This has been a crazy year, so much has happened it’s insane! First of all THANK YOU to all my amazing clients, friends, family and fans that have supported me and let me into your lives to capture memories for you! Without you guys I wouldn’t be able to do what I love!! I figured I’d post some of my favorite personal photos to help tell what happened this year for us (I pulled this post from my old blog and the photos aren’t sized for this blog so their a bit chopped at the side but it’s ok)
In January Keeley and I traveled to New Bern to photograph our friend Rachael’s husband’s homecoming, it snowed on the way home which was interesting to drive in
Keeley turned two and let us do a quick shoot of her
Katie took our family / maternity photos at Hwy 21 drive in one of our favorite places
Then we went out and did a maternity session on Mothers Day which was a ton of fun!
I loved using the quilt, stuffed animal & pillows I made him and the pedal car I got to do his month and year photos
Katie came with me to my last session before maternity leave
I was so lucky to have Katie photograph Jaxon’s birth.
His induction was very long but I had the birth I wanted and he was perfect, very much worth the waitI was nervous about being a family of 4 (well actually a family of 8 lol) but Keeley has been amazing with him and Jaxon is so laid back and awesome
We had so much fun doing his newborn photos his first two weeks
Katie did a quick family session in our house, except Keeley wasn’t having it lol
My friend Andie came with us to do this session and snapped the photo of us 4, Keeley loves Andie lol
one of my favorites of the two, Keeley is an awesome big sister she love to play with Jaxon and help take care of him
I can’t believe how big she is getting!
We spent the fourth of July on base with friends <3
Keeley loves to paint
Jaxon loves to hang out
I went to Texas to photograph a wedding and got to hang out with my best friend, it was soo much fun! and awesome because we hadn’t seen each other in 2 years!
The dogs are adapting to having two little ones crawling all over them very well.
I got featured on a blog which was fun and prompted the need for new headshots by Katie of course
Keeley and Ally became great friends which has been heartbreaking since we’ve moved, it’s hard explaining to a 2.5 year old why we can’t go hang out with her friend like normal
more by Katie, I loved Jaxon’s room, it was really a labor of love and I was so upset to take it all down when we moved
this was while we were packing up her room, she didn’t seem to care they were having fun
Drew and I went to the SC state fair for me to photograph a couple, it was fun to have us time doing something fun
I think I’m rubbing off on her
I had to get Katie to do our family photos before we left at the drive in one last time!
packing up the truck and saying goodbye to the Marine Corps
Hanging out in green fields in Va
My kids are such characters, they have so much personality it’s crazy!
lovely light and a fun day
Drew and I traveled to Philly to visit some friends from his first 4 years in the USMC it was a lot of fun seeing everyone!
I made two quilts this year and I’ve started on my third, this one for Drew and I is a lot bigger than the first two I’ve made. It’s also very rare I can do anything to Keeley’s hair, I have all these adorable bows and headbands for her but she’ll never wear them, so the photo on the right is a rarity and didn’t last long
<3 melts my heart
I can’t believe how he is growing, wasn’t he just born?!?!
little feet <3
The upside to being home is hanging out with good friends again
our most recent photos, Jax’s 7 month photo and Keeley actually smiling at the camera <3 Jaxon is now low crawling everywhere and we think he’ll start crawling soon, Keeley has almost mastered potty training completely and is speaking so well these days. I’m so proud of both of them and can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.
melts my heart more
Drew seems to be enjoying life outside of the Marine Corps with his beardHe starts school next month and is playing football for the Virginia Storm, I’m so proud of him!
2011 has been an amazing year for us, 2012 will be a lot different than the past 8 years but I’m excited to see what it holds
Now for my Pictures for Paws update! Above is the new logo design for it, it took me forever to get the dogs to stand still long enough for me to get the photo for the silhouette but I’m very happy with it. Since Pictures for Paws started in the summer of 2010 we raised $200 which was awesome! I was able to donate $100 each to Bad Rap and Noah’s Arks Rescue, so hopefully that was able to help some animals out. Right now I’ve decided on one rescue to donate for coming up and I’m looking for another I have some in mind but I’ll post when I have made my decision. Thank you to everyone who has brought their pet to their sessions to help with this, it means a lot!
Sadly this year two of the dogs I photographed passed away Hunter and Rocco. I was sad to hear about their passing but I was happy that I was able to photograph them with the ones that loved them most so they could have those memories on film