Planning the perfect photoshoot with Michelle Porter Photography


Recently Michelle Porter from Michelle Porter Photography asked if I was available for a mommy and me shoot. Of course I jumped on the oppurtunity! I knew I had to start planning and coordinating outfits which can often be stressful for families with more than 2 kids. I want to use this post to share my steps to a simple and stress free photo session and also share the amazing work from a dear friend, Michelle!

Lets face it. As much as we want our family members to be excited about family photo shoots… they just aren’t. It sometimes becomes a task just pre-planning what your going to have to bribe them with to make them smile for the camera. Yes, Husbands require this too! (jk babe, you are awesome)

I love photos. I always have. Its so special to me to look back at a day from 4,5, or 10 years ago and relive the moment from a picture we captured. Its time you’ll never get back so I cherish a good photo. Here are a few things I do before photo shoots.


  1. look online (pinterest) for inspiration. Have a set of ideas, props and looks sent to your photographer before the shoot. For this shoot, I took a vintage chair I had sitting in my closet and propped it in our yard. And Brielle actually has a wool rug wrapped around her! Michelle and a friend of hers handmade these fresh flower crowns. It was so fun to change things up! Brielle and I felt like fairies!
  2. Decide on a location. Try to think out of the box for this one! Even in your woods or a family park can be the best. We chose our yard for this shoot.
  3. Choose outfits for you and your family members. This can be tricky. Its hard to color coordinate your whole family and make sure everything matches perfectly and blends. Its easy to find yourself racing around the day before the shoot looking for the perfect dress or shirt for your son so have this done a week or so in advance giving you time to make changes. Not sure what colors compliment each other? Another great time to use pinterest for inspiration. Sometimes the simplest outfits can make for the best pictures. I chose to use a simple old tee to dress down my sequin skirt. Want to make the most of your shoot? Ask your photographer if you can do an outfit change!
  4. Want to get really slammed up and cherish your photos forever? Hire a professional Hair and Makeup artist. My goto Girl is Rachel Rupert. To contact Rachel email .
  5. Prep your skin the night before! I love to get a spray tan to give add a little color in photos. With my hair so light I can sometimes look a little ghosty. My favorite new product to use mornings of are NERIUM EYE-V HYDROGEL PATCHES. My mother in law got me hooked on these. The work fast to brighten your skin under your eyes along with reducing fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness. These things work magic. If you’d like to purchase and give these a try click HERE .
  6. Have kids? Pack chocolate. Brielle hates taking pictures so we had to take 1 or 2 chocolate breaks.
  7. HAVE FUN! Don’t be stiff, Let loose. Tickle your kids, throw them in the air! Pinch your partners but and smile. These will be memories you’ll cherish forever. A special Thank You to Michelle for capturing these amazing photos and Lynsey Marie for the adorable video. Enjoy!








Contact Michelle for photos
Contact Lynsey for videography 

best of luck on your next photo session




my boots with the pearl – Replica Nicholas Kirkwood boots for a fraction of the price

I get excited over little victories like this. I follow along with a lot of high fashion celebs and influencers and fall in love with a lot/most of their outfits… There are a few things I see and know I can’t live without making them a pretty little spot in my closet… But a lot of times the cost is just outrageous. That was the case when I saw Olivia Culpo in the most amazing pair of over the knee boots with an oversized pearl perfectly placed underneath the heel.

fullsizerender-37Yup! needed them …

But I took one look at the pretty little price tag and gasped. I knew I loved them but were they really worth spending $1,595? I think not. So I went on the search to find anything even remotely close. I searched and searched and searched. Found them!! And for a fraction of the price… drumb roll please ….. $115.00 … win!


The perfect boots with the pearl. I get a lot of compliments on these babies so I figured i’d share my victory, Because they are beautiful! I wear them with everything and they are so comfortable.


Here are the links for my outfit:

Boots with the Pearl:

Nine Seven Suede Leather Women’s Round Toe Exquisite Chunky Heel Pearl Handmade Over The Knee High Boot (7.5, black)

Zac Posen Bag/Backpack:(click photo)

Dress, Similar: (click photos)


As always, Thanks for following along. Lots of love & God Bless!


New year, New you… right? 3 of my favorite cheap & easy at home workout gadgets

I never post workout videos or tutorials because lets face it, I have NO CLUE what the heck I am doing.. but about a year ago I decided to invest in that cute little elliptical in the background and this year I have started to form a cute little gym so I can do workouts that I can form that work for me with equipment I can confidently use and see results! I have really started to see results just by setting a little bit of time aside each day. Here are 3 of my favorite workout gadgets I use daily linked for you… and all UNDER $115! WOOP!

First up, My favorite! The “Crazy Abs” Ab Coaster!

I searched all over the internet to find a reasonably priced ab coaster and let me tell you they get pricey! Some of them up to $900, So when I saw this one I knew I had to try it out and for the price I love it!

    <<< click this to be directed to product.

Pros:   Light Weight, Small and can fit anywhere to store easily, Effective, Cheap, Ships quick, Has a small counter to track your efforts!

