Haddon | One Year Old!

Last week, some dear friends from our community group asked me to capture a few memories for them on the eve of their son Haddon’s first birthday.  We selected a quintessential southern pecan grove not far from town as our location for the session, and it was gorgeous!  We had to battle an army of gnats who globbed onto us as soon as we arrived, and the heat was a tad on the unbearable side being a typical spring afternoon, but I think we got some great ones!

The Wilsons are a beautiful family inside and out, and it has been such a joy to watch Haddon grow this past year.  I can’t believe this handsome little man is one already!  Wilson family, Hubby and I are so glad we’ve been able to share life with you these past few years!

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Downtown Shoot | Paige

Earlier this month Hubby’s lovely momma, Paige, made the long drive to south Georgia for a visit and to help us begin preparing for our upcoming move.  (For those of you who don’t know, we will be leaving Air Force life entirely and relocating to North Carolina at the beginning of June so Hubby can attend seminary!)  My “Mom 2” as she’s affectionately known was a tremendous help and she and I got plenty done around the house, from boxing up the contents of the china cabinet and our overloaded bookshelves, to loading Hubby’s truck full of my painted furniture projects and castoff home decor to consign at my favorite local shop.

But we also made sure to make time for some fun and took advantage of having another girl around!  We got our nails done – fingers and toes, talk about pampered! – did some shopping, and enjoyed a few lunch dates.  My mom-in-law also let us talk her into getting dressed up and heading downtown with me for a fun little photo shoot one afternoon.  She looked absolutely beautiful!  There are so many photos from our 2 hours exploring downtown that it was hard to narrow down, but these are a handful of my favorites.

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Drexel Park | Wells Family

A few weeks have passed since this session, but with several rounds of family in town and all the traveling we’ve done, the month of April has truly flown by and I hadn’t quite gotten around to putting the photos up on the blog yet.  I joined the Wells and their two adorable daughters at Drexel Park on a sunny Sunday evening for family portraits.  We had to work around a Medieval-era LARPing battle in one section of the park – talk about keeping things interesting! – but we were able to capture some great shots.  Truly a beautiful family!

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A Man & His Dog

Happy Saturday friends!  Today turned out to be the most wonderfully gorgeous spring day here in south Georgia. The sun smiled brightly, the warm air rippled with the lightest whisper of a breeze, and the world was awash in a burst of color and new life.  Now that the sun has slipped below the horizon and the warmth and light has paled into night, I hate that it ever had to end.  Suffice it to say, it was a perfect day.

In the midst of this gift of a day, I had a strong hankering to get out and about with my camera for some practice.  Hubby kindly obliged to serve as my muse, so I allowed him to choose his own props!  What ensued was an adventure of a date night as we set out on a hunt for new locations, collaborated on some fun photos, and simply enjoyed each others’ company.  Here’s a bit of what we have to show for those few hours…

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Sorry for the hubby overload…I just can’t get enough of that handsome man!

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As I’m sure you can tell from these next few, I was very much enjoying my first opportunity to practice capturing sun flare.  To be completely honest, it happened by accident the first time as I crouched down to snag the shot a few photos above, but I was so excited I couldn’t stop hootin’ and hollering about it! I love learning something new!

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Ike-boy sure was wore out by the end of the evening with all that excitement, but he was an excellent model! And boy, did Hubby and I have some fun on our off-roading, camera-wielding, sun-drenched exploration through some of the town’s lesser known photographic destinations.  Here’s to a blast of an evening!

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A Little Something Special for the Camera

Hello friends! I hope you all are having a wonderful, relaxing Sunday afternoon.  It’s oddly quiet around here since Hubby and I just said goodbye to my youngest brother and his lovely fiance after they spent the weekend with us. We had such a great time together; I hate that it had to come to and end!  We spent Saturday tubing and snorkeling at Ginnie Springs in northern Florida, shared a delicious – not to mention expertly grilled – steak dinner (thanks Dan!), then topped off the day with a movie night at home.  I have to say that, regardless of Rotten Tomatoes’ high reviews, The Grand Budapest Hotel ranks as one of the strangest films I’ve ever seen. It was like tagging along through someone else’s imaginative stream-of-consciousness storytelling on fast-forward. But…that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it nonetheless. After church today, we beat the crummy weather by enjoying a few games of bowling. So much fun!

