The first time I photographed Ashley Taylor was when she was about 9 months old. She was dressed in the prettiest little white dress, and sitting in a Jenny Lind rocking chair. From then until now, she has held such a special place in my heart. Maybe it goes back to when her mom was born, (I was the most excited 7 year old aunt!) This past month with Ashley Taylor has been a joy beyond measure, and will forever be some of my favorite memories. While she was here, I (of course) did her senior portraits. Here are some of my absolute favorites.
This time of year brings to mind sweet tea on the porch swing, homemade ice cream churnin’ and lots of sitting in the shade. Summer reminds me of going to visit Granny Annie, climbing shingles with the cousins, and getting fussed at by pawpaw for picking and eating his green apples. Of laying in the bed in the front bedroom with the windows open, and being sung to sleep by the crickets.
Simpler times that are missed in the hustle and bustle of today. Our kids will never know how great it was just being able to run around with our cousins and stay outside until the lightning bugs came out.
We are so busy trying to make a living for our family, that we forget to just be WITH our family. So my encouragement for you today is to just take the time to slow down a little and discover the simple pleasure of just listening to the crickets.
I have come to the realization that I love to photograph women. I love to get them out of their comfort zone and see them for who they really are. As wives and mothers, we tend to put ourselves on the back burner, and are too busy with our lives to take time for us. Having a Bella Portrait Couture session is the perfect way to pamper yourself, and have amazing images of you. Bring your mother, your best friend, your sister, or your daughter, and take the time to just be together.
First a little back story. I first met Rebekah when her father became the preacher at our church. Over the years, I have had the privilege of photographing her several times. When Rebekah went to college, we started hearing about this young man she had met on campus. I remember her saying, “when I first saw Bryce, I said to myself, that is someone I would like to meet.” Well, one thing led to another, and he started coming to church with her. As time passed, we all as a congregation got to know Bryce and fully understood why Rebekah liked him so much. Now they are getting married. YAYYYY! We could not be more proud for these two wonderful people! So of course, when Rebekah asked me to photograph their engagement photos, I could only say “I would LOVE to!” Here are some of my favorites from that day.
When I first talked to Olivia about her senior portraits, I asked all the usual questions, like where would you like to do your portraits, and what type of clothing, do you want to have anything extra in your portraits, etc. Pretty routine stuff. So we settled on a starting place, date and time. What I did NOT know was that this girl is a model in disguise! She absolutely ROCKED her session, and had me completely giddy with excitement over how her images turned out. Here are a few highlights.