The Alexander Twins – South Carolina Newborn Photography

The Alexander Twins – South Carolina Newborn Photography

Caughman and Anderson were the first set of twin newborns to be photographed by my camera. I have to admit that I was pretty nervous going into this shoot. I mean, not only are there TWO newborns that I need to get to sleep and in the right positions, but their family means a lot to me and I wanted to give them the best photos of their sweet miracle babies. Thankfully, the prayers I prayed driving to their house were answered. These boys were rockstars and so cute. I ended up enjoying the shoot and was please with the outcome.  ... read more

Rainbow Baby Milk Bath

I’ve been taking the Reep family’s photos for about 5 years now. I’ve seen them grow with members and lose members. One being their third child who passed away prematurely. Then, They had their rainbow baby. For her first birthday, mama wanted to do a breastfeeding milk bath which I’ve been wanting to do so I jumped at the idea excitedly. I think they turned out... read more
The Bolin Family

The Bolin Family

This family was so fun to work with. On the day of their shoot, it started drizzling just minutes before we met and the sky looked ominous with a looming storm just miles away. We decided to try to get what shots we could and reschedule the rest. But we didn’t need to. These guys were troopers posing in the rain and after 30 minutes of shooting, we had all the shots we needed (good thing because the rain started to come down by this point). Even with the dogs and teenage boys (whom mostly only pose for photos to make their mom happy), this shoot was super easy and... read more

Baby Ryan – Lexington, SC Newborn Photography

I took this girl’s newborn photos the day my husband left and it was such a blessing to me on such a somber day. She was beautiful and extremely well behaved, which made me feel like such a pro and gave my saddened heart a little boost of happiness. Her parents and her may never know how much she means to me. Plus, those scrunched up lips are hard not to fall in love with.             I LOVED how sweetly Ryan’s big brother and sister doted over their new sister.      ... read more

The Hutsons – Lexington, SC maternity photographer

This sweet couple is about to welcome their first child. The gender will be a surprise, which I love! Daddy to be is actually a new football coach at my alma mater, Lexington High School. Such a small world. I’m incredibly grateful to this couple for trusting me when I called them just minutes before we were supposed to meet to change the location to a random field I had just passed on the road. I’m sure they thought I was a bit loco, but they didn’t let on to it. I do love how the change of location worked though.  We even had a passerby stop and yell, “congratulations” to the parents to be. Here are the results from my creative antics and wonderfully accommodating... read more
And just like that…

And just like that…

He’s gone. And all that’s left are a few lone reminders that someone else calls this home too. It’s so funny that every time he leaves I instantly miss his shoes being in the middle of the floor, or the toilet seat being left up, or the warmth from the other side of the bed. I’m not really sure how I’m supposed to feel. I know the stereotype is that army wives are strong and go with the flow and are all “Stand by your man” types.  I have been much of the opposite in the past. Resisting the army flow and breaking down way more times than the world would allow to be labeled “strong.” In fact, I’m pretty bad at being an army wife. Maybe its the fact that my husband is a national guardsman instead of active and/or the fact that the last deployment was 5 years ago when we only had one child who could barely talk at the time. Ha.  I thought it was bad then.   Now that child is 7 years old, just started second grade and thinks her daddy hung the moon and will not be convinced otherwise. There’s also another little girl who also thinks the world of her father and looks so much like him that even if I tried, there would be no possible way I could ever forget him. Seeing him in her makes me miss him more. And still yet another child. Our son. Our baby. The one we prayed for so much and laughed at thinking a son would ever happen. I often watch my... read more

A Very Real Post

I’m going to be very real and candid which is not at all like me to be with those I’m not close to.  I tend to like the illusion that I’ve got all my junk together.  My husband even jokes that our house rarely looks like we even live in it because I have everything in it’s place and clean the majority of the time. I like my life like that. Decluttered, uncomplicated, what you see if what you get.  Except, life isn’t like that at all. More times than not it is the exact opposite. As a christian I’m told this is God working in my life and that any plans I make will most likely be changed due to God’s sovereignty. Let’s recap my big life plans. Yes, I planned to one day be married with children.  However I didn’t think I would marry my high school sweetheart, become an army wife, have three kids by 31 and then have to have a hysterectomy (and the option to ever birth any more children taken from me) by 32. I know I’m blessed and have been given the gift of biological motherhood that many women are not able to have, but I mourn the loss of my fertility at such a “young” age. I didn’t really think that I’d be a stay at home mom and photographer that homeschools my young children either.  I honestly thought I’d always be a working nurse with kids in daycare.  But, God had other plans and I’m glad that He has had my life go the way it has so far. Going... read more
My next {30} years

My next {30} years

A couple of weeks ago I turned 32. THIIIIRRRRTY TWOOOOOO! How? When in the world did I become a legit adult?! In some ways being an adult is awesome. I mean we go through our whole childhood preparing for adulthood. We get asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” every year at the start of school. I remember as early as five years old thinking how cool it would be to be an adult and not have to take a nap everyday. Then I got a little older and wanted to stay up later at night like my parents. And even older when I couldn’t wait to marry my high school sweetheart and start our life together. Now, 10 years after all of those things have been available to me, I long to be innocent and carefree like a child again. To not have to worry about laugh lines or crow’s feet (whatever clever name you call old age wrinkles) around my eyes, paying medical bills, making sure each of my kids have on shoes whenever we go anywhere. The small mundane things that children don’t have to think about. However, I’m pretty proud of the adult I’ve become. Granted, I could still use a lot of fine tuning (which I’ll get to later), but I’ve accomplished more than I ever thought I would in my adult years. I married my high school sweetheart and can honestly say that I’m more in love with him than the day we got married (which at that time I thought was a LOT). I completed nursing school (which... read more
The S Family

The S Family

Here is another 1-151st ARB family!  My husband works closely with Steven and Amber is a sweet, genuine soul who loves and cares everyone she comes in contact with.  Their children are precious and were such troopers for this shoot on such a hot day.       I love candid shots like this.     Happy smile! I am in LURVE with this photo!!!! Another sweet smile A daddy and his girl.... read more

Life Lately

I know you guys haven’t heard much from me much lately and that’s because life has been nothing less than chaotic.  There are a couple of big things that have happened during my silence.  One being an accident that I was in with my kids. Not my fault (thankfully), but it did send me on a wild goose chase for another van since mine was totaled.  I finally found something, haggled with the dealers, traveled to get it, and am now the proud owner of a Honda Odyssey, that I love.  <——— NEVER thought I’d say that about a minivan, but here I am. The other thing that happened was my birthday.  I am now 32 and feel like I’m 62.  My 31st year was full of changes, self-realizations, and personal, emotional, and spiritual growth… all of which I hope will continue into my 32nd year. Two days after my birthday was my son’s first birthday.  Being that he is our third and last child (God decided I would bare no more children of my own after Elias), it was a very sentimental day.  Seeing him move about the house with his big smile, happily flapping his feet and exploring his surroundings, made me happy and sad all at the same time.  I love seeing my kids grow and thinking about who they are and will become in the future, but it also makes me miss them being little. The last big change comes from being an army wife.  Yes, it is that time again and we are gearing up for saying goodbye and having three kids this go... read more