This year, I'll be following along with Brooke Murphy's Project 52 on Flickr. I'm super excited about the weekly prompts to get me back to shooting what I love most - my family and our life.
Week 4's theme was "broken down." My youngest son is 5 and has been sleeping with this blankie I made for him since he was a baby. It is well loved and definitely starting to show signs of wear and the fabric is breaking down but I don't think he's going to give it up any time soon. At least I hope he doesn't, I'm not ready for that!
Week 3's theme was "frame up." This was my kindergartener's homework time as seen from a couple of rooms away. I used the doorways to frame him sitting at the table agonizing over tracing letters and drawing pictures to illustrate sentences.
Week 2's theme was "transitions." My 8-year-old, Jack, just started reading the Bible with us and his older brother and sister at bedtime. Until now, I've been reading to him and his little brother from the Jesus Storybook Bible but he asked if he could read the "actual Bible" with us instead. A lot of this growing up stuff seems bittersweet to me, but this one is just sweet. He has such a good heart.
Week 1's theme was "self portrait." Nothing like starting off with the hardest thing, right? I sat my camera up on a tripod, got out the remote, and did took a few photos by my bedroom window. I'm happy to say I actually got a few keepers out of that.
Check back at the end of February for weeks 5-8, or feel free to follow along on Flickr, Instagram, or Facebook.
I'm giving away TWO lifestyle photo sessions this month! Head on over to my Facebook page and/or Instagram, find this image and like and comment for a chance to win.
The session must take place in February or March and must be in your home or other meaningful location and will focus more on storytelling images rather than portraits. Comment to let me know what activity your family enjoys that you would like photographed - it can be game night or a bike ride or whatever you like to do together that you always want to remember. I'll pick one winner from Facebook comments and one winner from Instagram comments on 1-31.
Morgan and Jeremy are seriously one of the sweetest couples I've photographed. They are clearly very much in love and I just loved the way Jeremy couldn't take his eyes of Morgan all day.
I loved Morgan's dress so much! It was simple, elegant, and beautiful.
Jeremy had a bit of trouble with his flower, so it was Mom (and a sister-in-law, and me) to the rescue!
I love when brides do a first look with their dads! It's always such a sweet time.
I adore first looks (you can read why here) and Morgan and Jeremy's did not disappoint! Just look at Morgan's smile and they way Jeremy held her hand in both of his!
Even though it was a cold December day, we stepped outside the church for just a little bit to get these portraits. Aren't they the cutest couple? I don't know about you, but I can totally see the love in their eyes in these photos. Ok, so maybe in their smiles...like I said, Jeremy couldn't keep his eyes off her, so you'll notice he's not looking at the camera much!
Morgan was such a beautiful bride!
I wish we could have taken the entire bridal party outside, but it since it was cold and getting dark we settled for inside the church. Not that it matters....this group would look amazing anywhere!
Their rings were beautiful, and those flowers....I absolutely loved them.
This is one of my favorite images of the day. Just look at the love as Morgan looks at Jeremy and her dad looks at her. I'm not a mind reader or anything, but I can guess a few things going through their minds. I'm sure this was a hard day for Brent but totally worth it for his baby girl.
For their unity ceremony (instead of a unity candle or sand or whatever), they planted a tree. Well, technically, they watered it. And they named it. See, I told you they were cute!
See the laughter in that photo on the right? Jeremy had just said the wrong name in his vows! Don't worry, this wasn't a Ross/Rachel/Emily moment (ignore that comment if you're not a Friends fan). He just switched their names and said "I Morgan take you Jeremy!" Nothing like a little humor in a wedding ceremony!
So glad I caught this moment! That was Morgan's dad hugging Jeremy.
One of Morgan's few requests was a photo with her baby cousin Mikayla. Mikayla wasn't too excited about the idea, but she's cute as a button anyway.
It's always a good idea to sign the marriage license! True story: we forgot to sign it at my wedding! We forgot all about it until the day after. Oops!
Another little moment I was so happy got captured!
That ring Morgan is wearing belonged to her grandma and was given to her by her grandpa.
Jeremy and his brothers made family photos a lot more fun that usual!
I loved that they were together so much at the reception. A lot of times, the bride and groom get pulled in different directions and are often at different sides of the room mingling with guests, and they did some of that too, but they clearly didn't want to be apart any more than necessary.
This white chocolate cake was one of the best I've had, and I've had a lot of wedding cake! It was a perfect end to a perfect day!
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