Healthy Food Choices On The Go

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC®, The Coca-Cola Company, and Conagra Brands but all my opinions are my own. #PowerfullySmart #CollectiveBias

This week has already turned out to be super busy.
I was working on a blog assignment yesterday when I got called to some free studio space an hour away for some photography work. I jumped on the chance and organized all the things I needed to take and was spontaneously gone for about 5 hours. When I got back home I was starving, exhausted, and still had so much work to do before falling asleep. Today is about the same (minus spontaneous photoshoots unless they come my way!!) with a to-do list a mile long for house stuff, a TON of blog work to catch up on, photography emails, workout classes, meal prepping…OOPHHF.

Y’all while I love having a crazy busy schedule I don’t love feeling like I’m not putting forth good judgement with those last minute food options (especially when paying for a gym membership). I’m a lover of cooking and most mornings/nights I am able to actually cook a full meal and enjoy it – but then days like yesterday pop up and I’m left too exhausted or too rushed to cook something when I get home OR before I run out the door. For that reason I always keep a few frozen meals on hand that I know will help fuel/re-fuel me. The more I educate myself the more I appreciate when companies actually put forth real effort into making those frozen meal choices healthier and more satisfying! The Healthy Choice® Power Bowls are made with an intentional combination of bold flavors and simple ingredients; they are balanced full of vegetables, proteins, and whole grains so all bases are covered. I also just found out that they now intentionally create their meals with antibiotic free chicken and all natural USDA choice beef – hallelujah hands all around.

Speaking of crazy busy schedules; do you know what I have been intentionally trying to focus on the last few weeks?
HYDRATION. I posted about it a while back with how I’m drinking a big glass of water in the morning – but what about when I’m on the run?! I always have a water bottle with me – but I feel like I plow through those and don’t always focus on how much I’m actually drinking. Enter smartwater; vapor-distilled for purity, inspired by the clouds (hello beautiful clouds!) and my favorite part, full of electrolytes for a uniquely clean taste. No only will the water help hydrate but with those electrolytes it helps me to keep wanting to drink the water because they can make you a little more thirsty = MORE HYDRATION!

What are some of your go-to quick meals when you’re feeling the time crunch?
Also, how are you doing on your hydration game, seriously??

Pssst…. Earn .75 cash back when you purchase Healthy Choice® Power Bowls at Walmart (any variety – any size)!!!!


I grab my Healthy Choice Power Bowls & smartwater when I hit up Walmart on the weekend for other essentials.
What are some of your favorite grabs from Walmart??

Latest Photography Sessions

A while back I asked if more people wanted to see more of my latest photography sessions and I received an astounding YES!
If you’re new around these parts you may not know that I’m a photographer since I haven’t really been sharing lately – but today all of that is changing!
I’m going to share just a few images from some recent sessions that I’ve really, really enjoyed! These are just a handful of images that captured my heart.
I feel like the last few months I’ve been really finding my niche in photography and I LOVE capturing women, bloggers, and couples something fierce.
Sometimes we have to take a step back, start from the ground up, and press in to really create some of our best work.
Seriously y’all, I am really enjoying this new season within my business!


A Love Photography
@alovephotography

If you’re interested in booking a session – reach out!
I would love to chat about capturing your beauty!


See more of Jen’s session here. 

See more of Larissa’s session here.


See more of Nikki’s session here. 

See more of Kim’s session here.

See more of Julianna’s Snow White session here.

See more of Lauren’s session here.


A Love Photography
@alovephotography

If you’re interested in booking a session – reach out!
I would love to chat about capturing your beauty!


 

Latest Photography

A little while back I mentioned that I’ve been doing some really fun photography work since moving out of my hometown.
I have loved every single session I’ve ever captured in the timeline of my career but lately I feel like I’ve really settled into “my own” and have really my niche.

Hi, my name is Amy, I am the owner of A Love Photography and I specialize in making women feel their most beautiful and having lovers show their most fierce love. I have found that connecting with another person and hearing their story while I help them break down their walls and get comfortable is something amazing. To watch the process of growth happen from the start of our session together until the end is a process that always surprises and delights me.

So today I figured I would share some of my recent favorites with y’all, since you’ve been following me from the beginning of my photography journey. I’m growing and learning and attempting to challenge myself as each session comes my way.

Traveling to:
+ Glacier National Park (and possibly yellowstone) the beginning of September
+ Charleston, SC in December/January
+ Connecticut /  Rhode Island / Maine / New Hampshire / Massachusetts
I can travel easily to these states from my current location.
***If you know of any friends who live near me and are looking for someone, send them my way and I promise they will walk out of our time together feeling confident, beautiful, and ready to face the world.
((PS if you, one of my readers, are in any of these areas and want to work together, shoot me an email and we can chat, I would love to meet my y’all face to face!!))

