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October & November — Recap // Personal Post

One of my goals for 2016 was to be more diligent in posting these recap posts, because I felt like each month was just flying past in a blur. I’m sure it’s only going to get crazier when baby Wenzel arrives this month!

We packed a lot of stuff into October and November. Once I ended my wedding season in September, I still had a bunch of editing and family sessions to do in October, plus we were working on the nursery like crazy. You guys, it’s almost done and I’m really hoping to share it with you very, very soon!!

October, oh October. You were full of rain. It was the rainiest month every recorded in Spokane, and I’ve lived through a couple rainy spring months in this town. Even my dog was sick of the rain (you can see how bored he was a few photos down)! He got to the point where he would pout at the window, because he didn’t want to go out in the rain. I didn’t blame him. I never track my fitbit data like I should, but I bet my October was super lazy, because neither of us wanted to go for walks. On the other hand, the weather was still warm enough for me to enjoy my favorite lunch – toast. I happened to score a perfectly ripe avocado, and after a bunch of disappointing ones, had to document that joy. The other slice is covered in cream cheese and homemade plum butter.Avocado Toast // Spokane Food Photography

Baby Wenzel’s upcoming arrival also gave me the chance to order some new thank you cards, so I designed these simple little ones. I’ve been sending out a lot of them lately! This blanket, from a past bride, and these books, from my cousin, were some of the first gifts to arrive. I’m pretty sure I owe my postman a large plate of Christmas cookies this year, because he’s been delivering quite a few packages this fall!

Custom Thank You Cards // Wenzel Haus Studios

I’ve been following Luisa on Instagram for ages, and it’s always been a double edged sword. I love seeing images of her life in Berlin, but it’s like looking into an alternate reality where we lived in Germany instead of the US. However, I was extremely thrilled when she announced her new cookbook, and H and I were both looking forward to the day it arrived. In fact, I had a streuselkuchen in the oven mere hours after its’ arrival! We’ve only made a few recipes so far, but it has earned a place on my cookbook shelf for good. I even used her streusel topping instead of my normal pie topping this Thanksgiving, and it got rave reviews!

Classic Germany Baking // German Cook Books

We finished off the month of October with the last of my mini sessions at Cannon Hill Park, and Halloween. We didn’t have nearly as many trick or treaters this year (I blame the rain and it being a Monday), so I ended up with tons of extra candy…and ate most of it myself. Oh boy. But at least our costumes were amazing this year!

Fall Family Sessions Cannon Hill Park // Spokane Family PhotographySuperhero Maternity Costume // Captain America Costume Maternity

November arrived and all of a sudden, most of my clothing didn’t fit anymore and I was scrambling to find a winter coat. I’ve been doing pretty good about going to yoga every week, and I can’t tell you how much I love my Sunday prenatal class at South Perry Yoga. But a couple weeks ago, I had to stop on my walk home, because even though I’ve seen this belly every single day, I’m still surprised sometimes by my reflection. When we went to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving, we ended up coming up with a lot of gifts for baby Wenzel, and Shadow got to sleep on the back seat. He was pretty thrilled, and slept the whole way home.

South Perry Yoga // Prenatal Yoga

It’s been great to see how much better Shadow is doing with this round of home renovation. Last year, we couldn’t do any work without him having to be in his crate. Now, he does a pretty good job of hanging out nearby, although sometimes he has to come in and lay down and let us know how boring we are, haha!

Slightly related: we ordered a few things for the nursery, and Amazon sent them to me in this giant box. Lola loves boxes, and hid inside this one. Shadow kept trying to find her in the box, and she would bat at his nose with her paws to keep him out, which provided me with a good half hour of entertainment before he figured out how to open the box enough to see her without getting smacked.

Dogs During Home Renovation // Wenzel Haus

And that was October & November…I really need to take more photos of Lola, but she’s been a bit cranky with me, since she doesn’t fit in my lap very well anymore, and has preferred H to me. What did you do in October or November?

