Sweet Little Man

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This is the sweetest little guy and it’s really no surprise because his parents are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. I first got to know Charity when she started working at the school my kids attend and I met her love when I did their engagement pictures a few years ago.

I was so excited when she got in touch with me about doing family pictures along with some first birthday pictures! The majority of the time when people want pictures it just seems like a given that we will do them in Pensacola. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great places in the big city obviously, but I had recently done a session at a park in Milton and knew it would be a great spot for their family.

(Don’t you just love her hair?!) I’m so glad they were willing to drive out to Milton because I was so right about the park being the perfect place with all the gorgeous green and summer beauty. Her baby boy has been a walker since he was about nine months old I think so he had no problem tramping around either. And just check out that little curl in his hair! I think he is going to have the dark hair of his dad but with some of mom’s curls.

As a bonus she wanted to forgo a traditional cake smash in favor of a watermelon session and it just so happened that we had planted late and not gotten any fruit but my watermelon vines were prolific and would make an excellent backdrop for that part of the session.

She mentioned that he really loved watermelon and she was not kidding! He was eating it as fast as he could and loving every minute of it! And he was willing to share and even offered me a bite.

Happy birthday, little man. May you always love the things of life that are true, good and beautiful as much as you love watermelon!

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8

So Much Love

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This family.

Man, I love their story! It’s one of heartache and faithfulness in the midst of grief and the joy that comes in the morning.

About seven years or so ago our church experienced a baby boom of sorts. We had two mamas due in September and then one due each month thereafter until February or March if I remember correctly. Except for January. We all just sort of laughed and said that must be JJ and Katy’s month to adopt. And wouldn’t you know it January rolled around and sure enough they got a call that a little fella had been born that morning and the birth mom had signed over her rights, did they want him? Within hours of his birth they were able to be there holding him and loving on him. At his baptism a few months later they were also able to announce that they were expecting in November.

Those Irish twins were quickly followed by another brother and then their first sister.

I say their first sister because baby number five is due next month. That’s right…five kiddos in seven years. What a full noisy home and full happy hearts! Who would have thought of the life God had planned for them?

“For to have been born in God’s thought and then made by God is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking.” ~ CS Lewis

No Chance Friendship

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The long awaited Stout family portrait! Okay, it’s been about two weeks but still I think it’s safe to say that they have been eagerly waiting to see the photos from their session. We took them at a park in Milton and I always forget just how lovely a location it is for portraits. The ground can be a bit mushy because it’s by the river but they were troopers.

I love doing multi generational pictures. And I love how the personalities of the kids are so front and center. The only thing that would make this better were if Patricia and her husband and kiddos could be in it. (Fingers crossed that maybe one day that will happen!)

We tried to recreated one image with Al and Mary from our first family session back in 2012. I don’t think we did too badly. Al’s hair definitely looks a bit lighter though.

Whenever I do multigenerational pictures I like to get various group shots like all the men folk, all the women, folk, etc. We did these as well as a really great father, son, grandson portrait that I love.

We also did some sweet pictures of each smaller family units. I was really happy to get these pictures of the Johnson family because they will be moving to Virginia in a couple of weeks. Man, are we going to miss them! Sean has been a teacher at the school our girls go to and having wonderfully delicious dinner parties talking about literature with him and Heather has been a highlight in our lives the last few years. I know that Virginia is gaining a gem with their move.

Oliver wasn’t sure how he felt about all this photo business and it was such fun catching his expressions throughout the session. Alice has not been home since we did his pictures at around three or four months old so it was great getting to know him now that he is a little older and meeting his little brother Teddy. And who doesn’t love Josh and Alice? Two of the funniest people I know and such fun to hang out with.

It was just such a perfect morning especially considering that not an hour after we wrapped it up the bottom fell out of the sky. I loved spending time with these dear friends both behind the camera and just in sweet fellowship while everyone was in town.

“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Oldyweds

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After last week’s throwback post we were all happily reminded of how much life our families have lived together. What a blessing to have family friends for over a decade! Graduations, weddings, babies, all manner of celebrations sprinkled among the ordinary life stuff.

