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I honestly did not know if I would get to blog this post today. Thanks to some last minute babysitting, I was able to finish our family film. We were privileged to have season passes to Dollywood last year. The kids and I thoroughly enjoyed them. The footage was filmed in December during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. It really is a spectacular place to visit during that time. Everything is just beautiful. I hope you enjoy our film. As for my 15 on 15 images, I have enjoyed playing around with multiple exposures this month, as well as, continuing to challenge myself to get in the frame.

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So glad to finally share this wedding. Daniel and Katelyn said their “I dos” this past September. The wedding was beautiful. Much thought was put into each detail of this special day. The colors were perfect. The venue was breathtaking. And the dancing…well, that was my favorite part. 😉 Being a documentary photographer at heart, I was overjoyed when we were able to capture some of the bride and groom portraits at their future home. How cool is that!? Katelyn and Daniel, I wish you much love as you embark on such a journey. May your days be blessed and full of many joys.

Venue: Country Manor Acres
Dress: The Gilded Gown
Cake: Jennifer Harper
Catering: Randy Lyons
Florals: Lisa Foster
2nd Shooter: Samantha Lunnemann with Bang Bang Photography

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Ah, we have finally arrived to the 15th of January. While I am not doing a 365 photo project this year, I am most certainly still taking regular pictures. How could I not? Each month on the 15th, I plan to post 15 of my favorite photos taken over the previous few weeks. It has already been a challenge to choose just 15. Ha! This month I had the opportunity to not only get in the frame myself, but to also capture two Grandmas in the frame. That makes me so happy.:)Now, that is not the only thing I am excited to share. I may not be doing a 365 project, but I am doing a project. Several months ago, I had a fire lit inside me. I LOVE how you can capture personalities and stories within a single image, however, there is just something extra special when you add a little movement and sound. My big project this year is going to be a monthly personal film. On Christmas, it was a treat to film throughout the day. I still obviously have much to learn, but nonetheless, I hope you enjoy seeing a little bit of our celebration.

 

 

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Before the year ends I want to give a very huge THANK YOU to anyone and everyone that has supported me in my business endeavor. From booking sessions to kinds words of encouragement, I appreciate it all! This hobby turned profession is something that has become a huge part of me. It is a passion. I am driven in many ways by the beauty of light. Constantly noticing its magic and thinking about how I can capture it with my camera. I am driven by the connections I see and precious moments I witness. Desiring to freeze these moments in time for not only myself, but for others, is a constant thought that runs through my head. I truly love photography so much. Being able to balance my role as a wife and mother, with the longing to give others special treasures through photography, has been challenging to say the least. With that said, I want to give a very special THANK YOU to my husband for his grace and support. For his continued encouragement to pursue this love of mine even though I haven’t quite figured out the balance. I love you, Babe.

This year has been full of firsts. My first full year in business, my first birth session, my first wedding, my first film, and my first senior session. I am so blessed to have such great clients. You all have a part of my heart. You truly do. Thank you for trusting me and choosing me to be your photographer. It has been such a joy! I can’t wait to see what 2017 holds. I am already booking into the spring. It is never too early to grab a spot! 😉 Feel free to contact me here. Hope you have a very Happy New Year!!

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Now, that Christmas has come and gone, I have a little more time to blog. I had the privilege of photographing this sweet family this past fall, and it is quite possibly my favorite session to date. The location and light were absolutely stunning! We are church friends who have children that are close in age. It has been fun watching their littlest one grow alongside my littlest one. Now, they are expecting a new addition, and this time it is a BOY!!! I am so over the top excited for them. He will be well loved.

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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:…a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…” Ecclesiates 3: 1, 4

This passage has been circling my thoughts over the last few months. I have always considered myself a sympathetic person. My emotions can be easily swayed by the emotions of others. Yet, I tend to be able to let things go and for lack of a better term, move on and focus on joys. I would be lying if I said I didn’t just choose not to think about the tough things. While dwelling on tragedy and darkness is not something I want to do, nor something we ought to do, pushing it out of my thoughts altogether is most definitely not what Jesus would want me to do. There must be a balance. Over the last several months the phrase “feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders” has really struck a chord with me. I am in a season of mourning. Mourning for the state of our world. Nothing that has happened this past year is really any worse or different than what has always happened. There is darkness, really really black darkness. I guess I am just feeling said darkness a bit more internally than I normally do. I have not lost hope, there is always hope. Jesus had all the hope in the world before he brought Lazarus back, yet the scriptures tell us that he wept with his friends. He felt their pain and was truly sorry that these tragedies plague our world. I find myself crying in bed on occasion just thinking about certain situations. The tragedies from the recent Sevier County fires, the Syrian children and families who are being bombed, the families suffering from their babies dying on that bus crash in Chattanooga, all the children in foster care, sex trafficking, homelessness, those trapped in addiction, close loved ones in turmoil, the list goes on and on.

Like I said before, I still have hope, but why am I so weighed down? This is the question I have been pondering in my prayers. Right now, the answer to that question is summed up in the following passage:

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.” ~Isaiah 58: 6-9

God is calling me to more action. For this, I am grateful. I am in a time of mourning, and it doesn’t feel good, but if this time of mourning causes me to move, then I will gladly bear it. I have decided to create a facebook group called “Be the Light.” See page here. The idea behind it is basically to have a hub where anyone from the community that is part of the group can post a service project they are involved in or want to be involved in. Others in the group can choose to come alongside and help in any means necessary. Through physical means, financial means, and/or spiritual means. There are so many ways to get out and help. Sometimes, our biggest hindrance is not knowing where to start and how to help. My hope is that with this group I along with others will be made aware of more opportunities to serve, and then, in turn, take action. I say this to either encourage those in my community to become part of this group or for those outside of East TN reading this blog, maybe you can create your own group. I am tired of darkness, but it isn’t going anywhere right now. So for the time being, I want to be the light, don’t you?