Sarah + Chase {in love}

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There are so many things that I could say about this precious couple! Sarah was my first senior session, and I absolutely adore her! Not only is she incredibly beautiful, but she is sooo sweet! I took some pictures of her + Chase back around the time of her senior session (was that really 3 years ago? I’m losing track of time…and feeling kind of old)! Anyway, they were just as cute then as they are now! I have bumped into Chase in what seem like the most unexpected places…like on my internal medicine rotation at the hospital while he was doing a summer internship. I’m telling y’all–it’s a small, small world!

I was over-the-moon excited when Sarah booked their session! But because we’ve had months of nasty weather on the weekends, we didn’t get around to re-scheduling their session until the middle of January–and I’m so glad we waited! We had the most beautiful, unexpected, 60 degree and sunny weather! Thanks to the yummy light and this giggly, head-over-heels in love with each other couple–my job was so easy!
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Sarah + Chase, I’m so glad you guys asked me to do this! I wish you guys nothing but the best!

xoxo,
Jess

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The Hodges Family

I am convinced that I have the best clients. Maybe I’m a little biased, but I believe it to be true. And this sweet family is no exception! Our session was quite a while ago… but since it is waaay too cold outside for me to want to get out, AND I noticed it was Jason’s birthday…I figured I could spend a little time this morning getting caught up on some blogs!

Before I get started with the pictures, I’d like to wish Jason a very happy birthday! I can just hear those sweet little kids singing to you now:)

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The first time I photographed the Hodges family was when Reid was a tiny little baby. I couldn’t believe how much he had grown! One thing hadn’t changed much, though…he was not the biggest fan of my camera. So we spent most of the session playing, and in the end I think we got some really sweet shots.2014-01-04_0002
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His two big sisters, Rylee and Regan, are adorable, polite, and sooo sweet. I am always excited when I get to see this little group! 2014-01-04_0006
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I feel like I can’t end this blog without telling you how wonderful Jason + Kathie are. I feel like I get to see a special side of families when we are taking pictures…and I’m not just talking about kids. However, you definitely get the chance to see a very interesting side of them sometimes too;)But to me, I think you are really able to see what kind of people the parents are… I know you’re thinking that I’m crazy right now. But usually on “picture day”, nothing goes right, kids are in not-so-awesome moods, and it is almost a guarantee that they spill something on their shirt on the way to the session. If you’re a parent, you’re probably nodding your head right now in agreement. If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a million times. But what’s interesting to me is to see how the parents handle all of these situations. And I can tell you that these two did so flawlessly.

On this particular day, a few minutes before our session I stopped by Kathie’s store to grab a cookie (more on that later). She had just pulled up with the kids. Reid was covered in…something. Apparently the day care didn’t know or didn’t remember today was picture day. So he was a mess. And Kathie was just as cool as a cucumber about the whole thing. She just whisked him right on in like it nothing happened and cleaned everything right up. Maybe it’s because I’m a little OCD, or maybe it’s just because I don’t have any kids of my own so I haven’t had a chance to develop this little talent…but I know for sure that I would’ve been at least a little anxious about the whole thing not going well before it had even actually started. Kathie and Jason? They just rolled with the punches. Not only were they the “calm, cool, collected” parents that I can only hope of being one day, but you can tell how patient they are just by watching them interact with their 3 kids. And on top of all that, their two girls are about as polite and charming as they come, which I imagine is the #1 sign of good parenting.

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Kathie + Jason–I absolutely adore your sweet little family, and I feel so honored to be able to capture a teeny tiny part of the love you guys have for each other!

xoxo,

Jess

Oh, and before I forget, I’d like to throw in a shameless plug for their store, The Pecan Tree (in Grant, AL)! If you have a kid…you should go in there. And if you don’t have a kid, you should do what I do…go in, grab one of Telah’s cookies, and try to fight off baby fever! They also have lots of non-kid clothes and gifts, too. So there is really something for everyone, and most importantly–excellent customer service;)

Kathie Hodges

How wonderfully sweet! You just made me cry with your kind words. We feel so blessed to have you a part of our lives. Thank you for capturing our babies personalities so well in their pictures. Time is passing by so fast and these are items we can cherish and look back upon to remind us of so many memories.

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Waiting on Baby Willa

Hello, there! It’s been a while…

I realize that I may be the worst blogger of all time. I’ve had at least 20 sessions since my last post…and they are all sitting nice and snug on the desktop of my computer, just begging to be shared with you guys. Please forgive me! I promise to try and catch up on all of my blogging soon! But for now…

I would like to introduce you to my beautiful and oh-so-sweet friend Alix! I grew up going to church with this precious girl and graduated high school with her older brother. I’ve always adored their family…for lots of reasons. One being that they are insanely good looking;)But also because they are all just as genuinely beautiful on the inside. Seriously, you won’t meet a more precious family–just take my word for it! When she emailed me a few months ago asking about a maternity session, I’ll admit that I was floored. I had no idea she & George were expecting. I guess that’s what happen when you live hours away and both of you are super busy…and don’t go to your “home” church every weekend. Man, time flies.

Anyway, after several emails back and forth about her maternity session, we set a date at the end of December when we would both be home for the holidays and hoped for the best. OF COURSE the weather didn’t work out…so when we rescheduled for a few days later, I thought we had hit the jackpot as far as winter weather was concerned. The high was in the mid to upper 50s and the sky was full of sunshine! Only in Alabama…:)

Before I move on to the pictures, I feel like it should be mentioned somewhere that they are going to have a (beautiful, I’m certain) baby girl…and they are naming her Willa! There is something so unique but timeless about that name, and I absolutely adore it! I’ve spent years dreaming up baby names for “when that time comes”…and Blake and I can never seem to agree on much. But I think Alix and George picked the perfect name!

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At one point during the session I mentioned the words “serious face” and Alix said “I was once told by another photographer that I don’t have a very good serious face”…well, I would like to state for the record that they were lying. Because I think her serious face is pretty incredible. Actually, all of her “faces”… but you get the point;)

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I absolutely adore the way these two look at each other <3 Makes my heart melt just a little.

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Several of you reading this probably know Alix…so you’ll know just what I mean when I say that it is crazy how much she looks like her mother. Honestly, I’d love to see some pictures of her mom in her 20s just to see if I could tell them apart. I doubt that I could. Even now I think they could pass for sisters. And I’m NOT saying that just to be nice–I’m being 100% honest.

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I just want to say a quick “thank you” to George for being such a trooper during our session! Y’all were so fun and easy to work with, and I truly believe you guys are going to be incredible parents! I can’t wait to meet beautiful baby Willa when she decides to make her debut:)

xoxo,

Jess

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Elliott Family

It’s that time of year again! Some of you who have been “with” me since the beginning of my photography journey know this family very well. Mostly because they are my own–my very first family session was just a few years ago with this lovely family.

We had a harder time at this session than we thought we would… we were pretty much fighting a small crowd for this spot, at one point I lost 100% of the vision in my left eye, Jadyn got her new birthday shoes absolutely covered in mud, and I am totally and completely covered in bug bites… but it ended with a bonfire, s’mores, and millions of belly-laughs playing a fun new card game until about midnight. So I’d say it was worth the work;)

I am so grateful for all of you–and I hope you guys love your pictures! <3

And while we’re talking about families… I thought this was fairly appropriate for my wonderful big sister:

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”:)

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