And oh, how much fun was it to spend the morning capturing various family groups for them last week! So much fun to see the little people with their various personalities who have added to their number. But some of my most favorite images came from Mr and Mrs. Stout…married fifty-six years come August and never have I seen a young man look as tenderly upon his wife as Mr. Stout does his bride.

He is a very gentle and thoughtful gentleman and while all of the children were running around and appropriate parental units were in hot pursuit he quietly moseyed over to the river and stood for a few minutes.

Most men don’t really like being in front of the camera and it shows but he didn’t seem to mind cozying up to Mrs. Stout and letting me snap away.

Very little direction was needed and there was just such a sweetness between the two.

What a precious example to their family of faithfulness.

Later in the week I will be sharing more pictures from our session but I couldn’t think of a more fitting bunch to share first. Someone once said that “Newlyweds become ‘oldyweds,’ and ‘oldyweds’ are the reasons that families work.”

I think there might be something to that, don’t you?

A Little Bit Guernsey

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So last week I shared a few throwback images of a sweet family I have been honored to photograph through the years. Today I am going to share just a few of my favorites from our recent family session and it may look a little bit odd and you might notice that it’s missing a family portrait. But trust me, we took one and it is precious but I cannot share it for the very best of reasons.

Since our last photo session when Miss Jojo turned one they have become a foster family! Right now they are loving on and caring for the cutest little peanut you have ever seen and it is so sweet to see this family embrace the heavy joy of caring for children who need a home. What a gift they offer by opening their home but also what a gift they receive in return for doing so.

The crazy thing is that right after they brought the little Peanut home they found out they were expecting and that was an amazing surprise in and of itself. Pregnancy is hard on mama and G and Jojo were both born very early and spent some time in NICU before coming home.

The newest little Guernsey stayed put safe and sound inside for longer than either one of her older siblings but not without some considerable help. These needles represent barely half of what mama took everyday during her pregnancy.

Pretty sure they all agree that she was worth it! She is their six pound wonder.

But can you imagine it? A brand new baby girl and a sweet nine month old? Life is very full but so are their hearts. And G-man and Jojo are old enough to be fabulous helpers I know.

One of my favorite things about shooting families is when the children get involved and start giving me ideas and places they want me to us while I photograph them. I really loved that G took me to the tree house he built for a few pictures. There was just something about this shot of him and Jojo that I love. It conjures up all sorts of Swiss Family Robinson nostalgia for me for some reason.

It was such a delightful morning spent with them and once again G captured my heart while holding his new baby sister. Such a tender moment, isn’t it?

I am looking forward to keeping up with them in the months and years ahead to see how God blesses this sweet family!

Grand Greats

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I always think doing pictures are a good idea whether it be to document a special occasion, as a surprise gift, or just because. When it is a gift it can be difficult because I have to wait to share them. It is even harder when it’s my niece’s babies and they are just so cute! But Father’s Day has passed so now I can finally post a few of my favorites.

Somebody please tell me how these kids grow up so fast?

Their mama is the firstborn of my sisters’ children and I can still remember holding her for the first time. It’s a little surreal to be photographing her kiddos. I had to look up exactly what term is used to describe their relationship to me and it seems that both grand or great are equally correct…as in my grand niece or great nephew.

That first grandnephew of mine was more interested in being a crocodile than taking a picture with his sister and brother and this outtake just made me laugh. Especially because of Miss Jae’s expression.

He didn’t mind getting into the spirit of things for his own pictures though.

And oh my goodness, she did just fine in front of the camera all on her own.

And the littlest mister was not about to be outdone in the cuteness contest.

While Mr. E was not too thrilled at the idea of a sibling shot his brother and sister didn’t seem to mind. I love how these two are so sweet together.

After we did pictures we went over by the brand new splash pad that opened at the park and E had a bit of fun in the water. I loved this picture of him that finished out our time together. Such a classic summer picture, don’t you think?

Guess Who Turned One Last Week?

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Yep, it was him and he has the shirt to prove it! And what better way to celebrate than with milk and donuts? At first he played it a little cool…a little coy…like he wasn’t really paying any attention to the big plate of donuts just sitting on his blanket.

But then he decided he was all in! I think the donut hole swayed him.

