Another year has gone by and it’s time again for Sadie’s birthday party. This year it was an enchanted garden theme, since she is such a classy big girl. I think it’s so special that she’ll have memories of celebrations of her birthday with each parent. And, as usual, Dan and Hagen outdid themselves. It was beautiful, fun, delicious… everything a 5-year-old could ask for! These beautiful flowers were made by Hagen and her friend Nicole… pretty, huh?Now here is the highlight for me. These are ice cream scoops inside homemade white chocolate cups (also made by Hagen.) I could have eaten the whole plate, but alas. It was not MY birthday party and that would have been inappropriate. Tattoos were followed by a wand hunt. After a little coaching from Hagen, Sadie found one! So happy!A little pin the wing on the fairy, obviously…We love you Sadie! Well done Hagen!!
Amanda and Paul were married in Mexico. Without me. But they had a great, fun party here and invited me to be their Birmingham reception photographer. It was really fun to watch them together. I know I, and all wedding photographers, say that a lot. But here’s what I mean. Amanda is fairly confident… she has some typical girl insecurities. But Paul affirms her and tells her both out loud and implicitly just how beautiful and hot she is. Having him right there with us while we did her portraits created an even more beautiful bride than I would have seen otherwise. And Paul kind of seemed like he had been in front of the camera his whole life. He was so comfortable! The reception was at Workplay with the fabulous band Just a Few Cats making it impossible to sit. Amanda’s mom did the cakes, something she does really well, but just for fun. Here’s how fun the reception was… I put the camera down and danced. I’ve never done that before, but there was too much fun happening to miss out! (Don’t worry, I did my work first!)Since most party attenders weren’t in Mexico, we watched a slide show of their beautiful ceremony.
Remember the contest I had to help raise money for an almost-new-mom my friend Catie was helping? Well one of the winners was a friend I’ve known since early childhood. Natalie and I had our first daughters around the same time and I don’t think I’ve seen her since we were both pregnant. Meeting her children, Cecilia and Lucas, was such a treat! And chatting with her and her parents was so much fun. I hated for the time to end! Look at these cute babies-
My mom will be so happy with me for posting Easter! Just a few highlights- my mom made these beautiful dresses, my awesome sisters walked around with my girls with umbrellas so they could egg hunt in the rain, we all brought really yummy food, my bro and sis-in-law made an adult Easter “minis hunt” again, I love my family.
A couple of weekends ago I shot what turned out to be one of my favorite photo sessions. The family involved, the location, and most of all the precious, sweet girl made it so. Kathleen is graduating this year. It’s wild because she was in a sixth grade Sunday School class I taught and it could not have been 6 years ago. Wild! As we started this session, I went in knowing she was beautiful. She’s gentle, kind, loving, has a contagious smile, but as we got into it, she took my breath away with her beauty. She is a natural in front of the camera and the Christ-centered beauty from her insides showed through in every frame. Thus, the blog post is a little long. I couldn’t narrow it down!!! Enjoy this beautiful introduction to Kathleen…