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Big Announcement – We’re moving to Roswell, GA!

Hey friends! We have some major news- we’re moving to Roswell, GA! What?! Yes, we’ll be moving this business…again. Here is the story…

You know those crazy hard, life-altering, major decisions that cause you to lose sleep, shed tears and talk endlessly through the pros and cons?? Yeah, this was one of those decisions. One that we didn’t come to easily but something that we feel in our gut is the right decision for our family. Around memorial day we were talking with Leslie’s mom about how the family was about to sell our grandfather’s house in Roswell, GA. (Charlie is named after him). He passed away in November and my mom and aunts have been cleaning the house out for months getting it ready to sell. It wasn’t until they told us it was about to go on the market that the words flew out of my mouth…’I wish we could buy it.’

Wait. What?!

It seemed crazy in so many ways… but mostly crazy in a this is supposed to happen way. It was never our plan. It was never on our radar, yet, there we were in the car at 4am one morning driving there to walk through it and see it and see how we felt as we walked through it. It’s one thing to always love a neighborhood and house that’s meant so much to your family but another thing to actually walk through it and decide if it’s meant to be yours. A resounding yes. I can’t quite describe the feeling of standing in front of my grandparents old house and visualizing our boys running around in the front yard and them actually growing up in this house. I (Leslie) grew up in Alpharetta so it’s very exciting to think about coming back to my hometown. I can just hear my sweet Papa laughing right now– he thinks this is the greatest thing. And it’s such an honor to be able to carry on his traditions and legacy. The house needs some work and we’ve already gotten started with some major updates. It’s going to be so fun to make this place our own!

There’s obviously so much to this story and so many very hard conversations were had with our family and friends here. It’s been rough telling people we’re leaving. It felt like we were doing something wrong to our family and friends but in the end it was a decision we had to make for our little family of four. We’re so excited for this next adventure but we would be lying if we said we weren’t also scared. It’s hard leaving our friends and family here butย we know all of those relationships will remain close and we’re not that far away! At the same time, we’ll be closer to some family & friends so that’s very exciting!

So, what does that mean for Leslie & Dusty Photography?

We’ll be moving our photography business again. And while that is a TON of work, we’re really excited for the challenge and for the chance to shift our focus a bit. We’ve been feeling in our hearts for a while that it was time for us to focus a little more on families and newborns and to really limit the number of weddings we’re taking on. Don’t get us wrong…we’ve loved shooting weddings and while we’ll still continue to do them, we’re going to try to grow our newborn and family business. With these two boys at home, it just makes more sense for us to focus on family and baby photography for the time being. We may pick up more weddings in a few years. So…if you live in the Atlantaย area we’ll be in your neighborhood and can’t wait to take pictures of your family! Tell your friends!! We will be there just in time for family pictures in the Fall.

Of course, we’ll be back a bunch in September & October for some weddings and family sessions we have booked here in Nashville.

Thank you to all of the wonderful people we’ve worked with in Nashville! There have been so many kind vendors that welcomed us with open arms 4 years ago and referred us. We can’t thank you enough! The photography community here has been amazing and we hope it’s the same in GA. Thank you to all the incredible clients we’ve had the opportunity to serve here & thank you for trusting us to document your celebrations!

We’re closing on our house here on August 10th so we’ll be moving sometime around then. We’ll keep you all posted! We’ll leave you with a picture of our new home…

Introducing Charlie Morgan Walker!

Happy Friday friends! We have been very busy around here ๐Ÿ™‚

Introducing…our new addition Mr. Charlie Morgan Walker:

Our sweet baby boy arrived on April 2nd at 12:26pm weighing a healthy 8lbs 10oz and 20in long. He is named after two very special men who have left us but would both be so proud to know his name. Charlie was my grandfather who passed away in November and Morgan was my dad’s middle name (and is also mine). We are so in love with this little guy- and still in shock he is a boy! We didn’t find out the gender with both of our boys and it has been so much fun. We all pretty much thought this one was going to be a girl though. Little Charlie is doing great and adjusting well to our loud house with a 3 year old and barking miniature dachshund. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Big Brother Davis is doing fantastic. He mostly ignores Charlie and lives in his own little world full of trains, snacks and playing outside…but when he does pay attention to Charlie is very sweet. He says ‘It’s ok Chaawie’ very sweetly when he cries and loves to tell me to change Charlie’s diaper so he’ll stop crying.

We are just loving this season in our lives- as crazy as it is. This mama is going to need many girls nights with all these boys around ๐Ÿ˜‰

My mom came in town about a week before Charlie was born and we spent the time cleaning, getting the house ready and doing a lot of waiting….and more waiting for his arrival. And when the day came he was here SO quick. It was such a special day with all of our friends and family celebrating. And they were literally celebrating– the weather turned out nice enough that our family and friends set up a tailgate outside the hospital. Haha. ๐Ÿ™‚

We’ve spent the past 2 weeks getting settled as a family of 4 and taking many many pictures…as I’m sure you can imagine. We already have so many pictures we need to go through. Here are some of our favorites:

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Celebrating our 1 year anniversary with a giveaway!

