Taylor was an absolute dream to photograph on an equally dreamy day. Best wishes for this next chapter in your life, Taylor! We were privileged to capture this special moment in your life- all the senior year joy preserved!
Hip hip hooray for SPRING and some beautiful weather! We are loving it! We have all kinds of exciting things to share this week, but first up is a GIVEAWAY! Head on over to our Facebook and Instagram pages for all the details!
Whenever I go to photograph a newborn in their home, I'm always amazed at the degree to which these little mamas have it together. Those sleepless days of adjusting to life revolving around diaper changes and feeding times are long and tiring and hard. But usually, some help is present in the form of a busy and doting mother or mother-in-law.
What would we do without them?
It takes me back to when I had my first baby. I was living in Kentucky and had the most amazing nurse midwife deliver Anna Grace- she was truly one of a kind. She encouraged me in so many ways before, during, and after my crazy long 24 hour labor, but one thing that really stuck with me was her visit on the day after birth. "Let people take care of you," she said. She went on to talk about Mosaic law in the Old Testament and how after giving birth, women were to rest and be cared for. It's a big time important word for us today since we don't live so communally and we try so hard to be self-reliant. But there is great strength in accepting help and care. We have to.
So if you have a new mama in your life, I thought I'd get real practical and share a little recipe that is one hundred percent awesome for postpartum women. It's jam packed with energy and it's easy to eat on the fly. I'm calling them post-partum peanut butter energy balls of greatness.
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1 cup dry oats
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 package chocolate chips
Combine and form 1 inch balls. Refrigerate as needed.
So good! And speaking of GOOD things, we are so excited to congratulate the Buseick family on their newest addition. Baby Bear (SO cute name, right?) was adorable, Daddy Brad was so proud, Megan was absolutely glowing, and we even got some pics with her own sweet mama.
What joy, what a privilege to capture this kind of love.
And with a name like Bear, I think this little boy will grow up to appreciate a honey-laden energy ball some day, don't you think?
Congrats, Buseick family! Bear is adorable!!!
There are so many things to love and appreciate about this recent shoot with 13-year-old Ashton, I almost don't know where to start.
First of all, this age group is definitely under-photographed. So when Ashton's mom asked if I could document this time in her life, it was a resounding OF COURSE! I would love to get more tweens and teens in front of my camera and not just for senior pictures. Each stage of life has its own feel, its own joy, its own struggle and we are remiss if we don't document the journey of childhood as a whole.
Secondly, when I was asked if I could incorporate Ashton's back brace in her photo shoot, it was another resounding YES! Scoliosis is part of Ashton's journey. Highlighting it in a photograph communicates strength in the face of difficulty and a vulnerability that a lot of adults aren't even able to stomach. This girl is STRONG and BEAUTIFUL and BRAVE.
Of course, Ashton is naturally tall and gorgeous, but her spirit is even more beautiful. To know her is to love her.
Audrey Hepburn said it best- "Happy girls are the prettiest." And this is oh-so-true when it comes to this sweethearted teen.
Ashton, you are so very loved- by your friends, family, and the One who made you. Live that love out and you will always radiate this kind of beauty.
Now, go change the world with your joy and courage.
When you're in the thick of things, when your body still hurts and you're up all night and you're exhausted by it all, the newborn stage seems interminable. But really, it's just an instant. You have a few days and weeks with those tiny toes and scrawny legs and milk-drunk smiles and then it's over. The new stages are just as full of wonder and love (and exhaustion) but these first few stages come and go like a freight train moving full steam ahead so much so that you look back and wonder what happened.
Which is why we believe capturing these stages is such a wise investment.
We had the privilege of capturing baby Elizabeth and her beautiful family recently and we wanted to share a little of the love and joy we were able to preserve for the Sale family.
We don't typically have all four grandparents at a newborn shoot but how awesome is this! These girls will cherish these images always.
So welcome to the world, baby Elizabeth! You are so loved. And enjoy that popsicle, Margaret. You totally earned it. :)
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