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Too Cute for Words. Spring Mini Session. Family and Child Lifestyle Photographer. Midlothian, VA.

The very serious expressions on this gals face along with all the sweet little smiles were simply priceless. I couldn’t get enough of her session. Mom and Dad were lucky…I captured quite a few more for a mini session. The innocence of the images with the flowers just melts your heart and the smiles while playing peel-a-boo are elegant. This was my second session with this family and I am looking forward to many years of smiles with this little chic!

Smiles, Ainsley

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Styling it up in Pearls and Tutu for her 1 Year Cake Smash. Portrait and Lifestyle Photographer. Glen Allen, VA.

Too cute for words. I love a cake smash with the pearls and tutu’s. Can’t we all be this adorable eating our birthday cakes? Oh how I wish! As always, very thankful to my friends Hayden and Brooke for helping me create some special memories for their family!

Smiles, Ainsley

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And sometimes we get a little distracted…

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CONTEST TIME…FOR ALL MY PAST CLIENTS. MY FAVORITE IMAGE!!! Family and Child Lifestyle Photographer. Midlothian, VA.

Who doesn’t LOVE a contest and FREE stuff. Reaching out to all my past clients to pull out your favorite image from our session together. Simply email me your favorite image from OUR session and I will enter your submission into an album on my Ainsley Marie Photography Facebook page where you will invite all your friends and family on Facebook to vote for your image. WHAT DO YOU WIN?…a FREE 16×20 canvas of the image you submit into the contest. The picture with the most “Likes” wins!

Official Rules

Submit your favorite Ainsley Marie Photography image to my email, with the subject: MY FAVORITE. Please “share” the album straight from my Ainsley Marie Photography page. (album will be available Monday, May 5th)   Submissions start today, Wednesday, April 30th. Deadline to submit your picture is Sunday, May 4th at 5pm. I will compile all images into an album on my Ainsley Marie Photography Facebook page for you and your friends and family to share on your FB pages. I will officially post the Album on Monday, May 5th.  MONDAY, MAY 5TH “Let the SHARING & TAGGING begin!” Contest will last one week and will be officially closed for voting on midnight Monday, May 12th.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

ALL “LIKES” TO YOUR IMAGE NEEDS TO BE ON THE PICTURE INSIDE OF THE ALBUM. YOUR IMAGE CAN NOT BE SHARED INDIVIDUALLY, JUST THE ALBUM CAN BE SHARED. THE IMAGE WITH THE MOST VOTES (INSIDE THE AINLSLEY MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY ALBUM) WINS.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Get out there and start your contest early. Let your friends and family know about the contest and to be ready for major voting and cheering on “your” favorite image. Feel free to have them stop in and “Like” my Ainsley Marie Photography Facebook page in advance of the contest AND to be on the lookout for the contest to begin.

Here is one of my all time favorites…but I won’t be entering the contest. Can’t wait to see all your submissions!!!!

Smiles, Ainsley                                                                                                                                              

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Spring Mini Sessions. Family and Child Lifestyle and Portrait Photographer. Midlothian, VA.

I have a PASSION…for many things. One being my Photography. But I also have a passion for Family and Friends. I have met some of the greatest friends through my work and I am very Thankful when I wake up each morning for the files on my desktop that need to be edited and the new clients I get to meet each week.

These kiddos from the session I’m about to blog are now very close friends of mine and I have had the opportunity to photograph them several times in the last year. This is one mom who cherishes the memories and she will never look back and regret missing out on some some precious moments in time. Thanks Kathi-Lyn for being such a huge fan of mine and a great friend! I am truly blessed to have met you and your sweet family!

Smiles, Ainsley

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My Livie. A Blessed Mother and Photographer. Midlothian, VA.

I promise you there are NO books or classes of any sort that could have prepared me for motherhood. Being a MOM is the hardest job in the world. From birth to even the young age of 9 has it’s challenges. Some days I want to throw my hands up in the air and just scream. And there are the times I want to cry after my kids get on the bus in the morning because we had a tough morning or after I put them in bed at night because they know how to push my buttons.

Trying is an understatement when I tell you how hard it is to keep my patience from wearing thin and I swear I pray for patience almost on a daily basis.  My little gal, beautiful as can be, witty, spunky, smart, and downright hard headed teaches me a few daily lessons about my own self. I do have a lot to be thankful for. My children are different in so many ways. My oldest is a pleaser and the sweetest, with a hint of sneakiness. My youngest is like I said hard headed and will nag you until you want to pull all your hair out. However, my little gal is a snuggle queen and will lay on my lap with her sucky fingers and look up at me with the sweetest face and tell me I’m the best mommy in the world and my heart just melts for this little gal who struggles with the inside and out mood swings. I guess you can say she’s a typical 6 year old testing boundaries and being a kid.

My road to patience has been long but I do have a lot more than I’ve ever had. And I swear it has taken me going through some really tough times to get to where I am today and to know that my girls are in deed my life, my world. And it’s not that I didn’t think they were my world before but being a single mom has really given me some perspective on life. Life it just way too short. So, today when I was busy editing a session that desperately needed to get to a client I stopped and thought about my little gal who needed some love and attention and we played Old Maid. One of our favorite games in the house and was one of my favs growing up. My dad always used to place the Old Maid card a little higher than the rest so it was easier to draw from his hand. Now, my kids do the same thing. I often wonder if any other families laugh their butts off playing Old Maid and do the same thing we do?

I grew up feeling super independent and it’s what I’ve wanted for my girls. To be strong, sweet and well mannered young ladies. Especially when I drop them off at friend’s houses or at school. I can tell you that they are not always independent because I hear a lot of “mommy….come here”…like all day long! And they are only this little once but I will walk in to a room where they have called my name only to tell them to go get their own drink of water or string cheese. Yes, if looks could kill, I get them alright but you know what…you have two legs…so use them. I’ve been using mine since I was young.

It’s now morning time and I got too tired to finish my blog post last night. Imagine that, a tired mom. Yep…we too need “time out” and “rest time”, to refuel and do it all over again the next day. But you know what…I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. There is nothing more important than having two little girls who are dependent on their mother and a mother who wants the world for them. I just want them to learn the life lessons along the way. The ones I am writing my very first book about. Although I’m still in the wee hours of my story, it’s one dedicated to my girls and other young gals and mom’s who feel the same struggles I have felt but have been unwilling to face them or admit to them head on. I have very rarely worried about what people think of me. I gave up on being “Super Woman” several years ago.

There is nothing more than I want for my girls is to have the security and happiness they deserve. I want them to feel beautiful in their own little ways and be independent young ladies who have the drive to be and do whatever they want in life. They deserve it. We ALL deserve it as woman to feel empowered. Here’s a quote of mine from a chapter in my book called “Empowering Our Daughters.” As I look into my little girls eyes I see a young soul who is eager to feel loved and the desire to be big. As her mother, I want nothing more than to make her feel loved and want her to stand tall. She needs to feel empowered to ALWAYS love herself and her Faith in God will take care of the rest. Being Brave is Scary, but a stunning quality in the youngest of girls. Sorry for the teaser, it just really went with my story about My Livie! Absolutely one of my favorite and most precious chapters thus far.

Well, I’m headed into this little gal’s room and saying a little prayer before I walk in that when I sneak into her bed to snuggle for a few minutes, she will wake up on the “right side of the bed.” I could write a chapter about this little gal waking up on the “wrong side of the bed” but I will spare you those battles.

Smiles, Ainsley

P.S. Beware!!! Don’t let these cute pictures of this gal fool you. She’s a real Stinker and I LOVE her to pieces!

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