An After-the-Wedding Photo shoot-Jacob and Kasey

A couple of months ago, I put out a call on Facebook for a couple who had recently gotten married, to put their wedding wardrobe back on and redo hair and make up and pose for me.  Mainly, for the reason, that I wanted to add this kind of shoot to my portfolio.  I’ve done this sort of thing plenty of times before, but never without a time constraint. I received a few messages and a text or two. I went over each one, and ultimately picked Kasey and Jacob Johnston. I had never met either one of them in person, but I had seen them here and there. After all, my town and the next one over aren’t that big. I did, however, run into them at the Pink Tomato Festival and they were some of the sweetest people. I knew our session was going to be great. And I was right.

They arrived right on time, looking fantastic! They were easy to talk to and very relaxed. Both Kasey and Jacob were into the shoot. I didn’t get anything but cooperation from either one. It was a dream shoot. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Jacob and Kasey, you guys were amazing and I am more than pleased with the results of your shoot. Thank you so much for volunteering! I would be pleased to take your photos in the future anytime! I could go on and on and on, but I won’t. I’ll post a few of your photos now. 🙂


Til next time!

Do Well and Do Good



All Things Tomato: Part 3 (Tomato eating contest and All tomato luncheon)

Two traditions of The Pink Tomato Festival are the tomato eating contest and the All Tomato Luncheon.  Contestants of the contest start with a bag of tomatoes, which they aren’t allowed to rip into until the clock starts.  The bag is weighed before and then once again, after the contest is over.  Whoever has the least amount left is the winner.  It’s pretty funny to watch and maybe one year, I’ll have the courage to enter and see just how many I can consume.
The All Tomato Luncheon is a benefit for people to come and purchase a ticket to receive a plate lunch featuring dishes that have or are made out of tomatoes. This was my first year to attend. Although I didn’t actually eat, everything looked very appetizing.

Often, the luncheon is a place for people to reunite or meet for the first time.
Ms. Jean Frisby, who was in charge of the Bradley County Home Extension Office, for many years. She retired a few years ago, but still attends when she can.

And this lovely lady is Michelle Carter. She took Ms. Jean’s place and is in charge of many, many things including putting together the luncheon. She has many volunteers who help, but she is a very busy lady.
DSC_6337 As usual, she did a fantastic job and deserves a lot of credit. Way to go Michelle!!

I still have more photos coming, so keep checking in. Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good


All Things Tomato: Part 2 (baseball and parades)

Saturday is probably the biggest day for the festival. There are many events that happen all day long and a lot of people work hard all year to make sure there’s not a dull moment through out the day.
The first couple of things I got to photograph were the baseball tournament and parade.

Many more to come. Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good


All things tomato: Part 1

One thing Bradley County is famous for is the Pink Tomato Festival.  It’s been going on for 59 years and that makes it one of the longest running festivals in the state of Arkansas.  There’s quite a bit of history behind it too.

Farmers in Bradley County have been raising tomatoes for sale since the 1920s. They chose a variety of tomato that would ship well if picked when the tops of the fruit just barely turned pink.  In 1956, a group of Warren merchants decided to host an event to celebrate the tomato industry and to help promote business in the area. The Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival was born. It has since become a major summertime event!

Since that first celebration in 1956, the festival has evolved into one of the most well known and respected events in Arkansas. Many people have contributed to the success of the annual event, from those present at that first celebration to the dedicated volunteers today. The Festival Parade and Pink Tomato Beauty Pageants were added in 1957. The All-Tomato Luncheon and Street Dance have always been crowd favorites. Other events have included: Arts & Crafts show, Tomato Eating contest, 5K Race, and the Pink Tomato golf tournament. Thanks to the vision and creativity of those involved, new attractions are added each year.

From a one-day event the festival has grown to a week long celebration, with activities for all ages. The Pink Tomato Festival is now attended by 30,000 people each year and many are Bradley County natives who come home to be a part of the giant homecoming celebration.

There are so many events going on at one time, I decided that I would post each one in separate blog posts.

Friday night, we were pleased to welcome past winner from NBC’s The Voice, Craig Wayne Boyd, as entertainment.  Before the concert, he did a meet and greet where a few people got to talk to him and get his autograph.  He was a pretty nice guy and was happy to sign many posters and even a guitar that was to be raffled off.

His concert that evening, was a lot of fun and a great show.  I enjoyed myself and I know many others who visited the festival did as well.

There are many more photos from the whole event to come, so keep checking in.  Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good


Slideshows, slideshows!

I absolutely love a good slideshow.  Photos, that I love, put to a song that I love…I don’t think it can get any better.  Each time I have a photo shoot, I take photos from each session and put them to music, so I can send it to my clients and they can fall in love, as well.  I am more than happy to share them with you, my readers.  Enjoy!

Til next time

Do Well and Do Good


Hermitage, AR Engagement Session-Justin and Selena

A love of softball is what brought them together. Justin and Selena, two very active and athletic individuals, met at a co-ed softball game where they played on a team together for the first time. They also took the title of champions. Later that week the added each other on Facebook and shortly after he sent her a message. He tried a few times, but at first Selena was not down with the idea. Later on, they put another team together to play in another tournament, and from there they started texting.
Their first date consisted of the normal date activities; going to a movie and dinner. But for Selena, it was different. For her, it was her first real date. It was the first time she had been treated like a lady should be treated. For her, this date would change the rest of her life.
After the movie was over, the pair walked out of the theater towards the parking lot. It was right there that Justin decided he had to be with Selena for the rest of their lives. It was there, right there, in the parking lot, that he got down on one knee and asked her to be his forever. Selena also knew she had to be with him and happily accepted his proposal.
They share the normal things in common, such as favorite color and sport. They go to the same church and are both family people. And Selena can always count on Justin to put a smile on her face. Most simply put, they are true best friends.
Justin and Selena, it was so much fun to be able to capture your personalities with my camera and I am so happy for the two of you. I am so honored that I get to photograph you wedding and I can’t wait to see where life takes the two of you.


Until next time.

Do Well and Do Good


Selma, Arkansas Bridal Session-Miranda Dardenne

I was invited back in February by a great friend of mine, to tag along on one of her bridal shoots. And because I take any opportunity to learn, I happily accepted. Little did I know that the bride was engaged to the brother of my high school best friend. I was pleasantly surprised when I got there and saw the grooms mother. I connected the dots and figured everything out. This was my first time meeting the bride. And since I was really just a second shooter, I didn’t know much about her. I did figure out that she is a very lovely person by listening the she and Tracie converse. I was so pleased with the outcome of the photo shoot and I am more than happy to share it with you. I hope you enjoy.

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A great client meeting

Recently I decided to give away a few engagement sessions via Facebook. One for each month of Summer. I posted my status and got my first response pretty quickly. The email was from a friend of mine that I’ve known for at least 12 years. But when I first met her, she was very young. Her name is Selena and her fiance’s name is Justin. In the email was a short story of how they met and what made them fall in love. I decided after a little while longer that I would pick them as the winner’s of the first month.

Today we met for lunch so I could get to know them better as a couple. Such great people! As I listened to their story, I could tell they really loved each other. They made me laugh because the smiled the entire time. There may have even been a few tears involved. I knew right away I was going to enjoy working with them. I will share their story more in depth when I post their engagement photos. We have those set for later this month. I am so very very excited about working with them and I cannot wait to get behind my lens and capture these two. Justin and Selena, you guys make love look good. 🙂 Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good