"Because Life is Beautiful"

Spring Minis

Spring! I love this time of year, flowers blooming, rain on the roof, the smell of fresh blossoms everywhere, sunshine and gorgeous weather (most of the time at least)

Spring also means mini session time! Just started the spring minis with a couple of adorable set ups!!
Come follow my Facebook page for info on spring mini sessions!

Here's just a few examples of the two different setups I'm using this year!

Dykes Family Session - Bardstown Photographer

This winter seems like it won't ever go away! It has snowed just about every week since Christmas, kids have missed several days of school and it has just been bitter cold almost everyday. With the never ending winter, you could imaging my excitement when we finally had a day warm enough to go outside and this wonderful gorgeous family asked if I could do some family photos outside! Um, yes! We won't mentioned that it snowed again 3 days later, but on this day, it was beautiful!

I totally love it when families suggest "fun" pictures! Not every photo has to be posed and perfect. It is so enjoyable when my clients just relax and have fun in their photos. And I get genuine smiles as well!

This one was their idea and I so love how it came out! 

Yay for spring and I can't wait to get out and do more sessions outdoors!

Miss Jazmin - 8 days new - Bardstown Newborn Photographer

I know I've mentioned it before, but I LOVE photographing newborns. It is such a short time in a baby's life where they have that fresh newborn appearance and I love to capture that. The little lips and baby toes and fingers. The soft texture of their skin and their little curled up positions. I love freezing that moment and making it last forever in photographs.

This little one did not want to sleep for me, at all! She was almost there but very wiggly, but with a lot of patience, I finally won out and we were able to get a few shots in before she woke up between them!

*I always like to note that this is a composite. Hands were on baby at all times. Do not try this pose unless you've been specifically trained on how to do it safely*

Newborns are best done in the first 10 days after they're born so if you are expecting, go ahead and call to schedule your newborn (and or maternity session) We will set a tentative date around your due date and adjust when needed after your baby is born! 

Aubree - 6 months - Bardstown Photographer

I absolutely love to photograph newborns. They are totally my favorite subjects, but coming in a close second is 6 month olds! This is such a fun age as they are learning so many new things all at once and are so alert, smiling and giggling. Little Miss Aubree was no exception! She gave me plenty of smiles and even some goofy faces that totally made me laugh. Easy baby to photograph each time I've done her photos as newborn and 3 months old! I love watching my clients grow!

LOL Just look at that face! Mom calls this one on the right her "mean face" but I just call it simply adorable!

  Haha, there's that face again! I love it!

 One of my most favorite baby poses EVER! Another reason why I love this age, this pose right here! :)

Some mommy and mamaw lovin! I love shots like these! 

We get so busy in our daily lives and we may snap a photo or two on our phone of our kids, but how many times to we actually get a professional to take photos of us with our kids. I can be honest and say for me, very rarely, in fact it's been over a year and a half since I did and that was only at my wedding! If it isn't on your to do list soon to do family photos, put it at the top. We never know what tomorrow may bring so don't put it off. If you can't afford professional ones right now, save up to get them but in the meantime, jump in some pictures with your kids and family, have a stranger take it or do some selfies with them, whatever you need to do, just jump in them! One of the pictures I treasure most is a photo of me and my mom I snapped on mothers day real quick with my phone a few years ago when I saw everyone changing their profile photos on Facebook to photos with their mom and realized I didn't have any recent ones at all. I am so thankful for that photo as that was my last mothers day with her. She passed away that December. I so wish we had professional family ones done. We had them planned for the following summer, but we didn't get that chance. 
So don't put it off because you think you don't look good enough or may not have your hair or makeup on, or want to lose a couple of pounds or whatever your reason, just do it, your kids will think you're beautiful no matter what! 

Rachel Vanoven Workshop

A couple of weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to attend Rachel Vanoven's Newborn Workshop. I have for a few years now since I started following her on Facebook, wanted to meet this crazy fun lady and attend her workshop but never thought I would ever be able to. (They fill up sooo quickly)
But thanks to BP4U, back in September, I checked my email one day to see that I had won a spot to her workshop. I literally jumped of the couch and squealed and my husband probably had no clue what I was talking about when he walked in the door and the first thing I said after hugging him was "omg guess what, I won a spot in Rachel's workshop omg!!!"
The bad news? I had to wait 5 months!! Oh the agony!

