Monthly Archives: May 2015

Barker | life&love Newborn Session

I think the closer I am to someone, the harder it is to write a blog post πŸ˜‰ Hah It still floors me when friends ask me do a photo session with them. I don’t take it lightly & I feel that I’ve been entrusted with a very special opportunity.

The Barker Family holds a special place in me & my husband’s heart (& many others I might add). My parents & my siblings & I moved here almost 7 years ago. It wasn’t long after that, that I became involved with being a youth leader at First Assembly of God. Kermit & Nikki were the youth pastors & they both welcomed me & I soon realized how much I liked them, like really liked them. I respected them & wanted to help out in any way I could. They gave their time & love to people & that is a rare find. Months & years passed & as Eric & I walked walked into the season of dating & marriage, Kermit & Nikki were right there for us. More years have passed & we’ve been able to watch as Kermit & Nikki have welcomed not just one, but now TWO beautiful girls into their home. (I am seriously breathing deep to stop the tears right now πŸ˜‰ ). Hadley is a special little girl to Eric & I & now Eliott Nicole has stolen a piece of our hearts. She is already a big part in so many’s lives & I CANNOT. WAIT. to watch her grow into the girl the Lord wants her to be.

I hope you see the joy & the faithfulness of the Lord in these photo’s. I hope Eliott’s little self just makes you want to squeeze all the babies πŸ˜‰ And that as you look over these images, you will also rejoice with the Barker Family & ALL that the Lord has done for them.

Meet Eliott Nicole!!!

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Pure sweetness!

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See her adorable curl? πŸ˜€

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Mommy & daddy in love with Eliott.

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And so is Big Sister Hadley πŸ˜‰

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One of my personal favorites!

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This is one of my husband’s favorites πŸ™‚

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Big Sis has always got to keep an eye on her Little Sister!

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He’s such a good daddy!

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I LOVE. LOVE. LOVE baby yawns! I always am SO happy if I get to catch one during a session!

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Yay for the Barker Family!!!!!!! Now a family of 4!

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Cameron | Senior Session

When Cameron emailed me to take his senior photo’s, he said “I would be ecstatic” if I would be able to do them. And I wrote back & said, “I would be ecstatic to take them!” πŸ˜‰ Just our first communication via email made me excited to meet Cameron! Plus, I had taken his older sister Lauren’s senior pictures & they had been a blast πŸ™‚

Cameron is super talented & involved in many different things. One of my goals in senior sessions to incorporate those things is special to each senior & for Cameron it was his guitar, baseball, 4-H a few other things!

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One of Cameron’s dreams is to go to UCLA at some point in his college career. As we talked about locations for his session, I was totally on board with using a local park for part of his session but I didn’t feel like it was entirely capturing Cameron & his dreams. It finally hit me that we should do the second half of his session on the top of a parking garage! I wanted to have the city sky-line in the background & really showcase this season in Cameron’s life as he graduates from high school & continues to pursue his goals. He was TOTALLY on board for the parking garage portion & I was even more excited for his session! I had the song “The City is Yours” from the Annie soundtrack stuck in my head while we were up there πŸ˜‰ –

This is just the start of your story
If you got guts you get glory
Anyone can make it even you
And now’s the time you gotta stand tough
Cause if you work hard you can rise up
Anyone can make it even you
So take it all, the city’s yours, it’s worth fighting for, it’s all yours
So take it all, the city’s yours, it’s worth fighting for, it’s all mine, it’s all yours

Cameron, I’m super excited for you in pursuing your dreams! You can make it! Thank you for such a memorable session! You’re an awesome guy & well loved by many. I pray the Lord guides your dreams & your future πŸ™‚

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I LOVE this bag the Cameron designed & made himself! And it’s made out of soda tops!

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A personal favorite of mine πŸ™‚

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Why I Had a Newborn Session with Nomi Photography

I recently had a Newborn Session with the Gulso family as they had just welcomed little Avery into their family.

Brittany, 9Avery’s momma πŸ™‚ ), was kind enough to have a short & sweet interview with me regarding her Newborn Session with me! I’ve also used Brittany’s personal favorite images from their session through-out this interview πŸ™‚


 

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Me (Nomi Photography): Why did you choose to have Nomi Photography come capture your baby & family in your home?

Brittany: I chose Nomi Photography because Naomi had done a family photo session for us in the spring and she did such an amazing job.

Me: What was your favorite part of having a newborn session in your own home?

Brittany: That I did not have to worry about getting everyone out of the door on time to be at the photo shoot. It was so convenient just to have Naomi come to our house. That worked out so well.

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Me: If you could use three words to describe the session you had, what would they be?

Brittany: Fun, relaxed, and precious moments captured

Me: Is there anything else you’d like to comment about regarding your session?

Brittany: I was a little nervous about having the photo shoot done in my home because I really like outside photos, but they turned out better than what I could have imagined. So glad I decided to go with Naomi for this session!! She captured such special moments that I could have never captured myself. I will treasure these pictures forever.

