Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sellers & Stephens Fam

I can't stress enough about how excited I was to see the Sellers family on the books this year!  Brandi and I grew up together and have been friends since the high school years.. so it is always a sweet sentiment when I get to be reminded HOW OLD we are now when I see friends with families of their own. 

Her not-so-much babies Addison and Judson are gorgeous.. and of course her nieces and nephew are just as adorable! 

It was a great time.. We got to stay local and used the new hiking trail in our city, which ofcourse is always convenient.. It made the perfect back drop with their outfits! I loved all the soft colors that they were dressed in.. and knew that Brandi wouldn't disappoint when it came to coordinating the perfect outfits!

I loved meeting Brandi's mother-in-law and capturing the grand-parents with all their beautiful grand-babies! 

It was just an overall great time with these guys and I'm hoping that they had as much fun as I did.. Seeing everyone reminded me how special it is to photograph and work with people from 'way back when.'

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Wylie Mini

I always enjoy meeting the Wylie family!  I do believe we are on year 6 for mini sessions?  Every year, we have met up at a different location to grab their annual family photo.. I am tempted to see if I can't find our first year we worked together. Olivia and Hays look like two completely different children now as they enter into their youth!  I remember meeting these guys at the Liberty Park walking trail and I instantly knew I liked them !!

They were so fun and personable, it felt like I had known them all along!  Since 2011, we have not only been to Liberty Park but also Avondale, Rail Road Park and Ross Bridge was last year's location.. This year, the family agreed on Moss Rock Preserve!

I was so excited about meeting them here.  It is a personal favorite hiking trail of mine and I feel like I've been all over in those woods.  It was a great excuse for me to go hiking after our mini session..

Thanks again to the wonderful Wylie family!!  I always look forward to seeing these guys.

Colin's Mini Session

Like the weather.. plans change!!!  So rather than canceling their family session, these guys decided to have it all about Colin this year! I didn't mind at all focusing all on this adorable face.  We were able to play in the leaves and grab that adorable smile and capture his laugh that will melt any heart.

This little guy looked like Mr. J Crew for little men's clothing.  I loved what we were able to capture within the short time we had.

Just to think he looks like nothing he did just a few short years ago when we first met.  He wasn't even walking yet.. now look at him go!  Full speed ahead.

They truly do grow up fast..  He is four going on 14!!

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Uffinger Fam

The day before Thanksgiving I got to hang out with these cuties!!  The Uffinger fam has been such a blessing over the past handful of years!  Through these guys, I have come to know so many of their beloved friends and family.. and each time I get to see Max and Nina, they never disappoint with all their cuteness!!

On top of all the overload of cuteness,  we couldn't of asked for a prettier day!  There wasn't a cloud in sight.. It really helped warm us up from the new seasonal temps that came in.

I loved hearing about the upcoming family get-togethers that they look forward to on Thanksgiving and it seemed as though we were all doing some last minute preparations before the big Thanksgiving meal.. so sneaking in this photo session was perfect timing.

Thanks again to the Uffinger family for hanging out with me for this year's photos!!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Day 5 Post Adoption

It hasn't even been a week since Millie was officially adopted into our family and my husband and I both can see an amazing transformation.  It is almost as if she knows! 

Millie is confident with exploring new areas, she is showing more of a sense of curiosity than she is fear.  She walks up to people to smell them and see what they are about... and I have seen her ask strangers to be petted... and of course, they reach down to do so!

I have finally heard her speak!  Her voice is an amazingly, fierce and powerful bark that sounds like a low rumble.  This past week she heard a strange noise coming from the back porch. It concerned her, so she ran to the door and gave it one loud bark. I went to check and it appears that the wind had blown over some boxes.  I nodded in approval for Millie's diligence and observance.. she seemed to puff up in a proud manner..

Prior to adoption, I had hoped she would grow to love the outdoors, hiking, adventure, people and being around social situations. I think it is safe to say, she LOVES being on the go.  I can't even put my shoes on or grab her leash without her jumping up and down from excitement.

She has learned how to do about almost everything except jump in a car.  I find it comical to be seen lifting this big ol' 60lb of muscle into a little car.. but I will do what I have to do until she feels comfortable doing this on her own time.

Millie does insist that she is a lap dog and I often endure my leg falling asleep from her weight in the evening time when we all watch television.. She is one of the most affectionate dogs I have known.. maybe she is making up for lost time?

