Warren, AR Wedding: Marquis+Ashley

Rain. That seemed to be the theme of the day. Rain. I wasn’t happy about it, but there was really nothing I could do. But when I went inside the church for the first time, you couldn’t tell that there was any disappointment due to rain. All of Ashley’s girl and Ashely herself, were in good spirits. The atmosphere was laid back. The girls were, of course, in the process of hair and make up. Ashley’s colors included rose gold and white and it was beautiful! The bridesmaids dresses, in rose gold, were sparkly and glamourous. Something you’d see right out of The Great Gastby. In fact that was the theme of this wedding. I could tell, when I met Ashely that this wedding was going to be great. She has fantastic style.

When I went to photograph the guys, there were plenty of laughs there as well. While getting ready, the guys laughed and joked, and there may have even been a little dancing. There was excitement in the air. Ashley and Marquis were hours away from promising to love each other forever.

Ashley and Marquis, you are perfect for each other! You make others want to be around you. Thank you for the honor of letting me document your first day as husband and wife.

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Til next time

Do Well and Do Good

J

Warren, AR Delivery: Baby Jax

I think it may be an understatement to say that I love babies. I mean, I have four. I really, REALLY love babies! They are sweet, they smell good, and every one is a miracle. I don’t say that to be cliche’. I actually mean it. To get to see a baby come into this world is breath taking. So when Shelby asked me to be there the day Jax was born, I didn’t hesitate. This one was going to be different than the last one though. This one was a scheduled C-Section. I got there around 6:30 that morning and baby Jax made his entrance not to long after that. Weighing in at 6 pounds, he was beautiful! My exact thoughts when I was snapping a few images, were ‘He looks like a baby doll’. Every feature was perfect. When I first went to Shelby’s room, everyone was calm and waiting. The atmosphere was nice. Little brother, Javen, got there not to long after I did. Along the way he was letting everyone know he was going to get a baby that day. I enjoyed every minute I was there and I’m so grateful that I got to witness love come into the world.

Justin, Shelby, and Javen, I wanna give the biggest congrats on your new addition and I can’t wait to see the fun that Javen and Jax are going to have as they grow as brothers and friends!

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Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

Tracie Hayes, 12 Years a Bride

When I was around 14 years old my dad became the pastor of a tiny little church in the middle of nowhere. It was home to the sweetest and most loving group of people that you could ask for. Among those was a girl who was close to my age. Her name was Tracie. She and I became fast friends. Fast forward many years and we are still good friends. I consider her my best friend. One of the many things we have in common is photography. She has been shooting a lot longer than I have though. She started out with film. I consider her a true artist. She has taken my family photos before and given lots of advice and even talked me out of putting down my camera. And for that, I am truly grateful.
The reason this post is titled “12 Years a Bride” is because Tracie has been married to her husband, T.J., for twelve years. But unfortunately she didn’t get any bridal photos and her wedding day was so crazy and she was very rushed. I was more than happy to give her what she missed out on all those years ago. And to top it off, she still fits in her dress. A dress that I consider beautiful, timeless, and classic.
Tracie, thank you for letting me photograph you. I hope that T.J. is surprised and blown away by your beauty. Thank you for always answering my questions and for your honesty! You are a treasure!
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This is the reaction that you get when you show your beautiful friend, (who doesn’t know how beautiful she is) her photo and she is overcome with emotion instantly. I cried too.
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I truly can’t wait to hear what T.J. thinks.

Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good.

