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Kayden Gerard

This past week, I got to spend some time with the sweetest little baby boy named Kayden and his awesome parents, Dan and Alison. I had such a fantastic time photographing in their home because of the amazing natural light that streamed in and made everything that much dreamier. Kayden already has big ideas on how he likes his days to look like and will let you know when he's not feelin' it. :)

Being around this spirited, sweet little boy blessed my soul in ways I couldn't explain. There is so going on in the world today that weighs heavily on all of our hearts, but holding a fresh life that breathes so steadily, so confidently, somehow makes everything seem okay. I was extremely grateful to meet this family and I'm excited to show you our afternoon together.

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Expecting: Ricky + Leigh Ann

Ricky and Leigh Ann are two dear friends who I've always wanted to see become parents. Leigh Ann is highly organized, nurturing, and is always taking care of every one around her. Also, Ricky and Leigh Ann both have an amazing sense of humor, which will really help alleviate the first few crazy months of having a brand new little one in the house.

Leigh Ann had a really fun idea for a "Hey! We're pregnant!" announcement. We took over her friend's beautiful kitchen (thanks, Cill!) and made some cute little cinnamon buns for an adorable "bun in the oven" shoot. Ricky and Leigh Ann are both amazing cooks and are foodies, so this concept was perfect for them. I love these two and I'm exploding with excitement to meet Norah Grace (yes, it's a little girlie!). 

Clothed in Strength

I had the unique opportunity to photograph my friend Kimberly's fitness clothing brand Clothed in Strength this past weekend. I love the message of her clothing and the emphasis on being feminine, yet strong. I know many, many women who are tough and have more grit than anyone I know - and most would say that the reason they can be strong is because they draw their strength from God. I love that Kimberly wants to put a positive message out there in the fitness world and that she actually put feet to her dream and did it, and is doing it well. I can't wait to see what new products she comes out with next! If you'd like to follow along, give Clothed in Strength's Instagram a follow here.

I loved hanging out with these girls at our shoot. I would love to give an extra thanks to Gaby Zegans, our make up artist, who came out and made these girls look even more radiant than they already are!

Little Miss Brailynn

I'm not quite sure why, but any time I say Brailynn's name, I have to put a "Little Miss" in front of it. I can't help it! It just fits! Little Miss Brailynn is the sweetest, most dainty little princess of her household. She's a bright-eyed, happy girl. She is pure light.

Jayson and Heather are already incredible parents. I was very, very honored to come capture their little slice of paradise :)

xo,

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Liam Turns One!

A week ago, I got a chance to get to know a little guy named Liam on a beautiful sunny day in the park. He's a smart, funny, charming boy that's full of spirit and spunk. :) He ADORES Mickey Mouse and his favorite book right now is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Liam is going to be a big deal one day with the support of his amazing, super smart parents -- Alyssa (a teacher) and Mohamed (an engineer). I loved watching their family operate and I'm grateful for our time together. I'm so excited to share this family!

A quick little note: Alyssa put together a collection of items to give his photos lots of pop and personality. Can I just call attention to the fact that Alyssa did Liam's sign all by her own hand! THAT is amazing. I was floored! 


Mary + Matt

Life happens in a series of moments. Most of those moments can seem insignificant, but turn out to be absolutely monumental -- even life-changing -- in hindsight. I don't know if Matt and Mary knew that grabbing a quick drink together in Scotland would manifest into an exhilarating, fun relationship that would lead to a life together. 

Matt and Mary are fun, extremely caring, and are world travelers. I love their sense of adventure and carefree spirits. I had a wonderful time with these two. And I'm so happy to watch their love adventure continues.

xo,

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Curtis Family

I love when families make it a point to commemorate as many milestones as possible in a baby's life. Little Brody recently turned 8 months old in the beginning of March. With the 8 month mark comes a lot of milestones! He's pulling himself up, he's teething like a champ, and he charms the pants off anyone who walks by him. Are his eyes not THE MOST beautiful thing you've ever seen?!

I adore spending time with families on photo sessions and I LOVE watching sibling relationships the most. The way Shayne and Ryley love on their little brother makes my heart grow three times over. They're so doting on that manly baby! To watch these girlies be my BEST assistants to make their brother smile -- all the while singing and dancing and collecting little leaves and treasures for me -- was such a wonderful afternoon spent on my part. 

