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Maddie's 7th Birthday! | Personal

Happy Birthday Maddie!!!!

Man when they say time flies they sure weren't lying! I honestly hate that statement because it simply makes me sad but the truth is they do grow up way too fast! Sweet Maddie you made me a mommy at the ripe ole age of 24! I had no idea what I was doing and daddy and I were terrified but over joyed with excitement! You entered this world on September 17th weighing 9lbs 10oz and the cutest chunky little cheeks I had ever seen! The next few month were kinda a blur! Being that all you did was cry and feed and all mommy did was cry and feed you lol! I wouldn't trade it for anything though looking back, those are some of my favorite times with you! Simply because i could swaddle you and squeeze you for as long as mommy needed. 

A ton of my firsts happened with you and all I can say is sometimes it wasn't easy but our mother daughter bond started many years ago and has only grown stronger from all those times! You set the bar high for your little sister Autumn let me tell you! Im still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I'm writing your 7th birthday blog!! Your such an incredible daughter and have such and amazing soul! Everything you do makes me so proud to be your mommy!! I can't wait to see what your future holds and see all the amazing things your going to do in life!! Happy 7th Birthday Madison Bailey!!!!

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On the farm!!

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Stephanie Tignor Photography | Fredericksburg VA Baby Photographer | Warrenton VA Baby Photographer | Stafford VA Baby Photographer | Baby Milestone Photographer

Where did my baby go?!

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Stephanie Tignor Photography | Fredericksburg VA Baby Photographer | Warrenton VA Baby Photographer | Stafford VA Baby Photographer | Baby Milestone Photographer
Stephanie Tignor Photography | Fredericksburg VA Baby Photographer | Warrenton VA Baby Photographer | Stafford VA Baby Photographer | Baby Milestone Photographer

that little face!!

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Stephanie Tignor Photography | Fredericksburg VA Baby Photographer | Warrenton VA Baby Photographer | Stafford VA Baby Photographer | Baby Milestone Photographer

you'll always be mommies little princess! 

Stephanie Tignor Photography | Fredericksburg VA Baby Photographer | Warrenton VA Baby Photographer | Stafford VA Baby Photographer | Baby Milestone Photographer
Stephanie Tignor Photography | Fredericksburg VA Baby Photographer | Warrenton VA Baby Photographer | Stafford VA Baby Photographer | Baby Milestone Photographer
Stephanie Tignor Photography | Fredericksburg VA Baby Photographer | Warrenton VA Baby Photographer | Stafford VA Baby Photographer | Baby Milestone Photographer
Stephanie Tignor Photography | Fredericksburg VA Baby Photographer | Warrenton VA Baby Photographer | Stafford VA Baby Photographer | Baby Milestone Photographer
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American doll themed Birthday Party!!!

Why do you look so grown up here!!! I love you!

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South Carolina Vacation | Personal

A few weeks ago my family and I joined all of my extended family for our family reunion in Beaufort Sc following a week stay at Myrtle Beach!!! Being near the water and sand for almost 10 days made me realize how much i miss the ocean and that beach life!! It was the first time all of us including all the new additions (kiddos and babies) were all in once place, what better place then the beach!! and since we don't all get to see each other that often since some of us are from different states, i thought a family picture would be a great way to capture us and all the fun times we had that week! Next years family trip is a cruise!!! Im so excited!  The girls of course loved the beach, we had a hard time pulling them off the sand at the end of the day! I tried my best to get some updated portraits of my kiddos but i think its a known rule... if your a photographer your kids won't cooperate for pictures lol!! We had a great time unwinding and relaxing, It always seems like a week will be enough but man does that week fly by! I think next time we need two weeks wink wink!!! Enjoy some of the highlights from our trip (cellphone shots mostly) but there are a few big girl camera shots mixed in! 

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The big Family shot!!!

Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation

Autumn Lou!!!

Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation

Maddie the Mermaid!

Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation

Pictures on the hotel bed of course!!

Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation

Such corporation lol!!!!

Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation

Spanish Moss and Southern style homes!!!! All the heart eyes!!!!

Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation

Just hanging out!

Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation

before getting to the beach the girls and i stayed in a hotel and everyone there just thought they were the cutest!! (little did they know ha)!!!!

Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation

picture of a picture.. My dad in the very back on the right hand side in the dark shirt!

Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation

Again thanks for looking at the camera guys :) lol

Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation

Were ay the beach!!! All smiles now

Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation

One of the prettiest bridges I've ever been on leaving Savannah Georgia! 

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Ya know just a baby riding a dolphin statue!!!!!

Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation
Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation

Cousins!!!!!!!

Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation
Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation
Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation
Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation
Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation

Cheese!!!!!

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Sunsets like this almost  Every night!!!!

Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation
Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation

I think its the best we got lol!!! Hey were all looking thats a plus!!!

Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation

She's used to them hanging on the wall not on daddy head!!!

Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation
Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation
Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation
Stephanie Tignor Photographer | Personal | SC Vacation

Everyone on the beach had entertainment!! An assortment of princess songs and Disney movies of course!!!

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Autumn turns 3!!! | Fredericksburg VA Children's Photographer

Happy Birthday Autumn Lou

I can't believe I'm even writing this blog!! How is my baby turning three already! On this day 3 years ago I gave birth to a healthy baby girl weighing 8lbs 8oz head full of hair and chunky little face. The first 6 weeks she was a complete doll baby (completely opposite of her older sister maddie who cried 24/7) but shortly after that I knew we were gonna have our hands full with her.

Autumn is such a ball of energy and she always has been. She has no fear (which scares her mommy) and loves to sing and dance!! Autumn Lou you have definitely given mommy a few minor heart attacks and I'm sure thats just the beginning but you keep us all on our toes and make sure the room is full of energy! I hope you have an amazing Birthday and that this is the best year yet!! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUTUMN!!                                                               

My ice cream loving girl!!
Don't let that smile fool ya y'all!! 
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wow talk about growth!! Both mama and autumn lol!!! 
everyone loves a good wrinkly baby booty!
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newborn, 3 months and 1 year!

Studio Progress | Fredericksburg VA Newborn + Cake Smash Photographer

This may not be my prettiest blog I've posted but it is definetly the one I'm most proud of! When I started this business over 3.5 years ago, owning my own custom built studio was just a Pintrest board dream I had lol. But now as I sit and watch this space go from bare walls, to framing to now drywall and paint I can't believe Im truly seeing my dreams come true!

Theres so much time and thought that has gone into this space to make it and ideal space for my clients! My goal is to make this space inviting for new clients, calming for new moms and spacious enough to have multiple setups at one time with the possibility of hosting workshops and mentoring in the future. This space has truly been a work of love and I can't wait till its all complete to show it off to each and every one of you who has supported me over the last few years. I'll be updating the space as often as I can and once its done I'll be dedicating a blog each week to a new space of the studio in detail so you can see all the details and hardwork that went into making each part of the space inviting and personalized. Enjoy the transformation process so far! 

Talk about a transformation!! (please excuse the awful cell phone pic)

Talk about a transformation!! (please excuse the awful cell phone pic)

Another amazing transformation! This place before we did a deep clean had become the Poof Graveyard lol! 

Another amazing transformation! This place before we did a deep clean had become the Poof Graveyard lol! 

The beginning of the glorious prop closet!!!!

The beginning of the glorious prop closet!!!!

ahh its coming together!!! 

ahh its coming together!!! 

just invision dark barn wood floors!

just invision dark barn wood floors!

Maddie proudly displaying where the Tv will go for the viewing area!! 

Maddie proudly displaying where the Tv will go for the viewing area!! 

The reason I keep Pushing!! | Fredericksburg, Va Photographer

Five years ago ( almost 6) when I gave birth to my oldest daughter Madison, my Photography business was just a dream. But as you know (epsically if you read my last blog) you know that this big dream of mine didn't fully start until my second daugther Autumn was born. So id like to dedicate this Blog specifically to them. Of course I always have and always will thrive to seek Gods plan and purpose for me but I give a lot of credit to these two at home! They are my drive, my why and my reason! On days when I want to give up or throw the towel in they remind me why I started and why ill never give up on this little (well Big) dream of mine. Without them i wouldn't be the woman, mom, wife, friend and business owner I am today. So with out further ado id like to inrotduce my two little blessings to you all.

