I have always dreamed of photographing a family in the snow. Snow is so rare and magical here in Tennessee that we can't plan for this type of session and even when it happens we can't garantee that we can make it to one another because of road conditions. But a couple of weeks ago it all worked out and I couldn't be more happy about it. I CANNOT wait to meet this little guy here in the next few weeks and see this sweet pair become a family of 3. Congrats Waring family!
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I love it when sessions end with me chatting with my clients for the longest time about how they are about to become a family of 4 and how the Lord is preparing their hearts for this new and exciting adventure. I can't wait to meet this family's new member just any old day now. Soooooo, I figured it was time to blog their spring/maternity/18 month session. I just love you guys and look forward to seeing your family grow!
I can't wait to meet and photograph this sweet baby girl coming soon! She is already so loved. You can see that all over this mama and daddy's face when they talk about her. Congrats and so excited for your guys! Enjoy Birtsch family!
I'm a little behind on blogging my sessions from this spring but wanted to jump ahead today and share these photos before this beautiful mama has her babe any day now! What an incredible blessing it has been to get to know these two over the past few years. I cannot wait to see them enter into parenthood here in the next few weeks and meet this sweet and already very loved, baby girl!
I can't say enough how much I have loved getting to know this family over the past couple of years. I first met them when we did a maternity session for their first son, then his birth and the rest is history. I've photographed them several times and I always love getting to spend time with them. I love seeing parents blossom into motherhood and fatherhood and as special as it is to see and spend time with a first time mom, I adore seeing a mother settle into motherhood with more than one child. It totally changes the dynamics of your family and stretches you in new ways. Your heart grows with even more love than you knew you had in you. It's amazing how that happens. <3 Enjoy this sweet newborn session with baby Luke and his crew. He is such a blessed little boy. Blessings to you guys and Congrats! This session was styled by Nicole Wise Styling.
A couple of weeks ago I was honored to photograph this family's second birth. I am always amazed at the strength, determination and beauty of a woman as she brings her baby into this world and this day was no different. I have been so lucky to have been able to get to know this family over the past couple of years after I photographed the birth of their first son and it was just as much a privilege to spend the day documenting their second birth as it was the first. I am over the moon for this family, seeing them become a family of 4. Congratulations! I did things a little differently this time and put the slideshow video at the beginning of the post because I just loved the video clips and didn't want you to miss them. Then you can also scroll through the images. Enjoy this beautiful day!
I get to share a really special birth story with you tonight. It is always such an honor to photograph a birth because it's such an intimate day for a family. The days your children are born are right up there with your wedding day. It's one of the most important days. So, to be invited into that space is very special to me. And this family is so incredibly special to me. For starters, I photographed the birth of their last son and I've been able to photograph them several times in between there. I've had the incredible blessing of getting to know them and they are the real deal. Incredibly loving, generous spirits, hearts for Jesus. Spending time with them during 2 births has truly been like spending a morning with great friends. Two years ago this Spring, I photographed Ashley's brother Hunter and his beautiful bride Amber for their wedding. I had never done a wedding before and they called me the Tuesday before Easter to say Hunter and Amber were coming in town and decided to get married and they wondered if I would consider photographing it on Saturday....in 4 days. Ha! Since they promised me it would be a really small wedding and I just loved their family so much, I agreed. Let me tell you, I have never seen two people more in love. I still remember when I was photographing them after the wedding alone, I could have sworn they forgot I was there. They were just so happy to be together. It was such a special day and I am so grateful I got to document it for them. Two weeks before this birth story unfolded, Ashley's brother Hunter passed away tragically. The weeks that followed were excruciatingly painful for Ashley and her family as they mourned their incredible loss. Those two weeks, the Lord sustained Ashley's pregnancy and she was able to deliver after they had returned home from their travels.
Ashley wanted me to include..." After a minor complication, I was sent for induction on the two week anniversary of his passing. It was both a joyful and heartbreaking experience. My family, including my brother's wife and child were able to make it shortly after delivery. We changed Judah's name from Jonathan Judah to Judah Hunter, in his honor. We were so grateful that you had met him briefly and were no stranger to the full circle experience that was Judah's birth. We truly believe you were meant to be our birth photographer for this birth and that the Lord began orchestrating that years before we could even comprehend the steps."
The Lord truly was present on this day. I got to see this family experience joy through an incredibly painful circumstance. The day was filled with love and laughter and full of joy. Judah Hunter is a very blessed boy to be surrounded by such a loving family. I pray for continued peace and comfort that only our Father can bring for this family. Congratulations Williams family! Looking forward to seeing your family grow in the Lord.
*Ashley wanted me to also include a few photos from Hunter and Amber's wedding.