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I loved taking them!

xo,

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Being Together

Is there anything better than pulling off a huge surprise for your mother? So good that you make her cry huge, happy tears? I think not.

These girls below are spread all over and rarely get to see each other face-to-face all at the same time. This Christmas, they all secretly planned to be home to celebrate Christmas with their mother together, as a bunch, as a sisterhood. To top it off, they decided to make some family portraits happen on Christmas Day. 

I had so much fun with these girls. Their love for each other and their mother shines bright.

Everett Graham

I just recently had my second baby, Ryan James, and he has completely transformed my world the last two months. Being back in babyland has helped me realize a few things, and here's the truth: fresh, sweet-smelling little babies bring such a simplicity to an otherwise highly complicated world. There is so much to be afraid of, so much to contemplate and worry about these days. And yet, the warmth and peace a little one brings can transform a home for the better. 

Yes, there are crazy moments. Yes, there are sleepless nights. But there are times where all that's happening is me, cuddled up with Ryan face to face, breathing onto his little forehead and bridge of his nose (as he likes it best), and everything seems alright. Not perfect -- but you know deep down in your soul that everything going to be alright. 

The morning I had with the White family was a wonderful, easygoing session where I got to know their new little guy, Everett Graham. He is just the most peaceful, sweet little baby. Jessica and Scott are very lucky parents. 

This little guy is pure light... and I can't wait to share him with you.

xo,

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The Ringdahl Family

I was able to spend some time with the Ringdahl family a few weeks ago, and let me say this: I can't WAIT to have a 5 year old. Little Maya has SUCH a bright and beautiful spirit. She was my dedicated helper throughout the session, and she is the most hilarious little girl. Her giggles throughout the shoot brought me so much joy.

I loved the way Lindsay coordinated their outfits and brought special details that made each girl's personality pop. I had the best time watching these three little women run circles around their main man, Noah, and him loving every minute of it. Most of all, I had the beautiful blessing of watching these two sisters love on each other. We were even able to commemorate little Maci's first birthday with a beautiful arangement of balloons and a little smash cake! I had so much fun with this little family, and I can't wait to share these with you!

Class of 2014: Gabriella

Gaby and I have known each other for nearly five years. Ever since we have met, Gaby has been going full throttle at her teaching career. All the while, she has made a profound impact on many people by volunteering and pouring her time into children around her. Gaby is one of the most focused, selfless women I know. Not only do many young women look up to her, but many people of all ages respect and love her to the highest degree.

This May, many of us in her corner have had the opportunity to cheer her on as she accepts her teaching degree. If I were a parent at the school she will be teaching at, I would fight tooth and nail to have my daughter learn under this wonderful woman. Can you tell how proud I am? :)

I love you, Gaby - and words can't express how thrilled I am for this next chapter in your story!

xo,

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Class of 2014: Elisabeth

When Elisabeth and I first met at the Exist in Photographs event, we quickly learned in the brief amount of time together that we have a LOT in common. She's a runner (and runs multiple half marathons a year), is a theater geek (and starred in Oklahoma!), and she loves ALL my favorite shows (The Office! Friends! Seinfeld!). She brought her beautiful mother Dede to the EIP event and we had a blast getting to know each other in January. It was a wonderful treat to get to spend time with her doing her photographs to celebrate her high school graduation. :)

Elisabeth, you are such a beautiful soul. And I absolutely can't wait to see what the future holds for you at Furman University in the fall.

xo,

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Note to self: I need to join a water polo team so I can get arms like these. ;)

Lauren

I had a wonderful time this weekend going downtown with my beautiful friend Lauren. Lauren is a beautiful, talented model who has gotten some amazing opportunities with some major brands this year already! Words can't describe how much my heart bursts with pride when I see her chasing her dream. We got together to refresh some of her headshots and had a wonderful time.

If you're a photographer and are in need of a model for a styled shoot or want some extra practice, you need to contact Lauren. She is such a blast to work with! You can find her professional facebook page here.

Liz

I love when my clients have a specific vision for their session. Me and Liz met up at sunrise, she pitched me her vision, and we knocked it out! It was such an easy breezy session. Liz is an experienced model and has done many sessions with photographers (can't you tell?). All I did was chase the light with her :) We eventually ended up at C&I Studios in FAT Village in Fort Lauderdale.

