Family photoshoot inspiration: beach photos, great ideas for family of five photos, and outfit coordination for the whole family.A BIT ABOUT ME

I’m Chandra, wife to my high school sweetheart and talented actor/author husband Jonathan and the momma of three boys: Charlie, Calvin & Quincy. We recently relocated our family from Los Angeles to Columbus, Ohio. We miss the constant sunshine and year-round outdoor adventures (and the beach!) but are having fun discovering our new city, planting a garden in our big backyard, and having a more peaceful daily life. Some of my favorite things include: my morning coffee, nature hikes, reading a good book in a hot bath, binge watching on Netflix, chocolate chip cookies (gluten-free for me these days), family dance parties, and cuddles and kisses from all of my boys. I’ve started a wellness journey in order to improve my mental health and Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism. I’m a former lawyer and a writer and work-from-home mom. I am the creator of Oh Lovely Day, which I started in 2010. I also write for Momtastic, BabyLIst, and other media outlets.


In the last couple of years I have felt called more and more to try to help fellow mothers in any way I can — to use whatever small platform this blog has created for me to raise awareness for some issues near and dear to me, like the struggles of mothers, mental health, postpartum depression, breastfeeding, baby wearing, and just doing the best we can and not being too hard on ourselves. Someday, when my kids are all in school (if I’m lucky enough to be able to stay home with them for that long) I hope to return to law to focus on being an advocate in some way for women and children. For now I hope this space, my instagram feed, and my Battlefield Motherhood Community on Facebook will provide a judgement-free place of support, tips, and encouragement. And some pretty inspiration occasionally too, because sometimes you just need it, ya know? Like, for FUN. I also share the wellness tips and knowledge I’ve learned to live a better life, and became a Beautycounter consultant in an effort to eliminate xenoestrogens and toxins/chemicals from my skincare routine.

celebrating oh lovely day | gilded paper maché heart from paloma's nest | photo by amy stone

So thanks for stopping by, for reading or following along on social media, for taking the time to comment here or there, and for being a part of this community I’ve come to love. I hope you enjoy Oh Lovely Day and would love to hear from you if you have any questions or stories of your own to share. xo

Top Photo by Jennifer Roper Photography / Bottom Photo by Amy Stone Photography.