Sigh…I Just Love These

It had been a few years since I last photographed this family and that adorable little girl used to be on my baby plan. She is almost four and the cutest thing ever! We mixed up their session with standard poses as well as incorporating some fun stuff here and there. I was thrilled that Daddy and Daughter brought their guitars and we had a little jam session. I am pretty sure my heart melted a little right then and there. Their little family is so adorable and there is NO WAY I could ever pick a favorite from this session. I keep finding new ones that I love the most each time I look at them.

 

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Lilly Kate turns One!

This was my last session with sweet Lilly Kate and her family as her baby plan is now complete and a few months ago they moved away to be closer to family. I have been so impressed with how often they have come back to finish each one of their sessions and they even got little sleep from driving in late and night and then driving to Thomasville from their old home in Valdosta. Lilly Kate was so sweet and we were all sure that she would love her cupcake but she was not too into it as many one year olds are the same way. But, she looked super cute in all of her outfits and I loved all the family pictures. We also got a few pictures in that pink chair which was cool because we got pictures in it for all five sessions and you can really see how much she has grown since those first newborn pictures. Happy Birthday Lilly Kate!

 

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The Princess and Her Castle

The last time I went to see my family, my sister told me about a real life castle in town and of course I was excited to check it out online when I got back home. The Mosher castle is an amazing place…full of intricate details of a true fairytale come to life. I contacted the owner and she was so sweet to let me come by the next time I was in town and she allowed us to shoot my daughter in one of her princess dresses. I am in the process of working on an album for her of various little girl dreams and this was the perfect way to see what it was like to be a princess in her own castle. The owners were so kind to chat with us and answer any questions and they even let my daughter head up to the tower to see what life would be like if she were Rapunzel:)Even though we were there early in the morning, the sun was so bright and strong that it limited where we could shoot a bit. I hope to make it back to the castle one day for another session. This place was truly magical!

 

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Happy Family of Three

I am not sure how we managed such wonderful fall-like weather for this September session but the air was crisp and cool and a gentle breeze appeared ever so often. This family was so cute together and their adorable little boy was easy to photograph as he was smiley and curious as to all of his surroundings. I could not pick a favorite from this session so I thought I would share a few:)

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9 Weeks and Lots of Faces

I don’t get too many 9 week olds in the studio as they are a little past the newborn stage of squishy sleeping pictures and it is too early for them to do much but lay there and make cute faces at me. But, this little guy came in for our August special and he was so chunky and squishy and adorable. He cracked me up over and over again with all of his funny little faces:)This little guy is already so sweet and handsome but I just know that with his little personality he is going to grow into being quite the little charmer!

 

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10 on Tuesday

It has been ages since I have done a personal post on the blog and since I am somewhat caught up on things, I thought I finally get one done. Ten on Tuesday is just 10 random things that have happened or gone on lately so maybe you will see a few more of these as time goes on:)

1. I have two kids with birthdays in the next month. My youngest turns 8 this week and my oldest turns 16 in a few weeks. What happened to time? It really needs to slow down….

2. I made this crockpot recipe for Balsamic roast in the crockpot and it turned out sooooo yummy and I loved that I had all the ingredients and it was a great meal for one of the days where I was booked up all and in the evening so I could have dinner ready in a flash. I did use an apple Balsamic vinegar to make it but my assistant Crystal made it with regular balsamic vinegar and she said her kids loved it and ate every last bite. This recipe is a winner…just don’t overcook it.

3. And speaking of good food, a friend and I went to Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox in Tallahassee for lunch one day and it was amazing. We split this meal and neither of us could finish our half. We ordered the Tucker Duke burger and it was so, so good. I took my family there this past weekend and my son loved the maple bacon popcorn.

4. I am so excited about the cool fall weather and the fun activities we love to participate in. Last year, we had a big group go out to Raisin’ Cane, a Valdosta farm/corn maze/fall event for a fun time. The kids loved the corn maze in the dark and the pulley ride was a lot of fun too! I personally enjoyed the bonfire and smores and we will definitely go back again this fall.

5. Although I am not a huge spots fan, I love that my school, Baylor University has done amazing this year and we are ranked nationally #7! I am so excited that they have done so well and I am dying to see their new amazing stadium on the water where you can not just tailgate but SAILgate and pull your boat right up the the stadium. I used to sail on that river in college so I think that tailgating there would be so much fun!

6. This is finals week which used to mean a whole other things when my kids were in elementary school. It used to mean the last push before a fun week off from school. Now, it means trying get my middle and high schooler to sit still long enough to study for finals and finish all those last minute projects. This will not be a fun week:(

7. Within the last month, I got a new computer and a new phone (well, replacement phone…same type) and it has taken FOREVER to move over every single program and app and log into everything again. I hope to not have to do this again for another 5 years, LOL!

8. After our big trip to California last summer, we are trying to decide what to do this year. The beach is always fun but only 2 out of the 3 kids like it and so we are thinking about heading out to Colorado to see my brother who I never, ever get to see since he is so far away. Why do plane tickets have to be so expensive? Sigh…

9. I was thrilled that all of the mini sessions sold out so early this year and soon we will be announcing Santa session. Just a head’s up…he will be at the studio the morning of December 6th so mark your calendar now!

10. Last of all, I am dying to go apple picking but not only do I not know where to go, but when you are a photographer, you don’t have many fall weekends available for trips. Any suggestions where we could go that is not too far away?

The Little Redhead

This precious baby boy is #6 in the family and boy is he a cutie. I adore his red hair and super sweet grin. His family is so nice and I am trying to think when I first met his mom and I am guessing it was soon after we moved here almost 10 years ago. We have a few kids that match up in ages and many times I have heard my son talking to her son through a video game. I can’t wait to see who this cutie looks the most like. He has a few redhead siblings but they are not all redheads so I hope his hair stays this beautiful, brilliant color. So sweet!

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