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This blog post is  part of the ’20 Things You Might Not Know About Me’ Blog Tag started by April from Blacksburg Belle. She began this blog tag experiment to build community among creatives, help bloggers to connect more and get to know each other better. But, I thought you all might like a little peek into some little known facts about me as well. If you blog and would like to participate or want more info, check out April’s beginning post right here

P.S. I was tagged for this challenge by my past Resonate Experience client Marlene of MDC Artistic Designs.  You can read the answers to her questions here.  And now, here’s a few little known facts about me! 

Question 1: How tall are you?


Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

I think my hidden talent is being patient and loving towards people. I’m definitely not patient with myself, but when it comes to others I genuinely have a positive patient attitude.

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

Pop up boxes that ask you to subscribe to a mailing when you haven’t even had a chance to scroll through the person’s website first to see if you want to actually subscribe or not! I just want a chance to dig in to a site and explore before I decide to get on a mailing list.

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

Bad drivers. Bikers in the road. And traffic. We live off of a string of several one lane roadways and when I get stuck behind a super slow car or a biker who is in the middle of the roadway keeping me from getting to my destination I get super frustrated. This is that one case scenario when my hidden talent for patience most certainly doesn’t apply. Ha!

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

I have a hard time selecting favorite songs, but artists are easy! Right now you’ll find me jamming out to anything Maroon 5, Sara Bareilles, or Karmin. Those are a few of the current favs.

DSC_0871edit_650Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?

I absolutely LOVE Mary from Lovin Ewe Too. I ordered her keepsake name blocks for Brielle’s nursery and I’ve been back time and time again to order these for friends and family (including my nephew Nolan pictured here!). You get to customize the fonts and fabrics to match the nursery which is so much fun. She also now offers photo blocks which is something I’d LOVE to have her create for me someday too.

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?

Shopping. I love me a good dose of retail therapy especially when it also involves catching up with a good friend over lunch or dinner or coffee too.

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?

I have to pick just one?! I’m going with kettle cooked potato chips. The saltier the better.

Question 9: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?

Fiction: I Know This Much Is True, Wally Lamb

Nonfiction: Understanding Exposure, Bryan Peterson (this one was a total game changer for me an my photography)

Question 10: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?

Yes. We’ve got 2 fickle kitties, Ebony and Vincent, who were our first babies and have been with us for 10 and 7 years respectively. We also grew our fur family again recently by becoming first time dog owners. Penny is our Beagle/Shepherd rescue who has taught us what it means to love unconditionally and to never give up on the ones you love either.

DSC_2266editcolorQuestion 11: What’s your favorite beauty product?

My curl defining hair mousse. Keeps the fluffiness in check.

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

Oh gosh, I think something embarrassing happens to me almost every day! I am a total and utter klutzy forgetful mess some days. Most recent occurrence was last week on an airplane. I went to go use the lavatory and go stuck! I couldn’t get out of the stall. Turns out I was trying to pull the door, but you have to push it in order for it to open. Someone had to call for help for me and everything! Good thing my seat was nearby so I didn’t have to do a total walk of shame down the airplane aisle.

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Well that’s pretty easy for sure. Coffee for the win!

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?

People are pretty shocked to learn I’m not really a movie person. I have trouble sitting still and staying engaged through a full length film. I do however LOVE to watch TV and am making my way through several shows on Netflix right now. Current favs? Parenthood and Orange is the New Black.

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

I’m not quite sure I fit into one crowd in HS.  I was a nerdy ‘drama geek’ who sang in the choir. I hung out with a lot of band geeks too. P.S. The photo below is me circa 1998.

photoQuestion 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Given that I’ve lived in Virginia my whole life there is a lot of world still left for us to see. I’d say I’d most love to live somewhere warm. California is most definitely high up on the list but it’s kinda too far away from family for us to head there now.

Question 17: PC or Mac?

I switched to Mac about 4 years ago and will never be a PC person ever again.

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

Over the weekend I was vegging on the couch one afternoon and commenting on how I really needed to brew my 2nd cup of coffee for the day. My love not only brewed it for me but also knew exactly how I like it prepped (2 tablespoons of vanilla coconut milk creamer and 1/2 of a Truvia packet) and brought it to me without me even asking for his help. It’s all about the simple gestures, yes?

Question 19: Favorite celebrity?

I have a secret crush on author and speaker Brene Brown. She has such a powerful message and I think what she’s doing in the world is fantastic!

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?

Glennon Melton from Momastary. She has SUCH a giving heart and an incredible way with words and people and knowing especially what us moms need to hear. I’d love to simply sit down for coffee and a chat with her because I think she is so frickin’ inspiring!

DSC_1231editNow, it’s your turn! I’d love to learn more about my readers, too!  In the comments below, pick one of the 20 questions above and answer it in the comments below! 

Annnnnd….since I had a great time sharing a few things about me, I’m passing this blog challenge on to a few more fantastic mama bloggers that I’ve worked with and who inspire me daily:

If you ladies accept the tag, here’s the deal:

1. Copy and paste the questions below and then answer and turn them into a blog post. Or, record a video answering these questions and upload it to your blog post.

2. At the bottom of your post, tag anywhere from 2-10 bloggers you want to see answer these questions. (I also suggest hitting up your tagged people via social media just to let them know you tagged them to do this tag challenge.)

