I took this photo of you just weeks before you left us. I was so excited to take your portraits in front of the pink wallpaper. I didn't tell you this, but I had been planning it for years. I had always loved the pink wallpaper. And the way the light from the big window hits the wall. One day, when I first got into portrait photography, I envisioned a photo of you here. The idea didn't come to fruition until that day when we were cleaning out your house and I forced everyone to take pictures before you moved out. The real thing was even better than I imagined. I saved editing the pink wallpaper photos for last. I squealed as I edited them. They were SO you. Delicate and lovely and fun and Grammie.
That day is a fond memory for me. It was exhausting going through all your stuff, and we didn't get much done. But it was the last time I saw you. I made a playlist for you while Momma and I were driving to your house. The first song I put on it was "Wouldn't it Be Loverly" from My Fair Lady. I put the playlist on shuffle while we started cleaning. You and I were going through the linen cabinet when the song came on. You looked at me with your mouth wide open in the biggest smile. I can still see your face.
Weeks later, you were in the hospital. I was nervous for you, but honestly not as scared as I should have been. There was no way you could die. You were Grammie. It wasn't possible.
Days later, I was at a friend's birthday dinner. I got a call from Daddy. I had to leave early. I prayed the whole way home that we could make it to Dallas before it happened. You couldn't go yet. When I walked into the house, Daddy hugged me and we all cried. Looking back, I'm glad the pink wallpaper is the last memory I have of you.
It still doesn't feel real. When I walked into your house the first time after you were gone, I looked for you all day. I would hear your voice around the corner. "Hey, baby-dear." Every time I get excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I automatically think of you. I think about sitting across the table from you and Granddaddy at Thanksgiving, and how excited I am to go to your house for Rueben's on Christmas Eve. And then I remember.
When I sat down to write this post, it was so I could share a beautiful set of images. I almost just wrote another one of my short, detached blog posts so I wouldn't have to think about it. But now I'm glad I didn't. It's all out there.
I love you,
Friends!! As I'm continuing to catch up on blogging these sessions, I figured today was as good as any for a cute lil sister session! I had such a blast shooting with the Hurst sisters!
Happy Sunday, friends! Today I'm sharing another fun portrait session from my Hurricane Harvey fundraiser.
Xochitl was so fun to work with!! She has such a sweet, gentle spirit that I really loved capturing in these portraits! We did this session in the trails at Eureka Park which was such a gorgeous location! The light coming through the tree's was EVERYTHING!!!!
Y'ALL. I'm am so hype to finally share this session!! When I decided to start catching up on blogging all my sessions, I knew I wanted to share this one first. This is my pal Whitney--she's one of my sister's best friends and also one of the prettiest and kindest humans alive. We did this portrait session as part of my fundraiser to raise money for Hurricane Harvey victims and I'm so glad Whitney scheduled to have portraits done!!
Okay, so now I'll shut up and just let these gorgeous photos speak for themselves. :)
It's hard to even begin this post because I have so many things I want to say about EWES camp, but I guess I'll start here: EWES stands for Equipping Women for Exceptional Service, and it's a girls' church camp I've attended for the past 3 years. It is absolutely-without-a-doubt the best week of my year coming second only to Christmas (because Christmas).
This year I was asked to photograph the camp and I'm SO EXCITED to share these images with you. They are filled with my favorite people and so much love and that makes me happy.
So, basically what we do at EWES is learn about how we can better lead and serve in the church as women. This includes classes from women we love, doing service projects all week, and serving each other in small ways throughout the camp.
EWES is really something special because it's like no other group of girls you've ever been in. This week is so filled with love and encouragement and Jesus, and it's really something incredible to be a part of.
I hope these images do a good job of showing how special this camp and these girls are.
Hey there, friends! So, in an effort to FINALLY update the blog, I'm going to be posting a ton of old work, and I could not be more excited to show you everything I've been working so hard on the last few months!!
I'm starting off today with a session I did for fun with my best pal, Grace. When Grace and I hang out, there is almost always a planned trip to some cute little location during golden hour to take fun portraits, and it's kind of my favorite thing.
So, on this particular day, we planned to go to this field on the side of a road right near Grace's house because it was filled with YELLOW. FLOWERS. If you know Grace or me, you know we are obsessed with the following two things: YELLOW and FLOWERS. So, pretty much this location was a dream come true. Also the light was freakin' incredible. So, pretty much best day ever.
Every 66 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and there are over 5 million Americans alone diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
In June, I joined the Alzheimer's Association in a huge fundraising event called The Longest Day. The Alz Association invites people from all over the world to come together on June 21, the summer solstice, and do something they love all day long while fundraising to support the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
For my fundraiser I chose to do an entire day of mini sessions in exchange for a $30 donation to my fundraiser from each client. Thanks to my sweet clients and some very very generous donors, we raised $520 for the Alzheimer's Association!! These photos mean so much to me not only because I really believe that they're some of my best work, but because I am so thankful for the support of these friends in the fight against Alzheimer's.
I can't share every photo from my Longest Day event (that would end up being a blog post of well over 150 images), so here are a few of my favorites from each session.
Session #1: Small Frey
My yearbook adviser, Mrs. Frey (pronounced like french fry), and her son who is affectionately referred to as Small Frey, were my first session of the morning. I had such a blast playing with him and he was so good about taking a break from being silly to smile cute for me real quick!
Session #2: Addison
I have known Addison since she was two so you could say we go a long way back. She is genuinely one of the kindest people I know, she's stinkin' hilarious, and she's absolutely gorgeous! Here are a few of my favorites from her session.
Session #3: Harley
Y'all, Harley's session was so much fun because it's so easy to make her laugh and she always keeps me laughing and she's just adorable!!!!!
Session #4: Maddy
Maddy has been my best friend since kindergarten and her session was a blast because we were pretty much in stitches the whole time from laughing. In most of the photos she's laughing and that makes me happy because they're so reflective of her personality.
Session #5: Sarah & Emily
If you've been following my work for awhile you know how I feel about these babies. Sarah and Emily are my little cousins and pretty much my best friends. I think half of the photos on my phone are of them - they're my favorites!!
Session #6: The Wainscott Family
When my best friend Grace told me that her family wanted to book a session I was so so so excited because the Wainscotts are like, my favorite people ever. Unfortunately, their session got cut a little short and we didn't have as much time as I would've like to capture all their cuteness, but I still think we did an okay job ;)
Session #7: Riley
Alright people I'm fairly convinced that Riley was trained by Tyra Banks to be a model or somethin' because she is seriously so photogenic. She just poses before I even direct her and I'm like YES! Just stay there! Her session was so so good!!
Session #7: Sarah
My last session of the day was with sweet Sarah and it was such a party!! I will admit, I was a little loopy by this point in the day from working so long and the heat, but Sarah is like the cutest human ever so it was an adorable session.
Y'all. At the very end of June I had the pleasure of doing Autumn's senior pictures and I'm seriously SO EXCITED to get these on the blog. I've known Autumn for about two years and she is seriously one of the sweetest, most bubbly people I know. She transferred to Braswell High School from Denton High last year, and in the future she wants to be an elementary school teacher. Also, she has an adorable dog named Squirrel.
So, without further adieu, here are some of my faves from Autumn's senior gallery!