TBT- Nathan, Fayth and Esra.

Almost a year ago I photographed this beautiful family. Today Esra is running around like a wild child with gorgeous crystal blue eyes and a just enough teeth to wrap around her favorite snack; carrots. Her first word was "Mama", which, Fayth admits was a product of several days worth of brainwashing. One thing that is sure to mesmerize this little one is ANYTHING that feels soft like velvet. If her tiny baby hand brushes against a blanket, it's instant thumb sucking/ mini five second nap time for her.

One of the coolest things about Fayth and Nathan, other than being some of my closest friends, is how adventurous they are. These guys are world travelers, and they aren't going to let a pregnancy or a baby stop them. While they were pregnant they visited Brussels, Dordrecht, Rotterdam, Rome, Vatican City, Amsterdam, Paris, London, New York and Chicago, and "baby mooned" in Charleston, South Carolina. Esra isn't even a full year old yet, and she has more travel reward points than I do! Since she was born, this family has been to Hot Springs, Panama City, Columbus, Chicago, and Nashville.

I'm so excited to see what life has in store for Nathan and Fayth now that they have Esra in their lives! This chick is already blooming with personality and will officially be one year old on October the 20th! Happy (early) Birthday Esra! #lifewhithesra





Beau Savanne Home by Manuel Builders

I recently photographed this beautiful home located in the cozy neighborhood of Beau Savanne in Lafayette, Louisiana. It was built by the ever talented Manuel Home Builders and was recently featured in the 2015 Parade of Homes. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I had heartburn the minute I drove up and laid eyes on this wonderful piece of architecture. It was the good kind of heartburn, or I guess it could be bad, because I wanted to move in right then and there. Every room was perfectly staged by Molly Kallenberger and her team at House Dressings. From the living room to the bedroom, they created the coziest of settings! The house also displayed art work from local artist Kelli Kaufman. I'm going to stop now and let the pictures do the talking. Please enjoy the tour :)

TBT - The Rutherfords

Throw back Thursday to this awesome family session a few months ago. Gosh, even looking at these photos are reminding me how much things can change in just a little amount of time. These kids are growing so fast! Already their looks are beginning to change and their personalities are blooming. Hold on to your little ones while you can, because before you know it, they are off to college, then married with kids. Also, take more pictures and vow to actually print them instead of storing them on a flash drive. There is nothing like a memory on display! You will never forget it that way.

We took these family portraits on the front porch of the Rutherfords new home- a log cabin that has been in the family for years. JJ (father) helped his father build it! So, having their photos taken here was both sentimental and appropriate. PJ (big sister) didn't mind showing me a few places she thought best for her photos, while Ranger (ittle brother) was in his own little world. Crystal (momma) did an awesome job pulling the outfits together and getting everyone ready for a smooth sailing shoot. What a great afternoon full of photography and laughs!

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What's On Your Counter?

Yesterday as I was listening to the radio, a lady was speaking about the health benefits of a bowl of fruit being out on your counter. Simply having the fruit in your line of vision would increase your chances to make a better snack choice and thus would lead to better health. It made me think of the possible choices I would make if I had certain things displayed in my home as well as certain things put away. Then I realized; my camera is always tucked away in the camera bag. All the memories I fail to document because it is out of sight and out mind. If I take a few seconds to think about it... I hardly have any photographs of my sweet and lovely life, except the ones carelessly stored on my iphone that could so easily be broken. I am a PHOTOGRAPHER for goodness sake. Shame be upon me. Perhaps it is the association of work that keeps me from taking pictures on a casual basis, but I am changing my ways today.

This morning I placed my camera on the counter- literally. And then something crazy happened. I made tortillas. Homemade. From scratch. Then, I photographed.

I had to ask myself, "what's on my counter." Whether it was something missing from it, or something that needed to be taken off. I am sure there is much rearranging to do, but Rome wasn't built in a day. Today the first brick laid was my camera and the promise to take more pictures.

So with the introduction of my new website and, consequently, my new blog, I bring to you: HOMEMADE TORTILLAS