Ashlynn & Ryan

Horses, barrel racing, and playing outside on the farm. That’s what Ashlynn and Ryan enjoy doing. Not all at the same time of course.

Ashlynn loves to ride her horse. But not just ride. She competes in high school rodeo where she barrel races and pole bends. She is sweet, polite, and everytime I see her, she’s always smiling. She had me laughing because I wanted to take a couple of photos of her not smiling and she just smiled bigger and laughed. Needless to say, she was very easy to photograph.

Ryan was just as much of a pleasure to photograph. He didn’t smile any less than his sister. He is the typical little boy. He loves to play outside and go to the farm with his dad. He never questioned what I was doing when I would ask him to sit or stand a certain way. He only said a big OK and he needed very little direction. If I brought him home to play with my boys, he would fit in perfectly.

Andie, thank you for allowing me to photograph your beautiful children. It was a pleasure!

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Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good,

J

Baby Day: Grayson Blake Carter

I’ve always said that if I wasn’t a photographer, I would’ve been a labor and delivery nurse. Having the job of helping to bring babies into the world is at the top of my list of amazing professions. So when Kelly asked me to be in the room when she delivered Grayson, I was ecstatic! I had to keep myself from tearing up right there. As the last week of her pregnancy came around, I found myself carrying around my phone like a doctor that’s on call. It went everywhere with me. Finally I got THE text. Kelly visited her doctor and was going to be admitted to be induced. I got my stuff together and headed to the hospital. When I got there, things were going along nicely. Kelly was having contractions and definitely in pain. She labored into the night and the next day. After around 30 hours, her doctor decided it was time for a c-section. Everything went very smoothly and baby Grayson got here without any problems. He was a healthy 7lbs 15oz. Aside from my own childrens’ birth, it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. I was snapping photos and crying at the same time. I will never, EVER, forget my first labor and delivery session.

Kelly and Bradley, God has blessed you with the most precious baby and he is beautiful. It’s gonna be so much fun getting to watch Grayson grow up!
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Till next time.

Do Well and Do Good,

J

Warren Family Session: Gorman Family

I love getting to meet new families. It’s one of the highlights of my job. I recieved a message from Stacey right before Christmas about getting some photos for her daughter who was turning one. But also doing a few family shots. We decided to wait until after the New Year due to busy schedules. New Year’s came and went and it was time for Stacey and Brandon’s session. They attend one of the local churches in my town, so they had met a couple of my kiddos. And as soon as I met both of them, I felt like I had already known them. The day of the shoot, it was chilly and cloudy and it threatened to rain. We decided to go ahead and see what we could get. Let me tell you we had to work quick. It sprinkled on and off and after about ten minutes of trying, we all thought it would be best if we tried again the next day. I met them at their house and the weather was perfect. I got some great shots. The kids were a dream to work with and it was so much fun. They both kept me laughing. I am thankful that it worked out the way it did and greatful that I got to meet such a fun family.

Brandon, Stacey, Grayson, and Landry, thank you so much for allowing me to capture your beautiful family. It was an honor and I hope our paths cross again in the future.

If you look close, you can see sprinkles of rain in the background of the kids photo

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Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

Dunaway/West/Glosup

Have you ever had a group of friends who are more like family than friends? I have. I have always considered the moms of these kids my sisters. I love them very much and I consider their kids as nieces and nephews. Everytime I get to take their photos, it’s an honor. They could ask anyone and they always choose to ask me. This instance was no different. Kate, (the oldest), asked me to take some photos as a gift for her mom. I told her to bring all of her cousins along so that we could get an updated photo of all of them. It turned out very well and I’ve been waiting since before Christmas to post them.
Kate, Klayton, Maddie, Kylie, Ryder, and Austen, I love you like you are my own. And I always will.

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This is a very silly little boy.  We had no problems getting laughs out of him.

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Until next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

My Rainbow Baby is 2!!!

I had never heard the term “Rainbow Baby” until my children, my husband and I had lost 3 babies.  Two to miscarriage at five weeks and the last one to stillbirth at 20 weeks.  It was definitely a dark time in our lives.  And I say my family because it wasn’t just my loss or mine and my husband’s loss.  My children suffered as well.  The look on their faces and the tears that followed after we told them was truly heart breaking.  After the last one was when I first heard the words, Rainbow baby.

The definition of Rainbow Baby is:
A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage or still birth.

In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.

The storm (pregnancy loss) has already happened and nothing can change that experience. Storm-clouds might still be overhead as the family continue to cope with the loss, but something colorful and bright has emerged from the darkness and misery.

My Rainbow Baby, Huck, turned 2 on the 16th of September and I am loving every second with my gift. Every single thing he does. Laughs, cries, and even the tantrums. I am absolutely grateful for it all. I know how precious life is and how quickly it can disappear.

This session was a bit of a challenge to say the least. My baby boy is so so busy and he does not stay in one place for very long at all. He loves the dirt and construction vehicles. He loves water and getting muddy. He loves his siblings and he loves his mom and dad very much. To see his sweet face every morning when we wake up is one of the best parts of my day. And the way he looks up at me and smiles melts my heart every. single. time.

Because he loves construction, I decided to let him do what he does really well…Play in the dirt. And he did a very good job.

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His bath water was pretty dirty that evening, but he had a blast that day. I encourage you to let your kids play in the dirt and mud. Let them be kids. Because dirt washes off, and they don’t stay little. Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J