Now for this family's beautiful birth story..... Be sure to watch the video at the end. Enjoy!
Merry Christmas to you and yours this week! I am going to try my best to get all these sweet Christmas tree farm sessions blogged since most cards should be out now. (although I just sent mine today, yikes!) I love this sweet family and it is such a joy to photograph them. I can't wait to meet their new little one just next month!
I always love getting to photograph this sweet family. They are always fun and so easy to be with. I was so excited to get to photograph them this year at the pumpkin patch. It is the perfect way to kick off fall and see this little guys exploring the pumpkins. And I loved their styling by Nicole! Enjoy these sweet photos of this beautiful family!
I have a handful of clients that have been with me since the beginning and I've had the pleasure of photographing their family as it grows and this beautiful family is one of them. I first photographed them when Lauren was pregnant with big sis and all throughout her first year here, here and here. So, I was so excited when they contacted me for maternity photos for sweet baby girl number two and now their in home newborn session. They are so much fun and completely relaxing to hang out with. Congratulations Cardwell Family! Blessings on you and your family as you grow. :)
More to come from last nights session...
I was so excited when Lauren emailed me a few months back to let me know that they were expecting their second baby and they wanted to do maternity photos with me again. This family is seriously gorgeous but the best part about them is that they are so genuine and fun to hang out with! I can't wait to meet their new precious bundle next month!
This family is so special. I have absolutely loved photographing them through out this past year. We've done maternity, birth, newborn, 3months, 6months, 9 months and now this sweet boys One year session. What a blessing it has been to watch him grow and to see his family grow more and more in love with him. Blessings to your sweet family. It has been an honor to photograph you this year.
A couple of weeks ago, I got to photograph this beautiful newborn baby girl and her family. They are seriously the sweetest family. I felt right at home with them since I got to know them a bit at their maternity session this spring. What a sweet and adorable family. Enjoy this wonderful time in your lives Johnson Family!
I loved meeting this sweet couple and photographing them for their maternity session. We had a beautiful night and caught the tail end of all the beautiful spring trees blooming. I can't wait to meet their sweet baby girl soon! Congrats Johnson family!
Happy Mother's day to all of you sweet mama's out there. In honor of Mother's day, I wanted to share some of my favorite images of mothers that I've taken for clients over the years. Enjoy! Now go call your mama and tell her you love her! :)
I had a great time meeting this beautiful couple tonight to do their maternity photographs. More to come!
Since the new year is upon us this week I wanted to look back on this past year and compile a few blog posts of some of my favorite images. Tonight I wanted to highlight my expecting mamas. Such a gorgeous time in the life of a woman. I loved every single one of these sessions. These families are always so much fun, brimming with anticipation. I’m looking forward to my 2015 mamas!
It has been FOREVER since I did a personal blog post and I thought our beach trip would be the perfect thing especially since I won’t be prego for much longer so I better get these “maternity” pictures of me posted. :) This year has been really great. It’s been very challenging but really good for me. Every time I’m pregnant, I feel like the Lord takes me through a refining process and this pregnancy has been no exception. He has been molding me and shaping me. Revealing things to me about my mothering and even just personally that I have needed to turn over to Him. I love the Lord for that. It’s not easy but it’s necessary. Even though I know we’re about to enter into another crazy season of life by adding a new little one to our family, I feel like the Lord has told me over and over that he will be a blessing and a help to us. Recently, He has comforted me with this verse…. “Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications! The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him” Psalm 28:6-7. I am so thankful that He hears me (us) when we cry out to Him! This mommy gig is no joke and I need the Lord EVERY day! I am thankful that He is my help! Our family is notorious for having bad experiences with vacations. From passport issues to really bad illnesses, I was pretty sure we would never go on another vacation. And if you have little ones, let’s face it, vacation is just not quite as relaxing as it used to be :). But thankfully, we decided to put all that aside this year and accept any craziness that came our way. I am so glad we did because we had the best time together. We swam and ate and played, rode bikes, took long walks on the beach, looked for crabs and made lots of wonderful memories together. I left feeling refreshed as a wife and mother and even a photographer. I really enjoyed focusing on shooting just my family and in a new environment.
If you’re here for the pictures just keep scrolling! haha! I just wanted to share one more thing. I am so thankful to all my clients for supporting me as an artist. I really just love getting to do this and have gotten to meet some really great people. I’ve loved all my past clients and I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new families already this fall. If you are wanting some fall photos, be sure to contact me soon because my fall schedule is already almost completely booked. Again thank you for everything. We are enjoying relaxing and enjoying one another these last few days as a family of 4 before we meet our little guy. There will be lots of shares of him when he gets here!