There is nothing that amazes me more that watching a mother bring a baby into this world. The strength. The love. The growing family. How can you not fall in love! I am so thankful God brought Lisa and her family into my life. I was on call for her incase her little man decided to arrive while her friend who was going to photograph her birth was on vacation. From the minute I walked into the room it felt we had known each other for years instead of meeting for the first time. Lisa was being induced AND planning for a natural delivery. The strength that she had breathing through each contraction with her husband always by her side brings tears to my eyes. She went from needing to sit up to paging the doctor to push in about 2 minutes and I am not even sure she pushed more than 3 times before Lucas was born!
Congratulations on a healthy baby boy!
This big girl was celebrating her 1st birthday and the entire family jumped in her session to celebrate! She has the biggest blue eyes just like her brother! Speaking of brother, isn’t he just a ham?! You should have seen how hard he laughed while making silly faces and of course farting noises… Mom always does such a great job with picking out the outfits and she nailed it for this session as well!
This little man was celebrating his 1st birthday so we met up to capture his big milestone!! The weather was overcast (think awesome lighting) and when I saw his Mom pull him out of the car and I saw his little outfit I fell in love! The deep colors and little jeans were perfect and he was so stinking cute! Then when she busted out the little chair I could have hugged her! My neutral loving self was squeezing!! I love that she brought out his favorite lovey right now, it really helped us get some great smiles and he melted my heart when he squeezed it in for a big hug. Between the lovey, a couple of snacks, and Mommy we were able to keep him pretty happy 🙂
Happy 1st Birthday Griffin!!
You can check out his slideshow with images of the entire session!
Little Miss Audrey made us wait much longer than we thought we were going to! She was so sweet and slept through her session like a dream! Her Mamma loves pink and purples and found a special girly little tutu with a matching bow. I found out that it has been awhile since they were able to capture all of the kids in a picture looking and smiling. Her son has autism and is easily overwhelmed so this has been a challenge for them, especially when it came to photographing their family. We made a plan to try to get all 4 kids together but if he was showing any signs of being overwhelmed we would stop. She told me that he loves counting and has a couple favorite characters so we started with counting and it was magical. All 3 kids, sitting, and smiling. We couldn’t have asked for a better session 🙂
To see her full session check out her slideshow!
I am so excited to have Lydia join the GKids program! When she came in for her session she was as happy and smiley as can be. As we were changing for the next set she started to fuss and I knew she was getting tired. I asked her Mom if I could see her and I rocked her to sleep. I knew it would be a long shot but I was going to try and pose her while she slept. IT.WORKED. She slept and I moved her from one set to another!! I am so in love!
Welcome to GKids!!
Oh my sweet squishy Corban was such a dream for me! He was the first birth I have documented and I fell in love with! This big man will forever hold a special place in my heart. There was so much anticipation for his arrival even though he was in no rush to get here… Corban’s Mom Danika gave me complete design control but she had one request. Corban was a rainbow baby and his she had had a special prop just for this session.
This was my first after my big workshop with Julia Keller and I couldn’t wait to try out what I have learned. Danika was so patient as I tried the prayer pose and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! His big Sister was so sweet with him and did such a great job holding him <3!
Welcome home baby Corban!
Tenley has changed so much since her newborn session and we captured all of her cuteness during her 6 month GKids session. We met out at my favorite EDI location and the weather was perfect! Of course her Mamma dressed her in an adorable flower shirt with a big flower for her hair! What a fun session 🙂
Welcome the newest member of the GKids Family Rylie!! We had her in for her 6 month session to show off those beautiful eyes, big smiles, and all those new skills! She had no problem sitting up for us but she made us work to get picutres of her holding her cute feet!! She was such a little doll and I just wanted to keep taking picutres of her! Her Momma brought in the cuttest leggings I have ever seen! Having two boys myself, this session gave me a little girly fix! You will see more of this cuttie in a couple of months!!
I was invited back to Greenville to spend the day at the Shriners Children’s Hospital and capture a special day for the Owen Family. The last time I was here The Ronnie Thames Foundation was donating money on their yearly visit to the hospital with Santa. Before Santa started to make his rounds to hand out gifts to all the children, we gathered for a group picture picture and the Owen Family was invited to join in. On the ride home little Ellery started asking her Mom about the group and what they were doing. This prompted a conversation about donating money and how Shriners does not collect any money from the patients. Ellery decided she needed to write another letter to Santa asking for a sewing machine and money to donate to the Shriners. On Christmas day Ellery watched her two sisters open their gifts while she had $40 inside her stocking and a choice to buy her new sewing machine or donate the money to Shriners. Ellery donated the money. The word slowly started to spread about the generous young girl who donated her only Christmas present to Shriners and it sparked a chain. Donations started to arrive in Ellery’s name and Shriners wanted to reward this amazing young girl.
Ellery, her two little sisters, and her Mom were ready to present the check to Shriners. With the donations that people sent in on behalf of Ellery the check now totaled $600. Ellery said she wanted to donate the money so that other children could run and play like her sister. When her 3 year old sister first started therapy at Shriners she couldn’t bear weight on her legs and now she is running all over the place. As the cheering began for Ellery’s donation a jolly Santa came bustling down the stairs jingling his bells. He walked right up to Ellery who could hardly contain herself, and put down his big bag. Santa told her how he was on vacation kayaking down the river in Florida with Mrs. Claus when he got the call. He told her what she did was remarkable and exactly what the true meaning of Christmas was all about. He made a special trip just to hand deliver a few gifts to her. She ripped open the paper to reveal her brand new sewing machine. The Ronnie Thames Foundation gifted her with a $200 gift card to the fabric store and a customized case for her new sewing machine. When asked what her first project would be she replied she wanted make pillows for the kids at Shriners. The members of the board were challenged to whip out their wallets to match her original contribution and Ellery walked around with a fez to collect their donations. By the time the last dollar was collected Ellery has raised $1,600 since December 30th!
Several people have asked how they can help this sweet family and they would love it if you could donate to Shriners in Ellery’s name.
I have known this family for a couple of years now and they were so excited to be pregnant with a little boy. I couldn’t wait to see Ava as a big sister and she was so great with him. We had our first session for John at the hospital. I love seeing babies so fresh and new to the world. It is amazing how he turned his head towards his Daddy when he would talk to him. Ava did a great job holding her little brother with Mommy and Daddy right by her side. The picture of Mommy and John in the hospital is one of my favorite 1st 48 images.
The newborn session took place a couple of days later and he was so good to me. Mom knew exactly what he needed to have a full belly and a sleepy baby. Grandma was in town to give big sister some one on one time during the session and of course we had to get a couple of shots with her and the grandkids 🙂
Here are some of my favorites from our time together!