A Fairytale Wedding-Bradley and Kelly

Her colors were in the shades of pink and cream. His suit was a great hue of gray and nicely pressed. Her dress was Vera Wang and her make-up was perfect. She was beautiful and he was handsome. All the makings for the perfect day. These are the details describing Bradley and Kelly’s wedding. They couldn’t wait to say “I do”. And it was right around the corner.

The day went off without a hitch. The men in their suits and the girls in their matching dresses. Everything was perfect. With her hair pinned up just right and her dress flowing out around her, Kelly was stunning and she was ready to walk down that aisle. And at the end, was her prince charming. Bradley waited patiently as each parent and attendant walked out first. The doors shut and the congregation stood. Everyone seemed to hold their breath as they waited for the doors to open. But no one, more than Bradley. Finally he saw his bride walking towards him and all was right. They said their “I do’s”, kissed, and danced out to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m yours”. It couldn’t have gone any better.

These two have a love between them that is perfect and they were made for each other. It has been a pleasure to watch them grow as a couple and to see how they are striving to keep God as the center of their marriage. Bradley and Kelly, I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity to capture your milestones with my camera. Couples like you are the reason I started doing what I do. With all my heart, thank you!

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I am so glad you guys decided to share a life together. Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good,

J

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An Iowa Farm Wedding-Don and Jessi

When you hear the word Iowa, beautiful is probably not the first word that comes to mind. Flat maybe. And definitely corn. They grow a lot of corn there. And if you think there’s not really much beauty, you couldn’t be farther from the truth. It is absolutely gorgeous. Big rolling hills as far as the eye can see. The weather is amazing and the people are as well. Everyone waves and the neighborhoods look like they should all be a film set. My family and I recently took a family/working vacation to visit some friends and go to their wedding. I, of course, got to document the wedding. It was a pleasure and hardly work at all.
Don and Jessi are such a great fit for each other. You can see the love in their eyes when they look at each other too. They have a beautiful family and warm home. When we got the phone invite to attend, we were all excited and couldn’t wait for the day to get here.
They live on a large farm where they grow corn. Rows and rows, on hills and hills, of corn. It’s absolutely ideal for raising a family. The land and equipment is very important, so Jessi wanted to make sure to get some of the equipment in the photos. The wedding was charming and lovely. Small, but with the most important people there. Their family and friends.

Don and Jessi, I was honored to get to be apart of your day. Thank you so much for letting me capture the love between you guys. And thank you from my whole family for letting us stay in your home and be apart of your family. We love y’all more than we can say!

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These two deserve so much happiness and I can’t wait to visit with them in the future. Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

Monticello, AR Bridal session-Kelly

When I first met Kelly, I knew I would like her very much. She is bubbly, outgoing, and so much fun. I love being around her. So when we all found out she was going to be part of the family by marrying my first cousin, Bradley, it was a great day. The proposal was even filmed and we got to see it. I was thrilled when they asked me to capture all of their photos. A while back, I blogged the engagement and now, I finally get to post the bridal photos. I am so excited. Bridal portraits are always a great way to allow a bride to let her glamorous side really show. They are all about her, without the pressure of the wedding day and everything that goes on.
I knew that Kelly’s were going to be fantastic. She’s a girly girl and reminds me of what Barbie would be like if she were human. I was not disappointed. Although her dress had many layers and she got hot while we were outside, you would never know from the look on her face while I was photographing her.
Kelly, I am honored that I was the one that had the privilege of photographing you in all of your beauty. You are lovely inside and out and God is doing an amazing work in you.

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I normally only post a few photos, but I loved these so much, I just couldn’t decide. Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

Warren Senior Session: Kailey

Quite a few years ago, my husband and I were going to a local church a few miles away.  There were many nice families and we have a lot of great memories.  Among those, are memories of a little girl who was small, happy and had long black hair.  She was so cute too.  Her name was Kailey.  She was sweet and kind.  But as kids do, she grew.  She made her way through school and she finally reached her senior year.  When her mom asked me to do a few photos for Kailey with her horses, I was thrilled.  We had a great time!  When animals are involved, photo sessions always become more interesting.  You never know what’s going to happen.  One of the horses was a little spirited, but it was entertaining.

