I’m so excited to share this session with you! I LOVE shooting maternity sessions. I’ve said this before, but there’s a certain sweetness and level of trust between a married couple that isn’t present (yet) when I’m shooting an engaged couple. Add anticipation of the arrival of a little baby, and maternity sessions become the epitome of a love-filled shoot. A little cheesy? Yeah, probably, but it couldn’t be more true.

I know Jill & Brandon through our church, and Jill and I started talking about doing a shoot almost a year ago! Of course, I was so thrilled to hear that she was expecting their first child and even more excited when she and Brandon asked me to shoot their maternity photos! These photos were taken last week – Less than 3 weeks before Jill was due. You might not understand why that’s a big deal, but you will once you see the pictures because she looks SO GOOD! Seriously, she’s THAT woman that other pregnant women look at in hatred because she is the tiniest preggo mama ever. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. :) I can only hope to look half as good as her when that day comes for me!

At the beginning of our session, I asked Jill and Brandon if there’s anything specific they wanted (as I do for all sessions). Jill responded with the best answer I think I’ve ever gotten – They just wanted normal pictures where she happened to pregnant. I can’t even tell you how much I love that!

Baby Elliott Brooke is going to be the luckiest girl in the world because her parents LOVE Jesus, they happen to be hysterical, and she is about to be born into one of the sweetest, closest families that I know! Here are my favorites from their session…

I asked Jill if she could give me a serious face, and she quickly responded, “Oh, yeah!”
She was NOT kidding.

I teased this on my Facebook Page after their session. It’s one of my favorite portraits I’ve ever taken.

I seriously am in LOVE with these next four photos.

Holy favorite, Batman.

Such a pretty mama!

Oh my word. Y’all are the sweetest!

Happy Tuesday!

I think June will consistently be my busiest month of the year. Between my job and traveling for Aaron’s, there’s not a whole lot of relaxing in my summers… Especially in June.

Highlights of June:

-Walking (don’t judge) a 5k to support our friends who are moving to Africa.
-Lots of emails and even more editing… Definitely not a “highlight”, but in every spare moment, those two dominated my time.
-Danielle’s wedding!!!!
-A LOT of beach time. This Florida girl was NOT complaining, even with an abundance of seaweed. :)
-Shot 2 beautiful weddings and a bridal session!
-Ate a fair amount (okay, a ton) of terrible food. Seriously, after all of my traveling in June, I came home with an extra 6lbs. No bueno.
-Spent a week in Destin for our high school student ministry’s beach camp. Super fun times!
-Got a way-too-short visit from our Atlanta family. Aaron and I want to make an ATL trip SO bad!
-Mini LU-renuion at Madison & Andrew’s wedding!
-Spent over 14 hours on airplanes, and who knows how many waiting in airports.
-Celebrated the 4th a few days early with our church… It was a PERFECT day!

Happy Monday!

A few weekends ago, I flew to Raleigh, NC for the wedding of my sweet friends, Madison and Andrew. I was so thankful to fly in a day early, so I could go to the bridal luncheon and rehearsal dinner while having a mini-reunion with some of my best Liberty friends! Not only was it such a great weekend with friends, but I LOVED being a part of Madison and Andrew’s wedding. I can remember MANY instances during our time at LU that Madison and I shared meals and stories that made us wonder if we would even find our future husbands. Well, waiting on God’s timing is definitely the way to go, as evidenced by the great love that Madison and Andrew share for the Lord and each other.

As we drove to the church on their wedding day, there were a few dark clouds overhead, but the weather forecast promised only a slight chance of rain. The weather man was quickly proved very wrong when it started pouring on our way to their first look, but Madison’s excitement could not be shaken. She just kept saying, “I can’t wait to see Andrew!” over and over. So precious! They were such great sports about the rain, and we made it work, thanks to a great covered porch! I guess I should just let you see for yourself… Check out my favorites!

I always love a TOMS bride.

Madison collects hand-painted tea cups, and her mom gave her this one at her bridal luncheon. I just HAD to use it for detail shots!

This might be the best gift I’ve ever seen given by a bride to her groom. Over 5 years ago, Madison started writing letters to her future husband. On their wedding day, Madison gave Andrew a book full of all the letters she had written to him over the years… Such a beautiful gift.

Love this… So Madison.

Andrew is just a LITTLE bit of a Duke fan… He even proposed to Madison at a Duke game last fall!

Seriously, I have NEVER seen a bride so excited to see her groom. Madison must have asked me at least 10 times if she could see Andrew yet. I might have had to tell her to calm down a bit. :) I just love the look of excitement on her face.

Madison’s gift to Andrew might have been my favorite, but Andrew hit a home run too! What girl doesn’t want a diamond necklace to wear on her wedding day?!

In case you’re wondering, yes, I was crying.

Y’all are so adorable.

Love this!

This is a new favorite bridal portrait of mine… So elegant and classic!

Andrew, you did a great job on that necklace!

I just love them!

Haha. They are awesome!


Party time!

Here are some perks of shooting a wedding full of friends…

We’re special. :)

Congratulations, Mads & Andrew! :)

Happy 4th of July!!!!