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Snapping – New Church?

Its been a busy week snapping photos, organizing work… placing orders… keeping a home.
I try hard to balance my business and family life well. I have been in the place of taking on to much work and feeling burned out creatively…

I have been in the place where I can’t function as a mom because I am to preoccupied with my career. While at times it doesn’t feel like a career… more so a need… something I have to do to help make our bills… it really is a career and something I work hard at.


Thankful for the ability to have a flexible job.

With hours I choose.

I really have lots to be thankful for and being a photographer is one of those things I am thankful for.

Hope everyone is having a beautiful Sunday.

ED9A3545Today we have to attend a new church. Well, don’t HAVE too… but are having to choose to do so.

The current church we attend no longer offers evening worship. I remember when I was a Pastors Wife I very much disliked evening worship. Sounds terrible when I say it out loud :) – but after wednesday bible study, ladies bible study, church events on the weekend and normal church service/sunday school… the idea of one more service exhausted me. I don’t think evening worship is something every church should offer. Not having it opens the church up with the ability to reach out to their neighbors on a sunday evening more so than they would in church again. It gives leadership a break. There a pros to it.

For those however with jobs like my husbands. Jobs that you truly have no control over “having sunday off…” you depend on finding a church that offers those types of services. Travis will only have Sunday’s off every 6 mo. or so… So I guess the next month he will have Sundays off will be close to thanksgiving. :-\ – yeah, its a longggg while.

We debated for a while what to do. If I should just attend our current church with the boys and Travis do something else on his own… but we knew we had to do this together. Worship as a family.

So tonight we attend a new church. With some friends actually… and you know, it will be ok.


We will miss our Pastor and the familiar feel to the church we have been at the last 2 1/2 years… but this is a season we are in and we have to do what is best for our family. I do hope to still be involved with our current church… helping when I can with photography and still being involved with our sunday school and friends there.

I think what makes this decision so hard though is the fact that our current church did so much for us. When our church back in NC kicked us to the curb, asking my husband to resign because he “wore jeans…” or “preached hard messages…” First Baptist Woodstock took us in, gave us a home… loved on us… and helped us heal. No matter where we move… where we go to church, First Baptist will always be a home to us and our family.

Not for us sadly…

Well… I got a little update on the house situation.

Sadly the one we were looking at wont work out. It was a bit of an oversight on our part… but in short, the idea of having 4 teenagers in the size home it was, just wasnt wise… we would out grow it way to fast. I want something modest but I also need room to breathe :) – and since we do think we will possibly have one more or adopt a baby girl one day… I just want to plan for that and also want something I can have guest over if need be.

All that being said… the hunt is back on….

In the midst of the hunt I have some work coming up and Travis’ hours change again. So between that and home schooling… its going to be a very hectic and busy few weeks… months…. but its an adventure! Heres hoping we can find something sooner than later.

Heres a looksie at a session I did yesterday btw ;-)


Don’t do this before a Labor

SO! this morning at like 6:30am I got a phone call from THIS LADY.

Ok ok.. ill post her pic here 2, for those who are to lazy to go to that link :)


Isn’t she stunning?!

Ok, so I photographed her maternity portraits about a month ago… and she then asked me to photograph the birth!

How could I not! :-)

I absolutely love photographing the birth experience… and im really trying to market myself for this… so the more times I can do it, the better. I am touched any time someone trust me enough to experience that with them and capture those special memories.

IMG_0985So back to the story…

Today at 6:30am I am informed Blythe is in labor… and around 4-5 cm.

I was nervous being so far away (45 min from the hospital) that I wouldnt make it in time if I waited to late… so I went ahead and got dressed and ready to go.

I was a bit sad though because today was the AWANA recognition service at our church… and both my two older boys were a part of it… I hated to miss them up there singing their songs and getting their awards… but in this situation what can you do?! I obviously couldnt tell the mom “wait and have him tomorrow” LOL :-)

So I went on in…

She was doing well but the midwife did not think she would have the baby until around 5pm… since she got the epidural and was progressing rather slowly after that.

Thats typical with any birth with an epidural. So I asked if she was ok if I went back to my church to see Caleb & Taite in the services… She said sure.

So I drove back home… (remember its a 45 min ride).
Got back to the church around 10:15am.

Got a call at that point that she was 7cm.
I still figured “thats ok.. I got time.”

IMG_0447I got to church as normal… got to see Taite & Caleb perform… it was SO CUTE!!!

Although BOTH MY BOYS picked their noses at some point hah… and I got pictures of them to prove it. They were just ADORABLE though and I am so happy that I was able to see things.

Around 11:45 I got a txt msg from Blythe telling me she was feeling a lot of pressure and that I should go in…

So I went ahead and got my bag… and then left Owen in the hands of Aliesha (our youth pastors wife).
I had talked to her before hand abt watching him for me… since my husband couldnt (hard to direct a service as the Pastor and tend to a newborn at the same time)





*Kelly’s lil girl Anna was there 2!*


I get to my car right around noon…
& as I pull out my drive way I get a call from Blythes husband telling me Blythe is 10cm…. and she is pushing!

“oh no!”
was my 1st thought LOL.

I was 45 minutes away!!!

I will admit…
I went a teeny tiny bit over the speed limit on the way there HAHA…

& despite my doubts that Id get there in time…

I DID! & had plenty of time to grab lots of fantastic memories for the family.

