Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye to the old, hello to the new!

Hello friends!

I just wanted to let you all know that I will be no longer be posting on this little blog! I finally designed a new one that fits my personality and new direction! I made it for my photography, but I just don't want to separate the other things I write about from my business. It's all part of who I am. I never really liked having the real me here, and the professional me over there. My goal is to be honest and real about everything. After thinking a lot about it, I decided I should just post over there. (Plus I just love my new site. It's so much better than this one! Hehe. I get so happy just looking at it!)

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know so that you all to change the url to in your readers, if you want to that is! :) This time last year I never would have dreamed that you all would come along side me in this journey. I've made so many friends that have been a blessing to me! I am truly thankful for all of you. I am looking forward to sharing more of life with you all. I hope join me in my new adventures on my new site here.

Thank you guys for being such a blessing and an encouragement to me. I wish I could thank each of you in person.

Much love,


PS: I moved my google friend connect followers over there now, but I'm still working out a few things. I'm no internet/ blog guru! If any of you are having trouble with google friend connect, I switched to bloglovin' and I love it! It's so much easier to keep up with all my blogs now! If you have any questions about it, just email me!

Here is my new blog button!


For the love of pinterest!

{all images via}
Ok, so I had to take a moment and confess my love for pinterest. I find so much wonderfulness there! It easy to get sucked into the “perfect” world you see there, but my goal is to simply use it for inspiration. I love to find ideas for sessions, poses, home decor and all sorts of other things. These are just a few of the things I’ve been loving lately.
Do you guys use pinterest? What do you use it for?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Saying no to "I can't

Have you ever felt called to something that you didn’t feel equipped for? I am certainly have, in fact I feel that way today. The past six months have been a crazy roller coaster of why, what if and why me. Uncertainty is my constant companion. I feel like a kid on a high school track team that suddenly was thrust into the Olympics. I’m in way over my head. It’s weird to say that God called me to photography, but He did. This is not something that I would have ever chosen for myself. Do I love it? Yes. Did I dream about pursuing it one day? Yes, but I never (did I say never?), NEVER would have attempted to do it like this. It would be small, not full time and slow. You see, I’m not a bold person. It’s not my strong suit. I take the safe roads, the ones where I know I can succeed. This is definitely not that road.

The rest this "me being raw and honest" post is over here.

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Hello friends! My name is Natalie, and I am the potter and blogger behind NS Pottery. I have a heart for taking dirty clay and turning it into something beautiful and useful in everyday life. I strive to live for Christ every day, and hope that I can inspire others to do the same. On my blog, I talk a lot about my faith as well as my life as a potter. I hope you'll join me in my journey.

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i'm perpetuating my own brand of individuality by combining the act of classy with the act of gangster, because when you're from where i'm from, you can do that. {okay, not quite.} i'm a twenty-year-old undergrad studying english lit and history. i love Jesus, reading & writing, and the color orange. i believe singleness is a gift even when it isn't easy, that faith is a journey, and that it isn't until i lose my life that i find it.

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Hi there! My name is Breanne. I'm a young girl searching and discovering. I have a destination, but the journey is the beautiful part. As of May 31, I am a Mrs. to a wonderful man of God. I am a young wife learning how to live a Christ-centered life, and traveling the world with y husband Kendall. I am figuring out how to live with open hands and give my life to the least of these. We are trying to live overseas full-time but it has been quite a process. I journal about our life getting there and how Father is molding and shaping our hearts daily. You might get a glimpse of our daily lives with our new up Benaiah. I'd love to meet you and for you to join along with us!

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Hello friends! I'm Leigh and I write Very Loveleigh. I believe in turning off the television, opening a book, and wearing a smile. I am blessed to be called as a middle school teacher and live in a little house with a red door that I share with my husband and kitten, Moses. I love knitting, new friends, and above all, Jesus Christ.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A few Christmas memories...

