Category Archives: photography

8 years in the making…

We had our family photos taken recently… by my sweet friend Laurie who lives in NC. She was traveling through GA and made a pit stop nearby our home, just for me! I felt so blessed. The pictures came out so so so SO good… I hope to share more of those next week some time. For today though. A little flash back. I had told her I wanted to do this one particular pose… that was honestly a bit OLD SCHOOL… and a bit “not my style” … but it was a photo we had taken when we had first moved to NC back in 2007… I have always loved the photo and wanted to recreate it. So! we did.

Here is the old photo. Taken Nov 2007 – so like 8 years ago? if I am doing my math right.


Its been 5 years?

and… taken last week…

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In 8 years we sure have grown :)

When I look at the above photo of our sweet family of 6… I first off begin to look at my flaws. Not sure I am loving the bangs… Wondering if I look a lot older… and you know, just finding things you find wrong with yourself.

I hate that my flesh goes straight to the flaws I see with my eyes… instead of naturally going to what does matter.

Look at how faithful God has been!

We are all healthy.

We are all safe…. growing and each passing year, blessed beyond measure.

Christ has seen us through 8 moves over the course of our marriage. Within those moves the Lord has blessed us with babies. All of them born in different cities and 3 different states.

God has radically done a work in our marriage.

He has seen us through so much… and in those moments when I begin to doubt His love for us, He lavishes us and blesses us, again and again.

We may not have a bank account with a nest egg… or savings.

We may not have the best clothing or shoes :) – in fact our entire wardrobe above was stuff we already had and made do with… I did go to a thrift store to buy Caleb a shirt and Reed some pants. Spent $4.00.

We don’t drive the most fancy cars… and the cars we do have may very well have over 100,000 miles right now :) – but they work and get us where we need, with AC, no complaints.

So despite my hair not being perfection (oh the woes of bang issues haha). Or my shoe falling off… or whatever small thing I may see that the flesh in me wants to fix. The above photo, is perfection to me, in that we are together… and I am so very thankful for this memory.

Busy weekend shooting.

This weekend was filled with a lot of shooting, but also fun times.

Friday I got to hang out with some sweet friends and snag some head shots for them. Both photographers in the area. Also Christian ladies who are just precious and fun to spend time with. Rebekah is actually my chiropractors wife. It was cool to find out his wife was into photography when we first move here. The other lady, Charlene, her son Benjamin and my son Caleb share a birthday. Same day, same year. Pretty cool to think 10 years ago we didn’t know each other, but had babies on the same day.


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Then on Saturday I had to photographthis cutie….

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Then on Sunday I had to photograph baptism for the church and count shots. Then that evening I was brought on to photograph Shelley E. Johnson in concert. If you have not heard her music yet, you need to check her out. She is an amazing blend of hymns and acoustic/rock? Not sure the proper lingo haha, but I love her style and music A LOT.

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Then today, Travis took off from work, so that we could meet up with my sweet friend from NC, Laurie Crutchfield & her friend Melissa Pepin (who is a photographer near Athens, GA – also very talented). Laurie is an amazingly talented photographer who back when I lived in NC, really helped encourage me and at times mentor me. I looked up to her more than I think she knows :) – She did our photos many years back before moving to GA… and to this day the portraits she did for us, hang in our home. Since Reed however was not born then, I knew it was due time for some new portraits by her. Was so excited when she told me she would be in the area traveling through to a conference. I absolutely took her up on meeting up. So fun to see her… although it did make me a little sad. I miss her a lot.

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Here is a little sneaky peak of her in action (instagram photo). I will post the photos she took when she gets them to me. Could be a week or more, since shes busy at the conference she will be attending this week.

Thank you again Laurie ;-) – if you are reading.

Photo shoot time with the funniest photographer I know :) - always gets our kids laughing. Thanks @lcphoto3837 !! Can't wait to see photos.

Inbetween the Books

Inbetween the books and schooling my dudes….

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You can find me photographing for Boba :)

I finally get to link yall to some of the photos I took for Boba earlier this year. They came out with some new prints. Both for their carriers and wraps. I love them. Below is one of my favorite photos out of the bunch. Model Tiffany – amazing mom of 3 modeling her youngest, who was just so precious. This photo for me sums up my love for babywearing… and the dad’s expression was just perfect. Thank you to all my amazing models and for Boba who helped put this together as well. I think we all made a great team this year.

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See more of the new prints on the Boba Website.

I also got to photograph this cutie over the weekend….

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& this coming weekend ill get to photograph THIS ARTIST in concert. SO EXCITED about that. As well as like 9 students for school photos & a sweet little guy on Saturday who I photographed at age 1.

Its been kinda a slow season for me with photography. I didn’t push it over the summer… not to many families want portraits when its super hot… and well honestly, I was a bit burned out that I needed a break. I think its good for photographers to take occasional breaks to recharge. Im back in the swing though and look forward to a busy fall. I only wish I had more energy…. seems with photography teamed with home schooling and the task of housework and cooking meals, it leaves little left. Im worn out by 1pm most days and by the end of the day I am just whooped. I so wish I liked coffee…..

