This is one of those sessions that I hold very dear to my heart. Tera has been such a sweet friend to me over the past 4 years that I have known her. She has inspired me with her quiet confidence in life, parenting, and being a wife. I am around her and marvel at her parenting. The way that she allows her kids to be kids. Not trying to control their every action. Our world has told us that as mothers we must have “control” of our kids. I have often wondered what Tera has that I have not gotten yet. Then it occurred to me the other day during their session. She doesn’t parent out of fear. She trusts. She trusts herself but most of all she also trusts God. The truth is these kids of ours are really His anyway. We are just here to love and guide their steps until they are old enough to cultivate their own walk with God. It was such an aha moment for me. God has big plans for this family and so they will be following His plans out west. I will definitely miss our get togethers, our bible studies, our laughs, and all the moments that we shared in between. I will cherish these pictures and pray over them as I see them sitting on my shelf. I pray that all of you have a “Tera” in your life because I am sure thankful for having one.
Last week I had the opportunity to meet up with local blogger Natalie. She is not only a wife and mama of 4 of the cutest kids ever but also runs a blog http://www.athomewithnatalie.com where she helps us moms be creative and inspired. We met up at a local park near their house and it was the perfect spot. The kids had a ball running around and just being kids, which is what I love most about family shoots. I look forward to more shoots in the future.
So as a photographer sometimes you forget to get your camera out for everyday life. It almost becomes a job not a passion but this summer I have committed to documenting my life, my kid’s lives. There are so many minutes between “jobs” that I need to remember why I got my camera in the first place. The passion I had to capture moments. The everyday moments. The moments that are my living and breathing memory. I took the girls and their friends to enjoy what has become one of my favorite places. The white water center is like a little heaven on earth for me. I feel like I was born to be outside in the trees.
So May was a super busy month for my family. We ended our first year of homeschooling, started preparing for summer, finished up touches on the new house, and got to experience the joining of my brother and sister in law at the their Charleston elopement. I have been married to Brandon going on 15 years, so Ricky has been my “little” brother for as long as I can remember. When he met Jenn something about him changed in the best of ways. He found his joy. Jenn is one of the sweetest and most compassionate people I know. I can not wait to watch them raise babies together, go through life together, and grow old with one another. Here are a few images I snuck some late nights in to edit. I love you both!
This past Saturday I got the privilege of photographing my brother’s wedding alongside Kasey Loftin Photography. It was an amazing day. Perfect weather, two people madly in love, and three of the cutest kids to play ring bearer and flower girls. Here is a sneak peek of my three favorite kids.
Lauren and Daniel recently welcomed Stella Grace into the world. She is an absolute doll. During our session she slept and then decided she was ready to watch me as I photographed her. Completely content to just be. I am around a lot of new parents doing newborn sessions and Lauren and Daniel are some of the most natural parents that I have come across. Stella Grace is one lucky girl.