This post is going to blow your mind.



I’m so bad at holding on to secrets. Seriously, don’t ever tell me one. They are pure torture.

People often describe me as an open-book. I’m pretty sure I just have verbal diarrhea.

At Christmas, I’m the girl that wants to give everyone their gifts early. Why do we have to wait so long?!


So when I have something to tell you all…

something that I’ve been holding on to for weeks…

something that I technically should still keep to myself a little longer…

When something like that happens, well, forgive me, but I just can’t hold out forever!

So, here goes:

It’s still early.

And we’re still soaking in the news.

And anything could happen at this point.

But right now, I’m eating for two!


Yup, Shaun and I are unexpectedly expecting baby #3. We found out just after our trip to Nashville.  I’m about 10 weeks this week (we’re not exactly sure).  We got to see the little bean squirming around on an ultrasound last week!

Watching our little chicken nugget paddle around in my tummy made it super-real. Well, that and the sad fact that none of my pants fit. And my skin looks like I’m a 9th grader who rubbed my face around in a greasy pizza.

And I’m tired. I’m so damn tired.


So while it is a bit early, we have our last Boutique Baby Workshop of the year this week and I’m pretty sure the news will go public once people start Instagramming behind-the-scenes of my undeniable growing tummy.  (If you want to pretend you’re here with us, search the hashtag #hhpworkshops!)  Somehow people always capture the most flattering angles of me teaching…. NOT!  And, fortunately for me, I start gaining my 50 pounds of pregnancy weight the second I pee on the stick.


If you have preggar (radar for pregnant people), you may have noticed something was up in this Instagram of me at just a little over 6 weeks!

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Now, I know what you’re thinking. What does one do when they are unexpectedly expecting while simultaneously chasing after 2 other kids, running a million dollar business, teaching workshops, traveling to speak and they don’t even own a mini van? But seriously, how the hell do people fit 3 kids in their car? I’m freaking out!

What else?

They start a whole new project!

Later this month, PhotographerRising.com is going to gobble up this learning site and become a new super-fly blog allowing me to share more personal posts, my Instagram feed, my weekly FAQ Friday, tips and tutorials, motivation Mondays… and even Chicken Nugget!

It’s for you, but it’s really for me. And it’s going to be cooler than wearing a bikini in a plow pile in Boston right now.

The new blog will be everything about my journey: a girl trying to juggle being an artist, a photographer, an entrepreneur, a teacher and a hormonal, hungry, pregnant, psycho loving mother. When you ask me about my Paleo meatball recipe or where I buy my kids clothes, I can post all of that over there too. It’s pretty much a giant party with all of the random clutter of my brain in attendance.
You want a ticket, don’t you?!

Well guess what my friend? You have a VIP invitation!

Most importantly, the new blog will allow me to use my art and writing as a beautiful non-work-related creative outlet once more… something I let go of a long time ago. On a good day, I hope I can inspire others to live their best life in the process!

Are you as excited as I am?

All I need to do now is rent an electrical sander for my face so I can get my head shots ready for the new design!


What’s Next?


You’ve been asking for it!  FAQ Friday starts up NEXT WEEK, Friday, March 20th 2015. You’ll see the call for questions on Friday morning all over social media. You should really tune in so you can see how giant my tummy has gotten and feel skinny just looking at me.

How does FAQ Friday work? Simply post your questions below the call on social media and I’ll answer them for you in our LIVE broadcast at 2pm EST on Google+ and Youtube.

Then, the new Photographer Rising site should be up and running in 2 weeks.  Come join me on my journey.

Oh, and since no pregnancy announcement post is complete without a belly photo, here I am in Jamaica 2 weeks ago, not enjoying Margaritas. Truth be told, that belly is more from the all-you-can-eat plan then our little chicken nugget, but I know you’re too kind to call me out. Thanks for that!



Did you love this post? Are you excited about the new super-fly site and chicken nugget? Do you think I’m in for it with 3 kids (cause I do)?! Please tell me it will be okay!  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. When you leave me some love, I do a happy dance!

I hope your week is filled with magic!



Want to learn with HHP?

Registration is filling up fast for my last 2 events of the year! Now that you know my secret, you know why we have no additional workshops going on the schedule in the foreseeable future. Head on over to Photographer Rising to learn more about the last chance to join us in 2015!