My Middle

My middle child…. there is a special place in my heart for this guy!   About 4 years ago, I took my middle child out for a photo shoot, him and only him.  And the years that follow, I’ve made an effort to have one-on-one time with him so that he has his own special time with me, with my full attention.   I have really loved this alone time with not only him, but my other two children as well.  It’s so special!    My daughter’s session and my oldest son’s session were so much fun with their own look and personality; my middle son’s session has it’s own look and feel as well complete with the red Vans that he just HAD TO HAVE for school and his request for me to capture him doing a leprechaun jump.   Where does he come up with these ideas?

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Be Kind, Middle School

I had all good intentions of showcasing these new photos of my soon-to-be middle schooler and go on and on about how grown up he’s gotten and how excited he is about going into 6th grade this coming year.  However, as I sat here and edited them, an overwhelming feeling came across me…. sadness.  Middle school was so tough for me, not just the school aspect, but the social and physical parts too.  Hormones, puberty, oh yea, let’s add those to the list as well.  I worry for him.  I know how mean kids can be and it makes me afraid for him.   The momma in me just wants to wrap him up and protect him and not let anyone ever hurt his feelings or break his heart, but I guess those things, unfortunately,  are all a part of life, of growing up.   Life….. (sigh)….. it sure can be tough.   But, it can also have great joys and happiness too.   I pray that I have armed him with the emotional skills to handle it all and I hope that I have built our bond so strong that he will come to me when he needs to talk or when he is curious about something he heard or saw at school.   I am sure I will go through these emotions two additional times with my middle son and daughter….. and probably again when all three go into high school.   Lord help me!   I’ll be saying a little prayer come August 26th for myself and all the other mommas out there feeling the same way.



With her trusty companions, Oreo and Nacho, and dawning a new hair cut, my daughter and I headed out last night to capture her beauty (and silly side). The light was perfect, so warm and golden!

The late, great Maya Angelou once said,

Precious jewel,
you glow, you shine,
reflecting all the good
things in the world.



She Lights My World

She lights my world with sunshine!   My tag line for my business has always been “Let Your Light Shine” and THIS GIRL, my daughter, totally makes me shine brighter  than I deserve.  She inspires me, she amazes me, she makes me want to be a better person.  (on the other hand she also frustrates the tar out of me too).  She is way more  a girly girly than me, drama galore! (which I don’t put up with……. well I put up with, with her).     We decided to do this impromptu session because not only did we get her a new hair cut for school this year, but I also rented a new lens that I now think I have to buy….. Canon  200MM, F2.   Beautiful piece of glass… drool…….  Teagan sunset ROLP#1

Josh & Deanna are Expecting

So I really should preface this and say that Josh and Deanna are already parents.  Their sweet baby girl made her appearance on the 4th of July!  I have been slacking in the blogging department but hopefully I will remedy that and start showcasing my wonderful client’s portraits.

It was a beautiful evening for a session.  It wasn’t too hot and the mosquitos weren’t out that much either.    Has anyone else noticed how wonderful our weather has been this summer?  Not the typical 100+ degree days that we are used to seeing for months straight.  I loved everything about this session!   The light was gorgeous and this couple’s precious “fur baby” do so well at taking commands.  He just sat there and posed like a pro.    I asked Deanna if she had brought any special girly things with her, and she pulled out the pink leopard print shoes.  Soooo cute!   Josh put them on his fingers and proceeded to do a little tap dance on D’s belly.   Totally made me laugh.  And I totally laughed more when Josh wrote on the chalk board “I did this!”  D’s reactions was priceless!   Love the both of you so much.  I can’t wait to show off Miss A’s newborn photos next!


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