This busy season has flown by. I realize that I still have SEVERAL things to share from the last round or two of sneek peeks, but I promise it is all coming soon! I just ended my busiest week in a while and I can't wait to get to editing all these fun sessions! Here are a few peeks of what I have been up to!
The Isley Family...
The Fleming Family...
The Burgess/Kirkman Crew...
and The Wilkie Family...
Whew. Lots of good stuff coming soon! And a few last sessions on the books for the year too! :) I'm not going anywhere for a while!
We are admist one of the busiest times ever for my business. It has been an amazing blessing to have a constant flow of work coming in. The only downside is that in addition to this full time job, I have a full time motherhood job to five sweet boys. Five boys that require homework help, meals, laundry (oh the laundry!!) and so much more! It seems to never end with kiddos. So that means there are a LOT of late night editing sessions going on in my household. And after lots of naptimes and bedtimes spent working, it can lead to major burn out.
So, when the rain (in late september) offered me a few postponed session times and cancelled work for my hubby, we decided to tackle something different. I had bought new paint for Austin's room back in May. YES MAY. I painted ONE WALL in July. Then it sat there mocking me ever since. In addition to the paint cans in there, I had two HUGE boxes of goodies waiting to put his room together again. It is the most redesigned room in my house. I had started the thought of making his space more grown up last summer. His baseball themed room, really didn't fit him anymore. He needed something he could grow through the years with. Something that would last when those toys slowly start to fade. So I began collecting. And I have had it all piled up in those boxes waiting for me to do it already!
So, about two months ago, we tackled it. My hubby finished my half done paint job on Monday. We hung his new wall gallery on Tuesday. And then let Austin begin weeding down his toys and putting them all away and cleaning. Then I put the final touches on the room with his new curtains, bedding, and styling the shelves using things he already had by the end of the week. The room looks TOTALLY different now. I am in love with it. It only took me TWO MONTHS to photograph it! haha!
my favorite part is his wall gallery...even though I loved the old one, this is much more HIM! He picked the prints for the frames too. :)
I let him help style the shelves and he had a lot of fun picking things he already had to go on them like his feathers and crystals. One day soon I have grand plans for that chalkboard globe...but for now it just waits. :)
And although I could have spent those hours editing and knocking out some work, I am glad I took the creative break, because it totally refreshed me and left me ready to tackle the list again! And every time I walk in his room, I get this giddy smile. And so does he! :)
Back sharing on Monday! Happy Weekend!
quilt and shams-potterybarn kids
sheets- restoration hardware kids
curtains- west elm
deer pillow: etsy
taxidermy- various, etsy
moosehead- white faux taxidermy (etsy)
chalk art- the print annex (etsy)
thread art- gulush threads (etsy)
frames and mats- potterybarn and potterybarn kids
mini banner- urbanbird and co (etsy)
shelves- potterybarn kids
globes- target, potterybarn kids
white stand frame-IKEA
furniture-rooms to go kids
Allen an Shelby tied the knot in the beginning of October as fall was starting to come alive. I love this time of year so much. The fall colors, the pumpkins, the cool crisp air and the glowy golden sunsets. Fall has become the most popular wedding season as well. And you can see why...it is so easy to incorporate fall into weddings!
Shelby was a DIY bride with the help of her friends and family. They created bouquets, boutineers, and table decorations using lots of fall goodies. Take a peek at their wedding day!
Congrats you guys on a beautiful wedding! Wishing you many years of happiness!
I love using new locations! It really breaths life back into my work. The only down side is not knowing what places will look like before I photograph there. Will there be good light, is the background not too distracting, etc. But that kind of makes it fun too. I am good with winging it! I usually just arrive early (if I can) and case things out!
So when chatting with Elisabeth and Nick about their engagement session, they mentioned loving the outdoors and hiking. I knew we had to incorporate it into their session. So, I suggested Raven Rock. It is kind a mid-point between us and it provides an outdoor feel for their session. So I cased it out online and then arrived early the day of. I looked at the maps of trails and although I didn't have time to hike them yet, I felt confident that I had a somewhat plan. So when they arrived, I explained that there were two main trails. One that was 5 miles to a waterfall and one that was 2 miles to the rock/overlook. Of course we all thought the waterfall sounded so cool...so the 5 mile hike it was. Now, those of you that know me, are probably thinking...5 mile hike? REALLY? I am NOT a hiker. It was pretty obvious to everyone that passed us on the trail as I was really not dressed for the occasion either! haha! But we hiked that trail stopping few times along the way. And we got to the waterfall to find that you had to wade through WAIST DEEP water to get to it. Needless to say, we didn't want to do that. So BUMMER! We hiked for nothing! So by the time we got back to the parking lot, the sun was starting to set and we just quickly did a few shots around there. Elisabeth and Nick ROCKED their 15 minute mini session. Can you tell that they just hiked 5 miles?! haha!
