You like to think you would know how to handle a certain situation if it ever happened to you but the truth is, YOU DON'T and it's more likely that how you wish you could respond is far from how you would. But some people have an inner strength, a solid foundation and a love FROM the Lord that gives them grace, courage and perseverence. Grace to walk through the situation, Courage to face it daily and perserverence to want to face tomorrow. My friend Brenda is such a woman. And she has no idea how beautiful she is!
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This young lady blew me away. First, I met her at dark and tried my best to capture her pictures in the dark...... HA, no such luck. I had to re-do her session the next morning after breakfast. But I am so glad it happened that way. The night before we were rushing to beat the light. The next morning we were both more relaxed and had time to chat. Here was this young girl asking me about my life and what I thought......... HELLO world! She was more interested in seeing who I was as a person than telling me about herself. I was blown away, impressed and fell absolutely in love with who she is and at such a young age. Briana, thank-you for being forgiving of a photographer who is still learning. I hope it was as worth it to you as it was to me. I am better for meeting you and being refreshed in that there are still young people who have a heart for God! I hope these images are what you were looking for!
 
 
Darlene was scheduled for 4:30 BUT............ so was someone else. That someone else got there first and we started shooting. My ADHD kicked in high gear and before I knew it, I was heading to my 5:00 and heard a distant voice letting me know they were my 4:30. Ummmmm, yeah. I felt HORRIBLE! For Darlene, for the 5:00 and for me. My mind went racing and all I could think was this has started off really bad. BUUUTTT. Darlene was sweet. She immediately let it go and decided to have fun! And she did. She brought her cousin and another friend. Nothing better than having your close friends cheer you on and give you that secret permission to feel beautiful, well, because you are but you won't allow yourself to ever feel it. Right women?? These pictures were for her husband, touched that soft spot in my heart because we all know how much I love my Tim! Darlene, thank you for being so understanding, thank you for having fun and thank you for a wonderful time with your friends. I enjoyed my time with you three and I hope the pictures are up to the hubby's standards......... I'm sure they will be, you are a beautiful woman!
 
 
I'm not sure I've ever met anyone quite like Debora. I don't know much about her and I just met her briefly but there's a reason for that. I met her because she won a drawing for a free session at the women's retreat this past weekend. Her session should have started at 5pm. I had to meet her at 4:50 and let her know I was running late. I had (2) 4:30 sessions scheduled and it was only suppose to be one session. Deborah waited patiently and showed me more grace than I deserved. And I felt awful that we had to rush through her session because dinner was being served but again, I was met with grace. Even as we did her session, she just seemed to go about without a care in the world. All the while, oozing this sweetness that words can not even describe. It's no wonder that her name means "bee". Deborah, I hope that our pathes cross again soon! Without saying a word, you showed me more about grace than anyone could have taught me with words. You are a beautiful woman! And I feel privileged to know you!
 
 
Danielle was awesome! She wanted to include her sister in her pictures. What a way to make a memory! These two were uber fab because they climbed rocks, walked all over and put up with my shouting across the way for direction on where to stand, where to look and what to do next. One thing I noticed was the undeniable connection between these two sisters. The way they chatted from one spot to another. You could see they were close. They wore smiles the entire time. I was completely nervous because they were my first shoot for the day but their joy put me at ease and well.............. yes world, they made me want to go out and rent-a-sister for the weekend. But I was ok, I had tons of sisters in Christ for the weekend. Ladies, I really enjoyed my time with you. I hope the pictures are something that will be looked at years from now and make you smile.
 
JULIA 10/11/2010
 
She had won and didn't even know it. That's until she arrived and someone told her. Looking back, I am so glad she won. She was an absolute blessing. She has a calming presence and I needed it that day! She is very unaware of what her session did for me; what she did for me. She listened! I am sure I poured out way too many personal details about myself but she listened. Her voice was kind, her eyes were accepting and she reminded me of an unconditional love that only Christ offers. This young woman is going to exceed her own wildest dreams. By wild I don't mean tappin' out the bars. I mean God is going to use her HUGE!!!! Julia, I hope that these images are what you were hoping for. I enjoyed my time with you and Tonya and Laura. You girls were so refreshing, fun and oh yeah, workin' it like nobodies business!! ALL THREE OF YOU!
 
Kit Kat 08/23/2010
 
Kit Kat is what we call our sweet little Kathryn. As much as I wish I could keep all three of our children little forever, it just isn't possible and as Kathryn so frequently reminds me, it just isn't fair either. Oh how I wish I could make her understand that she will later dream of being young again. But I remember being where she is; and wishing I could "grow up" too. Kathryn asked me recently if she was old enough to have her own photo shoot, a grown up one. I have taken millions of photos of her, but I think she wanted what she has seen me do for others; the changing outfits, locations, bringing personal items along and helping her pose. I watched our sweet little girl debate over outfits, play with her hair to see what looked best, gather her personal items and look for accessories. It was then that I realized.... she has no idea! She is absolutely clueless to the beauty that she exudes. Her precious smile, her genuine heart, those deep blue eyes and that way she has about her. And it baffles me that she has no idea! This child gathered all these things so she could be beautiful when in fact, SHE is what made those things beautiful. I could have cried a river as I took these photos of our precious Kathryn. For me it was like a window; into past memories of past longings from my own childhood, in the present of loving that I am a mother to such a wonderful child and into the future of all the answered prayers I secretly whisper for her life. I hope you see what I see, Kathryn, when you look in that mirror.... a beautiful reflection of His love shining through you into the lives of so many others! What a blessing you are to us and all those who know you!
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Hannah 07/26/2010
 
Hannah came with us when we did the Seagle Family Session. She is a long time friend of granddaughter, Erica. And is, like us, adopted into the family. So she has a special place in my heart, now that we are grafted in. Hannah was so sweet to sit with my kids and hold our dog while we shot a ba-zillion pictures. Some of which I had to wade into the waters to get. I wanted her to know how much I apprecaited her so I offered to shoot a couple of shots for her to have, seeing as how she was standing there all pretty. Love you Hannah! And thanks for being you!
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Brooke is the oldest of the two. She bears a beautiful smile and Erica isn't far behind her either. She has an equally beautiful smile of her own. These sisters are quite the pair. While they both have their own sense of style and likes/dislikes, they compliment each other so well you would hardly know they are sisters. They whispered little conversations to each other, helped each other with poses, they were more like friends. I've always wondered what it would be like to grow up with a sister; would we share clothes?, laugh and talk all night? or would we hate each other and fight over silly things? Maybe both! They made me want to go out and rent-a-sista. lol. Ok, maybe not, but I enjoyed every minute of watching them interact and capturing their personalities on camera. B&E............. I can't wait to see what God has in store for you. You are both bright and beautiful young ladies. Enjoy my favorites from their session.
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For Him 06/28/2010
 
Her name is Alex. Newly married, but missing her husband as he is in basic training for the Navy. Alex was visiting recently and wanted something special for her man, so naturally I said "Photos!" This was my first potrait session here in Pulaski and I was excited to find so many beautiful locations. Alex, not much longer before he's home!
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This one above has to be my favorite! Alex, you look so happy and so full of life. I hope you never lose your zest, it's who you are!
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