Cons: Not built like a million dollar machine but still sturdy

Next The Amazon Medicine Ball


 For Obvious reasons and workouts this thing is awesome to have at home. I chose to purchase the 12 lb Medicine ball for my workouts. My favorite thing to do is pinterest medicine ball workouts to constantly change things up! They range from 4lbs to 12!

The 12 lb medicine ball is on sale for $ 25.96 ! click the photo to be directed to the link.

Last but not least are the Resistance bands.

These come in a pack of 5 ranging from extra light to extra heavy and there are so many things you can do to work your booty out! My favorite are the donkey kicks… Brace yourself. I realize I am no personal trainer and probably doing this slightly incorrect but you get the gist. These come with an ebook to show you how to correctly do the workouts!

Under $10 bucks and prime shipping, You can’t go wrong here!


Thanks for bearing along with me!  I have been really motivated to get in the best shape I can be and wanted to share my favorite products that have worked for me. I would love to hear your reviews if you try any of these out.

Thanks for following along.



Our Christmas photos with Minotti Marie Photography

Oh Christmas Time ❤ Who doesn’t love the hustle and bustle? We were so fortunate to fit our Christmas photos in with the amazing Kristin Minotti before the crazy holiday madness set in. If you didn’t get a Christmas card I will apologize in advance… I ordered way less than I needed. OOPS! So here are our photos! We loved Kristin. She was so sweet and awesome with our kiddos. JoJo was sick with a cold and Brielle, believe it or not, does not enjoy taking photos.. along with her father! So lets just say Kristin really worked her magic to get these awesome photos under those circumstances. Reasonably priced and amazing to work with, Check out her website HERE   or browse and like her Facebook page HERE !






and thats a wrap! We couldn’t have asked for a more layed back, enjoyable photoshoot in our own backyard thanks to Kristin! MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS ❤





We are very fortunate to be able to travel and visit so many great places and beaches but for me Its hard to find the perfect swimsuit! Nothing seems to flatter my body the way I want it to And if I do find a suit that is adorable, it always seems to be over $100 for just the TOP alone. BOO!

I love this Color City Suit and can attest to it being the perfect fit for any body type and you can’t go wrong for the price… $19.99 for top and bottom! Woo Hoo! It was too good not to share. Oh, And might I add- for all my mommy’s chasing littles around… this really holds you in and makes you feel secure!


You can zip it up for a more conservative/surfer girl look or have the zipper down for a foxy look 😉

Below I have direct linked the suite. It also comes in 4 different colors/designs. just click the photo or link to be directed.

For Sizing: I recommend sizing up, Im normally a small and the medium is almost a little tight  🙂

Best part, its AMAZON. Doesn’t fit right? ship it back.

Color City Women Vintage Floral Zipper High Neck Bikini Beachwear Swimsuit


Happy Shopping!





EEEK! Im jumping for joy! Just in time for Christmas I found yet another great high-end consignment boutique located in Charlotte’s trendy Ballantyne Village. NOUVEAUX  is a distinctively couture consignment boutique. Basically Its like a candy store for me to walk in and find designer for discount. So many of my favorite brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Tory Burch and many more and all up to 70% off retail 🙂 I stopped in recently to shop their collection and wanted to share some of my favorite outfits we put together. If you like anything you see and cant make it into the store, don’t fret!! NOUVEAUX will ship to you… 🙂


These Shoes 🙂 Who doesn’t love red bottoms?

These Clover Canyon pants stole my heart! How unique and fun?!


I own this same JCREW skirt in lime green ❤



Jacket goals below

Have an event togo to? Gala? They have a great selection of gowns and cocktail dresses.

(Fun Fact: This dress designer, Sue Wong, Was the same designer of my Junior year prom dress. I still have it and use it for fun shoots too <3)




NOUVEAUX also has a large selection of LULU LEMON workout gear (MY FAV) Plus some pretty amazing handbags…. The grey beauty is CHLOE ❤

Alright, Last but not least here is my favorite look of the day and its still at the shop waiting for you 🙂


I just love it!


If you are located in the Charlotte area and have some high end goods that you would like consigned, Nouveaux offers an exclusive in-home consignment service that will ensure that their customers get the highest level of attention and customer service! Stop in and say hi to the owners Carly and Julia and the rest of the Nouveaux team and tell them I sent ya!



Featuring 4 different ways to style The Makaila James 2-piece set


I love outfits that can be worn many different ways. It makes it fun to push the limits of your closet and really throw outfits together. Today I am featuring a 2 piece set from the adorable online shop, Makaila James. I fell in love with the colors on this wrap skirt and bell sleeve top and loved the versatility of it. It looks great together and can look like a dress or can be fun to pair with different shirts from your closet. Basically endless outfits 🙂 Here are four fun ways I chose to style this set. Hope you enjoy!

First look: The Smokey Meadows Top paired with a simple black skirt. Skirt (Slate Boutique)

Second look: The Caravan Wrap Skirt paired with a off the shoulder top (Slate Boutique)


Third Look: The Smokey Meadows Top paired with jeans


Fourth and Final look The Smokey Meadows Top Paired with the Caravan Wrap Skirt


If you love this set and want to see more go online and check out Makaila James and use the code “WHITNEY20” the receive 20% off of your order. Below I have direct linked the top and wrap skirt.

The Smokey Meadows Top

The Caravan Wrap Skirt