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I used to be a Wedding Photographer . . . then Babies Happened!

So if you’ve known me for a while you probably know that I spent about 3 years photographing weddings. erindavenport.com was actually born out of that endeavor, and it looked much different than it does now!

As much as I absolutely loved (and still love the idea of) photographing one of the most important events in a couple’s life, all the beauty, happiness, love, real emotion and tender moments… once my husband and I had our first son it started to get a lot more complicated to be away for a full day, many times having traveled for the event, and without family nearby to hand our precious new little one to. Not to mention, Gary, my husband, shot the weddings with me! We managed to make it work a few more times while our oldest, Bradley, was still little, but soon it was time for our next move with Gary’s career in the Air Force AND we were expecting baby number two. With all that going on, it made little sense for me to continue my photography business when my heart and really all my time was being spent with our little boy who was soon to be a big brother, all the while in a new city. SO, when we moved from Colorado Springs to Los Angeles in the summer of 2014, I unofficially closed the doors of Erin Davenport Photography.

I say unofficially because I didn’t take down my website or business Facebook page, Yelp page, any of it! I was holding on to this huge project I had loved so much and put so much of myself and my time into. It was painful to think of just letting it go completely!

In January of 2015 our second son, Ethan, was born. The next few months were a whirlwind of sweet moments mixed with really tough ones as he was what some might call a difficult baby. Lots and lots of crying, mostly on his part but some on mine too, and 4 or 5 months later I was feeling the effects of having self-medicated my high stress levels with sweets and fast food and my happiness and confidence were at an all-time low. Coupling that with losing my dear Granddad around the same time, I was in serious need of some self love and self-care changes.

A friend of mine from college had done the 21 Day Fix and shared about it on her Instagram and Facebook accounts over the year prior and I decided after seeing her results and how approachable it was with an exercise and eating plan both (both of which I needed badly and knew it) that I was going to give it a solid effort! So, after returning home from a smorgasbord vacation with my parents and family where I ate and drank entirely too much, I settled in and gave it 21 days. The rest is history! The program worked SO well for me that I was hooked, I did two MORE rounds, was almost to my goal and was feeling INCREDIBLE. I wanted to keep going and try the next, more advanced program, 21 Day Fix Extreme. I’d also been sharing with my friends and family what I’d been up to and how amazing it was! A few wanted to try it themselves, so I began sharing the tips I’d learned along the way with them.

21 Day Fix Results

I was so profoundly affected by how simple and approachable the 21 Day Fix was, that I decided to sign up as a coach when I bought my next program! I wanted to be able to share my journey and help other people who wanted to make a change in their lives do just that. Since making that decision and becoming a coach in October of 2015, my outlook and future has changed dramatically. Becoming a coach on my amazing friend Jenn’s team meant being added to a family of others who, like me, are on their own fitness journey and are sharing their experiences to inspire others to make the changes they want for themselves too. To show them that it IS possible! These people are fast becoming close friends and are such an amazing support system. I feel like I’ve been able to stay even more accountable to my own health goals because of my association with them as a coach!

All that to say, wow, what a ride this has been so far. SO many things learned, so much proved to myself that I didn’t think was possible. And now I’m able to pay that forward and help other people feel better too. So amazing! I couldn’t feel happier to have made the leap into coaching. If you have questions about it please reach out! I’d be happy to share :)

 

Featured on Style Me Pretty!

When I heard that Style Me Pretty wanted to feature Drew and Brandy’s Dominican Republic wedding, it was big smiles and high fives all around! Gary even brought home congratulatory flowers that day :) Today their wedding is live on SMP!

Style Me Pretty Feature

Head on over to Style Me Pretty to check out the feature!

Thanks again to Drew and Brandy for choosing us to capture their day! We loved being part of your heartfelt celebration at the beach.

Lots of love,

A long overdue update…

Well, it seems like I’ve been trying to break a record for longest streak without blogging and maybe I sort of have been! It’s been a REALLY big year. A few updates:

In August we finished packing up our home in Colorado Springs and set off toward the Pacific to get settled in our new location, El Segundo, California. We loved our home in Colorado and didn’t feel ready to leave but that’s Air Force life! We are learning to love California again (we lived in the state briefly a few years ago) and are really settling in as a new family of four.

That’s right, four! Last April we found out we were expecting baby #2! I’m happy to share here that our second son, Ethan, was born in January and is a sweet, smily, healthy chunk of a baby. His brother is adjusting well to the change and I can hardly believe we have TWO beautiful boys.

I’ve opened a store on Etsy! It’s called Erin Davenport Design and is a place where I can offer items I’ve designed for others to enjoy. It all started with our first son’s first birthday party and has continued to include items that can be used at other celebrations as well as in the home. It’s still quite small but is a fun creative outlet for me to indulge my love of fonts and design. I’ve toyed with the idea of sharing new items from the store on my business Facebook page as well as here – we shall see what unfolds.

Since our move I’ve taken a break from shooting professionally. I miss it! I miss weddings. I am really excited to work with California couples, venues and LIGHT again! I’m open to taking a very limited number of weddings in the coming months and am especially looking forward to being part of celebrations that are rustic, outdoor, gardeny, and most of all focus on the love story of the couple and the new family that is being created.

And because every post needs a photo:

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That’s all for now – more to come!

Jessica BrueggerJune 8, 2015 - 9:17 PM

Yay so exciting your getting back to blogging and photography! Can’t wait to see all your new shoots!!!

Seaside CreativeJune 8, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Beautiful! I love your designs and new store – congrats! <3

A Granby Colorado Wedding | Samantha & Alex

Samantha and Alex’s Granby wedding took place on the 4th of July weekend at beautiful Granby Ranch in Colorado.  Though their rehearsal dinner on the fourth was doused in a heavy downpour of rain, the fireworks still went ahead and their outdoor wedding the next day had perfect weather, thank goodness! It was wonderful being part of their day – enjoy a few of my favorite images from it:

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Samantha’s gorgeous gown is by Blush by Hailey Paige from Blue Bridal Boutique in Denver and her belt was “something borrowed” from her sister’s wedding :)

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The florals for the day were done by Statice Floral. Sam’s bouquet was wrapped with delicate lace flowers that were part of a grandmother’s wedding ensemble.

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The flower girl was given a special gift by Sam, a keepsake handkerchief for her to use on her own wedding day.

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Samantha and Alex’s dog, Mr. Wilson, even attended the ceremony – in his wedding best, of course!

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The bridesmaids dresses were JCrew – I am in love with the Dusty Shale color Sam chose.

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The couple danced to “Heaven” by Jason Aldean for their first dance.

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Music for the reception was by A Music Plus.

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The delicious wedding cake was created by The Cake Lady.

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Congratulations Alex and Sam!! Gary and I loved spending your day with you and your friends and family – what a fun group it was, too! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness :)

As promised, TO SEE ALL  THE WEDDING PHOTOS (and revisit their Boulder engagement photos) please visit their gallery here: http://erindavenport.pass.us/samantha-alex

 

All my best,

Jess WithamJuly 26, 2014 - 8:46 PM

These pictures are absolutey beautiful of course! It looks like such a fun wedding! I love their dog too :)

Ilizabeth AdelmanAugust 24, 2016 - 3:10 PM

I am disappointed Fraser hair Co. Was not mentioned for doing hair and makeup.
Ilizabeth and Jacki