Harley Turns one – a Smash cake session

WARNING!

This is not your traditional one year old smash cake session. First, I must introduce you to someone special in my life. Harley.

Ten months ago, I was on facebook and this little face popped up in my feed. Adorable little chap and was looking for a new home. I thought better of myself and answered “I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I think I’m interested.” Less than 24 hours later and we were going home with this little bundle of energy.

I’m going to totally confess that about 2 weeks after he moved in I had decided he had to go.  It was hard.  It was not a harmonious house and he was still so cute I was sure we’d find him a new home very quickly.  My husband, however, put his foot down.  Why I don’t know because Harley was causing HIM the most stress.  We stuck it out and things slowly settled down and we developed a new “normal”.

It’s been a year since he was born.  He’s wormed his way into our lives and hearts in a sweet and annoying kind of way.  His birthday was yesterday and we couldn’t resist the temptation to celebrate some way.  After all, he’s now one claw old.
 

Happy Birthday Harley.

aka Harley Frog, Froggie, or dummy depending on how annoyed we are.

If you feel the need for the world to know that you’re a crazy dog person too, feel free to give me a shout!

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These photos of Harley’s first birthday are so CUTE !

Maddie’s senior sports photos – Maryville, MO photographer

This past year, I’ve really needed to feel more challenged in my photography,  I wanted to create images for my clients that they couldn’t find elsewhere. This was especially true for my seniors.  They needed photos that were all about them, memorable and beautiful at the same time.

Maddie came to me as a girl that does a lot of sports.   If you know me at all, you know that I’m not a big fan of the classic photo of you sitting in front of all your uniforms and trophies.  Those shots are ok, but in 15 years, I don’t feel like they’ll really SAY anything except “I had a lot of trophies (my wife threw them away) and uniforms (I can’t fit into them anymore.)  I decided to create a series of photos for all 3 of Maddie’s sports that also shows off what a beauty she is and is something she’d still thing was fun 20 years from now.

The dresses were just pieces of fabric we wrapped and photographed in many different shapes and directions, then I composited them together to make an incredible flowing “dress”.

If you’re looking for something really unique and different, then we probably should talk about your photos:)

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Laurel and Alex – Maryville, Mo wedding photography

At almost every single wedding, there seems to be a moment where I take in what’s going on around me and start to get teary-eyed.  Often times it’s the father-daughter dance, or a moving song during the ceremony (thank you for the camera to hide that I’m all watery and sniffly!)  At this wedding, it as different.  During Laurel and Alex’s first look before the wedding, I barely had to ask them to do anything, the love between them was so palatable I felt myself saying “wow” outloud with my teary eyes.  It felt a little like intruding on an incredibly special moment, but something told me that these two are like this more than just their wedding day.

Laurel and Alex are literally some of the happiest people I’ve ever met.  Laurel smiles literally all the time.  I bet she smiles in her sleep.  Alex is a bit shy, but it might be because he has a camera in his face and everyone was looking at him (sorry Alex), but the moment he looks at her, he lights up.  There’s definitely a fire between these two and I’m so happy I got to be part of capturing their “one great love”.

If you’d like to have me capture your wedding day, engagement photos or just the love that you have for your special someone, feel free to contact me so we can talk.
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