Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Something for Everyone

For those who participated in this year's annual mini sessions, thank you!!

I ended up having so much fun seeing all the amazing, fun, beautiful families that have continued to show their support year after year. 

For this year, due to booking conflicts, bad weather, limited availability and new obligations.. I decided to only allow for one weekend where families could come in for a quick in and out family photo. 

One weekend meant one location.. meaning I needed a spot that offered something for everyone.. So after much thought on location, I chose the Vulcan Park and Museum.  What's not to like about it.. Accessible parking, public bathrooms, a beautiful skyline, fall colors and central location for everyone who traveled from north, east, west and south of the Birmingham area.

I am always reminded how quickly time passes as the children I photographed aren't as young as they once were..which only means one thing.. I'm not either :-/

There were new additions from an adorable puppy to precious babies.  Some of the children that weren't walking last year are running this year. 

To all that booked again for this year.. Thank you !!  I had an awesome time and until next year.. I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe and joyous holiday season.  See you next time!!

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Crocker Family

Technically speaking.. it should be the Crockers, McCulley and Hood family session but found that I would not have enough Title Space for this.. So , we shall call this the Crocker Family Photo session!!  After All.. sisters, Jordan and Britni, were once Crockers before marrying and having a family to call their own.

I love seeing these guys and am proud to say, we have made it 3 years in a row.. If I am not mistaken.  time does slip by quickly, so I tend to loose count sometimes.. regardless, some of these babies aren't  babies anymore and while they all welcomed a new baby into the family just a few short months ago.  Edith Crawford makes a fine new addition to this amazing family!

Darlene and Dennis are the two proud grandparents of this adorable fun bunch!  I think it's safe to say that between all these cute smiles there is a little bit personality to keep us entertained for the duration.

The McCulley family consists of Joe, Jordan, Harper, Ella, Levi and Ryder.. oh,, and their family pug.. Ottis 'Ottie'.. I found that throughout the session I called him both, so I honestly can't be for certain!! LOL

Regardless.. I found myself cracking up at Levi's witty personality and Ryder's little old man looks he gives the camera from time to time.   Ella and Harper always seem to be spot on with their smiles.. such a great age!!

And I think I've just about covered it all.. but of course, I can't forget Britni and Adam Hood!!  These guys are the reason why I have been blessed enough to come to know the rest of the family.  They have always been generous to keep my photos in mind from time to time.

Now that they recently welcomed baby Edith into the family, it has allowed me the chance to see them just recently for her newborn.

The oldest is Ashlyn, and she is an amazing big sister to Drue and Edie.

Everyone seems to be excited about the upcoming holiday season as they prepare for the old traditions with new additions!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Hanson Family

Linley and Victor are the cutest couple to photograph and with cutie pie Henry.. it is just an overload of cuteness!!  I've been fortunate enough to have these guys in front of the camera before for their wedding day and then again for Henry's one year photos, so when Victor wanted to surprise his beautiful wife with a session, I loved that he reached out to me for being their photographer.

Henry is now running around.. by the looks of it, I think he'd make a great trail runner as we met up at our local trails for a quick session.  It was perfect!  The leaves are just starting to turn and the mild temperatures made it comfortable for us to endure.

Everything seemed effortless with them as I feel that we were in our element of fresh air and sunshine.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Harrison Family

Over the past handful of years I have truly come to look forward to seeing the Harrison family. These guys have always been such a joy to photograph and I would personally like to thank Kay for keeping me in mind and valuing the importance of documenting her precious family!

Sam and Fin make the cutest brothers and are always a good time to have in front of the camera. Their laughter is contagious and they both have eyes that smile!  Such happy boys that if a photo could, I am sure you can only imagine hearing all the giggles that were captured during our fun photo session. 

I not only loved having the chance to see the family again but also wanted to thank them for allowing me into their beautiful home!  I ended up with a handful of favorites that shows their fun and eclectic energy that always leaves me inspired to photograph them as they are!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Jason & Megan

Meet Jason and Megan!!! They are celebrating five years of marriage together so to commemorate this time, Jason decided to surprise her with a portrait session!!  How awesome and sentimental is that?  Since their marriage, they have moved to Tennessee but Jason always remembered his lovely wife speaking about my photography.. so he was kind enough to reach out to me.

What an awesome privilege it was to have them drive down this past weekend to capture the connection they have together.  They really were so much fun to photograph as Megan has such a contagious spirit and smile that could warm any room and seeing the two of them interact was priceless.

I told Jason that he truly deserves the 'husband of the year' award as I feel that most husbands would not want to spend a free Saturday driving to go take photos.. To see him value memories of the two together says a lot about him and his relationship with Megan.  

I truly want to celebrate these two and congratulate them on five years of marriage! 

Monday, October 15, 2018


There is so much that goes on behind the scenes of a performance that I wanted to capture a handful of images before the Johnny Cash tribute band, CASHBACK's show this past weekend. The band played at the Shelby County Arts Council in downtown Columbiana! There were so many faces that helped the show run smoothly rather it be on the sound board, recordings, lighting and stage as well as tech and video.  All bases were covered! 

After soundcheck and a quick run through the guys had a couple hours to grab dinner and freshen up before show time! My husband, Gary, plays guitar in this band so when I am able to, I always enjoy being involved.

If you enjoy Johnny Cash's music, I know you will LOVE this band! It is pretty spot on as Leif Bondarenko sounds eerily similar to that of Johnny Cash.  The other members are Eric Onimus on bass, Gary Edmonds on electric and Adam Guthrie on acoustic.

They also had Tommy Bowen on trumpet, Carol Griffin on vocals and James Finney on drums, join for a select group of songs.

I loved seeing the audience enjoying and reacting to the classics of Johnny Cash all the way to late into his career.  The show was truly touching as I found myself singing along to some of my favorites. I also learned a lot about Johnny Cash and his career as Leif not only can sing but is also very knowledgeable about the recordings and music of Johnny Cash.

If you didn't make this show, or you were not aware of the band, Cashback.. I HIGHLY recommend you looking them up and following their musical journey.  This will be the first of many, many shows to come.

I couldn't help but notice that the music of Johnny Cash touched many different generations in that room that evening.  They were all ages to be found that evening.. some probably remember the songs early on as Cash was starting out while others maybe learned about his music after his death through recordings.

Regardless of anything.. I think it is safe to say that Johnny Cash's music reaches out to many people in all walks of life.  I loved being there to experience the closest thing to hearing live Johnny Cash performance and it is evident that these guys put their hearts and souls into this music.