And then there were the ones with icing and sprinkles. The sprinkles deserve a little contemplation.

He was a fan of the icing for sure!

He enjoyed washing the goodness down with a nice glass of cold milk.

All in all I think he was pretty pleased with his birthday celebration!

It’s The Week of Edgar Throwback Thursday!

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On Monday I mentioned that I have been photographing the Edgar for family for about a decade now. Their family has grown (and so have my photography skills!) and getting this post together was so fun as I looked back over the years.

I really feel like I did a family session of the original four Edgar’s but maybe not since I cannot find them so my throwback post is is starting with the earliest pictures I could find…engagement and wedding pictures.

When Jeff and Alicia had their first baby I was just getting into newborn sessions with only a little experience. I remember the first picture I took of Leah because it was the first time the first image was a keeper and I knew it. There has never been a time since that I have photographed that child and been disappointed. She is always so pleasant and cooperative and of course, so pretty.

When she was a little older and Uncle Chris was getting married she was part of the wedding party. So was Aunt Zena’s family dog and the two hit it off really well.

Not long after the wedding Leah’s new baby sister arrived and I am so disappointed to not be able to find those pictures. There is the sweetest shot of Leah kissing Anna’s little newborn head but a few months later we did do family pictures with Mom’s family and we got this sweet moment.

Aren’t they just the cutest? And as you could see from Monday’s post their little brother and cousin just add to the cute factor. Just wait until you see Mr Ethan’s birthday doughnut session tomorrow as we wrap up our week of Edgar!

Your Children’s Children

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One of my favorite blessings in Scripture is found in Psalm 128 and it came to mind as I edited these images, particularly the final verse…“May you see your children’s children!”

What a special delight grandchildren must be and what a special delight it is for me to photograph this special relationship. There is something incredible and amazing about being a parent and from what my friends who have moved into that phase tell me grandchildren are just even more of that incredible amazingness.

These friends are blessed to be the grandparents to the four precious kiddos who are all a part of the Week of Edgar. I think they enjoy them, don’t you?


Can I just point out how well the girls did keeping their eyes trained on me and their sweet smiles while the shenanigans were taken place with the two little guys? And there were shenanigans! But my goodness, those littel fellas are adorable!


We did manage to get some really lovely portraits of the six of them together though. I really hope I get to do more of these grandparent/grandchildren sessions. There are precious few pictures of my grandparents much less ones of me and my sisters with them. What a treasure to be able to look back on these and see portraits from a time in our lives that we don’t really remember that well as we get older!

Once I knew we had gotten “the” shot the girls were off and playing so what else was there to do other than little those two young men work at getting their legs under them?


I love how fat both their little feet are! And I also think it is great that they are so close in age and can grow up as the best of friends.

According to Proverbs 17: 6 my friends have quite the beautiful crowns!

Cousins

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These pictures proudly brought to you by The Week of Edgar. As I was culling through the images from this session last week I realized I have been photographing this family literally for years. First, it was just a family session of four. And then it was the engagement and wedding of one son. And then the engagement and wedding of the younger son. Two gender reveals, including the one where I accidentally spilled the beans about the baby before the session (not my finest moment and I still cringe whenever it comes up) and two newborn sessions. Two of the little guys in today’s pictures were born during my hiatus so I was delighted when the opportunity came up to do first birthday pictures for one of them and in a few weeks we will do the youngest one’s pictures.

Since the cousins were all together at the birthday shoot we did some cousin pictures and man, these are four of the cutest kids!

I love that many times the sessions we’ve done have been in Gary and Cheryl’s backyard. It has such lovely textures and lively green color but really let’s the people be the focus of the image.

The next two images made me laugh. From the chubby little foot in the air to the expression on sweet girl’s face they were such good sports about doing their pictures.

I won’t mention which one so as to protect the dignity of the guilty party but one of them got bribed with fresh blueberries when he got a little too squirmy. It worked though and we got some sweet portraits.

But birthday boy did make it clear that enough was enough and he was ready to move on. I wonder if he realized he was going to get donuts? But those are pictures for another day so stay tuned for more! Tomorrow it’s all about a little grandparent love.