 14th, Valentine's Day, is about romance. But February 13th, Galentine's Day, is about celebrating lady friends. It's wonderful, and it should be a national holiday."
-Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation (Played by the amazing Amy Poehler)

If you have not heard of this wonderful holiday, I can only blame your telication (television education).  My bestie/roomie and I had both re-watched the Parks and Rec series within the past year, but she was the one with the genius idea to throw a Galentine's Day shindig with our favorite lady friends.  She asked me to co-host, and of course, I accepted.  For a few weeks, we discussed different options bouncing between holding the event in our apartment or at a restaurant along with who to invite, when to have it, and finally decorations and goodies.  We finally nailed down the who, when, and where after careful deliberation and created a Facebook event in order to invite our lovely lady friends.  To our delight, they responded with excitement even though most of them had never before heard of Galentine's Day.
Then the planning moved to decorations which naturally became Cammi's main concern while I naturally gravitated towards the goody bags.  When I say we naturally did these things, I am not exaggerating, we never set that either of us was dedicated to which things, it just happened on its own because I am awful at decorating, but Cammi loves it, and as I mentioned in my last post, I love gift giving.
After all this planning, which honestly was not as difficult as I had thought it might be, we were ready for the final product and definitely went into it with rose colored glasses.
Our lady friends, Galentine's Day Party, Village Grille, February 13th @ 7PM, because lady friends are awesome. 
Lights (not great), Camera (Check, but unfortunately unable to get pictures of all of our attendees), Action (without a hitch).

Thanks to my lovely co-host for the idea, the planning, the decorations, the wonderful handwriting, and the super corny but admittedly necessary toast ;) yewduhrilemveepee

February 2, 2016

The One with the Football Fandom

When Kaitlin contacted me with an interest in a session as a Christmas present, I was instantly excited!  Gift giving is one of my favorite things to do which is one of the reasons why I love birthdays and holidays so much.  I will use any holiday as a reason to give gifts even including made up holidays such as Friendsgiving and Galentine's Day (Yes, that is a G. No, it is not a typo.  If you don't know what that is, you are in desperate need of a Parks and Recreation marathon).  So this idea of a photo session gift was particularly appealing to me.  Then Kaitlin inquired about a photo idea which excited me even more for the session.  Not only would we do normal family photos but also pictures of everyone in their football jerseys.  Yes! Football may not always hold my attention for a whole game, but my football fandom still runs deep.  Go Steelers! And I guess Go Panthers too. 

Due to hectic schedules, we had to schedule the session after Christmas which was fine except that Raleigh's January weather is always unpredictable.  Thankfully, we only had to reschedule once and were blessed with wonderful weather for our session.  Choosing which pictures to share from this session was so difficult, but nonetheless, here are some of my favorite pictures from my session with all of the football fans.  

Thank you so much for allowing me to photograph your amazing family, and I wish you all the best in the next football season.