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Well it was a great week for my little business!  I was so honored to be featured 4 times in 3 different blogs for weddings that I shot in 2014 and 2015.  It is so great to have my Brides and Grooms beautiful weddings recognized locally and nationally.  So many people work so hard to make sure that the Bride and Groom’s vision of their perfect day is realized.  So thank you to all the vendors that did an amazing job making sure these weddings were PERFECT!  You can read all about them a the end of each blog post!  And THANK YOU to all the Bride’s and Groom’s who hire ME to capture their special day!  There are not words to justify how much that means to me!  It is honestly so special being there to document the day you say “I do!!”  Thank you!!

Please click on the photos below to see the features in The Knot, Tidewater and Tulle and Borrowed and Blue!

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What a great week for Leigh Skaggs Photography!!

 

 

 

 

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Watching your Kids succeed or fail...

Truman has been singing since before he could talk.  When he was an infant, I would hum to him and he could always match the pitch I was humming in.  It was a game that we played that seemed to calm him down and it was fun to listen to.  In the car, Truman knows EVERY song on the radio…sometimes he makes up his own words, but from Florence and the Machine to Flo Rida…he can sing them ALL!  I will even admit that sometimes he gets banished to his room to sing because it is something that he does NON-STOP!   Several months ago, Truman tried out to sing a solo at school with his chorus.  He was very nervous, but so excited to come home that day and tell me that he got one of the 3 solos!  So for the past few months, he has been practicing and practicing and well practicing some more.  He sings in the shower, in the car, setting the table, while doing his homework…(he is singing as I write this!!) and last night it was time for his big debut!

Before the recital we went for a walk.  He was a bundle of nerves…which in turn made ME a bundle of nerves.  He expressed that he might not be good enough, he might mess up and that he was nervous.  I told him that I thought he would do great, but that no matter what happened up there…just keep singing, and know that I am proud of you for trying.

So we left for the school.  I could see him sitting in the seats, by himself.  He was very serious.  I caught his eye and smiled and he weakly smiled back at me.  I could literally FEEL his nerves.  This completely made my stomach come alive.  I went worst case scenario in my head!  I was so worried my baby was going to get up in front of all these people and his peers and lose it.  The program started and then they announced his name.  He walked up on stage, and I took a deep breath for him!  The music started and…he NAILED IT!!  My baby boy sang his little heart out.  And I CRIED!!!  I was literally shaking.  I am not even embarrassed to admit it.  I was so proud of him and he sounded so beautiful, that I BAWLED like a BABY!!

It is so hard to watch your kids grow up.  Sometimes they succeed.  Sometimes they fail.  Sometimes privately.  Sometimes publicly.  No matter what, you are so vested in them that their triumphs and tribulations are a part of you.  You root for them when they win and dust them off when they fail, then root for them again.  When I sat there waiting for Truman to sing last night, I was so worried about him…I had so many ways that I wanted to help him…but I couldn’t.  This was something that he had to do all by himself.  Succeed or fail, he was on his own and all I could do was sit back and watch.  When he hit that first note and I knew he was going to succeed, I literally burst!

I am so PROUD of you Truman.  All of your hard work paid off!  Way to go after your dreams and to work hard to achieve them.  This is a skill that will help you along greatly in life…even when you fail, and sometimes you will…if you keep getting up and working hard…the sky is the limit for you!!

{Click on the link below to view Truman’s solo!  Please do not judge the clarity of this video…I was literally shaking like a leaf!!  Next time Dad should do the taping!!}

Truman Singing a Solo at School

 

 

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I was so excited when Courtney contacted me about doing another Maternity session for her Family at their home in Pungo Virginia.  I have been doing Maternity sessions since they were pregnant with their first baby (who is NOT a baby anymore!)  It is so fun to watch a Family grow and change.  With their first Maternity session, their house had not yet been built (and I didn’t even HAVE a blog!), their second we did in the awesome soybean field that they grow behind their home, and round three…while it was a little chilly, it was truly a beautiful day and we shot in the open field behind their home and across the street from their house.  I LOVE Pungo and any excuse to get me out there!  And this Family is a perfect excuse!  The boys are both absolutely WONDERFUL and are so excited to be BIG Brothers!!  Courtney and Mike don’t like to find out what they are having so it will be a surprise whether they are adding another boy or a girl this time!  The boys didn’t mind either way, but were split on what they though baby would be.  And they are both VERY excited to rick and hug and kiss their new sibling!  I can’t wait to get back out there and meet their newest addition!  XOXO!!

