Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Figueroa Family

With each year I spend photographing families and sweet babies, I am more thankful for the people brought into our lives. I am always amazed at the intricate navigation that happens to bring people across your path. God is truly a master at this and Kristy and her family are just another prime example of His blessings!

This year we have worked hard and are taking the final steps in creating a non-profit, TeamUp Foundation that has been near and dear to my and Adam's heart for years. Our vision is to support existing organizations that are currently doing phenomenal work in their areas of expertise as well as support private individuals and families as we could. Through strategic partnerships with other like-minded businesses, we are creating a network of consistent funding to be able to help when and where we can. As we grow our goal is to expand into scholarships and grants to others in various areas of need. As a photographer, I have always donated my time and talent as much as I could with various organizations and events. I love giving back and have prayed about being able to do it more. Now I can!

Kristy's family is one of the first we were able to arrange this very special session for. Her family's journey is very similar to our own and has been rocked with a heart-shattering brain tumor diagnosis for her father, Bob. I know first hand what they are going through and when she mentioned her parents would be in town and that they would love to schedule a session I knew exactly what we needed to do.

Bob was rushed to the emergency room the evening before his grand daughter, Emma was born. Completely across the country in California they scheduled a biopsy which revealed the tumor was cancerous and surgery quickly followed while baby Emma was experiencing her first few days of life right here in North Georgia. The degrees of emotional strain were unimaginable. The shock, fear and hope that comes with any life-changing diagnosis and the euphoric joy of a new innocent life entering the world. Bob's surgery was successful and removed the tumor that was nearly the size of a lemon. But the cancer is extremely aggressive and Karen and Bob stay very vigilant with his medications, therapy and continued treatment to keep him healthy and active.

This session means so much to me but I know it means even more to Kristy and her family. To see and preserve how much joy "GoGo" has for his grandchildren and his excitement to meet the newest one expected next her by Kristy's sister is just so inspiring- it truly is what life is all about. People often wonder what wealth and success look like and I would say to them, just look at these... this is what it looks like!

What we can do with TeamUp will open up many opportunities to do more special sessions like this and other projects. If you would, we would love for you to join us in praying for continued blessings so we can continue to bless others :)

We would also love for you to join us in continued prayer for Kristy and her family, especially sweet, precious GoGo! He is very much looking forward to spending more time with Mia, Emma and the newest grand baby in 2017. He and Karen also have a vow renewal planned in Hawaii early next year. We will all be praying fervently for continued health and safe travels for them all. xoxo!

Pay it Forward: 
We are so thankful to be embarking on the next step of launching TeamUp Foundation and our efforts to support other non-profits, organizations, youth programs and families. In this journey we have partnered with FireFan, A new Free Live Sports App launching this Fall that is sharing a % of their in-app purchases and advertising with their participating affiliates. Please join us in our #iplaytogive campaign and click the here or the image below to sign up. We will follow up with you on how to download the app and play along with our TeamUp Leagues! Thank you so much for joining the team!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Peterson Family

I have had the pleasure of watching these precious girls grow over the past five years! I absolutely treasure my time spent with each and ever student at First Baptist Academy and this family is just one of the many reasons why :) Their sweet momma is the picture of grace and I loved seeing them all have fun together and being silly with Dad... hugs, kisses and piggy back rides by the river- it doesn't get much better than that! 


Pay it Forward: 
We are so thankful to be partnered with TeamUp Foundation and their efforts to support other non-profits, organizations and youth programs. A new Free App from former EA Sports/ Madden Football designer, Mark Mongie is launching this October that is sharing a % of their in-app purchases and advertising with their participating affiliates. Please join us in the #iplaytogive campaign and click the here or the image below to sign up.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Holliman Family {Big Brother Hunter}

There's a lot of things I love most about Florida... Disney, the sunshine and beautiful beaches are definitely near the top of the list, but it's reconnecting with family, friends and lifelong clients that fill my heart! I was soooooo overjoyed when Stacie shared the news that they were expecting baby #2 and that it would mean a new little brother for Hunter!!!

