Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Jordan's Newborn Session

Newborn sessions are always a personal favorite of mine!  Not only are all babies so lovable but they all have a new innocence to them that is often times forgotten in today's world we live in.

Baby Jordan is new to my neighborhood!  He came into this world just a few short weeks ago, so when I was asked if I was able to do a quick mini session of this handsome fella that lived down the street.  It was easy as pie!

What a sweet baby boy.  He had very little demands and all he really wanted was to be comfortable. That we made sure to do on the plush heating blanket.  He seemed content to hang out for the duration.

Congratulations to the Higgins family on your latest family addition.  He is the first grandson of the family and I know he has a handful of cousins who can't wait to snuggle with.


She's all grown up!!  It's amazing what a few years can do.  I remember when I first met Ashlyn on her dad's wedding day.  I believe she was just 13???  Fast forward four years later and she is now a senior at Tuscaloosa Academy.

Although I have had Ashlyn in front of the camera on a couple of occassions, this was our first one on one session. I must say, she did a great job and has a smile that can warm any room!

I couldn't be happier to take part with her senior portraits! I cannot wait to see what great things the future has in store for her. She has turned into not only a beautiful young lady but a very sweet, personable, down-to-earth and respectable young lady too!! I know her family is proud.

Congratulations Ashlyn!!

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Maxwell Family

Oh how I love the Maxwell family!  Their laughter is contagious and seeing them all at ease in front of the camera this past Sunday afternoon makes my heart so happy!  I really don't know where to start and to be honest, I cannot remember where to start.  This beautiful family has been a part of my life for many years now as well as their children's spouses. From a family of 6 to now 17, I must say that they have built a solid foundation of family, home and love.

Rather it be from all our childhood years with school dances, homecoming games to reuniting at joyful occassions such as weddings, to grieving together over loss and tragedies, this family has been a steady hand within our community!

Over the years I have had the honor of photographing their children and grandchildren and being a part of the community we have grown up in has been a very special journey.

So when Maggie inquired with me about taking part with this year's family session, I knew it would be nothing less than of a good time!

It is such a special treat to see Mr. & Mrs. Maxwell with all their beautiful grandchildren.  I really enjoyed having the opportunity seeing the whole gang together.  We couldn't of asked for a better afternoon and a prettier landscape than that of our own local community of Mount Olive, Alabama.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Brita's Newborn Session

In order for me to tell a good story, it helps for me to start at the beginning!!  I have truly enjoyed getting to know Jill and her husband Eric the past several months.  Jill first reached out to me after recently discovering she was expecting a baby. Prior to our appointment, she had informed me that the session was a maternity but I had no idea it was at the early stages of her pregnancy!!

When I arrived to her home, I found myself wondering if I was at the right house as she was the skinniest pregnant woman I had seen for maternity!  It made perfect sense, after gathering an idea of what she was wanting, we were able to capture and document this important milestone for this beautiful couple!

Now, fast forward several months later and they have a beautiful baby girl named Brita.

After arriving to their home where we first met several months prior, the proud new dad walked into the room holding his little girl. I walked over, excited to meet her for the very first time.

She was tucked up into his arms and I knew right away that he is going to have himself a daddy's girl. She is beautiful in every way! Brita and I looked at one another, her eyes straining to focus on me.  Everything is so new for her at just one week old that she must have not wanted to miss out on the fun and decided to stay awake for her first session. She was a trooper and hung in, no cries or tears.

Brita is the perfect addition to the Moller family! I know that Sadie and Molly are going to love including her into the 'pack'.  A big congratulations to Eric and Jill on their perfect bundle of joy!!  I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from yesterday afternoon's session.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Collins Fam

That moment when you get to meet your friend's babies for the first time!!!!  Such a special session for me, not only because it was the first encounter of the Collins twins but also because my dear friend, April, was in town visiting.

April and her husband Robert live in Kentucky, so when she is able to visit her family and friends, there seems to be so much to do in such a little time frame that a weekend is never quite long enough!

Prior to booking a mini-session with me, we decided to meet up first thing Saturday morning at a nearby location to the bridal shower we were both attending. All we needed was a little bit of leaves and a little bit of space. It was perfect! The cooler temps and falling leaves allowed our brief session to be quick and painless.

Brawner and Josie are both eight months old and are A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.!!! I had to put it in all caps because my heart did melt when I saw them for the first time in person.

I couldn't be happier for this family and can't wait for their Christmas card this year!  I always enjoy keeping up with these dear friends of mine.  Distance does make the heart grow fonder!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Drue's 6 Month

About this same time on the same day four years ago I was photographing Adam and Britni's wedding day so it made perfect sense that I get to hang out with these fun folks for Drue's six month session!

I was able to meet this sweet baby girl a handful of months ago for her newborn session so having the opportunity to see these guys again yesterday afternoon was a real treat!  Drue definitely makes you work for a smile and it isn't even guaranteed that she will share her smiles even then.

Smiles or no smiles, she has my heart with those adorable round cheeks of hers and her big baby blues!

I like to think that she is a deep thinker and a very good observer with her surroundings.  It was a gorgeous afternoon, so I can only imagine there was a lot to take in for her young age.

Drue definitely deserves some major props for sitting up so well after just turning 6 months this week! I do believe I saw her trying to crawl and I guarantee this will follow soon after!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Jenifer & Shawn

All I have to say about this is Jenifer and Shawn's wedding day is one to write down on the books on so many levels.. Where should I start?  Should I talk about how PERFECT the weather was?  Lower temps, sunny skies, a perfect fall day.. Or should I brief on how perfect Jen looked and what an awesome couple they are.  Maybe I should also mention that Jenifer and I have known one another when New Kids on the Block was cool and tight rolled jeans were in??

Needless to say, no matter what angle I approach this blog, I must add that despite all the perfections that were in the cards I could not fight off my nausea that day.  This was a challenge within itself.  Sure I have photographed weddings with a cold or recovering from the flu.. which was hard enough but nausea is another obstacle within itself. It was like the room was spinning all day no matter what I did.

All I could think of was.. I don't want to throw up during the ceremony.. please lord, let me make it through to send off.. Thankfully, Rhonda, my awesome friend and extremely talented second shooter was there to help pick up the slack. 

Despite some of my own personal challenges I had to deal with internally throughout the wedding day, I must say how proud I am of having been there to experience the wedding of Jen and Shawn.

There were so many friendly and familiar faces that I have not seen in years! It really meant the world to me that Jenifer had me in mind for her wedding to Shawn from day one. Letting her down was the last thing that I was wanting to do!!!

Jenifer and Shawn have made a home in Orange Beach.  They both have dream jobs and are living the good life that involves music, entertainment, water and fresh air. 

So happy to have reconnected with Jenifer, the Bullock and Fine families!! It was an amazing day despite a few challenges that were sent my way and I wish nothing but the best for this amazing couple as they start a new chapter together.