I had meant to blog something on thanksgiving and time totally got away from me, but I wanted to hop on anyway a few days late and say how THANKFUL I am for my clients and my job. I never in a million years dreamed that my passion would turn into this. I started doing photos after shooting a friend's wedding and I have been madly in love with it ever since. I feel so very blessed to do what I do and share it with others.
Working from home while being a mom to 5 boys is really hard if I am honest with you. There are days when I question everything I do. It seems like I am always falling short on something, either with work or parenting or as a wife. Regardless of how much I try to balance my schedule. I have been told by others that I should just put my work on hold until my kids are a little older, but you know what? I CAN'T. My job is my passion, creativity and a lot of days my sanity. I think any mother can agree that sometimes you just need a few moments kid-free with something you love. Some moms snuggle up with a book or have a girl's night out with friends, but I find myself behind my camera or computer making my photos come to life. And it fills me up with so much joy. I truly love what I do. I love capturing tiny newborns, even if the session takes me 4 hours to shoot after waiting out a wide awake baby. I love shooting weddings, even if it pours down rain and I have a 20 minute time window to fit all the portraits into. I love capturing baby bumps on moms and making them see how beautiful that time in their life truly is. I love meeting families and watching them interact regardless of how hard I have to work for a photo of everyone looking happy. I love the way I feel when I nail a shot I had dreamed in my head. I love hearing what others think of their photos too. I can't imagine putting that part of my life on hold! So thank you to ALL of my clients for allowing me to balance my work with my family. I feel blessed to work with such patient and kind clients!
Here are a few sessions that are patiently awaiting sneek peeks!
The Williams Family...
The Fleming Family...
The Needham Family...
The Wilkie Family...
The "Routh" Family...
And sweet Mason...
I usually take a big break for the holiday season. And this year I will have a much slower paced calendar, but I am taking on sessions. If you need photos, I am still going to be around! Give me an email! I am looking forward to all that my calendar holds in 2014 already!
Everyone stuffed with turkey and ready to shop? If you are like me, I am shopping from the comfort of my home instead of tackling the crowds at the store! So, if you are in need of some photo gifts or just want a good deal, check out the black friday specials we have running! :) Happy Shopping!
and our always popular disk sale continues this year! :)
ALL DIGITAL FILES are going to be on sale from now until December 10, 2013.
ONE SESSION = $200
TWO SESSIONS= $300
THREE SESSIONS= $400
FOUR OR MORE SESSIONS=$500
No credits or discount codes will be accepted towards this offer. Tax and shipping are included. The price listed above is the full amount you need to pay. Please email me to let me know which session(s) you want and how you would like to pay (paypal or mail a check). Disc will be mailed to you within 2 weeks of purchase. This includes ANY session(regular session, weddings, baby year plans, etc). If you would like prints from a previous session or you want to but your digital files at the reduced price, Jump on it! :)
As always, email me if you have questions!
Davis' dad and I grew up right down the road from each other. He was like a big brother to me. I was so excited for him when they found out they were expecting! Davis looks so much like his daddy too! He wanted to stay awake and party during our session, but we did manage to get a few adorable sleepy shots still!
I love one year olds! They are full of personality but usually not running around like a wild toddler yet! Lincoln was a perfect little guy to photograph. We had to work for those smiles, but he loved all the fun things his mom brought along for his session! Here are a few peeks at him and his family!
he wasn't into the birthday cake! Most one year olds can't get enough of it but he just stuck his hands in it and then he was done! :)
Back with more sessions soon! :)
I adore this family! I started photographing them when mom was pregnant with baby #2. Now they have grown into a family of 6! We met up for Baby Wills one year session this past spring (yes I am just now blogging this!). We of course attempted a photo of all the kiddos together too! Here are a few favorites...
Back with another tomorrow!
I can speak from experience as to how impossible it feels to get a good family photo with 4 children! I haven't even attempted it with five! :) So I knew I was up for a challenge when meeting the Church family for their session! Luckily their kids were used to me and we ended up with some cute shots that sum up their family life right now!
Thank you guys for a fun session! :)
When Hannah and I started chatting about her maternity session, she mentioned that she wanted to do them on the lake. She and her hubby spend a lot of time on the lake with their boat. In fact, they had plans to name their little guy "Baiden" so I insisted that we HAD to do them on Badin Lake! Of course, shooting on a lake is challenging since there isn't much dry land around to use...just water and docks mostly. But we rode around and found a few spots to use! Here are a few of her session...
that one is exactly what I had in mind when we were planning this session!
Kevin and Diana were probably one of the first couples I had the pleasure to photograph their engagement, wedding, and then their babies as they grow! It is such a pleasure to know that people trust those precious memories to me! Their girls are beautiful and their family is full of love. We met up for their newest daughter's one year session back in September only to have my camera break and I lost the photos...all but the first few shots...
I adore this repeat family! It has been a pleasure to photograph them through the years! Their boys are just as adorable in person too as they are in the photos! This year they brought along the family dog too! :) Here are some favorites!
Thank you guys for a fun session!
This was another magical newborn session for me. Little Colton was just perfect and his parents were up for anything! We did a few studio shots and then traveled back to my favorite creek for some awesome shots! Nature is so inspiring to me. Kuddos to his mom and dad for trucking THROUGH the river to get to a cool rock in the shade. It made for some awesome photos!
Back with more sweet newborns soon!
Jordan turned 18months and we met for some new photos. This stage is always fun because they are on the move and have a mind of their own. It becomes a game of tag and peek a boo with a camera in hand. :) Here are a few of him...
And he brought along his extended family for a few photos too!
