Monday, November 12, 2012

Meeting At The Bridge

It was a beautiful Saturday.
We drove across town and toward the location.
Campbell's Covered Bridge.
It was our first time there, making it even all the more special for us.

The Autumn leaves were, of course, brilliant and bright
as they fell upon the ground like confetti at a birthday bash.
They became the backdrop of the day.
The glorious leaves, the historical bridge, and the gently flowing stream.
It's a photographers dream location, as evident by the other dozen or so photographers
who stopped by there that very day.

I had the privilege of taking pictures of this sweet little girl last year.
She and I share the same special day.
She is sweet, obviously adorable, thoughtful, and often hard to catch!
(Then again, maybe I just dont get around as quickly as I once did.)
I am very glad to have been given the opportunity, once again,
to spend a day with and capture this sweet girl and her family.


This family has become our friends over the years, and I feel especially blessed to know them.
I am humbled that they have asked me to capture these fleeting moments in thier lives, yet again.
Thanks so much to Allison, Jonathan, Peyton and Dana...
We enjoyed this day so much!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fall Bucket List

Autumn, sweet Autumn.
The vibrant colors all around us as the leaves begin to change.
The brilliance of the leaves falling upon the cool ground.
What's not to love!?

If there was ever a time of year to have a seasonal bucket list, it is now!

My bucket list includes:

do a photo shoot in the leaves
go on a hay ride
go to a pumpkin patch
go on a date with my husband
trick or treat
bake a pie
enjoy a bonfire with s'mores
decorate or carve a pumpkin
corn maze
apple picking
nature walk/hike
drink fancy coffee drinks (my favorite)
make leaf art
trick or treating

I may not be able to check off all of these feats (because let's face it, I'll never bake a pie)
 but at least I know I gave this season a chance to make life a little sweeter!

If you don't already have a fall bucket list, make one!
Enjoy each season to it's absolute fullest...
a new one is right around the corner!!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Kitty, The Butterfly, and The Disco Dolly

We like Halloween.
It means that the kids can dress up and go out in public without being looked at funny.
You see, our kids play dress up almost every day of their lives.
And sometimes we have to tell them no when they ask,
"Can we wear our princess dresses to the grocery store?"
So this is a wonderful opportunity to let the kids imaginations run wild... publicly!

 I am just going to be honest. These shots were not easy to capture.
The kids were ready to go trick or treating and became quite impatient with my insistence to take pictures.
During my attempt to capture this once a year event, the youngest had to go potty,
 the oldest kept complaining that she just wanted to ride her bike,
and the middle child... well she is a major cam ham, and the only one who would cooperate!
She would pose for me all day long if it meant all eyes would be on her! Gotta love that girl!

Our butterfly! We happened to already have the clothing. All we had to buy was the wings and the mask.
Our Disco Dolly! The costume was on clearance for $5.00 at Party City. The disco earrings were only a couple of dollars! SCORE!!!

Our sweet little Black Kitty! This has to be the easiest costume ever! Bought the tail and headband for under $10.00!

We enjoyed a lovely, fun filled night at our church and the kids had a blast!!!

We very much enjoy allowing the kids to pick out their own costumes (with a little parental supervision),
and getting them all dressed up is always a ton of fun!  

We had a great Halloween and we hope you all did as well!
Eat lots of candy, and don't forget to brush and floss your teeth!!!
(Ha, ha, ha!)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Duncan Family

Family is one of the greatest unbreakable bonds that has ever been.

"Blood is thicker than water", some say.
Many would say, "An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship",
And some believe "God gave us friends, as an apology for our family".

I like what Jane Howard said, "Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. 
 Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one".

Whatever cliche saying we might use, the fact remains,
 our families know us best, love us most, and they are our gift from God.

Today, as I was flipping through you tube videos, scouting out some new music,
I ran across a video from one of those "________'s Got Talent" shows. I don't remember which one.
The artist told of his past and how he came to be on the stage that day.
The story was heart wrenching, as the young man spoke of how he and his brother were born in unfortunate circumstances. The mother had left them in a cardboard box.  Both boys were paraplegics. I can only imagine what might have been going through the mothers mind. There is no need to judge her, as we don't know her heart, or her dilemma. The family was never even given a chance. The mother was gone.
 The children were found in the box, taken to an orphanage, cared for, and eventually found a new mother. She would love and care for them just as they were. The birth of a new family and a new love.
Yes, it was sad that the man had no arms, however,
the thing that moved me so, was the way he spoke of his mother.
How much he loved her was obvious. She had given them a new life.
 Loved them as her own. They had become a family. One of the strongest units on earth!
It was truly emotional and awe inspiring!

One of my all time favorite bands, The Avett Brothers, recorded a song named "Murder in the City",
in which there is a line within the lyrics that says,
 “always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name”.
It's an absolutely beautiful song, as are many of The Avett Brothers songs.
I think those simple words, strung together just so, are amazingly true and perfectly wonderful.

This session was beautiful.
 Three generations of women who share the bond of family and friendship.
I really enjoyed this full two hour session as we moved from the downtown urban location in the city,
 to the beautiful forests of Tennessee.
It was a wonderful day and one I don't think any of us will ever forget!
It was such an honor to photograph these gals.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to capture these images
 and I hope that you love them for years to come!

Love you girlie's!!!

I love my family so MUCH! To me family is everything...
I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to capture these images.
Many blessings and much love to all of you!