Monday, February 28, 2011

mommy | monday. hennie rose accessories.

My friend, Krystal, makes these adorable hair accessories for your little girl or for you! :) I especially love the crocheted flowers... I saw them for the first time when I took photos of her little girl Keeley... photo above. The shop is named after Krystal's grandma, an avid crafter. I was so excited to see that Hennie Rose now has a FACEBOOK page and ETSY page for you to purchase these fun pieces.

Monday, February 21, 2011

mommy | monday. girls' spring fashions.

Spring is coming. And your little girl will most likely need a new outfit or two or three. :) There will be Easter, birthday parties, graduations, Mother's Day, weddings, etc. Beauty and the Beast Fashions has some great new arrivals for spring! Check out the new arrivals on FACEBOOK and pricing on their WEBSITE. I think you will see something that you can't seem to live without! :) While you are at it- check out the awesome outdoor tree houses and nursery furniture!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

wedding | wednesday. BHLDN {anthropologie}

So, I know that this has been topping the charts in wedding news this week... but, in case you haven't heard... Anthropologie now has a bridal shop {launched February 14}! It's full of dresses, hair accessaries, jewelry, and shoes... with the same Anthropologie style that we know and love. :) Check it out for yourself! It's all kinds of beautiful.

Monday, February 14, 2011


I'm so excited to announce the recipient of this year's Valentine Hug. Oh the tears I have cried and prayers I have prayed over these incredible moms. Thank you for giving me a glimpse into your world. This was a very difficult decision. For those of you who submitted your story but did not win the session/package... you will be receiving an e-mail with a special opportunity! :) And here she is....

Meet the lovely Amanda Scott.
Billy (5), David (2), and Molly (10 months) call her mom. :)
Whether they are dinosaur hunting, going on a walk, coloring, reading (one of their favorite activities, or the boys are wrestling... they just love spending time together. Billy especially loves reading his Boy's Devotional Book. :) In the midst of healing from her divorce, they found out in November that Billy (5) was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia. FA is a rare progressive neuromuscular disorder. FA takes the ability to walk and causes heart disease among many other health complications. The only part of the body it does not affect is the brain. This genetic disorder has no treatment. They took Billy to a Pediatric Cardiologist to find he already has the heart condition (Cardiomyopathy) that is associated with FA. This was devastating and also has no treatment. They don't know how long it took for his heart to progress to where it is or how long it will take to get worse. For now, they have him on an experimental drug that has been shown to protect the heart. With him having FA, the end result is the always same. They just don't know how long it will take. With the expenses of medication and visits to specialists, family portraits have not been at the top of the list. Amanda's wish was to have photos of her precious little family just the way things are now. Amanda- you are incredibly strong... we will be praying that God does a miracle in Billy's body. We will take some awesome photos to document this time in your lives. Much Love and Happy Valentine's Day. :) Here is a BIG HUG for you. :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Your Photographer. {getting to know me.}

You asked the questions. Here are my answers. :) ENJOY!

1) I want to see a picture of your bedroom. You always have such cute style…
I’m guessing it’s gorgeous? ;) [well, thank you!!]

I would say that the style of my bedroom is eclectic… the perfect combination of old and new… just the way I love it. It inspires me. I love how I can incorporate all of my favorite colors and patterns, and it is still light and happy. I love the tall ceilings that let in lots of light. I use cake plates and tea cups to organize my jewelry. Here is a mini-tour for you.

2) Coffee or Tea?

Coffee in the morning and afternoon. Tea at night.

3) What is your favorite Bible verse and why you like it?

I would say that currently my favorite Bible verse is Colossians 1:16-17. It reminds me of how big God is and gives me great peace in knowing that He is in control of all things… holding everything together.

For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment.” (message version)

4) What is something that you collect?

I collect hats! :) fedoras, knit hats, vintage-like hats. They are fun to wear… rain or shine… and the perfect fix for a bad hair day. People who know me well would probably say that I have more collections than this!

5) What is your favorite color?

