baby bison | newborn photos

When a dear friend has a baby, you can’t help but celebrate it with as much excitement as if it were your own baby!

There are some people in this world that change your life for the better. Shaina and Jason are two of those people. They radiate happiness, adventure, love, and kindness and their virtues and values are stronger than anything.  I have been blessed to call them my friends for many years now. Last year, I cried happy tears when Shaina told me they were expecting as I couldn’t imagine two people who were more ready to become parents. As you will see below, I had the joy of capturing their baby announcement photos last fall. They have a wild sense of humor and I couldn’t think of a better announcement concept than these clever mugs that Shaina created! Hill Annoucement-5586Hill Annoucement-5538Hill Annoucement-5531-2Hill Annoucement-5325Hill Annoucement-5444-2Hill Annoucement-5380-2As fall ended we fell into the long winter and we all waited and prayed for the safe arrival of sweet Baby Bison in the spring. Baby Bison is the adorable nickname Shaina and Jason referred to their baby as during pregnancy and you will see why when you see the amazing nursery they created for him. I counted down the day’s until my dear friend’s due date like a small child waiting for Christmas and then finally in the middle of April, baby Silas was born! As you scroll through these dreamy pictures of the new perfectly complete family, please note the INCREDIBLE Bison mural featured in Sila’s nursery which was handpainted by Shaina’s talented brother, Zak Parsons.

Now to the moment we have all been waiting for, photos of the sweetest new arrival, Silas.Baby Silas-1613

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Swooooooooon. That little FACE!

Welcome dear friends to the most incredible journey of all time, parenthood – and welcome baby Silas to life with your fantastic mommy and daddy.

love & lots of whit – jen xo

Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!

How are there only 4 more days until Christmas?!

It is hard to believe that at this time last year I was 6 months pregnant and now (fast-forwarding to this year) I have a 9 month old baby! Bryan and I are so excited for Lucy’s first Christmas! We are looking forward to spending time with our family, all of the delicious holiday meals, and even though Lucy doesn’t understand much this year – she is just the perfect age to be showing interest in toys. It also doesn’t hurt that we will be off work through the new year, which will mean so much more time with our sweet girl.

I must admit, the past two years I have been a slacker on decorating for Christmas. Last year we set up only the tree (no decorations), and two years ago we didn’t even put up the tree. It’s not even that I was a Grinch about it all, per se, I just ran out of the time and energy. I know, I know, no excuses! This year and hopefully every year going forward, I knew the slacking had to stop and I finally decorated the house for Christmas again. It’s a Wonderful Life is not JUST my favorite Christmas movie, but my favorite movie movie, and it played as inspiration for part of my Christmas decorating this year. I also had the cutest little photo subjects to snap some photos of in front of our tree, enjoy!

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Wishing you all a VERY Merry Christmas and a beautiful New Year!

love & lots of whit – jen xo

 

 

tammy | maternity photos

A GLOWING mommy-to-be awaiting the arrival of her sweet, sweet, baby!

When I was pregnant I was very hesitant on getting maternity photos taken. Luckily, my friend Tammy offered to take some for me and now in hindsight I couldn’t be happier to have her beautiful photos to reflect back on that very special time. A few months after Lucy was born, Tammy announced she was expecting a little sweetie pie of her own and I was absolutely over-the-moon thrilled to hear this news! This time, it was my turn to offer to capture HER special maternity moments. The Corduroy book that you see pictured was significant to her as it was given to her by her husband on their first wedding anniversary (aka the paper anniversary). Please enjoy these photos of this gorgeous mommy-to-be!

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love & lots of whit – jen xo

Our Little Pumpkin

‘Tis the season, fa la la la, FALL!

Bring on the perfect weather, pumpkin spice everything, and autumnal decor. As you can see below, the house is slowly but surely making its way to the orange spectrum. Even Rooney is getting into the spirit with his pumpkin sweater!

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It’s hard to believe that this time last year, I was sporting a little pumpkin growing in my belly, and this year that little pumpkin is sitting up all on her own and calling me Mama! Another perk of fall is the constant reminder to stop and think about what you are thankful for, and this year my thankful meter is going off through the roof! Lucy is our absolute JOY and I hope these sweet little pumpkin pictures below bring you some joy as well! Happy fall, ya’ll!

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love & lots of whit – jen xo

Charleston Anniversary Trip, Y’all

Bryan and I’s two year wedding anniversary is coming up on May 11th and to celebrate we ventured to Charleston, SC for a long weekend getaway! We have been wanting to take a trip to Charleston for a long time after hearing from so many people about how great of a city it is.

Bryan and I’s two year wedding anniversary is coming up on May 11th and to celebrate we ventured to Charleston, SC for a long weekend getaway! We have been wanting to take a trip to Charleston for a long time after hearing from so many people about how great of a city it is. If I could sum it all up in two words it would be: SOUTHERN.FOOD. Seriously. It was all incredible – from shrimp and grits to fried chicken, and all that is in between! Now, coming home we both feel the need to run a little bit extra at the gym this week.

Aside from eating grits, grits, and more grits…we had the opportunity to take in one of the most beautiful places we both had ever visited. I would describe Charleston as Pleasantville. Everyone is unusually nice, the streets are spotless, the architecture is gorgeous, and you can get from a beautiful downtown atmosphere to a beach in just minutes! If you haven’t already been to Charleston, we highly recommend it.

There are so many moments I didn’t capture photos of, from a beach day at Isle of Palms, golfing The Links at Stono Ferry, and all of the food I mentioned (though I’m sure that could have been a post all on its own), but I wanted to share a few photos from our trip below: A stroll along the waterfront/Rainbow Row, a visit to Boone Hall Plantation, a wonderful visit with our good friends from Hilton Head, and our special anniversary date night dining at the Charleston Grille.

Starting with the pineappliest fountain that I ever did see:

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love & lots of whit, y’all – jen xo

Playing Photographer: Vintage Spring Bridal Shower

Capturing events through photography and videography has always been something that I have had love for. I can attribute that to my dad, who’s passion for capturing all of our life moments growing up introduced me to the camera and video camera in the first place. It wasn’t until I attended design school and started my first job that I was able to appreciate the true art of photography and learn to take the time to capture an image that I was proud of. I still have a long way to go in the photography world, but love to use family events and gatherings to practice enhancing my technique.

Capturing events through photography and videography has always been something that I have had love for. I can attribute that to my dad, who’s passion for capturing all of our life moments growing up introduced me to the camera and video camera in the first place. It wasn’t until I attended design school and started my first job that I was able to appreciate the true art of photography and learn to take the time to capture an image that I was proud of. I still have a long way to go in the photography world, but love to use family events and gatherings to practice enhancing my technique.

This past weekend my step-sister Theresa was surprised with a bridal shower that was styled and planned with such craft and beauty by her mother and bridesmaids. The bridal shower had a vintage theme, with beautiful spring floral touches. Delicate lace, light coral and ivory flowers, and homemade chalkboard signage created an exquisitely delicate brunch atmosphere. The overall feel and look of the event was perfectly matched to the bride-to-be’s style and I was so honored to attend such a wonderful bridal shower. I can’t take any credit for the amazing decor, delicious food, or creative crafty touches that Theresa’s bridesmaids and mother put together – but I did want to share some of the photos I took that showcase their beautiful work. My photo gallery starts with a picture of the stunning bride-to-be. Wishing Theresa and Graham a life of happiness and love.

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Shower Food

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Makes you hungry doesn’t it? Also, how can I get a permanent mimosa bar installed in my house…

love & lots of whit – jen xo