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Three Days Left!

Hi everyone!

Just a reminder that there are only three days left to book a session at the discounted Holiday rate!

Just to clarify, the session only has to be booked by January 15th,  not actually take place by then. If you are interested let me know and I will send a contract right over!

And for those new to reading this- here is all the info again below!

Save Money. Buy Beer.

HOLIDAY SPECIAL!!!

Hi everyone!!!

So it’s the time of year where we spend loads of money buying gifts…..so with the holidays coming up I thought I would offer a little holiday special for pretty much anything and everything!!! Book a session by January 15th, 2010 and receive either:

$100 off any Lifestyle Session

$200 off Wedding Packages

$100 off any Anytime Session (baptisms, birthdays, newborns…etc…)

I am also offering holiday gift certificates as well which the same discounts apply to. Feel free to forward this discount on to family and friends and please let me know if you have any questions!

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Life Time Fitness: A Place To Work and Play!

This past week, I was asked to do a few head shots for the Department Heads of Life Time Fitness, Loudoun County. I wasn’t going to post these but I figured I would post a few just for fun.

Besides- these are some hot co-workers I have!

Meet Haylie, our Front Desk Department Head. She will greet you when you arrive!

This is Rochi, our Group Fitness Department Head. Come see Rochi if you want to get your ass kicked! Seriously….don’t believe me….just look at these!

Andrea is our Life Spa Department Head. She makes sure everyone has great massages, hair cuts, manicures, facials…etc!! She can also do your make-up!


My Red Hot Pantalones.

So…this is a bit random….and probably more information than you needed to know about me! But…what the heck….

So. I have these favorite pants. My husband calls them my HOT pants. I love them .

I wore them almost 3 weeks ago and they were perfect. Fit perfectly snug. Then I come back from Christmas vacation and….hmmmm…..they are MUCH more snug than I remember!!! 🙂 WTF!!!!! Seriously? These pants fit perfectly THREE weeks ago!!!

At the end of the day- oh well! Who really cares- now that we are back to normal eating and working out habits, I’m sure nature will take it’s course. And if not… each one of those buckeyes, sugar cookies, jack and cokes, and slices of pumpkin pie were totally worth it! No regrets!! Besides…those that know me know I could use a little more junk in my trunk anyhow:-)

So anyways that is all I have to say this morning! Not a totally normal post but oh well it’s my blog and I can do what I want! 🙂

That and there are only a few days left to take advantage of my Holiday Discount promotion- so if you are thinking about booking a session and haven’t yet- now is the time to do it!!!

Hope everyone has a great weekend- we have snow!!!

EVIDENCE THEY FIT PERFECTLY JUST  A FEW WEEKS AGO:

that shirt makes me look pregnant….but i assure you i am not with child.


Libby + Travis :: Engaged!!!

You may recognize her. She is my sister-in-law.

The guy she is snuggled up with is her fiance.

We call him Travis.

Travis likes the Dallas Cowboys…and although we haven’t quite forgiven him for that yet, the sparkly ring that is placed on her left finger helps ease the pain 🙂

I am in love with this picture. Partly because of the raw honesty in it, partly because I happen to know that this was taken WAY too early in the morning as the two of them were still waking up, and partly because I just love the people in it 🙂

Congratulations you two!! Here goes wedding planning round 2!!!

Fun fact :: Me, my husband, his sister and her fiance all went to high school together- weird how the world works!!


A New Year. With a Big To Do List.

I am back!! Sorry to be away for so long but that was one crazy ass family vacation!!

2009 proved to be a great year- full of surprises, no doubt…but i look back and smile- what a heck of a year! I am even more excited for 2010 however, many things in the works! I am not a big resolutions person but i am a big “to do list” person- so that is what i normally do- make a “to do” list for the next year! i guess it’s kind of like a resolution…here are some for fun…and i’m sure many more will be added!

1. finish redecorating our office

2. volunteer for a charity

3. get my photography business organized (logos, branding, websites….oh the hours that need to be put in….)

4. further my mad cooking skillz…

5. go shopping more! (i know that is weird- but i really do not shop nearly enough. i know this because i still have clothes from when i was 15)

6. travel outside the US for the first time!!!

