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Bellis Wedding 9/24/16

I must admit I was a tad nervous for this one as I had only spoken with the bride over the phone and not in person since she lived many miles away and had never been to this venue before. As with every wedding I do, I always hope the couple will love their photos, that their day goes beautiful for them, that I'm able to get all the shots they requested, and just overall hoping that all goes well when meeting everyone for the first time.
I'm sure most photographers worry that their subjects are going to be too quiet and camera shy or maybe just uncooperative and not want to be photographed. Let me tell you, this entire group eased my fears pretty quickly as soon as I started to take the first shots. What an amazing group of people and not just easy to work with, but nailed it! I actually had a blast shooting this wedding the entire day to the early morning hours when I left the reception. Such a fun couple and their wedding party, not to mention a simply gorgeous wedding. I hope I was able to do it justice!



















Wimsett Wedding 5-28-16

I had the honor to also photograph this fun couple's engagement session as well and whenever I see them together, they just look so happy and so in love. I was honored to be able to get to photograph their big day and the location they chose for photos before was just absolutely gorgeous. Even the rain stopped for us long enough to get some amazing shots in.















Hutchins Wedding 6/4/16

I love outdoor weddings, not sure why they're my favorite to do but I absolutely just love them and this one was no exception! The sweetest most laid back couple and the prettiest location made for such a beautiful day. They were total joy to photograph and were such troopers from standing in the creek bed, to trying to avoid the snake nearby as we worked. I know I've mentioned before, but I really love First Looks. It's so sweet to see the groom's face when he turns around and catches a glimpse of his soon to be wife for the first time. Such a face of love and pride and happiness on both of them and it is such an honor to get to capture that.






I don't think there was a dry eye in the room, including my own, during the mother son dance. Such a beautiful moment that I will never forget.


Boone Wedding - 5/21/16

What a sweet couple to work with and everyone was just so full of fun and life. A bit worried it would rain all day but we got lucky and were able to sneak a few quick shots outside
I also really love doing First Looks. Just to stand back and watch a couple see each other for the first time on their wedding day, with no one else around, without the nervousness of being up in front of everyone and just that intimate private moment that only they share, is really something special and I was lucky to get to take part in their beautiful day.

 










One of the sweetest mother/son dances. She was praying thanking God while dancing with her son and crying as they danced. I may have even shed a few tears myself watching them.



Boggs Wedding 5-14-2016

I love photographing weddings, seeing couples so much in love, making memories of their big day for them. This was such a gorgeous setting for a wedding and the weather was perfect. A little windy at the start but the sun came out for their beautiful ceremony. I had the privilege of getting to meet this couple for their engagement photos and were are such a sweet amazing couple to work with. Glad I got to be a part of their big day!
















Abby and Taylor - Engagement

What a sweet couple! This was done back in September. (Yeh I totally forget to blog sessions sometimes, oops) I love doing engagement sessions in the fall and taking advantage of the gorgeous colors. This couple was just adorable and so much fun to photograph. Can't wait to do their wedding this spring!












Bentley - 10 days old


Little Mr. B slept like a dream. The few times he wanted a bit to eat, he just went right back to sleep. And look at all that hair! Isn't he just adorable! Some of my babies have liked being wrapped, a few have hated it. Mr. B was one who loved it (just don't make him hold his hands down lol)
He was so much fun to photograoh! (And look at those little cheeks!)















Emily - Senior session

I love photographing high school seniors.  For Emily's session, everything went so wonderfully well. I was expecting the weather to be a little bit chilly since it was the coldest say of the season so far, but it started out with the most gorgeous lighting and sunset. Even as it started to get chilly, she was still an amazing trooper and we kept right on until we ran out of light (and until the park rangers made us leave at closing) 
Emily has such a great personality. A bit quiet at first but, one of the sweetest people I've had the opportunity to work with. She definitely made my job easy!


 











Courtney - Maternity

This momma was positively glowing during her session. We had such gorgeous lighting that evening and it was so much fun to photograph and edit this session. I had a hard time picking which images to share so I probably shared a few more than usual but oh well, she looks awesome and I can't wait to photograph her little bundle of joy! 






 



Jesse & Kayla - Engagement

Engagement sessions are always a blast to photograph. You get to hang out with a couple who are in love and looking forward to planning the rest of their lives. Seeing them interact and capturing those moments are a great experience. This couple was definitely no exception as they were gorgeous, fun and a pleasure to work with!




This was the spot he proposed at so of course, we had to get a shot here!









