If you've been around here for a while, you know by now that I'm not great at keeping up with this blog (scroll down to my last blog post from FEBRUARY to see what I mean.) I would blame it on the fact that this year has been so crazy, but my last post before that one was last summer, and I don't have an excuse for that.
I've taken a lot of pictures of some wonderful people since then though, and over the next few weeks I hope to share some way-out-of-order-and-long-overdue galleries.
But first, some updates and fairly vulnerable thoughts!
This year has been wild for everyone, in so many ways.
In early March, just days before the first case of COVID-19 was reported in our community, we learned our year was about to be a whole lot more wild than we imagined - I was pregnant! To say we experienced a whirlwind of emotions is an understatement. On top of the normal anxieties of pregnancy, we were navigating a pandemic that no one knew how to handle.
My favorite side-note about my pregnancy: I was basically in denial about the whole thing. After several "inconclusive" tests (lol) I was going to wait a few more days before trying another because I "probably wasn't pregnant."
On the evening of the last Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders made a face that struck me as particularly sad at one point, and I could. not. stop. crying. I had to leave the room! After that episode, I told James that we should probably go buy another test. That one was definitely not inconclusive.
Soon after we found out, my work transitioned to a work-from-home plan. This was great for peace of mind health-wise and also for the fact that I got to endure the first trimester of pregnancy from the comfort of my home! Honestly, I had it very easy; I felt nauseous for about two weeks but never actually got sick. But, I was more tired than I have ever been, and it was pretty nice to sleep until a few minutes before work started and get to stay in my comfy clothes all day!
It's been a strange journey for sure. The timeline of my pregnancy and COVID-19's impact locally have lined up almost exactly, and it's created a very strange and surreal time-warp bubble. Thinking back to the beginning of it all feels like a different lifetime, but it has also FLOWN by. It's honestly mind-boggling to think about.
We've been able to see our parents a couple times since finding out, but we still haven't hugged them. We told family and friends (parents included) our exciting news via FaceTime and GoogleHangout calls rather than in person. We won't have an in-person baby shower. We have lots of friends and family that we haven't seen since before the pandemic began, and the next time we see them we will have a baby. What?! It's been nothing like I imagined my first pregnancy being, but fortunately so far I've had a very healthy pregnancy and we'll have our little Florence Elise joining us before we know it! Even in a strange time, there is so much to be thankful for.
We're still feeling a lot of anxiety over bringing a new life into the world during such an uncertain time, but we're also feeling so much excitement and so much love. It's really easy right now to feel isolated and alone, but we've had so many reminders that we're not alone in this, even if we can't physically be with most of our people right now.
If you've read this far, I'm impressed!
Now I'll share some fun pictures!
These aren't technically our official maternity photos; my 24-week bump isn't super impressive yet so we'll have a professional photographer take the real ones a little later on, but I've dreamed of wearing this dress in a field of sunflowers and their blooming season only lasts so long! James was a great sport and let me lug my tripod around this massive field of flowers to get some fun self-timer shots.
These were taken at a farm about 30 miles away from where we live called Green Acres. It's awesome! You can take your own photos (or pay a little more to have a session with a professional photographer) and cut your own flowers! Basically a dream come true. Also, even with a lot of people there was PLENTY of room to spread out and hardly cross paths with anyone else, so definitely a safe outdoor activity to do right now!
After around an hour of taking pictures, we put away our photo gear and walked around for a little while cutting a massive bouquet of sunflowers and zinnias that are still brightening up my kitchen. If you live in West Tennessee, I highly recommend checking it out - but hurry! I think they only expect the blooms to last through this weekend.
These photos are super special to me for a few reasons.
This dress actually belonged to my mom! I'd seen pictures of it and it was always my favorite. (Scroll to the bottom of this post to see my mom and cousin lookin' real cute in these matching dresses circa 1996-ish!) I always wished she still had it but thought it was long gone. Surprise, this past fall it was found in a closet at my grandma's house!
I've also always loved sunflowers. If you've been around for a long time, you know that my first photography "business" was actually called Sunflower Photography for no apparent or logical reason; I just loved sunflowers. Not the best way to name a business but hey, it worked!
Finally, I think and hope these photos will mean a lot to our daughter one day. Pregnancy is changing my body in some ways that are cool and some that are not so cool, but I am trying hard to break old habits and thought patterns and establish new ones regarding my own self-image so that by following my example our daughter, hopefully, will love who she is and not judge her body harshly as she grows up. In some of the photos I'm sharing, I was tempted to not like them because of how I look for x, y, and z reasons. Ultimately, though, when Florence looks at these years from now, I hope she sees her parents, happy and in love and excited about her existence, not caring if their pregnancy cheeks look chubby or neither of them have had haircuts in months because of a pandemic. I hope that's what she sees, so that's what I'm sharing with the world.
I've probably over-shared, but maybe pregnancy just does that to a person.
If you've made it this far, thanks for sticking around!
And now for a bonus, as promised. Look how cute!
