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photo of child and chuck e cheese in roanokeKenneth’s Chuck E. Cheese birthday party was so much fun! We usually pick a birthday theme each year and have the whole family over to celebrate. With us moving to Northern Virginia at the beginning of March though, we didn’t have a lot of time to plan a party in Lynchburg this year. Since Kenneth has been asking us to go to Chuck E. Cheese’s a lot recently, we thought that a birthday party at the best place on earth would be a great idea. And it sure was! Kenneth had SO much fun!!  View full post »

Today you turn three! Three!! You are no longer a baby, you are a little man now. Where has time gone? It feels like yesterday we brought you home from the hospital and started our journey to parenting. I still can’t believe they trusted US to leave the hospital with you. I remember that feeling quite vividly. The feeling that we were now responsible for a little baby boy’s well being. We were responsible to nurture you and keep you safe. Oh, how we cherish those moments as brand new parents! Being your parents has been one of the most rewarding things we have been blessed with. View full post »

We are selling our cute little house pictured on the right, and moving to Northern Virginia!!

It’s crazy! We are days away from packing up our lives and moving across the state. It still hasn’t hit me that by the end of the week we’ll be living in a whole different city, a few hours away from Lynchburg. While we are excited about the move, this is a huge step for our family!

It hasn’t been an easy decision to make, but we feel that this is where we are supposed to go next. Tim has accepted a job as a youth pastor at Heritage Baptist Church in Ashburn, VA. We cannot wait to meet the teens there and get to know them better and serve them! 2017 is going to be a fun year! View full post »

romania oradeaA letter from my husband:

If I could sum up what being married to a photographer is like in one word, it would have to be blessed. I am not going to lie, there are a lot of words that come to mind, but this one is true to the heart. I am blessed to be married to my awesome wife, who has taken her incredible, creative gifts and used them for the benefit of others. She literally gets joy out of capturing other people’s most-precious moments and that speaks volumes about the kind of lady she is and the character that she possesses.

To be straight-forward, I never really thought much about the work photographers do when I saw them at events throughout my life. Not that I had anything against them, I just simply never stopped to think about how much effort really goes into their work. It was not until my wife started doing photography at a professional level that I saw View full post »

2016 has been a great year for us as we have had an amazing wedding season and got to work with even more amazing couples. Thank you, thank you for sharing your wedding day with me and allowing me to document your special day on my camera. It’s been truly a privilege!!

It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by! Here we are, at the end of December, the last month of the year. I am in awe as I am typing this post because this year has truly flown by in the blink of an eye.

At the end of every year, I like to really take the time to look at what has worked and what hasn’t worked for my business in the past year. I also like to set goals for the new year, just to keep me accountable and have a constant reminder of what I am trying to accomplish in the new year. View full post »

Happy Christmas Day, friends!

This year we are celebrating Christmas as a family of FOUR! How crazy is that?! Last Christmas we were announcing that we were pregnant with sweet baby Emma and now she is here. She was born in August and is now 4 months old. She is such a blessing and brings so much joy to our family this Christmas!

What does a typical Christmas Day at the Thomas House consist of?

We usually do our Christmas in the morning. Timmy reads the Christmas story, and then we open our gifts. Typically, after having our Christmas time at home, we head over to the grandparents house, either late morning or early afternoon, and spend the rest of the day with Timmy’s parents, siblings, and their families. It is always such a fun time! View full post »

newborn photosI was sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office when Sherry texted me. One thing led to another and she asked if I was going to have newborn pictures taken. Now, I had thought about the possibility of doing a newborn session before and kept putting it off, but in that moment it just clicked, and I booked my session immediately. And I’m so glad I did! You see, two years ago when we had Kenneth, the photographer side of me thought she could take his newborn photos. I even bought him a cute newborn outfit. But guess what?! This momma was WAY too tired the first couple of weeks postpartum to take any photos. Do I regret not investing in a newborn session back then? I totally do. So this time I knew better and hired someone to take Emma’s newborn pictures.

If you’re curious to read more about Emma’s birth story, here’s how it happened! View full post »

I can’t believe we’re only 4 weeks away from our due date!! Baby girl is doing great and mommphotographer pregnancy photosa is getting all the rest she possibly can during this maternity leave. I haven’t taken on any weddings for the two months leading up to my due date so I can focus on my family and babies during this time. It’s been great spending time with my 2 year old without feeling the pressure of work that has to be done, or weddings and sessions that have to be edited and delivered to clients. I’ve been experiencing what it truly feels like to be a stay-at-home mom!

However, I did make an exception to photograph my little nephew who is turning one this month. We met at Glencliff Manor to snap a few quick photos of baby James and his parents. When I uploaded the photos to my computer and saw how amazing the light was in this new spot I discovered, I told the hubs that I really NEEDED to have some maternity photos taken there. So I emailed Mrs. Teresa, the owner of Glencliff Manor and Events, and asked her if I could use the Glencliff Manor grounds for another quick session. She was kind enough to say “yes!”  View full post »

MY $2 TRICK TO CLEANING STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES 

baby oil stainless steelIt’s that time of the year when everybody is doing some spring cleaning around the house! Last weekend we had a Mickey Mouse Birthday Party for our little man so I planned on doing a thorough cleaning around the house.

The one thing I was dreading the most was our stainless steel appliances. We’ve spent money before on cleaning solutions/cleaners that didn’t yield any results for us.  I also tried using a simple damp rag, however, our appliances always looked mushy. And with a 2 year old running around the house, you bet there are fingerprints everywhere!  View full post »

KENNETH TURNED 2!

mickey mouse birthday shirtHe’s been loving everything Mickey Mouse lately, so we threw him a Mickey Mouse Birthday Party!

The morning of his birthday party, after he woke up and came downstairs for breakfast, his face lit up at seeing all the Mickey Mouse decorations daddy and mommy had worked on the night before (till 2:30 a.m. might I add). But it didn’t matter, the expression on his face when he saw all of his guests at our house made it all worth it! View full post »