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Before you panic and run to X out of this post…here me out. I tried and tested this in order to help de-stress my life a little and keep a neater home and my results are quite interesting. I grew up having to make my bed military style or hospital bed style for those of […]

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  • Katie @ Freckled Latte - I do not make my bed daily, but I do make my 11 & 14yo make theirs. :P We started them when they were young so now it’s a habit. I can be a little OCD about how it’s made, but I just don’t look too closely at theirs. As long as they straighten the covers and put pillows on, it’s good! My husband doesn’t keep regular office hours so a lot of days he’s still in the bed when I get up. I could make it when he does get up I suppose. I do love going into the bedroom with the bed is made. It feels so much more put together, even if the rest of the room isn’t that tidy.ReplyCancel

Last week I traveled a couple of hours to Wendy Wade of Weswen Design’s home to photograph their new little man, Baby Wes. Although I have photographed them since their Engagement, I haven’t had a chance to wander into their home. When I did, I was immediately awestruck of all of the photos. My photos […]

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  • Kristin Cioffi - Thanks for this, Marta! I’m so bad about printing photos for myself. I tease my MIL about her “shrine to Jaden” – her whole house is filled with prints I’ve done for her of her only grandchild yet my walls are bare. Thanks for the arse kickin’ – I’m on it!! =)ReplyCancel

    • Marta Locklear - Kristin- I want to give myself a little credit since I have taken everything off of all of my walls…but, honestly…there were not a lot of family photos up before that. Time to change it, but still keep the home artistic and not a shrine! :)ReplyCancel

      • Kristin - Agreed – shrines are creepy! =)))ReplyCancel

  • Linnea - So true, and something I really need to be better about! We have a little photo ledge with pictures up of family, but I think everything is at least 2 years old now!ReplyCancel

    • Marta Locklear - Linnea- So good to hear from you! I hope you and your little Bun are doing well! You have a new chapter in your lives now…you must get on showing off those pictures! xoxo MartaReplyCancel

This post is looooong overdue. Nuha & Omar’s Egyptian wedding was so full of tradition and modern style, that I was pretty much bursting all day. Not to mention they are both model worth subjects. Her use of hot pink, and modern flair for style was so refreshing and fun to photograph. The reception started […]

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Classic White - | Image credits & Links to products All White – Denim & White – Adidas Classic Superstar I was that girl that was always in a pair of heels or wedges. Always. Even after I had kids (well, until my third). Even when I worked 8-12 hours in high paced retail…I was in […]

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  • Diana - hahaha I love this so much. I may join the trend!ReplyCancel

  • Jen O. - I used to own a pair of Nike Pegasus. This makes me want another pair! Love the new blog!ReplyCancel

  • Marta Locklear - Diana – Do it! You won’t regret it. I think I need other colors though, so I don’t wear the same thing every day!ReplyCancel

  • Marta Locklear - Jen O- There is a very good chance I had them too and I am so glad you are loving the new direction of the blog!ReplyCancel

  • Katie @ Freckled Latte - See, I’m the opposite. I’ve always been a comfort/function girl, but I love me some amazing heels! I just can’t wear them for very long. I love my colored sneakers though. And, I don’t know why, but I feel so much more stylish when I pair them with skinnies as opposed to boot cut jeans.ReplyCancel

  • Marta Locklear - Katie – I totally agree about Skinnies vs Bootcut! So true.ReplyCancel

Self Portrait – Film – During a summer wedding 2014 It’s been quite some time since I have actually written anything in depth or shared anything past my photography on my blog. I miss it. I am not sure if it’s my age and constant contemplation of where I am, where I am going and […]

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  • laura - I love this so much! I’ve followed your blog for a long time you’ve inspired me professionally, personally, and I’ve often thought I think we would be such good friends :) this post though….this post has reasonated deeply with me! Thanks for sharing! And I wish you luck, peace, and success with this journey!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - “have a beach bum peace about me, but maintain city smarts and have everything organized and clean”… I could have said it all, verbatim, myself. I am in my mid-30s and find the clarity I have in regards to who I am in this life increases each day. I wrote down a list at the beginning of the year that described how I wanted my children to speak of their childhood and me in 50 years. The end result was similar to your post and gives me a gentle reminder of the direction I need to go in every morning. I look forward to following this!ReplyCancel

  • Abby Grace - One thing I’ve always admired about you, Marta, is that you are so forward and honest about what you think and feel. And your phrasing of being an aging stylish wife and mom are things I’ve been thinking a lot of about (even though I’m still in my 20′s and don’t have kids yet), and I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your transparency. You are so talented, so so gifted, and it was be really easy to hide behind your work and use your business as a wall, and pretend like everything’s perfect and nothing ever bothers you. But you don’t do that, and that’s what makes you so wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Benitz - Marta, I loved reading this as I too, have been simplifying life and everything around me. It feels so good. I am so happy you are blogging with words again. You are always so inspiring and real, someone I can say I am blessed to have crossed paths with.ReplyCancel

  • Marta Locklear - Laura- Thank you so much! My hope is to connect, share, inspire with all of my readers. I am glad that I have already done so…and online friends is better than not friends at all! Keep chiming in xoxo

    Leslie- So much of what I have gone through over the last 2 years is because of my kids. It punched me in the face when I realized that they were growing up and so close to moving out (the eldest at least). Part of me knew I wasted a lot of time with concern for things unnecessary when I should have or could have been more focused on my kids. Hard lesson to learn.

    Abby Grace- awe! Thank you so much for your sweet words. In the business we are in, it is easy/common to put up a glorified front. I am glad that I am not coming across like that. My world is so darn far from perfect :)

    Laura B- Thank you so much, and I have always treasured your sweet words towards me. One day…one day…we will meet!ReplyCancel

  • Daniele - I adore your honesty and I look forward to following along!ReplyCancel

  • Lesley - Hmm. Scrubbing as a stress reliever. Currently mine is mindless television or reading. Yours sounds much more productive. Wonder how I make the switch…

    I think I’m a bit behind, as I’m just starting to look at simplifying, purging, etc. But I like where you’re headed and look forward to hearing about your successes!ReplyCancel

    • Marta Locklear - Daniele- Thank you so much! I am going to try to keep it as real as possible.

      Lesley- When I sit and watch TV I literally get stir crazy, chew my nails, and then later feel really guilty for not doing something with the time. I also don’t sleep in for the same reason. When I do, I end up kicking myself for wasting those couple of hours. Hopefully my shares and inspirations can help you find simple ways of simplifying step by step. I started a couple of years ago, so it doesn’t happen over night. But I can say, I am way less stressed than I was 2 years ago! Thanks for reading and commenting!ReplyCancel

  • Linnea - Loving this new approach to the blog so far, can’t wait to keep seeing it unfold. :)ReplyCancel

The last time I photographed them, Ari was just a puppy. You can find that session here. And now he has grown into such a handsome young man with a bag full of impressive tricks. These guys are still one of my all time favorite families to photograph! Their trust, willingness to just “be”, and […]

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  • suzyb - Your work is just… so… magical :) And I think I remember you blogging a session of this family when that dog was a puppy. SO sweet!ReplyCancel