Saturday, July 21, 2012

Some families are just different. They are a little more fun, laugh a little harder, and just generally like to have a good time. This family is such a joy to be around and Alan and I are blessed to have them in our lives. 
Townes turned one in May, so while he and his Mom were visiting we got together for a session. He is at such a fun age! We had a great time just laughing and playing all morning.  
His Mom is beautiful. They are so sweet together.
Townes is one happy boy!
And, he's pretty good at throwing and catching.
He has the coolest eyes - one brown, one half brown and half blue. 
Meredith, motherhood looks good on you. 
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sometimes I wonder why I can never get any work done. 
It's probably because every time I sit down at my desk, Baxter (the sweetest cat on the planet) decides it's time to snuggle. 
He especially likes to sit perched on my shoulders. Don't ask, he's a little quirky.  However, if you know my husband, Alan and I, you probably know how much we love this cat. Yep, he's our little buddy and life is a little more interesting with him around. He loves everyone. Any person who crosses his path. Even our dog Harley, who doesn't really love him back.  
I think I'll love a little more like Baxter from now on....

I hope you've been snuggled and loved today! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I have this vision in my head. 
A vision of a beautiful, flowering garden. 
Lately, I have been trying really hard to turn our yard into my vision. One plant and project at a time. 

See, sometimes I am successful with growing plants, and other times I'm not. I have officially made it a point to try NOT to kill the plants that are still successfully growing in our yard. I am pretty good with our numerous indoor plants, but my green thumb doesn't really translate to our yard. 
I have started a gardening field journal to help keep track of my projects. (Maybe it will help me become a better gardener). I think I'll look into getting some books to read and study on the subject. I plan to crack open my under-read Organic Gardening magazines as well.  
Homeownership has me hungry for knowledge! I want to learn everything I can and right now knowing how to grow and keep a beautiful garden is at the top of my list! 
Pinterest is a great venue to gain inspiration and ideas. My "playing in the dirt" pinboard is full of plenty of projects and ideas I want to try in our yard, but for now, I am taking baby steps. 
Yep, I secretly dream of having a little gardening shed as cute as that one, one day. A girl can dream can't she? 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Most often nowadays, pictures are taken with a digital camera, copied to a computer, and they never leave. They are never printed, held, shared, or passed around for others to enjoy. 

I wanted to make sure that wasn't the case with my client's engagement photos. So, with my engagement and wedding packages, I include a 12x12 engagement photo book that can be used for a guest book (in the case of the example here). Or, it can simply be an album. It just depends on my client's preference and how they want to use the album. I can design it either way.
I include these albums in my packages because they are beautiful, and such a special keepsake, but I also include them because I really love to design them. Yep, it's pretty selfish of me, but I think my clients are okay with that :) 

Erinn and Josh used their book for their guests to sign at their wedding and reception. I am so happy with how it turned out. I am confident it will be cherished for many many years. 
I design them myself, and have them printed and bound through White House Custom Color. I am so happy with the quality and look forward to working with this great company again and again!
I especially love the hinged, lay flat pages and did I mention the size?  This thing is huge! This album is 12x12 (these pictures don't do it justice). It makes the perfect coffee table book. 
I shot this particular engagement session in one of my favorite cities in all of Georgia - Athens. It was about 19 degrees outside and Erinn and Josh made my job so incredibly easy, frozen fingers and all. We had a blast, and it makes me happy to know that they have this beautiful album to remember this exciting time in their lives. 

I'll leave you with my favorite spread in the album. Can any Athenians guess where we chose to thaw out from the blistery weather in these shots? It's one of mine and Alan's favorite spots. 
Stay tuned for Erinn and Josh's wedding photos coming up later this week. I can't wait to share them! 

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Since the start of this blog, I have simply wrote about my photography work. Nothing personal has popped up over here, because I was also (whenever I found the time) blogging over at Hurst at Home. I started Hurst at Home in 2010 to document newlywed life, and our home remodeling adventures.  I love that space, but it's time to get realistic. I just don't have the time to keep up with both. I have tried for the past six months to find the time to blog in both places, but really, I end up not having time for either one, and that just makes me sad!  

So, I have decided that the time has come, I can't keep up two blogs any longer. I want to have just one voice, one space where I can blog about anything I want! So, this blog is going to start changing a little, and getting some new and different content.  Really, just some more fun, personal things I might be working on at any given moment! 

I hope you'll enjoy the change, I know I'm excited!  I am looking forward to blogging more often, in one cohesive little space on the web! 

To start things off, here are some pictures from my Instagram feed (follow me there @ amandamhurst). I will warn you, I am obsessed, and will post far too many photos. So, on second thought, you might want to follow me at your own risk. I warned you :)
1. Baxter and Harley's recent and very short-lived snuggle-fest. It melted my heart. 2. I started a gardening field journal. I am excited to practice NOT killing plants. 3. Baxter is the best nap partner and was so happy to have his Daddy home for a few days. 4. I don't know why I waited so long to purchase this - She's so inspiring, and funny! 5. A little master bedroom spruce. 6. North Georgia is not playing around - that hill made me sweat! 7. My newest nephew, Mac. He's a cutie pie, to say the least. 8. Our annual St. George Island beach trip with friends. Epic. 9. Alan has started playing soccer. I dislike soccer a little less now. 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

I started my Saturday off perfectly, hanging out with this sweet boy. 

Townes just turned one in May, and he is such a sweet, happy little guy! We spent the morning together before he and his Mom hopped on their flight back home to DC. 
Can you spot his stitches from a fall he took a few days ago? I think it just makes him look a little more hardcore. He is all boy, and such a joy to photograph! 

Thanks to Townes and his sweet family, my weekend has started off great and I hope your weekend is off to an equally great start! 

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