Daily Session Deal!

Hello everyone, and Happy Thursday!

I’ve been planning this for a while, and I’m thrilled to share it with you today. Beginning today, through December, I am offering a discount on all Daily sessions!

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If you’ve talked to me about my photography, chances are, I’ve told you how much I adore photographing these sessions. I’m someone who looks for genuineness in my life, and it’s been interesting to watch that desire move into my work over the years. I would much rather photograph a family as they are on a Saturday morning – pjs, bedhead and all – over the perfectly-posed image that we all like to include on Christmas cards. Not that there isn’t a place for beautiful photos in which everyone is smiling at the camera! It’s just that for me, the images that stay in my mind are the real-life, small moments that we might not always view as “photo-worthy”.

 

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This inclination toward unposed, lifestyle photography stems from a desire to have more pictures with my family as we were growing up, specifically because my father passed away when I was a young teenager. Don’t worry, we have many family pictures, and I am very glad for that! They mostly consist of candid Christmas mornings, birthday parties, vacations; that sort of thing. While I’m thankful for the ones we have, you can never have enough when one of your family members isn’t with you anymore, you know? I do remember a lot about my childhood, and what our daily life was like…but there’s nothing that seals a memory like a photograph.

 

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My brothers, father, and I used to often play baseball in the backyard after dinner. Man, we had a great yard for it! We would be running the ‘bases’ while Mom would watch from the window as she was washing dishes (thank you, Mom). I’ve always wanted pictures of that entire scene.

I love photographing mothers brushing or fixing their daughter’s hair. Mom used to braid mine, or put in big bows – would be fun to have a photo of her working my ‘do, in my bathroom at our old house.

Breakfast for dinner was another favorite in our home – waffles, eggs, the works! When I do Daily sessions now, I always try to capture a meal, because there is something really special about family around the table, sharing a favorite dish.

There are SO many things that make a family who they are, and if you take the time to photograph those things, they will forever tell a story about that family. Your kids will never forget the ‘feeling’ of their childhood with these photos!

 

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I’m sharing all of this today, because my dad would’ve turned 67 this week. I want to celebrate his life and the memories we have with him by celebrating YOUR family. I’ll take photos of your everyday, in order to help you remember moments, many decades from now, that make your family uniquely ‘you’!

Now! Onto the dealicon smile Daily Session Deal!

 

$400 (a discount of $100!)

2-3 hours of shooting in your home

A keepsake USB of all edited images + printing rights

(A special little gift, too!) 

 

This deal will be available through the remainder of 2014. You do not have to schedule the session to take place within the next month and a half (too much going on for everyone right now!), but in order to book the deal, I do ask for a retainer. The actual date may be scheduled for early 2015.

 

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I can’t wait to hear from you! Please write me (molly@simplyMphotography.com) to chat about setting up your session!

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November Goals

Happy November! I am absolutely relishing in the fall weather and colors. Because this is such a busy time of year, I decided to keep my goals fairly simple for this month. I hope you have a great beginning to the holiday season!

 

October goal recap:

Create a capsule wardrobe. Done! I really enjoyed this process, and like having less clothes to choose from every day, especially since they’re all items that I LOVE, not just things I’ve had forever and haven’t tossed yet. I had wanted to blog an entire post about this, but since I don’t have the extra time right now to do so, here’s a little summary for you! I pared down my fall/winter wardrobe to 27 tops/sweaters/cardis, 6 pants, 4 dresses, and 6 shoes. This may still sound like a lot, but from what it was? Sheesh…much better! It’s fun to try to make new combinations and to have a more streamlined, simple closet!

Blog about the Influence Conference. Hasn’t happened yet, but I’m still planning on it!

Incorporate more personal writing into this site. I really had some lofty goals at the start of my busiest three months of the year! I did share our trip to Banner Elk, as well as my first Currently link-up. I  have brainstormed about what else I want to talk with you about, but it will all have to wait until I’m caught up on work. Get ready, it’s coming!

 

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November goals:

Complete the #delightandbethankful / #gratefulnovember Instagram challenge. I did this last year, and enjoyed taking time each day to think about what I was thankful for. I knew it’d be a great exercise for this November as well! The challenge is simply taking a photo of what you’re thankful for each day of this month, and sharing with IG friends. Be sure to find me on there – @mollydwantland.

Plan Christmas gifts. Fun goal! Giving gifts has always been one of my favorite things to do, so you know Christmas presents are right up my alley. As I get older, I want to give things that are meaningful; things that I believe that exact person would want. Not that we all don’t love candles and sweet-smelling lotion, but isn’t it more fun to give someone something that they *really* want…and maybe didn’t even realize they wanted?! This is tough, yes, but I have many people I can practice on!

Set aside time for myself! Any photographer can tell you that once September hits, the rest of the year is a bit of a blur: sessions, editing, scheduling, blogging, napping…ok, maybe not as much napping, but we’re thinking about it! I have always known that if I don’t give myself a chance to relax, I get run down incredibly fast. Meaning I’m not helping myself be the best photographer/wife/daughter/friend possible! So, during my busiest month, I am going to set aside time each day to do something for myself, whether it’s lunch with a friend, sitting outside to read, or taking that napicon wink November GoalsI’m looking forward to those things already! My awesome husband keeps saying, “Treat yo’ self!” (we’re on a big Parks and Rec kick right now), so I’m going to take his/Tom Haverford’s advice! (please oh please watch the video in the link)

 

Thanks for reading! What are your goals for this month?

Linking up with The Tiny Twig!