I love so many beautiful colors, but my current favorite color is what I would describe as a fuschia-ish, pink-purple-ish, raspberry-ish color. You can decide what it’s called. :)

6) Do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy reading fictional stories. But, I know that reading is so crucial for personal growth… so I continue to push myself to read more than would come naturally for me. My sister and dad are huge inspiration.

7) How has photography led you to grow in your relationship with God?

I have learned that He is the ultimate source of creativity- the creator…. I find that I am more dependent on Him in order to be the most creative person that I can be. I am also in more awe than ever of the beautiful people and world He has created… and I have the opportunity to capture it and show the world the way I see it.

8) Mountains or ocean?

I love warm weather, sand, ocean, and sun… but, can I have some mountains too? Maybe off in the distance? :)

9) Where has your favorite wedding location been?

I have photographed weddings in so many beautiful locations… but, the first wedding I photographed was for a dear friend on the beach in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. There is nothing like it- barefoot on the beach with the sand between my toes, cool ocean breeze, at sunset, mariachi band… I could do that any day. :)

10) When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was in elementary and middle school, I always wanted to be a school teacher. Then, when I was in high school… I wanted to be everything. :) florist (even job shadowed a florist), wedding planner, or a family practice doctor to be a medical missionary (was in medical explorers). But, God had a different plan- at least for now. I still get to be involved in the wedding industry… and I get to travel… and to bless people and show them Jesus in a different kind of way. :)

11) What lenses/camera do you like to use?

I shoot with a Canon 5D… my current favorite lens that I tend to use most is my 50mm. But, I have a new 85mm 1.8 that I’m really starting to love… and the ever-faithful 70-200mm 2.8 can do no wrong. :)

12) Pencil or ink pen?

Ink pen…. I want the things I write to be permanent… or I can always mark it out or use white-out. I get too concerned that my writing in pencil will fade someday.

13) What is your goal when you take a picture/do a photo session?

I want to create an atmosphere where people feel comfortable enough to be themselves… so that I can capture it. I want people to see how fun they are, how beautiful they are, how in love they are… and I want them to feel it in the process of me capturing it… even better when they get lost in the moment and forget I’m there. :) I get to be a part of a lot of special moments and memories. And I do not take that lightly. My sessions are not stressful, and there is no pressure for perfection… You get to have fun being you… and I get to have fun being me… just the way it should be. :)

Thank you for all of the questions! This was fun… I hope you feel like you know me a little better now. :)

wedding | wednesday. paper favor cones.

I love these little cones for favors. You can fill them with a sweet treat that your wedding or shower guests will love. CLICK HERE for a free template to make them for yourself or a friend.

Monday, February 7, 2011

mommy | monday. strengthen your marriage.

I just came across this blog that may be of interest to you. It's all about ways to strengthen your marriage. You will find everything from creative date nights to daddy/daughter dates to crafts to book reviews... all written by 11 happily married wives and moms. Check it out for yourself! and since it's the "month of love" and Valentine's Day is next week...

Friday, February 4, 2011

valentine HUG for a {single mom}

On February 14, we are going to give a single mom a big hug by awarding her with a free photo session and print package all valued at $378. But, who’s putting a value on it?! :) Family memories are priceless and timeless.

what do I win?

free family session and print package- including the following:

{$378 value!}

1-11x14 | 2- 8x10 | 3- 5x7 | 10-4x6 | 4 sets of 8 wallets

how do I enter?

Submit a snapshot (non-professional photo) of your family as an attachment in an e-mail to with the subject line “VALENTINE HUG”. In the e-mail, please include the following:


your full name

phone number

children’s ages

what activities do you enjoy with your children?

why should you be chosen to win this session/print package?

when is the event?

The event will take place from February 3- February 11. Submissions will end at 12midnight on February 11. The winner of this event may not apply package to already scheduled sessions but may use at a different time. Winner will be announced on Valentine's Day, February 14. Session will take place in Springfield, Missouri.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

wedding | wednesday. papel picado flags.

I have often seen these spanish-inspired flags and loved them. I finally ran across a tutorial on how you can make them yourself! Once again, they could be made in your own color scheme and add a fun pop to an outdoor wedding (or shower!). CLICK HERE to see how you can make your own!