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With Whitney and Manolo’s engagement interrupted and extended by a 13 month immigration-forced hiatus for the groom, this celebration was a long time coming ;) Six of us girls snuck away for a two night getaway to Whidbey Island for my sister’s stagette last month. We rented a gorgeous house by the water and while the weather wasn’t exactly the beach weather we had hoped for, a great time was had by all. I went knowing that at 39 weeks pregnant, baby could decide to crash the party, but gratefully, he let this mama-t0-be celebrate with the girls.

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I love the colors Whitney chose for their wedding! And I was super excited to find this tassel garland in those colors on Etsy.

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Whitney is trained in baking & pastry so we decided to have our own little wedding cake decorating contest in teams of two…

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We put the vote to Instagram and fittingly enough, the bride won!

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Then we had a little fun with the bride – gave her an eye mask, a hefty glass of wine (or two) and another cake to decorate…

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Thanks for the fun, girls! And cheers to Whitney becoming Mrs Artime in a little over one month! xo

It’s been one week since we welcomed our sweet boy into the world, who immediately found a permanent home in our hearts. Isaiah Tate Bradley was born on Wednesday, July 30 at 11:27am, weighing 7 pounds 9 ounces.

It’s been week of quickly adapting to life as a family of three and being overwhelmed by love and adoration for him, who by grace is ours to keep. It’s been a week of little sleep but waking each morning excited to be his mama alongside Shane, his champion of a dad.

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  • Hayley Rae - August 6, 2014 - 3:32 pm

    Absolutely adorable! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sonja - August 6, 2014 - 3:45 pm

    Congratulations! What a precious gift! I love his name. We have an Isaiah as well. <3ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 6, 2014 - 6:14 pm

    Isaiah is so Precious. I love all the pictures Thank You for sharing.
    Grandma has been over to visit me & she has been so excited to chat only about you 3. I love & feel her Joy Hugs Love Prayers to You ThreeReplyCancel

  • Carey-Jane Sinke - August 6, 2014 - 7:54 pm

    He’s so gorgeous! Congratulations and enjoy those newborn baby snuggles!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - August 7, 2014 - 9:47 am

    Congratulations! What sweet joy! I’m expecting my own baby girl in October and I cannot wait! Enjoy this beautiful time! :) Oh and I love his name!ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia - August 7, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful son Mikaela and Shane! Enjoy every second of it, it is such a precious time. Lots of love to your family!ReplyCancel

I am just curious as to how you outsource your work.  More so what I mean is, what do you personally edit yourself and what do you outsource?  Do you just edit what you would post on your blog and social media, or pick 100 or so of your favorites and just outsource the rest?

Everything you see on my blog, my website, or on social media has been personally edited by myself. After a shoot or a wedding, I cull and upload the images using Photo Mechanic, import into Lightroom, and select and edit my favorites for the blog, etc.

When it comes to outsourcing, I send my weddings to Brandon at The Album Design and he and his team do an awesome job with a VSCO preset of mine that is kept on file (the same preset I use in Lightroom – you can see that FAQ post here). They also know my white balance preference (cool/neutral/warm), so I can be confident that the images my clients are receiving are reflective of my standards. I upload the complete wedding collection to The Album Design within a couple days of the wedding and receive the edits back in about a week – far quicker than I could finish a wedding on my own!

What I don’t outsource (yet?) are my portrait sessions. On average, my clients receive around 80 images and sometimes I’ll blog up to 40 of those. Once those are carefully edited, all it takes is a little copying and pasting the edits to the remainder of the collection and they’re done! At this point, I can’t quite justify outsourcing these but perhaps one day I will :)

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As always, if there are any further questions, feel free to comment below and I’ll do my best to include them in a future FAQ post! Thanks and happy Monday!

  • Julie - July 29, 2014 - 7:28 am

    Thank you so much for posting Mikaela! It’s so great to be a part of a community that helps eachother!ReplyCancel