ansley | children’s documentary photographer

Even the very happiest of babies are no match for sore, teething gums.  But this sweet little did her very best in spite of it.  She tried her hardest to enjoy her big day and managed to squeeze in a few smiles for the camera.   But don’t you dare ask her to smash her cake.  She just wasn’t having it.  That’s okay, sweet girl, it’s your party and you can cry if you want to.

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hadley christmas | holiday lifestyle photographer

These kids!  I genuinely look forward to every single session I do with them and their parents.  But the ones with just the kiddos are always so much fun.  There is always an edible treat involved in some way.  I remember the first ones I did with them several years ago that involved a sweet tent made by their mama and a whole lot of candy.  Such adorable pictures.  Every photo shoot should involve sugar (and kitties).  Don’t you think so?

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brooke | lifestyle photographer

This sweet girl came into my life 13 years ago.  A beautiful baby girl who is growing into a beautiful young lady.   Sadly, I only get to see her once a year, but I take that opportunity now that she’s older to spend a bit of quality time with her.  Yes, that involves taking pictures, but that’s when I can usually get most teens to open up to me.  There’s nothing like having a camera in your face (sometimes literally) to make you let down your guard.  Thank you for humoring me every year Brookie!  I love you!

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holen girls | children’s lifestyle photographer

What started out as a dance portrait session, quickly turned into a sisters session.  Big sis wasn’t too happy that little sis got to have a session all to herself.  So, of course, I said she was more than welcome to join in on the fun.  Who wouldn’t want to take pictures of these two cuties?

The two of them together just crack me up and they quickly turned this into a full-on modeling shoot.  No directions from me whatsoever!

We had only two goals for this session.  To have fun and to steer clear of all mosquito infested grass and trees.  Success!!

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silly ballerina | children’s lifestyle photographer

When this one’s mama asked me if I would do a shoot with her in her ballet costume I was totally all over it.  You see, she missed her dance pictures and her dance recital this year so her mama wanted to make it extra special for her.  Of course, I will never turn down a chance to take pictures of a cutie in ballet.

She took it all as a chance to show off her modeling skills.  And show them off she did!

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chosen | children’s lifestyle photographer

I recently took pictures of these two little cuties.  It was so much fun to see not only how much they look alike but that their personalities are very similar as well.  And to see Miss Brecky being a great big sister was very heart-warming.  You see, these two siblings don’t live together and see each other rarely.  Their’s is a great story.  And that’s why I’m going to let Breckynn’s mom tell you in her own words.

“It’s rare when the child that completes your family still gets the chance to be a big sister.  We are thrilled that some of these shots capture this unique relationship.

Almost six years ago God worked a miracle in our lives when He brought us Breckynn through adoption.  The birth mom and dad were people we care about.  In fact, I had known Liana since she was about three.  Their circumstances at the time of Breckynn’s birth were not ideal for the couple and they selflessly chose adoption for their daughter. The love they had for their infant was abundantly obvious and yet they chose to break their own hearts as a sacrifice for hers.

Three years later Liana and Tyler, the birth father, were married and God blessed them with the most charming, beautiful baby boy.  Although Tyler has been in the air force and stationed far away, we have had an open adoption.  We share pictures and stay in touch.

This year these two birth siblings had the opportunity to play together, get to know one another and make some memories.  Open adoption can have its awkward moments in the beginning, but the beauty of it far outweighs the challenges.  Here are two children loved by so many in families that stretch across multiple states.  God is so incredibly good!

Liana and Tyler didn’t give their child to us, they gave us (my husband, our other children and me) to their child.”

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