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Violet Turns One!

When my friend Lynne told me that she wanted to have her baby girl’s One Year Session in the comfort of their little home, I just smiled happily to myself & my heart just felt so full. The idea of taking pictures of her little Violet in the home she’s being raised in along with her brother & sister just seemed so perfect to me. The home where she’s taken her first steps, the bedroom where she lays her head to rest every night & the yard with all her favorite things that she’s now beginning to climb…so.sticken.special. I mean really, what could be better then that?

Can you tell I just loved the idea?

So one night I arrived at the Norris household & spent time with their family of 5. Our focus was of course the birthday girl Miss Violet, but I also loved capturing her involvement with her siblings & parents. It was a family affair trying to get Violet’s attention & photographing the things she likes to do, like jumping on big brother’s bed 😉

I always enjoy my time with the Norris family! The last time I was there, Violet was still in mommy’s tummy! (Click HERE for the last session I had with them.) They’re a fun 5 & probably are just as loud & fun as my family was when I was growing up 🙂 Made me feel right at home.

Ok, I’ll quit talking! Here’s a few of my favorite moments documenting this time in Miss Vi’s life!

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See her reflection in the window??!!!!!

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Peaking out the window while brother & sister play.

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The whole fam!

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Love their faces here!!!

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Couldn’t help cute take a pic of big brother & big sis. Especially because they kept asking for pics 😉

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Nothing beats kisses & snuggles & nose touching from daddy 🙂

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And yes, she does love them 😉

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Happy Miss Violet!!! You are SOOOO LOVED!!!!

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Deterding | life&love Newborn Session

It was just a couple months ago that I was spending time with Emily & Dustin for their maternity session (if you missed that lovely photo session you can review it HERE). Then really just a few weeks later on Friday, October 16, Emily & Dustin’s world grew from not just two, but to a family of 4! Hannah Dorothy & Eliza Jane were born much to the joy & anticipation of not only their parents but to their family & many friends.

As the days were going by & Emily’s due date few closer & closer, I felt the excitement in my own heart. Twins are a special gift (as all baby’s are!) & I was SO looking forward to seeing the faces of the two beauties the Lord was blessing Emily & Dustin with. Emily & I had before exchanged pregnancy stories & now all I wanted was to see these girls & with their parents. Dustin & Emily welcomed me into their cozy ranch along with Grandma! The girls were all clean from baths & were just TOO adorable for words.

Emily & Dustin, I think you two are the bee’s knees. I still am SO thankful you connected with me a few months back & that I’ve been able to capture two chapters of your life story. I do so hope we have many more sessions in the future. I know that you already are wonderful parents. Lean on each other & your strong supportive family that you have. Miss Hannah & Miss Eliza are blessed girls.

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Emily has an eye for decorating & I LOVED all the little details she put into her daughters room.

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I LOVE Emily’s expression here!

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Loving on her baby girls.

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I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again- Dustin should get the Father of the Year Award.

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I always LOVE watching new fathers during newborn sessions. Joy & pride is written all over his face.

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Puppy wanted to see the girls too 😉 (Don’t worry, we got one of puppy looking at the camera 😉 I just love this particular one! Oh & can we just talk about the detail in that beautiful wall behind Dustin?) DeterdingNewbornSession-15

And one of my FAV’S is right here-Baby Girl’s fist in action & all. DeterdingNewbornSession-17

Oh Emily & Dustin how BLESSED you are. Two precious girls to love & raise. May your hearts & home always be full of laughter, love & the important things that matter.

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Adkins | life&love Family Session

Couple weeks ago I got an email from Sonyta. She explained to me that their oldest son was going to be in town for the weekend & would it be possible to make a family session happen? Her friend Leah Bond (thanks Leah!) referred me to them & the cool thing was, we already knew each other from a couple years ago!

We quickly decided on a date, time & to have the session at the Adkins home. We did spend most of our time outdoors, but I immediately fell in love with their house. Lots of room & it just felt like HOME. Know what I mean?