Stacie, Chris and Hunter all share my love for the beach so of course sunset at their favorite spot was the plan- complete with playing with some bubbles for Hunter at the end of the session, here's a sneak peek of some of our favorites :)

Pay it Forward: 
We are so thankful to be partnered with TeamUp Foundation and their efforts to support other non-profits, organizations and youth programs. A new Free App from former EA Sports/ Madden Football designer, Mark Mongie is launching this October that is sharing a % of their in-app purchases and advertising with their participating affiliates. Please join us in the #iplaytogive campaign and click the link to sign up below. 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Mersberger Wedding

I definitely have to preface this post with I think what many will find obvious- I absolutely adore this couple, their family and everything they stand for. This no doubt is a super-deluxe edition of wedding posts but I just had to share all the emotion, details, love and excitement that this family had. I hope you enjoy and please join me in congratulating the newlyweds!!!

I could not have imagined a more perfect day or setting for Caroline and Nathan to exchange their vows. Spending the afternoon watching these two send notes and gifts to each other amidst the preparations spoke volumes of the thoughtfulness and communication that these two already had for one another. Planning a wedding has so many details- flowers, cake, dresses, guest lists, menus, invitations, etc. To see that they took the time to remember the special little things and sweet love notes- not only for themselves but for their parents as well, was so encouraging.

Pair that with the lifelong friends and family that were by their sides, this definitely was a day celebrating a love that has grown and flourished for many years. I am so excited to share the images of their beautiful day- the details and fun little touches that put their personal touch on each and every part of the wedding. From the whimsical socks to the heirloom handkerchief used to wrap Caroline's bouquet, everything worked together to reflect these two and their family and friends who are so dear.

There's certain special moments of the wedding day that over the years I have learned are so very precious. While I love the details and documenting the preparations of the day- there is something so special in the gaze of the mother's and grandmothers as they look on as the bride gets ready. The small tears in a fathers eye- whether of the bride or groom. There is no doubt they see that little boy or little girl they taught to take their first wobbly steps or to ride a bike. That they are such a ball of emotion brimming with pride and also knowing that their son or daughter is embarking on the first steps of building their own family. It's absolutely priceless and as a mother myself, I have grown to appreciate it more and more with each family I am blessed to work with.

I love how Caroline chose to surprise her Dad with a special first look for just them two before the ceremony began. So incredibly sweet.

Following the ceremony and formals we marched right on into the reception where the big party was kicked off in style! The wedding party entered dancing their own unique stye and set the stage for Nathan to twirl Caroline right onto the dance floor for their first dance as Mr. and Mrs. That set the stage for the rest of the evening, partying and dancing late into the night with toasts from Dad and longtime friends until finally it was time to go out with a bang...and sparklers!

Wedding Vendors: 
Venue: The Wheeler House
Flowers: Funky Mountain Flowers and Gifts
Photographer: Kathryn Brown
Videographer: JMcLane Productions
Catering: Talk of the Town
Hair & Makeup: Level Spa Salon- Rian Bradford, Allison Strub & Caroline Mersberger
Cake:Lush Cakery
DJ: The TC Show

Pay it Forward: 
We are so thankful to be partnered with TeamUp Foundation and their efforts to support other non-profits, organizations and youth programs. A new Free App from former EA Sports/ Madden Football designer, Mark Mongie is launching this October that is sharing a % of their in-app purchases and advertising with their participating affiliates. Please join us in the #iplaytogive campaign and click the link to sign up below. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Mersberger Wedding {Sneak Peek}

I am just so darn excited over sharing the sneak peek of Nathan and Caroline's beautiful wedding at The Wheeler House!!

I could really just go on and on about this amazing couple and their families- LOVE them to no end! But I am going to do my best to keep it all in until the full blog post... trust me, it's worth the wait!

For now, here's some of the favorites of the day and more will definitely come soon- Happy Weekend!!!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Welcome Home Baby Emma!

