January 3, 2018

I’m baaaaaaack!!!

Hello!!!!! Remember when I was sooooo good at blogging every.single.Tuesday. ?? Yep. Me too. Well, since I'm officially back at the day job today, we'll just dive right back into blogging each Tuesday (yes, I know it's Wednesday... but Monday was a holiday, so....) . And yes, Kate is now in daycare... OMG! Where did the last 4.5 months GO?! I miss her like crazy, but am excited to get back to productivity and for her to have more social interaction time. It's a little like the last 4.5 months were a dream, even though I did work quite a bit... just a measly FOURTEEN portrait sessions and a wedding since October! So yeah... I have lots to blog about! But today, let's just do a little recap of all my wonderful clients in 2017! *photos of us and some of Kate, by Lauren Jolly Photography favs-1002         charlotte nc baby photographerBeach-100612 13 month baby girl first birthday photoscharlotte family photographerkate hospital-1001christmas card photographer charlotte nc17-05 Johson Family-1008fisher farm family session davidson ncAmherst BTS-2charlotte nc family photographer lake norman17-05 Jordan Alyx-80family photographer affordableKateHortonFresh48_LaurenJollyPhotography-39maternity photographer nc charlotteLexi Maternity (JJ Horton)-1045 elon nc proposal photographer greensboro burlingtonBabymoon-1008babymoon mt mitchell sierra nevada brewing17-05 Jordan Alyx-28baby girl growing upBeaufort-1001-2beaufort nc wedding photographer17-05 Jake Christin P-73cake cutting pine knoll shores weddingblack mountain nc vacation rental17-11 Aspire Party - JJ Horton Photography-1027 emerald isle wedding photographer aquarium reception pine knoll shores four 4 month old baby girlwilmington beach wedding ft. fisher photographer lake norman mooresville denver elopement long maternity dress gown asos mountain cows morning glory farm wedding000020940035-2 mountain maternity session asheville high country oak island nc family photographer2017 YT-14 pine knoll shores aquarium atlantic beach nc wedding  purple maternity dress 4 month old baby girl shenandoah valley wedding virginia nc mountainspuggle dog blue hydrangeasfavs-1001-2
July 19, 2017

Personal | Babymoon

Babymoon-1008 Back in June, we did a little getaway to the Asheville area. We stayed in an adorable cottage in downtown Black Mountain that was so close to all the shops and restaurants. I hope we can make a trip back this fall with baby Kate! All images are 35mm Portra 400 We ate: My Fathers Pizza Sierra Nevada Brewing The Red Rocker Inn Biscuit Head French Broad Chocolate Company We visited: Mt. Mitchell Looking Glass Falls Blue Ridge Parkway Lookout Brewing Rock Barn Spa black mountain cottage airbnbasheville black mountain airbnbBabymoon2-1004 downtown black mountain vacationBabymoon-1047     sierra nevada brewing asheville mills river ncBabymoon-1040 sierra nevada brewing ncBabymoon-1045looking glass falls asheville ncBabymoon2-1006mt mitchell nc photographerBabymoon-1044red rocker inn blowing rock ncBabymoon-1048mt mitchell nc weddingmt mitchell summit babymoon asheville
May 11, 2017