Thank you for your kind words & the time you took to answer these questions Brittany! (Click HERE to view the entire session!)

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Zach | Senior Session

Yesterday, Noah’s senior session was featured on my blog & today, you can meet his older brother Zach! Zach’s session was just two days after his brother’s & I totally enjoyed hanging out with him! Both boys were so fun to spend time with!

Zach has a fun & creative side to him & I loved focusing on that during his session. Zach has been a lifeguard for several years & has played guitar for quite a long time too. I loved that Zach had a couple poses he wanted to incorporate in the session! He’d say, “What about taking a picture over here…” I loved that! I think one of my favorite things that happened in his session was when he walked down the middle of the street in Uptown Normal! Cool stuff πŸ˜€ Zach definitely has a fun style & I think this session really captures his personality & who he is!

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Zach, you’ve got a lot going for you. But remember, you’ll never go wrong as long as you listen for the Lord’s voice & follow Him. I think you’re an awesome guy & I know the Lord has a great plan for you!

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Noah is just a super nice, thoughtful guy. Easy going & really easy to talk too. And really smart too! Noah is graduating this spring a couple years before he even needs too πŸ™‚ We had his entire senior session at McGraw Park & I enjoyed getting to talk to him & hear about his interests & stuff he likes to do. Which include taking a Japanese class at Heartland! (Isn’t that awesome?!)

Meet Noah!

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That picture on the right is a favorite of mine πŸ™‚

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Noah’s family has two beautiful retrievers, Pazel & Zahavi. They’re gorgeous, friendly dogs & we had a lot of fun trying to get them to look at the camera πŸ˜‰ As you can see, it was a lot of work haha πŸ™‚

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But it happened!

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Noah, congrats on this new journey you’re embarking on! I know if you give your plans to the Lord & listen for His leading, your plans will succeed. All the best Noah!

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Mom & Me Mini Sessions Favorites!

You and me happy as can be
Flying through the park on our bikes
On a Sunday afternoon

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You and me rolling on the floor
Practicing your somersaults, your cartwheels
Your donkey kicks and more

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How did you grow so big overnight
How did you get so smart and bright
Yesterday you were asleep in my arms
Today you’re growing off the charts
I’m so proud of you

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You and me drawing pictures wild and free
The paint flying, your smile brightens up the room
You and me reading books in bed
Your head on my shoulder
Your eyes on the pages ahead

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How did you grow so big overnight
How did you get so smart and bright

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Yesterday you were asleep in my arms
Today you’re growing off the charts
I’m so proud of you
I’m so proud of you

To all the mom’s who came for the Mom & Me Mini Sessions, I LOVED spending time honoring your love & your time you pour into your littles. You’re the BEST mom ever. Don’t forget it.

Lyrics from the song “You & Me” by Frances England

M Family | life&love Family Session

When you meet Amos & Renee, you immediately like them.Β You can’t help but not! They’re genuine, loving people. Renee is super sweet & beautiful & always asks “How are you doing?” & Amos, is well, Amos πŸ˜‰ He’s generous & always wanting to help out. Together these two make an awesome couple. My husband & I have had the privilege of getting to know themΒ & their boys while attending our church & our couples small group over the past year. When they called me a few weeks ago to see if I was available to come out to their home & have a session with them, I made it happen!

The M Family is the kind of family you love to be around. You don’t have to pretend & can just be yourself. It’s a fun, new season they’re entering into! With 2 little boys now & one on the way & I was SUPER excited they’d asked me to come hangout with them & capture this time in their lives. Plus, I knew it’d be a ton of fun πŸ˜‰ It always is with the M Family!

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They love their daddy πŸ™‚

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I loved being able to spend some time with Renee & get her baby bump on camera πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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She’s SOOOOOOO PRETTY!!!

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And Amos thinks so too πŸ˜‰

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M Family www.nomi-photography.com-7Eric & I are SOOO excited for your family to be adding another little one Amos & Renee. We can’t wait to meet him! You are raising your boys with the Lord’s help & that’s so awesome. We look forward to continuing to doing life with you & we’re thankful for your friendship. We love you guys!!!

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Ryan | Senior Session

It is the season of senior sessions & especially boys! Just in the past 4 weeks, I’ve had FIVE senior sessions for guys. Ryan,’s session was just a few weeks ago & we had perfect spring weather for it. I had enjoyed meeting with he & his mom to go over details about the session & was looking forward to capturing Ryan in this season of his life.

Ryan is just a super nice guy. He’s graduating from Normal West & has a love for soccer. He & his family have lived alllllll over- including Hawaii). I enjoyed comparing notes on various places since I’ve moved a lot as well. During Ryan’s session we talked about soccer, movies, his upcoming prom & his job at a local nursing home. Friends, meet Ryan!

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Such a handsome guy!

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We HAD to incorporate a little soccer in his session πŸ˜‰

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Ryan, I enjoyed hanging out with you! I’m SUPER excited for you as you take this new path in life & being a new season in Iowa City. All the best to you!!!