3. Use the title: 20 Things You Might Not Know About Me Blog Tag. Once you’ve hit publish, leave a comment below with the link to your post.

4. Use the hashtag #20ThingsBlogTag when sharing on social media so we can all find your awesome posts!

If you have no time or just don’t want to do this, I’m totally cool with that.  I just loved this idea of learning more about each other and thought you all might too.




If I had a nickel for every time a mom asks me what camera I have, what lenses I use, where I get my photos printed, or what accessories I love, I swear I’d be rich!

As you probably very well know, there is certainly not a shortage of options when it comes to resources for momtographers. It can be overwhelming deciding who has the best prices, the most stellar customer service, or the highest quality products.

What I’ve laid out here are the sites, services, and resources that have become some of my FAVORITES over time. Know that I am also an affiliate for some of these lovely vendors below (meaning I get a bit of a cut when you purchase from ‘em), but I have very carefully selected and chosen who I support and share with you.

photo_resources_pinThe vendors listed below have given me the most personal attention, the best customer service, the highest quality products, and they’re the ones I am proud to work with again and again and again. I hope you find the same.

This is one resources list you’re going to want to pin for later (go ahead and pin that image above!). But before you do, give the list browse and enjoy exploring what I hope are some new places that are soon to become you’re favorites too.

gear#1 Amazon – Prime membership = 2 days free shipping on any of my photography equipment. Need I say more?

#2 Adorama – They have some stellar deals on both new and used camera equipment. My refurbished Nikon 5100 camera came from them and I can’t say enough good things about their customer service.

#3 B&H – Their flagship store in NYC is amazing so would you expect anything less from their online experience? This place specializes in photo gear so you know you’re getting the experts when you shop here.

What’s in my camera bag?

DSC_0621editNikon D3s body

Nikon D5100 body

Sigma 50mm 1.4

Nikkor 35mm 1.8 DX

Nikkor 28mm 1.8

Nikkor 105mm 2.8 Macro

Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8


editing#4 PicMonkey – My go to online based FREE photo editor. They’ve got some awesome paid features you can unlock when you sign up for their affordable subscription plan. This is the first place I’d go if you’re tech shy and just starting out in learning how to edit.

#5 Pixlr – Another free online editing resource. It’s like a lite version of Photoshop at your fingertips.

#6 Adobe Photoshop Elements – Ready to graduate from PicMonkey or Pixlr and into something more robust? Elements has all the features you’ll need to make your photos pop.

#7 Adobe Lighroom – Affordable ‘pro grade’ photo editing software that once you master it will have you editing photos in quick batches to save you time.

#8 The Coffee Shop Blog – Want some free photo effects to get you started with Photoshop or Lightroom? Visit my friend Rita, she’s got ya covered!

apps#9 PicTapGo – Hands down my favorite phone photo editor due to the ability to mix and match filters plus having the capability of changing the filter’s intensity too.

#10 Made With Studio – Add fun doodles, graphics, and text onto your images with then fun app. Warning: this one is a bit addictive once you get started!

#11 Diptic – Want to collage a few of your phone images together? This app will take care of that lickity split!


DSC_2325edit_300#12 SmugMug – Easy to use interface for sharing photos with family members. Plus they can order prints directly from the album links when they’re sent out. Bonus!

#13 Crashplan – My online life preserver. Crashplan uses wifi to automatically update files to the cloud as it runs quietly in the background of your computer.

#14 Animoto – Make your photos come to life with these slideshows set to music, animation and more.

#15 WordPress – Thanks to my WordPress blog I have a visual diary of my daughters life from before she was born up to now.


prints#16 Mpix – I’m always blown away by the quality and affordability of their prints and products. The color and clarity of my photos always looks amazing when I order here.

#17 CgProPrints – Quality pro canvas vendor that is affordable and open to anyone for orders. Enjoy this little know pro secret and get printing!

#18 Simply Galleries – These guys make it super simple to create and preview canvas wall clusters before you buy.

#19 Artifact Uprising – My favorite here is their linen bound, recycled paper, coffee table books. Brielle’s baby book is done in one of these and I absolutely love the finished product.

accessories#20 Remote shutter release – Get in more photos with your kiddos with this handy dandy tool!

#21 Sunpak tripod – Another must have if one of your goals is to be in more photos instead of behind the lens all the time.

#22 Kelly Moore – Stylish and functional camera bags for moms who want to look good and carry it all while they’re snapping. My current bag is the 2 Sues, but I’ve got my eye on the Beautiful Mess bag too.

#23 Vmjess – Customized cross body camera straps that are so much more comfy than the standard ones that come with the camera.

gifts#24 Photojojo – A lot of  fun and a little bit quirky, this is a photo lovers dream for fun photography related accessories.

#25 Click & Blossom – Bags, mugs, tees and more for photo loving mamas.

#26 Your Family in Pictures – The latest book from inspiring mom photographer Me Ra Koh. This is the third in a series of books for moms looking to document precious family moments.

#27 Elevate the Everyday – Another favorite book of mine for moms, written by another inspiring photo mom, Tracy Clark. This one is all about seeing your daily life with fresh eyes and capturing it more creatively.DSC_0608edit_addWhat’s else should be on this list? Any other places I should add? I would love to know your favorite photo sites or resources, just leave a comment below and let me know what I’m missing. Then please do pin this to come back later and share with your friends using the easy peasey sharing resources below! xo.
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