She's hilarious, fun to be around, and such a caring person. I really enjoyed out time together :) 

xo,

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The Feliz Family

On every photo shoot I do, I seek to be a blessing to the family or couple I work with. Lots of the photos I am asked to do commemorate an entry into a new stage of life.  As you know, there are always pro's and con's to every new stage, and I always love hearing different perspectives.

Although I set out to be a cheerful encourager to Jenyffer and Silver on their precious son, Misael, turning one... they totally lifted my spirits by the end of our time together. So many times, families have a hard time relaxing due to the stressful nature of simply getting children out the door (any parents with me? I can totally relate!). Jenyffer and Silver's teamwork together (and laid back demeanor) was an amazing thing to watch and made a huge difference in the smooth, relaxed nature of our time together. They're already dreaming out loud about a large family and couldn't give enough affection to their little man the entire time. He is pretty squeezable, I have to admit. :)

Once again, I am reminded of how blessed I am to be able to meet all types of amazing families in the South Florida area. Jenyffer and Silver, you're one of the best. I'm so honored to be able to show these to you. Thank you for giving me a little slice of your heaven.

xo,

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Jenyffer, motherhood looks so beautiful on you... these images are some of my favorite.

The Westfall Family

I have loved Mary Kate and Ashley probably my whole life. It doesn't matter how old I get, I still can't get enough of them! I probably saw every movie and Full House episode. I even dreamed of being a twin my whole life! The closest thing I have is when people often mistake me and my sister Kelsey as twins - which I love. Haha!

I had the opportunity to photograph two adorable 13 year old girlies named Emily and Katie recently and I have to admit, I totally had a huge Mary Kate and Ashley gush moment. I was so excited when their mother, Ginger, requested a family shoot with the focus being on these two! We had a blast. These girls are hilarious! I loved their banter and how they tried their absolute hardest to irritate one another. Deep down, they're some serious sister love going on (whether they refuse to acknowledge it yet or not). And Ginger and Michael just stole my heart. They're just about the sweetest couple who are obviously totally in love with their girls. This photoshoot made me eagerly look forward to how my daughter, Rowan, will be at this age. I can't wait!


Joanna + Jesse

Joanna is probably one of my favorite people in the world. Not only are we family (she's my cousin!), but she has a heart of gold. AND she's hilarious and loves to be a huge dork... just like me! She has such a wonderful sense of self and purpose. I knew it would take an amazing guy to be able to get (ahem... convince) her to marry him. One. Special. Guy. It takes a lot of energy to keep up with Joanna's wit and personal drive... and Jesse was her match.

They met at Liberty University. Joanna is from Wisconsin, and to the surprise (and glee) of all of her family, Jesse has roots down here! Literally 20 miles from me - AND he runs in a lot of the same friend circles as my husband. Who knew! It was meant to be.

I love these two together. Jesse is on his way to seminary in North Carolina, so that's where they will have their first home. They're so incredible supportive of each other and can't wait to serve the church and their surrounding communities together as a team. I can't wait to see how God grows their marriage in the coming years.

I love you both to the moon!

xo,

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The Cordero Family

One of my favorite things some of my clients do is wear bright, poppy colors. I adore the dynamic it brings to a photo and gives it a spark of personality and interest. When the Cordero family showed up in their coordinated candy apple red outfits... I could've died! I knew it would be an incredible color to offset the greenery that the park offered.

I can never get in the car fast enough to photograph this family every year! Not only is it totally easy, but it's tons of fun. Diego and Isabel are so sweet and incredibly active. It makes every single photo different and keeps the pace going! Sebastian is the perfect big brother who balances the sibling trio and keeps everyone on track. Manny and Erika are one of the most selfless and kind hearted couples I know. I am incredibly lucky to know them.

xo,

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The Herwig Family

I always look forward to spending time with the Herwig family when they book a portrait session. Not only are they fun to be around, but they're very detail-oriented as far as the creative direction their photos head in. They are always full of ideas and I LOVE when clients are specific with me up front! Their only request this time around? They have a beautiful 11x14 landscape frame that they update every year, so they wanted a beautiful landscape family portrait that they would love to look at all year round. Other than that, the ball was in my court to come up with some fun, candid portraits.

We had so, so, so much fun. These kids are growing up so fast! All members of this family are all running at high capacity most of the time. Aaron and Emily are highly involved in church and the kids (Holly, Heidi, and Brady) are the middle of all their school sport seasons. Somehow, they still squeezed me in and I'm so grateful to be able to watch this family evolve in the best ways on a yearly basis.

xo,

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