Christmas Photos – Todd Nichols Photography

Its that time of  year again. The hustle and bustle of all things Christmas! Presents, trees, lights, Santa, cookies, and the somtimes dreaded CHRISTMAS PHOTOS! Of course i dont ever dread taking photos, i really enjoy the art of photos and the outcome of a treasure that will keep a memory for a lifetime. My husband and kids on the other hand could do without. But this year was 1,000 times better than last year. I truly think it has a lot to do with JoJo and Brielle being a year older but also having a photography team that can make this pleasant. They past few years we have been fortunate enough to work with Todds Nichols Photography . They put up with all of my crazy ideas and somehow make magic out of it! If you are in the Boise, Eagle, Meridian area… these are your people. They. Are. Amazing.


I want to share a few of our outtakes that didn’t make the final cut for the Christmas card but are still so darn cute. We originally were going to shoot outside but it was FREEZING and so windy it was close to impossible. We ended up shooting in an old, abandoned church and the outcome was pretty fantastic.

 We walked in and there were 2 humongous wreaths! I knew it was meant to be.


The obvious reason for this not working is…… jojos new smile he has. Haha! Cracks me up. But how cool is the wreath?

Okay, on to the next idea… Ill wait to share our Christmas card photo on Christmas after all the Christmas cards get delivered but these were close runner ups.



^ jojo again with his new smile.

Of course I had to sneak in a few photos of Brian and I ..


So as i said before. The wind was just horrible. Todd and Julie were outside the freezing, cold windy weather setting up for the perfect lighting and not complaining one bit. I love them!

I love these photos and will cherish them forever! Even Jojo’s funny 4 year old smile. Below is the card I almost went with but you’ll just have to wait and see the final choice on Christmas! A HUGE Thankyou to Todd & Julie for creating this magic.



To contact Todd & Julie with Todd Nichols Photography or to see more of there fabulous work, click here > HERE

Merry Christmas,









Don’t let your date night become dreadful! Going to the movies every date night gets boring after a while. Brian and I like to change things up with fun activities and we had the most fun we’ve had in a while with VERONICAS SCOOTERS BOISE ! We had my dad in town so we decided to do bring him along. We went around 530 to pick out our scooters and get the low down!

I fell in love with “minion” which is the mint green scooter.  It has such a vintage France look! We were super lucky to get to use their new COM helmets which allow you to talk to one another while riding. It’s great because its almost like the other riders are in your head haha! Make sure you dont say anything mean ….

We decided to explore some views in Boise we not normally have time to enjoy… and took a longer ride to Bound crossing, which is where we had dinner and hit the candy store. I hope you can get out, especially if you are close to Boise and take a spin on the scooters like we did. So fun to explore when family is in town or even for a girls night!

VERONICA SCOOTERS gave me a code to offer to you – USE THE CODE “WHITNEY” when booking your scooter rental to receive 10% off your rental!  Have fun, switch things up 🙂





Family Christmas Photos: The Do’s & Dont’s with Todd Nichols Photography


It’s that time of year again. The time of year every husband dreads… Family photos… to get that perfect Christmas card picture!  We had the pleasure of shooting with Todd Nichols Photography this year. It was really important to me to find a unique location that truly showcased Boise’s mountains and beauty since we just moved here. So naturally, i chose a mountain top. Okay, not really but it sure did seem like that when we were hiking up the hill and I could already see my kids starting to crumble. So today, I wanted to share some of the tips and trades I have learned over the years of Christmas photos and other shoots. I also wanted to share some of our favorite photos, some of the true MELTDOWNS from JoJo and some info on our sweet husband and wife photography team! Thanks for stopping by. I’m saving our favorite photo for our cards.


1. Scout the perfect photographer – Look at their portfolios. Your going to need someone who can snap away and understand the time commitment you have with a young one

2. Bring a piece of bribery ALONG with you. Such as chocolate bar, gummies or whatever your little one can gobble down. I wouldn’t recommend lollipops because I’ve done it … and then your stuck with a toddler smirking with a lolly stick hanging out of their mouth.

3. Give a special treat after to reward them for complying. Let them pick the restaurant you eat at. Let them pick a movie or watch at home.


