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Dear Robin and I share the same sentiment.

I tried to do some engagement photos on Saturday and we nearly got blown away! It was brutally windy and so, so cold. At one point, some dollar bills I had in my pocket flew out and we spent 5 minutes chasing them around the park (which I’m sure the wind thought was hilarious). Good news! All the bills were recovered and we’ve rescheduled our engagement session. ūüôā









: parents of children on Toddlers and Tiaras. (or any untelevised beauty pageant)

Really, America? When did you, as mothers, decide it was ok to dye your three-year-old’s hair, clip in a pair of false teeth, ¬†and tell her she “has to be perfect”? Often the camera pans to the audience, showing a sparse attendance of around 20 people. That’s why you’re waxing your 4-year-old’s eyebrows, telling her to do her “sexy walk”, fake-tanning your 2-year-old, juicing her up on Red Bulls, bribing her with a puppy, and spending $3,000 for one weekend?

“It’s built her confidence so much!” they all gush. “She really shines on the stage and LOVES to do pageants!!!”

HELLO! THEY are BABIES! Not shy college students with introverted tendencies! Tender, impressionable, innocent BABIES.

Your mission is to nurture, protect, teach. If you want to build her confidence, enroll her in a dance class. Want to improve social skills? How about the Girl Scouts? However, putting your baby in fake everything while¬†announcing who won “Most Beautiful Face” sounds like preparation for a hard life of self-doubt, not confidence. Who are you really doing the pageants for, moms? Let’s be honest here.

//end rant.

From a Ferris Wheel

Today I worked from 9-5 (the Dolly Pardon song in my head every time I thought of my hours) and afterwards Josiah and I got Mexican for dinner! I love date nights! These photos are from the Clay County Fair in Florida, where we rode the Ferris Wheel together last month!

Summer Rodeo


Small Things

I’ve been busy lately. Very, very busy. I got a second job a week ago, and coordinating both work schedules each week is a practically a THIRD job. Bryson and Lindsay’s wedding was GREAT! It was a stressful day because I was the photographer, sister of the groom, AND played guitar and sang with my sisters during the ceremony! Thankfully, everything flowed smoothly and it was an absolutely beautiful day. I’m working on the 20 gigs of photo/HD video in my spare time and plan to have at least the photos finished this week. I’ve got several shooting jobs booked for May, a Liberty graduation coming up, and planning my own wedding for October.

Therefore, I’m having to make a conscious effort to take breaks every so often so I don’t overstress. (Is that a word??!)

Some photos from several of my small moments this week:

(my dining room table)

(homemade sandwich from my lunch yesterday – all fresh and locally-grown ingredients from the Amish store, Anderson’s Market, on freshly baked whole wheat bread! SO GOOD.)

(Left: my backyard garden is growing! Most of the seeds we planted last week have sprouted – I can’t WAIT until it all blooms!)

(Right: This little plant is called Hens and Chicks. Josiah and I went to the Lynchburg Community Market this morning and a nice little lady let me take one of these home :))

(Two old magazines I bought on Main Street today in downtown Lynchburg. I’m in love with all the ads inside – advertising designers were so much classier back then. The magazine on the left is dated September 15th, 1941 – 3 months before the Pearl Harbor attack. The magazine on the right is from 1949.)

Stay in touch! I’ll be posting the highlights from Bryson and Lindsay’s wedding soon!


My absolute FAVORITE lens is the one Josiah bought ¬†me while he was deployed, a 50 mm f/1.8D. Nothing beats that 1.8! Well..I guess a 1.4 would, but for me…this lens is so fun to do portraits with! I used one of my vintage cameras as a subject today and put my 50mm on my Nikon.¬†

Having a fixed lens has made me move more while shooting and forced me to consider composition more in depth. I love it though! This depth-of-field sometimes gives me goosebumps! (Ok, slight exaggeration)

Here’s another shot using this lens ¬†from up on the mountain a few days ago. I saw these cute little green buds on this baby tree and had Josiah stop so I could take some pictures. I only did a little bit of color-correction with this.¬†

Yay for spring! And finally, some pretty daffodils that I bought at the Lynchburg Farmer’s Market downtown on Saturday. The lady I bought them from was so friendly – we chatted a bit and I told her about my sprouting “garden” and she gave me some tips! I wish that I lived in a city big enough to have a fresh flower market open all the time.

The Countdown: 8 days until our Florida trip, and 10 days until my brother gets married! I made a budget today as suggested by Josiah’s parents (his mom and dad keep our spending on track!) We’re planning to spend $300 on gas alone! Groaaan. So painful. But I’ve managed to save up $250 towards our trip in the last two months, so I’m grateful for that. Plus we’re staying with friends in Jacksonville and we have over $100 in restaurant gift cards saved from Christmas and birthdays to help offset our food cost.

We are all SO excited and Josiah and I especially can’t wait to hit up the beach!

Oh, did I mention my birthday is this Friday? Yes, April 1st. No, I’m not fooling.