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Kelsey Schwenk  Puerto Rican ocean enthusiast and lover of the ordinary. Film photographer of families & weddings & wife to my favorite adventurer @nate.schwenk | CLT

Rule 3 - Make friends with people who want the best for you

This past weekend we popped up to Virginia for a quick trip left grateful and fulfilled. We chatted with friends about the 12 rules of life (getting that book ASAP) and learned about this rule which basically encompassed our whole time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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From staying with our old landlords (read: basically family), to lingering in the church foyer catching up with friends (family) for an hour, taking this family’s photos (Also, family) and an impromptu breakfast with friends (again, family) it floors us that we have community that doesn’t live close to us that loves us well. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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And I could keep going about this online family and film family and blood family and Arbonne family and soapbox about how you should ditch the friends who don’t want the best for you because life’s too short and you’re worth it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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But instead I’ll leave you with this incredibly sweet moment between Max and his new baby sister Marigold. ♥️
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#loveyourordinary #knfamilies #charlottefamilyphotographer

May your life be long,
Your friendships deep.
May your heart be kind and true.
I pray you’ll know the peace of God,
And how dearly I love you.

Whenever I put Afton down for the night, I sing these Dave Barnes lyrics over her and hold her tight and I “don’t tear up” 🙃 My Mom used to sing us to sleep and there’s a canon of songs that will always always always remind me of her and going to bed.

I’d love to know if you have a song or bedtime ritual that’s special to you and your kids! (Or maybe your spouse sings you to sleep? 💁🏽‍♀️) Side note - I love my sweet helmet baby and adore that I can put her hair in a top fountain 🤩

#loveyourordinary #fuji400h #charlottefilmphotographer #aftonmercylynn #thefindlab @carolinakinderdevelopment

If you’re like me and my friends, you’ve spent the past month investing in your people and finishing up galleries. SO, we think you should be rewarded - which is why the early-bird registration price for The RAD workshop has been extended until January 30th! PLUS - if you’re one of the next 5 to register, you get a free mentor session or portfolio from the instructor of your choice which is a sttttteaaaaal since it’s normally $650. Which means get on this because seats are filling and I want you there!! Send me a DM with any questions and/or if you want to hear these things in an email before they hit Instagram 😉

#loveyourordinary #theradworkshop #filmworkshop #hawaiiworkshop #thefindlab #fuji400h #kncouple #oatlandsplantation

You know what’s crazy? That the human body can carry life inside of it and then that same life continues outside of it on it’s own. What a miraculous gift we all are. And I’m especially thankful for this one who’s sleeping her way into 8 months old. 😱 I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that there was a time that she wasn’t. (Also, hi #ourdoghenry - we love you too bud ♥️) #loveyourordinary #charlottefilmphotographer #aftonmercylynn #thefindlab #fuji400h

Overwhelmed but fine. That basically sums up our feelings when we first learned I had an allergy to sperm and wouldn’t be able to naturally conceive. Needless to say, it was a lot of information to digest. However, after the initial shock, we were actually fine because we both didn’t want children. We gave ourselves permission to change our minds down the road but that’s where we were at and we were there together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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4 years later, separately, which means they shifted together and we decided to try and eventually, (gosh every month is LONG when you’re trying) Afton was here. A complete miracle. A breathing gift of mercy. The struggles of talking it through while waiting and wondering can’t be condensed into a paragraph but I know the feelings translate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So now everything’s great and we have no problems 😂😉 jk. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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These aren’t normal Sunday thoughts but I was going through my photos and found this gem from #theordinaryworkshop and was reminded of how the gift of Linus was part of the shaping that happened to us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This isn’t a post shaming anyone who has chosen not to have kids - we celebrate your decision with you!! This also isn’t a post promising anyone that you’ll be able to conceive - we grieve with you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Basically this post is some deep Sunday musings, a lot of gratitude for our tiny, helmet donning daughter, and to let @kathrynlynne know that she shouldn’t have created such a wonderful kid 😉
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“‘Cause life is not the mountaintops, it’s the walking in between. And I like you walking next to me.” Candid joy on their wedding day ♥️ #loveyourordinary #kncouple #charlottefilmphotographer #charlotteelopementphotographer #charlotteelopement #thefindlab #fuji400h #instaproofs #charlottelately

Thankful for friends who not only invite us to New York but let me capture their family. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Thankful for a husband and a baby that make airport times fun even when we miss our flight back from JFK.
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Thankful for little babies who can’t crawl so you have to keep them close in your arms.
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And thankful for sweet toddler hugs that squeeze your neck and leave you with smile (and hopefully not something sticky 😂) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Today Afton graduated from physical therapy at @carolinakinderdevelopment, took the best bites of rice cereal I’ve seen her take, and made progress with her cranial band. It’s either the jet lag or just my emotions (that’s always the one) but each tiny milestone brought me to tears - I’m so proud of this baby girl. AND she did all that before an appt with her doctor where he discovered a raging double ear infection 😭🤭 - my poor baby. So basically we found the cause of her puffy face (still working on mine) and I’m left feeling incredibly grateful for the community that surrounds our family - whether it’s the online one here, each business we interact with, or the people we see daily. Your skill, kind words, and caring hearts help our family thrive.
#loveyourordinary #aftonmercylynn #thefindlab #charlottefilmphotographer #charlottefamilyphotographer #fuji400

Afton and I both came back from Texas with some puffy faces and I’m assuming it’s linked to some allergy somewhere and we’ll (hopefully) figure it out after some appointments today 🥴SO instead of running into the rest of the week like these two cuties, we’re more like sauntering and I’m okay with a slower today with my sweet helmet baby.
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Tomorrow we’re heading to TX for thanksgiving but today I’m reliving our time in New York through film scans. And I almost teared up going through these photos (okay fine, I did) because I view them as if they were my own. As it this were my everyday in a NY apartment with my sweet baby girl close and my son leading our family in a song about dump trucks. As if those rain covered buildings were my view from the 16th floor while I changed diapers, worked from home, and made meals. Basically it’s a gift to me to be able to capture your family on film so you can remember your ordinary forever.

#knfamilies #loveyourordinary #charlottefilmphotographer #charlottefamilyphotographer #thefindlab #fuji400h #newyork

Throwing it back to last year at the Biltmore. Back again today for a super sweet session ❤️ #charlottefilmphotographer #loveyourordinary #thefindlab #portra800 #kncouple #biltmore

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