Family, Gratitude, and the last Fall Shoot!

Melodie Beattie once said, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.” These words have never been truer for me than right now, in this season of my life where motherhood has become my greatest teacher of gratitude.

If I’m honest with you, the month of November has been a rough one for me. Between being a mother of two while trying to be the wife my husband needs, and juggling all the other things on my plate, I’ve been a rollercoaster of emotions. I haven’t been doing the best job of practicing gratitude…

When I received our family photoshoot pictures from Angela, it dawned on me that despite the weight on my shoulders, I am so fortunate to have a family to come home to. I’d rather live in the midst of our beautiful chaos than without any of it! So, this Thanksgiving, I am grateful for moments captured that continuously remind me that there is nothing more beautiful and empowering than to love and be loved.

Thank you, Angela, for capturing the beauty in our chaos!

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PHOTOSHOOT PREP & WARDROBE CLOSET

Angela (of Angela Singleton Photography, Instagram: @angela.singleton) reached out to me just in time to photograph my family during my favorite season - the fall! Her charisma, beautiful spirit, and patience was an immediate indicator that she would be the perfect photographer for the job :) I have to admit, one major selling point is Angela’s Wardrobe Closet!! She offers styling consultations to pick out the perfect wardrobe to represent you and your family. As a mom herself, she understands how stressful it can be to get the family together, let alone coordinate outfits for the day. So, she offers to style you with items from your own closet or you can choose items from her Wardrobe Closet!

When Angela offered to style us using her Wardrobe Closet, I hesitated a bit. I’m pretty picky when it comes to what I’m going to wear, including my husband and little ones. But when Angela sent me the images of the color scheme and my dress, I was sold!!! The beautiful blush and lavender hues mixed with cream, olive green, and grey accents were perfect!

She offered to drop the clothes off at my home so that I wouldn’t worry about leaving the house with my little ones. You can’t get anyone better or more understanding than that!

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MAKEUP & HAIR WITH LA’GLAM STUDIOS

Angela booked my hair and makeup session with Jenni from La’Glam Studios (Instagram: @laglamstudios2). The studio has a très chic and cozy feel, which makes you feel at home from the moment you walk in. Jenni, a partner of La’Glam, knows her stuff and - let me tell you - she left me looking flawless! I told her I wanted a fall look and she did not disappoint :) Another La’Glam partner and stylist, Danelcy, added some loose curls to my hair to complete the glam look. I was very happy with the results! (You can visit their site for booking details!)

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THE REAL THING

Angela was very accommodating when looking for a location nearby. We agreed to do the photoshoot at Lake Artemesia. As my husband and I put the girls in the car, we were anxious about Kalea. Now, for those of you who know about the “challenging twos” (aka, terrible twos), you know it is nearly impossible to get a two year old to listen to instructions, let alone pose for two seconds for a picture. “Just be ready, Fran,” my husband warned.

Boy, was he right! Kalea probably listened a total of 2 minutes during our half hour session. But she fell in love with Angela - and her camera! Angela would find creative ways to reel her back in for another quick shot. She was amazing with her! Even my mother who came to assist us said, “That woman has the gift of patience!”

I could tell Angela was a pro when she effortlessly posed us for pictures and quickly took shots of our candid moments. Her calming tonality and smiles made it easier to get through the shoot and have some family fun!

I would have been satisfied with 3 to 5 good pictures given Kalea’s state, haha! So, I have to admit, I was very surprised when she sent me a folder with a bunch of great shots to choose from! I couldn’t be happier with our family photoshoot!!

Please follow and book with Angela Singleton Photography for your maternity, newborn, and/or newborn-&-family photoshoot. You won’t be disappointed!

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