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i truly believe that each of you, no matter what kind of camera you have or dont have, no matter how perfect or imperfect our days can be, it needs to be captured…LIFE needs to be captured.  As a group we hope to inspire you to take out that camera, capture a full day of YOUR life, capture your afternoon swinging at the park, or riding bikes to check the mail, any of it, all of it, just capture it!  No one but your family will prob ever enjoy these images and hey they may not ever even be edited if you are a photog but the bottom line is someday you will look back and you will be so happy you have these memories captured.



*****and be sure to hipitty hop through the rest of the circle starting with my incredible friend JULES TRANDEM SAN DIEGO LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER******

my sweet addi b.

the lump in my throat has gotten a little bigger with every passing year…but over the last few weeks it has become almost unbearable…i have known since the day you were born this day would come..i prayed for you i wished for you i hoped for you and i loved you with all of me before you even arrived.  but you baby girl have already surpassed any dreams i could have even dreamt for you.   You are so much of me and so much of your daddy all wrapped into one but then YOU ARE SO MUCH MORE on top of that!  You, my dear, are the cherry on top of my hot fudge sundae….

and now…


is the day…

the day you are so full of excitement and anticipation for, a day  that i have tried desperately to prepare you for and prepare myself for…THE DAY YOU WILL BEGIN KINDERGARTEN.  I will be honest, i am thrilled for you and the excitement you have for the journey that lies ahead for you, but i am a wreck for myself.  I know how silly?!  But this is the first time in your life that you will be away from me for more than 4 hours…Earlier this year,  i came to the realization that you didn’t need to be me with every waking second, that YOU my sweet girl have grown into such a responsible child.  You have the most perfect little southern belle manners, you wash your hands, brush your teeth, can reach all of the light switches and even put your plate in the sink and clothes in the laundry room…all without any reminders, from me.  YOU ARE BIG:) My heart swells with so much pride and love over the beautiful girl you have become i sometimes feel it might burst out of my chest.  I think my uneasiness comes from my fear of just how much i will miss you, but my peace comes from knowing YOU!  I know you will adjust to this with incredible grace, you will no doubt make new friends with ease, your love for reading and learning will flourish and you will most likely get into a little trouble for talking too much at some point 😉  You will definitely be beyond exhausted by the time i pick you up, as i could never quite take that afternoon nap away, ha.  But the thing is, baby girl, I know that while i will miss you while you are at school learning about and experienceing the world, the part that will get me through (especially this first week) is knowing the utter excitement that you will have when you get to tell me every single second of every single thing that happens every single day you are there.  I know i will be trying hard to swallow that lump in my throat down this morning as i walk away from you in your “new big school” but know baby girl, that you are about to start some of the best years of your life.

“until you spread your wings you’ll have no idea how high you can fly…” – author unknown

this also seem like a good time to remind you of these little tidbits as I’m sure more will be coming this week:)

so above we did a sweet little shoot of just her, no props, no styling, no direction, JUST HER BEING HER…clearly she has enough personality to fill a room and picking which ones to show was difficult hahaha

since she is staying at a private school so school preparations were a little different than they were for me back in the day but i wanted it to be just as special and memorable for her.  i remember going to school shopping for clothes, school supplies, BACKPACKS (oh the backpack drama), and shoes…it was such a ritual for my mom and me, such a special time, we made so many memories, may or may not have had an argument or two hahaha but all of these things to this day i can remember.  so we did it, sure she doesn’t wear everyday clothes so we made a day out of it getting “uniform” stuff, our usual sambas, which look fab with anything on girls, heehee and i even let her pick out some school supplies for her “homework station” at home since her supplies will be at her desk when she arrives today.  i captured so many images but this post was getting long enough so i had to pick and choose but looking through them and being reminded of all that we have done to prepare her over the last few weeks for today…HER FIRST DAY…already make me so happy of the years to come and the memories we have already made.


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  • Ke - such a beautiful tribute, mama! new beginnings for both of you.ReplyCancel

  • kate robinson - I am so full of emotion right now. This was knock it out of the park special.ReplyCancel

  • jess - i love this post and these images SO much. i love your idea to capture school shopping. we start kindergarten next week too!ReplyCancel

  • alli - So well written Shalonda!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah C - These are probably the most gorgeous back to school photos I have seen!! I love them all!! Your letter so touched me!! Kindy is a HUGE milestone and sending our Noah off its soooo incredibly hard to let go! Amazing as always my sweet friend!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey Bergstrom - these will be so sweet to look back on. A time you can’t replace and you captured all the emotions so beautifully.ReplyCancel

  • deb schwedhelm - such beautiful photos. such wonderful memories captured — photographs that you will look back on and forever cherish.

  • erika jessop - Love all of these, Shay. You’re amazing, girl. Happy back to school to her!!!ReplyCancel

  • leah - she is precious!! what sweet sweet images of a beautiful little girl. i used to love school shoping…now my kids wear uniforms. not as much fun. that last shot sums it up. xoReplyCancel

  • wendy - Oh my! Time goes so quickly once they start school. She is a doll and so lucky to have such an incredible mom to help make these milestones special. I hope you had tissues at drop off. :)ReplyCancel

  • christy w. - Oh my heart! This hits SO close to home for me and my big kindergartner as well. Love that you gave her the full B2S experience. Your A is so precious, and will one day cherish these treasures you are capturing. Oh and those sparkly suspenders!!….could she be any cuter?!ReplyCancel

  • jules - you have such a gift!! I am in love with your sweet little one … she looks like she’s ready to take on the world. love the little gap in her smile and her adorable suspenders … too cute. brilliant pic of the items on the rolling part of the check out stand … perfection! hope her first week was perfect!! xoReplyCancel

  • aditi - unresistable………….so adorable !ReplyCancel

from the most recent shoot for La Couture Amore and her incredible dolls…seriously i gasp everytime she sends one my way….love

and this time SHE not only joined us for the shoot but she brought along HER NEW GA-GA-GORGEOUS BEDDING…yep thats right you can by that incredible bedding right in her shop…so head on over and check out her fabulous-ness


and for those divine super soft gorgeous pink and white striped pants can be found in the amazing shop of MOMI BOUTIQUE

so you might remember but prob don’t mr dimples from HERE

oh yes i adored him and that longhorn hat wearing family he brought along with him (just kidding dad :))

well that day exactly one year ago (dang I’m love it when that happens) he only flashed one of those squishy-licious dimples but this time…BOOM SHAKKA LAKKA we got both…

here was the winning dimple shot (one of many) and then plenty with his gorgeous sister…eeeeekkkkk