Sometimes people come into your lives and you can clearly see God's hand at work! Kristy and her sweet family are just that. We met at Bunco a little over a year ago and both our daughters began Kindergarten this year- I think we both had watery eyes the day we took them to Kindergarten round up. She invited me to visit and speak about Photography to her MOP's group and we have so much in common- I just adore her :)

So, naturally I was ecstatic when she asked me to schedule newborn photos and not only to meet the newest little princess but to also get to spend some time with her again. It's so hard in certain season's in life to slow down and make time for the people outside your normal routine of family, school and practice. But life is too short not to! Slow down, schedule it... Really- make it happen, you won't regret it.

Our first day together poor little Emma just wasn't feeling up to being away from mommy's swaddling arms so I was very happy just to truly visit and catch up with Kristy. We enjoyed coffee and sharing family stories. I took some of my favorite images of her and Emma! We had a wonderful afternoon together and made a plan for the next morning.

And the next morning little miss Emma totally owned it! She slept through the entire session... and I mean slept... like a rock- through 3 outfit changes!!! I was so incredibly happy that we were able to do everything that Kristy had envisioned- even incorporating her wedding dress for a few of the images.

And, this purple romper! Oh, my gracious!!! The ruffles... the bows.... It was so delicate and fit her perfectly!

Mia kept checking in on us and watching her new little sister. I cannot say how much I totally love seeing older siblings with their new baby brother or sister. The joy in their eyes is so sincere. I truly believe that they are forever changed once they see and hold them for the first time. It may not be quite the same feeling as what mom and dad have, but there's definitely a transformation that takes place in their heart and it's beautiful.

I love the way the last few images turned out with Emma being passed around and absolutely loved-on and adored by her Daddy and big sis, Mia. There's so much love here and I am so thankful to be able to be there to share in it!

Kristy & Luis, thank you so very much for inviting me to be a part of Emma's Welcome Home and I know the Lord has BIG plans for her- His timing is perfect and so is she!!!

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, November 9, 2015

Welcome Home {Baby Presley}

Today’s post is pretty special to me. Mindy and Ben are long time friends and we have a lot of fun history together. From double dates in high school to impromptu family vacations we are two couples that are kindred spirits in marrying our high school sweethearts. Our kids are also pretty close in age and get along extremely well. Though we live in different states now they do not miss a beat when they are able to see each other again.

I was over the moon excited when Mindy told me that they were expecting another baby because I had seen the way Avery and Gage looked at Farrah and knew that a little brother or sister had been on their Christmas list for quite some time. There is something so unique and special about having a wider than usual age gap between children and as a parent I can tell you that it’s wonderful to see that love in our older children’s eyes when they hold their newborn sibling for the first time. It's something that cannot be taught- only felt and like us as parents, their hearts grow a little and there's a new sense of protectiveness and responsibility. 

That was definitely a moment I was looking forward to seeing. Miss Presley decided to come a little early and thankfully I was passing through town and was able to swing by for a quick visit and we made plans to get back together for newborn portraits when I was in town again. 

Oh, there is nothing in the world like holding a newborn baby. It truly is almost indescribable in words but there is something that happens in your heart and somehow life makes a lot more sense, priorities are forever changed and deep imbedded instincts you never knew you possessed come to the surface. It is beautiful.

I couldn't wait to get back to see everyone and was so happy to see everyone again. Hudson was so sad to miss coming again because he loves teeny tiny babies so much. Mindy had just gotten Presley to sleep so the timing was perfect.

Of all my years of newborn sessions, Presley is the only one who slept nearly the whole entire time- she was such a delight. We kept it very simple and incorporated the sweetest blanket that had her name in beautiful pink script repeated over it's surface. So precious.

Aside from making sure we have a beautiful portrait my favorite images of every newborn session are the itsy bitsy details- their little ears, button nose, tiny hands and feet. Ahh, I can never get enough and they will never ever be that small again. I adore the details :)

Avery and Gage were right there nearby for the whole session, helping where they could and watching. When we finished with Presley's session she was still sound asleep and none of us wanted to disturb her. Avery laid down beside her and kissed her- our hearts melted and of course Gage was not going to miss out on any of this sibling bliss. The images with all of them together bring tears to my eyes. 

Ben and Mindy, congratulations on your newest addition. You beautiful family is such a blessing to ours and it was such a pleasure to be able to capture these moments for you all. Mindy, you are so beautiful! xoxo