Monthly Archives: August 2015

GOOD MORNING all my friends!!!

Hope your monday is shaping up to be a good one and a good start to the week!  It looks like it might rain over here in our corner of Virginia Beach but hey that’s ok.  You need a good rainy day every once in a while.  At least that’s how I feel about things.

You want to know something kind of funny… and slightly weird about me, although I know you must be thinking.. what’s NOT weird about me.  I love to check the weather each night before I go to bed.  I know most people probably do this, especially if you have little ones.  It helps you get prepared for the next day and go ahead and have an idea of what to plan/fun activities and such.  Today’s forecasts was supposed to be a little on the rainy and wet side so I already knew that going to bed.

So this morning.. and actually every morning I have an idea that it might be a little rainy I get tricked by our air conditioning and  my fan.  It’s kind of  a sad thing for me. When I wake up and this morning when I woke up, I thought I was waking up to the sound of rain, and I LOVE that!   I don’t know why but there is something kind of comforting about waking up to the sound of rain.  It’s like an extra excuse to stay snuggled under the covers with Linc!

So I smiled a little and pulled the covers up a bit.  Then I remembered this sneaky little trick from my house and decided to pull back the curtains and sure enough… no rain!  It was all just the sound of my fan and the air!  So I hopped out of bed instead and grabbed an extra large mug of coffee (but extra large I should put a picture of this new mug on instagram because it’s amazingly huge) and enjoyed a few moments of quiet before my boys woke up!

How has your morning been so far?!~

We had a great weekend over here!  Linc and I had a super busy and really fun week so we decided to continue that on through the weekend!  We kept our plans a little less crazy though and mixed in a good amount of down time!

Friday we met our friends at The Hub which is an awesome new place in Virginia Beach!  I didn’t even know it was there until my friend Brandi suggested we pack up the kiddo’s and meet there for dinner!

The Hub is a place at the oceanfront where a bunch of food trucks come and park and you can explore and sit down at the cutest picnic tables and just enjoy!!  If you haven’t been yet, you need to go FOR SURE!

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It was the perfect night out for our families!  The Hub is the perfect date night out for the entire family.  It’s the cutest closed in open space (wow that’s kind of a contradiction right?!) and our little ones just ran around and had a blast!  Brandi and I sipped on orange crushes and just caught up on life and babies and work and love!  Linc and her little one Brooklyn had their own special “crushes” just for kids and I’m really not sure who had more fun Tuck or the kids playing chase and tag and tackle!

I also had probably the BEST crabcake of my life… hands down!  It was gourmet and I think I ate it in five seconds all the while making yummy noises!  It was called the Italiano and it had fresh basil, mozzarella, proscuitto and so so so much more!

AMAZING!

Virginia Lifestyle Photographer Brooke Tucker

We spent the rest of the weekend soaking up some time together at the Children’s Museum and digging in the dirt outside!

Last night we took some time out together to grab Linc’s bucket and head down to the beach to gather some treasures!  Tuck started a sand fight which wasn’t too bad until Linc completely blasted me in the face from about two feet away!  I’m STILL getting sand out of my ears and hair!

It’s been so long since we’ve all been together for longer than 2 two days and this weekend was much needed quality time together.  I’m feeling a little selfish since we are also have quantity time too!

We so often take the little things for granted…like just being together and having one another!  Sometimes it’s nice to just remember and appreciate those small things and then soak them up!

I hope you have a happy Monday friends and take a moment to just appreciate one small thing that maybe you have every day but forget to appreciate!

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And here’s one from our trip to the beach last night!

Virginia Lifestyle Photographer Brooke Tucker

Happy Friday everyone!  Can you believe it’s FRIDAY?!  WHEW ya’ll… I’m so excited it’s finally here!  CHEERS FOR THE WEEKEND!  Raise your coffee mug, your tea cup or your starbucks tumbler because WE MADE IT!

Actually this week wasn’t that bad ya’ll, was it?!  Our week was actually super fun over here and Linc and I got out of the house and actually embraced some good old Taylor Swift life advice!

