new year, new studio

Like just about everyone else on the planet, I get very easily overwhelmed with *stuff*. And then I just like to pretend that the situation that’s making me overwhelmed is just going to solve itself, so I put off doing anything about it over and over and over again. For those of you that have been in my studio anytime in the past year, you know that I have a lot of *stuff* everywhere. Hats, headbands, blankets, wraps, buckets, baskets – anything that has to do with newborn photography, I have it and it was spilling out of my studio. I had great plans for my little itty bitty space, but just needed a little time and energy to carry it out.

Well, guess what! I finally did something about it! It’s still not 100% done, but seeing as how the last little bit is going to take putting some paint on the walls, it’s just going to have to wait a bit longer. At least now everything has a space, there is plenty of room for little babes and their mommies and daddies, and my dining room is prop free!

Check it out!

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Much better, huh? Now if I could just get prints in all of the frames I have hanging on the walls, we’d be in good shape…

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Robin Hansen - January 27, 2014 - 8:57 pm

Steph, your studio space has such a warm and cozy feel with loads of sunshine. I just love it! Way to start 2014 with some major organization. The props look heavenly all hung neatly. Color coded at it’s finest, right there. I wouldn’t expect anything less from you my dear friend. XOXO

Nicole Dietrich - January 27, 2014 - 9:12 pm

I know a cute baby you could put in one of those frames! Looks great! I am literally counting down the days until we see you again

Winner

pancan image copyFirst, before I announce the winner – thank you all so much for your generous donations. I am so excited to be able to make a $615 donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Karen Fogle’s name, and I know that her family is extremely touched. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy holiday season to help brighten this family’s Christmas. Thank you, thank you.

Now, without further adieu, the winner of the FREE full session to be used in 2014 is….. Amy Wagner! Congrats Amy! Send me an email at stephanie@lemonadestandphotography.com to set up your session for next year!

To select the winner, I used random.org to generate a randomized list of all of the entries, and then to select a random number between 1 and 109. Here are screen shots of the winning numbers:

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Thank you all so much again, and have a wonderful holiday with you families

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warmth

Woohoo!! It’s blog circle time again! This month the theme is “warmth,” and just a little warning – I’m going to get a bit sappy :) You see I’m not going to highlight the hot chocolate being sipped by a crackling fire kind of warmth. No cute snow hats or mittens in this post. No, I’m going to focus on my “warm and fuzzy” place, and mainly – the person who keeps that place, all – well, warm and fuzzy :)

You see, it’s a week before Christmas after the busiest year I’ve had. I am still working like a dog, I have yet to wrap a present, I’m planning the first grade holiday party and averaging about 4-5 hours of sleep a night. I.am.exhausted. Thankfully, my house is in pretty decent order. The laundry isn’t a mountain of dirty clothes under which we’re all buried – most of the clothes are actually clean and put away. The dishwasher is unloaded and the sink is free of dirty dishes. The driveway has gotten shoveled after each snow we’ve gotten, the fridge and pantry aren’t barren wastelands with no food, and most importantly – the children are all still alive. While I can probably take credit for that last one, the rest of this dirty work has fallen on the shoulders of my better half.

For months now, he has picked up the slack around the house and then some, without uttering a single complaint. He shops, cleans, does laundry, runs errands for me, and quite honestly – he’s way better at it than me. But the biggest thing he does is hold me together. This job is the best and I feel so lucky to be able to do something I love so deeply. But by this time every year, I am not a fun person to be around, and I am a complete bear to live with. Emotional breakdowns are a daily occurrence and yet, I am lucky enough to be married to someone who offers a shoulder to cry on, always has encouraging words ready, and just so happens to be a clinical therapist (not kidding with that one – he really is a licensed professional).

So, to my  husband – I don’t say it nearly enough. Thank you. Thank you for putting up with me. Thank you for pulling both of our weight around the house. Thank you for being my personal assistant, cheerleader, manager, therapist and best friend – I know it isn’t easy. I promise, it’s almost break time and you will have your wife back. Until then, would you mind running a few errands for me??

To the guy who keeps all of the “warm and fuzzy” in my life, I love you.

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Now, to keep going with the circle, check out how the amazingly talented Robin Spalding interpreted the theme “warmth” by clicking HERE. Don’t forget to leave us comments to let us know what you think! Thanks for reading everyone, I’m a lucky girl.

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Jen Esneault - December 18, 2013 - 9:15 am

Awww! :) Love this! What would we do without our biggest supporters? :)

Linda - December 18, 2013 - 2:20 pm

So sweet! Another special thing about this time of year is reflecting and seeing the blessings in our lives.

Robin Hansen - December 18, 2013 - 2:24 pm

I have been looking forward to reading this one since the day you told me your idea to highlight David for warmth. Well, you worked your magic again because I’m a crying mess over here reading your honest and deep down perfect words from the heart. I love this post for so many reasons, Steph. You both are a gorgeous pair inside and out. This is the best kind of warm and fuzzy!

robin - December 18, 2013 - 9:00 pm

awwww you two are adorable and gorgeous!