Boutique Packaging

At the beginning of the year I read the book Worth Every Penny, and if you are a business owner this is a great read! It brought some great things to light for me and one of those was Packaging. So I started the search for the perfect packaging for my business. It had to be fun, eco-friendly, and cute. After much searching I came across Rice Studio Supply and fell in love!  They are based in Oregon, eco-friendly and have these beautiful 100% Recycled 2 Piece boxes, with imprint, that are handmade. Plus tissue and paper ribbon to match my branding…..what more could a girl ask for!?!

 

Jacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photographyCheck out the beautiful tissue and ribbon!!!Jacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photographyMatching Image Folder with torn edge, shown with Gift Set 3!Jacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photographyI love getting my prints from Bay Photo, they are a great professional print lab and their customer service is wonderful too!

I know you can’t wait to book a session and get some awesome prints wrapped with style! Go ahead, Contact me! I’d love to get you on the calendar!

Thanks for reading!

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Pinterest & Cooking

I have always enjoyed to bake and cook since I was young. However since being married, I really love cooking and testing out new recipes! I have several cookbooks and have bookmarked my favorite recipes so far: mini meatloaves, stuffed peppers, baked chicken with brussels sprouts and carrots, and cheesy chicken rices bake. I have also found that Pinterest is an oasis of recipes, whatever your heart might desire, or in my case yesterday a place to search for recipes that contain items I currently had on-hand. My search of potatoes and hamburger turned up a whole bunch of yummy looking food, but this Poor Man’s stew just caught my eye, probably because it feels like fall out now!Jacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photographyIt also was a plus that it contained items I had on-hand, except the tomato paste. I substituted a can of petite diced tomatoes that I blended up to be a little more paste-like and added a little less water than the recipe called for. It turned out delicious and I got the husband seal of approval to make it again! I have so many more Pinterest recipes that I need to make off my food board,  but last week I made the zucchini pizza bites (I pinned on my gluten free board) and they are yummy too!

I’d love to hear what your favorite recipes are, or something new you’ve tried that should be shared, so leave a comment below!

Dickson Family | Jacksonville Family Photography| Beirut Memorial

A few weekends ago I had the honor of taking the Dickson’s family pictures, and they were so much fun! Katya, Alex and Cael are such a fun family and just look at them, these lovely people are naturals in front of the camera! Jacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photographyJacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photographyCael has the sweetest personality, and so many adorable expressions that he allowed me to capture! Jacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photographyJacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photographyThe joy, love and fun that fill this family is contagious, it just warms my heart! Jacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photographyCael just turned on the charm with that precious smile! Seriously, I can’t take it…too cute!Jacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photographyJacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photographyThis little guy sure loves his momma, and gave her the biggest/sweetest hugs I’ve ever seen! hmb_2187Jacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photographyJacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photographyThe fun was not in short supply, I love it! Plus this kid has some awesome dance moves!Jacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photographyJacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photographySee all the joy that overflows from them!Jacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photography Jacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photographyJacksonville NC Photographer, Jacksonville kids photography, Jacksonville family photographyThank you so much for allowing me to capture your amazingly beautiful life! You were truly a joy to work with!

Mason Kids | Milestone Session | Jacksonville NC Photographer

These cuties kept me on my toes during their session and I love all the personality they allowed me to capture! hmb_1663Archer has such a joy about him! He let his ornery 3 1/2 year old side show just a little and isn’t that expression just the cutest! hmb_1668Leah is always on the move, and so curious about the world. She slowed down for just a few moments and just look at that precious face!  hmb_1739Emily is such a beauty as well! Just look at her….hmb_1811I got to capture their playful side, and they were cracking me up with their silly faces!hmb_1701This girl right here is so smart! She was singing to me and talking up a storm and for only 1 1/2, I was amazed! Plus when she sang she finally cracked a smile for me! hmb_1709Patience and love are two important things that a father can give his child. You could tell that Lazarus is such a kind and loving dad, just seeing him interact with the kids! hmb_1816hmb_1664-2I am always in awe of how loving siblings are to one another, it just melts my heart! hmb_1637hmb_1643hmb_1736These kids have such an awesome mom, and you could tell just how much she loved them during the session! I am sure being a mom of three keeps you on your toes and Andrea handles it with poise.hmb_1866hmb_1808This kids loves his momma, look at that sweet hug! HMB_1897-2.jpghmb_1894Emily is such a great big sister, and she is such a sweet hearted girl! hmb_1905hmb_1888I’m sure life with three kids is never a dull moment but Andrea and Lazarus made it look pretty effortless. hmb_1915I was totally with Leah at the end of the session, the humid weather and keeping up with these kids took it out of me! However, I am so honored the Mason Family let me capture this stage of their life!

Bella Hair Salon | Shop Local | Eastern North Carolina

Hair we all have it….Mine happens to be curly, for all 28 years (come November) of my life, and being so means I have to be super careful about who I let cut my hair. It has a lot of attitude and without experienced hands caring for it, can turn into quite a disaster. For instance, several years ago I went for a hair cut (back when I lived in Missouri), the lady straightened my hair (poorly) and cut it, leaving me with way to short and totally uneven locks (insert sad face here). So moving around the last couple years has been a little nerve-racking come time to get a hair cut. However, thanks to the yelp app, and some extra research after moving to Jacksonville, I found this little gem!

Bella Hair Salon, bringing the big city to Jacksonville. These stylists are at the top of their industry in knowledge and performance, they are constantly learning, teaching, and staying up on the latest trends! Their moto, “Look Beautiful, Feel Beautiful!” is truly the heart of their business.  hmb_1028Meet the owners Amy and Anthony! They have a true passion for what they do, and it shows, traveling to NYC often to study, teach, and attend events to further their education and that of their salon stylists.hmb_0942From the moment you walk in, you are greeted with a friendly face and such a funky and charming atmosphere! I just love it!hmb_1022hmb_0950The quality of your experience is fantastic from start to finish! I love that I get offered a beverage every time I come in and they always have something great to look at for your longer appointments! hmb_0986hmb_0970hmb_0949Your hair is in good hands here from color and cut to styling!hmb_0989hmb_0954They mix custom color with the TIGI Copyright Color! hmb_0957hmb_0972hmb_0999They use the best products and methods to guarantee the look you dreamed! hmb_0998hmb_0995They have several stylists who specialize in curly hair and the use of the Deva Curl products! Trust me, if you’re a curly girl, your hair will love it!hmb_0992hmb_0996I got to see only a few of the many stylists in action but you can meet them all here!hmb_0943They carry amazing hair products for both men and women! So if you love something they put on your hair, you don’t have to go searching for it somewhere else, you can just add it to your purchase that day! hmb_1014hmb_0964hmb_1023They also carry TIGI makeup products! hmb_0967hmb_0940If you’re looking to get your hair cut or colored you should stop in and let them work their magic! I always leave with beautiful happy hair see for yourself here!

This year Bella Salon will celebrate 10 years of business. I am so honored to have captured these stylists in action, doing what they love with such skill!

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