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My journey into photography + our fall family photos

Hello Love!
Almost 5 years ago I decided that a point & shoot camera just wasn't working for taking the photos I wanted to take of my babies. I would see these photos on Facebook and Pinterest with that dreamy, blurry background and I would long for beautiful photos like that. I owned the gift shop at the time and couldn't afford to have professional photos taken all the time of them so I took the plunge.  I went on eBay and bought an older model Canon DSL camera and the cheapest 50mm 1.8/f lens I could find and self-taught myself how to take photos.  I watched countless hours of YouTube videos and practiced everyday on my babes.  It soon became a passion of mine and I opened my photography business 1 1/2 years later.  Working full-time, having three kids, and then doing sessions put a lot of stress on my family so I had to cut back on that business, never losing my love for it.
Who would have thought knowing this trade would lead me to having my own fashion blog, because without it, I would have never been able to keep it up.  With a little help from my family and a great amount of support from my husband, it has turned into something great that has benefitted us all; it has lead me also to my new career as a VA for 3 different bloggers.  Knowing the system has given me this amazing new job where I help these other bloggers with their daily activities and allows me to work from home, where I am always available to do everything with my children, from attending field trips to being the first to hear about their school day when I pick them up.
I am so, so thankful that I got on eBay that day, because if not, I wouldn't be here today!

The camera set in the photos belong to my daughter, RJ, who snaps all my photos for Shaw Avenue!  I currently use a Canon 6D + Canon 50mm f/1.4 & 85mm f/1.8 lenses for all my blog photos.

Shirt - TJ Maxx // Jeans - Gap // Camera - Canon 60D // Lens - Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 // Camera Strap - Marleylilly c/o // Camera bag - Lily Jade c/o // Floral scarf - DaisyFayeDesigns c/o

Thanks Marleylilly for sponsoring this post!
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Knitted ponchos and blush pink


Hello Love!
Can you believe Christmas is only 6 days away?!  My kiddos are officially on winter break and I love when they're home with me...except when they're fighting like cats and dogs and acting like a bunch of psychos #letsbehonest.

I received this yummy chunky poncho last week from BGG Knits and it's amazing!  The knit is absolutely perfect and it kept me so warm while running Christmas errands the other day. I love this RAW color because it matches everything but the gravel gray (which was sold out) is TODIEFOR. Worn with my favorite blush pink booties, which were a steal from Pink Blush, and my new pink clutch from DaisyFayeDesigns, it was pure yumminess!

Knitted poncho - BGG Knits c/o // Jeans - Levi's 710 // Boots - Pink Blush c/o // Clutch - DaisyFayeDesign c/o

Snow days + monograms

Hello Love!

Being the weather geek that I am, when I saw a snowflake icon pop up on my weather app earlier this week I was GLUED to my tv to see if we were going to get a snow day or two.  Coming from working in the school system, we take those little icons VERY seriously.  Our local weatherman, whom I LOVE, was not mentioning it but The Weather Channel was giving us hope. Even yesterday morning our local news was really brushing it off, saying it would stay in Georgia and wouldn't be a problem in Tennessee.  My son spent all morning saying, "We're going to get out!  We're going to get out!".  I was still very skeptical and told him to forget about it because it wasn't going to happen!  My youngest child had a field trip and I was on my way to meet her class for lunch when the text came over...
EARLY DISMISSAL.

Crap.

Of course I was at the bare minimum in the pantry so I ran to Publix, bought all the junk food, and ran to get kiddos.

Not only were we going to get to play in snow and eat hot chocolate but a beautiful box of goodies from Shari's Berries was on the front porch when we got home!

Let's just say the kiddos (and the Hotness) were in heaven!

Thanks to Shari's Berries for sponsoring this post!

Outfit diets:
Vest -  Amy Anne Apparel c/o // Sweater - JCrew (similar here) // Chambray top - JCrew (similar here) // Jeans - Levi's 710 super skinny // Boots - Frye "Melissa" // Necklace - Marleylilly c/o