It was only a 2 hour drive away in Indianapolis so I booked my hotel a few weeks in advance and planned to make the drive up alone, time away just me and my camera and other awesome photographers.
I went the night before to attend the dinner with the other lucky attendees and it was so much fun. I really got to meet some super nice ladies who happen to be amazing photographers themselves.

(Eeek! Can't believe I was really here!) 

Watching Rachel work and being able to take images myself, learning a way to wrap, editing tricks, tips on angles, and so much more, was such a great experience. Not to mention getting to hang out with fellow photographers (a first for me) was so much fun.

I really had such a lovely time. And oh I almost forgot the best part. Taking photos of adorable babies! 

 (Posing by Rachel Vanoven, wrapping in 5th one by me, photos taken by me)

I really am so glad I was able to have this chance. If you are a photographer who wishes to get into photographing newborns, I highly recommend taking a workshop. If not by Rachel, by another pro in the industry. The poses are much harder than they look and you could injure baby if you have not been shown the proper way to pose.
If you are a parent, please be picky when choosing a newborn photographer. If you don't book me, book someone who has lots of experience with newborns. Don't trust your newborn with someone who doesn't have specific training with newborns.Your baby's safety is more important than anything. Yes custom newborn photography is a little more expensive, but it is worth it. I know some photographers may be appealing because their prices are so cheap but think about the quality. You want something you can blow up on you wall and share for generations. And you want your baby safe so please make sure you go to a licensed, tax paying photographer with experience with newborns to make sure your baby is well cared for during their session.

Savannah / Family Christmas session

Ok so I really stink at this blogging thing but I vow to post more often now lol. So this session was from November and December (see I told you I was really bad )

I love this time of year. Crisp fall weather, the smell of fallen leaves, nice breeze in the air. Would love for it to be fall year round.
This little girl was a total doll. We also did the session with her older cousin along with her boyfriend for some cute little family shots as well as some great couple ones as well.
We wanted to be able to catch the last little bit of fall weather and leaves to get some wonderful photos at Bernheim Forest and then a few days later to the studio for some Christmas ones since I had not decorated yet!

She was such a good baby, never fussed being outside at all and totally loved playing in the leaves. Wonderful easy baby to work with! 

Aren't these two so cute together!! They didn't mind me making them lay in the leaves to get this shot. Thanks for being such good sports!!

Don't you just love those blue eyes!! To die for!

 Again with those sparkling eyes. I'm totally jealous.

This day she was a bit more tired than the outdoor session and by this time, she was done, but didn't it make for a cute last shot!! 

Aubree - Newborn - 6 days old

I love photographing newborns, love love love it! It does take a LOT of patience to take your time and have everything just right but this little princess made my job sooooo easy! She went right to sleep after she was fed as soon as she arrived and slept for me the entire time, only waking up right at the end when she was ready to eat again. Such an adorable little bundle. I was lucky enough to do mom's maternity pictures a couple of months ago and can't wait to watch her grow! It was nice getting my girly props out since my last two newborns were boys!

Maelyn ~ Aug 2013

This was an impromtu session while the family was in from out of state. I was so glad to get the chane to do this quick session for her. We were lucky to be able to grab a few outdoor shots before it started to rain and then really started to pour (begining to see a pattern in my sessions?) But we wanted to get a few more outdoor shots so they came back a couple days later to finish up the session and luckily that day was totally gorgeous and worth the wait!! She was a little model and I was able to just snap, snap, snap like a breeze!

Oh to be carefree like a child again and be able to just spin around and enjoy the world as it is. Was fun to just watch her be herself and photograph her just being a kid.
She was definitely a pleasure to photograph and hope to get the chance again soon!

