February 14, 2018

Baby | Kate’s first valentines

A special blog post, for my special Valentine's Day baby girl! I'm not sure what prompted me to actually do this session with her... but a quick trip into Target's Dollar Spot for a pack of cards and we were off and running. We printed a few of these and mailed them out to our immediate family... tucked into those little cards of course, and "signed" with a Kate handprint <3 Her bubble outfit is from Children's Orchard Consignment in Huntersville and her bow is from the Itsy Bitsy Bow Co. (a Durham, NC company!) See what we did last year for Valentine's Day HERE! valentines day baby-1001 valentines day photo session baby girl pink redvalentines day baby shoot
February 13, 2018

Wedding | Amherst

I cannot believe I've been sitting on these images almost an entire YEAR!? Getting to photograph these two lovebirds in the Shenendoah Valley of Virginia was such a treat. Those rolling hills behind them just make my heart sing... doesn't it yours?! Like... "The hills are alive with the sound of music...." no, just me? oknevermindbye ;-) Her Claire Pettibone dress from Gilded Bridal in Raleigh is a dream! That lace is just stunning, I need a bride in a CP dress, asap! And can we talk about that bouquet Keisha made... hot damn. Also... I just realized this cake was from my old stomping ground, Maxie B's in Greensboro. I worked there all through college, they made my own wedding cake... and I may or may not stop in as much as possible for a slice of cake.... errr a cupcake..... ok, maybe both. All images are Portra 400.amherst wedding-1035 Event: The Film Gathering Organization: Live View Studios Design & Styling: Michelle Wright Events  Flowers: Cotton Social Hair & Makeup: Michelle Clark  Dress: Claire Pettibone  Dress Boutique: Gilded Bridal  Bride Shoes: Vince Camuto / Nordstrom Calligraphy / Paper Goods: Calligraphy by Carole  Ring: Trumpet & Horn  Cake Cutting Set, Trays, Candle Holders, Napkins: Michelle Wright Personal Collection Candles: Yummi Candles Linen: Nuage Designs  Glassware + Furniture: Greenhouse Picker Sisters  China + Silverware: Schiffmans  Cake: Maxie B’s  classy nc vintage wedding venuemountain wedding nc virginiamountain wedding nc calligraphy by carolsimple elegant wedding cakevictorian home wedding ncbright poppy floral centerpiece tulips cotton social amherst wedding-1039
January 23, 2018

