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Athena BludΓ©  Photographer + mama of the raddest little boy. Passionate about beautifully documenting family stories, weddings + life with my boy. | Isaiah 30:18

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My niece is getting married today, y'all!!! Meep! I can't believe it! β€’
I remember babysitting her and the smell of my sister's perfume on her when she got dropped off. I remember purposefully trying to kiss her 100 times in a row and not being able to deny her big brown eyes when she'd ask for just one more time at a play place and the list goes on. πŸ’•
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I was just 13 years old when she was born, but I knew, valued and treasured what being an aunt meant. She's the one who coined me, "Auntie Tina" and has since become a woman and friend I admire. I love her humor, love for people and God and uniquely to her, I love that we have similar personalities and every time a friend or family member say we look alike I eat. it. up!
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I am so happy to be here in Tulsa with my family the final days leading up to the wedding, excited to see her make a life long covenant and to welcome Lucas into our family. I love you, Melissa Anne! β€οΈπŸ‘°πŸ»πŸŒΏ#justmyluc #proundauntie #imnotphotographingthewedding #igettobeaguest

Schooooolllsss out for summerrr! πŸ™ŒπŸ½
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The last day was actually Thursday, but I took the picture today ...aaand I still had him wear his backpack. Yep, I'm that mom. πŸ˜œπŸ’πŸ»
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It was a great year, though. He loved it and now I can't believe that just one year separates him from kindergarten 😳😒, even though he thinks he's going next year.πŸ˜‰ But, before I get too ahead of myself bring on summer 2017! β˜€οΈπŸŒΏπŸ–#ontoprek #thatface #icant #myprideandjoy

Popsicles and pals – making up for our annual Memorial Day picture. #pleasestopgrowing #almost4 #lovethem

Because I tried that multiple-image option last night, but didn't like the square format for the last post. So, hide-and-seek, part deux. πŸ™ˆπŸ‘¦πŸ»πŸ’› #hideandseek #gameonpoint #partdeux

Hide-and-seek and little homeboy's game is on point, is it not?! πŸ˜… But, the game is not just for kids as I've been playing my own version, if you will, with social media. πŸ™ˆ I needed to clear my head because I caught myself mindlessly wasting too much time scrolling on Instabook, falling into the comparison trap with my business, and feeling like the marketing game is nothing more than an inauthentic hustle. I decided to retreat and reevaluate, so I signed out and deleted Facebook and Snapchat from my phone and only posted to Instagram stories on occasion. What started out as a couple of weeks turned into a three-month break! Now, even though the break wasn't the panacea to the woes that often plague the creative entrepreneur, I do feel a sense of relief from the pressure of the hustle and I learned that I can break the habit of checking my phone the supposed 80 times a day the average American does! πŸ™Œ (that stat a little alarming. Amirigt?! 😳). Anyway, I also gave myself the freedom and permission to be ok with not doing it "the right way" and if you're hard on yourself, such as I am, then you get this.πŸ’› So, all that to say is rest assured that I'm still here πŸ™‹πŸ½ and I'm still in business, friends. And, at the least, I will resume to regularly sharing pictures of the cutest boy around. 😘 #hideandseek #socialmediabreak #thecreativelife #theentrepreneurlife #thestruggleisreal #cutestboyaround

Sampling snowflakes πŸ‘…β„οΈ

I love a good family portrait where everyone is looking at the camera smiling, but our memories are mostly made up from conversations, a gentle touch, the look of laughter, and the things that happen in between – all of which you need pictures of, too! And, in case you've missed it, this family's story is up on my blog now. LINK. IN. PROFILE πŸ’›#letmetellyourstorythruphotographs #lifeisshort #documentyourmemories

β€œJoy comes to us in the ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we’re too busy chasing down the extraordinary.” –@brenebrown // I had the honor or photographing the Blasers again. A glimpse of their family's story, which includes 4 generations, is on the blog now. πŸ’›πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦πŸ‘΄πŸ»πŸ‘΅πŸ» // LINK IN PROFILE

I was thrilled when I learned that one of my 2017 brides chose @jakkelyn_iris for her florals, because she always crushes it, like she did with this beauty.πŸŒΏπŸŒΎπŸ’–

He likes his baths with a battalion, while I prefer mine with a book.
Ok, okayyy, drag it out of me... A book aaand wine. πŸ’πŸ»πŸ›πŸ·πŸ“–#alwayswine #bathsandbattalions #bathsandbooks #alliterationnation

The other day we had a decent snow dust, but not enough to make the snowman Cole requested. So, instead, they worked on a cute little guy. I'm sure a life-size Frosty, with the snowfall we had today, is coming soon, though. β›„οΈβ„οΈπŸ’™

Post Christmas has got me ready to purge like it's spring cleaning. Time to clear out the lingering baby(ish) toys to make room for this new big-boy collection of soldiers and tanks, swords, nerf gun, cars and an ungodly amount of ninja turtles. #boysandtheirtoys #postchristmasclearing #ninjaturtlesusurpedstarwars

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