Kendall ~ 4 months ~ Aug 2013

This session was dear to me as this couple had tried for several years to have a little one with no luck. Then along came adorable Miss Kendall and boy was she worth the wait! She is a total doll with a  gorgeous head full of hair!
Little Kendall was wide awake during her session (at first) For a 4 month old, she sure was active, and very determined! She did not like trying to sit up, she didn't want mommy to stand her on her feet and hold her up and she she got pretty frustrated when we put her on her tummy and she wasn't able to go! She had the most adorable smile though which she showed me several times.
Was so sweet to see her and her daddy interact and she would stare and smile at him.
Towards the end I think we wore her out a bit as she settled into a peaceful sleep long enough for me to get a few sleeping shots.
I so wish we would have been able to get a few more outdoor shots that day but I was thankful to get the couple that we did because it was starting to sprinkle when we took those and soon started to pour (yep, like the last session!)
I can't wait to watch this little princess grow up and look forward to photographing her again!

Brittany ~ Senior session ~ Aug 2013

When I first started photography, before I went out on my own, I use to work for a company that did senior photos. I was doing several seniors every week and many in one day. While I loved it, I hated not being able to spend enough time getting to know a little about each kid and being able to really customize the session to them in the short amount of time we had to get them done. One of the reasons I wanted to go out on my own. To be more personable with my clients, not just moving them in and out.
But even with all that, I loved doing senior photography. These young adults who were moving into their last year of high school. Nervous, excited, ready to take on the world.

After focusing on babies and families for the past few years and a wedding now and then, doing this session made me realize how much I miss doing senior photography. It is just so much fun! Various locations and being able to really show their personality and let them be themselves while making them look totally awesome in the progress.
Giving them something to share with their best friends now and to look back on in 10 or 20 years and show their kids later. I thoroughly enjoyed this session and she made it so easy. Beautiful young lady who totally rocked her session for sure!

S & J ~ Expecting ~ July 2013

I knew on this one we really wanted some outdoor shots but I saw the clouds in the sky before they arrived and was a bit worried. As soon as they got out of the truck, it started to sprinkle and as soon as we walked inside the studio, it started to pour! I was hiding my disappointment and hoping it would stop.
We went ahead and got the indoor shots out of the way and I was so glad that as soon as we finished I looked out and it had cleared up! (Jumping up and down inside!)
A muggy July day wasn't the idea conditions for an 8 month pregnant lady but she was a trooper!
Was so sweet watching them together, seeing the way he looked at her and touched her belly.
They are definitely going to be some proud parents (tomorrow actually, she is getting induced and I can't wait to do her newborn session next week!)

As I was starting to wrap up and do the last of the pictures by the fence, it started so sprinkle again but they were still so awesome and went right along with a few pictures in the rain!
(Not to mention the rain actually felt really good in the heat!)
After all the mugginess and rain, we ended up with a really rocking maternity session!

This one is actually one of my favorites from this year!

I can't take credit for this idea, mom requested it from Pinterest and I thought it was too cute!

Such an incredibly sweet couple whom I look forward to photographing their family for years to come!

B & J ~ Family ~ April 2013

A family with a 3 year old and a 7 month old is not always the easiest to shoot family photos with but these two were a breeze and fun too! We headed to one of my favorite locations to shoot and what a gorgeous spring day it was! Things had just finally started to bloom around here (no thanks to the late cold weather we were getting over) so everything was just beautiful!

Look at these little cheeks would you! Just adorable!!

I so love watching the interactions between siblings. You can practically see a little conversation going on here!

I look forward to more shoots with this family as they grow up into beautiful children!

Michael Gary - Oct 2012

Ok, so I am a little behind at this blog thing (ok a lot behind)

I use to have one back before I got married and changed my business name so this one is starting over from scratch. I'm only going back about a year because if I went back longer than that I would be sitting here blogging for days and well my kids may get a bit hungry.

This was a maternity session back about 10 months ago. I will post his newborn session as well along with the maternity to save you from having to read so many posts at once.

I was actually getting married exactly a week from this session and the mom so happened to be my maid of honor who was due just a couple weeks after the wedding so we really needed to get this session in. (I also threatened her with bodily harm if she went into labor during my wedding but thats another story lol)

The fall weather was absolutely gorgeous! (My favorite time of year) And I thoroughly enjoyed this session.

Then less than a month later, I got to do this little guy's newborn session too!
He did not want to go to sleep for me though no matter what I tried. He was too afraid he would miss something!