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sweet baby ivy.

I absolutely had so much fun photographing this beauty. |insert heart eyes emoji here|

This is my friend Joye’s baby. This is also a continuation of their family session when Josh and I went to spend the day with them. You can look at the session here. Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

Oh, and Joye’s talented husband, Joel made this amazing bed for the pictures! I wish I could have brought it home with me.


Josh and I spent a day with this sweet family. We went to take pictures of baby Ivy, but we also took family pictures. I will post the newborn photos of Ivy in a separate post.

Joye and I met through instagram, and I am so happy to be able to call her a friend now.  She is definitely a Proverbs 31 kind of lady. She loves her children and her husband and these pictures definitely show this.  One of my favorite posts that she has posted about her children was with one of my photos. She said, “My greatest gifts. Each one of them so unique, with giftings and callings as diverse as they are exceptional. And I pray that I will help them discover the spiritual gifts that God has entrusted them with, that I will help them recognize who they are in Christ Jesus, that their worth to Him is invaluable, that God has written a part for them in His story that no on else on earth can fill. This gift of motherhood is sacred and sanctifying. It’s hard and holy and humbling. And its always, always an honor.”  You can read all of her inspiring posts on her blog here.

I am so blessed to call you friend Joye, and so honored you asked me to capture your family through my photographs.

Story was my little helper while i was taking pictures of just Joye and Joel with Ivy, and I let her take my camera and take some pictures. This one is my favorite that she took.

 Meet the Maders. A very fun bunch . Haley and I went to the same elementary school, but have grown closer and closer as we have gotten older.   She came to me a few months ago about doing a surprise session with just her brother and sisters as a christmas present for her mama. She wanted to capture the precious moments that they had with their brother (a marine) before he goes out of town again . They also painted their faces like their favorite  family movie Braveheart which gave the pictures a special touch, and warmed their moms heart right up. I stitched up the flag in the photos by hand. The whole session was fun, and I laughed practically the whole time until my stomach hurt.  I am so happy that these pictures brought joy to this sweet family.


This is one of the sweetest and selfless couples I know. Morgan and Madison. I am so happy they let me photograph them! Their love for each other is so inspiring, and refreshing. You will see for yourself as you scroll down. They are a really cute!

This is the Marquette family. A very fun family. We definitely had a huge adventure during this session, right Lisa? 😉 We swung under a beautiful oak tree on their property, jumped on a trampoline, walked to their top secret, special spot, and finally had the best splash party in their pretty clothes. Eventually the kids pushed mom and dad into the pool. Those are my absolute favorite pictures. They were truly and whole heartedly in their happy place, and around the people they love most. I am happy I got to capture it. This session has been fun to edit. I laughed 99.9% of the time. They are some cool kids, and for those who know them know what I am talking about.

this was such a sweet moment. Not posed.

the way he loves his younger brothers is heart melting.

  • Erin - This session is so fun!! You have such great artistic skill & vision!ReplyCancel