timothy & rebekah | engagement

She came into our lives almost 24 years ago and stole our hearts.  We knew that one day someone would come along and steal hers.  That day has come and we couldn’t be more pleased with the man who has chosen to love her, cherish her and spiritually lead her.  Our little princess.

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lauritzen gardens

What brings you joy?  Is it something you can touch?  Taste?  See?  Smell?  Is it a sound that brings back memories?  So many things can bring joy to an individual.  The question is, are you tapping into that joy?

I have found as a portrait photographer that I can sometimes fall into a rut.  Feel pressured to be in a box.  Lose sight of all the reasons why I do photography.  All of the pros will tell you to “find a niche’ and stick with it” or to “find your style so that all of your images are cohesive and noticeable by the masses.”  Well, that’s not a simple thing to do if you are someone who finds joy in so many things.  I love dark and moody images because they bring mystery, enchantment and wonder.  But I also love and am more drawn to the light and airy images because they bring a sort of cheerfulness and ethereal quality to them.

The best way for me to hone back in on my skills as a photographer and to get out of my rut of feeling like I need to perform for others, is to do a photo shoot that is all about me and all for me.  That shoot generally revolves around flowers.  They take me to a place of calm and remind me of some really great memories.  Some involving moments and some involving people.  It’s no accident that God created flowers and memories.  They go hand-in-hand.

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junior prom 2019

When my girls went to prom it was always a big production.  A production I loved!  Hair, makeup, dresses, jewelry, shoes, friends getting ready together, baking cookies for the gang.  I loved every second of the very busy day.

Then my girls were gone and my boys went to prom.  Now that’s a whole different animal.  The boys getting ready goes something like this.  Tuxes, shoes.  Yep!  That’s it!  So I try to make as much of a production as I can.  It’s a struggle but it all starts with their dad helping them with their tie and cuff links.  It’s not much but it’s all I have so I’ll take it.

I believe each of my kids have had at least one bad year with the weather.  That’s to be expected when you have prom in March.  Not sure why that’s a thing but it is.  So in spite of the cold, wind and rain, we pressed forward.  And my little man was handsome in spite of it all!

bekah

There are many great rewards that come in life.  But my biggest are my marriage and my children.  I have never felt a greater sense of accomplishment in any other area than I have with these.  All I ever wanted as a child was to grow up, get married and have babies.  I did.  And with great success.  Not perfect but I definitely believe a huge part of me was designed to be a mama to my children.

When Bekah was born my heart swelled larger than I ever thought possible.  I loved her so much that within hours after having her (very traumatically, I might add) I remember whispering to her through tears, “I can’t wait to do this again.”  She was my first pride and joy.  And now, 23 years later, I can say with all honesty that I haven’t regretted one moment of being her mama.

Happy birthday Boo!!!  You are a beautiful gift!

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dilly

Do you want to know what makes me smile?  This guy right here.  Knowing that I have the privilege to be his mother and that he has one of the kindest hearts on this planet makes my heart swell with so much pride.  And his yummy face and sweet smile help a lot as well.  🙂

When I gave birth to him 17 years ago, I didn’t realize how much joy he would bring to our family.  I had an idea because of the three ahead of him who had brought the same joy.  But what are the odds that 100% of my children would be loving, kind and stinking adorable?  Blessed is a word that is VERY over-used these days so I won’t say that I’m blessed.  What I will say is that there is a word out there I could use but I won’t.

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elizabeth

If my children ever come to me in the future and say they no longer want their annual pictures taken, I think it might literally kill me.  I look forward to these each year even though it’s growing increasingly more difficult to get them done because of where they are and schedules.  But I am determined to document their lives even if it’s not what it used to be in the day to day photos.

E.Beth turned 21 this year.  I guess that’s a big milestone these days.  It really wasn’t for my husband or me.  Maybe it was for others around us but we weren’t aware if it was.  All I see 21 as is another year that my children are no longer babies.  Sniff, sniff.

I guess you can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl.

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nolan

All of my children are very unique and have great, individual qualities.  But one thing they have in common is that they are all a bunch of goofballs!  I love their silliness.  I guess because it makes our times together fun and interesting.  Also, because it reminds me a bit of the way I used to be before I got old and boring.  Life is such a great gift and it’s very important to enjoy it.

I did my usual, “hey Nolan, can we go out and shoot a few pictures for your annual shots?”  All I NEED is 15 minutes.  Just give me that.”  Truthfully, that really is all I need.  Providing it’s 15 cooperative minutes.  It didn’t help that goofball sister #2 was along for the ride.  My kids all feed off of each other’s strangeness.  They come by it honestly I guess.

After the first spot, he looked at the pictures and said, “I think I’m good.”  Really?  You think you’re good?  Cause I’m pretty sure I’m not.  Mama needs more shots!  So I got more shots.  Not many, mind you, but more.  I just love this boy man!

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