A Beautiful Late Summer Family Session

Hello! I love this family session so much and am excited to share it with you today.

My girlfriend is the most organized and decisive person I’ve ever met! I thought I was organized and decisive . . . until I met her! :) She had everyone’s outfit picked out well in advance of their session, and she knew exactly what she wanted for their session and where she wanted it to take place. The whole family was dressed up and ready to head out to a birthday celebration dinner, and we met for fifteen minutes beforehand to capture their family. I mention this because I think it’s important to know that not every family session has to be long & intense! I always try to make them fun and easy, and it’s sometimes even better if kids only have to be engaged for a short amount of time.  Obviously a lot of thought went into the session and outfits beforehand, but the session itself was short and sweet and we were able to capture some beautiful shots of this beautiful family – enjoy!


Scooters, Tree Climbing, & More Handsome Boys!

Hello, I’m excited to share another sneak peek today!

My first three sessions this season were with friends who have all boys. It’s so much fun for me to spend time with friends who have all boys – our lives are similar yet so different in so many ways.  Boys are active, silly, and FUN, and it is a pleasure spending time with them and capturing them in their element.

This beautiful late Summer evening session was all about riding scooters, climbing trees, and laid-back family fun. Enjoy!

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Sun, Sand, Water, & Brothers!

Hello! I am excited to start sharing sneak peeks of my photography sessions with you. I offer sessions in the late Summer/Fall, just in time for families to capture pictures together before the holidays. For more information, you may click here, or go to the “photography” page at the top of the blog.

This late Summer session was so much fun. It was a gorgeous evening by the water and the sun was really showing off. These brothers were so great for the session and they had so much fun skipping rocks & playing in the water at the end! I’m pretty certain their mom & dad scored points by letting them splash around in their clothes.  Enjoy!

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2015 Fall Family Sessions!

Hi friends!

It’s been quite awhile since my last post, but there is good reason for my long break. I’ll fill you soon, but in the meantime, I am excited to share that I am offering Fall family sessions again this year! For information on the sessions, including pricing, available dates, and sample pictures I’ve captured in the past, please visit the “photography” page at the top of my blog.

If you would like to book a session, please email me at cottageinspiration@yahoo.com

Here are just a handful of pictures from past sessions, but be sure to checkout the photography page for even more!

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I look forward to a fun Fall photography season!

Happy Fourth of July!

Wishing you a Happy Fourth of July!



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Outdoor Dining

Nothing says Summertime like outdoor dining!

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This is by far and away our favorite place to enjoy our Summer meals. I hope you are having a wonderful week filled with some Summertime favorites!

You may click here to see the rest of our back porch!

My Sunday Morning View

Early this morning, I was sitting on the porch drinking a hot cup of coffee and flipping through Coastal Living as the rain came pouring down.

I almost always choose the couch on our porch because of the view looking out into our yard.

This morning, I was blessed with the perfect view.



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I can’t imagine a better one.

Happy Father’s Day!


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I wanted to wish our Mr. Handsome a very Happy Father’s Day!

E started calling him that a few months ago and it totally stuck – ha! We love our Mr. Handsome!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Where You Can Find Me This Summer

Hi friends! Summertime is officially here, and we are loving it!

Today I am sharing pictures of our screened porch, which is hands down our favorite place to be when we’re home.  It’s where we enjoy our morning coffee, dream about and plan for our new house, enjoy casual dinners, and watch the girls running around in the yard.






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I’ll share more pictures of our dining area on the porch in my next post!

You may click here to see how this porch started off and to see how we cleaned and updated the furniture, and click here to see how we started pulling the porch together last year.

Click here for more pictures from around our house!

Have a great day!

The Girls’ Reading Spot

Hello! Today, I’m sharing where the girls love to read & play teacher. Even though their current room is perfectly square and doesn’t have any nooks, we wanted to create a little spot (aside from their beds)  where they could relax & read. We added their little chair and used some inexpensive Ikea Ribba picture ledges to create a reading area.

Nook The shelves needed a little something extra, so I adhered glittery gold ribbon with a small dollop of hot glue to each end – that way the ribbon can easily be removed should we decided to have them all white again or add a different color down the road.


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Flowers2 Carolina Girl helped me sew the chevron pillow.  This girl is my little sidekick and loves learning how to cook, bake, sew, etc. It takes extra patience on my end, no doubt, but the confidence she gains while trying & learning something new makes it 100% worth it. She has actually asked me to sew this week, and so she & I made a few pillows for our porch. Thank goodness I finally have someone to motivate me to do projects!

Nook4 One of the spaces that I’m most excited about in the home we are building is the girls’ reading nook in their bedroom, which will have a window seat & built-in bookshelves.  I’m planning to add a playful pattern on the window seat cushion with an array of bright pink & gold throw pillows. Cozy & cute is the plan for their new nook!

And in case you missed the other details of their room, click here for their pink & gold dresser, here for their polka dotted wall, and here to see where they hang their dresses.

We plan to use most of the pink & gold accessories in their new room as well.  We are also planning to add antique brass lighting & bathroom fixtures for a pretty, feminine touch. Can’t wait to pull together their new room!