Juliana - 7 days old


Miss Juliana loved being cuddled and would wake up whenever I tried to put her down to take her picture. She did great though and was nice and quiet and fully of cuteness! Definitely got more awake shots than I normally do with newborns, she had to see what was going on! 










Jami & Chad - Wedding

This was one of the most fun and easiest weddings I have ever photographed. Everyone was just the kindest people you could ask to work with, the setting was gorgeous, the wedding party all looked amazing and the bride was simply beautiful. What more could you ask for!




























Josh & Brittany - Family

I love doing sessions at this time of day, when the light is just right and peeking through the trees. A nice golden sunset and clear skies.
Family sessions are always special because you get to capture the interaction and love between everyone, and provide them with those memories that will last a lifetime. Kids grow so fast and it's great to be able to look back at family photos and remember that they were once that small.










Has The Internet Ruined Society?


Lately there has been a story going around about how Facebook steals your photos. It was started on a very popular page where emails from a Facebook employee talking about Facebook’s copyright TOS were shared. This employee had no clue what they were talking about and that was obvious as they shared lines from the TOS that contradicted what they were saying.  Regardless, tons of people freaked out commenting and sharing the story. It quickly went viral and lots of articles about it were quickly seen around the internet. Less than 24 hours later, a Facebook employee commented on the page regarding the emails and that the employee was indeed wrong and insuring everyone with the truth.  This is just one example of why not to quickly believe everything you read on the internet (especially Facebook and other social media outlets) and how quickly something can spread online.

The sad thing is, many won’t bother to read the comments and will still be freaking out and sharing this and spreading the false information, even months and probably years down the road, without bothering to research it and find out the truth

Just like the story that went around recently about the dad taking the photo in front of the Darth Vader sign and the mom who spread the rumor on social media he was stalking her kids. People are so quick to share things on social media without thinking of the consequences.

Another example was a news story I read just this morning about a woman posting her husband up for sale on one of the yard sale groups on Facebook. Within seconds, people were posting how stupid it was and putting her down and saying how selfish she was, attacking her, yelling how “this isn’t news” when they didn’t bother to read the article, only a headline. If they had bothered to click the article and read, they would have seen it was a joke between her and her husband and that she had been raising money to help a friend’s kid with ALS by selling things on this yard sale site. The ad about her husband and the article brought awareness to this but no one wanted to take the time to actually read the story. They formed opinions just from a one sentence headline and proceeded to take longer to make an uninformed comment than they would have taken just to read.

People run to social media when they think they've been wronged and start boycotts etc. and no one bothers to find out the real truth, they just follow along like sheep. People don’t bother to actually learn information and knowledge. The answer to anything is “Oh just Google it”

We see stories shared about kids who are kidnapped and people sharing them to help find it, only to see that a quick Google Search or many times just a click on the photo or article itself reveals that the photo/article was from many years before and that the child was found years ago. But again no one bothered to click to read or research on their own.

We hear sad stories about teens committing suicide because they were bulled, most of it coming from cyber bullying. Instagram pages are appearing in small communities, made only to degrade the teen girls in a local school. Facebook pages made for the sole purpose of attacking groups of people or a specific person. I see adults commenting on posts cursing and name calling and telling other adults to “kill themselves” and all forms of bullying. And we wonder where the kids get it? Adults are a hundred times worse. People sit at their computer and hide behind their keyboard feeling like they can say anything because it’s not personal. Stuff they would never dream of saying to a person to their face, but somehow typing it makes it easier and ok.

I really think that in a way, the Internet has ruined society. No one thinks for themselves anymore. We just believe what we want and it’s true because we saw it on the internet so it has to be true, right?

I’m sure you remember the last time you sent a message or a Snapchat or a text but when was the last time you visited a friend, had a lunch date, called someone just to check on them and say hi.  When was the last time you sent an email? Probably easy to remember. Now when was the last time you sat down and wrote a letter? Not so easy huh?

When was the last time you took a selfie? Probably fairly recent. Now when was the last time you hired a photographer to do your family portraits? Silence…..

You probably have tons of albums and photos on your Facebook. How many albums and scrapbooks on your bookshelf?  Lots of photos you share on your Facebook wall, how many have you printed to hang on your living room wall?

Do you have more books on your Kindle than your shelf?

Do you walk around more in a virtual world, a cartoon farm or game, than you walk in your local park or sidewalks?

