Being able to share my voice is a gift I don't want to ever take for granted. This blog is a window to my heart & my business. You'll be able to enjoy my latest sessions & photography tips.  But I'll also be sharing more of my passions like pursuing a simpler lifestyle and personal images from our day to day.


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August 7, 2017

Carpenter Lifestyle Session | Farmhouse Style | Dayton Ohio Lifestyle Photographer

“Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.”

-Hazrat Inayat Khan

The Carpenters have definitely made their 1920’s fixer upper a home that is beyond beautiful. I first saw Niki & Matt’s house on Instagram and fell in love with all of the shiplap & white space. When I realized that they only lived one town over, I knew that we had to collaborate! The Carpenter Farmhouse was a dream start to my in-home lifestyle session offerings.

Lifestyle sessions are such a sweet way to remember your home and family at this stage in your lives. I love how comfortable children are in their own home and surroundings. Playing with the toys that you’ll all remember when they’re older and out of your home. If you’ve been entertaining the idea of a lifestyle session, I’d love to chat and find out how I can serve your family!!

All signs throughout their home were made by Niki herself of Carpenter Farmhouse! Aren’t they beautiful? At this time, she is no longer selling these through her Etsy shop, but the good news is that you can now purchase some of her designed signs through Smallwood Home. Now, go enjoy their beautiful home & family!

lifestyle session

The simplicity of their master bedroom made this part of the session a breeze to shoot. The beautiful light pouring into their room made the tickle fest & bed jumping pictures even more fun. Let me tell you, Nathan & Emma loved this part! The intimate couple portraits were some of my favorites of them from this dream morning session.

When I walked into Nathan’s room, I instantly wanted to have a boy. His room is any little boy’s dream. The comic book signs on the wall, the action figures on the shelves and the simplicity of the beautiful gray bed made this room a favorite of mine in their home. Nathan was a good sport and played along for me, which I loved!

N sign – Hobby Lobby

Wood sign – Made by Niki of Carpenter Farmhouse

Explore Wood Cutout – Carpenter Farmhouse

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Emma’s room was perfect for a little girl. Touches of femininity while keeping it simple enough that she can be creative & imaginative. My oldest daughter has that same white bed and we love it too! Emma & Nathan’s snack time was just adorable and showed the friendship between them.

White Twin Bed – Wayfair

Bedding – Beddys Beds

Doll – Pockets with Posies

Eyelashes – Carpenter Farmhouse

“Emma’s Kitchen” Sign – Carpenter Farmhouse

“You Belong Among the Wildflowers” Sign – Carpenter Farmhouse

The kitchen & dining room flow so beautifully together. The candids from this part of our lifestyle session really showed the family dynamics of the Carpenter’s.

Wood Cutouts in Dining Room – Carpenter Farmhouse

I wanted to make sure we got a few of the kids with each of their parents. This is always really important to me during all of my full sessions.

It’s every couples dream to have romantic pictures taken in their kitchen, right?

Homemade Wood Cutout – Carpenter Farmhouse

I wanted to take this party outside and capture them on their porch in the beautiful morning light.

I’m pretty sure I mentioned at least five times during our lifestyle session that I could spend all day photographing their home & ALL the gorgeous details. Niki has created so many of these items herself, which is even more impressive. Her wood cutouts are created with the multifunctional AP Lazer Machine. Her design eye has made her decorating look effortless and she has found the perfect item for each spot in her home. Last weekend, her blog, Sirens & Shiplap, launched and she’ll be sharing home tips, business tips and more personal posts there!

As many of you know, we have been renovating our own fixer upper for the last 2+ years. I can definitely appreciate all of the hard work the Carpenter’s have done to renovate their home. Making our house a home for our family has been such an important goal to me since we started renovations on our 1970’s ranch out in the country. I plan to share more posts this winter showing you before & afters, how we did it, the design process behind it and more!! If you want to follow along on the pictures I’ve shared so far, you can through the hashtag #restoredcountryhome on Instagram.

  1. Morgan Anderson

    August 10th, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Oh my goodness this session is increible! I love their home and you captured their family beautifully. When I have a family, I want you to do one of these…that gives me time to make my house look more like theirs, right?! haha! Great job lady!

  2. Elizabeth

    August 16th, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Awe thank you, Morgan!! I would love to do a lifestyle session for you. You have plenty of time. At least 9 months. Hahaha!

  3. Ashley Dickerson

    August 10th, 2017 at 8:13 am

    This home and session make my heart happy! Absolutely beautiful.

  4. Caralee Fox

    August 10th, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Wow, I love their home, and especially those cute lashes on the wall in her daughters room! Super cute session!

  5. Elizabeth

    August 16th, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks, Caralee!! I knew it was beautiful from following Niki on Instagram, but it’s even more gorgeous in person. She sells those lashes in her Etsy shop!

  6. Cyrissa Carlson

    August 11th, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    oh my gosh! i don’t think this house {and that little ironman} could be any more charming!!! what a cool shoot!

  7. Elizabeth

    August 16th, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks, Cyrissa!! I literally wanted a boy after seeing his room and how sweet he was. I’m so happy that I got the chance to get my feet wet in lifestyle sessions!

  8. Sarah Maigur

    August 12th, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Oh my heart! These are beyond lovely. I love their home and the way you captured them in it!!

  9. Elizabeth

    August 16th, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks, Sarah!! Their home was a dream & their connection was so easy to capture. I’m in love with lifestyle sessions now.

  10. Alex

    August 12th, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Love this idea. The family is adorable and their house is so cute. Love how you captured the parent’s love for each other!

  11. Elizabeth

    August 16th, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Their home is just gorgeous, isn’t it?! It was a really fun project. Thank you, Alex!

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