Friday, April 19, 2013

Everyone is beautiful

So I know this has been posted everywhere but I gotta put it out there too. The latest Dove experiment rocks. I can always see the beauty in things, but sometimes do not see it in myself. I know everyone struggles with this and we should not. We are all beautiful and the sooner we realize this and own it the better we will be.

So here is a challenge for you. Go out and compliment 5 people, friends, or strangers, and genuinely mean it. If just seeing the good in people doesn't make your day better, their's will rock, Trust me :)

Make this day Rock!!!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

They grow up so fast.

So what feels like days ago our son was born. In this corner wearing a onesie and tie born on February 19, 2013 at 9:19pm weighing in at 8lbs 5 oz and 20.5in long WYATT.

Now 2 months later I could never imagine life without him. I mean having Frankie (our Rottie) was pure awesome, but there is just something extra special about a son with 2 legs. Watching him grow, learn to use his muscles and try to make noises is the cutest darn thing ever. Let me tell you if he's screaming bloody murder and then stops and smiles it make everything in the world better instantly. Seriously if you don't believe me go check out my Instagram and melt :)

So here is a side by side of the last two months.

Have a awesome day!!!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Surprise Engagment Part 1

Typically Maggie and I will get a phone call or an email from a bride after she has some bling on that very important finger. However, we recently actually had the opportunity of helping in the planning of how to pop the question. Its not everyday that we get to help in the planning of popping the question with the exception of planning my proposal to Maggie this was going to be a rare experience. Well, after going back and forth on a few ideas Jonathan (the guy popping the question) decided on creating a photo album.
Okay, lets step back a minute and explain why this idea was so perfect for them. Well, his soon to be fiancé Beth, every year makes him a photo album of everything they have done together for the year. How cool is that? So, the plan was that Jonathan was going to have all the moments prior to asking Beth to marry him photographed and put into a photo album with the last page guessed it. Will you marry me!! But there was another twist we were not going to take a picture of the actual ring at all so that it would be a surprise after she finished looking through the album. So, check out a sneak peak of Jonathan getting ready for the big moment.

Beth is going to be presented with a beautifully custom designed ring and we had the privilege of going with Jonathan when he went to pick it up.

Showing Beth's Mother and Father the ring that Jonathan is going to give their daughter when he asks her to marry him.

You have to show the siblings the bling. Here is Jonathan showing Beth's brother and sister-in-law the beautiful ring! 
Showing his sister the ring

Jonathan showing his Mom the ring!

 Stay tuned for photos of Jonathan popping the question!

xoxoxo J&M and Wyatt!!!!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Joanna and Jeff get Hitched

 A while back Jason had the incredible privilege of second shooting Joanna and Jeff's wedding with the fabulous, Valeen of Sweetest Days Photography at Zukas Hilltop Barn.

While, Valeen was photographing the ladies I went over and had the opportunity to photograph the guys getting ready for the wedding.
 Here, is Jeff looking ever so dapper as he catches his first glimpse of his beautiful bride
 Check out these amazing boutonnieres
We totally love when we get the opportunity to do a first look and when Valeen told me that we were going to be doing one, I was ecstatic.
This is totally reminds me of a secret garden moment 
 Got to love these two love birds
 Love capturing these moments
 Some of the awesome moments during the wedding ceremony
I now pronounce you husband and wife
 Joanna and Jeff rocking out there first dance!
 How cool is this original cake topper
 Got to love these two!!
I totally had to take advantage of some of the cool bottles that were around when it came to capturing a ring shot!
xoxoxo J&M and Wyatt!!!!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Meet Wyatt Grayson Our New Assistant Photographer

February 17, 2013 is a day that came in went in the Henriques household. We were hoping it would be the day that we would be meeting our son but alas as with all good things he made us wait. So, Monday Jay and I, decided we would try some of the old tricks to bring this baby into the world so we started with going to the gym to walk on the treadmills and rounded out the day with going to Chili’s and having some spicy food. Which seemed to do the trick because on our way home from Chili’s at around 8PMish my water broke but I was not in active labor. We called the OB and headed into Bridgeport Hospital for 11pm. Since, we were past our due date our bags were already packed and the house was clean and ready to welcome the baby.

When we got to the hospital we were wheeled via wheelchair up to labor and delivery and yep my water broke and we were going to get admitted. From that point forward contractions eventually started and we started doing laps around the labor and delivery floor. By noon on February 19th I finally got an epidural and was much more comfortable. Family began to show up and around 8PMish I told Jay he should go get some food and not even 30 minutes later I was texting him to come back to the room because we were ready to start pushing. So, 9PM the pushing started and at 9:19PM our little miracle entered into the world.
Welcome to the world
Wyatt Grayson
Born at 9:19PM
 8lbs 5oz, 20.5in
Please enjoy some photos of Wyatt's entrance into the world.
My fabulous IV
When you have been in labor for 24 hours you begin to thank God for all the games you have on your Iphone.

 Yeay Wyatt Grayson is here!!!!

The fun Panda warmer the Wyatt got to hang out in.

Just chilling after his 9 month stay in Mommy's womb

8lbs 5oz that is better then the 5lbs they were predicting before he was born! :)

The nurse letting Mommy get a good luck at her precious baby boy!


Little hands and little feet!!

Look at those lips and that full head of hair!!

