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Little Boys Will Be Little Boys

So, this photo session was such fun, even though their mom would probably disagree.  Most parents get stressed out wanting their kids to sit and smile.  However, little boys will be little boys.  My thoughts are, brothers are awesome.  Little boys are so carefree.  And these little boys are very very cute.  I pray that these boys will be best friends for life.  They have such a zest, and curiosity for the simple things.  It’s such a joy to watch them play with reckless abandon.  They wrestle and tumble over each other like little puppies.  And that’s exactly what little boys are like- puppies.  The will pee where ever they shall pee, they will strut around in their “man-hood” or “boy-hood” ever so proudly, running, racing, tumbling, laughing and fighting with each other.  They were so loving with each other at the same time in brief moments.  I love observing them playing and talking with each other.  We played with sticks, searched for bugs, picked up and observed a cricket, ran over the bridge many times and threw rocks and sticks into the creek.  They played their hearts out; not wanting to look at boring lil me but that is fine.  They were in the moment and playing so hard.  They were being their true selves.  I love the pictures that were captured because it captures who they are and what they are like at this age.

Life would be so grand if everyone could live life with such energy for happiness, trust, faith, and love of life in the moment, just like children do.  If we had that energy for life and happiness, trust and faith in God can you imagine what our world would be like?  Maybe Heaven.  That must be why God says in Matthew 18:3 ”Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”















Mother’s Day is approaching!

So, I’m trying to do a special Mother’s Day mini’s day.  Try and say that three times!  This will be a morning or afternoon with 30 minute time slots.  It will be a very special session with surprised involved.  This can be for anyone who is a mom of any age.  If you have a mom and would like to do this session with your mom come on!  If you are a mommy and would like to do a special session with your little one or all your little one’s who gave you the name Mom, Mama, Momma, Mommy come on!  If you are husband/dad and would like to set up a special session as a Mother’s Day gift, come on!  These will be unlike any other session I’ve ever done.  If I can pull it off, I will be doing a Father’s Day Mini session day as well.  Here is a perk:

If you want to do the mother’s day special session, and you would also like to do the Father’s day session as well you will receive a free set of accordion wallet book albums one for the Mother’s Day session and one for the Father’s Day session.  You will also receive a coupon code for 25% off the total of your print purchase.

Those aren’t the only things included in the session.  I will have some special surprises at the session too!  You will also get a thumb drive with all your images from the session along with the print release.  These sessions are sure to be SUPER FUN, super special, and very memorable!_ACM2369-Edit





McNay Family

I had the pleasure of capturing some special memories for a wonderful family.  This was my second time photographing this family and this last time I was reminded just how much fun this family is.  This sweet couple had told me that they shared their first kiss on a bridge, so I thought we would reenact kiss!  Only with 4 kids added to the foreground!  I had so much fun and I hope they had equally as much fun!

I can’t believe how much they’ve grown in just a year and added one more little bit to the bunch!

This is from our first session together!

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Good times to hire a photographer~

I thought I would write a post about the times we often wish we had a photographer with us.  I know as a photographer and a mommy, I am the one always behind the lens.  There are times when I don’t want to be behind the lens, that I want to “be present” for my family.  Because, when I’m behind the lens, I am really not present; as I get totally wrapped up in capturing what is going on instead of interacting and enjoying my kids and husband or family.  Anybody else feel that way!?

I’ve spent many hours of thinking, planning, researching, talking to people, and thinking about this business as a photographer, and why I love it so much.  I am not your average photographer.  I’m a little goofy, I like the “real life” pictures not the posed.  Don’t get me wrong, I love posed pictures as much as the next person, but what drives me is capturing those unplanned moments that end up being so priceless when frozen.  At the time it may seem so mundane, but when you look back and see the giggles, or the pouty faces, the excitement, the messy hair and faces, muddy feet, the true-ness of the moment, it’s just magical.  I want to capture those pictures that not only look great framed on your wall, but more importantly those that are looked at time and time again and remembered for what special memory it brings.

I’ve compiled a list of great times to hire a photographer, and some of these I borrowed from another fellow photographer in Omaha Nebraska who doesn’t know it but she seems is A LOT like me from what I gather when reading her blog.  I enjoy her blog posts!  Her name is Lacy Marie.  Look her up!

When to Hire a Professional Photographer…

1.) When you want to document an important event or day-

Such as a birth(There aren’t many events more important than that!),  graduation party, children’s birthday parties(I mean what mom or dad can pull off a birthday party and take pictures and be involved with the birthday boy/girl and guests?) weddings…

2.) When you have accomplished something-

Such as crossing the finish line, your child learning to ride a bike, a first car, …

3.) When you want something to be extra special-

Such as a proposal (don’t worry the photographer hides), a surprise party, just a sweet family play date to capture the essence of your family frozen in time forever, a trip to the zoo…

4.) When your life changes.

Such as beating cancer(this calls for a BIG FUN celebratory photo session with lots of really really big laughs), you adopt a baby/child,  after a weight loss, bringing home baby, getting the kids a new puppy, kitten or first pet of any kind…

5.) When you want to hold on to a moment.

Such as  your babies smile or fist steps, a family member who is preparing for the journey to Heaven, the way your daughter’s hair is always in her face, a mud puddle party with your boys that may or may not involve frogs,  your fun on the beach with your kids, a first hair cut, a day in the life of ________ session, pictures with your special furry family members. . .

To wrap up this post, I thought I’d post some funny and just plain cute pictures of my kids from our last trip to Disney World, LAST, year!

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A Case Of The Giggles!

I had the honor of photographing a wonderful friend and her family who I haven’t seen in a long time.  The great thing about this friend is no matter how long it’s been since we’ve chatted we alway just pick up as if we saw each other yesterday.  I only pray that I am the kind of parent to my kids that Dave and Lily are to their boys.  They just have a way with these silly boy’s that is just downright special.  They seep calmness, love, patience, silliness and firmness all at the same time.  I can’t wait until little Lucas decides to make his appearance here shortly!  I will also be photographing his journey into the world, such a miraculous and God given blessing!

Take a look at this precious family!

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