Warner | Six Months

Although it wasn’t just precious Warner present for his 6 month session as a part of his Baby’s First Year Bundle, his blue eyes, gorgeous red hair, and adorable smile sure stole the show on more than one occasion! Along with his two sisters, we trekked through this beautiful park and had the perfect evening for family photos! I’ve loved working with this family since Audrey, their oldest was just an infant! So thankful for families like this one - and happy to provide memories like these to remind them of how fast these kids grow! But seriously, can you believe this eyes?!

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Project TEN | July 2016

Summertime. Staying up late. Sleeping in. Sugary snacks after dinner...and before dinner. Waking up with no agenda. Killing time between visits to the pool. Sunscreen. Sun-kissed cheeks. Sandy toes. Saltwater hair. Tired children. Exhausted parents. Laughter. Memories. KHC_2686 copy

There's not much I cherish more right now than watching these girls be together. They are truly becoming best friends. No one knows Maelynn like Adleigh does. And no one knows Adleigh like Maelynn does. They play together and laugh together. They fight a lot, too, but that's not easily photographed ;)

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In the midst of caramel corn, beach vacations, and summertime memories, our family walked, once again, on the familiar path of loss when we found ourselves facing an fuzzy black and white ultrasound screen with dismal news displayed across it. Before I could even dream of nursery colors and baby names, I was faced with the familiar horror of hearing the word "miscarriage" for the fifth time in our marriage. It was enough to make me consider putting my camera away for good. Well, to be honest, it was enough to keep me from even getting out of my bed for several days this month with little desire to even sit up and just do the next thing.

This photo has been composed in my mind for many weeks now. It's actually the only photo I knew would be in this set of photos for July. For many days, as I found myself crying in anger and defeat on this very spot in my bed, I realized this moment, the moment that I chose to sit up and do the next thing, was the only step I chose to take toward that turned me toward hope. Hope is a word I haven't used very frequently in the last year - even a positive pregnancy test has brought more anxiety and fear than joy and excitement. More times than not, seeing that line appear has made me visualize stepping onto a path of pain rather than great happiness for our family. I wanted to include this photo to show the full range of emotions and experiences that make me the photographer I am. It's really a summation of my year. There's something to be said about suffering and how it molds and shapes and improves a person. There's also something to be said about enduring repeated suffering. The same difficulty. The same trial. The same affliction. Over and over again. It doesn't get easier but it also never affects me the same way. I hope I never forget this place so I am able to love others who endure loss or struggle with infertility, but I also want to be on the other side of this struggle when miscarriage no longer restrains my courage and hope.

Although I pray I can fill this project with photos of my growing family in the near future, I am so thankful for the family I've been given and the blessing of photography that help me stop time and create images that will bring me right back to every sweet or difficult moment and allow me to remember the joy when I am hurting, and remember the pain when I am in the midst of blessing.

Project Ten is made up of a group of very talented photographers who are determined to document their own lives and not just the lives of their clients. Ten photos from our everyday lives on the tenth of every month. Check back monthly and be sure to check out all the other extremely talented women below!

My Fellow Project Ten 2016 Participants: Paula RichwineCait JensenLisa O’BrienRebecca BenderParker Slaton, Rae Barnes, Erin GregersonKelly Lapp, Kate NealEmily Troutman, and Heather Butler.

ProjectTEN | June 2016

Summer is in full swing! We've spent a lot of time in our bathing suits and this week, we are actually on vacation with our friends in Corolla, North Carolina. We're having so much fun making memories and enjoying the beach and the beautiful weather. Even with the weather turned sour, we got the chance to go see a beautiful rainbow over the water!project10_june2016_web_01project10_june2016_web_02project10_june2016_web_03project10_june2016_web_04project10_june2016_web_05

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Challenge photo: The other girls and I are taking on an extra challenge to help us all focus on pushing ourselves creatively. Whether it’s a particular subject matter or an element of design, we’ll (hopefully) all be featuring one bonus photo each month with the same challenge. This month, we selected CONTRAST as our challenge.  I had a few options for this challenge (some were a contrast of subject and others were more contrast in tone and color. Ultimately, I loved that the perspective of this photo along with the time of day and harsh light it brought, how it naturally highlighted my subject - my growing girl.

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Project Ten is made up of a group of very talented photographers who are determined to document their own lives and not just the lives of their clients. Ten photos from our everyday lives on the tenth of every month. Check back monthly and be sure to check out all the other extremely talented women below!

My Fellow Project Ten 2016 Participants: Paula RichwineCait JensenLisa O’BrienRebecca BenderParker Slaton, Rae Barnes, Erin GregersonKelly Lapp, Kate NealEmily Troutman, and Heather Butler.

Project TEN | May 2016

I'm featuring some family members celebrating birthdays this month! My husband Matt celebrated on the 1st, my niece Leah celebrated on the 5th, my sister Amy celebrated yesterday on the 9th, and my nephew Henry turns two in just about a week! I kept telling my sister Laura that I loved seeing Henry come out of his shell a little more this visit. He played with the other kids, talked and laughed with us a ton more and just seemed to be so much more independent! I enjoyed getting him in some photos this month!

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This is my sister's very social son, Samuel. Can't even take his eyes of people for long enough to nurse :)

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I took a ton of photos of Samuel this day also - a lot of his big, sweet smile, but I loved this adorable moment between him and his mama. Laura is such a good mommy to these boys!

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His is mid-"Happy Birthday to you" being sung to Leah on her 7th birthday. She is my sassy yet shy niece who doesn't love a lot of attention on her so I think she appreciated the moral support she got from Uncle Matt who cozied up beside her during the singing. :)

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My sister - Auntie Amy - who loves her nieces and nephews HARD and boy, do they love her too! This is Amy teaching Maelynn and Adleigh (all dolled up in their dress-up clothes) how to play with a Cat's Cradle string.

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Trip to get some fro-yo. Adleigh's favorite.

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Like, favorite. Good to the last drop.

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This last photo is a bonus and a new feature you'll notice each post from here on out. Starting this month, the other girls and I are taking on an extra challenge to help us all focus on pushing ourselves creatively. Whether it's a particular subject matter or an element of design, we'll (hopefully) all be featuring one bonus photo each month with the same challenge. First off is repetition. This could probably fit better under the "line" element of design but the combo of the repeated spindles and the precious sleepy head peaking through made this photo work for me!

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Project Ten is made up of a group of very talented photographers who are determined to document their own lives and not just the lives of their clients. Ten photos from our everyday lives on the tenth of every month. Check back monthly and be sure to check out all the other extremely talented women below!

My Fellow Project Ten 2016 Participants: Paula RichwineCait JensenLisa O’BrienRebecca BenderParker Slaton, Rae Barnes, Erin GregersonKelly LappStacy HartKate NealEmily Troutman, Heather Butler, and Rachel Eade.