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Christmas Shopping for Photographers & Creatives // Personal Post

I’ve been working on getting my Christmas shopping all done early, since I’m not sure when baby Wenzel is arriving — it’s officially baby month as of today. Oh gosh, I really need to pack my hospital bag. Haha! I’ve been seeing a bunch of cute stuff that I want to buy for me. Some of it, I’ve picked up for my friends and family too, but it’s been hard not to Christmas shop for myself too! If you’re shopping for a photographer, creative person, entrepreneur, or my doppelganger, you might want to grab some of these fun things.
Gifts for Wedding and Portrait Photographers // 2016 Christmas Gift Guide

  1. Like most photographers, I’m a sucker for silly gifts that remind me of my business. So I love this sweet camera ornament from Old World Christmas. Bonus: Old World Christmas is based in Spokane, and they have an outlet store here. We’re planning to check it out this week!
  2. It’s common knowledge that I love cake, especially wedding cake. So when I saw this shirt from Strawberry Revolution, I knew it was going on my wishlist. I love all the styles, but I think the sweatshirt will be perfect for lazy days with baby Wenzel this spring. And #weddingphotographer, so perfect. I want to be clear. I don’t really do this for the cake, but it’s a great bonus! [PS – just to be clear, I am “pro baked goods” and do not discriminate against cookies, pies, cupcakes, tarts, or other desserts either.]
  3. I’ve said before how much I love my fitbit Alta, and I especially love that I can change out the bands. I’ve got the teal band and a grey leather one, but I’m eyeing this bracelet style band, or maybe the tan leather one too? I need one to go with every outfit, of course!
  4. I don’t wear much jewelry, but I stumbled across these really neat necklaces made out of old lenses in this Etsy shop, and I immediately added one to my list. How cool are these???
  5. My office keeps moving around the house as we renovate – as of right now, my desk has been in five (or maybe six?) different locations throughout the house – and I’ve learned that having a few things up on the walls makes it feel much less temporary. Right now, I’ve got some files and my wall calendar up, but I think I might need to find a space for this cool camera chart or this beautiful vintage camera print in the spring.

Gifts for Creatives & Home Renovators // Christmas Gift Guide 2016

  1. I came across these bar necklaces on Etsy while looking for a gift for my mom, and I love them. I’m debating what I’d put on one: the date of my wedding? Maybe the longitude and latitude of our wedding venue? Baby Wenzel’s birthdate or name? So many options!
  2. Not only do I love these cutting boards, and I want both the Washington and Germany one, but I think these would make an awesome wedding gift. It’s so beautiful though, would I even use it?
  3. I checked this book out from the library a few months back, and I absolutely adored looking through it. It’s a great book for anyone interested in old homes, architecture, or if you’re renovating. I feel like I know a lot more about the style of my home (and other homes I see around town) now that I’ve looked through it. Now that our bookcases are more or less finished, I have more space for books – and this one tops my list!
  4. If we’ve met in person, I’ve probably raved about my love of Stitch Fix. It seriously has made my life so much easier, especially because I’m terrible at shopping and I hate the mall. They even have maternity clothes, and yes, about 90% of my maternity wardrobe has come from them. If you’re going to shop for someone else, grab them a gift card to Stitch Fix (or uh, sign up yourself using my referral code) so they can snag some cool new clothes in 2017.
  5. Last year, I stumbled across Skida, and promptly fell in love with their hats. I ended up ordering a few for us last winter, and to give as Christmas gifts. I love that they’re made in Vermont, that by using this code, you can donate a hate to a cancer facility when you buy one for yourself, and that they’ve got amazing customer service. They accidentally oversold the hat my husband wanted, and were so sweet about calling us and figuring out a replacement solution. H wears his all the time for running, and I live in mine when walking the dog. We’ve got the Nordic hats, but I’ll probably be adding an Alpine hat or two to my winter wardrobe this year.




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