Kailey, you are a beautiful person and I’m excited to see where life is taking you.

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Until next time.

Do Well and Do Good,

J

Maci is 8!!

Every year on my daughter’s birthday, we have our own little photo shoot. I just shoot until she tells me she’s done. It usually last anywhere between 10-40 minutes. This year I was about a month late. I don’t know why, but it just happened that way. We were getting ready for a family member’s birthday party and she was ready to go, but we had some time left before we had to go. I grabbed my camera and asked her if she wanted me to take a few photos of her. Her reply was exactly what I thought it would be. “YES!” She did fantastic! But then again, I’m never disappointed with any of my kids photos. I just can’t believe how fast time is flying. She has grown so much and is turning into a beautiful young lady. I can’t wait to see where life takes my little girl.

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Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

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.
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Many more to come. Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

Autumn’s first birthday

A few years ago, a friend messaged me on Facebook and asked if I would come and photograph her daughter Scarlet’s first birthday party.  Of course I agreed.  For a few reason.  One-because I love to photograph events.  Two-because her late brother and my husband were best friends in high school.  A special family with a special event.  So when she messaged me again and asked if I would photograph her second daughter, Autumn’s first birthday, I had to say yes.  Maybe we’ve started a tradition??  I guess we will find out, if she and her husband have anymore babies.

Events such as birthday parties are one of my favorites to shoot, because I get to capture a lot of emotion.  Usually all happy smiles and laughs.  And that’s exactly why I love it.

 

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Happy 1st Birthday Autumn!

Do Well and Do Good

J

Alex and Baxter

I’ve known Baxter for a while. Well, really, I guess I should say, I’ve known of him. I took his family’s photos back in 2010 and he was much younger then. I’ve gotten to talk to him more recently due to his sister-in-law, Jodi, asking me to do some newborn photos for her. That’s a later post.
Alex and Baxter have been dating for a while and she called me wanting to get some pictures taken. Sometimes when I don’t really know people, it’s hard to decide what kind of photos I am going to give them. I mean, I didn’t really know their likes or dislikes, so I just kind of winged it. And I think the photos turned out pretty well.

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Do Well, Do Good

J

Buck Fever 2014

Where I live, we like our festivals. One town over from mine, we have the Pink Tomato Festival that happens every June. It’s been going on for 56 years and I’m sure it will be going on many years in the future. It’s a big deal that the town gets ready for months in advance. It’s always a good time.
Another thing that’s a big deal where I live, is deer hunting. People around live and breath deer hunting and spend all year getting ready for that short amount of time where they can get up very early in the morning, put on their camouflage, grab their guns, and head out into the woods to their own deer stand and sit and wait on that big boy to come out. Doe’s are killed too, but everyone wants that big buck. Now combine this and a festival and you’ve got Buck Fever.
Buck Fever is held the second weekend in November every year. I don’t know exactly how it got started, but it’s been going on for at least 20 years. And I don’t see it coming to an end anytime soon. People will always want to hunt deer(well around here anyway), and then show off their prize. There are events like pageants, talent shows, a fish fry, and a fresh kill contest where contestants bring their deer to be viewed and judged to see who has the biggest. It’s also a great way to show it off. It’s not limited to age either. This year a contestant who couldn’t been older than 13 entered his deer and it was a nice looking one too. Enjoy some shots from this year and Google Buck Fever when you have a chance.

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This guy was definitely enjoying the band that was there. I couldn’t capture the joy that he was getting from dancing in this photo, but I tried. He didn’t care who was watching

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This is Miss Buck Fever 2013

It was a pleasure getting to photograph such a great event. An event that brings a community together and reunites friends that haven’t seen each other in a long while. I enjoyed it very very much!

Do Good and Do Well

J