Bless Blythes heart… she had to push for like 2 1/2 hrs… but she did amazing and stayed strong.

I finished up at the hospital around 3pm…

I then came back home, got home around 4… then at 4:45 I get a call that I had a meeting at church at 5pm with the youth council…

So I went to that… and then got home some time after 6? I forget honestly haha… but lets just say today was EXTREMELY BUSY!!!

& tomorrow morning I was SUPPOSE to have a family session at 9:30am… but due to RAIN in the forecast til wednesday, that shoot was reschedule… which I think was for the best… but I do look forward to doing their pictures in another week or so. :)

Busy day… but it went well.

Congrats Blythe he is so sweet!! I cant wait to see him again :)




& Thank you again Aliesha for watching Owen! You don’t realize what a help that was! Travis couldn’t of done it without your help… and obviously I couldnt of left without your help either :)

& also a big thank you to Travis who watched my older two almost all day :)

and… just a note….

DON’T DO P90X PLYOMETRICS BEFORE A LABOR! lol… I did this workout saturday afternoon and my legs felt like sore noodles all day… at times I wasnt sure id be able to stand they were hurting so bad! So yea… next time I am about to photograph a birth :) I will skip doing P90X heehee.

Studio Days Over?

If you read yesterdays post you may of seen some nursery photographs in it. As you can see… I nested this morning and changed things up a bit…






I kept looking at this room thinking how much I disliked having the crib shoved in the corner… I had it where the bed is now (futon, folds up a lot smaller if need be). I almost felt like I had the baby secluded and put away. I had it that way though so that when Id have indoor portraits I would have a spot to set up my backdrop stand…

But you know… I really do think my Studio Days are Over.
I might do newborn/toddler portraits inside but obviously families or couples wont do in this room any more… I just dont think we have the room in our current home. Its to small. I have no other spot to put our baby :) and keeping him in our room for to long is out of the question. Once a baby sleeps through the night Im all about putting them in their own space.

The nursery currently does serve as a guestroom/my closet/studio… I am able to store all my photo blankets and props under the crib and above on the shelf unit… My clothing is stored in the closet. Leaving me just 1 dresser and the hanging unit my dad made me for baby clothes. Its just a lot going on.

You make do with what you got… and although I will admit im sad I dont have a studio anymore :( I am excited to fill the room with a sweet little baby soon enough.

If anything this will just challenge me with my photography to do more on location indoor shooting and continue to use natural lighting outdoors.

Some day we will have a home where I can have my “own space” and pursue my passion as a photographer more…
… but for now the Lord has me as a mom. This time passes very quickly. I can be that “photographer” any time and for now work with what I got!

Another place I blog

Picture 7I pushed this site a few weeks ago but people had trouble logging in.

Just so you know BD is up and running!
I am one of the writers for this site in the Photography Portion.
Its called Photo Bliss :-)

BD Photo Bliss is full of fun photography ideas, help, videos, walk throughs, etc… Its a great source for anyone who loves Photography

Check it out and all the other great catagories at Blissfully Domestic

::sign…:: another investment

Its very frustrating to me when people say they will be there to fix a problem… then dont show and dont call… I find it very unprofessional. 

I wont get into the details of it all… but after putting up with this for over a year we have finally decided to invest in our own internet service. We have been using our churches internet signal … but due to complications w/ signal strength, routers, etc… it just wasnt working out.
We were forever having issues with it.
So Travis made the call today to get our own phone line/dsl… we live in a small town so the only service available for high speed is embarq… there is no cable internet. Just DSL. 
Its a business investment for sure… I use it a lot for my business… as well as Travis. So we can write it off come tax season. Still its an extra $50.00 a month we dont really want to spend :-) but it will be worth it for less head ache.
I am very thankful for my friends Lis and Kelly who helped me out today. Lis posted for me on SIMPLE… and Kelly posted for my over at Prize-a-Tron. THANK YOU LADIES! I seriously have the best team to work with doing reviews… not to mention just wonderful friends and a blessing to me.
The Embarq people will come Thursday to hook us up… so heres hoping by Friday we will be set!!! and no more of this to deal with…
Since I wont be able to post many photos til Thursday… heres a sweet pic I uploaded while at church this evening (for 20 minutes)

How adorable is my Burger :-)

Also I did promise to post some photos from the Baptism I photographed last night… here are a few… they came out so beautiful.. I love the light… Jaime did a great job with everything regarding the service… I was impressed :-)


Notice in these below.. the light was BLUE to start with.. as the service went on the light turned reddish.. was so cool!

You can see more on my FLICKR

Baby Kara

I went to the church this morning to upload some photos from yesterdays shoot. (our internet is still on the fritz… it will let me check my email sometimes.. but it wont let me upload photos)

This baby though was so so cute. Shes 8 weeks old. Had the most adorable hair ever. I pray when we have a daughter she has a head of hair like this lil one, IT WAS PRECIOUS!

I have lots of hair now.. but as a baby I was pretty bald headed… People kept telling my mom to shave my head so my hair would come in. :-)

Enjoy the photos.

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This one below has a few spots I have to photoshop out… Specks of lint and stuff…
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To see more CLICK HERE

Kara was a great baby to photograph. Very content laying alone. I wasnt able to really get a smile out of her… but she still is very young.. so I wasnt expecting to get many :-) she looks sweet regardless.