Aren’t they GORGEOUS!!

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I was so excited to see Jo and her awesome Family again!  I photographed/chased her around last summer and not only is she super smart and gorgeous, but she is lightning fast!  This year we did a birthday session, she just turned 2, and we were lucky enough to have a ton of snow dump on us!  Jo had Family staying at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, so we just took the session there!  She didn’t mind running up and down the snowy sidewalks…(luckily they were dry),  and the hallways of the hotel.  I love this age!  2 is so much fun and Jo was amazing!  She ran around…slowed down long enough to show me how great she jumps…then ran around some more!   It was great to meet her Grandparents and her Great Uncle too.  Happy Birthday Jo!!  Thanks for the FUN morning!!  XOXO!

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So I know this is silly, but I am very proud of myself today.  I jumped outside my comfort zone and signed up for The CrossFit Games:​ Open.  Not because I think I am the fittest in the world…(I am definitely NOT), but because I thought it would be fun to see where I rank with others in my age category all over the world, to see my progress this past year and to get a good idea what I need to work on in the coming year.  If you don’t know what the Open is…it is a series of workouts designed to challenge every athlete in the world.  The workouts are a series of crossfit standard movements thrown into a blender and then cooked into a devilish concoction.  Every Thursday for 5 weeks at 8 EST you can tune into the website at Crossfit Games and watch two of the fittest people on Earth perform this weeks grueling WOD (Workout of the Day).  Last week the movements consisted of an AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) for 9 minutes of 15 Toes to Bar, 10 Deadlifts, and 5 snatches.  Followed by 6 minutes to establish your best 1 rep Max of a Clean and Jerk.  This is an exhausting workout…the toes to bar end up being quite a lot of cardio…and once you start huffing and puffing it is hard to get your breathing back under control…not to mention the forearm burning that all of the movements elicit.  This year you can choose to do the workouts RX (as prescribed) or scaled (an easier…but not really) version. 

Last year I was pretty new to Crossfit when the open happened.  I was still trying to figure out how to read all the acronyms and make my arms move the day after a workout…(truth be told I still have THAT problem).  This year, I can do all of the Olympic movements (I am not great, but I can do it), I can do pull-ups, and burpees don’t make me want to cry anymore…so I thought I would step outside my comfort zone and throw my name into the mix.  My goal…don’t be LAST IN THE WORLD!!!  So I went to my first “Friday Night Lights” at my “box” Crossfit Norfolk.  I know I have said this before…but I LOVE this place!  They help me to be a better version of myself everyday, from the coaches to the friends I have made there.  But back to Friday Night Lights…there was palpable tension in the air.  Everyone was excited and nervous to test their skills on 15.1 and 15.1a (as this workout was called.)  All night after watching the two best Men in the world complete this, I was in my head thinking…”can I even do this workout?”  “Will I have to scale it?”  “Can I even snatch 75# 5 times in a row??”  So during my warm-up I tested the 75# snatch.  If you don’t know what this it, it is a lift where you take the bar from the ground to over your head in one fluid motion.  I like this movement, but 75# is a lot of weight…especially after all the other things you have to do.  But I got it there pretty easily…so I decided to go all in and RX this workout.

When it was my heat, I stepped up to my bar and went for it.  I got in the zone.  I heard nothing from the large crowd of people that were cheering on the participants…except for an occasional “Go Mom!!” from my kids.  And honestly, that was all I needed.  “Go Mom” made me push myself as hard as I could.  In the end, I wasn’t too happy with my reps (99), but I did get a 15# personal record (PR) on my clean and jerk…which is pretty awesome!!

So today, I signed on to the Crossfit Open’s website to see if I am in last place.  And I was so happy to see that not only am I NOT in last place, but of the 10,228 people in my age group participating in the open…I am 2,697!  And in the Mid-Atlantic region there are 920 registered in my age group and I am 245th.  So I am considering this to be a great start to the open games for me!  I hope to continue to push myself as hard as I can.  And I will continue to learn what I need to work on in the coming year.

Trying new Things and being Judged for them!  Trying new Things and being Judged for them!

And I am so proud of Jay and Truman who also did the workout.  Truman Rx’d it as much as his mom will let him :-)  and Jay scaled it but got a sweet PR on his clean and jerk!  Proud of you two!!  Keep up the good work!

 

 

 

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