what i wore wednesday

Gap, zappos sandals, white shorts, JCrew, gingham shirt, what i wore wednesday, green shoes, green earrings, ozark folk center,
shirt: Gap outlet
necklace: forever 21
shorts: JCrew
shoes: zappos
earrings: Francescas  
I spent last weekend at a blogger conference at the Ozark Folk Center so I guess this week it is what to wear to a blogger conference, linked up with Lindsey from the Pleated Poppy. We had a great time and it was a treat to have someone to take all of my WIWW photos for the weekend. Dress was casual for the weekend and mainly centered around my new boots from Country Outfitter....LOVE!
target skirt, brown boots, belted skirt, yellow skirt, tank top, ozark folk center, country outfitter, boots, skirt and boots, leaf earrings
 tank: Gap
skirt: Target
belt: the Limited
earrings: Forever 21
Forever 21 dress, forever 21 yellow dress, yellow dress, belted dress, gold bracelets, dress and boots, boots, country outfitter
 dress: Forever 21
belt: angle CA
bracelets: forever 21
blue and white dress, strapless maxi dress, coral earrings, rain, umbrella, maxi dress, belted dress, leather and gold sandals, pictures in the rain
dress: angle CA
belt: HS
earrings: H&M
shoes: Macys
pleated poppy

beach people (beach family photographer)

sisters, sister beach pictures, beach pics, beach pictures, Ft Morgan, Alabama, family beach pictures, Alabama beach pictures
I have been going to the lake with my family for as long as I can remember. Growing up, we spent weekends and summer vacations on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  My parents always had a boat, so we filled our days with water skiing, tubing and soaking up the sun.
Some of my life's sweetest memories have been at that lake.
I can remember the first time I got up on skis. 

I remember the first time I took Peter to Hot Springs when we were dating.

We were all at the lake when I told my parents we were pregnant for the first time.
We are lake people.
Not beach people. 

My family took an occasional trip to the beach when I was a child, as many Southern families do, but for the most part, we got our water fix closer to home.
So it is kind of surprising that last year for our family vacation we found ourselves at the beach for the week.

I was taking pictures for a few families and we found a reasonable condo with a pool to stay in.  I figured that with a pool we could tough out a week at the beach.  I was really unsure about children being covered in sand and swimming with jellyfish and sharks. 
Well, we were about three hours into our 7-day stay when I decided that I just might be surprised by our time in Alabama. 

The sand that I thought would annoy me turned out to be a both an endless world of play for Peter and the boys and a front row seat to the fun for me.

The jellyfish-filled water that scared me was beautiful and fun for our whole family, and it made the most wonderful noise on the beach to fall asleep to.  (And we got away sting-free!)
We were hooked.

We have discovered that we are beach people.

Which is why we went back to the beach this summer!
To take more photos of other beach people like these.
And to spend another week loving the sand with my family.

pack it up

 Today I am packing up. I have my clothes and shoes and corresponding accessories, I even have a cute new notebook and pen because....

..tomorrow I am headed to the Arkansas Women Bloggers Conference! I am so excited for a weekend with some of my besties & a chance to meet some new ladies. Looking forward to a little learning, lots of laughing, and the BOOTS! As a bonus to this fun weekend of blog info all the attendees are getting a pair of boots from Country Outfitters. I picked the Vegas Boot by Corral Boots and after the conference I will be able to give away a pair of boots on the blog!!! Could it get any better?
This photo is of Alison's boots from Country Outfitters. We did a super sun photo shoot at the beginning of the summer all around these boots. Look forward to a little boot shoot coming soon!

what i wore wednesday

  For the longest I have been wanting to link up with Lindsey from the Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday. It is a super fun way to get inspiration for clothing and seems like a great little community. I also love clothes and am interested in what people wear and how and where they shop. The first day I decided to try this out I was trying to take the pics alone. That was fine, but I did find it a little difficult and a bit frustrating, maybe not for me.
shirt: a little shop in Tahoe
jeans: banana republic
necklace: lisa leonard (my favorite)
shoes: zappos (also my favorite)

Then I talked my hubby or one of the kiddos into snapping a few pictures. I found that doing this encouraged me to throw on a little make-up, never a bad thing, and work on being in front of a camera, opposite of my normal position and always a good reminder of how if feels.
skirt: gap
belt: the limited
tank: gap
sandals: target

On this day it was not only about what i wore, but what my little guys wore on the first day of school! They are limited by uniforms and both opted for a school t-shirt to start second and fourth grade.
necklace: a gift from my mom when i was in college

dress: gap
sweater: gap
earrings: t j maxx
shoes: t j maxx

pleated poppy

wedding at the Clinton Center (arkansas wedding photographer)

 After talking yesterday about my love for the Clinton Presidential Center and the surrounding area I thought I should share these wedding photos. This wedding was in late May on the lawn of the library.
 It was a gorgeous wedding with flowers I love and great food, but beyond all of that it was a celebration of this lovely couple. From our first meeting I was struck by their care and consideration for one another and the people they loved. Walking hand in hand down the aisle and having several personal readings made for an emotional ceremony
 And then for a super fun party. The reception was on the lower level of the library in Forty Two. It is a great indoor outdoor venue with room for dinner and dancing and a great view of the river and bridges.
 It was a great night at one of my most favorite places.

box sledding

Today I'm linking up with Deign Mom for Love Where You Live. 

And love it I do. 

One of my favorite things about living in Arkansas is that for the better part of the year it is nice enough to be outdoors.

We have great splash pads, playgrounds, bike paths, lakes, bridges, and hills in Little Rock.

A favorite spot for our family and a spot I love for photography is the lawn of the Clinton Presidential Library.

This lawn is a great jumping off point for a few great local, outdoor activities.
 There are a couple of excellent sledding hills and since we don't get much snow in Arkansas we started taking cardboard boxes there for Box Sledding.

Now we do this a few times a year and we almost always make a trip to do this when our Chicago cousins are in town.
We also enjoy walking on the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge.

It was renovated just last year from a railroad bridge into a pedestrian bridge.  Enjoy trying to find your first name in the dedications all along the walkway.  Or keep an eye out for the changing flowers planted all along the railings.  Also, the views of downtown Little Rock and the Arkansas River are stunning.

We always enjoy a trip to this part of our city.  We ended this fun day with a bread and cheese picnic on the lawn of the library.

girls just want to have fun (arkansas children's photographer)

 When I spoke to this mama about taking pictures of her soon to be three year old I was very excited about some plans we had. She said her daughters favorite thing is dressing up and reading and she wanted to take photos that incorporated that. Being a mom of only boys I get pumped about a little girl time and this was girl time to the max. There were tutus and necklaces and even a little makeup to play with. We played with high heals and boas while this sweet baby girl sang along to Adele, she knows all the words...love her!
It is rare for me to need or want to shoot indoor other than newborns and weddings, but the 100+ temperatures outside is not ideal. After weighing our options I was able to use my friends salon to take the photos. It is Salon on the Hill in Park Hill and was a perfect backdrop for an evening of dress up.
Thanks so much for letting me have all this fun with you guys.

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