J

Warren, AR Family Session: #TeamLandon

We all know that life can be tough. It can be mean and it can be downright unfair. Things often happen that we don’t understand. Bad things that happen to good people. When a child is involved, it makes it that much more terrible. I know…that’s probably got to be the worst opening to a blog post I’ve ever written. But stick with me. I’m going somewhere with it. Not long ago, I was scrolling on Facebook and came across some news that stopped me right there and took my breath away. My friend Britny, had received news that her son, Landon, had been diagnosed with Lukemia. I sat at my computer and cried…and cried and cried. Landon isn’t even ten years old. His life is just starting. Immediately I started praying life over their situation and over Landon. I started thanking God for Landon’s healing. I started praying for peace for the Duncan family. Before this, Lukemia was one of those things that happened to families far away, that I didn’t know. I know it happens everyday and we all know someone who has received that same diagnoses, but for me this was a first. Our community rallied around Taylor, Britny, Landon, and Cash. People started doing what they could for this small family. They started helping out in all ways. Britny has been keeping us all updated on Landon. And let me tell you, prayer works! After getting the initial bad news, she got good news that things were shrinking and going away. I’m not up all of the techinal terms, so I won’t try to use and medical jargon. I just want to add that Landon is an amazing kid!! The day of our shoot, he was up for it. He didn’t complain and he kept smiling. He loves to be outside and he loves to shoot his guns. When I walked in, he was sitting on the couch getting his shoes on. Somehow he and I got on the subject of things that he likes to do. Right away he started telling me about his guns, and showing me some bullets he has, and how he loves to shoot them. He smiled the whole time. It is one of the sweetest smiles too.

Taylor and Britny, thank you for asking me to come into your home and your lives. I enjoyed spending time with you guys and I am especially thankful that my path has crossed with Landon’s. He is strong, loving, and unforgettable. Landon, I can’t wait to see you kick the crap out of cancer!!!
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Til 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

Warren Family Session: Cathey Family

I have four children. Saying that my house is busy is an understatement. Three of my children are boys, so I can heavily identify with this family. Meet the Cathey family. I’ve posted about them before, but it wasn’t the whole family. This time everyone got in on the action. I had such a good time with them. The boys are a hoot! Joey and Cassidy have a beautiful house, so it wasn’t even a question if I was going to use it in the background. Before I got there, I knew I would. There were a couple of Bradford Pear trees starting to turn and they were a lovely Ombre’. Then, as we were finishing up, Cassidy suggested the pond out beside their house. It was ideal. As we drove through the trees, the pond came into view and it looked like a mirror. The water was absolutely still and it was a sublime backdrop. We didn’t drive very far before I figured out exactly which spot I would use. It couldn’t have been any better if I had walked out there a few hours in advance and planned it.

Joey and Cassidy, thank you for allowing me to capture your family! It was an honor!
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Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

Warren Family Session: Clark Family

First I had the pleasure of shooting Justin and Selena’s engagement, and then thier wedding. Last week Selena wrote me on Facebook and asked me to book a family session for them. We met on the 3rd and got it done. It’s always fun when I do any photos with this family. Ace is a ball of energy and I mean that in a good way. He kept me on my toes, but was very compliant and gave me a great smile. It was easy to make him laugh. And then there’s Baby Ali, who will be here very, very soon. I think Selena has around 10 weeks left. She is a beautiful pregnant person. She glows with happiness and excitement. The Clark family is a great family and I am honored to know them. I can’t wait to meet Baby Ali when she gets here.
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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

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

Attention Class of 2016!

I absolutely CANNOT believe how fast Summer is flying! And I’m seeing so many great Summer photos on social media. Beaches, theme parks, mountains, and many other amazing vacation spots. Other photos that will start appearing soon will be Senior photos. Those photos of students from this years graduating class. I know for moms and dads, it’s a time of nostalgia and remembering. Remembering when you dropped off your little one to the first day of kindergarten and now realizing that they are most likely driving themselves to their last first day of high school. And that the next first day they have will be when they start college.
And for the students, it’s that last year before you are FREE!! Free to start you own independent life. So many things are going to happen in this next year that will make it unforgettable. It’s going to be so much fun and something to look back on. So when you look back, shouldn’t you have unforgettable photos to go with it. The time is now. Senior photos are one of my favorite sessions to capture. It’s a time when your creativity can really shine and we can make the session all yours. Contact me and we can set something up for you! Let me be apart of your Senior year.

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Let me give you photos you will be proud of! Til next time.

Do Great and Do Good

J