Love our dear friends, Lindsey and Tony – they were once clients, ya know? Didn’t even meet her til the wedding day, couldn’t have picked her out in a room of people without the white dress, but she has really come to be such a good friend to both Luke and I, as has her husband, Tony. They lived in DC while Luke was living there for his last leg of work. Tony was deployed towards the end, so while Luke worked, Lindsey and I racked up some fun brunch memories, hours making fun of people House Hunting Internationally on HGTV and now we all get to have kiddos in the same season – and hey, I’ll say what you’re thinking – maybe Truman can have a little wife outta the deal and I can get awesome lifetime family vacays. Haha. Our kids will call us nuts, but I think it sounds awesome. So glad to we got to spend time together this fall before Brynn makes her appearance. Thankful for this sweet DC family – they’re the best! Enjoy!
Rachel’s family let me porch sit for a couple summers at their house, so I’ve been growing up alongside Rachel for a bit, photographing her family here and there and hearing about college choices, dreams and such. So glad much of life’s school and live choosing has passed and she’s found Wes, who is obviously smitten over her. Love the love you all have for the Lord, for other people and for one another. So pumped to photograph your Daddy walking you down the aisle, this spring, Rach! Enjoy!
Another family I’ve had the privilege of knowing for so long. Eric and Nikki’s wedding was one of the first that I shot and now with a little lady on the scene, I get to spend time with them each fall. And the best part is, it’s usually a little horse oriented, even if it is just a plastic horse. Enjoy!
Since before little Sadie was living in her memory-card-clad nursery and before Luna the boxer was bounding around the house, I was photographing Ashley’s baby bump in Bowling Green while attending WKU. Each year we’ve documented the girls’ growth, some birthday parties, another round of maternity photos and some other family events. It is such a privilege to get to come alongside families, watch them grow, learn their intricacies and nuances and be trusted when I ask to come over and shoot whatever I want to.
For quite some time I’ve been annoyed with how ordinary my images were feeling. They didn’t have the mark of other images I make for my family or even the images I make at weddings or in engagements. They’ve been flat. They’ve been at parks and they’ve been essentially devoid of genuine moments, which is by far both my strong suit in image making and the tenant of images I fall quickly and deeply for. They’ve been acceptable and they’ve been pleasing to clients, which is most important to me, but they weren’t making my blood move anymore.
Enter a winter of reinvention and some time to redirect my loves in this business and nix those that are taking me away from my family for less-then-thriving. Since Truman came to be, I find myself studying the images of our family now and the images of those who came before us and trying to discern what really attaches me to images and what turns me away. And really, it’s turned out to be what life feels like. And these images of my dear friends are what life feels like right now.
A sweet, yet pensive time with their Luna-dog, who has been facing an intense season of epilepsy, marked by intense and unexpected seizures in her older days. The relationship between the intricate, kind, thinking child that Sadie is and the bubble of creative wildness that is Lilah. But the way sisterhood plays into their sweet chemistry. I love the peace the girls feel when they sit in their Dad’s lap and the sweet, playfulness they bring out in him. Those feelings placed against the cuddles they both said they most treasure with their mother and the way she slows from her book club, doctorate-completing, busy work schedule to be present with her daughters is written across all these images. Love them so.
Love the freedom this session has brought to my month of editing non-stop and the progress this time with the Perkins’ has brought to my other work. Enjoy!