7. get my husband to start reading my blog (hello… Chris?…:-) )

8. go horseback riding and kayaking as many times as humanly possible

9. take Chris on a trip to new york city!

10. give in and take a bikram yoga class (boo)

11. scrapbook!!!

12. buy a shootsac.

13. visit old friends

14. photograph a boudoir session, a labor and delivery, and a same sex wedding. preferably not all in the same day.

15. eat more vegetables and more ice cream.

16. eat organic

17. be more flexible and patient in life

18. buy new lenses

19. girls weekends. lots of them!

20. be nicer

21. read more

22. live a healthy and balanced lifestyle mentally and physically

23. trust my choices more (i second guess myself alll the time)

24. hang out with my family more

25. appreciate everything i have. life is good 🙂

more to be added for sure! but for now- i leave you with my little lovebug from the last 2 weeks 🙂 please…try not to fall in love.


Merry Christmas!!!

Hi everyone! I am in sunny Florida but wanted to stop in to say Merry Christmas to everybody!!!

I will be here for the next 2 weeks so blogging will be limited, but I will try and check in every now and then. Presents have already been opened, sticky buns have been devoured, and all the boys have been pushed into the pool 🙂 Christmas has officially begun. We are all laying around the house in pajamas celebrating- hope you are having a great holiday too!!!

Here is a little insight to what’s been going on over here!

husband and sister in law making rice crispy wreathes….

sugar cookies made by me and Lori!

baby brady!


Snowed In!

Last weekend’s blizzard made for quite a fun weekend! Like I had said in previous posts, I am taking a little break from shooting- so here are some pics from our Snow Day!!

since we had nowhere to go and were stuck inside- we had our friends Tony and Liz over, and we decided to have happy hour!! we set up an entire bar in the kitchen with a cheese platter, played Friends Trivia, made Colombian homemade chicken soup for dinner, watched Food Inc, had a dance party…made more food…. and the night ended with my husband being pushed into the snow, face first….it was a fun night!!!

mini cranberry orange martinis….my favorite…

hello husband

homemade chicken soup for dinner….homemade texas toast for midnight snacks!!!


Christmas Explosion.

well, i am busy wrapping up 2009 and trying to get all my editing completed before i leave for florida for christmas!!! i will be taking a short break from shooting but my goal is to get my life organized for 2010.   i will still be blogging all the non eventful things that are going on in my life of course 🙂

this is my favorite time of year- i love the holidays! mainly pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks, wearing fun scarves and socks, snow snow snow, the lit christmas tree at night, all the holiday food, parties, and even the cheesy music that is always playing….it is the best time of year!!! since the lemire’s baptism was my last session of 2009 before my break into 2010, i will be blogging some very random things for awhile….

such as my house!!! the xmas decorations are up and a “christmas explosion” has occured 🙂 I LOVE IT.

i took these pictures a few weeks ago- and compared to this past weekends blizzard they don’t seem nearly as cool. nevertheless….

meet my house during the first snow of the year…


Save Money. Buy Beer.

HOLIDAY SPECIAL!!!

Hi everyone!!!

So it’s the time of year where we spend loads of money buying gifts…..so with the holidays coming up I thought I would offer a little holiday special for pretty much anything and everything!!! Book a session by January 15th, 2010 and receive either:

$100 off any Lifestyle Session

$200 off Wedding Packages

$100 off any Anytime Session (baptisms, birthdays, newborns…etc…)

I am also offering holiday gift certificates as well which the same discounts apply to. Feel free to forward this discount on to family and friends and please let me know if you have any questions!

xoxoAstrid

and for fun here is a another fun picture from Brian + Jen’s engagement session last month!


Give The Gift of Memories.

okay that was really cheesy but  i couldn’t think of anything better….

i have had a few people contact me about offering gift certificates for the holidays. and the answer is- YES!! if you would like to give a gift certificate to a loved one for a lifestyle session, maternity, wedding…or just for fun…i am more than happy to provide one!

if you are interested in this, just email me at lifeartandbluejeans@gmail.com and we can chat!!!

and i can’t have a naked post without a picture- so here you go! this was at justin + clint’s engagement session- we took this picture as a joke but all they need are matching argyle sweaters and it would make the perfect holiday card!  😉