Hello friends!! Wow… what a year it’s been ๐Ÿ™‚ It was one year ago today that we launched our new brand & website and Leslie & Dusty Photography was born. I remember the week leading up to our launch was packed full of last minute website and blog tweaks, tons of business changes were being made and we were tirelessly working on our process and workflow so that the experience our clients have with us is one they won’t forget. The move from Leslie Walker Photography to Leslie & Dusty Photography was something that made perfect sense. So many things came together with perfect timing and we were encouraged to make the leap. Working with Emily & Lara at Making Brands Happen was an unbelievable experience that taught us so much about ourselves and the business we want to build. Working with them was quite literally a dream come true. Those two ladies have had such an impact on not only our business, but on our personal life as well.

The past year has been our best year yet and 2014 is shaping up to be even better. We’re here to tell you- when you build a business around the true core of your mission and who you are, the work just follows. We have been so blessed to work with people this year who truly appreciate our work and who connect with us as people. That’s when the magic happens y’all! ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s take a little look back… a #tbt if you will… Check out our video (OMG Davis is teeny tiny!) This video still brings tears to my eyes.

In celebration of our first year as Leslie & Dusty Photography, we’re doing a huge giveaway! Check this out:

We’re doing 3 giveaways for 3 lucky people…

1. Family or Newborn Session Giveaway. We’re waiving the session fee ($175)! All prints and products will need to be purchased, but the session fee is waived. Nashville area families only please. Session must be booked for 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Wedding Giveaway. We’re discounting the next wedding we book by $200! You must enter to receive discount. Wedding must take place this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Jam Portable Bluetooth Speaker. We love this thing! We bought one of these for pretty much everyone in our family for Christmas. We bring this in our camera bag so we have music during our shoots! Such a great way to loosen everyone up and make a session fun ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details…

  • Giveaway closes Monday January 20, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. CST
  • Winners will be chosen using a random number generator and will be announced on Monday January 20th
  • 3 Winners will be chosen- ย one person for each giveaway

To enter (3 ways to enter)…

  • Leave us a comment and let us know which giveaway you’re entering (and you can enter more than one!) and let us know how you plan to make 2014 the best year ever!
  • Share this post on Facebook! Make sure you ‘like’ Leslie & Dusty Photography first and then tag us in the post so we can see it. Come back here and leave a comment telling us you shared it on facebook.
  • Follow Leslie on Instagram – www.instagram.com/lesliemwalker. Re-gram the post with the giveaway you’re trying to win! Make sure to tag #leslieanddustyphotography ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus side to following us on Instagram- you get to see pictures of our adorable kiddo ๐Ÿ˜‰ AND see more of our work from time to time. Come back here and leave a comment telling us you’re a new follower & you’ve shared the giveaway.

** You can enter as many times as you would like but you must come back here and leave a separate comment for each entry. We’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner for each giveaway so it’s in your best interest to enter all 3 ways. Good luck!

Thank you for trusting us with your memories!

Leslie & Dusty Photography

Announcing…Spring Mini Sessions

Hey friends! We’ve had many people ask recently if we would consider doing a Mini Session so we’re going to this year! Mark your calendars for Saturday April 13th! We are ready for some Spring weather and can’t wait for green grass, flowers and gorgeous families in front of our camera ๐Ÿ™‚

There are only 8 spots available so hurry and book yours today! This is a great chance to get a quick family session in before it gets horribly hot outside. We have 2 collections to choose from- a print collection and a digital collection. Our mini sessions are open to families, maternity and engagements. Our mini sessions offer over $100 in discounts from our usual prices!

Mini Sessions Nashville

Please email hello@leslieanddusty.com for more information!

In your email please list your top 3 time preferences so we can begin scheduling:

Morning Sessions:

8:30-9:00

9:10-9:40

9:50-10:20

10:30-11

Afternoon Sessions:

4:30-5:00

5:10-5:40

5:50-6:20

6:30-7:00

 

iPad Mini Giveaway Winner!

On Thursday we announced our Ipad Mini giveaway!! Thank you SO much to everyone who commented, shared and helped spread the word! We are blown away by the encouragement and support and canโ€™t wait to mail this thing to a very special winner.

Drumroll please…

We used a random number generator to pick which comment would win. ๐Ÿ™‚
The winner is:
Allison S.


We’re about to email you Allison so we can mail you your ipad & special goodies asap! Thanks for entering!!

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