Today though is about more than just T-Swift and Shaking things off… it’s about shaking things up and embracing Big Dreams and Big Goals!  Two things that these wonderful people are known not only for achieving but for inspiring in other people and motivating and igniting fires!  If you haven’t heard of Justin and Mary before now… you will want to go ahead and spend the next few hours after reading this post, getting to know them!  I promise you, they will rock your world and also change your world!

A few months ago I made the trip up to Northern Virginia and nervously (excitedly but nervous to the point of oh my gosh I’m going to sit down in front of these two pretty amazing individuals and discuss all these ins and outs of my business what if I throw up on them kind of nervous) met them for a coffee and mentoring session!

I’ve done mentoring sessions before and they are always a little nerve wracking!  I’m a people pleaser so I always want to make sure I’m doing what they want me to do and that I’m holding up the right expectations.  Meeting with Justin and Mary is WAY different though.  There is homework involved!!!  You always want to be prepared for mentoring sessions:  have a folder of your best images, make sure your website is on point and you have questions prepared and ready, but with Justin and Mary they push you a little deeper.  You need to have your numbers prepared for the entire year (that’s something I struggle with an ultimately one of the biggest reasons I wanted to sit down with them).  You need to come prepared with what worked for you in the past and what didn’t work so well.  You need to come prepared with you Bhags… your Big Hairy Audacious Goals!  These for me were the absolute hardest to come up with and honestly… Amanda Manupella had to call me out.  She had to give me some tough love the morning of my mentoring session because my big goals were serious duds.  Mary wants BIG goals… the ones that deep down you are afraid to even whisper out loud!

This mentoring session for me before I even got in my car was pushing my boundaries.  I don’t like numbers!  Putting my numbers on the paper was scary enough and having to talk number out loud to anyone other than Tuck was going to make me feel silly and dumb and cause me to break out in hives.  I’m not even joking about the hives.  I get numbers mixed up and I’m really awful at math!  When we got to that part, thank goodness for their grace and for Justin’s little nudge because I think I looked like a deer in the head lights.

They taught me that where I was dreaming big with  my numbers wasn’t even skimming the bottom of the barrel, not with a family!  I needed to learn to be comfortable with numbers if I wanted to be successful in a business not just a hobby!

They also taught me that dreaming big isn’t to be feared, it’s to be proud of!  All it takes is to rearrange your thinking!  It’s like looking at a staircase… start at the bottom and make your way all the way to the top!  You don’t focus on the top of that big staircase at first… you take it one step at a time!

Let me bring you back though to the start of how this all began!  How I chose Justin and Mary for this year’s round of coaching!

It all began in March during this amazing little weekend called CREATIVE AT HEART!  If you EVER have the chance to go… book yourself!  If you do ONE PIECE OF EDUCATION NEXT YEAR… do that one!  WOAH friends… just woah!  I can’t even… .I just can’t!

ANYWAY… I knew about J and M… I mean, if you are in this industry… you KNOW!  I just never really followed/followed.  I guess we could be honest… I didn’t STALK, like I stalk Katelyn James!  My gal pal Elizabeth had just attended their lighting intensive and poured about how amazing they are and so on our way in to the conference my interest was totally piqued.

So I went to introduce myself to Mary after watching her a bit… I sound totally creepy now and guess what… I am, oh well embrace it right?!  So this is where it gets weird… I ended up kind of falling in love with her personality as I was waiting to talk to her!  She’s just so graceful and she hones in on who she is talking to.  She is FULLY PRESENT with that person and that is super rare these days.  So when I went to introduce myself.. I started petting her… WHAT?!  How weird is that?!  I PETTED MARY MARANTZ!  As soon as I realized what I was doing… OH THE HORROR… I acknowledged it, because what else are you going to do, and then quickly said ok I’m going to go now.  Unfortunately when I did, I wasn’t paying attention to the crazy awkwardly designed tables of food and was attacked by one of the sides and literally FLIPPED over one.  I was knocked flat on my back and so I laid there in my shame!

I laughed because it’s just funny and it’s actually totally me!  What other way to introduce myself to my future mentor!!!  I’m surprised she agreed to meet with me!  I’m seriously certifiable!

Our meeting was filled with amazing ideas and coffee that kept pouring!

