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My mind is having trouble writing an introduction to this post. I want to tell you all about what I’ve been up to & where I am going, but I think that will be another post on another day. There has been a lot of thought & intentional planning behind the scenes to transition my old content to a new format. I am still working on curating my work, but thrilled to see my online pages begin to reflect where I am.

It has been a dream of mine to open a portrait studio. Until then, I’ve been renting studio space downtown as needed per session. It is hard to believe it snowed the week of this late March session, but we were cozy inside with little Cayden.
Loved his sweet cheeks & classic rompers his mama dressed him in celebration of turning one.

Spring Portraits in Dayton, OH by AndreaDozier.com

Spring Portraits in Dayton, OH by AndreaDozier.com
Spring Portraits with AndreaDozier.com in Dayton, OH

Spring Portraits with AndreaDozier.com in Dayton, OH
Spring Portraits with AndreaDozier.com in Dayton, OH
Spring Portraits with AndreaDozier.com in Dayton, OH
Spring Portraits with AndreaDozier.com in Dayton, OH
Spring Portraits with AndreaDozier.com in Dayton, OH
Spring Portraits in Dayton, OH by AndreaDozier.com
Spring Portraits with AndreaDozier.com in Dayton, OH
Spring Portraits with AndreaDozier.com in Dayton, OH
Spring Portraits with AndreaDozier.com in Dayton, OH
Spring Portraits with AndreaDozier.com in Dayton, OH
Spring Portraits with AndreaDozier.com in Dayton, OH
Spring Portraits with AndreaDozier.com in Dayton, OH
Spring Portraits with AndreaDozier.com in Dayton, OH
Spring Portraits with AndreaDozier.com in Dayton, OH

Spring Portraits in Dayton, OH by AndreaDozier.com

Packaging Inspired by the lovely pins from Artifact Uprising.

Gift Certificates for Mama’s Day Portrait Sessions available until May 4, 2014

Jennifer Stanley, of Lost & Found Vintage Rentals has been so gracious to open her studio to other photographers. She has a great selection of vintage pieces and she does so much during the sessions too!
She can hold a reflector & make babies laugh, a woman of many talents! ♥

 

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  • Justine - April 24, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    This family makes my heart sing. I love who they are and what they stand for! You captured their inner beauty, Andrea. What a treat your photography is to them and the world!

 Love is Christmas
by Sara Bareilles

I don’t care if the house is packed
Or the strings of light are broken

I don’t care if the gifts are wrapped
Or there’s nothing here to open

Love is not a toy, and no paper will conceal it
Love is simply joy that I’m home

I don’t care if the carpet’s stained we’ve got food upon our table
I don’t care if it’s gonna rain, our little room is warm and stable

Love is who we are, and no season can contain it
Love would never fall for that
Let love lead us, love is Christmas

Why so scared that you’ll mess it up? When perfection keeps you haunted
All we need is your best my love, that’s all anyone ever wanted

Love is how we do, let no judgment overrule it
Love I look to you, and I sing

Let love lead us, love is Christmas
Let love lead us, love is Christmas 

As I’ve been ironing & trimming the last few scraps of muslin fabric, tying the last pine branches to picture packages,
and assembling prints for the last time this year, I’ve been drinking in the message of this beautiful song.

I first heard it as I was losing my mind “Christmas spirit” as I wrestled stubborn broken lights that wouldn’t untangle from my
pre-lit tree. My hands were scratched from hours of trying to undo the perfect wrapping of lights that were clearly never
intended to be removed from the tree. It was the beginning of the month and I was already failing.

When Decembers roll around, I want to give my kids a hearty portion of treasured Christmas memories.
The truth is, it’s nearly impossible for any of us to squeeze in every ounce of our good intentions.

Aiming for perfection as a mother is a guaranteed quick fail.

Instead of surrendering to the certainty that I will always be inadequate during this season,
I’m encouraged that tender love will be remembered far more fondly than shiny packages or plastic toys.

Boys Playing Magicians in a Storage Container

Kevin handcuffing Damian and teaching him the “magic trick” of getting out.
He is obsessed with magic tricks this year!

Parking lot fun
Snow
Snow fight

My glasses broke in this snowball fight. It will always be epic to us.

Love when he can wear big brother

I loved that he was able to fit his big brother’s old coat & sweater.
He loved his red ambulance & wearing a green Angry Bird on his forehead.

Love is Christmas

We live simply & imperfectly & I am so grateful every second of this wonderful life. ♥

Really though, check out this song if you haven’t heard it already.

All images taken from my iPhone 4 and edited in the app Afterlight with the exception of the last one.

 

 

 

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The other day, my almost seven year old, Kevin, surprised me with a question.
“So mom, did your life turn out how you planned it to?”

I asked him to repeat himself a few times because I was stammering to answer my restless philosophical twin.
Of course, what I dreamed as a girl does seem very abstract compared to what it’s like to have my own little boys.
They are exactly what I hoped for as well as the cosmic force that blindsided me at first cry. Twice.

I wanted baby scented dolls.
Instead my heart has been threaded and sewn into a primal devotion
that will never know any man made condition or exception.

It scares, saves, humbles, motivates, exhausts, and empowers me.

I’m not sure what I said to answer him.
He cut short my rambling by pinching me for not wearing green.
He said nail polish doesn’t count.

Love that kid.

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Kevin turned Seven on Saturday.

We plan to celebrate his birthday later this spring when all of our family can be in town together,
but we still wanted him to feel special on his actual birthday.
Enlisting the help of family, we had a small dinner with a Star Wars theme.
He’s been obsessed with Jabba the Hutt this year and all Star Wars Lego sets.

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Kevin was able to Skype with Daddy first thing in the morning. Love how excited he was to do it.
Kevin Turns Seven | Star Wars Style

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Kevin Turns Seve | Star Wars Style
After I covered the cake with the crumb coating, I realized I loved the texture… and left it alone.
Perfect for Mr. Hutt.
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Star Wars BIrthday Party \\\ Jabba the Hutt Cake \\\ AndreaDozier.com
Star Wars BIrthday Party \\\ Jabba the Hutt Cake \\\ AndreaDozier.com
Star Wars BIrthday Party \\\ Jabba the Hutt Cake \\\ AndreaDozier.com
Star Wars BIrthday Party \\\ Jabba the Hutt Cake \\\ AndreaDozier.com

My mother-in-law treated us to “Yoda Soda,” something she found on Pinterest.
She made ours with a scoop of lime sherbet & Sprite.

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Star Wars BIrthday Party \\\ Yoda Soda \\\ AndreaDozier.com

Star Wars BIrthday Party \\\ Yoda Soda \\\ AndreaDozier.com

Star Wars BIrthday Party \\\ Yoda Soda \\\ AndreaDozier.com

My sister-in-law found really cute Star Wars favors and decorated for us.
Kevin wanted to be “Lego Dude General.”

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