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Category Archive: Family Sessions

  1. Sep
    05

    TOPIC: Family Sessions.

    Yankee Doodle Sweethearts | Bartlett Family Photography

    This isn’t the first time I’ve gotten to do a session with Lee and Jennifer at the Bartlett Municipal Station–but the last time, Ryan was about a month away from joining us. And now, happily, he’s here and was more than ready to explore the bridge in the Japanese garden. We had to move over to a different area because a couple was getting married on the bridge that morning, but that just provided us with something fun to watch.

    And yes, this photo shoot did take place on the Fourth of July. Ryan was a little confused about how to properly store his flag when he wasn’t waving it, but he used a little ingenuity and got there eventually!

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  2. Sep
    05

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    Honey’s Grandbabies | Bartlett Family Photography

    When Carol, one of my all-time favorite teachers, suggested we attempt something different in photographing her five grandchildren this spring, I was totally game. We photograph the whole clan every year, but she wanted to put the spotlight on each individual kid for a little bit and let them each be the star. We had Zadie looking like the perfect princess, the twins Austin and Taylor cracking up at bubbles, the oldest Cole presiding over it all, and Peyton happily playing and digging in the yard. I also need to mention that Carol’s garden is insanely beautiful, but that’s sort of self-evident in the photos.

    My favorite part of the whole sequence is when Zadie, Cole, and Peyton discover that there are worms to be dug in the pond, and approach this exercise with a mixture of eagerness and disgust.  And then start squirting each other with the water.  I was having a hard time shooting between cracking up so much.

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  3. Sep
    05

    TOPIC: Family Sessions.

    Pink Ladies | Bartlett Family Photography

    My pals Shelby and Chris wanted to give their moms some new photos of Tamsie and Evie for Mother’s Day. We were nearing the end of azalea season, but I managed to find some bushes still in bloom over at the Elva Bledsoe gazebo in Bartlett. Because after all, these twin girls basically live in pink, so I could think of nothing better than a burst of color.

    You can tell that they both fell in love with the many pine cones in the general vicinity, and that Evie takes tickling very seriously. And the little section where Tamsie is leaning over the gazebo wall and fluffing her hair like a total pro? Totally unprompted. I almost could not believe I was watching a two-year-old. Shelby’s always said Tamsie’s the “show pony” of the two because she’s always hamming it up, and this was a pretty spot-on example!

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  4. Sep
    05

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    A Little Song, A Little Dance | Youngstown Family Photography

    It is always a treat to hang out with my friend Joanna, her husband Jon, and their kids Julia and Jude. This time was no exception–we visited Youngstown State University, where I was halfway to jumping a curb before realizing I was trying to drive on the sidewalk. So we were off to a flying start! Along the way we sang a rousing rendition of the alphabet song, Jude performed his customary “Hulk out/damsel rescue,” and Julia continued to be the single easiest child I ever have the pleasure of photographing. She is better at knowing poses than I am. Perhaps one day she’ll be a smashingly successful photographer, if not a famous face!

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  5. Apr
    02

    TOPIC: Family Sessions.

    A Magic Hour

    Over the past several years, I’ve become pretty intimately acquainted with cancer.  Both of my parents have battled it twice now, and my mom is in the thick of fighting pancreatic cancer.  So while I know the nasty side of this disease, I also know all too well how it brings out the best in people.  The people who bring dinner, send flowers, mail funny photos and cards, call, pray, CARE.  It’s humbling and beautiful.  And it makes me want to put some of that good back out into the world in at least some small way.

    That is why the Magic Hour Foundation exists.  Its purpose is to offer the gift of photography to those who have survived or are currently battling cancer, to make abundantly sure that they are honored and cherished and will be remembered forever.  I joined about a year ago, and was so thrilled to have my first session matched last weekend.  Even better, my mom was feeling well enough that she was able to come with me.  She hasn’t assisted me on a shoot since the week of her diagnosis, when she was preparing for her surgery, so it was especially meaningful that she helped me with this special family.

    Christal first began battling cancer in 2009, and her daughter Joy moved out of state with her for treatment.  During that time, Joy met Peter, the man of her dreams, and they got married and had an adorable little boy named Elijah.  Christal is doing wonderfully, and her enthusiastic laughter and love for life perfectly illustrate why she would name her daughter Joy.  It was such a pleasure to get to know this group, and have Elijah tell us all about the passing trucks (you can probably tell from the images that he’s pretty into trucks at the moment).   Christal is a proud grandma and you can tell that she is so, so loved.

    If you or someone you love is fighting cancer and is interested in a Magic Hour session, here’s how to apply.  All sessions are provided free of charge, and there’s a network of photographers all over the country.  If you’d specifically like a session with me, well–that’s really awesome!  If you’re local to the Memphis area, you can mention me by name in the application and we’ll work it out from there.  It’s an honor to be able to pass on some of the kindness that has been shown to my family in such abundance.

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