Baby | New Mom/Baby must-haves

I read them all. Navigating my way through all those must-have lists. They basically included everything but the kitchen sink for you, your babe and your hospital bag. Trust me, 99% of it is overrated. Nearly 6 months later, I reached back into the cobwebs of newborn-hood and really though about what we needed and used. You'll notice I left diapers and carseat off the list... those are non-negotiable, duh. baby girl in a pink bow hospital new mom baby must have list So, here we go... let's start with mamma. Taking care of yourself those first few weeks is a headache, be prepared. I had a (rather traumatic) vaginal delivery, so I don't have suggestions for c-section moms. I nievely thought I'd be dressed in a hospital gown the whole time I was admitted. Nope. As soon as they were ready to move me to my recovery room, the nurse asked what I wanted to change into.... ugh.... I had literally brought my pretty robe (for our fresh 48 session) and a maxi dress to wear home. So I had her grab the robe and nursing bra, and I lived in that outfit for about 48 hours.... no joke. I did send my sister for a change of clothes, but I never ended up wearing them. Your lady bits will be getting some regular attention to make sure things are healing and swelling is going down, so pants really aren't the best option while you are in the hospital (a big reason I stayed in my robe was for Dr./nurse convenience), but a nursing gown would work too. Ready to go home? Great. Don't wear a maxi dress, like me. I thought, it will be August, hot, miserable, this is the best choice. No. Just NO. You will have everything but the kitchen sink wedged between your thighs, and you will want the support of pants to help hold it all there. I really thought I was going to have a mishap on my waddle to the car. I pretty much lived in nursing bras/tanks with athletic shorts or leggings those first few weeks. I had taken a chance when I was about 36 weeks pregnant and ordered the Zella high wasted leggings from Nordstrom to wear after Kate arrived, and I was SO glad I did! They are pricier than your standard pair from Target, but worth every single penny! The high waist holds things in, without being too tight. Nursing Tanks (any brand will do) I have some from Target and Walmart (actually prefer my Walmart one because it's thinner) Leggings (wore in our newborn photos!) Robe (similar to mine) mom must haves after birth2 You're probably confused by that second row... You see, at some point, you will want to wear something "normal" but you won't fit into your pre-baby clothes just yet (pants especially!) You will also likely be having newborn photos taken during those first few weeks... Shit. What the hell are you going to wear (because yes, you will in fact be in some photos) Get yourself a white/gray/cream tunic style top and some jeans or leggins to wear. The light color top will keep your photos neutral and not cast an ugly color on your babies skin (go ahead and get dad a new shirt too!) White Top Gray Top Jeans (just a reference, I know these are pricey) newborn photo what does mom wear *Images by Lauren Jolly Photography The ugly necessities come next. If you're nursing, that next row is all you... boob leakage and pain is real, be prepared. Nuk nursing pads. These are simple and well for someone not spewing tons of milk. Bamboobies nursing pads. These are my favorite. They are super soft and do the job well. Medela lanolin. I had samples of this given to me at the hospital and ended up liking it better than the Lansinoh brand I had tubes of. Medela hydrating gel pads. This is for when you want to rip your nipples off and/or never let anyone or anything touch them again. They were a God-send. For your lady bits. Motrin. I lived on it for the pain down there, as well as breastfeeding pain. Fruit of the Loom undies. I actually bought and wore these pregnant... I'm still living in them. Seeeexxxxxxaaaayyyyy. Apparently some hospitals give you decent undies to wear, ours did not. They were mesh, and too loose to really hold much in place. I was much happier in regular granny panties. Kotex. Don't get fancy with wings, your thighs will hate you after a few days of that plastic rubbing. Tucks pads. These were nice, and cooling. Some people swear by dermaplast, but I didn't find it did too much for me. fresh 48 photo session charlotte nc *Images by Lauren Jolly Photography OK, on to baby! Despite the thousands of items available, 99% of them aren't necessities... you really just need diapers, wipes, jammies and a spot for them to sleep. Everything else just makes life a little easier... here's what we've loved! Aden and Anais kimono one-piece playsuit/jammies. Babies seem to have giant heads, and I hated pulling tiny onsies over Kate's noggin... so these just snap around her and we love them. Bonus is that they are muslin and get softer each time they are washed! DockATot. I cannot rave about this thing enough. It was by far the most expensive thing we bought, but she's slept like a dream in it every single night. It's 100% breathable, easy to wash and super light weight. We even few it with us to Washington and California back in November. We used it in her cradle and now have it in her crib. Blankets! You'll get tons of them as gifts, keep them all. We have stashes of them all over the house, car, etc. Muslin ones are our favorite. Zip up jammies. When your baby is up 4+ times a night and you need to change diapers, this makes it so much easier when you are a zombie. Snaps can be hard, guys, real hard. Solly wrap. I am not crunchy, but damn. This is the only thing that allowed me to do anything human. I waited until Kate was 5 weeks old to buy it, and wish I'd had it from the get-go. She just lulled herself to sleep for hours in it, and I could cook, shop, clean, eat, etc. I still use it! baby must haves Baby soap. We use Johnson & Johnson and Aveeno interchangably. We got a bunch of sample bottles from the hospital that are great for travel and we got a big bottle of Aveeno that we use weekly at home. Puppy pee pads... hear me out. Karen sent me a box and I was confused, too. Put one on your cute changing pad for when baby pees or poops mid-diaper change, or when that diaper has exploded. Put some with your diaper bag pad... because who wants a poop covered changing pad in their bag, and then have to walk around with it?! (on a related note, keep a gallon-size ziploc in your bag for a place to contain diaper exploded clothing and doggy poop bags for smelly diapers you cannot immediately throw out!) Amazon essentials wipes. We have used a bunch of different kinds, and like these best. Why? BECAUSE YOU CAN GET THE DAMN THINGS OUT WITH ONE HAND. Nothing is more infuriating than wipes that stick together and you need 2 hands to get one free from the container. MAM pacifiers. We just liked these best. Ikea changing mat. Again, another item Karen sent us that we love. It's easy to keep anywhere... your bag, your bedroom, car, etc. We've kept ours in our master bedroom since Kate slept in there until recently.