Early Fall Afternoons with Gathre

My Dress: Piper & Scoot Olives Outfit: Romper: D Is For Darling Jacket: Lily & Beau Shoes: Starry Knight Design

Over the weekend we had the most glorious fall breeze roll in. Unfortunately, it is now in the 80's again but it was amazing while it lasted. If you've been a follower for a while you know that for me, Fall is just the most romantic time of the year. Everything feels magical and extra beautiful. Life feels so full and my heart is 100% content. 

So at the very first signs of fall both Austin & I get excited. (I've totally turned him into a fall loving type of guy as well) We've been talking about slowing down a lot lately and how we want this next season to be a time of stillness. Life only gets faster and faster and we both kind of feel like we lived the summer in fast forward so we want to be intentional about slowing down, saying no more and embracing our family. We are waiting on baby girls arrival and soaking up these last few weekends of just a family of 3. We took our new Gathre Mat to the park the other evening with some books and popcorn and just ran around and enjoyed the glowly sun. Olive was cracking us up because she loves popcorn so dang much. She kept feeding it to us and running to go play and remembering there was popcorn and running back over to grab a handful. 

Toddlers sure make you slow down, especially when your 38 weeks pregnant. So I've really enjoyed taking it easy and just watching her play and reading her a million books every day. Her romper is from my new line D Is For Darling! We are officially taking pre-orders if you want to head over to that site and take a peak around and follow up on social media! All pre-order prices are listed at a discount! Her jacket is from the cutest shop called Lily & Beau and you can use code STEPH20 for 20% off your order and our Gathre Mat is from their new dreamy fall collection! You can head over to my personal Instagram for a giveaway tonight! 7 pm Mountain time! 

DIY Labor Popsicles!

I am 36 weeks pregnant and even though our house is far from being organized and finished I did find time to make these labor pops! I've been doing my best to drink my pregnancy tea everyday and have a friend who is pregnant and her current craving is popsicles so I thought why not put the two together? You can also make these with Red Rasberry Leaf tea but I made mine with Anna Naturals Pregnancy Tea that I've been a fan of for a while.

  • Pregnancy Tea
  • Calm Magnesium 
  • Honey (or coconut sugar)
  • Disposable Popsicles pouches (I ordered THIS 36-pack for 6.99 on Amazon)
  • A Cute helper to say "cheers" over and over again. *optional but definitely more exciting.

I'm not the best at following recipes and always just do what I want instead so below is a very relaxed recipe for you to make your own! 

  1. Bring water to a boil on the stove and add 5-8 bags of tea. Depending on how much water and how many you want to make. Make sure to make the tea very strong so it's actually medicinal and because when things freeze they lose a bit of flavor. Steep for 10-15 Minutes. Making sure it is strong.
  2. Add Honey/sweetener to taste and Magnesium.  Depending on how much you make decides your magnesium. I did about 3 tablespoons. 
  3. Let cool and pool into pops! Freeze and enjoy!

There you have it! Labor pops that not only taste good but are helping your uterus push that baby out! 

PHOTO TIPS & TRICKS | #THEMOMBLOGCOLLECTIVE WEEK 3

Happy September!! For me this month means baby month, launching my own children's clothing line and FALL. But somehow I'm trying to keep up with my favorite series #themomblogcollective! If you’re new here, here’s the scoop. Every other week, our group of amazing and inspiring mamas will answer the same set of questions to do with blogging, Instagram, photography, collaborations, sponsored posts, balancing it all with motherhood, and more. We each have different perspectives and different opinions, so this is a fun way to learn from one another. We hope you’ll join along! Check out the hashtag #themomblogcollective to see everyone on Instagram, and I will also link you to all of the amazing blog posts here at the bottom of my post!

So let's get started!

1. What do you use to take your photos?

Since I'm a wedding photographer, most of the time I use my Canon 5D Mark II & III with a 35mm lens.  But you certainly don't need something that fancy. Iphones these days are amazing and have incredible cameras but if you're looking for something more than your iPhone but less than a DSLR I'd recommend these Moment Lens that you can put on your iPhone. They twist onto the cases and are such a great quality for being able to pretty much fit in your pocket. 

I also try to always shoot in natural light. Our house doesn't have very many windows so if I need to take photos at home we try and take them in the morning or else they are a pain to edit. While we are out and about I am looking for clean bright backgrounds that look appealing to the eye. I also try to have some sort of pattern on my feed. It doesn't always happen but I try to have a "clean background" every other photo.  You can see below, I messed the pattern up but I like to think of it more as relaxed guidelines instead of a rule. 


2. What Apps do you use for your editing process? 

Since being a photographer and shooting in RAW I use Lightroom with Presets that I've bought. I have presets from VSCO and a handful of other companies but my favorite presets are from Jessica Janae Photography. I have her set from last year, I did hear she just launched a new set that I have yet to look into. Even though I use presets I still have to go in and tweak each photo. Because I'm looking for consistently on Instagram I usually edit my photos I've taken on my phone in Lightroom as well to try and keep my feed cohesive. Jessica Janae Photography. I have her set from last year, I did hear she just launched a new set that I have yet to look into. Even though I use presets I still have to go in and tweak each photo. Because I'm looking for consistently on Instagram I usually edit my photos I've taken on my phone in Lightroom as well to try and keep my feed cohesive. 

