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On the Move | Meet Nicole Series

In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.

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Life has been moving so fast lately, and changing at a breakneck speed. I have done less than a stellar job keeping all you lovely supporters of my work in the loop. So hear goes:

Two months ago we received a letter in the mail that was going to change our life and create a sense of adventure we haven't yet quite met as a family. For me, change is exciting, but ever so terrifying! All the suspense, but I promise it is all good news.

My wonderfully handsome and incredibly smart husband got accepted into the Medical Lab Tech program at VCU (Go Rams!), in Richmond, Va. Since receiving his acceptance letter, we have been in a flurry of purging, cleaning, packing, staging, and selling our house. Which also means the adventure continued with more purging and packing, then a long distance search for a place to live in a new city, the actual move, and then the unpacking. Phew!

We are still unpacking, but I wanted to say how grateful we are for all of my family and friends who have been ever present and wonderful helping us each step of the way! We would not have gotten through without our tribe!

What I am most excited about: I will officially be a work from home mommy. This means more time for me, family, and my business!!! I love that I will be able to be more present for my daughter. She already blows my mind; I can't wait to teach her, and her teach me. Seriously stoked! I am also thrilled that I will be able to better support my husband to pursue his dream. Last, this transition also means that I will be a full time small business entrepreneur, birth photographer and identity brand designer. Again stoked! I love serving and empowering children, parents, and parentrepeneurs! My heart is full, thank you.

Richmond Va Birth Photographer

Honest Connection | My 2016 Focus

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Honest connection can be so hard to come by out in the real world and even at home. I feel it is easier to be honest and not connect, rather then connect and not be so honest. Who or what am I talking about? You know when you meet someone new and you do the normal small chat and connecting, are you really being honest or just keeping things light? On the flip side, when you are with your best friend or spouse, you connect over just about everything but telling the truth can be a bit harder. You know the whole, "does this outfit make my butt look big?" scenario. Even with this situation it can be easier for your best friend to tell you to change than your spouse. Right? When, in the end, we knew the answer all along. No more of this, this year. While my goals are always to try and eat better and be more active and full of grace, this years' focus on honest connection will hold me accountable to myself. 2016 is the year I want to slow down a bit, and honestly connect with my self as a person, a person with needs and wants, but also with my husband and daughter. The balance of working, being an artist, a mom, a wife, or even just myself can be cumbersome some days. I can get out of whack a lot. Work stress can trump my artist life, or my child's needs can surpass my own. It happens, and I believe a lot of it is normal and natural. My goal and wish for myself is to truly listen and be honest with what I need, my body and soul, but to also connect with those around me. Small things like drinking tea from my favorite mug rather than a to-go cup, or holding my husbands hand while we grocery shop together. Those small connections, add up to a happier presence.

This includes my clients too. I feel like I am honest with each and every one of you, but I would love to connect with you and your families more. Lets have a play date, schedule a picnic, or just check in with each other. I truly hope to facilitate this more this year, as these things do not come naturally to me as a generally introverted person. I seriously want each and every one of my clients to become part of my extended family!

Cheers to love, living with intention, and honestly connecting with yourself and those around you!

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be inspired. live boldly.

Nicole

Welcome to the World Baby S | INOVA Loudoun | Birth Photography

my

mother

was

my first country,

the first place i ever lived.

-lands

Each birth I attend and witness humbles me so greatly. This birth was no different. Even more so because we didn't know baby's gender! The connection between mama and baby is so incredible. The womb is their first home, where they grow their organs and hear your voice and heart beat! It's like magic. I truly believe a birth gender reveal is one of the last ways we can surprise ourselves in life. What better motivation to get through the surges, too!

Mama was so cool and collected, joking even when she first arrived at the hospital. Poking at her husband and being goofy with the medical staff and doula. As things intensified, I was honestly mesmerized by her primal unravel while she listened and moved to accommodate her soon to arrive tiny human. From tub, to birth ball, shower to the bed, mom and dad communicated by sharing quiet glances and small touches between surges. The support and love was seriously amazing!

After an abrupt relocation baby was placed on mama's chest, dad cut the cord, and whispered "it's a little sister" to his wife. These three were so sweet and were already talking about how much their oldest daughter (not quite 2) was going to react to having a SISTER!

If you are interested in having your birth story documented, send me an email through the contact form! I'm now booking into 2016, so lock in 2015 rates!!

be inspired. live boldly.

Nicole

Durrance Party of 4 | Lifestyle Newborn | Leesburg, Va

This family! There is so much to say, but I'm not the best with doting words. The Durrance's are the sweetest people you will meet. With compassion and wit, style and love, they are some of the most patient and giving people I know. You may remember their birth story, where Miss A graced us with her presence! Here they are again, cuddling, protecting, and smiling through their early days of adjustment as a family of 4. How sweet are her nursery details and daddy cuddles!?! Oh, and older brother R peaking at his new sister, my heart melts!

Any advice for a new family of 4?

be inspired. live boldly.

Nicole

Blayney Party of 3 | Lifestyle Newborn | Sterling, Va

"the love is all mine"

With each family I photograph, observe and create art for, I learn more about myself. I narrow my vision of who I want to be for my little and husband. This family is no different. Mom and Dad worked together like a dream making sure each was comfortable all while taking care of their fresh baby. Miss Kyla has truly been graced with a patient and light hearted family spanning continents full of love and wonder to teach her all about life. I am excited to see this family grow together and take on new adventures!

be inspired. love authentically. live boldly.

Nicole