 

Daily, with the Rippkes :: Spring Hill, Tennessee

I am posting entirely too many pictures below, but I just couldn’t help myself! You’ll understand why when you meet the Rippkesicon smile Daily, with the Rippkes :: Spring Hill, Tennessee

We met Nate and Ashley through our church, Restoration Community, as they were in the process of bringing Solomon home from Ethiopia. They had brought Elsa home not long before, but knew they couldn’t stop with just one adoption!

I asked Ashley to write a little bit about their experience:

“We started our first adoption process four years ago last month. Adoption had always been on our hearts, before we ever met or got married. However, if you had shown us then exactly what our family looks like today I don’t know that we would have believed you. In fact I’m fairly certain I can say we wouldn’t have. We started out, like many families, on an agency wait list. With our own ideas of what our adoption story would look like. I used to pray, in the wait, that God would break our hearts. Just break them apart for what breaks His. And to make a very long story short, He did. He placed specific people in our lives to open our eyes to parts of the orphan crisis we didn’t even know existed. And through that we saw our daughter’s face for the first time. We left the agency we were with and brought her home seven months later. When we decided to adopt again, eight months after she came home, our process looked much different. We knew after traveling to the orphanages in Ethiopia, and after bringing our daughter home, that we wouldn’t be joining a wait list. We knew God was calling us to another waiting child, and we felt an peaceful urgency about it. Just a couple of weeks later we saw our son’s face, and five months ago he came home. God continues to open our eyes and break our hearts. He continues to stretch us and push us and call us to things we never anticipated. He provides, and is faithful, and is a heck of a lot wiser than we are. This is completely His story. If we had written it it would have been epically less wonderful ha! I don’t want to paint the picture that adoption is unicorns and rainbows. At the core of it all adoption is born out of loss, and grief, and so much pain you don’t know if you’re going to make it somedays. But God can use it all. He’s can redeem and build back up what is torn down. He can form relationships and attachments in the midst of it. He can use it to educate, and equip, and to form advocates with. He can take two complete little strangers and make them the most loving (and seriously adorable) siblings you’ve ever seen. He can take a whole lot of your “I’ll never…” statements and turn them upside down. He loves these kiddos more than we ever could. Which is a crazy amount of love to even try to wrap my brain around. These kids…whew, they are seriously amazing. So much joy and laughter in the midst of it all. It’s a humbling thing to get to be their parents.”

I am so glad I had the chance to photograph an afternoon in the life of this beautiful family!

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I think he calls this, “The Power”. One of my favorite images!

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November 6, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Brittany Olson - I love these Molly! so beautiful!

November 7, 2014 - 9:02 am

Molly - Thanks, Britt! They are the best little family!

Banner Elk

I have been meaning to post this for about a year! The cool temps and changing leaves we are finally seeing reminded me – better late than never!

Last October, I was asked to photograph a beautiful wedding in Asheville, NC. Being so close to where my aunt and uncle live, we couldn’t pass up the chance to travel a few more hours east to visit their home in Banner Elk. If you haven’t been to this quiet little town, I highly suggest you plan a trip there this fall!

On their very first date in college, my uncle Rob and aunt Marcee shared how they’d both always loved the idea of living in the mountains, possibly in a log cabin. Our whole family knew that was a life-long dream of theirs, and when it came true last year, it was exciting for all of us! Their home is “them”, full of carefully-selected knickknacks and decor perfectly chosen for a log cabin, and I can’t imagine anyone seeing it without wanting to move in immediately!

(I have to stop right here and say that I didn’t get any pictures of their beautiful home. I know, I know! Stick around, I do have a plan for this post.)

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While I didn’t take pictures of their warm and cozy cabin, I did enjoy a morning of photography at the B & B we stayed in close by. I’m an early riser, and was so surprised when the sun wasn’t up by 7:30am there! Sam was still snoozing, so I grabbed a cup of warm tea, found a swing on the front porch, and took in the quiet.

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Do you ever have those moments where you feel completely at peace, totally content with silence and your surroundings? That’s exactly what I experienced in Banner Elk. These pictures may not grab hold of you, but they are meaningful to me, and I’m glad to be sharing them with you today!

 

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October 27, 2014 - 11:17 am

Marcee Corn - Lovely blog about our quiet little town, Molly! Please come back soon!!!

October 27, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Spencer corn - Great picture…. they are so beautiful, all your picture are.

Spencer

October 28, 2014 - 7:58 am

Molly - Thank you so much, Marcee and Spencer! Love you both!

October 31, 2014 - 7:24 am

Moriah Rasch - eeekk!! I love how you captured Fall!!! These are gorgeous shots!

October 31, 2014 - 8:09 am

Molly - Aww, thanks Moriah! It was hard to take a bad picture out there – everything was so beautiful!

November 7, 2014 - 8:59 am

November Goals - Simply M Photography | Middle Tennessee - […] had some lofty goals at the start of my busiest three months of the year! I did share our trip to Banner Elk, as well as my first Currently link-up. I  have brainstormed about what else I want to talk with […]

Madison | Newborn :: Nashville, Tennessee

Madison Rosalie is here! This little girl has been the cherry on top to an exciting few months for my friends Beth and Jamie. Earlier this year, they bought a beautiful home to renovate, and soon after learned they were expecting! I am so glad we were able to do Madison’s newborn session in their new house – the one she’ll grow up in.

Beth was one of my very first friends, and it is such a JOY to now see her as a mother. I know they are so excited and thankful to have their baby girl!

 

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October 24, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Nan - Molly, this Grandmother already thinks Madison is precious but your pictures are amazing. You have such a talent for capturing the look, the moment, the love. Wow!

October 28, 2014 - 7:59 am

Molly - You are the sweetest, Mrs. Merrill! Thank you, thank you! I certainly loved spending time with lovely Madison!