If the internet and your phone were to crash completely tomorrow, how much would you lose? Would you lose all your phone numbers, all your addresses? Would you lose all your photos and memories? Would you lose all your “friends” because they weren’t really friends, just a number on your Facebook account?

I think we would actually be better off. Yes I am one of the first to say I’ve met wonderful people online, I even met my husband on Facebook for which I am eternally grateful for. It has let people connect and gets information to people who may not have had access to it before. The internet can be a great thing, but when we use it as our main or only source for news and communication, I think we are selling ourselves short and missing out on life. When we stop being thinkers and seekers of truth and just become sheep who share things without bothering to find out the whole story, we become ignorant and non-productive, only spreading rumors and lies.

My challenge to you…turn it off. Read a newspaper instead of a Facebook story. Go print and make a photo album instead of sharing on Instagram. Call a friend and ask how their day was, set up a lunch date instead of tweeting about the latest reality show.  Schedule a session to have family portraits made before it’s too late. Save up for a professional or even just have your neighbor come over and click the camera but have it printed and framed.
Go camping for the weekend; don’t turn on your phone. Have a family game night, grab some popcorn and watch a DVD as a family (no online streaming).  Go toss a ball around with your kid instead of playing a video game.


The internet isn't the best thing out there, I promise




Courtney & John - Prom



Prom is always a memorable time in every teenager's life. The date, the dress, the makeup, the hair, the ride, the dance. With the business of the day, sometimes it's hard to remember everything later on, but with photos of the special night, you can always look back, and even show your own kids later on down the road, the memories of that special night
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Louann Gender Reveal/Maternity

This was my first gender reveal session and it was so much fun. Mom and dad didn't know what they were having so I was the first to know after the doctor. She presented me with an envelope with the ultrasound photo from the doctor revealing the gender. We had to schedule very soon after because the suspense was driving her (and grandma) crazy lol
I think it was well worth it!








We then later scheduled her maternity session (sessions actually since we did a few in the snow and a few after it turned warmer with her other kiddos)














 Her little one was just born yesterday so stay tuned for her pictures next week!!

Photographing your special moments and watching adorable little ones like this grow up is why I love my job. Contact me at lynbyrdphoto@yahoo.com and check out my website at  www.lynbyrdphoto.com to book your shoot today!


Cole 10 days old

I had the pleasure of photographing this little one's gender reveal so I have been excited for months waiting for him to be born. The hunting theme with the gender reveal was a first for me so of course he was my first hunting theme newborn as well!

(Safety disclaimer: gun was unloaded and mom and dad were on each side.)


In this one, he is wearing dad's little baby ring. Definitely had to include that to make this a special shot





This was a very special picture in honor of Cole's uncle. You can follow Team Jarret's Facebook page here: Team Jarret


Photographing your special moments and watching adorable little ones like this grow up is why I love my job. Contact me at lynbyrdphoto@yahoo.com and check out my website at www.lynbyrdphoto.com to book your shoot today!


Aubree 9 months -

I've been photographing this little one since she was curled up in mommy's tummy. I love watching her grow and getting the opportunity to photograph her every 3 months. She was full of smiles and giggles this time and is definitely on the go now! I loved her session though and we got some wonderful photos!

                     

 

 Showing off those baby blues!


Look at that smile!! Just lights up a whole room!



Photographing your special moments and watching adorable little ones like this grow up is why I love my job. Contact me at lynbyrdphoto@yahoo.com and check out my website at  www.lynbyrdphoto.com to book your shoot today!

Miss Abby and Mr Blake

These two were simply adorable! I was so excited that spring had finally arrived. I went to this location the week before and trees were starting to bloom out and it was so pretty. Then mother nature delivered us one last snow and two nights of freezing weather. When I went back with locations in mind, everything had died and was brown from the frost. Was a bit disappointed, but hey, you make the best of any situation and we found one little bush that still had flowers! Yay!




Can you say adorable! 



After a few, Mr Blake was finished with pictures for the day though, so we decided to reschedule for the following weekend in the evening and boy I am glad we did. Everything had started to bloom back out and right away, I spotted a dogwood  that I knew would be a gorgeous backdrop! Both kiddos brought their A game and were ready for smiling! Not to mention, the lighting was do die for!! I absolutely love a good sunset!




Oh my goodness I love his smile! 


This is definitely one of my favorites from the session.

So happy spring has fiannnnnly arrived after it looked as if winter would never go away!! 

It is the perfect time for family photos before it gets too hot and the flowers are all looking pretty, feel free to contact me to book today!