But then we decided to meet again, give the other trail a try and see what we got. So here is the second portion of their engagement session! And it was just in time for BEAUTIFUL leaves!
To say I am excited to capture their wedding would be an understatement! It was such a pleasure hiking and chatting and learning about these two! I am honored to be the one that documents their beginning as husband and wife! Thanks you guys for the fun hikes! :)
This is the very first year EVER that I have done preschool portraits at this school without one of my OWN kiddos attending there! It felt kind of odd walking down those halls without a little boy popping out to say "Hi Mommy!" Next year we will have another one there so, it is just a one time thing for a while! :)
Here are a few of the cute kids from this fall!
back with more next week! Happy Friday!
Another engagement session! It has been the season for it! I am looking forward to all the 2015 wedddings we have lined up! And after shooting engagement sessions, I know they will be good ones! I do engagements with every couple becaues it is really an important step in the wedding photos. You see, most couples that I photograph, this is thier first time behind a camera professionally. And they are nervous and they usually say they don't take good photos. Which is exactly what Ticka told me at their session. But the beauty of the engagement session, is they learn to let go of that fear of bad photos, focus on having fun, laughing and just being together. And in the end they get good photos. But the really magical part is that after that, they have confidence on their wedding day. They know my posing, they know they are going to look good and they can relax and the wedding photos turn out EVEN BETTER because of it.
Tick and Adam, you guys do take beautiful photos. And you laugh together and have fun which is so much fun to capture! Here are a few peeks at their session!
Thank you guys for a fun session! I look forward to your wedding next year!
It was such an honor to photograph Megan and Jason's wedding day! Although they tied the knot back in the summer at the courthouse, they both still wanted a church wedding to celebrate with family and friends. And the day was just perfect! The entire week before the wedding, the chance of rain got higher and higher for their wedding day. The morning of the wedding, the skies were still clear and I headed over early and got to work capturing their details. We finished up the pre-ceremony photos and right before the wedding start time, the rain rolled in. Just as we got to the reception site to start couples portraits, the rain started to slack off. We started with a few umbrella shots and then we didn't even need it. Right after we put the umbrella down, I saw a GORGEOUS rainbow behind them! Megan shared my excitement as she saw the rainbow as a wedding present from God that he fulfills his promises. Megan had prayed for a husband to love her and her boys for so long and she finally had him!
Megan, thanks for rolling with the punches on your wedding day. For embracing the rain, not stressing out over not having full bridal party photos because of a sick groomsmen, and for jumping into a wet field of weeds to capture some beautiful portraits as husband and wife! Congrats to you guys!
Fall is the season for Family portraits! And really it is just the best time to capture them too. You can't beat the beautiful fall colors and the soft light that fall brings. It is my absolute favorite!
I have photographed this little family several times (as it has grown) so I knew it was going to be a fun session! They are just the sweetest! Of course photographing little ones can always be a challenege too. By the end, they were just DONE with me. But that's ok because I already grabbed some sweet shots of them by then! Here are some favorites...
This next spot, was seriously right next to the parking lot, but it was such beautiful light! The sidewalk created a great reflector and the light behind them was just gorgeous! In a parking lot, no doubt!
Thank you guys for a fun session!
Back with another one on Friday!
The months changed and with it came this CHILLY weather! I got used to photographing in the warm temps so my session this past weekend were a bit cold! I still have quite a few sessions left before my busy season comes to an end! I still have SO MANY edits to do too! And full blog posts! But for now, another round of sneek peeks of things to come!
The Taylor Family...
The Fleming Family...
Rosslyn's First Birthday..
Ticka and Adam's Engagements...
Kaitlyn and Jake's Engagements...
Back with a full post on Wednesday!
Sweet Venice joined me for her session at just 3 days new! She slept like a champ the entire session! We got so many cute shots! and even a SMILE!
We started with this neutral set-up that i couldn't get enough of!
We headed outside for my last outdoor shot of the year. (is it Spring yet?!) Love shooting outdoors with newborns! I will miss it for a few months!
Thank you for sharing your sweet Venice with me Gabby! She is just precious!
Gabby and I met at the creek days before she was due to have her sweet babe. The humidity was high but she was a pro!
We headed to the Harvest house for a few farm land pics.
I am going to be sharing the sweet baby from this belly session tomorrow! Stay tuned!