Mary and I are big talkers… and Justin he sits quietly taking it all in!

I was overwhelmed that my small little business had Mary so excited!  I thought I would meet with them, they would help me with pricing and number and guides and things and then we would hug… take a few instagram pictures and that would be it.

But that’s just not how they are!

They listen to who you are and take in your business at it’s core and it’s heart and then they really find ways to inspire you that you might never have thought of before!  They lift you up and send you home with a list of to do’s that will keep you busy and inspired for the whole year!

So what are some of my to do’s:

  • Video Blog~!  This is something that is soo weird for me but Mary was insistent! She felt like when I speak it was really powerful!  I feel awkward and nerdy!  I talk really fast and I use A LOT of hand gestures!  That’s why I have never ever considered talking on camera before!  But when someone like Mary says video blog and do it two to three times a week… you go ahead and turn that little green light on and push that record button!
  • Focus on my mommas!  Mothers and Motherhood in general really inspires me.  Maybe it’s because this is my life right now and I totally understand and relate to it.  Maybe it’s because I just have always wanted to be a mom!  Whatever the reason…  mommas and motherhood hold a huge place in my heart and so that is where my focus will be!
  • Instagram challenges:  Real is Better than perfect is my tagline and my motto!  It’s the heart of my business and so Mary and I came up with some great ideas for some instagram challenges that I will be starting once school gets back in session!
  • Writing:  This is something I do at night before I go to bed and Mary encouraged me to keep it up along with the Motherhood sessions!  I will talk more about this later!!!
  • Resources:  Working in the children’s hospital for 6 years left me with some pretty amazing little tricks!  I’m planning on sharing some of those through the blog and PDF’s and online resources!

Lots of fun things to look for in the upcoming months….

Not to mention a new fresh look that I am going to be talking about as well with Bonnie from B is for Bonnie Designs!

If you are thinking about doing a mentoring session, I highly recommend it!  Take the time and research who would be the best fit for you right at this moment!  What are you looking for and what do you want to gain.

Mentoring sessions are one of the BEST things you can do for yourself and for your business.  One on one time with someone who will talk with you about what you want and what questions you have… that’s something that is completely priceless!!!

To hear more about my mentoring session and ALL the details… check out Justin and Mary’s blog! http://justinandmaryblog.com/june-mentoring-brooke-tucker-real-perfect/

 

  • August 28, 2015 - 1:34 pm

    Mary Marantz - Awww YAY!!! Love this & LOVE you!!! SO excited for the BIG things to come girl!

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Virginia Beach Newborn Lifestyle Photographer Brooke Tucker

On Tuesday of this week, I shared with you Niko’s incredible birth story!

A few weeks later, I was able to visit with him and his family in the comfort of his own home and capture their real lives as they have settled in to a family of four!  I think that is why I love newborn lifestyle sessions the very best: it captures real life as it is now for the family, in their own home where they are most comfortable and relaxed!  There’s no pressure!  It’s just a lot of laughter and realizing that wow, this is us and it’s a miracle!

And yes… I usually cry!  Sometimes I wait until I leave but most often not!  That’s just how I am and I can’t help it.  These sessions are magical because for me, it completes that circle!  We met when this amazing family is waiting so patiently to meet a new person and then during labor there is so much unconditional love and strength and surrender in the room that those feelings are tangible and overwhelming!  And then, you bring this miracle home.. whether it’s your first or your introducing this new miracle to their brothers and sisters and your circle is complete:  your home and it’s truly real!  It’s like you’ve been holding your breath this whole time and you can finally exhale and when you do… it’s like it’s your very first breath of new life as family!

I can’t describe it… and so I just cry!  I cry because on the other side of the camera I just feel all these emotions and I love it so very much!  I feel so very blessed to be able to capture these moments!

This family… I have no other words!  They are just something incredibly special to me!

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  • August 27, 2015 - 3:47 pm

    Marcy Pearl - Brooke – your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! You somehow manage to capture things that people don’t realize are there until they see the picture. This is an amazing family (they’re mine), especially Miss Sassy Pants, the 19 month hold who thinks she’s grown. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job with all their pictures.

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