full of life.

He’s all boy. He would somehow attract dirt and railroad grease unlike any child I’ve ever seen. He ran, oh, he ran so much. When I asked him to smile, he would; a big cheesy smile with his tongue stuck out and his dimples as deep as they’d go. His voice would highten in excitement for ducks, and he was in awe of the “secret nest of duck eggs” we found in the woods. He’s all boy. He’s full of excitement. He’s full of smiles. He’s full of love. He’s so, full of life.

He was the first one in front of my camera outside of my family nearly 2 years ago, I was so excited when Amanda contacted me a few months ago for another shoot 🙂 Blogettes and blogdudes, meet Devyn:

We got Devyn’s sweet mom Amanda in for a few shots 🙂

Had a few whole family shots 🙂 Devyn, Amanda (Devyn’s mom) Shannon & Scott (Nana and Hawpaw ;)) and Tyler (Devyn’s uncle)

Jessie+Cameron {married!}

It started as out a wet, rainy day. Tornado’s were popping up in nearby cities, and it was down to the wire before the ceremony. Right as the guests showed up the sky just cleared right up. While they were being seated a few extra huge raindrops came down, and that was it. It cleared up like it had never rained, and it turned out to be a gorgeous ceremony.

Alicia Damron had called me several months back and asked if I would be interested in 2nd shooting this with her. I was so nervous! She had never had a 2nd shooter before, and I had never been one. But I knew that I couldn’t pass it up, I would love it. Turns out I knew my gut feeling was right 🙂 ; I loved it! I felt so honored, seriously honored that she asked me to help her. So, thank you Alicia again, thank you so much!

Here you will see my view of the wedding, be sure to check out Alicia’s blog to see more!

Here you can see the rain was relentless at first..

 

 

I hung out with the guys while Alicia was with the girls, be sure to visit her blog to see more of the bride and bridesmaids! 🙂

During the ceremony, they release butterflies in memory of loved ones passed – so sweet 🙂

 

 

Jeffrey + Casey {engaged!}

“These are the moments
I know heaven must exist
These are the moments
I know all I need is this
I’ve found all I’ve waited for
And I could not ask for more

-Sara Evans

Can I just take a minute and tell you that couples like this, couples like Casey and Jeffrey, that make me remember why I absolutely LOVE doing this. These two are seriously awesome. They are getting married in October and I can!not!wait! to photograph that gorgeousness.

bustin’ out the sass!

*squeal!* the sun came out for 0.002 seconds, and made the next 2 frames are my favorite of the day 🙂

As I was getting this shot of Jeffrey, Casey was out beside me dancing and singing:

“If you’ll be my Louisiana
I’ll be your Mississippi
You’ll be my little Loretta
I’ll be your Conway Twitty
You’ll be my sugar baby
I’ll be your sweet iced tea
You’ll be my honeysuckle
I’ll be your honey bee”

highlight of my week 😀

OH, this next shot, I wanted it so badly; and as they were standing up there lookin’ all cute, the magic of colors came together. The old curvature of the barn, the dark  rain threatening sky, the green leaves on the tree, and this perfectly adorable couple. Magic, I tell you.

Presh.

C+J – I just love you two.

making it :)

Last week was one of those weeks. Ya know,  the kind that makes you feel like you need to step back, take out your brain, and play with it for a little bit?

Right now I’m in a little rut; I’m struggling. My health is in total control of my life right now. Quite honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so physically (and mentally) miserable in my entire life. You know that saying Make It or Break It? That saying is how I would title my life right now. Writing this on my blog; yeah, it’s embarrassing. And yes, I struggled on whether or not I should even post this – but I feel defeated. I know that potiental future clients may read this with disgust. But those of you who already read my blog, know that my health is my struggle.. my trial in life. It is, my life. It is me.

I went to the doctor nearly two months ago, my feet had been swelling up the size of balloons. I’m talking serious elephant kankles. The doctor took my blood pressure and said “your a walking stroke at 23 years old”. Saweet.

As he wrote on my prescription on that little white paper tablet; I tried to bite back my sobs, the last thing I wanted was blood pressure medicine at 23 years old. But one tear turned into 2, and then the levee’s broke. I cried like a 5 year old. Uncontrollable sniffs and snubbs. He had just told me I really need to consider gastric bypass surgery. That, hurt my feelings.

But now, I’ve thought about it more over the last 2 months, cried about it, and prayed about it. and in 2 days I’m going to visit one more option and explore that for a while, if it doesn’t work, i’ll be visiting doctors about the lap band surgery.

So since I missed blogging last week, I felt like you should know that I just needed a little blogging break, a blog-vaca, a blogcation? Blogcation sounds cooler, so thats what I’ll call it 🙂

Oh, and becauseeeee pictures make everything better, here’s an engagement shoot I’m working on – LOVE!

giveaway friday!

I’ve decided to post a giveaway 🙂 wanna know what it’s for?

It’s for —–> $150 off a session!

So what does this mean for you?

It means – you will get a FREE session if you book engagement, senior, just because, maternity or newborn shoots. (and with families up to 4 people; add $10 to every person after 4)

TO ENTER:

All you have to do is invite all of your friends to my business page, and tell them to leave a comment with YOUR name in it. The winner will be chosen at random on Saturday May 14th.

For Extra Entries:

The more people that leave your name, the more times you will be entered in the drawing. So if John and Joe both leave comments with your name in them – you will be entered twice 🙂

I rarely EVER do this – so.. you better take advantage while you can 😉

*every single time I do a contest, so many people email me and say “well I wanted to enter but I wasn’t sure I would qualify”– YES! You qualify – So enter! Mainly so I don’t feel like an idiot and never do this again, mmk? :)**

 click here to find me on facebook 🙂

oh… and the contest starts NOW! YAY!

and if you are just seeing this on like… Friday? You can still enter, because the contest doesn’t end untilllll Saturday May 14th 🙂

Jaxon is 1!

Okay, get ready for a super long post.. but truth is I could NOT get enough of this little face. He is seriously so adorable. And as a disclaimer up front: no, I did not touch the coloring of his eyes – they are really that blue. Presh 🙂

And just to throw this out there – Jaxon’s mom’s name is Lilani – yep, coolest names ever. Just sayin’.

they found a little flower 🙂

and Jaxon thought it may taste delish 😉

but the flower wasn’t all too great tasting…

but i’m SURE the stick tasted better…

ahh… shutttt your mouth – so precious!

this hot mama is a marine, ohhh yes, a marine 🙂

We went to cross over a ditch filled with rocks, and Lilani was carrying Jaxon, so instead of her risking her life walking over the rocks, I pointed out a less risky route, but when I turned around she had already across – really. I told a marine to take a easier route, ha! I’m lame. 😉

brandon+laura {married!}

Remember my friends Laura and Brandon? They were married this past Saturday, and even though I wasn’t their photographer, I couldn’t help myself from snapping a few here and there 😉

And I’ll say it again; I can’t think of a more perfect match than these two, they are just adorable.

I know it’s blurry, but how can you not love it anyway? 🙂