Live Laugh Love ~ The Packard Family ~ Hickory, North Carolina Family Photographer

I used to get a tad nervous around new families.

Yes. ME.

I’m loud and boisterous at times.

It’s just who I am.

But the longer I’m IN this business, the more I know who I am, the more I find that clients trust me.

My vision

My eye

My need to have fun during the sessions.

Laid back.

Bubble blowing.


Because when you let go is when the fun and art really happens.

Meet the Packard Crew.

Adorable. Fun Loving. Full of Life. Honest.

My kind of family.


Jeremiah ~ Lifestyle Newborn Session ~ Hickory, North Carolina Newborn Photographer

Jeremiah: God will raise up; God will set free

At 5lbs 4oz and 19inches long when he was born, this little man was a fighter from the very beginning.

Jeremiah was born with an Omphalocele.

An omphalocele is a birth defect in which the infant’s intestine or other abdominal organs stick out of the belly button (navel). In babies with an omphalocele, the intestines are covered only by a thin layer of tissue and can be easily seen.

He is truly a gift from God.

Jeremiah, they wanted you so much.

You are so blessed with these two parents whom lives will be forever changed.

Meet Jeremiah


Christy McGinnis - July 18, 2014 - 10:51 pm

He is a true gift from God. I am more in love wi the him than I taught was possible.

Healthy Momma=Healthy Family ~ 52 week challenge: Week 1 ~ Hickory, North Carolina Lifestyle Photographer

I feel like a broken record sometimes

I think about what I can do to feel better EVERY SINGLE DAY. I’m tired a lot. Like if I had the choice to take a nap when the kids lay down or do something for myself, I usually choose the nap.

Now, I know this is a ‘season’ of life and I’m ok with that, but I want more: better

As a mom of 4, and I know I’m not alone, I feel like after doing the day in and day out tasks of life, there is not much time for me

Like I’ve lost myself somehow

I’m tired, spent, beyond exhausted, feel like crap all the time, don’t have enough energy to ‘do’ the things I wanna do

I think I have finally figured out why though

It’s pretty simple

I don’t take care of myself

Not just my weight, although that plays a huge part in health, but my mind and spirit as well

I am a Christian, but I don’t think I give HIM enough time

Alone time

I was recently talking to a friend and I asked her if she hears HIM

She said she does

I said “how???”

She replied “I’m quite”

Simple right?

But the thing is, I’m not quite. My mind races a million miles an hour. ‘What am I gonna make for dinner? What bills need to be included in the budget this month? Did I feed the dog?

Hell, have I showered today? Please tell me I remembered to brush the littles teeth. Whose has what activity planned this week? Why can’t I find time to exercise?’

I could go on and on, but you get the picture

I’m not silent. I don’t listen. I don’t take enough time to talk to him every single day. Does he hear me when I do?

I thought a lot today of how I can be a more rounded happier individual. It is definitely different for everyone, but I think I have a few key things I need to work on.

I feel like the best way to go about this is

1. Blog about it, because it keep me accountable and i NEED that

2. Take it a week at a time and not try to change things all at once.

3.  BELIEVE that by changing small things in your life slowly, that YOU can change what you want to.

4. Maybe make another mommy feel better that she is not alone

I read this article last night around 12:30 am(don’t worry, thats on the list too to work on), but they were talking about how just waking up 30 min before your kids do will change your whole day.

Having that time to yourself before anyone else needs you

To read, meditate, take a shower, sip your cup of coffee outside

Before I staying home with my children full time I was definitely up before anyone to pack lunches, shower, get ready for work, etc.

But things changed when I became a SAHM(stay at home mommy) and now being a WAHM(work at home mommy) things have DEFINITELY changed.


 I * usually * edit when the kids go to bed(8-9pm). I edit till usually 11pm. I wind down from 11-12. In the bed at midnight for my daily Pinterest tagging. Fall asleep at 1. Yeah, I know, not a good routine, but it’s

worked for us. Until now.

I’m really starting to realize what my “routine” has caused:

A tired mommy

A cranky mommy

An overweight mommy(we’ll get to that another week)

A mommy who is losing site of why she decided to stay at home

A mommy who doesn’t want to miss this

Miss this life

Miss this chance

Miss this opportunity

Miss it all

So, I am going to be the ‘change of reason’

I’ll be the example

Why not…

If I fail, it’s ok. I’ll get back up and do it again

This week: Get up at least 30 min before the kids. Shower, don’t shower, read, pray, edit. Just be.

Be by myself.

Lets do this


Pete: I wish I liked anything as much as my kids like bubbles.
Ben Stone: That’s sad.
Pete: Totally sad. Their smiling faces just point out your inability to enjoy anything

Kocked Up (because it makes me laugh)

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