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Emily + Tyler + Princess P

I’m really excited to share this family with you!  I had met Emily and Tyler way before they asked me to photograph them, but I had never spent much one on one time with them.  They are really good friends with my sis in law and we all went to the same high school together.  I remember after we met for the maternity session, I texted my sis in law to say what awesome parents Emily and Tyler were going to be!

The beautiful thing about photographing families is that I get to know them on a different level.  I feel like I should add a disclaimer to my website; WARNING I am going to touch you lol!  This can really freak people out, especially if we’ve never met!  I blame it on my Physical Therapy job that I’m a touchy feely person.  Anyway, I did warn Tyler at the beginning of their maternity session that I would touch him, as I was putting a sonogram photo into his back pocket lol!

These maternity photos almost didn’t happen, because Emily and Tyler weren’t sure they wanted them.  Like most men, spending time on a Sunday being photographed didn’t sound like much fun.  Emily was 34 weeks along when she contacted me, and admitted she also wasn’t crazy about being photographed, but was afraid she would regret it later if she missed out on these special memories.  I couldn’t have agreed with her more, so we found a date that worked in a hurry since we were about a month away from her due date.

Let me tell you, I am soooo happy they changed their minds about these photos, because I love them! Emily and Tyler live in Mansfield, so I was worried at first that if would be difficult for us to find a time to schedule.  It all worked out perfectly though!  I was already going to be in town for a Baptism on a Sunday, so we met in downtown Mansfield that day.  We had such a hot summer, I was also worried about over heating Emily, but it was later in the day when we met and the buildings around us provided lots of shade, so that worked out perfectly too.  We decided a mini session would be perfect, so we spent 30 minutes together and captured so many great photos.


I’m pleased to introduce Miss Peyton, better know as Princess P, to you!  She is four days old in these photos.

I spent about 4-5 hours with Emily and Princess P during the newborn session.  If you’ve ever hired me for a newborn session you know I take my time and move at the baby’s pace, so it does take a while.  This session took longer though, because I visited with Emily for so long.  It was really nice to just sit and talk with her about motherhood, the delivery process, friends, family, etc.  Of course, I loved meeting the princess, but my favorite part of this session was getting to know Emily better.

Miss Peyton did so well during her session!  Once I got her to fall asleep, she was out cold.  Emily, Tyler, and myself are all big OSU fans, so you’ll notice all the different OSU poses.  This is one beautiful baby girl!  She had a perfect complexion and oh my gosh those cheeks killed me!  You really get the full effect of those cheeks when she’s posed on her belly!


This is my favorite photo!  How sweet is that smile?!?  I recently blew this up onto a canvas and hung it in a local Dr’s office.  So, Miss P is famous already and doesn’t even know it!


A huge thanks to Emily and Tyler for allowing me to capture this special time for them!  I hope we’ll be able to work together again in the future!



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Paying it forward with Grandpa…

It’s been a while since I shared a personal blog, but today definitely calls for one!

My day started out filled with unnecessary drama.  I found that a site was posting one of my photos as advertisement for their product without my knowledge.  As a small business owner, I feel that typically this community is all about supporting each other and giving credit where it’s due, but not this site.  Long story short, I ended up asking the person to take my photo down since they would not cooperate.

I then started my journey to Mansfield for a dentist appointment.  I travel all the way there, because I love my dental assistant so much.  She’s like family to me.  On the way there, a semi refused to let me merge onto the highway, so pretty much ran me off of the road.  The rest of my drive was uneventful and my dental visit went well, thank God!

After my dentist visits I usually meet my Grandpa for lunch.  We typically eat at Cracker Barrel, but he picked Mansfield Restaurant this time.  I noticed as we were eating, the table across from us was staring out of the window.  I didn’t say anything, but thought maybe there was a car accident or someone had fell.  Since the table didn’t react, only stared, I finished my lunch without saying anything.  We payed and headed out to the car to leave when we saw what the table had been staring at.  A man had fallen down on the passenger side of his car, which happened to be right beside my car.  There was a woman trying to help him up, but not succeeding.  My Grandpa immediately went over to try and help the man, but I stopped him quickly.  He has a bum knee himself and definitely shouldn’t be lifting anyone off of the ground.  Thankfully, I had my gait belt in the back of my car.  For you non-PT’s, a gait belt is what we use at work to transfer patients.  After placing my belt around the man, I then instructed my Grandpa how we were going to lift him without injuring ourselves.  I also told the man he was going to have to come up onto one of his knees to help us.  The transfer went smoothly, and we were able to walk the man to the drivers side and let him sit down.  The man stated he had just came from a Dr’s visit where he checked out fine.  Ummmm, time to switch Dr’s I think!  The man stated he was diabetic so maybe that was what caused him to fall.  My Grandpa stayed with him and I went back into the restaurant to get him orange juice.  We didn’t want him to attempt to drive, and an ambulance ride is so expensive, but we also didn’t want to just leave him there.  So, he told us where his son was working near by and Grandpa and I drove there to find him.  Of course, he wasn’t working, but his co-worker said he would call him and tell him his dad needed help.  Grandpa and I headed back to the restaurant parking lot to inform the man his son was being contacted.  As we were about to pull away, Grandpa and I looked at each other with uneasy feelings.  We thought, what if they forget to call his son and this poor man waits here forever?  What if he has a heart attack in his car in the parking lot?  What if he attempts to drive somewhere and gets in an accident?  So, we asked the man for his son’s address so we could personally go get him.  Thankfully, it was close by.  When we arrived at his son’s house he had already been notified by his co-worker and was just on his way out to go help his dad.  I hope the man got home ok and is doing fine.

