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How excited was I that I got to photograph not only Caitlyn and Sean’s engagement and wedding but now their maternity photos as well! We met back where we did their engagement session at Caitlyn’s family property. I was so excited to see them again, catch up, and create some beautiful images for them again!

These two are some of the sweetest, most tender people I know. First, Sean was so kind and took his boat to Texas to help when hurricane Harvey hit with such devastation. I know there are tons of men and women who leave their homes to go help those who need of a helping hand but I don’ think I’ve known someone first hand who has. I thought it was very admirable of him.

As we drove around the property Caitlyn shared what she was up to. Second, Caitlyn is a teacher in one of the schools in Selma. It’s a school where the children don’t have much and their circumstances can be very sad and often hard to watch. Caitlyn deals with it like a warrior. She is strong and loves those kids recklessly.

All that to say that these two are gonna be home run parents. Most importantly, this little girl is gonna have parents who love the Lord boldly and teach her to love without reservation. I know they’ll for sure create fun memories for her of days on the family property. I sure can’t wait to meet their little angel and hopefully begin to tell her story as well! Love you guys so much and am so blessed to be a part of your life!

Lastly, I pray over you peace and rest until little girl arrives and an easy, natural delivery. May she sleep well and dream of her Heavenly Father from a young age! I pray she has your hearts to love all well!

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I have this desire to change some things in my life and I’m beginning to feel like it all needs to start with the power of words that come out of my mouth. I believe our words and what we “meditate” on have huge effect on how we live. There are plenty of positive affirmation people out there and I’m one of them. For a year I read positive affirmations over my life and then the following year I began to see them come to reality. It was the coolest thing. Then somehow I get away from those good things and have just lived life. Well, it’s time to get back to it.

So, there are two big areas of my life I want to begin to speak life over. One is my health and the other is our finances and my business. As I’ve gotten older (hello 40 in a few months) the aches and wrinkles have begun to bother me. This pesky pinched nerve has caused me to stop working out and in turn to eat poorly. I’m bummed that I don’t feel strong anymore. I find myself complaining more than doing something about it and I know what to do but it all starts in my mind. I’ve gathered some scripture because I believe God is our true source of health. I’ve also gathered some positive affirmations to begin speaking over my life.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. – Proverbs 17:22

But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31

Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from your head. – Acts 27:34

I am strong and healthy. Choosing and enjoying healthy life-giving food brings me joy. I love to move and be active with my family. There is time in my day and I am worthy of being taken care of. I go to bed at a time that allows a full night of peaceful, pain free sleep. My back is healing and there will be no pain. Thank you body for being so healthy and never failing me!

Onto our finances. When you get married there’s a lot that changes and one of those things is how you deal with money. Gabe and I have been doing Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University together and something Dave said yesterday really hit home for both of us. He said, “You will either learn to manage money or the lack of it will always manage you.” Uh, our money tells us what we can buy and what our future looks like. We want to be in control. We want to honor God and each other with our finances. As for my business, it’s hard to grow and it’s scary. I sit and wonder and worry instead of moving in the direction of reaching my goals. I wonder why I don’t move? Fear, feeling I don’t deserve it? I don’t know, but it’s time to change it.

So, I’ve also found scripture, positive affirmations, and a declaration I like to believe when giving my tithe.

Owe nothing to anyone – except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. – Romans 13:8

Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly – Proverbs 13:22

The wise have wealth and luxury, but the fools spend whatever they get. Proverbs 21:20

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then He will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. – Proverbs 3:9-10

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. – 2 Corinthians 9:8

We use money to better our life and the lives of others. New avenues of income are welcome. We move from poverty thinking to abundance thinking. We are worthy of making more money. Our actions create constant prosperity. Our finances improve beyond our dreams.

Now this declaration could get some people’s panties in a wad but hear me out. I am not one of those that preaches the prosperity message. I believe that God has laid it out that if we steward our money properly we will have more than enough. To me, He has blessed me with a gift to take pictures. I am paid for using that gift and in return I thank Him by giving my tithe. It is important to honor Him with using the money He gives me through my hard work by saving and taking care of others. I believe that when I am faithful with the little He gives me He is then able to bless me with more. That blessing may come in some of the forms mentioned in this declaration.