My Oldest Madison Bailey Tignor, Born September 17, 2010. The little girl who made me a proud mommy at the age of 24.

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Madison is everything that I wasn't in a good way as a kid!! she loves her fruit and adores a good book! She loves school and Kid zone at church which makes me a very proud mama! She's literally the sweetest thing ever (not just because I'm her mom). She's just about to finish up her year as a kindergarten and mommy is pretty sad about it. When she grows up she's wants to be a kid doctor and help sick kids (pediatrician). I truly believe shell accomplish this dream and ill always be there on the sidelines cheering her on. She's a sweet soul and I'm blessed to call her my daugther.

My youngest Autumn Lou Tignor, Born August 16th 2014 (short one day from her due date). The little girl who made me a mommy times two!!

Autumn Is basically a complete opposite of Maddie and I love it! This little one is packed full of spunk and lots of curiosity (just like her mommy)! We Call her "peeks" not sure exactly why other then it sounds really cute when you say it while squeezing her checks lol! This one keeps my busy! She's a mini me my mom says! Just like Dennis the Mennis lol! Shell eat basically ANYTHING except eggs and loves being outside and getting dirty! She hates having shoes on and wants to do things her way ( her daddy and I are in trouble)!!!! When she laughs she sound just like a baby lamb!! She's my baby ( for now wink wink)! 

Cuteness overload!!!! 

I love you THIS much mommy!!

I love you THIS much mommy!!

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Blizzard of 2016

Blizzard of 2016

Pajama day! Opps this mama forgot and we wore regular dance clothes!! 

Pajama day! Opps this mama forgot and we wore regular dance clothes!! 

The bond between a girl and her Pig "peppa"

The bond between a girl and her Pig "peppa"

My little Cupcake!

My little Cupcake!

Look Mommy I'm a smurf!!!!

Look Mommy I'm a smurf!!!!

How God answered my prayer through photography | Fredericksburg, Va Photographer

So thats a pretty powerful start to a blog huh? Well its true! For years I prayed to find a career or hobby I was passionate about and able me to leave my retail 9-5 job and although that prayer wasn't answered over night it was answered! God has this amazing way of setting us up to succeed by sometimes going through very hard and difficult situations. Some us have gone through harder situations then others and thats ok because its all in Gods plan. So about 3 years ago after returning to work from maternity leave from my 2nd child I was feeling pretty depressed and pretty sad I had to leave her, and honestly I felt like my prayers weren't being heard!! I prayed so hard that I could take a passion of mine and make it a career, yet here I was returning to my job that I had absolutely no passion for. I knew I couldn't just leave a job on a whim and just hope everything fell into place could I? Welp thats exactly what I did!!! The tears of passion came streaming down my face as I tied my apron on about to head out onto the sales floor! I couldn't do it! I knew something was calling me home something big something great and something that god had placed in my hands! I took the apron off and politely resigned! Scared to death I walked out of that building a free woman! A Terrified, but free creative woman! The next few years were honestly a blur! Miracle after miracle and blessing after blessing! Don't get me wrong there were plenty of bad and rough patches but I choose to tell my story looking at the positive side! Now I could go into detail about every amazing experience, every AHH HA moment or even every client but that would literally take me all day! 

I do however want to talk about 1 very important client/friend! This client was sent to me by the grace of god at the perfect time!! And sometimes I think back to that day when tears of passion were streaming down my face and I had no idea what god had planned for me. When Kelly Blumenthal and Finn Blumenthal were put into my life, it was changed forever! Now when I meet them I had no idea the impact they would both make on my life nor did I ever plan that their beauty and grace would bring me closer to the lord! See when Finn in Kelly came into my life I was no where near the point that I am now with my business and I had no idea about the condition of Finn but they still trusted me with these precious memories. I later found out that Finn (at the time under 9months old) suffered from CHD and multiple other complications. My first thought after meeting Finn and seeing his equipment was not a happy one, I felt so bad for the family and for Finn!! OOO but boy was I wrong!! Within minutes I saw how amazing Kelly was, how determined she was for Finn to fight and stay positive and that truly rubbed off on Finn and everyone around them. Finn was nothing but smiles ( honestly he always is when I see him) and although their home was filled with medical equipment and a little boy who had some serious complications, this was not a sad home of a sick little boy!! This home was a home of joy, laughter, smiles, and strength. Finn and kelly should be the definition of strength and compassion! They have taught me how to live every day to the fullest, they have taught me how to love unconditionally and most importantly they have taught me to keep fighting, never give up and JUST KEEP SWIMMING!!!!! I thank the lord everyday for brining these two incredible individuals in my life and I know that the day I walked out of my retail job, god already had this amazing plan set and he knew how much it would change and help me grow and ill be forever grateful for it.

