Posts Tagged ‘Personal’

About 8 months ago, on a beautiful fall morning at home this happened:

Sarah Culver Photography
(photo: This Rad Love)

I have years of shoots that I want to share here on the blog. I wasn’t the best at blogging before this little one came along and now all the spare time, after client files are edited, is spent cuddling this sweetest bug. The blog has felt intimidating to come back to, how to break such a long silence, where to begin with all the photos I’m taking that I love. But I’m learning to ask for help because it’s taking a village, and family and friends are stepping in to help with the boy and the business and weeding the garden. The baby fog is lifting a bit and I’m excited about where life is taking us. All that is to say regular images will start to show up here again.

Sarah Culver

In the meantime I wanted to reset here and share a bit from my personal life, some of the beauty in the spitup, tips that are getting me through, and our own photos from this magic last year. We are so in love, all three of us.

Annapolis Lifestyle Family Photography

One of the best pieces of advice I got before the baby came along was to get a Kindle and hook it up to my library card. All of the hours spent trapped under a sleeping baby were put to good use and I tore through many the titles I’d had on my list for years. There is nothing better to do with an afternoon than read a good book with your baby dreaming on you. Some of my favorites from this past year:
Dept. of Speculation
Being Mortal
The Good Lord Bird
Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Family Documentary Photography

Some of you may or may not know that I live in Annapolis, MD but most of my jobs are an hour to 3 hours away from Annapolis. I used to listen to music as I drove, but everyone’s favorite Serial really got me in the habit of listening to other podcasts and that makes that driving time feel productive. Now I can’t get enough of The New Yorker Fiction Podcast, Note To Self, Here’s The Thing, The Longest Shortest Time, and always This American Life. Are there good ones I’m missing? Let me know!

Annapolis Family Photography

I love beautiful clothing. I’ve been sad to discover that while little girl’s departments are brimming with beautiful things, a few uninspired boy basics are usually shoved onto one rack in the corner. If I could I would completely outfit my babe from Mabo Clothiers.

Annapolis Family Photographer

Taking photos is a surprisingly physically demanding job. I’ve tried to really prioritize working out over the last few years so that I can keep up my stamina for shoots, but it’s very hard to find the time to leave the house for that now. You know, you’ve heard every new parent complain about it. My sister turned me on to YogaGlo, a monthly subscription with thousands of classes to choose from and filters for different levels, styles and amounts of time. There is even a postnatal section with reassuring class titles like ‘Quick Stretch While Baby Naps.’ They totally get me.

Maryland Candid Family Photos

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DC Family Photography

Are you all making the easiest most delicious no knead bread by now? I sadly don’t cook much anymore with the exception of this bread. It’s our go to for bringing to new parents, cookouts and having lots of people over. People get really impressed by homemade bread but I always fess up that it took about 2 minutes to make and is completely stupid proof.

Candid Family Photography

I’ve always been minimalist when it comes to makeup. But now with needing to do all my getting ready one handed while holding a wriggling baby the routine is even more streamlined. If I do one thing in a day it’s put some color on my cheeks. I used to be completely scared of cream blushes, but as with all her products Tata Harper completely nailed the lip and cheek tint. It’s so beautiful, easy to use, and so good for your skin I don’t even feel like I NEED to wash it off at the end of the day.

Sarah Culver

(Photo: LA Birdie Photography)

Baltimore Candid Family Photographer

Baltimore Family Documentary
A lot of children’s books are rough on parents by the 50th time through. If you can recommend beautiful, thoughtful ones please do!! Our favorites so far are Seasons by Blexobolex, On The Night You Were Born, You Are My I Love You, Each Peach Pear Plum, and Charlie Harper’s ABC’s.

Sarah Culver

We went camping with the baby. The first night I wondered what we were thinking, but after that it was amazing. Baby came back so calm and relaxed it made me realize we need to get away more often. We went to Camp Misty Mount where they have adorable rustic cabins with a single electric bulb for light. Just that light bulb and not dealing with a tent made everything totally doable with the baby, but there were still enough bugs and dirt that we were proud of how we were roughing it.

DC Lifestyle Family Photos

Documentary Family Photography

Thank you for visiting this space even though I’ve been so long gone, I’ll be back now and can’t wait to show you all of the love and beautiful moments I’ve been invited to capture in recent months.

I wanted to put up a year in review post about this time, but that is a big job and I might not get to it. Thinking back over the last year I’m so thankful for the amazing weddings I was able to shoot and the wonderful people I’ve met, but most of all I am thankful for my family and the precious time we get to spend together. It seems appropriate at the year’s end to share a bit of what personally makes me happiest. Our somewhat annual trip to our cabin on Glen Lake in northern Michigan is my favorite thing. Here are a few snapshots of how we spent our time this last summer – dune jumping at Sleeping Bear, sand castle competitions, cherry wine and s’mores, cousin senior photo sessions, celebrating two birthday girls, my aunt and uncle slow dancing on the deck at sunset, polishing petoskey’s and loving each other a lot.

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St. John’s Crew

November 8, 2011

I’ve found balancing life to be a pretty difficult task lately. I’m thankful every day that I get to do what I love for a job, but I know there is more to life than a job no matter how rewarding it is. There is a husband, wonderful friends, exercise, a bookgroup, and other things that constitute “personal time”. It’s not New Year’s yet, but I already know that finding more time for things other than the camera and computer are going to be top of the resolutions list in a few months.
One of the things that I have made time for this fall was joining a crew team with my boy. We figure if we live on the East Coast we should do preppy things and what could be more so than collegiate crew on the foggy Chesapeake Bay at sunrise every morning? It’s not all quite that glamorous, the early mornings and long workouts have been tough, but so so rewarding for us. We ended our season with a beautiful regatta last weekend that I couldn’t resist bringing the camera to.
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A few weeks ago we took a little trip to the West Coast for a wedding (more on that soon), and one of the highlights of the trip was staying at a great little boutique hotel in Boise, ID. The folks at The Modern Hotel completely revamped a typical mid century motel with gorgeous sleek retro furniture. When I heard about it I knew I wanted to do a photoshoot there someday. So my brother (of Hyde Park Books fame – go there!) introduced me to Anne and she and I put on some great music and went to town with the vintage clothes and props. Thanks again to Anne for patiently looking beautiful for hours and all of the awkward perching on chairs. And if you’re ever in Boise we recommend The Modern and their gnocchi!Modern-HotelVintage-BoudoirVintage-Record-PlayerMid Century Modern BoudoirVintage-MotelMaryland Retro BoudoirRetro-Nightgown
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