I met this wonderful family for the first time last week. Beth's husband noticed that they had something in common with me right away -- Beth is from Iowa and our family lived in Iowa for three years. I laugh when I meet people from Iowa in South Carolina because we always wonder, "why did we move to Iowa?" No, seriously, Iowa is a pretty cool place to live despite the awful winters (-3 degrees). Truth be told, we met one of close family friends in Iowa -- the Krabers. Beth was bubbly and dressed for the part. Her family came picture ready. She reminded me of myself when made a comment about her nails. LOL. Her children were so fun and energetic. When you look through her session, look for her beautiful daughter that will remind you of the 1991 movie--Curly Sue. I have never seen natural curls so beautiful in my life. It was a pleasure being hired as their photographer and I truly had fun with them.
The Sinkler family (or the Mackie's as I like to call them) are dear to my heart. They are not only my clients, but they are my neighbors and one of our best friends. We met them two and half years ago, right after we moved into our current neighborhood. It was an instant hit. Tosha, the beautiful stay-at-home mom that can cook up a storm. She seasons her meat perfect and makes the best apple pie (I think she owes me one from Feb of this year when I gave birth to my 5th child). Mackie, the cool dad that understand my husband's calm nature and love for sports. Our girls are the same age and their son is in between our boys age. I was very happy when Tosha hired me as her photographer for the second year in a row. When you are friends with a client, you understand their likes and dislikes. It also put a little extra pressure on you to make sure everything is perfect. Well, they say God answer prayers. Due to my prayer, their session was PERFECT! We re-scheduled their session two times and almost had to reschedule the day of the shoot (50% chance of rain and 40 degrees outside). What was supposed to be a rainy day turned out to be the most perfect and beautiful lighting for pictures. Now may I remind you, I could barely feel my fingers while taking their pictures. It was so cold outside that day. When you love your friends, there isn't much that you wouldn't do for them. So for the Mackie's, I will go outside in the cold to capture their beautiful family again :) :)
Meet the Westbrook family. A young beautiful charming family of four who will make your heart melt. Sarah is sooooo sweet and such a beautiful mom. Her husband adores her. By the way he holds her, kiss her, and hugs her, I can tell that he is deeply in love with her. Her children are the cutest. As you can tell by looking at these pictures, Sawyer stole the show. As a photographer, getting families to relax for a lifestyle session can he a hard task. However, as for the Westbrook family, if you told them to jump they jumped high. If you told them to tickle, they became tickle monsters. If you told them to run, they acted like they were running a marathon. Were all singing, laughing, running, and jumping to keep the children in their comfort zone. Photographing the Westbrook family was truly an honor. Together, they are photographer's dream family. If there is one advice I would like to remind the Westbrook family, it would be "family is like music, some high notes, some low notes, but always a beautiful song." My hope is that they can cherish these pictures forever and it is a reminder of how little, charming, beautiful, and innocent her children were as they get older and blossom into young adults.
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In August 2016, I was given the opportunity to partner with Care2Foster SC, as a contributing photographer. Ever since we moved to SC in August 2014, I felt like God was talking to me about giving back to the community. I knew I wanted to be involved in foster care or adoption, but I didn't know how. We are a young, growing family, with small children. The idea of fostering or adopting didn't seem like a possibility because of our busy schedule. I do know that God will make room for the things he has planned for us. Jeremiah 29:11 says, "for I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and future". I trust that one day, the doors will be open for us to bring life into our home. Until then, I am satisfied with the way that God is using me. He has opened my heart and he has shown me what is means to be selfless. He gave me a natural talent which enable me to capture priceless memories for others. In my eyes, photography isn't about making money or turning it revenue making business. Maybe one day that plan will change. This is the battle I have had since moving to SC -- how can I use my talent to give back to the community? I do believe this is step one. I am extremely grateful and hopeful.
“We live in a world in we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” -Fred Rogers
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