Recently I got to witness an entirely new level of "Allison" that I had previously only heard about. I had the pleasure of spending some time with her in the NC State design studio she has practically lived in for the last four years as she has tirelessly worked toward her degree in textiles, focusing on apparel design. This documentary Senior Session tells her story.
The freedom we walk in today wasn't free—we want Elias to grow up knowing that. Today on Memorial Day, we went to Veterans Freedom Park in Cary with friends to celebrate and remember all of the USA veterans who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
For over 6 years, Chad and I have been rocking the "one car" life in the spirit of minimalism. For the last year, we've even made our small, shared car work with a baby in tow. BUT, now with Chad working in Raleigh most of the week at his new job, mama needed some wheels! We're so thankful for the blessing of a second vehicle—it has already changed the game for us in just four days...
These two. When Jared and Jennifer are together, it just feels right... This downtown Durham engagement session was sweet, and today, they are getting married! They are clearly meant to be together and they will continue to inspire others in marriage for years to come.
It's a brand new, re-focused, refreshed Langhoff Creative—complete with a fancy new website to reflect it! Like any artist, my inspiration comes from many places, my view of the world around me shifts, and the expression of my creativity is always in transition. I'm thrilled to make this announcement!
Can you SEE the excitement written on my face??? Today was a big day for me—my brand spankin' new website went live! I've been working so hard to make serious updates for quite some time—you know, in between moming, wifeing, sleeping and other role-related, time-consuming [yet beautiful 😉 ] tasks.
Yesterday, a pretty little scene popped up into my view and represented something much deeper. Life can get messy from time to time, but there is still beauty within it if we pause to notice. This post is all about a tough day that Chad and I had yesterday, how we worked through it, and what we learned from it.
Bryan and Katie are ready. Bryan has helped Katie prepare as much as possible. Katie has grown this baby to 39 weeks and he or she is due next week! Here's a peek into their current "real life" during this chapter of pregnancy.
Time somehow speeds up when there are tiny people under your care. I am going to miss these days. Every single one of them. This is my very favorite self-portrait to date for so many reasons. This part of motherhood is my favorite so far.
I've always been a go-go-go person; a plan for what's ahead, onward & upward, must keep moving type of go-getter. But the slow, intentional pace of breathing in each moment is important, too. Right now I desire balance between the two. Why not live in that sweet spot of appreciation & reflection + movement & progress? Why not smell the roses—or whatever's under my nose—as I walk along?
I stood, staring in the mirror at my puffy, swollen eyelids a couple days ago on the morning of my 33rd birthday. I had been crying the night before because in the chaos of spinning too many plates without a break, a whole bunch of unrelated emotions caught up with me all at once and I felt crushed by the heavy weight of their pressure. Ever been there? I'm hoping these three thoughts on WORDS empower you the same way they did me, rocking you out of your "feelings funk."
In 2015, if you had asked me about my life, I would have told you it was boring. We were in the midst of a tough transition that I hope never to repeat. In this post, I highlight some of the reasons we had a professional photographer come document us anyway. The day-to-day scenes of our 2015 did not seem note-worthy at the time and certainly would not have been memorable, had they not been captured for us. These beautiful photographs turned our ordinary moments into cherished memories.
Each time I am given the opportunity to photograph an event, I am reminded of the aspects of event photography that I love and that inspire my documentary family work. Whether it has been a youth retreat, baptism at church, leadership conference, fundraising event or wedding, the role of "event photographer" provides the perfect environment to gain experience as a skilled documentarian. Here are the top five ways event photography sharpens my documentary family work.
I am a professional photographer, but—confession—sometimes I miss the shot. When people say to me, "Wow, you have a nice camera—you must take amazing pictures," or "Wow, you always take the best photos," I chuckle a little to myself. Let me explain...
I was recently moved to tears with the comparison of a sweet moment with my baby in the lobby at church and the insight from a book I was reading about the way God communicates to us. If you currently find yourself in a state of chaos, fear or confusion, I hope this post is encouraging to you.
Today on our ninth wedding anniversary, I wanted to share this open letter to my husband. We've lived, laughed, loved and learned together. Sometimes I feel like I fall short of fulfilling my wedding vows, but I know we're in this together. I'd marry Chad again in a heartbeat!