If anyone is curious how schooling has been with the boys this year. I thought about doing a post with our daily routine laid out. Anyone interested in that? If not, I probably wont blog it. So do comment ;-)

Grams and our Living Space

Recently while my mom and dad visited. I got the itch to rearrange my living room furniture. Am I the only one who loves moving furniture around? Is it an OCD thing? :) Ive done this numerous times since moving into our current home…. I for some reason could not let it be. I loved our living room, yet something about it bugged me. We originally had our TV on the left side of the room. We placed it there when we moved in because that is where the cable hook up was. Because we had purchased our first home, had to have cable installed and so forth for our internet… we got a special deal on cable. We never had it years prior, but decided why not, since it was discounted. After the year “discount” ran out however, our price got jacked up…. so, we canceled our cable. So now all we have is the internet. Because our TV no longer has to be hooked up to the wall for cable, I figured we could play around a bit with the arrangement now.

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Once it was all set up, I really did like how it turned out. It makes the living room feel separate yet still part of our kitchen. It created a divide so that when the living room is trashed, it doesn’t bug me as much now. Now all of us can sit and enjoy a movie comfortable… and I feel like this set up works well for family worship too.

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With the rearranging of furniture, I also played with our mantel some. I have had a wonderful painting up our mantel since moving in. A painting my friend Melissa Payne Baker made me. I LOVE IT. So moving it was not easy for me. It however was relocated elsewhere, in a place we still see often. So its ok :) – it will always be a special part of our family decor, even if its not the center piece on a mantel.

*I am debating hanging it right behind the large sofa in the room. It go good there. I just need to get proper hanging screws to do so. So we shall see if I can get that done soon*

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I recently got some Instagram photographs printed by a company called ORIGRAMI.
(cute name huh?) A play off on the word Origami.

I loved the look of them and their price was good IMO for a thick high quality print, so I picked out the SQUARE PRINT option. Its basically $21 for 36 images. So its less than $1 an image. Great price. The quality is thick and well done. The backs of the photographs have the date the image was taken printed on it. They come packaged in the most adorable square camera box.

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I had fun figuring out how to display these… and while I still have more to display, what I have done so far, is a start.

The first place I started displaying them was on the mantel in the window panes I had set up. I got these old windows at a guys house when we first moved into our home. They cost $5.00 each. So a great price… I love windows!

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To attach the images, I used a rustic thread from the dollar tree. So $1.00 :) and tiny little clothes pins I got from the walmart craft dept. I believe they cost around $1.50? It came with a generous amount too. We use these same pins in our school room to display art. To hang them I just taped the thread to the actual window. I taped it generously (with clear scotch tape). You can’t see the tape when looking at the display, but trust me, theres a lot there haha… I suppose you could use small thumb tacs or nails too. I however didn’t have any, so tape it is!

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Another spot I decided to hang some, is located between a deck door and our kitchen area. Its a thin strip of wall. Its to thin to hang much of anything… but is one of the first walls you see as you enter our living room. To hang these I just got sticky adhesive tabs (I had them already for hanging stuff in our home school room). I cut them real thin to fit behind the tiny clothes pin…. and just put them straight onto the wall. Was super easy to do and very fast.

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So if you are looking for a simple and fun way to display your Instagram images. Do check out Origrami. I have hopes of creating a few more fun displays using the rest of the images I have.

Their website btw allows you to download your instagram straight into their photo ordering process. It took me literally 10 minutes or less to do.

How to make your own Light Box & Edit the Results

A few of you chimed in on my facebook about wanting to hear how to create a lightbox… and create images like this….

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My Son Caleb asked me to photograph his reptiles (to those who want to know more about his animals, check out his blog)… so one afternoon we did, using a lightbox my mom created out of a card board box. I didn’t re-create the box for posting purposes, because my mom being awesome, did it! So if you want to hop on over to her blog you can read up on how to make your own small lightbox. This will allow you to photograph stills like the images above. So if you sell anything on etsy…. or just want a fun way to capture images on a white backdrop, this is the way to go.

Now, for those curious how to edit what images you take using the lightbox. Well, I created a video for you :) – I plan to sell some of these videos along the way… but I thought I would let this one be a freebie.

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Editing the images is pretty simple if you have any of those programs above. I do not know all the tricks in lightroom yet, so for that reason I did use lightroom and photoshop elements to complete the look. However, you could absolutely do this entire editing look in Photoshop Elements. Again you can find Elements used on ebay. The version I am using is Photoshop Elements 9. Or you can buy version 12 on amazon prime.

For those curious what camera/lenses, etc… was used in the above images. Here is that info for you:

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50mm 1.4 Lens
ISO: 320
Aperture (f-stop): 2.2
Shutter: 1/1000
No Flash
No External Lighting – Only window light.

If you wanted to do away with all the shadows, use your lightbox better than I did here by putting light on the sides of the box. You could easily use a table lamp to do this :) – doesn’t have to be anything fancy.

Hope you enjoyed! If you’d like to see more videos like this do comment and let me know.