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
Jessica Bridals – SC Bridal Photography

Jessica Bridals – SC Bridal Photography

Jessica is a classic beauty and so is her style.  I loved her romantic bridal look full of lace and soft lines.  Her veil was even a replica of The Duchess of Cambridge’s.  Her venue was the Jasmine House so we did the bridal shoot there too.  The window light is awe inspiring, especially with her skin tone, not to mention the fountains and greenery that also accent the antiques of this venue.  There are so many backdrops there!  Here are some of my favorites from Jessica’s bridal session.  ... read more

2017 SC Guard Air and Ground Expo

I’ve been pretty quiet but it isn’t because I haven’t been busy.  In fact life has been in a crazy spin the past couple of weeks. I have said it so many times before and I am continuously reminded of how graceful and understanding my clients are knowing that I’m a mom first to three wonderful, but very active kids and a military wife trying to savor any and all moments with my husband as possible.  God has certainly blessed me in this “job” in allowing me to do what I love most while also being the wife and mother He has called me to be. One of the most exciting things I’ve had the chance to photograph (not just recently, but ever) is the National Guard Expo air show that took place earlier this month at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover, SC.  Not only were the exhibits and static displays interesting, but the demostrations were amazing.  At the end of the show each day, there was a combined arms demo that included F16s, tanks, artillery, and helicopters – one of them was occupied my own husband!  What an awesome experience to see my husband doing what he loves and getting to see all the aspects in action that make our military so great. I’ve included some photos from the air show that I got.  There are a ton all over the internet from the event, but I wanted to show my favorites that I got.     Save Save... read more
Heads up Dads! What mom REALLY wants

Heads up Dads! What mom REALLY wants

T-3 days until Mother’s Day 2017. While most of us have our own moms to buy for, Dads of small children should be looking into also getting gifts for their wife (I mean, you are the reason she is a mom in the first place).  Yes, I said it.  Not only should you get your own mom a Mother’s Day gift, but your wife too!!!  No excuses like, “Well, she’s not my mom.”  My dad was always pretty good at this and made sure mom didn’t only have handmade cards on Sunday morning. Speaking for myself, I think many other moms feel the same way:  Mommying is tough and often unappreciated, but Mother’s Day is not only to celebrate those that gave birth but the women in our lives who inspire us to be better, have picked us up when we were down, have taught us important life lessons, and mentored us. So, now that we’ve established who we should be buying presents for, let’s talk about the actual gifts.  While homemade cards are sweet and sentimental, this should not be all a mom receives to commemorate her special day.  And flowers are pretty, but only for a short time.  What moms really want are things she wouldn’t normally get and most likely wouldn’t even ask for for herself.  So, for any children or husbands looking for a last minute gift for mom, wife, or honorary mother, here is a list of some gifts that would be very appreciated and make mama feel validated in her efforts to shape the youth of America. * A spa day – yes,... read more

A Photo’s purpose

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Cliche, yes, but true.  Especially when it is all you have and there are no words to convey the feelings from a photo. I have loved taking and being in photos for as long as I can remember.  They never really meant anything though.  Especially in college when my friends and I would take what is now called, selfies, to show how much fun we were having and how pretty we were, because, let’s face it,most of us will never be as or feel as beautiful as we were in college.  Now those photos serve the purpose of reminiscing of the days (or nights) of staying out until 3am and still being able to function the next day, funny inside jokes, eating whatever we wanted and not gaining weight, stories that we don’t want our children to know, and not having to use concealer like it was a lifeline. Then kids come along and start to realize how FAST life goes.  This is what the purpose of photos are to me now.  Stealing a small moment in time that I get to keep.  I have so many snapshots of my kids that shows our every day life and what they look like, act like, and find interesting at that certain time.  I already look through these photos periodically with such joy just remembering them at their various stages of growing and I’m sure this is something that will happen more often as they continue to grow. There aren’t many people I know that love to have a camera in their... read more
Miss Marielle – Lexington, SC newborn photographer

Miss Marielle – Lexington, SC newborn photographer

Miss Marielle was a delight to photograph.  I’ve known her mama for 15 years and have such fond memories with her in our ballet company.  Her mama, Anna, is an extremely talented dancer and just as beautiful now as she was when I met her 15 years ago. I’ve noticed that I’m liking more of the lifestyle type photos lately, especially for maternity and newborn sessions and I’ve been a bit obsessed with black and white lately.  I think black and white photos put the subjects at the forefront of what the eye sees instead of color first and sometimes the “moment” is what you want to be seen other than the clarity and color.     But, of course, there are still the ever popular “squishy, sleepy baby photos” that I’ve enjoyed capturing for about 5 years now.  It definitely takes patience, but once you get the baby nice and sleepy, the end result is... read more