1. Don’t stress about outfits. I know that’s the first thing we think as mommas! “What will we all wear?” “Will it’s Coordinate?”. It really depends on your background on where you are shooting. I always like to look on Pinterest for similar backdrops and see what outfit colors really stuck out to me. You dont want to blend in and be washed out but you also dont want to be in something too loud it takes away from the photo. For easy go to colors, whites always look good.

2. during the shoot If your kids aren’t working with you…. Don’t panic. Don’t get mad. Just go with the flow. Some of the best photos we have are the ones that our kids just simply aren’t cooperating and we end up throwing them in the air or tickling them to death. I promise, you will get ONE! And if not …. well there is always next year. 😉

This year jojo was not having it … see below photos…..

But you’ll see… its okay he’s throwing a fit. We will just hang him upside down and get a cute photo! Haha! Todd and Julie did a great job just pushing through with a grumpy toddler. Here are some of photos

Over all we ended up getting some great photos. I wont share them all because ill be posting them over some time! We were very luck to have Todd and Julie helping us tame our kiddos. If you are in the boise area Todd and Julie are amazing! Here is a little about them! They are so fun to work with:

Todd and Julie Nichols are portrait and wedding photographers and business coaches.  They are also parents of four humans, one miniature mutt and one ginormous English Lab.   Co-cooking date nights are a favorite activity and they just happen to be sparkling water connoisseurs.  Todd and Julie welcome all help and comments in their constant quest for the perfect automated vacuum cleaner and are huge fans of family snuggle time in front of a fire.  OH, and shoes!…It’s important to have the right tool for the job right?!

We believe with our WHOLE hearts that capturing the beauty in our clients and the love in their relationships can only come from a heart that knows and gives love.

Thanks for checking in! I wish you all the best with your next photo adventure and a Merry, Merry Christmas!

To contact Todd and Julie click HERE >

My Off The Shoulder Swim Top- under $15


Hi loves! Hope everyone is having fun gearing up for the Solar Eclipse! I got a few messages about my swim top from yesterdays post so I figured i’d link it here! Ive been working on getting my instagram stories to provide a link but … its harder than I thought. Anyways, I love this look for a relaxing day at the beach and throw a wrap around your waist for a cute look!


Best thing is its under $16 bucks and comes in five different colors! I linked two different brands that are both around the same price point but one is PRIME, Same suit! I like to pair the top with bottoms I already have for a mix/match look. I ordered the size LARGE (asian 6-8) because it is asian sizing but think it would be more comfortable in a MEDIUM.

Click the photo links below to be directed.





A little Rachel Zoe with Amethyst Salon

Hello Loves! Its been a while…. I know. This move has kept me busy! I am back to share with you some fun photos by Todd Nichols Photography from a recent shoot I was a part of for my new favorite Boise salon, Amethyst! All of the models were lent some amazing Rachel Zoe Dresses from a local boutique, Peace Unique. Here are some of my favorite photos!





A huge Thank you to Kristin and Cel from Salon Amethyst for letting me a part of such a fun shoot! You girls rock ❤


Shop my black Rachel Zoe gown below by clicking the picture

Rachel Zoe Estelle Gown
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Shopping with FiFi’s: Summer Style’s

How many times can I say it? I love consignment shopping, and I LOVE FiFi’s! I recently teamed up with them to do a summer shoot for a taste of their great styles! I scored a Zimmermann dress that still had the tag on it ($495) and got it for $13 dollars! I love finding steals like that. Below are some of the outfits they have in right now! The Valentino wedge espradrilles were my favorite!






to say we had fun was an understatement …


Stop in to their Cornelius, NC Location or to shop any of these looks call 704-892-7070 !

All the photos courtesy of Megan Hettinger.



bikini love <3

Hey Ladies! Ive had a few requests on my favorite swimsuits, especially for moms who need a little give and take. Here is one of my favorites for summer 2017 ❤

The PILYQ Samba suit! I paired this tassel top with a simple black bottom. Its a great suit for running around and has full coverage with a cute criss cross tie in the back. The embroidery details are bound to turn eyes! Size up for the swim top, I wore the medium and think I could have even worn the Large!

My coverup is sold out but here is one similar for quarter of the price!

click the photo below to purchase the PILYQ SAMBA suite

Click the photo below to purchase  

Enjoy ❤