Hi! I'm Ali and I was born and raised here in Connecticut. I love the four seasons, but wouldn't mind losing some of those winter months :) Our family found our dream home almost two years ago and we've been making it our own ever since. We have two kids, a daughter and a son, who keep me busy day in and day out. You will often find me cooking pancakes (almost every morning), assisting in puzzle assembly, feeding the bottomless pit that is our son, and attempting to find five minutes to just sit down. I wouldn't trade any of it for anything in the world!! I love being a mom and making those two feel loved, happy, and safe is what I live for. Check out some of my favorite things below as well as the heart behind what I do!!
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A Connecticut lifestyle photographer specializing in Motherhood and Family storytelling.
Photo by: Tiffany Farley
A Connecticut photographer specializing in Motherhood and Family storytelling.
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Not surprisingly, my family is my number one. My husband and I have been together since high school (yikes!) and have been married since 2011. We started our family in 2013 with our daughter, Mallory. She is everything you could ask for in a little girl. Our son, Max, was born right at the end of 2016, and completed our family just perfectly.
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Magnolia cupcakes, YUM!
I love to bake and also find the best cupcakes wherever I go. Whenever we head into the city, I pretty much have to get a Magnolia cupcake at some point. I usually grab one right at Grand Central :) My favorite is the classic vanilla cake with chocolate frosting.
Image from Magnolia Bakery
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So who doesn't like vacation?! While the kids are super little, you definitely need a vacation AFTER the vacation, but it's so fun to travel and get away. My favorite place that I've been so far is definitely Maui, Hawaii. Between the scenery, the atmosphere, and of course Maui Taco, what's not to love?!
Lily of the Valley
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Tiny bell flowers
So the story behind my logo and love for lily of the valley goes back to my childhood. We had a patch of these little tiny flowers growing on the side of my childhood home and I used to love looking at them. When I see them today, they remind me of playing outside with my sister, Jenny, and all the fun that we had as kids. I was very lucky to have a wonderful childhood and I can only hope that I am giving my children the same type of memories.
Motherhood changes you. It changes you so much that you have trouble remembering your life before having children. Which, let's be honest, is probably because those adorable little humans are trying to steal every last one of your brain cells :) And despite this side effect, you love them so much you could scream. I pick up my son, my little tiny boy, and I just squeeze him and give him incessant kisses on his neck, right where it tickles. I live for those snuggles. Those giggles. Those everyday moments that I wish I could freeze and bottle up. When my daughter was born, she 100% changed me. It was no longer just me and my husband (and our awesome dog, Brody). There she was. So tiny, so cute, and so terrifying. I was her mother and I needed to keep her alive. And happy. It truly is a surreal moment in your life. One that you don't fully understand until you've lived it.
Over the last almost five years, there have been so many moments that I think about writing down or photographing. But, inevitably, life happens and it is lost in the shuffle. I know how everyday life is with kids. It's pure chaos. Some days you feel like you have it all together, and others you are living in survival mode. Everyone has both kinds of days, and everything in between. Sometimes, it's just not in the cards to stop, breathe, and document a moment.
I want to help you remember the little things. I want to document you, as a mother to those awesome little humans you are raising. The ones you are giving your blood, sweat, and tears to everyday (we all know it's not just the kids that cry sometimes). I want to be a fly on the wall as you go through your morning - making breakfast, giving mommy kisses that make boo boos go away, answering those incessant why questions, and reading stories to your little imaginative minds. Those everyday moments are the ones that you will miss in 10, 15, 20 years. I know I will. I try to remind myself as often as I can that these days are fleeting - those first five years especially, before they start Kindergarten, are so precious. My daughter starts Kindergarten this fall, and I am savoring every last day before then. Full day Kindergarten. What the heck. They are taking my baby for the WHOLE DAY. Ugh, here come the tears.
So this is my why. I get it. I live the motherhood dream everyday with you. I want to put smiles and happy tears on your face for years and years. It is an honor and pleasure to work with such dedicated, awesome moms, who understand these are the days to freeze. If you're still reading this (ha!), and you feel like you know exactly what I'm talking about - send me a message on my contact page! I'd love to hear from you :)
THE HEART BEHIND WHAT I DO
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