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It’s Mother’s Day weekend and what better time is there to reflect on all things motherhood.

I am a stay-at-home-mom with three beautiful kids, and you guys it’s hard. There are days that we call in a pizza, get in our pj’s and hang with our buddy Netflix because it is just so overwhelming. We as moms give everything we have to our families, and sometimes that leaves us with very little left. To be honest, I’ve struggled. If you’re a mom reading this, I know that you will more than likely understand exactly what I’m talking about. The important thing here is that being a mother is the most rewarding job on the planet. 

It’s a thankless job, but there is nothing that beats seeing your child smile. And if there’s one thing every parent hears, it’s “they grow so fast”. As time passes I’m finding it to be more and more true. It’s important for us to stop and enjoy them in this busy life we live. What’s even more important is documenting this time in their lives, with you there too.

Now having said all of that, brace yourself: I have not taken a single family portrait.

If i’m being honest, sometimes it’s a struggle to muster up the courage to go A N Y W H E R E. So the thought of getting in front of the camera with my wild bunch really gets my mom-xiety going, which is funny because I never feel that way working with my families. Having three kids back-to-back-to-back has also been so hard on my body. Instead of listening to the warm words my husband spoke and the “I love you mommy’s”, I listened to the voice in my head that told me I just wasn’t enough. I didn’t really realize how bad it got until I recently started eating clean and caring for my body. It makes me sad to look back and not have any photos of me and my kids. I mean, hello, I’m a photographer. I know the value.

So here it is, time doesn’t wait.

Time doesn’t wait for you to lose the baby weight.

Time doesn’t wait for you to gain the courage to tackle a photoshoot.

You are beautiful. Trust your photographer. Just do it, I promise you won’t regret it. It’s my mission to take family photos in 2018, will you hold me accountable?

I’m sharing my favorite mother-daughter moments of Kalie + Kinley, and their baby from their family session. I hope you enjoy scrolling through.

xx,

Adia

 

 

 

 

 

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Come prepared, like overly prepared.

I honestly believe that packing a bag for a photoshoot is the key to success, especially if you have younger kids. That may sound crazy because you’re going to take pictures, not a road trip. But you never want to be in the middle of a session with a melting toddler without a single snack. Or worse, have a spit-up incident and not have a change of clothes on hand. (Stay tuned for a whole blog post on packing the perfect photoshoot bag!)

 

Expect things to go crazy.

A photoshoot is a lot like going to church on a Sunday morning. You’re halfway ready, someone’s shoe is missing, you’ve told your kids to get dressed 15 times and it’s time to run out the door so you won’t be late. It’s going to happen. It always does. Brace yourself and prepare as much as you can the night before!

 

Relax

I know, the opposite of what I just described right? But trust me, I do this every day. In my personal life and in my business, I’m surrounded by little people. The fact is, your uncooperative two year old may be driving you nuts, but to me it’s just an opportunity to catch that bubbling personality. There is no tantrum I haven’t seen. I’ve got you, mama. In fact, I want every mom reading this to know that your family is not the only one riding in on the hot mess express. 9 times out of 10, parents come into a session nervous and stressed. This is where your photographer steps in and takes over. Every ounce of expertise in what we do will be given in direction, lighting, composition and posing. All we need is for you to have fun, so relax! So laugh when your 6 year old tells your sibling “smile so we don’t get grounded” and love your tribe!

 

Scroll through to see the McMullen’s family + maternity session! Their one year old had the best time exploring during our session and graced us with her precious smiles, prayers and peek-a-boo’s all throughout our session. Mom and Dad were so patient and had the best time laughing about life with a toddler. Their sweet baby girl should be here soon. She’s already so loved!

xx,

Adia

 

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Hello and a very belated Happy 2018!

I’ve been working behind the scenes to update my website and make lots of exciting plans for this year. I absolutely love this little photography business of mine that I started 5 years ago. The number one reason why? I get to be part of something way bigger than an hour long session. I get to light up parents’ faces seeing their sweet little angels captured so perfectly. I get to give a proud mom pictures to share with the world. I get to give people memories of their loved ones that they will cherish for a lifetime, and even pass on for generations to come.

I mean, whoa. Right?

I do not take this responsibility lightly. I am so thankful for all of the families that have entrusted me thus far. It’s been an honor and I can’t wait to see where 2018 takes us!

Now on to this INSANELY gorgeous 2018 Senior.

Alexa was an absolute joy to photograph. This girl has ONE. KILLER. SMILE. Seriously, there wasn’t a bad frame. I met Alexa and her mom at one of my favorite locations here in the DFW. We had perfect weather on what should have been a winter day. Thank you, Texas! Alexa laughed her way through our session. It’s funny how shocking it is to be in front of the camera and take direction. I mean, we cracked up and had a couple “wait, what?” moments.  My favorite part of our session was actually not about Alexa, it was about her mom. She beamed watching her little girl /  high school senior work her magic. I couldn’t help think of how quickly it all passes by. I hugged my littles extra tight that night and made them promise they would never leave me! Kidding! Kind of.

To big plans and a bright future!

xx,

Adia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I wanted to offer Christmas mini sessions to give families a quick and painless way to get those family pictures in,  just in time for Christmas! Join me on December 10 in studio with Christmas music, cookies and fun! I have six time slots available.

CHRISTMAS MINI DETAILS:

When?   Sunday, December 10th from 11am – 1pm

Where?   A natural light studio in downtown Dallas.

What?   15-minute mini session, 10 high-resolution digital images with printing rights delivered digitally within 2 days.

Who? Families are welcome, but just the kids will work too!

How much? $110 plus tax.

How will the set look?   The set for these sessions is a white linen fluffy bed in a natural light studio in downtown Dallas. There will be props the children can play with to really get them in the Christmas spirit. Christmas PJs are welcome, but not required!

How to book?   There are only 6 spots available, so ACT FAST! You can book by emailing info@adiarenee.com or calling 469.249.2342

 

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