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

Warren, AR-Captain Cast Party and Premiere

So we all know it takes a whole lot of work to put together something as big as a full length film. And usually there are crews that help and get paid to do just that. Crews of probably hundreds, by the time you count the studio, directors, producers, and actors. So think about this. One guy. One guy who did the work of so many. He found the actors, selected the music, found the producers, researched the story, and so many more steps that it takes to put together a film. So many, that if I tried to list them all, it would take up this whole post. That guys name is Rob Reep.
He is a one man wrecking crew who took on all of those jobs and put out the film, “Captian”, which premiered this past Saturday. It is a big deal and our little town was buzzing with excitement and anticipation. We all couldn’t wait to view the finished product.  Rob brought the idea up to his mom around three years ago and they got the ball rolling.  And I just want to give a huge shout out to everyone that worked on the film. So many volunteered their time and talents to help Rob realize a dream. For those of you that didn’t get to attend the premiere, you can buy a copy of the DVD for $20.00 from Rob.
Rob you did a fantastic job! We all can’t wait to see what you come up with next! Congratulations!

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There was a red carpet and interviews going on while people were arriving.

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Rob has put out a few other documentary films that you can find on Amazon.com. Go check them out! Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

Warren, AR Newborn Session: Jase Cathey

Until recently, my friends Joey and Cassidy Cathey had two boys.  Jude and Luke.  One looks like dad and one looks like mom.  Well in my opinion anyway.  They then decided they would add one more precious baby to their family and make it complete.  Baby Jase is very handsome and favors his big brothers very much!

Thanks so much Joey and Cassidy for letting me capture your sweet, sweet baby boy! He is sure to be a heart breaker in the future.
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These two older brothers love their new brother so much. They added such an element of fun to this shoot and both were very relaxed and comfortable in exactly what they were wearing. I asked Cassidy if it was ok if they were in their underwear and she had the exact same answer I would’ve. A very laid back, “Oh yeah”. I have found, being a mom of 3 boys myself, that you have to be pretty easy going.
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The faces in this photo are my favorites.
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I can’t wait to see the fun that these three brothers have as they grow. Have at it boys! Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

All Things Tomato: Part 4 (Steak cook off and Lonestar)

This year at the Pink Tomato Festival, the first annual steak cook off.  Let me just say, it smelled beyond good when I walked down that street.  If I could’ve stayed there the whole day, I would’ve.  But there were just to many events to cover.  I did, however get to taste a sample of some ribs that were cooked that day and they melted in my mouth.  I’m not sure how many contestants there were, but tents lined Main Street in Warren.  This was the first time I had ever seen Main Street closed down.
But just around the corner was the main stage, where Lonestar played. And it was a great concert too! They sang songs that everyone knew and a few new ones also. Along the way, they threw in a few including Margaritaville. The whole crowd was singing along and some even had their phones out, waving them back and forth in the air like lighters. One of my favorite sights, though, was a man who had a baby in his arms. He was rocking the baby back and forth while the baby slept. So precious!

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Do Good and Do Well

J

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.
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Often, the luncheon is a place for people to reunite or meet for the first time.
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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.
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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.
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I still have more photos coming, so keep checking in. 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