Monthly Archives: July 2015

Amelia Turns One!

Oh Little Miss Amelia 🙂 If I could, I would totally call this post “The Many Faces of Miss Amelia”! Maybe I just should 😉 Amelia is too sweet!!! And she’s ONE!!!!!!

I met Kymber & Ben (Amelia’s awesome parents) 6 months ago in January. We had a fun & quiet 6-month session at their home & I was really excited about connecting with them then. Then a few months later, Kymber emailed me (yay!!!) to start discussing details about Amelia’s One Year Session! Wow! Time flies! And I’m not even her parents!

Meeting with the Poppin’s Family for Amelia’s One Year Celebration Session (complete with a Smash Cake!) was seriously like meeting up with old friends. I know I get to photograph a lot of people that I’ve known for several years, but I LOVE being able to connect with new people & have them be repeat clients. I seriously want to connect with multiple new families & become their family photographer & do life with them & share in the joys & different seasons. The Poppin’s have allowed me to do that & I’m SO grateful!

Kymber & Ben LOVE Amelia SOOO much. I’m being totally honest when I say that I teared up editing these images seeing the look of love in Ben’s eye & Amelia’s leaning towards her momma. Oh friends, see for yourself!!! Here’s the Poppin’s Family!!!!

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Leaning in for momma’s kisses!!! (Probably my favorite images from this session!!!!)

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Cake Smash time!!!!!!!!!!!

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Oh silly Amelia & her funny faces 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Playing a game with daddy 🙂

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I loved the bright colors Kymber dressed her little family in 🙂 Perfect to go with the bubbles & playground!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMELIA!!!!!!!!!!!! You are sooooo LOVED!!!!

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Bishop | Group Family Session

Sometimes, you meet someone & become friends basically instantly. Then you & your sister start hanging out with your new friend & her brother. You talk about old TV shows that no one else knows about & being homeschooled. As years go by, you continue to meet members of your new friends family & even your parents hit it off & have double dates. Then your new friend gets engaged & asks you to be her Maid of Honor. You say YES! even though she’s going to be moving away once she gets married 😉 (Yes, Aaron I AM putting that into my blog #becauseIcan #stillbitter #cantstopme). Through the wedding preparations, you meet more & more of your friend’s family. Through time after the wedding & move, you still stay in contact & continue to meet her family at different things. Her parents still go on double dates with yours & here & there you run into her family members at Walmart.

Friends like that, friends that open up not only their love & friendship to you, but their lives & family as well are hard to come by. If you ever have the privilege of having a friend such as this, such a Joy Phillips, don’t take it, that relationship, for granted. Keep that friend. Cultivate the friendship. Even if her new husband DOES take her away to Kansas City *cough-cough Aaron Phillips*. The times, texts & facebook messages you DO share, through the years will build into memories that are priceless. (And it IS pretty crazy that your own husbands back in the day grew up together & have their OWN stories 😉 Isn’t God cool in how He does stuff like that?)

And yes, this session isn’t just about Joy 😉 But it was through her that I met her wonderful family. And just a few weekends ago, we all met at local park for a Group Family Session. Do you remember (if you live in Bloomington-Normal) that Saturday, following the Fourth of July & it POURED. Like basically all day? Yeah, that was the day their session was scheduled 😉 But you know what? The clouds broke & the sun came through just in time. We sometimes took a break under the shelter at the park, but it happened!!!!!!! I DO think our “No Rain Anymore Dance” in the park helped…just kidding 😉

And I couldn’t have been more honored to have captured this family. Gay & Bill, Beverly, Bob & Arlene, the Tharpe Clan, Jeremy & Johnna, Nicole & her kids….They were all fun & I’m grateful they put up with me & the rain. And the “No More Rain Dance”. Again kidding!

Everyone, here’s my personal favorite images from my time with the Bishop Family!

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Sisters!Bishop | Blog post-9

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These two precious sisters! I can’t even….!Bishop | Blog post-3

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And I’m totally breaking every rule by posting this next pic, but come on, I HAD to! Too many amazing expressions in this photo 😉Bishop | Blog post-16


Oh Bishop family, THANK YOU for having me come hangout!!! I’m totally up for another time! We’ll just leave the rain 😉

And thanks Joys for being my friend!

Lockwood | life&love Newborn Session

A couple months ago, I had a special maternity session with Teresa & Mark Lockwood (view it HERE). They were still several weeks away from meeting & holding their first child, beautiful Jordan.

Jordan Rose arrived June 30 at 5:34PM into the loving arms of her mommy & daddy. Today I’m sharing a peak into a little bit of time I spend with the threesome that now make up the Lockwood Family. What an honor to be welcomed into their home!

If you know Teresa, you know how much she LOVES Disney- the music, movies, the theme park, just all of it! I wanted to find a Disney song to weave through-out the blog post. I searched, thought & then came upon “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins from Tarzan. I feel like it fits these sweet images just perfectly!!!

Jordan Rose, you’ve been wanted, prayed for & dreamed of, for a long time. We’re SO glad you’re here!

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Come stop your crying
It will be alright
Just take my hand
Hold it tight

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I will protect you
From all around you
I will be here
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For one so small,
You seem so strong
My arms will hold you,
Keep you safe and warm

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This bond between us
Can’t be broken
I will be here
Don’t you cry

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‘Cause you’ll be in my heart
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more

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You’ll be in my heart
No matter what they say
You’ll be here in my heart, always

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I’ll be with you
I’ll be there for you always
Always and always
Just look over your shoulder
Just look over your shoulder
Just look over your shoulder
I’ll be there always

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Dawson | Family Group Session

“Family, like branches in a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.”

I posted the above quote with the first preview of the Dawson Family that I posted on facebook last week. I truly believe this quote fits their family so well. As Rachel, Becca, Andrew & Amber have grown up as siblings under the Godly & strong examples of their parents, they now are raising their own families spread across 3 different states & not to mention several time zones 😉

Each of the Dawson “kids” have their own little families now. I know from personal experience & observance that they are raising their families to follow & serve the Lord. Just as their mom & dad would want.

Being a part of this group family session was almost like being with my own family. Over the past 7 years, my sister & I have grown close to Rachel & Amber & then of course it helped when Amber married my husband’s childhood friend 😉 We’ve been to a wedding, family birthday parties & outings with members of the Dawson clan. My own cousins & other relatives live hundreds of miles away so to be included in special moments like these are TRULY special to me.

The Dawson clan gathered together from all 3 states to celebrate the Fourth of July together & spend lots of time together. Amber & I had been discussing their session for months on hand before & we had the perfect weather for it! A special thanks goes out to my husband who joined me & assisted!

Silly faces from everyone!

Grammy & her grandkids! And yes, you counted right- 13 kids! Starting at 8 years old & then all the way down to 8 months!

All such beautiful ladies!

Just the boy cousins! (Casie, Andrew’s wife made all the bow-ties! Aren’t they adorable?!)

And the girls!!! They’re a little outnumbered don’t you think? 😉 But they make up for it in adorableness 😀

All the siblings & their spouses!

Thanks for inviting Eric & I to come hangout with you all Rachel, Becca, Andrew, Amber & everyone else! We’re free next year 😉 😉