First Day of “School” Fall 2015

by Liana on August 4, 2015

It’s been a LONG time since I blogged, and so I figured an update is in store…

We are expecting a baby GIRL any day now! My due date is August 26th however the doctors are predicting she arrives earlier. Who knows – babies certainly come on their own/God’s time – that’s for sure. It’s likely we’ll have her in our arms sometime in the next 3-4 weeks though.

I’m going to try to take a TRUE maternity leave this time around so I’ve been helping my husband Mike with his business, Maycomb Mercantile, a lot this year and focusing on that. I’m booking weddings for 2016 and taking the occasional portrait session here and there but otherwise won’t be doing much shooting for the rest of 2015.

It’s been a season of me realizing I REALLY need to slow down, get organized, focus on family.  I guess that’s what happens when you’re about to have “three three and under,” run multiple small businesses, and take care of the household.

The nesting urge is HUGE this time around. I painted (with the help of my mom) 8 rooms in our house in the past 2 months (during my 3rd trimester) and have been going through the house organizing thanks to the KonMari method I’m loving.  It’s something that’s long overdue and I believe it will really help us be more focus and organized in life and business too.

Well, that’s enough updates for now – there’s plenty more but for now I’ll leave you with a few photos from this morning.  The boys go to a “mother’s morning out” program 2x a week for just a few hours and we call it “school.”  SO here they are before heading out to their “first day of school” for Fall 2015.

“The cheesy choke-hold” pose as I like to call it.  Colman twists his face into a big “CHEESE” and Atticus holds him so tight, smothering him with brotherly love.  It’s a regular pose in our house…


Colman’s “you’re taking my picture again mom!?” face


Of course then Atticus says “Mom, take my picture too!!!” and proceeds to move around, thrashing and jumping while I try to get him still for one or two good ones…

And finally, a few squinty-eye pics on the front porch before heading out…


Halloween 2014 – Our Little Messieurs

by Liana on November 1, 2014


My parameters for Halloween costumes for the boys this year were the same as last year:  simple, quick, and (hopefully) super-cute!  I made their scarves and little red hats (with the help of dear husband actually stitching them with his leather machine) in about an hour the night before.  The tops I found at H&M for five bucks.  Add in a mini mustache for each of them plus a few loafs of french bread – and wah-la – you have little french baker men!!  

 Meet Monsieur Henri Le Claire and Monsieur Pierre:

FrenchMan Halloween Costumes

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Both sets of grandparents came by again this year so we had lots of help reminding Monsieur Le Claire to say “Merci” after getting handfuls of candy from each of our neighbors.  Mike and the grandpas ended up holding down the fort at our house, passing out candy while the ladies and little french men went trick-or-treating.  

LianaPhotography Baby FrenchMan

Next year we may get REALLY crazy and actually carve pumpkins with the boys!  Happy Halloween 2014! 


Life Was Better When I Blogged

October 29, 2014

Life was better when I blogged.  I can’t explain it other than I feel like something is missing lately in life, in business.  I just opened up my MarsEdit tool and realized I’ve sadly only posted 3 entries in 2014 thus far.   I have SO much I wish I’d documented in photos and words […]

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The Secret is Out!

June 16, 2014

The secret is OUT!  I’ve partnered with Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events on a FUN new concept to hit the Atlanta market this week.  It’s a spin on a secret supper club…. we are calling it Society 414 Curated Date Nights.  You can READ THIS ARTICLE to find out more!!  

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Our Little Irish Lad

March 20, 2014
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Happy Belated St.Patrick’s Day! This holiday marks the start of Atticus’ “birthday week” and we also happen to be part-Irish (both my side and Mike’s) so we thought it only proper to snap a few portraits of our Little Irish Lad: Sporting his “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirt   I can’t believe he is almost […]

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What’s been going on!?

March 18, 2014
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It’s been WAY too long since I’ve updated things on here.  Here’s what is new since I last posted:  December 2014 – Our Kickstarter was successfully funded!  Thank you SO much to our backers!  Mike spent most of December fulfilling our Kickstarter rewards while I worked on photo, video, and consulting work. – Photographed a […]

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We are on Kickstarter!!

November 25, 2013
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For those of you who follow my husband, Mike, or me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook – you’re likely already aware that we’ve been working on launching a new business! It’s been in the works for quite some time.  The idea for Maycomb Mercantile was “born” shortly after our first son, Atticus, was born.  In […]

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Introducing Baby Colman

November 14, 2013
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Introducing the latest addition to our family – Baby Colman!!  Colman was born at 7:59AM on October 4th.  9 lbs 7 oz and 20.5 inches long!!  He’s a big boy!!  One of these days I’m going to have to write up about how different his and his Atticus’ births were.  Let’s just say this time […]

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Jessica & Quincy’s Variety Works Wedding – Part I

August 18, 2013
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Jessica and Quincy were married at Variety Works in Madison, GA – it was the perfect backdrop for their fun and colorful carnival-inspired celebration!!  I knew from their engagement session that this wedding was going to be all about celebrating with friends and family and just having TONS of FUN on this beautiful day.   […]

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