This week is a great week to remind myself how thankful I am.. I am thankful for taking a chance.. (I can remember hesitating on calling about Millie as she was not available for adoption at the time.) I am also thankful for the staff at the GBHS that work day in and day out caring for animals such as Millie, in hopes they too will one day find a home.  I am thankful for my husband and family for being supportive of my decision to take on another dog and responsibility.  With their support, it made me caring for her needs all the more easier. I am thankful for that woman who found her and surrendered her that day to the Humane Society, in hopes she would have a better life.

It wouldn't and couldn't have worked if all of these things did not come into play as it isn't just one person who makes a difference.. but rather all of us!

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Campbell Family Mini

Meet the latest family fresh from Dallas, Texas!!  I would personally like to welcome these guys to Alabama and hope that the southern hospitality has not disappointed!  The Campbell family has been in Birmingham for roughly a year now.  Luke and Ian are soooooo adorable!  I loved their cute little shirts.. Luke's shirt said DUDE and Ian was THE MAN!  They had so much personality, that the shirts seemed to fit each one perfectly!

I was very happy to hear from Jennifer and was thrilled to put her and her family on the books for my annual mini-sessions.  It's always a great warm up for those who book me for the first time.  Short and sweet and done in no time!

It didn't take long to grab some cute shots of these guys anyways.. They already looked like professionals.

Day 113

After 113 days of nurture, encouragement, coaxing and loving.. I am proud to announce that Millie Vanilli is officially adopted into our home just in time for the holiday season.  We couldn't have been happier with how helpful the staff at the GBHS were.  They went above and beyond helping us.. making sure she was taken care of, had everything she needed to thrive and most importantly.. they helped us save and rescue this now hopeful and happy pup.

Millie has her forever home and as I reflect on the past several months, I am so happy to know that we were the ones that were there to nurture her, foster her, show her that life can be fun and enjoyed, that she doesn't have to be scared of everything and that there is a great big world full of interesting things waiting to be discovered. This whole healing process made the adoption even more rewarding!

Since we've been caring for her, there is a lot that she seems to have experienced for the first time.  She didn't know what toys were and now I can't get her to stop playing.

She also discovered what it's like to have friends.. She loves when we have doggie days out and go hiking and exploring..

Speaking about exploring.. she got to experience the beach this summer.  There she got to feel the sand beneath her paws, the ocean breeze and see the infinite ocean for the first time.

She has gotten to see so many wonderful things that she probably never knew existed.. From the sand of Gulf Shores to the highest point in Alabama.  She feels like she's on top of the world!

Most importantly.. out of all these experiences, I feel the most rewarding is knowing that she knows she has a place to call her own.  She no longer feels the need to sleep in a tense, tight ball in a stressed manner.. She can stretch out, roll on her back and pass out comfortably in her own home, knowing she is safe.

If you are ever considering getting a dog.. I only hope that your experience can be as half as rewarding as mine has been.  Adopt don't shop.  Save a life and make a difference.  It not only changes your world but it means the world to the dog you saved.  Pay it forward!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Stratton's Mini Session

I loved meeting Stratton for the very first time this past weekend! We decided to add a little bit of 'festive' undertones to the photos and used wild growing evergreens as our backdrop.  We were, after all, having to deal with harsh mid-day sun.. so they provided just enough shade to keep all the squints and racoon eyes at bay.

He is just now 5 months and is preparing to have his first Christmas with mom and dad.. to which, I know, can't wait to celebrate this time of year and pass down traditions as well as start new ones!

I can't wait to see which image they choose for their Christmas card.. as who wouldn't want to send out an adorable family card with this cutie?!?

Rogers Family

I can't begin to tell you how happy I am to have these guys back in the Birmingham area!!!  I am sure that Allison's friends and family are in agreeance too!!  These guys have been in Huntsville and Cullman over the handful of years and I am thankful that the Rogers have been forever faithful with our portrait gatherings.

It's been so rewarding to see Carter grow into a handsome young man and experience all the joys of expecting Amelia and the arrival of her.

It has been a while since I last saw them so when we met up.. I couldn't believe the curls on that baby girl!!  She was so full of joy and personality, trying to keep up with her big brother was challenging.. but she hung in there!

Welcome back to the magic city!