Edisto Island Beach Portraits

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So enjoyed my time with this sweet family over the labor day weekend on the beautiful Island of Edisto! It's been a while since I've been that way, so it was a much needed visit for me. The road right before you take the bend in the road to go along the beach front.... that little shack that offers seafood, beside the Piggly Wiggly. Eat there. Fish tacos off the chain. Thank me later.

Side note: Nothing makes a photographer's heart happier than a Dad who likes to play!img_0132img_0151img_0145img_0134

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Personal Update: My kiddos

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  img_8788I have not even posted a blog about my kiddos. Mercy, things here have obviously taken a back seat.

Here are my little nuggets. He is our surprise baby. I like to call him my "simmer" baby... as I'm convinced it was our essential oil blend Simmer (hormonal blend) that even made him possible.

img_8818So now I've known it.

What infertility is like, before having Sadie and being diagnosed with PCOS.

What the NICU is like, having Sadie at 25 weeks and spending 3 months in the hospital.

img_8784img_8804Now, what a surprise miracle baby is like... you know, that baby you could 'never have on your own'...

Thankfully I had an incredible doctor that monitored me very closely. It was a great pregnancy other than the normal, nausea... aches and pains... severe leg cramps... sleepless nights... swelling...

It was beautiful being able to bring him home right away, and to experience all the things I didn't recognize I missed with Sadie Mae.

She is the best most caring big sister ever, such a huge help. I was once worried about such the age difference, but now I'm relieved. How you people do it with lots of little littles at the same time is beyond me.

Here's an image of them this summer on the gulf coast at Panama City... and a few of my maternity taken by my sister-in-law, Julie Smith.img_9234 fg9a4881fg9a4891 fg9a5226 fg9a5228

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Gift Making & Tree Farm

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All natural gifts. I love them. I do. I've decided to forgo the holiday rush the day after Thanksgiving and spend it with my family.

Several reasons.

One. We need nothing. Really. We need nothing. We have so much. Too much.

Two. I'm making lots of Christmas gifts this year.

As most well know, that follow me here, I have a huge love of Essential Oils and the company Simply Aroma.

Don't be fooled, these oils aren't just for aromatic purposes, I use them for everything!

I make my own face wash, deodorant, moisturizers, cleaning supplies... we use them for health and wellness.

I cannot express what it's done for how I feel. I've lost weight. I've stayed well, 2 doctor visits in the last year for me and only one for my 5 year old. Uh. yes please!

Back to gifting...

It's sooooo easy to make thoughtful, beneficial gifts with essential oils. We just had an amazing "making gifts with essential oils" demo a couple weeks ago and I shared also the ideas with our national consultants... the response was great! So I'm opening a Facebook event to share the information with those that haven't seen it yet! Join me at this link! You could win free oils! If you love oils already and want to see our black friday specials click here!

So, a little bit of eye candy - to go along with this extra jolly post... tree farm portraits from this week! I can open up a Sunday if I have enough interest, message me! No fuss. No props. Just you and your family. Simple, classic, lovely.

Package includes digital files!

As most know, I've shifted my business to only newborns and wedding...this would be one of those limited edition opportunities open to anyone!IMG_6604IMG_6620IMG_6678IMG_6784IMG_6818-2Awesome tree farm in Central SC. Go cut your own or pick up a pre-cut. LOVE this farm. We will be supporting this local business this year! Click here for their website!