Devin & Kelsie’s October Wedding

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I was completely surprised last month when I got a call informing me that Devin and Kelsie were going to be getting married. I was so happy for my brother-in-law! They wanted me to do their wedding photos and of course I said YES! I went on to ask them when the big day was going to be and got another surprise….¬†¬†¬† It’s in two weeks! LOL!

So here are a few pictures of their October Wedding! I’m so glad I got to be a part of it and that they trusted me to capture it!

 

I came over a little early and snapped a few photos of Kelsie getting ready. I got to visit with her a little bit before everyone arrived and the hectic preparations started. She is so sweet and I’m glad she will be a part of the family!

 

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The wedding took place in Springfield, Arkansas and it was a beautiful sunny day. It was an outside wedding under a tree, with hay bales, and lanterns. It was a little chilly with a slight breeze but it definitely made it feel like a fall wedding.

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I love how everything was simple but beautiful. It wasn’t overly decorated or busy. The colors, flowers, leaves, and everything complimented each other and it all went together really well.

 

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Congratulations Devin & Kelsie!

Thank you for letting me capture your special day! I pray God blesses your marriage and your life together. Keep Him at the head of your union and¬†you¬†will make it through this crazy beautiful thing we¬†call life! ¬†Always confide in each other and be honest. Your spouse is your best friend and they will always be there… so always be kind and love each other even through the hard times! Love you guys!

 

 

 

Jessica & Logan’s Engagement Session

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I had so much fun photographing Jessica and Logan! They were full of energy and really excited for their session. They both had really fun personalities and they seemed head over heels for each other!

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They will be getting married next month in November at Mount Eagle and they are both counting down the days!

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I can’t wait to photograph their BIG DAY!

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Congratulations to these two!

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Week 12 – High Key Expose Portrait

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I am a little bit behind on my personal photography project because it is the busy fall season right now. I have been trying to get all of my photo sessions edited and finished before I even start to think about Christmas mini sessions!

The weather has been absolutely amazing and we have been soaking it all up before winter gets here. We are going to carve pumpkins today and Halloween is just around the corner!

My week 12 project was to photograph a high key exposure to the right. Create a light, airy, high key portrait.

I decided to use one of Logan and Jessica’s photos from their engagement session. We were able to use a beautiful spot in Mtn. View and I got so many great shots from their session.

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I feel like this photo definitely fits the description for week 12! Beautiful, light and airy with a high key exposure to the upper right corner. Can you guys see the geese in the background? ūüôā

I will be putting Jessica and Logan’s engagement session on the blog soon! Hope you guys enjoy!

 

Anna’s Fall Family Session

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I am finally finishing up Anna’s fall family session. Here are just a few of my favorites!IMG_7067IMG_7109sb

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This photo made me laugh. Sibling LOVE! ūüėÄ

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A beautiful family!

IMG_7159sbI hope they had fun during their photo shoot and that I get to photograph them again! ūüôā

 

Briley Cake Smash

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I LOVE doing 1 year cake smash sessions! You never know exactly what to expect when it comes to each child. Sometimes they dig right in and other times they take a small taste and evaluate the situation. LOL! They are all different and I really enjoy photographing these special moments in their life!

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This past weekend I got to photograph Briley for her birthday session. She is definitely one of the sweetest little girls I’ve ever photographed. She was a little shy at first but she warmed up to me pretty quickly and flashed me some pretty little smiles.

 

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Her mom Macy made all of her decorations and brought a beautiful quilt for her to sit on. She also made her cake! I love when my clients are so crafty! ūüôā

 

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She wasn’t too sure about the icing. She liked it but she couldn’t figure out why it was stuck to her hand…? Lol! ūüėÄ

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Overall I think she had a fun time! Who doesn’t like to get a little messy every now and again?!

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Happy Birthday Briley!

 

 

 

 

 

Week 11 Landscape: Reflection

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Week 11 didn’t leave me a whole lot of options here in North Central Arkansas. I was hoping to use water for my landscape reflection and we are currently under a burn ban here. Everything is all dried up! Our rainy, wet fall definitely has not started yet.

However,¬†I have some awesome neighbors who have an absolutely beautiful view. They have a pond about the size of a football field in their front yard! I always love going over their and enjoying their view… and their company! ūüôā Thank you Lanny and Debbie!