Thank you guys for a fun session! You made a large group seem easy! :)
I have to preface this blog post by saying that Mary is one of the most calm and patient brides I have ever worked with. My typical wedding day timeline allows us to capture most of the portraits (decorations, bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc) before the ceremony. However, the day of Mary and Keith's outdoor wedding, it was raining. It was actually pouring for a while. When I arrived at the venue, Mary informed me that she was going to wait it out. She wanted her wedding outside. So waited we did! We just did a quick rearrange of the timeline and waited. About 20 minutes before the wedding, the rain had slacked off to a sprinkle and Mary insisted that she was going to continue with her outdoor wedding. The groomsmen got to work drying the chairs. And magically, the rain disappeared and the sun came out.
I think this story of their wedding day is very symbolic of Mary and Keith's relationship as well. They have done the long distance dating thing. They will do a long distance marriage for a short while, but no matter what life throws at them whether it be a storm or a few miles, they continue on with each other. And for that reason, I am glad it rained on their wedding day, because they will forever remember how the rain magically stopped so they could enjoy their moment becoming husband and wife.
Now for the pretty pictures...
With the timeline shift, we only had minutes for bridal party pictures, but we still squeezed them in!
And then we focused on the two of them. The storms left them with an INCREDIBLE backdrop for portraits!
Thank you guys for allowing us to capture your day! We wish you many years of happiness!
So, you know what pregnancy brain will do to you? It will cause you to spend DAYS working on blog posts to go live during your maternity leave and then FORGET to publish them! I had a ton of them ready to go and I thought I had published them all and it turns out, I didn't. So, I have quite a few blogs coming up. I think I have one a day for the entire month of November! I have also had a few sessions to post sneek peeks of too! So here are a few more to the list! :) I will be adding to this as I am shooting a lot the next two weeks before taking off for the holidays.
The Brown Family...
Laura's Maternity Session...
some cute preschoolers...this one belongs to me!
Catie's Senior Session...
Jordan and Michael's Engagement session...
The Clay kiddos...
and the Waugh Family...
Stay tuned for LOTS of blogging coming up this month!
AND AN UPDATE! My fall calendar is coming to an end soon for the holidays. I will however be accepting MATERNITY AND NEWBORNS during the winter months. If you are expecting and you want to get on my calendar, please email me ASAP.
We have also put several 2014 weddings on the calendar too! If you are a bride thinking of booking next year, dates are going fast! Please shoot us an email!
I have known Caitlin for many years. I actually babysat her a few times when she was little. Her family has a very special place in my heart! They are the most giving and loving kind of people you can ever know. When I was asked to photograph her wedding, I couldn't wait!
Caitlin and Matt wanted to start their marriage off as not only a commitment to each other, but as a holy commitment to God. Everything about their day was built upon their relationship with Christ first. Their wedding had a totally different vibe to it from the ones we normally shoot. They included hymns, served communion to all of their guest, and had 3 preachers lead the ceremony (one of which was Caitlin's brother). The entire day had a feeling of peace about it. Here are a few favorites from their wedding day!
After the ceremony, we headed to Pinewood Country Club for their reception!
Caitlin and Matt, We wish you a lifetime of happiness! Thank you for sharing your day with us!
I am starting a Wedding Wednesday here on the blog for the next few weeks! I am determined to share the beautiful weddings I have shot in the last year plus. I am embarassed to say this wedding is over a year old! I can't believe it never hit the blog! I intended to share it forever ago and then my hubby got sick and business got busy and I never went back to do it!
Katie and Adam were a dream to work with. Their wedding was at the beautiful Beach Cove Resort in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Adam proposed to Katie there so it was a natural choice for their wedding! Katie chose to incorporate beach elements throughout the day and it all turned out beautiful! Here are a few peeks at their day!
Katie looked STUNNING!
Beautiful flowers by Flowers in the Forest.
And their little video...
Thank you Katie and Adam for sharing your beautiful beach wedding with us!
This shoot was very well planned. As in before this wee little one was born, I was brainstorming ideas for these photos. I love working with past clients, especially when they bring me a sweet babe to photograph. I also love with the trust me and give me the freedom to do what I love. Jill and David did just that. We met for a standard newborn session in my studio, and then made seperate plans to meet up on location. I love shooting at my studio, but in the warmer months I am ITCHING to take babies to beautiful places and photograph them. My ivy works well, but can't compare with a fresh new place!
The night before this session, I couldn't sleep from excitement! I had so many ideas sketched out and planned and I just wanted to make them come to life. I was invested in every part of this magical session. Babies inspire me. Nature inspires me. I couldn't wait to bring the two together. And I am even more excited to share it all now!
If you have a newborn coming up in the warmer months ahead and you would like to meet up at a fun location for a few shots after your session, just say the word and I will dream up a little magic for you too! :)
When I first started my business, I only had this sweet little blog. I would shoot something, rush home and edit it all immediatly, and post a blog about it. I can still remember the thrill and rush of it all. Then as my business grew, the days between shooting and sharing grew as well. And eventually, my life grew (business, added a few more kids, etc) and the space continued to grow. And it became hard to keep up. The passion and drive to share it all is still there, the time is lacking. I have learned to love my facebook page to put up the ONE photo I can't wait to edit after a session. But I still miss putting the collection of memories out there for all to see.
I am just as excited a lot of times to see your photos come to life as you are. I still get giddy when I nailed the perfect shot of that hard to capture kid, captured the exact image I had in my head before our session, or found something beautiful by accident. That part of my job is so fun! And I love hearing what others have to say about their photos too! I have made a little pact with myself that from here forward, I will start blogging more frequently and more quickly after a session! I can't wait to share it all with you guys!
We welcomed our fifth sweet little boy into the world on Oct. 12. Meet Avett Finnigan Leonard - "Finn".
While I am out on a a short maternity leave, I will be blogging all those sessions I haven't gotten around too! :) Look for a hopping blog in the next few weeks!