I know people who really hate editing on their computer and just use the VSCO and Lightroom Apps on their phones but I find it to be much easier and faster on my computer. Once I get the edit just right I can copy, paste and export all within a short amount of time. It really is all about finding a way you like to edit and keeping every photo the same. So if you love something you're able to do on your phone then that is enough, just try and keep it consistent! Also be patient with yourself. It took me a year to figure out how I liked to edit and how I wanted my photos to look. So it's totally okay if you start one way and find something you like better. I personally try to stick to the same colors in my feed. Currently, it's different shades of pinks, reds, and greens.

3. What Photos of yours tend to do well? What do your followers really respond to? 

Gosh, Instagram recently is always changing so it's hard to tell. It used to be photos of Olive + I but now it is any photos with a baby bump. Photos of Austin + Olive usually don't do too well but I don't mind because I want them both in my feed and their bond is so special. Instagram isn't just for pretty photos, it's for all the moments you want to remember so I make sure to keep it a variety even though some photos do better than others. Honestly, It's hard not to get discouraged knowing that "this photo will flop" but I always remind myself why I keep posting on Instagram and that is to "connect" and not to have every photo be picture perfect. I also believe just because a photo doesn't get many likes doesn't mean your followers didn't like it, It could just be the algorithm messing up.

4.How do you get Olive to take so many photos?

This is something that is always changing. She is growing and learning and having opinions. Sometimes it works out great and sometimes she's just not having it. We try to really let her just play and grab photos that way. But sometimes we can bribe her with healthy snacks. We take photos by a white wall a lot and there is always some sort of ant or grasshopper around. She loves bugs so we always ask her to "find the bugs" and those make for great photos. We also bring her toys with so she has something to interact with. Like walking her dog or picking flowers. Olive loves to be the center of attention so if you ask her to spin, sing or do something silly she is usually up for it. For the moment's she's totally melting down and wants nothing to do with photos, we try to just let her be and either reschedule or wait 10 minutes and try again. We certainly don't want her to hate taking photos so we try our best to be really flexible. Which sometimes takes Austin and I reminding each other to stay patient. 

Make sure to check out these lovely ladies posts below for their insight! 

www.ashleynoel.life | @_ashley_noel_

britthavens.com | @britthavens

cultivatemotherhood.com | @cultivatemotherhood

darlingnightingale.com | @darlingnightingale

hellobabybrown.com | @hellobabybrown
@hopefeathers

mrsseacannon.com | @mrsseacannon

occasionallyperfectstyle.com | 
psimfromthemidwest.com | @hollynbaron

thelovedesignedlife.com | @thelovedesignedlife

Mama Style

Romper: Zara  Shoes: Thrifted  Bag: c/o Nena & Co

Happy Tuesday Friends! I just wanted to drop by and share these photos we snapped the other day while taking "lulu" for a walk. I recently bought this Romper from Zara and I'm totally smitten. It's so comfy, non-maternity and the color can't be beat! Also, if you want to be a little dangerous and not wear a bra consider this romper YOURS. It's funny looking at these pictures because we all accidentally matched. Austin got dressed first, then I just picked something fast for Olive and then I got dressed in "whatever was most comfortable"  and when we ran out the door I laughed at all the green. I mean, I do love making Austin jump on the matching band wagon but this was a total accident.

Olives cute shirt is from Cheerily.Co A store we absolutely love! They just came out with "custom tee's" and we made one for both the girls! I love when Olive wears her's even though she looks way too grown up in a t-shirt! Do you see that she is almost half of my length? 

For those wondering I originally ordered a Medium but exchanged it for a Small and I'm really happy with the fit. Zara has a little calculator that you can put in your weight and height and it tells you your size... and it was coming up medium because I'm pregnant but the medium was huge! I'm finding that this season Zara is running large in women's + kids clothing. Also, this isn't sponsored I just really feel like you need this comfy piece in your life!

We have an exciting and busy week/weekend coming up! Family coming in, 2 weddings to shoot and the smallest babymoon getaway in history! Make sure to follow along on Instagram for some fun Giveaways.

Be Impulsive


Today we partnered with Bonfires Blood Centers to spread awareness about how important it is to give blood. Did you know that every 2 seconds someone in the U.S needs a transfusion of donated blood? I was just talking to my mom last week about a blood drive she set up at her work for people to donate and she was telling me about how the women working were telling her that there is a shortage of blood right now and not as many people are donating. I was so shocked, I grew up giving blood and was just surprised that hospitals are experiencing a shortage of donated blood. So when the opportunity came to work with Bonfires Blood Centers I jumped on it. Blood is one of those things you don't think about until you or a loved one is in the hospital. So I thought it would be a great post to remind everyone to get involved and #beimpulsive. Next time you have the opportunity make sure to give blood and save lives.

I recently learned that every 1 blood donation can help up to 3 patients and that patients being treated for cancer, orthopedic surgeries, heart surgeries and blood disorders are the patients who use the most blood. It's not the accident or trauma victims like you would automatically think.

Here's the good news, blood can be donated every 56 days up to six times per year! I probably won't be able to make it 6 times per year but I definitely can commit to a few and I bet you can too! Make Check out BeImpulsiveRSVP.com to see how you can get involved.