The Adkins are BIG on music. From singing, choir, producing music, having their own home studio, playing numerous instruments, I LOVE that Sonyta & Marchan incorporate music in their lives & have passed on this love to their children.

Speaking of their children…each of the kids had such fun personalities! Lundon was in the youth group I helped with back in the day & it was fun seeing him as a grown young man!

Here’s the Adkins!

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Didn’t I tell you these kids have personalities??? 😉 Love it!

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I loved these moments between momma & her eldest 🙂

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And here’s the two love birds themselves!

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And if you know the Adkins, you know they’re Dallas Cowboys fans! LOVED their idea of wanting to incorporate their love for the Cowboys in their session!

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Thanks for a fun evening Adkins!!!

 

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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 Always
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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Barker | life&love Newborn Session

I think the closer I am to someone, the harder it is to write a blog post 😉 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 😉 ). 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 😉 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? 😀

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Mommy & daddy in love with Eliott.

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And so is Big Sister Hadley 😉

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One of my personal favorites!

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This is one of my husband’s favorites 🙂

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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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M Family | life&love Family Session

When you meet Amos & Renee, you immediately like them. 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 😉 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 them & 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 😉 It always is with the M Family!

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They love their daddy 🙂

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

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She’s SOOOOOOO PRETTY!!!

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And Amos thinks so too 😉

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Ulseth | life&love Family Session

I’ve known the Ulseth Family for about 7 years now & it was a very special time that I got to spend with them just a couple weeks ago. I arrived at their house & immediately felt AT HOME. We played outside, hungout, played games, talked & I got to hear many fun stories about their life. Debbie & I had talked about me capturing on camera different activities their family enjoys doing together & we did just that!

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I always enjoy getting to know my clients through the process of preparing & having their session. I LOVED getting to know Debbie even better as we had several phone dates & exchanged emails. I was looking forward to their session because I knew I’d have the chance to be around Debbie. She’s a beautiful, strong woman who loves the Lord so much. And all that pours into how she loves her husband & teachers her children. She’s just amazing.

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One of their favorite family games is Moose Farkel!

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If you know the Ulseth Family, you know how important music & singing & ministering to people is important to them. My VERY favorite part of our session together was getting to watch & listen as they sang together around the piano. The love & strength this family has just filled the house as did their tight harmonies & beautiful music.

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Mark & Debbie & kids, I really enjoyed hanging out with you guys! I felt like was I was spending time with family! I enjoyed every story & every laugh we shared together. Your family’s heart to be a blessing & reach out to people touched my heart & made me look at my own heart & actions. It’s amazing & wonderful to see how the Lord uses your family. May He continue to bless & pour favor on you all! LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

PS Be on the lookout for a special interview soon coming with Elizabeth Ulseth!!!

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Norris | life&love Family Session

I don’t even know how to form the words for this blog post.

See, these pictures, this particular session, this Saturday morning I got to spend with a very special family just HAS MY HEART. If this blog post had a subtitle it would be “That Time a Session Left Me Speechless”. I’m serious (which if you know me doesn’t happen very often 😉 ).

But this session has done that. This session has EVERYTHING I want Nomi Photography to be about. To capture where LIFE & LOVE happen. Sessions right in the homes of my clients. Sessions where REAL moments happen. Whether we’re spending time outside or inside REAL moments is where it’s at for me folks.

Lynne & I chatted on the phone about their life&love Family Session that would be in their home. We discussed how having their family doing a couple activities that their family does on a regular basis would really CAPTURE their family. I seriously was SO looking forward to hanging out with the Norris Family!

So I’m going to be brief & really just let the photo’s speak for themselves. And they do. They really do. You’ll see love written all over the faces of Lynne & Brad’s faces as they interact & spend a memorable Saturday morning with their two littles (with another one on the way!).