I hope all of you reading this are doing well, staying healthy, and taking breaks from social media when it gets to be too much! ❤️
I had so much fun shooting with Matty and Brent a few weeks ago!
We started at their new home. I loved capturing such cozy, sweet moments between the two of them in such a comfortable setting.
It was FREEZING when we wandered outside, like I couldn't feel my hands even with gloves on, but somehow these two still managed to rock at being models and not even look cold!
The love these two share is so beautiful and evident.
I had the best time (even if we froze!) and I am so excited to be a part of their wedding next month!
Asher is one today!
Here's a four-photo recap of what was happening just about a year ago. :)
Because today is the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon, Courtnee decided to have a space-themed shoot for Asher's birthday with this awesome cardboard rocket she made!
It's been so fun to watch this little guy grow up and I cannot believe he's already one!
Happy birthday, sweet Asher!
Back in May, I was able to take some super sweet engagement photos for a former college classmate, Meghan, and her fiance, Paul. During the shoot, we figured out that Paul went to highschool with my husband! Small world!
I was super excited to work on their photos and then, of course, my computer basically bit the dust in the middle of editing their gallery. Thank goodness for back ups of files, but man it was a pain to start over.
Meghan has been so patiently waiting on me to get these finished up with all of my technology troubles, and I'm so excited to finally share this sweet couple!
Without further ado, check out this precious engaged couple!
Okay but look at this gorgeous ring!
Paul is interested in astronomy, so it was fun to incorporate my vintage map of the stars into their shoot.
I had so much fun working with these two and can't wait to shoot their wedding this fall!
In late March, I got to take maternity photos for this awesome couple who's now just a few days out from their due date! I had the privilege of taking their photos sans-baby bump this past summer, and I don't think I ever shared those on the blog! I'll have to do that at some point, but for now enjoy the Guinns - pregnant and very cute!
Kathryne was literally glowing. It was pretty incredible!
These might be some of the most fun photos I've captured on a maternity shoot! These guys are gonna be such great parents to baby Malcolm.
I had so much fun with these two. I'm so glad to know them and to be able to help capture some memories from this exciting time!
Congrats, you two. Can't wait to meet your little one!
LOOK AT THESE CUTIES!
I got to take photos of these precious friends back in February and I'm finally blogging about it a week before their wedding!
We kept having to delay this shoot due to awful weather, but I was so glad we were finally able to squeeze it in.
Enjoy a few photos of Tucker and Katelyn being adorable!
Couples make my job super easy when they just never stop laughing with each other.
I'm so happy to call these two my friends and SO EXCITED to celebrate them next weekend! Congrats, (soon to be) Mr. and Mrs. Price!
I have to be honest - I have completely neglected this blog and my photography in general for a long time!
The end of last year was a whirlwind with shooting three weddings and being in one, buying a house, and getting through the holidays on top of a full time job. I pretty much didn't touch my camera or my social media for the entire month of January, but I'm back!
I was able to take some photos of precious little Henry and his momma back in December. Enjoy a few shots of this blue-eyed cutie!
Chris and Aubri are married!!
It was so special to be surrounded by family as I photographed the wedding of my cousin, Chris and his sweet new wife, Aubri. These two are so in love and it is so obvious!
Aubri had a precious first look with her dad.
And Chris had a first look he was not quite expecting.
Since Chris and Aubri didn't have a real first look, it was so sweet to see his reaction when she walked down the aisle and they saw each other for the first time.
After the ceremony, we braved the drizzle to get some outdoor shots of the newly wed couple!
I've said this about them every time I've shared their photos, but these two never stop smiling. They are SO in love.
Chris and Aubri, thank you for trusting James and I to capture this day for you.
It was such an honor!
Love you guys, and best wishes for all the happiness ahead on this new adventure!
I met Courtney and Cody back in March (you might remember their senior pup, Betty, here: courtney-cody-engaged.html ) and I've been looking forward to their wedding ever since! They were so laid back and so much fun to work with.
Courtney was seriously the most chill bride EVER.
James and I had a great time capturing this beautiful day!
Details are my faaaaav and I can't get over how perfect these were.
Courtney did a first look with her dad and it was the sweetest thing. If you look really close, you can see a tiny tear in one of these photos. :')
And then, of course, the first look between the bride and groom.
I totally understand why some people don't want to do one, but I am a FAN. Zoom in to see such sweet emotion on Cody's face when he sees his beautiful bride!
They read their vows privately to each other after their first look and MAN. It was such a magical scene. Beautiful light, leaves falling all around them. Wow. I cried at least three times during this wedding, and that moment was one of them. Photos could not do it justice.
This ceremony location was a dream. The light, the leaves, the love. All of the heart eyes.
The Black wedding was an absolutely beautiful day and we were so happy to be a part of it. James even mentioned how even though we met most of the people for the first time that day, everyone was so sweet, welcoming, and close-knit that it felt like we were truly a part of the party.
Cody and Courtney, we wish you so much happiness in this new adventure! It was such an honor to document this wonderful day!