Monday, January 31, 2011

some things really open your eyes....

I don't think most people realize how much 30 minutes or an hour, or two hours taking photos with a family can give you such a connection to them. My clients aren't just clients to me. They become my friends, my extended family. I don't just take photos.  I make connections with the people I work with,. They let me in their lives, in their homes and let me capture important moments in their lives, moments they want to remember. I am part of Engagements, Weddings, last days of maternity, first days home with newborns, first birthday photos...etc.... I love my clients. They are all amazing and all have such a special place in my heart for so many different reasons. When I started my business in photography I never realized how close I would get to some of my clients.

One of my clients, who are now like family, are the Bogue Family. I met the Bogue Family on March 24, 2010. I met T and J for a maternity session. She was due any day. In fact she delivered 4 days after our photos together. T had the most welcoming personality, I felt an instant friendship with both her and J. They both insisted their baby would be a boy, I instantly thought girl!

A few weeks after their maternity photos, I got to meet baby Savanna (Yes, I was right, she was a girl!). She was so young yet already full of so much personality. I had so much fun taking baby Savanna's photos. She was like a little angel.

A short time after their session, they moved to TX. I was so sad. No, I didn't know them well. But like I said, my clients become like family.

In November, I went on my first vacation alone. Without my husband, without my kids. It was a trip for ME. I needed it. I had a blast. But I came home to horrible news. God needed another Angel in heave. He picked Savanna. I cried. I had friends call me upset by the news, they didn't even know the Bogue family, but felt like they knew them because they followed my photos. I felt like someone I was so blessed to have known was taken to soon. She was 7.5 months old. I know its a few months after Savanna left to dance with the Angels...but I still think about Savanna, T and J on a daily basis. T posted a blog yesterday, they got the autopsy report. SIDS. Even though I spent about 3 hours total with the Bogue family, I would have done anything to be there for them during this difficult time.

Savanna- I wish I could have seen you for your first birthday. Promise to dance with the Angels. Watch over your mommy and daddy and show them signs that you're still around and help heal their hurt. Let them get enough closure to continue on with their everyday life. Please know sweet Savanna, anyone who has ever been lucky enough to have met you was truly was blessed to have known you.

T and J- You will always have a friend in me. If you ever need anything...let me know!! I could never thank you enough for trusting  me to capture so many special memories for you.

T - NEVER stop writing. You have an amazing way with words. Someday - your words should be read by the world. And when they are, I will be one of the first ones in line to buy your books!

Losing a child is something I wouldn't wish on anyone but it made me learn something. It made it more clear to me how much I open my heart up to the families I work with.

I can honestly say- I have the BEST clients and I love them all!!

RIP dear sweet Savanna- until we meet again!

Please read T's amazing words

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Valentines day preview...

Oh how I love this family. Seriously. I met mommy (Ali) through a mutual friend (thanks Sarah!!!!). Not only did we become great friends, but she has become one of my most loyal clients. I often think her husband is going to hate me because she comes to see me so often for photos....
.....But he can't hate me, he gets along with my husband to well.

If you know Ali (AND Sarah for that matter), then you are extremely lucky to have them part of your life. They are amazing people...and they make amazing dates for desserts when you've had the most stressful days ever (by the way were due for one of those SOON!) and they don't judge you by the amount of calories you consume in one sitting on said dessert dates! What's not to love about these girls!

ANYWAY back to the photos and I will stop bragging about my amazing friends!

Ali contacted me...she had to have photos for Valentines Day. I know its one of her favorite holidays. Its Pink. Its full of LOVE. Its full of sweets. And its full of hearts. Whats not to love. 

We instantly thought up some great ideas for some Valentines day photos. 

ONE SMALL PROBLEM...they are kids. Do they every REALLY do what we plan on. But we did what we always do...we did what we could with what we had. I will say..Little Miss L didn't hate me this time :) She actually smiled on purpose! Anyway I really love this family. I love their kids...they are pretty much the best! Thanks for letting me capture some more cute memories with your cute little girls!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sanders family 2011

I met the Sanders Family in 2010. I did pictures with Sweet little Sonny was 3 months old. Well...he just turned 1!!! Its insane how fast a year goes when the babies are you own, but it amazes me how fast it goes even when they aren't your kids. This family is great. I wish I could tell you all about them and let everyone see how great they really are!!  For now just enjoy the family photos and Sonny with his first birthday cake!

first check out a photo from our first session and a recent one:

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Baby A

Before I post any picture let me tell a little background. I went to high school with Baby A's mommy. We met our freshman year of high school, the first day of school in P.E. Class. We became instant friends. That was 12 years ago. We were great friends for awhile, and like many people, we drifted apart. Thanks to the wonders of facebook we became friends again. Amanda and Steve were my FIRST paid photography clients. So I guess you could say they were the first ones to truly support me in my new passion (not that ALL of you don't support me 110% and I appreciate you all!) I will never forget how weird it felt to take my friends money to take pictures of them :)

Here is a picture of my first session with them
Such a cute couple. I remember this session well. I had my girls with me and we discussed babies. 

Fastforward: About April/May-ish 2010 I get a text message from Amanda...
SHE'S PREGNANT and Due December 25, 2010

I was so excited for her and Steve, seriously and we pretty much right away started discussing maternity and newborn photos!!

Baby A entered the world a week early. On December 17, 2010 she joined this amazing family at 2:13pm. Weighing 6lb 9oz.

I first met Baby A when she was about 2 weeks old. Already full of spunk and personality. I showed up for our newborn session and left a little over an hour later (and about 15 photos taken) and a date for the next week for photos, She wasn't ready for me yet. We did her next session a few days later and she was amazing. She is a gorgeous baby. And will surely be famous for her many facial expressions!! See for yourself:

And since she was due on Christmas....

Congratulations again Amanda and Steve...she really is a true beauty!!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011


2010 took good care of me and my business. I was VERY busy. Which is amazing. I am so thankful. But it's not good for those of you in blog-land. I have neglected you. BADLY. I kept my facebook up to date. My goal for 2011 is to stay up to date on my sessions on here and not fall behind. I kept planning on going back and updating from there I left off BUT it's a new year. A new clean slate. A new chance to start over on updating. So tomorrow I will be doing my first official session of 2011. A newborn session. New babies...what better way to start. I WILL post pictures!!!