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One of the things Lynne was really excited about me capturing was the kids reactions to the “magic tricks” their daddy performs for them. I tell you it was SOOOO fun seeing their reactions! They’ve got a pretty talented daddy 😉 Look at how excited they are! I see not only joy in their eyes but love for their daddy.

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I LOVE that you can see not only the kids expressions in these two pictures but their daddy’s as well!

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Lynne & Brad, you guys ROCK. The way you love & lead your family with love & patience is just plain amazing. I’m huge Norris Family fans. Please let me come hangout again sometime 🙂 Love you guys!

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Gulso | life&love Newborn Session

Brittany & I have been friends, oh wow, 6 years now I believe? When I went over to her & Brian’s house for little Avery’s newborn session, we reflected on how we’ve been friends as she’s had all 3 of her beautiful girls. So thankful for treasured & long-term friendships like that. In those 6 years, Brittany & Brian have welcome 3 lovely ladies into their home. And the newest addition is precious Avery Grace.

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The big sisters keeping an eye on baby sister 🙂

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All the yawns.

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When I hold you in my arms, love
Something changes
It’s the strangest feeling
The things that used to matter
They don’t matter to me
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Momma & her girls.

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THIS, is one of my favorite images EVER! Look at Carly’s face! It was the very FIRST time she’d ever held her new baby sister. And I had the privilege of capturing that moment. LOOK at her face! Look at how EXCITED SHE IS! Can barely handle the preciousness!!!

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You’re an inspiring mother Brittany. You have three girls that have every personality under the sun. And there all yours. And you & Brian are raising them in such a God-fearing & loving way. I love you my friend. If I could, I would give you a “Best Momma Award” every day. When we start having children, I will be calling you 😉 LOTS.

You’re so beautiful Brittany.

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And the whole family is together. And complete.

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Welcome Avery Grace. You are very loved by many. Can’t wait to watch you grow up.

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If you’d like more info about having an in-home life&love Newborn Session click HERE to find out more details.

Martinez | Family Session

This time last year, I was working fulltime at Eric & I’s church, First Assembly of God in Normal as an administrative assistant. One of my roles as an admin was to to support the various ministries we had including our ever-growing Spanish Ministries. Pastor Jose & Melissa Martinez lead & maybe I should say RUN that ministry that is growing & changing lives. I truly admire this dynamic couple that I ADMIRE. I really don’t know HOW they get done all that they do. Seriously. It’s obviously the blessing & favor of the Lord’s on their lives.

But Jose, let’s just be real & honest & tell the truth, your wife is the amazingness behind your team isn’t she? 😉 She (& Jesus) of course is why everything gets done & happens 😉 I seriously want to be Melissa when I grow up.

I got a text one Friday night a couple weeks ago from Pastor Jose asking if by some chance I was available to come over to their home & have a family session the next day. He said that ALL of the kids were in town (& one daughter had traveled all the way from Florida!) & asked if it could possibly work out for me to come over. I said YES. Of course! Moments like this when family especially is spread all over, don’t just happen every day. The next day I headed to Jose & Melissa’s new home & entered in the door to be greeted by the loving & FUN Martinez Family!!!

Even though our session was primarily indoors, I grabbed each of the couples for some quick outdoor snow pictures on Jose & Melissa’s deck! It was cold but everyone was such good sports!!!!

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And the sisters got their pic as well 😉

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Oh Josue 🙂

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Then we went inside! One thing that was really cool about this session was Jose & Melissa have only lived in their new home about a month when this session happened. What a SPECIAL memory they have now of pictures in their OWN home!!! And so many memories more to be made in their beautiful new dwelling.

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Boys will be boys 😉

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All the kids & one grandkid!!!

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Speaking of grandkids, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this shot of Pastor Jose holding & singing to his grandson!

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He makes her laugh 😀

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Thank you Jose & Melissa for having me come over & spend time with your family. The Lord has blessed you with wonderful kids & a beautiful home filled with love & laughter. Can’t wait until next time! 🙂

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