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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what to wear? | spring

Are you putting off your little one’s or family pictures because of the weather?  Maybe it’s because you’re waiting to lose those last few pounds or get a base tan.  Or…. is it because you don’t know what to wear?  Maybe you don’t even know where to begin with putting together outfits for your family.  Let me help! If you want assistance, I would be more than happy to aid in that.  Or, start here.  If you choose within this color palette, you can’t go wrong.

Mom, always choose your outfit first.  Then work down through the kiddos and add your husband last.  Trust me!  It works best and in the end you will love your images because you feel good about yourself.  Don’t put it off any longer!

If you want to wear bright colors, please reserve those for your accessories.  Lighter colors are always best for you to shine.  And don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns.  Mixing patterns and colors can make or break your images.   Again, if it’s a struggle for you, please shoot me some of what you might be thinking and I will be more than happy to help.

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neither cold nor wind…

All I wanted was a short session with my kids because it has been five years since I last took their pictures as siblings.  Every year I do a family session and individuals but not always siblings.  So I thought, “Perfect!  They will all be home for Easter so why not do one then?”

The last couple of weeks we have had some very beautiful days off and on.  Temps in the 60’s and 70’s.  Everyone knows that Easter weekend is supposed to be sunny and warm.  Right?  Well, not this weekend.  I had planned these pictures for yesterday and it was really my only chance but the weather was less that ideal.  Initially it was cloudy and felt quite cold but then the sun came out and warmed things up every-so-slightly.  Still, with 20 mph winds, the high 30’s seemed a lot colder.  I almost called it off in a fit of frustration.  But I’m so glad I didn’t because though I only got a handful of shots, they turned out as beautifully as I had hoped.

Of course, we had to drive 10 miles out of town to a friend’s house in hopes of finding some reprieve from the wind, which we did.  Funny, once the wind was blocked it was actually quite beautiful.  And then we woke up to a couple of inches of snow this morning.  I guess there is always something positive you can find even in the cool, windy days.

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