“Go to bed kids! I don’t want to see any of you until the morning!” said my mother excitedly.
We had just finished our annual Christmas play, put on by all of us siblings. I was the producer, director, and I even acted in it. After many years of doing the same play, you’d think we could execute it perfectly. However, that was certainly not the case…at least not with a hyper, rambunctious, 6 year old brother in the house. He always managed to add his own “comedic” lines to the script. Still, as long as we finished the play with baby Jesus (aka my youngest baby sibling) in the manger and the wise men bowing before him, it was a success in my mind.
As my sister and I lay in our beds staring up at the Christmas lights hanging from the ceiling, we talked of the play and the presents we hoped to get in the morning.
“Aren’t you glad I convinced you to be Mary again this year Chelle?” I said patronizingly. She had wanted to steal my part as the Angel. It was my part since my mom taught us to act out the story when I was six. Obviously, I could not let that happen. “Yeah, I guess.” she said. “Do you think Mom and Dad will get us a golf cart this year?” We asked for one ever since we moved from the city to the country. All the neighbor kids were driving around in their golf carts while we were riding bikes. So not cool.
Suddenly a whiney voice interrupted our discussion, “but Mooooooommmmmmm, I have to gooooo peeeeee! Can I cooooome ooooout?” Of course it was none other than the fourth child, Luke. He was always getting into trouble, or candy…but mostly trouble.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Meet my teacher...

This old friend taught me everything I know. Meet my teacher...

You can read more here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New Blog!!!!!!!

Hello friends! I am very excited to show you my brand spankin' new blog!!!! I have been working on it for days and I am so thrilled so see how it turned out! I have been wanting to upgrade to a ProPhoto blog for a while, so this is really so exciting! Check it out here!

I would love for you all to go check it out and tell me what you think! It is now I am pondering about just blogging from there after this month is over. Photography is as much a part of my life as what I write here, so I think it would be good to have it all in one place. What are your thoughts?

Loveknots Giveaway!

I am so excited about this giveaway today from love knots! Ashley is the sweetest, cutest thing you ever did see...and she makes adorable things! I actually have one of these scarves and I LOVE it.

To Enter:

Like Jennifer Blair Photography on Facebook, visit love knots and tell me which one of those adorable items is your favorite. 

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Follow The Blair Affairs
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The winner is Valerie!

Monday, December 12, 2011

My brother's wedding

Tuesday I made the trek home to help out with the preparations for my brother's wedding. It seemed like I blinked and it was over! I spent most of my time helping my mom organize the rehearsal dinner. After what seemed like days of making place cards, we were finally sitting down to a delicious meal. The speeches were so sweet. Kellie's mom talked about how how in love and happy they are together. My mom and dad spoke about keeping the Lord first in their life and marriage. Everyone else's were beautiful, but my brother Luke stole the show with his hilarious account of hearing them talk on the phone.

"I was trying to fall asleep one night while they were talking." Luke said. With 3 rooms and 6 kids, we all had to share rooms. That means there isn't much personal space. You can either talk in your room to the detriment of your sibling or go outside. A comfortable bed normally wins. This particular time they talked until the early morning hours. About the 3rd time Luke woke up he heard this, "Kellie, even your breathing is like a chorus of angels." At that moment he knew he had the crown jewels of blackmail material. At the rehearsal dinner, the time had finally come to use it. The whole place erupted in laughter. I was so proud! Ha!

Saturday was a full of hustle and bustle. Everyone was running around like a chicken with it's head cut off, as my mother would say. Soon it was only 30 minutes before the wedding and things slowed down. I could almost see the butterflies in Kellie's stomach as she waited for the minutes to pass. I remember those feelings. The anticipation is thrilling and sickening at the same time.

The moments blurred together as Kellie came down the isle. She was a dream in white. I nearly melted when I saw Matt's eyes teared up. I can only imagine there was a sigh deep inside. The moment had finally come. The ceremony was beautiful. At one point they had the important men in their lives come up and pray for them. It was my favorite part.

I could not have imagined a more beautiful reception. The place had completely transformed overnight. Michelle, my mom and I helped Thursday night, but they had done so much more since then! It was so elegant. They even had a little photo booth area with fur coats. We definitely took advantage of it! :)

Our family is going to be so huge after everyone gets married! I can't imagine how crazy our family gatherings are going to be! I am so glad to add Kellie is the newest member of our family! I couldn't think of anyone more perfect for my little brother! (PS: Luke says he looks retarded, but this is the only family picture I got that day. It is going to be our Christmas picture too. Sorry bro!)

 Jonathan took this of my parents. So sweet!

Hopefully I can catch up on all the Christmas things you guys are doing! I've been so out of the loop this past week! I know I am looking forward to all of our Christmas celebrations during the next 2 weeks! I hope you all had a blessed weekend!


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