In My House


While I was pregnant with my second daughter, the moment I most looked forward to was when my older daughter met her baby sister for the first time.


It was truly the most precious moment of my entire life because I felt like my family was complete.


I have been so proud of how well my older daughter has taken her first month as a big sister. There hasn’t been jealousy or anger, just pure love.


I hope they will be close their entire lives. I know they will fight and argue at times, especially during the teenage years, but for now let me savor this…


And this…


And this…


Photos by Alyssa Crawford Photography.

In My House

Photo Shoot: Alyssa Crawford Photography

Confession: I really don’t like having my photo taken. However, I cherish photos of my family and want my daughter to have plenty of photos from her childhood to remind her how very loved she is.

That’s where the incredibly talented Alyssa Crawford comes in. I first met Alyssa when she did my daughter’s newborn photos nearly two years ago. I was still quite puffy post C-section and remember hormonal sweat pouring out of me during the shoot, but somehow the photos turned out beautiful.

That’s how talented Alyssa is. She makes parents and children feel at ease. It’s like you’re just hanging out at a friend’s house visiting and you end up with fantastic images.

My daughter and I had so much fun doing this session with Alyssa.


For more information on booking a session, visit Alyssa Crawford Photography. And if you just really love looking at beautiful photos of cute babies, like her on Facebook.


In My House

The Photo Shoot

I have realized in my short time as a parent (almost 16 months) that one requirement of solid parenting is occasionally traumatizing your child in the name of cuteness and festive celebration. I mean, look at all those photos still hanging around from the 1980s of children freaking out on Santa’s lap.


I recently jumped on this bandwagon with an adorable autumn-themed photo shoot by the amazing Alyssa Crawford.


The weather was chilly and my girl was just not in the mood for the shoot. Matters were made worse when I was hastily changing her into her ladybug costume and she tipped over on the sidewalk. Bad mom. Bad mom. Bad mom.


But in a parenting tradition as old as time itself, I wasn’t about to give up on making my child look cute. I was determined to get at least one glowing smile to feature on a fall card to send to friends and family.


Alyssa has done several shoots for our family and always does an absolutely amazing job. Just when you think your child was the crabbiest possible subject she has ever photographed, she wows you with her adorable work!



And my poor girl is off the hook for another photo shoot for a couple more months. Does anyone else out there traumatize their children in the name of cuteness?

Photos by Alyssa Crawford Photography