This session was quite a while back! I am working on blogging those lost sessions from the summer! My dear friend Shana brought her girls for a session because they had some news to share...
SO we did a fun little announcement and then we captured some sweet portaits of these BUSY girls! I think they could keep up with my crew of wild boys easily! And it is a GOOD thing since their newest little one is going to be a BOY! :)
I look forward to meeting the newest soon! :)
I had the pleasure of photographing this sweet family a few weeks ago. Their country location was a real treat to work with. Fields of beans, yellow buildings, silos, and a grapevine too! I had fun using little spots here and there.
thank you guys for choosing me to capture your sweet family! Back with lots of families this fall....it's that time of year!
It is the busy season around here. I just finished our last 2014 wedding this weekend and we went out with a bang! It was beautiful! But, I am not even close to done yet for the year. I have a PILE of editing to do (8 sessions and 4 weddings....but who's counting right?) and a LOT of scheduled sessions coming up too! For now I have some sneek peeks while I work through the edits!
Lucy at 3 months...
Megan and Jason's Wedding...
Elisabeth and Nick's engagement session...
Erin and Charlie's Wedding...
and Ava Graham at 6 months...
So many good blog posts coming soon! :)
My Sweet Finn turned ONE last weekend! I just can't believe how time has flown with him. I have been planning this party since before he was born. Gotta love pinterest! But with a name like Finn, a fish party was really just the obvious choice. Everything was pretty much pinterest inspired and just thrown together literally the day of the party. I have been so swamped with work that I didn't even do half of what I wanted and it was ok, because it was still super cute! Here are a few peeks at his party...
We gave out fish soap favors! LOVED them. From etsy.
Kids got some pet goldfish which were our table centerpieces!
my mom made the cake and cupcakes. I re-purposed the cake sticks from Ashton's circus party and just switched the red ribbons for orange ones. :)
so we decided to cut him a piece instead...
So there you have it! :) He is officially a big boy! I am already started to think about his next birthday party! :)
I still can't believe that Cierra is a high school senior! The time flies I tell you! I have watched her grow from a fussy little baby (sorry, it's true!) into a beautiful young lady. She is not only my cousin, she is babysitter to my children at times, and just an all around sweet person! Here are a few peeks at her Senior session!
Be back sharing another session soon!
Oh my...Kingston was such a cute baby!! When I first got him settled in and was posing him, he was firing off smiles like crazy. Of course when I picked up my camera, all that was left was a smirk, but it was cute still! He was a touch older than my typical newborn, but we were still able to get some cute poses. Of course he slept best when posed with mom and dad. :) I think he is going to be a loving little boy! Here are some peeks at his session...
Back with another sweet babe soon! :)
Today is the big day for Megan and Jason! I am so excited to be photographing their wedding! But even more excited that I can now share Megan's bridal session! We met at her family land again in the Country...how I love putting a beautiful bride in a rustic country setting! Here are some favorites...
This next spot. We had to WORK to use it. Her mom had to clear a path to get Megan in those weeds without tearing up her dress, we wrapped her in a sheet to be sure as she crossed, and then I had to stand on top of a 4 wheeler to shoot them, which was a miracle if you know how clumsy I am to begin with! ha! I should have gotten a behind the scenes shot of it! But I would say it was worth it by far!
Congrats to Megan and Jason! I will be back sharing their wedding day soon!
Fall is in the air! I am loving it! Although I do enjoy the warmer temps, Fall is my favorite season of all! This fall is going to be a BUSY one. We have a few Fall weddings left and lots of other sessions already lined up! I have VERY limited dates left on the calendar! All my Saturdays are FULLY BOOKED for the year! I have a select few sunday evenings and a few weekdays (weekdays are for newborn sessions here at the studio). If you want a session, now is your last chance to book it before the dates are gone!
Also, 2015 is booking quickly for weddings! I only have ONE saturday in October left! :) May and June are catching up quickly too! So if you are interested in a 2015 wedding date, it is never TOO early to book!
And while we are talking about busy times. Here are a few peeks of sessions I have coming to the blog soon!
Dusty and Alisha's wedding...
Gabby's Maternity Session...
The Lindley Family...
Some Preschool Cuties...
Shelby and Allen's Wedding...
and a few bridal portraits coming soon too! :)
I photographed Emma's family years ago...so long ago that I couldn't find their photos on any of my current hard drives, otherwise I would have HAD to show you how much she has grown from a kiddo into a beautiful young lady! She is just stunning and it was an honor shooting her Senior Portraits! We had to reschedule thanks to one of the many rain storms we had! We actually ended up shooting them right in the middle of the day which is usually the time of day I avoid sessions, but thanks to the cloud filled sky, it worked perfectly! Here are some favorites from her session!