I recently started my second 365 photo project. Because I'm adding new photos nearly every day, organizing all of these is important. It would be a pity for all of these images to remain hidden in the digital bowels of my computer forever... I wanted to share a little about my workflow and a few things I do with these images as inspiration for anyone reading. PLUS, get a FREE Chatbook with my referral link inside!
Today my firstborn baby is NINE MONTHS old....already. Nine months in, nine months out! Reminiscing has me thinking all about my incredibly smooth, active, healthy pregnancy. I am ever so grateful and feel so blessed to have had such a positive experience. I'm finally ready to share some of the aspects of my pregnancy that I was very intentional about controlling to aid any "smoothness" I may have been blessed with along the way.
I've always been a very optimistic person—my glass has never been half empty. But as I began setting my 2017 goals and reflecting on my 2016 accomplishments (or seeming lack thereof), it was as if I had watched the water of my life's glass just evaporate right in front of me and there was nothing I could do to stop it. I began to feel overwhelmed with regret and disappointment at what I was unable to accomplish, even though 2016 was probably the best year of my life. Why? Well, I'm about to get REAL with you and I'm hoping there are other moms—especially new moms—out there, particularly, who will listen, relate with me, and maybe even press on with me.
A couple weeks ago, I started my second 365 photo project—a photo a day for an entire year. After successfully completing my first year of intentional photo documentation of my own life, I am absolutely addicted and thrilled to be starting a second year's worth of photos. It was definitely the best decision I have ever made and I want to share three reasons why, in hopes that you (yes, YOU) will start one of your own.
Today was extra special for our family. Together with several other families from church and their children, we dedicated our son, Elias, to the Lord. I will deeply cherish these images from the event that commemorate the day we made a promise to Elias as his parents and declared words of affirmation over him. We decided to share the letter we wrote to him as a public declaration.
I still remember the exact feeling I had on that day six years ago. It was equally exhilarating and terrifying at the same time... This post is all about what the last six years have held for us and the dreams we have for the next six.
Yesterday, on October 3, this world gained a new, precious and perfect little life. Help me welcome, London Kennedy! It was my honor and privilege to photograph these very special family moments a couple hours after she was born.
"Here's my wallet," he said to me on our way into Target while pushing the stroller. "Go order something over there at Starbucks and sit while I pick up what we need in the store with Elias." Really??? How did I get so lucky to have such a sensitive husband and dedicated father to our son?? I absolutely LOVE being a mom, but with a 24/7 laser-focus on the needs of someone else, I rarely stop to consider how far away I have pushed my own needs and desires. In this post, I talk about 8 things I haven't admitted or realized I have needed.
In the spirit of back-to-school, I began reminiscing my own "first day of school" memories. Photographing a special "last first day of school" for the senior class of a Raleigh high school yesterday had me thinking deeply about milestones in general. It's a special privilege to be able to see what the past looked like through photographs—both to celebrate it and to dream about the future. Some of these image highlights got me a little teary inside as they transported me back to my own "last firsts."
I had been in the habit of blogging about 3 times a week. Toward the end of last year, that began to taper down to about once a week, and now it has been about 7 months since my last post. I’m not even upset about it. Why? I’m SO excited to share with you all, actually. There were three pretty big reasons I took a break from blogging, and it has been one of the most transitional, challenging and refreshing times of my entire life. I’ve been posting daily on Instagram (@amberlanghoff), but it’s about time I filled you in here…
Lists on lists on lists… Are you a list-maker, too? Do you want or need to be? From napkins & dry-erase markers on windows, to notebooks, to fancy list-making apps, Chad and I make ‘em all. As I sit here re-organizing my life & business today, I thought I would share with you my favorite list-making methods that help keep me organized [and sane].
Chad and I have been traveling around the Midwest to visit our families. While on the train today, I began thinking about my favorite family memories and realized that some from JUNE deserve to be posted before I make even more memories over the next few days. Here are some highlights from the day Chad and I got to babysit our 16-month-old niece and observe my sister's sweet family.