Well that was QUITE a long blogging hiatus! Let’s just chalk it up to pregnancy brain shall we? Honestly I life has been so crazy since finding out I was pregnant. From getting ready for the baby, to shoots and editing, to planning showers, the list goes on! There are SO many shoots and weddings that I haven’t even blogged from the end of 2017 and the first half of 2018! I’m talking over 15 engagement shoots and probably 6 or 7 weddings. Since that is wayyy too many blog posts, I am just gonna make this post a little recap of what the end of 2017 looked like then I will start back-blogging all of my 2018 shoots.
Obviously the last post I shared was that Toby and I are expecting a baby! We are now down to one month until our due date which is so crazy and a lot has happened! I’ll make a separate post about pregnancy and what the last few months have been like, share some maternity pictures, my showers, and talk a little about how we are feeling as we prepare for little baby Schaefer. But here is a little sneak peak for now! This picture was from 25 weeks and I am now 35 weeks. Needless to say my bump has gotten A LOT bigger!
The fall of 2017 was a busy one with weddings and engagement shoots! I was pregnant and in my first trimester for everything that wasn’t blogged (thanks to pregnancy fatigue and nausea, blogging took a bit of a back seat). Shooting during the first trimester was so difficult! I was EXHAUSTED and nauseous and just feeling all around miserable but since no one knew I was pregnant, I had to play it off at all of my shoots and weddings. It was a hard secret to keep! One of the weddings I shot was for two of my good friends so we knew most of the guests. I was only about 5 weeks along and Toby and I had JUST found out. That was probably the hardest time I had keeping the secret, I wanted to tell everyone! Mia & TJ, your wedding was baby Schaefer’s first one (even though no one knew it yet!)
At the end of 2017 right before Christmas, I got to set up for and shoot my sister’s proposal! My other sister Morgan and I were in contact with Ben (Courtney’s fiance) about coming up with a proposal plan. We picked a gazebo in Clifton where Toby and I had our first look at our wedding, and decked it out with over 250 candles and several strands of Christmas lights! It was perfect and we all cried and this August I get to play Matron of Honor, photographer, and mom to a newborn so stay tuned to see how that goes.
We also took a few “Save the Date” pictures for them!
So that was the end of 2017! There has been even more going on in 2018. I survived my second trimester and now most of my third, I was gifted with two baby showers, planned and hosted my sisters bridal shower with my mom and other sister, shot a few weddings, several engagement shoots, and have done A LOT to prep for baby Schaefer! I will be sharing all of these things on the blog so here are a few sneaks of what’s to come.
My first wedding of the year!
Debbie and Brian had their engagement pictures…
…and their wedding!
We finally welcomed spring with Serena and Eric’s engagement shoot
My mom threw me a Chesapeake baby shower!
One of my best friends was pregnant with me, and just had her baby! Can’t believe I’m next.
Carleigh and Jeff got married!
Natalie and Michael had their engagement shoot where he proposed
Mollie and Sam’s engagement shoot could not have been more perfect
After rescheduling for rain, we FINALLY had some sun for Ashley and Aaron!
My amazing friends and family threw me a Nova baby shower!
Last weekend we got to host an evening backyard garden party themed bridal shower for my sister
So that’s what will be coming to the blog in the next few weeks! I can’t wait to share all of it with you. Thanks for being patient during my little break from blogging. It sure feels good to be back!