Letters to My Little One | 18 Weeks In My Belly


18 weeks

I can’t believe I’ve been carrying you for 18 weeks. We’ve come so far, yet have so far to go, little one! I smile so big when your daddy rubs my belly and whispers sweet things to you. Such as, “Good Morning, little one. Daddy loves you.” It melts my heart! We get to find out what you are on Valentine’s day and it can’t get here fast enough. Boy or girl, you will be loved and cherished.

As you’ll find out when you’re older, I love elephants. I picked elephants as your animal for a number of reasons. They are strong, beautiful, and majestic. They are big creatures, but still elegant. The number one reason I picked elephants is for the story below:

An elephant and a dog became pregnant at the same time. Three months down the line the dog gave birth to six puppies. Six months later the dog was pregnant again, and nine months on it gave birth to another dozen puppies. The pattern continued.

On the eighteenth month the dog approached the elephant questioning, “Are you sure that you are pregnant? We became pregnant on the same date, I have given birth three times to a dozen puppies and they are now grown to become big dogs, yet you are still pregnant. Whats going on?”.

The elephant replied, “There is something I want you to understand. What I am carrying is not a puppy but an elephant. I only give birth to one in two years. When my baby hits the ground, the earth feels it. When my baby crosses the road, human beings stop and watch in admiration, what I carry draws attention. So what I’m carrying is mighty and great.”

You are mighty and great. One day you will draw attention. Everyone already loves you. Your mom loves you. Your dad loves you. You will accomplish amazing things in your life. I am so excited for the day you get here, but, please take your time to grow and mature.

Love, Mommy


Aly Dawn 365 | Week 3

Started off this week with some more rain.

But I am learning to love the window light overcast days give. And rain drops always add beauty. My sweet baby girl Khannie ran away again. Lately she’s been taking off any chance she gets! This time it was my brother’s fault so he was the one to retrieve her. All I can see is rain in the forecast, so next week won’t be any better! I am missing the sun, but loving the inspiration the rain is giving me.















Aly Dawn 365 | Week 2

Another week of the year has passed!

One tip I do have is to stay organized. It makes this process so much easier. 🙂 I really like the app I have on my iPad (it’s Apple only) called Collect. It makes it so easy to see your progress and to see all of your images together in one place. I highly recommend it!

The forecast for this week was rain everyday. I got a little sun on Monday, though, so I captured it. I was a little bummed, thinking, “How on EARTH will I get good pictures when it’s raining and overcast all the time??” when my husband reminded me that one of his favorite photos of mine was on a rainy overcast morning. Gotta love husbands. 😉 And I have to admit, there are a few photos I took this week that I love! The boot image was taken with my car headlights (it looks like sun! <3) and it was freelensed.














Take a Picture Everyday

I talked about goals in my last post. This year, I have a goal of taking a picture everyday. Among photographers this is called a 365. Taking a picture everyday seems daunting. So, instead of giving myself rules and guidelines to follow, I’m not. It’s going to be a loose 365. If I miss a day, I miss a day. If I substitute a picture I took a different day for that day, so be it. If I use a cell phone pic, that’s fine! In my mind, shooting 3 times a week is better than none. I’m also not going to stress about editing. I might even procrastinate that till the weekend. I will attempt to post a blog post every week, or every 2 weeks, of my pictures in my 365. The point of this project is to get better everyday. To stretch my mind. To make myself happy, because photography does that for me. 🙂 I am excited to test this out. If it doesn’t work out, I’m not going to beat myself up over it.

Here’s to my loose 365.

















My Dogs in 2016

I love photography projects. But I can never seem to finish them. I start them and I’m super excited about it and then nothing ever happens with it. Please tell me I’m not the only one! A friend of mine made me realize that I did a project all of 2016 just by simply taking pictures of my cute pups.

I’ll be honest. Taking pictures of dogs is hard. You want them to look honest. Not posed and hating it (I do have a few of those that I just love, so no judging haha). But it’s so hard for you to get those types of images. The good thing about dogs is that they are honest. They will honestly let you know they hate sitting there for you to take a picture. But then they honestly let you know about their curiosity. What is that out the window? I have found that after awhile, they really don’t care about the big camera in my hands. They are them. And it’s sometimes hard to photograph people like that. People aren’t as honest. 😉

Through this project that I accidentally did, I have seen growth. And in my eyes, that means that the project was successful.

In no particular order, here they are.