“As we receive today’s offering, We are believing the Lord for: Jobs and better jobs. Raises and bonuses. Benefits. Sales and commissions. Favorable settlements. Estates and inheritances. Interests and income. Rebates and returns. Checks in the mail. Gifts and surprises. Finding money. Debts paid off. Expenses decrease. Blessing and increase. Thank You, Lord, for meeting all of my financial needs that I may have more than enough to give into the Kingdom of God and promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

So, what are you going to do with your words? How will they change your life?

You can read about how I press through life and tips on marriage here and here.

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The Walker’s family lifestyle session was perfect! Why? Well, because it was real life, paint swatches and all. They truly welcomed me into their real life and I got the honor of telling their story. I was greeted with warm cinnamon bread that Maddie made from our dear friend Kate’s blog, Wood and Spoon. DELICIOUS! We really began the day just kind of getting to know each other and Pete making breakfast. I loved when little W helped dad cut the parsley for the eggs and how he climbed into his chair all by himself.

After breakfast we headed to the play room for some snuggle and reading time. Maddie and W like it when daddy is home to read fun stories of his home, Australia. The sing alongs didn’t bother little B one bit and brought a smile to my face. I can’t wait to her joining in all the fun soon! We then moved into the living room for a family dance party and even the pup joined in!

Then out we went for a little walk around their quiet neighborhood. We visited the neighbor pups and W did a great job pushing his big tractor along with us! Baby B just snuggled in to continue her peaceful nap and get mom super hot. Once we got home it was time to cool off with some frozen fruit! What a great idea! The whole morning was so much fun!

I really do love these sessions! I loved getting to know Kate’s friends and to connect with some amazing humans. People are beautiful, each one so individual, and hearing their stories brings so much joy to my life! Thank you so much for sharing yours with me, Maddie and Pete! Your family is wonderful and you are so abundantly blessed! I’m happy to call you friends now!

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If you’d be interested in a lifestyle (a day in the life) session like this one please feel free to go here for more information or contact me here.

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I love my trips to the beach when I get to see friends, meet new babies, and take pretty photos. I love the Baker family for sure! I’m blessed to have reconnected with Shannon for her wedding and now get to photograph her growing family!

Shanon and Ryan also have that strong beach vibe being so laid back and relaxed during their sessions. We met at one of my favorite spots, Atlantic Beach Town Center. I mean with a place like this how can you not be relaxed! I love the variety of store fronts, landscaping and of course the access to the ocean (the parking not so much). The area is also pretty meaningful for at least Shannon and I. We’ve known one another since our synchronized swimming days which means she’s known the beach for a long time as well.

You know, I can’t help but often wonder what my work will be like years down the road. Will I watch these families continue to grow? What stories will I tell of their lives through my lens? I don’t take for granted the times I get to see these little ones grow and change. I love how little MS’s personality has grown so much over the years. Now I’ll get to watch her grow into being a big sister to baby B. Who will she become over the years? I strangely feel a part of each of the families I photograph and I can’t imagine not keeping up with where they go and what they do. I just love this life I live, keeping up with friends, and witnessing their lives! Shannon, thanks for sharing your life with me!
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How can he be a senior already! I remember years ago when I home schooled this one, we sat at our desks or lounged in the floor and thought of what we call a land we owned. I’ll never in my life forget what Brian came up with. . . Briagra Falls. I just found that so witty and funny coming from a 1st grader. Brian has always been this mix of fun and jokes along with kindness and love. He was always a snuggler and perhaps we called him our “drama king” but he was always up for some wrestling with his brothers, JP and Grant.

That “drama king” paid off for sure! Brian stared in his final high school play, A Few Good Men. He also stole the show at Mr. Ugly, even though he definitely isn’t ugly. He’s headed off to Berry College this fall and will be dabbling his finger in some acting I’m sure.

As we strolled around his stomping grounds in Atlantic Beach, we did some catching up and I got to know the now grown Briagra Falls. I love that he’s fallen in love with art history and would like to travel. He surprised me with wanting to recreate some of the photos I took of him and his brothers years ago when I was just learning photography. We gave our nod to his love of baseball which was instilled in him by his father. He plans on maybe playing on a league in college as well! But overall what I saw was the sweet and kind boy he always has been!

Bri, Love you man and I’m so excited to see where you go and what you do in this great big world! Always stay true to you and know who you are and who you belong to. Love you and congrats!
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