But I’m getting myself sidetracked! What I wanted to share about today is a camera strap cover that I was recently gifted for my birthday (thanks Momma and Pops!!).  I’d had my eye out for a cute camera strap cover for a while since getting my camera this past spring.  I wanted something hand-crafted and unique that met the “3 P’s”: padded, pretty, and had pockets for my lens cap which I am forever stuffing in my purse or pants pocket…probably not the best places to keep it!  Of course, the first place I looked for such a bag was Etsy.  I compiled a list of my favorites, and had finally narrowed it down to one a few weeks ago.  So when Mom asked me what I might like for my birthday, I knew right away!

This camera strap cover is from Janie Lane Studio, and I love it! (Sorry for the rough lighting…our house isn’t the best for picture-taking indoors, especially when it’s done using an iPad.)


The cover came wrapped in cute packaging along with a nice note from Janie Lane Studio owner, Dana.


Here are a few close-up shots of the adorable flower appliqué detail and the ever-so-useful pockets.  One of the pockets is larger with an elastic top and is great for keeping my lens cap handy, while the other is smaller without the elastic top and is great for stashing spare memory cards and such.

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If you like the looks of this strap cover, be sure to check out Janie Lane Studio’s collection! And thanks Mom and Dad for the thoughtful gift!

Next on my wish list of camera accessories to save for is a hand-made camera bag.  I’m going for something cute and girly, but with good workmanship and padding that will keep my camera and maybe one or two spare lenses safe and sound.  I love the looks of the Snugglens camera bags, but am going for a much smaller size than most of the ones she currently has up for sale. Has anyone heard of or bought a bag from a shop with similar but smaller camera bags? If so, I’d love to hear your input!

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A Few Thoughts & A Few Photos

It has been a little over two and half months since I separated from the Air Force, and this past Friday I headed back onto base to attend the dual retirement of one of the senior ranking officers in my old squadron and her husband.  The ceremony was wonderfully done and it was so nice to be able to bump into and reconnect with old coworkers.  Over the last two years on active duty, I was blessed to serve alongside some incredible, caring, and talented people.  After handshakes or hugs were exchanged, the first question my old coworkers and friends generally asked that afternoon was “So…what have you been up to?”

To be honest, though it was always led with a smile and genuine interest, I had been dreading this particular question from these particular people.  I felt this internal pressure that I needed to have a good, societally-acceptable answer – whatever that’s supposed to mean – or to explain myself.   I felt this need to be able to answer that I was working full time at such-and-such a job, staying super busy and a bit stressed, and so on.  Because that was my norm before.  And I didn’t want to disappoint anyone.  I’ve wrestled with defining my identity before, but I am grateful to have a God who is patient with me and willing to remind me of the truth when I need it.  I know this to be true, because in the very moment when the question was first asked of me that day, I felt this perfect sense of release wash over me.  Release in God’s grace to just be me, to be comfortable and confident in where I’m at and what I’m doing.  God made me exactly who I am and – until He directs me otherwise – I know I am exactly where he wants me to be.  I was surprised that my answer came so easily.  “Well,” I beamed, “I’ve been doing all the things I’ve always wanted to, but never before had the time!”  And I love it.  I’ve had more time to pursue photography, cook and bake, blog and rehab furniture (though it’s often too hot these days to do much work in the garage), spend more quality time with friends and with the Lord, and care for my husband and my home.  What a wonderful feeling!  I thank God that he’s allowing me the opportunity to do so right now.

A tangent to that line of thought…I purchased my first DSLR camera – a Canon Rebel T2i –  a few months ago, and have been thoroughly enjoying myself as I explore the art of photography now that I have the right tools in hand.  I’m the crazy lady who stood on a chair in the middle of my garden a few mornings ago just so I could photograph the same sunflower repeatedly as I familiarized myself with all of my camera’s manual settings.  Thankfully, our sunflowers, our dog, the adorable kiddos at our church’s Vacation Bible School last week, and so many more have all been gracious and obliging subjects. : )

Here are few photos I’ve taken over the past few weeks…