Dear CeCe – You’re 3 months old!

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Dear CeCe – One day you’re going to yell at me and slam your door and demand to be taken seriously and I’m going to take a deep breath and remember how you used to get done breastfeeding, smack your lips, drooooooooool everywhere, sigh, and fall asleep in my arms.  You’re three months old now […]

{Personal} Today I Felt Like Supermom

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Photo by Tara Parker Photography.  (c) 2014. Today I felt like freaking Supermom.  CeCe slept 8 glorious uninterrupted hours for the fourth night in a row.  I woke up feeling like I could run a marathon . . . but instead I ran a momathon.  Before 10:30 I had cleaned the house, run a load […]

Putting Away the Newborn Clothes


Today I put away  put in a stack that I can still stare at,  all of CeCe’s newborn clothes.  I let my thoughts wander to washing all of her clothes and meticulously putting them away in the weeks before she was born, and the adorable monkey face on the butt of my favorite little pink outfit with the long sleeves that turn […]

Cary Academy Summer Quest – Photography Camp for Kids and Teens


Camper Photo When I was a kid I spent a lot of time at YMCA camp – and loved it.   Running around outside, playing dodge ball and cross the ocean, and swimming in the big Y pool.  For 8 weeks of summer there seemed to be an invisible line between the “fun” of summer […]

CeCe Helps Around the House

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On the weekends we get CeCe out of her crib and put her in the bed with us for early morning snuggles.  I love how complete my world feels when we’re all tucked in together.

Dear CeCe – You’re Two Months Old!


Dear CeCe, I can’t believe it but you’re already two months old!  Outside our home everything is thawing from the winter ice and snow.  Inside it feels like we are thawing out too…the sluggishness of new parenthood is falling away, the isolation of keeping you locked away from strangers is passing through, and our minds […]

{Personal} CeCe’s First Shots


  We took CeCe to get her first shots on Monday.  Staring at a newborn in the waiting room, I couldn’t believe how big CeCe suddenly looked.  I had mentally prepared my fragile mom heart for her being upset by the shots but barely held it together when she turned her head and looked at […]

Brooke’s Field Session


A few weeks before we knew I was pregnant I was having all these “maternal” feelings to create beautiful images of my niece, Brooke, in a field by our house.  She wore a new white dress and looked adorable.  We bribed her with baking cookies with Uncle Justin to cooperate despite all the bugs  I […]

Giving Up On Being Perfect


I’ve come to terms with the fact that I might not be awesome at this next chapter of my life.  As a recovering perfectionist I am accepting that I might just be white knuckling it from day to day without my planner written in beautiful color-coding, or a memory of where an obscure but critical document […]

Two Outstanding Women


There are certain people who do their jobs so well it leaves you thankful they found their calling and crossed your path.  In the last two months I’ve met two of those such people. The first was Stacy, our nightshift nurse during our first stay at WakeMed (when we were trying to keep my blood […]

Crying That Won’t Stop


Your poor daddy.  Both of his girls are currently losing their shit.  It is 11:00 and you’ve been crying since 9.  I’ve just been crying since your daddy got home and asked me if I was OK.  Tears of frustration.  Tears of inadequacy.  Tears of hurt for you that I can’t make it stop.  I […]

Each New Day


  In the mornings we lay together on the sofa under the big sky lights and let ourselves slowly wake with the rising sun.  You twitch and coo with sweet dreams and I rub your back . . . willing time to stop so I can have this feeling forever.  Then I remember its only […]

Dear CeCe – You’re 1 Month Old!


Dear CeCe, Do you know that sometimes your dad and I just hold you and cry?  At first I thought it was just my post-pregnancy hormones going a bit haywire but when your daddy was joining in on the tears I realized it is just because we both feel so lucky to have you.  When […]

Whale. Whale. Whale.

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  “Whale.  Whale.  Whale.  What do we have here?”  - Australian Blog Troll / Poet Dear Australian Poet Troll – I see what you did there.  And to be honest of all the bonkers things people have said in my blog comments, you sir probably win the prize for comment that has made me laugh […]

My first letter to my daughter


Sweet CeCe (or “CeCe Snowflake” as your dad has started calling you; he is convinced you’re coming on Christmas) – We’re so excited that you’re about to be in our arms.  It took me a long time to believe that you were real.  Even longer to believe that you were really going to grow and […]

{Personal} Our Weekend with Brooke


Last weekend we took care of our niece Brooke.  We don’t have many toys in our house (at least not ones Justin likes to share) so we used the “wear her out” strategy.  But as it turns out, 4 year olds wear out a lot slower than you think! Weekend Highlights Included: 1.  Pajama Breakfast […]

My Second “First” Year of Life

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I wrote this blog post this weekend but have debated whether to post or not.  Something strange happened to my ability to say anything on this blog once it landed in the hands of 1.5 million strangers with this post on Feeling Too Fat to Be Photographed but for this very signifigant anniversary I just had […]

So you’re feeling too fat to be photographed . . .

So You're Feeling Too Fat for Pictures? My Friend Teresa Photography Puts it All in Perspective.

Listen. I hear you. You’re a few pounds heavier than you like (or a 100lbs heavier than you like). I completely understand how you feel. I get that same blah feeling about myself when I think about booking new head shots or long overdue pictures of me and Justin. Precious, I even picked a career […]

From Broken Bones to Rolling Stone!

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So just to recap – this was how I started 2012 . . . I crashed.  I broke my leg and got some new titanium parts.  I learned to limp and then to walk.  I was surrounded with love.  I got home, did a lot of rehab, took a deep breath and got back to […]

The Re-Birth of My Friend Teresa Photography

Justin and Teresa Porter

The day I met Justin Porter I knew my life would be separated in to two parts:  before Justin and after Justin.  Then as we grew together as a couple, I grew farther and farther away from who I had been before I met him.  It was a little scary sometimes, to feel so distant from the […]

{Personal} 10 Ways This is Awesome


I’m sure you can imagine all of the things that aren’t all unicorns and lollipops about getting in a car accident and getting a new titanium femur.  But moaning and groaning just isn’t my style y’all.  So in the spirit of good attitudes and positivity here is my list (so far) of things that are […]

Things broken and unbroken.

Car Accident

On Friday, March 30th, 2012 Teresa was in a serious car accident on the way to a rehearsal for a wedding she was shooting the next day in Pinehurst.  A distracted driver in front of her braked too quickly to avoid hitting a truck turning left and Teresa swerved around the drivers to avoid a […]