It’s a season of thanks and during this time of year everyone seems to go to Facebook or instagram and post their #30dot or #thirtydaysofthanks Thirty Thanksgiving Days… Whatever you would like to call it. I happen to be one of them. I think it is a wonderful reminder for us to stop and be grateful, thankful for what we have. Today I posted a thanks on friends who sharpen me.
I was honored to ‘play’ and spend time with one of my best friends while I was home visiting, Missouri. All along in the laughter and joy of making her do silly things like walk a certain way or swinging her hair and the random moments she would keep my husband in line, I was in awe of her spirit. Ever since meeting this friend through other friends back in 2004, I have never stopped enjoying her company.
“Through life’s roller coaster ride we have ridden it side by side.” w~
We have held each others hands, hearts and tears. We have shared in booty-tooches and ‘breast-grabbing photos and we have shared in the hours of ‘tell me why your heart hurts’ conversations. Even thousands of miles apart, she still lights up my face when I talk about her. That is a friend. That is a God-send friend.
I will always treasure her heart and what she brings to this world. She is someone to admire.
If super-women and models were rolled into one being it would be her. It’s what they call a role model. <3
Also, I was delighted to photograph her very tall and gorgeous daughter whom I have had the privilege of knowing since she was a tiny baby!! I can’t believe she is growing so fast. Moments of thanks continually pour…
These photos were taken at Battleground National Park in Battleground, Missouri outside of Republic and Springfield, Missouri.
Ps. We had to use our blonde charm to get us out of a ticket for staying at the park after it had closed. Thank you Mr. Officer for not ticketing us!!! See, she still can get me in trouble and out of it too!
He is currently a Senior at Strafford High School. He has attended Strafford schools since 2nd grade.
He loves music and plays many instruments – such as, but not limited to the guitar, banjo, harmonica, bass, trumpet, tuba, drums and some piano preforming in various bands and worship teams (Strafford Youth Center, Assembly of God, Lakeside Family Worship Center) and on his off-time gives guitar lessons to aspiring musicians.
He works at Stafford McDonalds and dreams of attending Drury University in Springfield, Missouri.
He loves sour patch kids and Mnt. Dew and drives a Chevy Beretta.
He dreams big and works hard. His style is down-to-earth with a flair of alternative folk.
“You sang me a song, before I was born
You placed me into the hands of those you adore
You watched over me, even when I was grown
You are God over my life, You and you alone. ” w~
Thankful for every package sent from heaven. They are God’s best work, His greatest design!
I have watched, even prayed for this mother as she waited so patiently for God’s timing. If her engagement to her husband is any indication that waiting isn’t her strong suit – she did it without effort (looking in from afar). I am so joyful to see God’s work and workmanship as He has given her a family full of health, love and smiles, not just one baby but two!
Her baby boy Broden, soon to be a big brother, is going to be the perfect older brother to watch over her and help her through the years.
My heart is overjoyed.
Welcome to your family little miracle. <3 It is a beautiful one!
It was an international love affair that could only be lined up by fate. When southern Cali native decided to spread her wings and fly free where her traveling heart ventured. As she was abroad she landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina and from there moved to Beijing, China as an English school teacher. The ‘non-locals’ had their circles of restaurants and hangouts and that is where through a friend of a friend, she met the light-hearted, fun and adventurous Spike Hemans from Wichita, Kansas.
As we sat across the table hearing their hilarious stories and how their lives spun together so quickly and perfectly, I couldn’t help but see the instant chemistry they had. The kind others long for their entire lives. He completed a part of her heart she craved, and it was evident she did the same for her. He made her heart laugh, without even trying. I was glancing upon a smile that was from her soul – not the half smirked face that happens when you are sitting across from someone you are just meeting but the over apparent ‘I can’t help myself, I might cry if I don’t laugh out loud’ kind of smile. I took snapshots of their chemistry with my eyes.
This is what the world needs more of. “We’re not really ‘pose type’ people” they explained when we talked about their engagement session coming up and they were right. They we full of life and the love just elevated what was already there. They wanted that captured, after all, it is something you don’t see everyday. So we ventured into a gorgeous lil place called Polite and Provisions a cute 1940′s eatery and pub with vintage style and class all over it. Usually this place it packed out but we had it mostly to ourselves today. Even if the room was shoulder to shoulder, their energy would have still be magnetic to the camera. Lastly, we were joined by Lily and Corey – their two incredibly gorgeous and friendly dogs in Balboa Park. As their family walked hand in hand, we captured their life as you might see on a Saturday stroll to the park.
I enjoyed their session because they knew who they were in each other. They weren’t trying to mask or create, they were comfortable with all they are – stopping this moment in time, freezing it to remember how fate brought them to this place, to this time, to share together. Love is always around us. It isn’t something we have to discover or create, we just have to open our eyes and see it.
Here are some of the photos from their session:
I was excited when I received a call from a beautiful voice, out of the blue about a month ago. Nicole lives in New Mexico and was going to be visiting her college stomping grounds with her husband Jeff and their cute puppy Bruno. She had a very gentle and sophisticated voice and when she described what concept they were in search of for some family photos, she even got me excited.
We photographed them down by the lifeguard tower 25 and under the crystal pier and then on the beach, right as the sun set. Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach, just north of downtown San Diego is a gorgeous place to take photos, it was the perfect location for them. Their family couldn’t have been any cuter as they laughed and took in the moment. You could see the laughter in their hearts, how they interacted with each other, he took her hand in his and they jumped waves as Bruno’s little tail followed their adventurous lives… I imagine that is what their life looks a lot like in real life. Being both business-minded people I am confident they have faced waves coming at them from time to time, who doesn’t but hand in hand – they find comfort in each other, even dance in the waves… and add in some little paw prints – life is complete.
I was so excited to work with them. I hope you three enjoyed your time here in San Diego. If you are ever back in town, I would love to photograph you again and if I am ever in New Mexico, I will have to come check out your restaurant. I am positive it would blow my mind! <3
Here are some of their amazing memories made:
Beyond the sounds of whispers and words
Beyond the feeling of what my heart beats towards
Beyond the wind that blows freely through the trees
Beyond the notion that there is something out there, greater for me
Beyond you, beyond me
I pray heaven can only see
All of my being knows love because you have first given love to me.
This bride stands gorgeously outside the Hotel Del Coronado, in Coronado Island outside of downtown San Diego, California. Weddings are gorgeous at this location. The sand is untouched in the mornings and the view is breathtaking. It is the perfect location for a beach wedding in San Diego. Chris & Wendy Weddings loved photographing her here as well as many other brides and grooms.