Sweet Reagan Brielle, I can’t believe today you turn TWO! You were born, then I blinked, and now you are two…I just can’t believe it. I adore your personality- you are so spunky, super girly, yet you love your brothers and all that they do. You love your headbands and shoes, you love to pose when we take pictures…you love to dance, sing, and you love reading your books. Minnie mouse, your baby dolls, and riding around in your brothers’ Power Wheels are some of your favorite things. You are gentle, yet strong and I am so excited to see you grow and learn. You already have such a kind heart and I feel so blessed to see you grow each day! We love you baby girl. Happy Birthday!!
When Jay and I photographed a wedding in Miami last month, we took an extra day to sight see and explore. We loved the city, the views- everything was beautiful! It was so, so nice and we are so grateful to our family for taking our kids for a few days :) It was definitely such a nice time away on top of photographing a beautiful wedding. I took some photos as we walked around and enjoyed the city and beach…. here’s a few photos from our stay!
I’ve come to a place in life where I’m content. I mean, I’ll always undoubtedly struggle with discontentment, it is one of my greatest struggles. But this past summer, I really felt it. Peace. Contentment. Like I’m right where I need to be. I used to struggle between wanting to do photography all of the time but yet giving the best I could to my kids. I feel like I’ve found that balance, and for now the pendulum is swung on the side where my kids get more attention and it is wonderful. Seriously, I feel so much joy and so much peace. I’m not questioning, striving, I’m just simply…being. I’m being first and foremost a child of God. Then a wife, and a mom. Any one of those are all good roles to have, so I feel blessed. This summer, I’ve soaked up really enjoying each of my kids and learning more about their personalities. (Although, of course there’s some things not to enjoy, like toddler tantrums but that’s a conversation for another day! ha!)
In year’s past, I was always wondering what was next. “Are we going to have another kid?” (We aren’t planning on it obviously.) “Are we moving? When are we moving?” “Should I take on more photography?” But this year, I’m just living life- with the people I love by my side- and I love it.
Tonight is meant to be for editing, but I wanted to write a little blog post while I have the down time :) Since last year was extremely difficult for me between my parent’s divorce and dealing with major postpartum anxiety, I am feeling so much more at peace. Last summer was barely enjoyable, looking back, and now this summer has been an absolute joy. Seriously, I mean that. I want to be real here. Sure, some things are sad and disappointing as things are in life but that’s life. There’s a song that has been my “anthem” for the past months. I love it, I’m dedicating a whole post to it because yes, I love it that much!! This summer and this year has been redemptive, I feel like… a whole new season and I’m so grateful.
I found life and I found laughter In forgiveness, I found rest On the shoulders of redemption I found hope when hope was dead I could lose it in a moment So I dare not close my eyes I’ll watch fear fall with the sunset And see hope rise with the tide And when the pain is true Sometimes these troubles prove that I’m alive
My eyes are open My heart is beating My lungs are full And my body’s breathing I’m moving forward I found my freedom I found the life that gave me reason to live
As this dusty road now settles And I see what lay before Every tear that held a broken dream Is now shattered on the floor And now bursting forth in splendor Are the blossoms of second tries Because dreams that bear the mark of love Are dreams that never die, ooh
Sometimes Life can feel so unkind Sorrow won’t define me So just reminds my soul My soul
My eyes are open My heart is beating My lungs are full And my body’s breathing I’m moving forward I found my freedom I know this sorrow I know the heartache I know with fear comes a tragic heartbreak I’m moving forward I found my freedom I found a life that gave me reason to love
Can’t believe it’s been almost five years since I photographed Chris and Jordan’s wedding! It was so great catching up with them, they are such a great couple! I was so excited to do this session as Jordan said she wanted it to be black tie and also a secret garden type theme. The bouquet and florals were done by the lovely and talented Eve Floral Co. The beautiful calligraphy was done by the amazing Hope Scott (Hope Scott Calligraphy.) It was hard to choose just a few favorites to publish but these are a few….
Ally and Stephen’s wedding was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. When Ally emailed me quite a few months ago, I knew I wanted to be a part of this wedding. I love whenever I have the opportunity to photograph a couple that loves Christ and wants to honor Him in their marriage. Ally and Stephen are going to have a marriage that is built on Christ and I am so happy for the both of them! Their wedding day was absolutely beautiful, in downtown gorgeous Miami and Ally was such a stunning bride! I loved all of the details through out the day! The flowers, her dress, the church….everything was perfect! It was truly hard to choose just a few favorites from this wedding, so I did my best to narrow them down. Here are a few of my absolute favorites from the day….