Luckily for me, when I married David, I also gained three new sisters. Our youngest sister, Hannah, is getting married in August! Hannah has such a kind, gentle spirit and it was so fun to celebrate her at her bridal shower brunch. It was hosted at our family friend Carol’s house and she has a screened in porch that fit everyone perfectly. We enjoyed mini quiches, baked brie, fresh fruit, Sprindrift water, prosciutto melon balls, and lots more. We played a word scramble game, estimated the number of mints in a jar (because Hannah and Mike are MINT to be!), and a fun game where we heard both the bride and groom’s responses to various questions and guessed who said it. Hannah opened all of the wonderful gifts that will bless their first home as a married couple. Then, our guys made an appearance! The ladies at the shower got to meet Mike and dote on my baby James. We ended the shower with some family photos on the porch. Hannah, we love you and are so excited for you and Mike! Can’t wait for August!
David and I love the mountains. We love the calmness of going to a quiet cabin in the mountains with no visible neighbors, a vast night sky with countless stars, and a chance to get away. We have been going up to the Blue Ridge, Georgia area once a year since 2016. This was our fourth trip together (second with James) and we always stay in new cabins in new areas. This time, we ventured to Bryson City, North Carolina. Our cabin was tucked away high up on the top of a mountain. We enjoyed a beautiful view, the fire pit, hot tub, a porch swing and easy day trips to the Smoky Mountain National Park and to Asheville. I didn’t bring my big camera but I snapped a ton of iPhone photos. I wanted to share them on the blog as an opportunity to look back on this sweet trip. Love going on adventures with my boys! I’ll narrate the details of our trip below…
Hi sweet friends, Happy New Year! The past year was filled with documenting once-in-a-lifetime moments and beautiful, kind people. I am so thankful for all of my clients that invited me and my camera into their homes, weddings, and special occasions. In 2018, my photography business transitioned from mainly weddings to focus more on families. I photographed two beautiful weddings, 27 (my favorite number!) families, 5 precious newborns, a handful of maternity sessions, a church/pre-school, and a growing startup company. This blog post is one of my favorites every year. It’s a look at the behind the scenes of Michelle Stoker Photography. It’s been a good year!
Here’s a look back at our behind the scenes posts in 2017 and 2016 and 2015 and 2014 and 2013!
So fun to look through them and relive so many special events!
I had the opportunity to take updated team photos and headshots for Knack recently. I, of course, said YES since my handsome husband is the CTO and one of the founders of this awesome tutoring app! Knack is a growing community for college students to connect with their peers for tutoring. They got started in 2016 and have been growing ever since. They recently added on a few new employees and closed out a seed round of funding with some awesome investors, including Jeff Vinik, the owner of the Tampa Bay Lighting! So proud of these guys and am excited to see how Knack grows!
Here’s a recent article on Tech Crunch with a more in-depth Knack update!
And here’s an article on St. Pete Catalyst. So exciting!
On June 30, 2017, we welcomed our sweet son into the world! James was born at 11:41am on that beautiful summer Friday and our lives were forever changed! (Here is the blog post with his very detailed birth story.) It’s been a wonderful year watching James grow and change. He has developed such a sweet, charming personality. I’m so thankful to be his Mama!! We celebrated his FIRST BIRTHDAY on Saturday with our family and a few friends in Orlando. (Local friends, Avalon has a new clubhouse that is perfect for small parties and a ballroom for bigger events!) We had an adventure themed party for our little Explorer. Thank you to my sister for the creative decorations!! James, we love you. We are proud of you and we are so glad that you’re ours!!