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photography | ariel in real life

this has got to be one of my favorite creative sessions i’ve done.
stacia (of paper swallow events & pretty poppy peony) was my in real life ariel and we took our time walking down the edge of folly beach all while letting me snap away.
stacia is truly stunning and is just a ball of joy!
i love spending time with her and capturing her beauty.

i meant to share this before halloween – buttttt time slipped away from me. <3
you can see her full session here.

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photography | when the girls slay

yes. i just used the word ‘slay’ in my blog title.
and yes – it is appropriate for what is about to unfold!

one of my FAVORITE things about colorado was hanging out with beth, meg, and sam.
seriously.
like – i could have drank all the hot tea in the world and chatted their ears off until we all died from exhaustion. yeahhhhhhh that’s a little dramatic – but it’s how i felt! being surrounded by creatives just did something so soothing and beautiful to my heart.

STUFF GOT REAL.

it was like this beautiful retreat to just unwind, laugh, and get to know these amazing ladies one-on-one. i must admit though, the highlight of the trip was the photoshoot i planned out.
i had this dream in my head of flowy dresses with the mountains behind us and just their beauty shining through – and oh my gosh it was even better than the dream!
each wonderful woman stepped in front of my lens and made it so incredibly easy for me to capture their joy and radiance.

seriously – these are some of my favorite images to date because of knowing these women personally and knowing how truly magnificent each one of them are!

now, for my shameless photography website plug.
to see each of their sessions in their entirety click on each one of these links and see all of the beautiful images i was able to capture ((and maybe even leave a comment or two?!? or even cough pin something? cough))

this post is just a smallllll teaser of all of the amazingness that was their sessions!

…in no particular order

meg’s session
beth’s session
sam’s session

|| now go look at the rest of their sessions! ||

dresses | jewelry
** ps you can get a 15% off discount on ekata jewlery by using this code EKATA15 **

aren’t my friends just LOVELY?!
<3 <3 <3

p.s. the dresses and jewlery were sent to us c/o – but we loved them so much and literally gushed about how comfortable and the awesome quality of each piece – i wear mine all. the. time!

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thoughts | what is your biggest strength

q || what is your biggest strength…

honesty.
i think my biggest strength is honesty.
it is also my biggest weakness.

over the years i’ve learned how much authenticy is lacking in our world.
so i’ve always strived to be authentic and present things as honestly as possible.
i’ve found a kinship with Paul from scripture – his bluntness and just matter-of-fact words resonate large with me.
i have noticed that i struggle with the balance of presenting my authenticity to others in the most loving way – but i think God has been transforming me to learn the timing of when to deliver with bluntness vs softer edges – but it’s still hard.
i’m the type of woman who just tells you like it is.
if i don’t agree – you’ll know in one form or another.
and as a believer in God – i truly take scripture and that siblingship in Christ thing to heart.

i desire honesty with myself.
me and Jesus have it out a lot.
and i spill my guts out to Him all the while soaking in the forgiveness and the wisdom that only He can bring.
it’s a beautifully real thing. difficult as nails – but i’m so thankful for that unshakable honesty that Jesus dishes out.

i desire honesty with others.
this one is hard; because not everyone wants to be honest with themselves – let alone others.
i’m an over-sharer and i expect others to be the same way.
expectations are rarely close with reality and often they leave you wanting.
so when i expect a certain level of honesty from other people i interact with and don’t receive it – it just kind of shakes me up inside.

i think the more i realize my strength – the more i realize it’s also a struggle for me to accept the strengths of others that are different from mine.
if we really were honest with ourselves we all have to be sharpened.
there are qualities that i have that are beautiful – and there are qualities that still need refinement.
and in my refinement process i crave that grace while i hustle to become more and more like Jesus.
i need to be more willing to offer that grace to others.
especially Christians – as we are all hustling to be refined in some capacity.

so while thinking of my strength today – i realize how delicate the balance is from strength to sin.
it’s easy to be prideful and say “i’m honest and others aren’t” instead of being thankful that my heart is bent towards authenticity when i live in a world of manipulation. so i guess this whole stream of consciousness i’m spewing out is to remind you that even in your greatest strength – look for the areas of refinement.

location | salem, massachusetts
hat (similar) | jacket (similar) | shirt

psstt..i got this prompt from hello neverland – she is amazing.

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