My vows to you as your wedding photographer

Austin & Hailey Goodman had their wedding on June 9, 2018! It was a beautiful day for a beautiful couple to get married!  Photographing their wedding (or any wedding) is not something I take lightly! On a wedding day the bride and groom make promises to love one another until death do us part. Well, this began to make me think about the promises I make to the brides and grooms that choose to hire me on their wedding day. Here are my vows to them! 

I promise to document this momentous day to the best of my ability. I fully understand the importance of these images. I know that one day your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will see these images and stop, stare, and instantly feel connected with you. This is not a job that I take lightly. 

I promise that when you look at these images you will be forced to admit to yourself how you are the most stunning bride and/or most handsome groom. While you are in front of my camera, I promise to make you feel nothing but comfortable. It is my job and my honor to show you just how incredibly beautiful and special you are. 

I promise to wear more than one hat on your wedding day. Whether that is calming nerves, fixing your dress, getting tissues to your crying mother, or fixing the straps on a bridesmaid's dress. I will do everything in my power to ensure that this is the best day of your life. 

I promise to maintain a fun and optimistic spirit. Wedding days are a roller coaster of emotions. I promise to be there with you through each and every one of them. You will see me more than any of your other vendors on your wedding day (and even the groom)! I promise I wont leave your side through the laughter and the tears! 

Most of all, I promise that if you hire me, it will be one of the best decisions you make for your wedding day. Thanks Austin & Hailey for trusting me with one of the most important days of your life. Enjoy some of these sneak peeks from your special day! 

Hair: Ashley Moehring and Jamie Park with MAD Styles

Makeup: Blades Hair and Nail Salon

Dress & Jewelry: Girls in White Satin Bridal and Formal Wear

Flowers: Drugh's Floral Art out of Mason City, Illinois

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Welcome Levy!

I've known the Byrd family for quite some time now! I did Motley's photos, their firstborn baby girl, throughout her first year. When you get to meet up with clients every 3 months and watch these sweet babies grow up it sure is something special. They become like family. So, naturally, when I found out they were expecting Baby Girl #2 I was thrilled. I LOVE watching families grow. It is the heartbeat of my business. Photographing these sweet families from start to finish in their journey of parenthood makes my heartbeat fast. It makes me excited to go to work each and every day. It is one of the reasons I love my job so very much! 

I wont keep you waiting, Introducing Levitt (Levy) Jo-Anne Byrd! She was born on at 9:20 a.m. on May 10, 2018 weighting 7.9lbs and 21 inches long. First I will show you some sneak peeks from her Fresh 48 session followed by some from her Newborn Session. 

Fresh 48 sessions are some of my favorites. Those precious moments right after you have a baby are such a blur. You're tired after going through the marathon of labor and you are running on nothing but adrenaline and love. That's why Fresh 48 photos are so important. Having me come to the hospital to photograph those special moments right after birth. Older siblings meeting the newest addition to their families... absolutely some of the MOST authentic, unposed, raw, and emotional images one will ever capture. 

Newborn photos are just as special though. Your sweet baby's beauty accentuated by adorable wraps and poses. They will NEVER be this little again. Get those beautiful newborn photos put up on the wall for all to see and for you to cherish and never forget. 

Enjoy these photos from Levy's Fresh 48 and Newborn Session! 

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Welcome to the World Avery Sue!

Every season of parenting comes with its own set of ups and downs. When you have a newborn life can seem so overwhelming. Sleepless nights, your body is healing and changing, learning your baby’s cries, anxiety driven by an undeniable love for your new child, and experiencing every emotion under the sun that affects your body, mind, and spirit.

When I had my first baby someone told me to "enjoy every season." After 3 babies... I feel like I have FINALLY learned how to do that. Not anticipate the next phase... but actually ENJOY where they are at. Every season of parenting has something new and exciting to offer. Find it, embrace it, and remember it when it feels so hard!

Congratulations on your new baby Heidi Moor!  Avery is absolutely perfect!

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"Miss Jen's" Maternity Session

"Miss Jen" as my two year old daughter, Annistyn, would say is someone super special. When my daughter turned two she qualified for speech therapy. It wasn't that we couldn't understand her... She simply wasn't interested in talking. Of course, as a mom you wonder where you went wrong. What could I have done differently to prevent this? We read books to her all day every day, frequent visitors of local libraries, spent lots of time playing with her, etc. 

I wasn't really sure what to expect when we had our first appointment with a speech therapist. I just knew I wanted to understand my child. She was so smart, her comprehension was off the charts, but she just refused to talk. But after meeting Miss Jen and working with her for 6 months... my child is now speaking just as well as anyone else her age. She actually "graduated" from the program and is no longer in speech! I can't believe it and I'm so very thankful! 

So when Miss Jen approached me about taking some maternity and newborn photos for her growing family I was so excited to do so! Enjoy the sneak peeks from the session. But first, enjoy this little letter just for you Miss Jen! 

 

Miss Jen, you cared for my child in a way I will always remember. The first time she told us a story, the BIGGEST smile came to my face. You did it! You listened when I had doubts, and gave me great advice. Never once did you judge me or make it seem like I was doing this whole parenting thing wrong. And I sure had my days of doubt. You became more than my child's speech therapist, you became someone I truly admire. Thank you for caring, and thank you for coming into our lives when we needed it the most! 

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Amiyah is 6 months!

I've had the privilege of watching Amiyah grow before she was even born! When her mom, Katina, scheduled a 3 month session for her son, Princeton, she had just found out she was pregnant! So whenever I got to photograph Princeton throughout his first year, I got to see Amiyah growing in her mommy's belly! When she was born, her mom scheduled a Baby's First Year Session with me and so I had the pleasure of photographing her when she was a newborn as well! I cannot believe she is already 6 months old. In motherhood the days can feel SO long, especially when you have 2 kids under 2! But the years are short, friends! Hold them tight and enjoy every season! Her are some sneak peeks from Katina's session with her beautiful family!  

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