Personal | Nursery Update

pink purple nursery flamingo crochetWell, as suspected, I haven't been able to stay on track with the One Room Challenge with my travels and work... but we have made progress!! The only thing truly up in the air at this point is the light. I ordered one, it arrived and it's tiny! So, back it goes and the search continues.  Check out my other posts here and here! Curtains: The curtains have been finished and hung! I finished them a few weeks ago, but had to wait on the curtain brackets to arrive... then for Jeremy to help me hang them. I am ecstatic to say, they were hung yesterday and are PERFECT! Crib: The crib has been assembled for months (we actually assembled it 2 days before finding out we were pregnant!) but of course the linens took time. They are all in, and I found the perfect blush pink pillow to add to it (just for pretty purposes). The white pillow is from my stash when we sold our old house a few years ago. Roman Shades: The fabric arrived last week and I took it over the the seamstress, hoping they are finished quick because I've been SO excited about this piece for months! Dresser: We decided to paint the dresser white! The painter is a little backed up, but it will be completed by July. So.... just pretend the dresser is white, kthanks. Glider: We hit the jackpot! A friend told me about the Transit Damage Freight store in Charlotte, and how they carry the chair we were interested in, the Natasha chair from Best (they can order all Best Chairs, if you're local!). They didn't have it on site though to see, and I wanted to tush test it before ordering. We found it in another shop, liked it and decided to go for it. The shop we saw it in was like $600 just for the chair, but at Transit Damage, we got the chair and ottoman for $501! We got it ordered on Saturday, and it should be here my mid June. We ordered it in navy. I also found a little white side table at HomeGoods to have next to the glider. A little perch for water, phone, bottle, etc. Art: I went up in the attic searching for prints I made in high school (and didn't find them) but did discover an 8x10 print from my first birthday! I hung it over the crib, and will get one of Jeremy to hang with it. I may take them down and re-print them in black and white instead, we'll see. I still have to get the blanket framed and hung in the acrylic sheets. I think it's going over the dresser. Sources: Dresser & Crib (vintage), Chair & Ottoman, Rug (old from TJMaxx), Side Table (HomeGoods), Curtains, Trim, Shade Fabric, Curtain Rods, Curtain Brackets (purchased from eBay), Hamper (Marshalls), Crochet Flamingo, Acrylic Sheets & Hardware BEFORE: nursery before one room challenge navy blush nursery girlnursery-21 The navy & white stripe bin is being used as her hamper.navy nursery design navy purple nursery insporation Pretend the blanket is framed and hung above the dresser, and there's a changing pad on the dresser.... and the dresser is white with acrylic hardware.... #useyourimaginationnursery-7 *Just imagine the navy glider & ottoman where the buggy is!lilac trim curtains purple lee jofa avignon navy white nursery Still to come.... roman shade install, order & install new chandelier, delivery of glider and ottoman, frame and hang blanket over dresser... paint dresser.... eeek! Only about 14 weeks to go until she's here! nursery navy lilac plan insporation Screen-Shot-2017-04-06-at-7.04.18-AM We've also got our maternity, hospital and newborn sessions booked!
April 19, 2017

Personal | Nursery Update

purple navy nursery-8 Back for more One Room Challenge goodness! Well, I got all my sewing done for our little gals room!   (back up to see week 1 here!) *Yes, I own and use a Hello Kitty sewing machine. It’s wonderful, don’t judge. I used a pair of Ritva Ikea curtains. I washed and dried them (to pre-shrink since they are 100% cotton), then I hemmed added the Lee Jofa trim to the leading edges. The curtain rods are set to arrive today, so hopefully we’ll get them hung over the weekend.  I also magically found brackets on eBay. They aren’t the exact ones I wanted, but for 1/4 the price, I couldn’t let them go. I wanted them in silver, so some spray paint will remedy that… and I wanted the rectangle back plate (like the example below), but the round will do just fine.  I’m waiting on the fabric for the roman shades to come in and then will get those to the seamstress. Example photo source Restoration Hardware brackets IKEA Curtains Curtain Rods (1.5″ thick) acrylic curtain rod diy Next, I got to work on the crib skirt. Back when we were in adoption mode, I was going for a gender neutral space, and purchased the skirt from Serena an Lily in their tomato color. Well, now that’s not really going to work with my navy and lilac color scheme… so I sewed more of the Lee Jofa trim over the orange band. purple navy nursery-15 diy crib skirt pretty trim tape My next project is to frame this baby blanket like the example. This was actually my baby blanket, and one of the very few things I have from when I was a baby. I have all the pieces to put it together, but I didn’t have the plexiglass cut just right. I’ve got to run back to Lowe’s and have it fixed. I’m planning to hang it over the crib. Frame tutorial Frame hardware acrylic frame blanket instructions diy Things still up in the air…. a biggie – the glider. I actually ventured to Pottery Barn Kids last week to seek out the one I mentioned last time. Of course, they didn’t have it in stock, but the sales guy told me it was smaller than several they did have on the floor… and I immediately knew I didn’t want a chair that small. They did have this one, and I really loved it! But… the price is a little higher than I wanted to spend, and it doesn’t have a skirted base. The image I put below of it, isn’t completely accurate, because you really don’t see the glider mechanism as it looks… but I still wish it was skirted. They dark grey chair is a Best Chair I found online. I really love the look and price… but it doesn’t come in navy. The steel color is as close as I can get, which isn’t awful. However, it isn’t carried in stores, so I can’t to sit on it to see if I like it.   Anyone have experience with the Best Chair? Also… the light fixture. I really love this chandelier, but fear it may hang too low. I am seriously thinking about ordering it and just seeing how I feel about it in person. pagoda nursery Screen-Shot-2017-04-06-at-7.04.18-AM