Grandpa and I laughed on the way home that this would only happen to us!  He said maybe he and I should start a service together, since we worked so well as a team assisting the man.  I know Grandpa and I were at the right place at the right time today, and I feel thankful to have been able to help and to have this story now.  After starting my day out dealing with people who were not paying it forward, I feel very grounded and happy to say that Grandpa and I definitely did.

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Throwback Thursday {Thad & Kathy are gettin’ hitched}

I thought it was only appropriate to share this engagement session since the big wedding is Saturday!

Meet Kathy, my hubby’s aunt.  She gets full credit for the awesome retro theme of this session.  We chose an area in downtown Mansfield to shoot the photos, and her fiance’ has a friend who let us borrow that awesome car.  Kathy really understood the importance of looking the part too.  She did a great job styling herself and Thad, which really tied in the whole theme.

This was a lot of fun for me, because it was something entirely different from what I normally do.  We made sure to take full advantage of that awesome car as a prop!  The owner of the car was so kind to let them not only lean on it, but also sit on top of the hood.  We, of course, were terrified of scratching the car, but he assured us it would be fine.  These are some of my all time favorite photos!

Thad and Kathy also wanted to have some casual photos taken.  We were a little pressed for time, because we had so much fun with the car I think we lost track of time.  We shot the casual photos at my mother-in-law’s house.  Not only are her and Kathy sisters, but this is also where the actual wedding ceremony is taking place on Saturday.  My mother-in-law, Robin, has a beautifully landscaped backyard.  She also has a very unique red caboose in the backyard, which makes an amazing photo prop.  I also love the photos we took here, because Thad and Kathy could just be themselves.  The sun was staring to set, so we had limited time to capture these.  Every photo of them is so great though we didn’t need to take a ton.  Their love and connection shines through in all of them!

I will be photographing their big day on Saturday.  Typically, I don’t do weddings, but this is a special circumstance.  We are all very excited for Kathy and agree that she absolutely couldn’t have found a better man.  I also think that they picked a lucky day to get hitched! Hubby and I will be celebrating our 16 year dating anniversary on Saturday as well (yes, we still recognize our dating anniversary).

Family has arrived from out of town, the weather is forecasted to be great, and decorating has begun!  Let’s get this show on the road and welcome Thad into the family!


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Throwback Thursday {The Adams Family}

Last year I really fell behind on my blogging!  So, I’ve decided to use “throwback Thursday” to catch up and share some of the awesome sessions I had last year!  Meet the Adams Family…

This is my sis-in-laws fam.  When I first started this photography journey, they were the first family Shannon and I photographed together.  We went to Kingwood Center in Mansfield, and had a very eventful session due to the weather.  It rained on and off the entire time!  Since we don’t live in Mansfield, we decided to face the weather anyway.  Thankfully, Kingwood had buildings for us to take shelter in, and we were able to get some great photos while inside too.  Below, you can see photos from that session, which I believe was almost five years ago.  While, I’ve grown so much since then, I still love these photos!

This past fall, we met again for the first time since those photos were taken.  I can’t believe it took us so long to update their family photos!  Once again, the weather wasn’t cooperating, but we were able to complete the entire session without getting rained on this time.  This beautiful family would photograph well anywhere, but we were particularly lucky to have such amazing fall colors.  They also nailed it with their outfits!  I always encourage my clients to utilize layers, because it adds character to the photos.

I am in love with how the photos turned out!  My favorite thing about the camera is that it doesn’t lie.  If I’m working with clients that truly aren’t connected to each other, you can tell.  No matter how great the pose and/or location is, you just can’t fake love.  I see so much love in each of these photos!  My nephew was genuinely engaged during the entire session and having a great time!  My niece wasn’t even feeling well that day, but you would never know it!  I even made my sis-in-law tear up during a father-daughter pose.

This past Christmas, one of the photos from this session was enlarged and given to my mother-in-law as a gift.  The waterworks happened again!  She had everyone in the room crying!  So much emotion from looking at one photo.  That’s why I love this job!

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