So a few weeks ago I had a very special shoot with these amazing people. I know your all use to seeing the amazing Finn on my page but you very rarely get to see the incredible Kelly and her son Mason! Kelly wanted some mommy and me pics with her two special little boys and of course I jumped for joy at the opprotunity! We headed out to a farm at sunset and captured some of the most unbelivaley gorgeous images!! Please enjoy these images of Finn and I's journey as well as their gorgeous sunset session! 

The first time I meet Kelly and Finn!

The first time I meet Kelly and Finn!

Family time/Lifestyle session

Family time/Lifestyle session

always smiling!!

always smiling!!

Summer their sweet golden!

Summer their sweet golden!

Birthday Boy!!

Birthday Boy!!

Cheers to "ONE"!!!!

Cheers to "ONE"!!!!

rocking and modeling his Babiators!!!!

rocking and modeling his Babiators!!!!

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Finn is modeling his Chickfila cow suit here! If you visit the Rte 17 Chickfila part of the proceeds go toward UVA children's hospital to help kids like Finn!! 

Finn is modeling his Chickfila cow suit here! If you visit the Rte 17 Chickfila part of the proceeds go toward UVA children's hospital to help kids like Finn!! 

You can purchase lemonade or cookies!

You can purchase lemonade or cookies!

One if not my very favorite picture ever taken of Finn! 

One if not my very favorite picture ever taken of Finn! 

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Im only half crazy ;)

Ok well let me explain what I mean. This past Sunday I ran a Half Marathon ( hence the running humor of Im only half crazy) which is 13.1 miles! The full marathon is 26.2 (bucket list) miles. This was my 3rd half marathon I've ran and although I didn't PR (personal Record) Im still proud of myself for going out there and giving it my all. For anyone who does any type or sport/racing event you know just how fulfilling it is to see the fans cheering and the adrenaline you get from crossing that finish line. I think thats what keeps brining me back to race. This year was very special for me though, after missing 2 races I was determined to get out there and do this race no matter what! I had the best company and fans a girl could ask for cheering on the side lines! My oldest daughter Madison has gotten to experience mommy racing before, but this was the first year I had both my girls there as well as my husband and mom and dad!! Theres actually a neat shot below that one of the race photographers captured of me racing to the finish line and my moms on the sideline holding her camera!! So being that it was the first race that my whole family would be there I decided to pull out my craft tote and make the girls some cute shirts to wear that had fun little quotes on them for mommy! 

The race wasn't the easiest one I've ran (partially due to lack of training and a Jamaican vacation two weeks prior) but I finished and thats all that counts! Sometimes in life when things are really hard and painful (like this race) you just have to keep pushing through and lean all on those people cheering you on from the sidelines! Always remember that no matter how bad of a day,week or month your going through God is always looking out and prepping you for big things! I hope this helps motivate someone and let them know to never lose faith, don't give up and keep hustling! Happy Thursday!!!

right before the race started!

right before the race started!

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Maddie and Autumn wearing their custom made shirts by their mommy! 

Maddie and Autumn wearing their custom made shirts by their mommy! 

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Thank you Race photographers for the action shots of me! 

Thank you Race photographers for the action shots of me! 

theres mom with her camera and my oldest peeking over the gate to see mommy finish!

theres mom with her camera and my oldest peeking over the gate to see mommy finish!

I finished!! WOHOO!!!!!

I finished!! WOHOO!!!!!

Thank you Marathon Foto for these images! 

Thank you Marathon Foto for these images! 

check out the size of that metal!!! Took up my entire palm!!

check out the size of that metal!!! Took up my entire palm!!

                                                      XoXo,

                                                  Stephanie T