Wyatt's first birthday cake courtesy of Bridgeport Hospital

Mommy finally starting to feel better!

Baby Lo Jack! This is what they kept on Wyatt's ankle so that we wouldn't lose him. It even has GPS tracking.

 Daddy and Wyatt! Look at these two they are like twins! <3

xoxoxo J&M and Wyatt!!!!

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

1st Responder Portrait Session

A few weeks ago Jay and I, did a free portrait session for the families of first responders. We had such a fun time and had the opportunity to spend time with some really great families. It really helped to reiterate why it is so important to make sure these moments with the ones you love are captured. Babies grow up so fast and life can change so quickly that being able to look back on a moment in time really can be special!

So without further ado here are few images from our day!!!!

Love how this picture turned out, with the entire family puppies included :)

Look at how happy that little one is, her smile was truly contagious!

I still can't believe this families little one is a senior in high school already! 

And of course we had to get in on the action and play around a bit, so here is just a fun shot of Jay and I and the baby bump!!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Shining bright like a diamond. A how-to, to keep your rings clean and shiny :)

Let's start this off by saying that we LOVE ring shots!!!

I love a clean and sparkly ring as much as anyone else, but have you ever wondered how to keep it shining bright like a diamond?  Many people work, and just plain do things with your hands every day, unless you have a sweet maid and butler so you are pampered all day long (hey we can dream can't we)  and with that our rings get dirty. We all want to keep our rings shiny and sparkling like the when we first got it. The question is, how exactly can you get your ring deep down clean without causing any damage to it?

The first thing to do is don't loose it lol. We start with 1 toothbrush, 3 cups ( haha I know what you were just thinking) Head over to a flat surface, kitchen counter, table, desk, etc... I would not recommend the bathroom since theres way to many little creatures in there that would love to swallow it. Also I would recommend having the setting checked by your jeweler every year to make sure the stone is still where it should be. Some warranty's that you purchase with your ring will cover this (sometimes it is required) as well as free cleaning. 
Ok so on to the how-to, fill cup #1 with about 3 tablespoons of peroxide (enough to let the ring soak) Fill cup #2 with soapy water, and fill cup #3 with just plain old warm water. Now take that pretty little bad boy off your finger, feel free to pretend to be a hand model at this time ;) Drop it into Cup #1 and allow it to soak for about 5 minutes. When the ring is done soaking pull it out of the peroxide, grab a tooth brush (that you wont use on your teeth again) and dunk it in the soapy water Cup #2. Now gently scrub down the ring getting all the little cracks and small areas. After you scrubbed it all down rinse it off by rinsing it off in the cup of warm water Cup #3, let it hang out in there for about 5 minutes. 
So the process is pretty simple, and should be done roughly every 2 weeks. Then make sure it goes back in the box or back on that pretty little finger of yours ;)
Let us know about more tips and tricks you would like to see :)
xoxoxo J&M

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Police, Fire, EMS FREE Portrait

Jay and I, had been racking our brains trying to think of a way to help during the wake of the tragedy in Newtown and then it hit us! One of things we noticed looking back in our own lives especially being first responders (yep Jay and I, have been EMTs for the past 10 years both in a volunteer and paid capacity) was that we never really had any nice pictures of us together and having put together memorial slideshows we really have noticed that it is so often that families have become so busy that pictures just go to the wayside.
So, with the help of the Bethel Fire Department we will be holding an event where all first responders can come with there families and have a professional photo taken of them completely free of charge. No gimmicks, no nothing, come in and get a digital portrait with the ones that mean the most to you.
Anyways, since I can't be on the ambulance right now because of the baby, this is what we thought we could do to help and give back to those that mean so much to us and do so much for others!

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Valentine's Day Mini Sessions

Hope everyone is having a awesome super fantastic Sunday so far :)
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Friday, January 4, 2013

Let it snow, Let it snow, let it snow....

Where Jay could do without the winter and the cold and above all the clean up that comes with the snow. I totally love the snow and all the awesomeness that comes with it. You know sledding, snowball fights, making snow angels and snowmen! So, when the snow started falling the other day I was all about getting outside and getting a picture of the growing bump in the snow. But, convincing Jay to leave the warm house where we were both lounging on the couch in front of the pellet stove in jammies catching up on Dexter and Duck Dynasty was not going to be easy. So, I had to be creative and I told him I was going sledding! Yep 34 weeks prego and I was going sledding didn't know where but that's what I was going to do. And he turned the TV up and told me I was insane. Then I got a lucky break his Dad called and said the snow was turning to rain and the hormone flood gates opened and between tears I was telling Jay how all I wanted was one picture of me and belly in the snow and if it rains I will never get this picture, ever, ever! :(

Well, I have the most amazing hubby ever and he told me to go put some warm clothes on and we would run out and take one picture in the snow if when we got home I would make him some hot chocolate. I was in I quickly got ready and he grabbed the camera gear and some hand warmers (always thinking) and we drove over to the city green. We were just able to snap a few photos before the snow started mixing with rain but in my opinion he totally nailed it!

Oh yea ... I definitely made him some hot chocolate complete with marshmallows, whip cream, and sprinkles when we got home!

Stay tuned for more belly pictures, only 6 more weeks until we go from being just a couple to being a family!! Ahhh so excited!!!

xoxoxo Jay & Maggie

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