They're Engaged by Tia Costello

I've known Danika for almost 9 years now, and throughout this time, I've watched her go through her 20s...traveling the world (and the US), dating, working and growing into the awesome woman she is today.   When I found out she was engaged, I knew for sure she had found a guy who was just as awesome and I couldn't wait to see what he was like.  Sure enough, when we met, he was as cool as I had imagined and I could tell that he loved her right away.  

Kyle and Danica have been friends for almost a decade and didn't decide to date until a few years ago. Something just sparked between them and they have been together ever since.  I love relationships that were friendships beforehand...they seem to last lifetimes!  Anyway, they got engaged a few months ago and when they asked me to take their engagement pictures I was thrilled.  I knew we would have a great time together since my sessions are real life and I knew they would want to do something totally fun!  And we did :) 

 For their sessions, we decided to walk down Congress Street to visit the awesome vintage jewelry store where Kyle purchased Danica's ring. Along the way we got to chat about their lives together so far and about their future together.  They had some adorable moments together that I was able to capture, especially at this cool little bar we stop in to.  

Danica and Kyle are definitely made for each other and I am so excited for them to start their lives as husband and wife.  They have this happy, carefree love that is hard to come by and at the end of our time together, they had me so excited to get home to my hubby!  Being around love like theirs is contagious and my wish for them is that it stays that way forever!  

Happy Mother's Day by Tia Costello

This year I decided to offer Mommy and Me sessions for Mother's Day and I was so excited to do this documentary style.  I love capturing a mom and her babies just as they are and this session below didn't disappoint! What a sweet and fun time we had...I can't wait to do the rest of the sessions. 

messy hair, don't care by Tia Costello

Messy hair, don't care! So many of us moms avoid getting in pictures with our kids because of the way we might look at the moment. I have decided that this thought is ending for me this year.

This is me most days. Hair in a horrible bun, t-shirt, comfy pants and sweet, sweet moments spent with my kids. I want to remember my life, right now, just as it is. I know soon I'll think back to the days my babies were home with me and I want those memories document for all of time - no matter what I look like.

So the next time someone wants to take a picture of you, especially with your kids, get in the frame. Your kids will look back on your pictures and want to see you in them...and I promise they'll think your beautiful, messy hair and all!

BTW - the score was Max - 2, MOM - 1

bye bye paci! by Tia Costello


Today was an emotional day...pretty much just for me. Today, we sent off Max's nunus (pacifiers) to the nunu fairy and I said goodbye to all traces of him as a baby. We tied each nunu to its own individual balloon, and one by one sent them up to the fairy. The fairy is giving them to the babies that need some. Max seemed happy about that. He's such a good, sweet boy. I love him to pieces! 

“I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be.”
― Robert Munsch, Love You Forever

beauty in unexpected places by Tia Costello

Day 15/365...Today I decided to push myself a little. To take a picture of something that was out of my comfort zone and to use a new lens that requires a lot of manual adjusting that I am not too familiar with. It's a chilly, foggy, wet day - a day most people would choose to stay inside. But I wanted to get out in it! So, I took a little hike. There wasn't much out there to see, but a lot of these weedy looking flowers and yet, even though these aren't the most desirable things to look at, there was so much beauty in them. They were just sitting there, quiet in there little spot; surrounded by all of this tall yellow grass. When the wind blew, they would sway back and forth and the little wet spiderwebs on them would glisten. They didn't care about me and my camera, in fact, they don't care about anything. They simply survive. And that was beauty to me. 

"As one grows older one should grow more expert at finding beauty in unexpected places, 
in deserts and even in towns,
in ordinary human faces
and among wild weeds."


a walk in the fog by Tia Costello

Today Max and I decided to go exploring in the foggy weather...since we have been stuck inside all week with the rain.  And wouldn't you know, not 5 minutes into our walk, it starts to pour on us.  We were both pretty bummed, but at least I got to grab a few memories of our tiny walk together.  I think next time our mommy/son time will be indoors.