So here is my Landscape Reflection… I love the sun flare in this photo! No actions or presets needed here! ūüôāIMG_6845logo

Week 10 – Enviromental Portrait

Show a subject in their natural habitat. Their place of work or hobby is a great start. Tell their story with the environment.

For this week’s assignment I had the opportunity to¬†photograph my¬†dad, brother, and husband. They were setting poles and framing up a small building.

My dad has been a carpenter, sheet rocker, painter, and many other things throughout his lifetime.¬†He’s dabbled in¬†just about everything you can think of when it comes to construction and building. He likes to call himself The Jack Of All Trades-Master Of None. ūüėÄ

He’s given countless hours of his time to¬†a profession that wasn’t always kind to him in return. He gave part of his¬†life and¬†even¬†parts of his¬†flesh and blood.¬†He sacrificed precious time that he will never get back to be able to provide for his family.

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A selfless man…

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He has taught my¬†brother and husband¬†a little bit about¬†building things over the years¬†and he’s taught us all¬†A LOT¬†about walking with¬†God.

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Building a home¬†and building a life… I think they go hand in hand. Something you can take pride in and look back on – your legacy – what you leave behind. Or more importantly WHO you leave behind.

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Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

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I couldn’t have asked for a better Dad. Someone who loves you and takes care of you. Someone who disciplines you and corrects you even when you don’t want it or think you don’t need it. Someone who helps lead you and guide you in all the right directions. And most importantly teaches you about the love of God.

Not just a sayer of the Word, but a doer.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;  for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. James1:22-25

One of my greatest hopes is that¬†my¬†children will get to inherit some of¬†their PaPa’s¬†skills and knowledge and that they will get to grow up and see his example in their lives like I got to see him in mine.

That I can continue his example…

his legacy…

his life’s work…

 

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Oh how beautifully this fits my Dad…

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. Psalm 128:2

I hope he feels as blessed as I do to have him in my life as I am in his.

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Love you guys!

 

 

 

 

Week 9 – Artistic Shadows

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The opposite of light is dark, the absence of light is shadow.

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Clothed in shadows she is beautiful.

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I used my little model and some lace to create these beautiful flowery shadows. The sun was setting on us as we were trying to snap some quick photos. Luckily I had Lane to help hold up the lace and Lily simply posed. The thing she does best! ūüôā

I’m so lucky to have such a beautiful girl… on the inside AND out!

Here are¬†some fun ones¬†in COLOR…

 

Week 7 – Faceless Portrait

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For my husband Andrew, who always goes above and beyond on every project I have ever asked him to help me with.

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He inspires me to work harder everyday by his energy and enthusiasm and motivates me to work those extra minutes, even as the sun is going down.IMG_5041bwlogo

 

I know I am a little late posting this week, but I think it was definitely worth the wait! We¬†welcomed¬†some new Aussie¬†fur babies into our household this weekend and we worked really hard to get them all set¬†up here at the Wesley’s! ūüôā

My best friend Ashley drove with me about¬†6 and a half hours¬†to Missouri on Friday to pick up Bella and Spur. Luke and Lily got to tag along too, but I’m not so sure they enjoyed the trip as much as we did. All I can say is Thank The Lord for cheez-its and Netflix! HA! HA!

So here is where I have to brag on my amazing husband. He got up early Saturday morning and drove to town to pick up everything we needed to get started building their new dog pen.

When he got home he started cutting down trees and underbrush and I helped him clear it. We raked, removed rocks, and Lane helped us snip the smaller saplings. We then set up 4 posts and connected wire paneling to each of those. Then Andrew drove T-posts along the 16 foot panels to help secure them in the middle. This made a great 16X16 square living area!

We had a dog house that was built a couple of years ago for our oldest Aussie Ace, but he never liked to sleep in it much. So¬†we stuck it in the pen¬†for his new brother and sister. ūüôā

It was a long, but definitely satisfying day!

Long story short…. I knew I needed a “faceless” portrait for week 7 and didn’t have any REAL inspiration until Saturday. I really wanted to use him for this assignment and managed to snap some photos of him on the porch. He didn’t even complain when I asked him to be my guinea pig!

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I sure do love this man. I hope he knows how much!