Brit & Garrett Pregnancy Announcement Shoot

I met Brittni a couple years ago. We lived in the same apartment building at the time. She was pregnant with her second and always had her (then) 2 year old daughter by her side. My son loved meeting up with them in the hallways or outside. They got along well but we never got together until a few months later when I finally decided to go over with coffee in hand. The kids played together instantly and for a year, we saw each other almost every day. Helping each other, letting the kids play together, or finding some place we can go adventure. (Side note: getting 3 kids together to go places is impossible, but worth the struggle. She was so dedicated, she even upgraded her car for something slightly bigger since she couldn't fit everyone). It made stay-at-home mom hood a lot more bearable and we found an unmatched friendship in the process.

Pregnancy Announcement Shoot

Before I decided to do the photos, she told me she was going to have her brother do her photos but he had to back out the last minute due to a change in plans. I told her I would do them for her so we set a day and location. It was perfect, the weather was gorgeous, and the location was in full bloom. There were a couple setbacks like the boards they had were forgotten at the house but the ultrasounds were there and it all worked out perfectly.

The energy between these two were incredible. There were genuine laughs throughout the entire process. Nothing was forced and everything was natural. It was hard to choose photos because so many of them were so silly but that's what made these so sublime. 

Pregnancy Announcement Shoot

I'm grateful they trusted me with capturing these moments for them. Many congratulations for a third little one I can’t wait to meet!

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Shayna Shattelroe

25 years old. Mama to Maddox. Word weaver. Lover of love. Coffee addict. Psychological science student. 

A woman of curious nature, my name is Shayna. I am wild & reserved. Humbled & proud. Quiet & clamorous. Strange & familiar. I live in the trees of New England typing away as lifestyle blogger. You can always find me with a coffee cup in one hand and a book in the other.

Blogging since 2005, I’ve had an innumerable amount of blogs on a vast number of platforms. Finally, I’ve found one to call home: The Lovely Cicada. This blog is a piece of myself I extend to you.

Is Summer Ever Ending?

Things are humid here. Think: hair frizzing as big as Nanny Fine's kind of humid. Less put together but just as large. We've had such a good summer here. We were able to go up to New Hampshire on vacation for a week, we've been to the beach a few times, swimming in the lake, went kayaking, visited submarines, we've gone on a hike, and so much more fun stuff. We had a wholesome summer filled with memories. 

But my heart is in Autumn. Always autumn. The cool, crisp air. The color palette. The spookiness. It calls to me like a lost lover. I will admit, I hate that winter follows it. It's a beautiful season filled with a tranquil calm. A reminder good things must come to an end, but they always come back. The seasons teach us things often come in cycles. Little rhythm patterns. Sometimes I wish I lived in a place without winter but I know it brings me this sense of humbleness. Things are uncomfortable in winter. The bulkiness of clothes I feel are weighing me down, the constant drip from my nose, the redness of my cheeks, the shoveling of the cars with sore muscles we could only wish hot chocolate could cure. On the plus side, the beauty of winter is honestly unmatched. The coziness. Curling up with movies, making snowmen, peppermint coffee, lots of baked goods to keep your house warm. 

Although I'm over the humidity, I am sad to see summer go. What did you do this summer? What's your favorite season?

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Shayna Shattelroe

25 years old. Mama to Maddox. Word weaver. Lover of love. Coffee addict. Psychological science student. 

A woman of curious nature, my name is Shayna. I am wild & reserved. Humbled & proud. Quiet & clamorous. Strange & familiar. I live in the trees of New England typing away as lifestyle blogger. You can always find me with a coffee cup in one hand and a book in the other.

Blogging since 2005, I’ve had an innumerable amount of blogs on a vast number of platforms. Finally, I’ve found one to call home: The Lovely Cicada. This blog is a piece of myself I extend to you.