We started at a creek...my most favorite place to do photos lately! :)
I really couldn't decide between black and white and color on this one...so you get both!
Thank you Emma for a fun session! Best of luck next year!
I have found myself falling in love lately...with weddings. Don't get me wrong, I have always had a fondness of them. But lately, I just adore them. Getting to know the couple, seeing how pieces of their personality end up in the day, watching all the moments come together, and celebrating in their happiness. This wedding is another that I fell hard for. Nate was a groomsmen in Elijah and Tatum's wedding. Amanda actually spoke with my husband at their wedding about having us capture their day. And when he told me later that night, I wish I had knew earlier so I could have spoke with them. But finally the day came that Amanda emailed me. After hearing what they had planned, I knew it was a wedding I didn't want to miss. I have never had to seek out weddings. They always just come to me. And I stand firmly in my belief that God brings each couple to me. I was MEANT to be at this wedding.
Amanda is from Pennsylvania and Nate from North Carolina. It would seem almost unlikely that their paths would ever cross. But by serving others, they found each other. They both served with Encounter Rivival Ministries. Traveling and sharing their faith with others. I don't think either of them expected to find Love during their work, but they did. Naturally, they chose a travel theme for their wedding day and it couldn't have fit them more perfectly. The details they chose were a dream to photograph. I spent way too much time with them probably, but I loved them all so much!
Amanda and Nate are very passionate people. Passionate about life and each other but mostly about their Faith. While Amanda was getting ready for her wedding, she was signing the words to one of her favorite Christian songs. The entire day they celebrated in the joy of love and of faith. And if amazing details and a passionate couple was enough, their wedding party was just so much fun too! We captured more fun portraits than ever before I think! This is going to be a long post, so be prepared for lots of fun photos!
The wanted to pray together but not see each other before the ceremony. Such a sweet moment!
Instead of a unity candle, they burnt a boat. During their marriage counseling they talked about how marriage is like sailing two boats to a deserted island and then setting your boat on fire...how you can never truly leave that island the way you came. Such a different and fun moment for their wedding!
Portraits round one. I can't say enough about how AWESOME these two are together! I found myself loving all of their photos!
back for the reception..
Then a round of sunset portraits...give me a field of weeds and a sunset and I am in HEAVEN!
There are two things you need to know about Ashton.
1. The kids LOVES LOVES LOVES mexican food. Ask him what he wants to eat, the answer is almost always tacos.
2. He loves parties! He loves scouring pinterest with me. He loves making decorations. He loves a good party!
So when we started his birthday planning, we originally were going to do a peter pan party. We had some cute ideas and then he asked me... "Can we have tacos at my party?" And I said, well, what if we did a taco bar and changed your theme to a mexican party? He was all for it! So we started the pinterest hunt for all things fiesta! One night while pinning away, I typed in cinco de mayo and the idea was born! "CINCO NO MO!" Since Ashton was turning six, he would be five no more....so his theme became Cinco NO MO!
We really did go simple on this party. I have so many sessions and weddings that I knew I wouldn't have a lot of time to commit to things. So we did centerpeices, a taco bar and called it done. And he loved it. Take a peek....
We have another party next month! Finn will be ONE! Time flies!
Ah this session! Ever since I shot the Greene Family at this waterfall, I couldn't get the spot out of my head! I had to shoot there again. And I love combining baby bumps and nature, so naturally a maternity session was in order. I mentioned the idea to Lauren who found me Chelsea! Chelsea was so perfect for this session. She is so naturally beautiful and made this session easy. She joked about how she wasn't naturally good at posing, but I think she totally IS! Chelsea, you are a stunning and glowing! I had a lot of favorites! This spot is just so beautiful!
Thank you Chelsea (and Jack!) for being so awesome! Best of luck with your new addition!
It the time of year for family sessions! The Porter family was super sweet. Although the kids took a little work to get to know me and warm up/wind down we had a blast. Little Ruby was at that shy stage. But she loved her dolly and toys and it made for some sweet photos at that stage! Will was a total boy...running, jumping, didn't stay put for long and he had the cutest giggle! We ran and played! Here are a few peeks at their session!
Thanks guys for a fun session! Back with more Monday!
Most people that have followed my work know Izzy quite well! She is probably more documented by me than my own children! haha! We met up last month for a super quick birthday session in my backyard.
And we had to snap a few of her new little sister who slept through part of it all. Ila is 2 months old here!
Back with another session Friday! :)