I thought at some point the "awe" of watching children grow would wear off (considering it's all I get to do). But quite conversely I still love it and get just as amazed with every single child that walks through this door. Watching babies from the time they are in their mommy's belly to the time they are 5 years old is one of the most fulfilling things in my life. It's a spectacular transformation to witness and document. So blessed by the families that trust us with this precious time period in life. 

Speaking of precious...this family is most precious. Everytime I'm around them, my cheeks hurt from smiling so much. Awesome people. 

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If you are from this area, I'm sure you have heard about Kellan
She's a four year old fighter that was diagnosed with a tumor in her left cerebellum.

To photograph this little girl with her family before they travelled for her first treatment was an absolute honor. She was a perfect 4 year old flipping from "I REALLY don't want my picture made" to "okay, I'll give you one look, but you better be fast". :) She made me laugh....and smile.....alot. 

What a beautiful spirit this family has about them....one of hope and faith for what is to come and one of gratitude for all the little things in life.....like prayer for example...if you have a few to send up, could you add Kellan, her family and their current journey to your list of great stuff to pray for? 

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I used to think talking about chewing on baby thighs was the grossest thing I had ever thought about...but then I had a few ladies here at the studio last night and they were looking through an album saying, "OOH! Look! I wanna bite it..I just want to chew on those legs for a few minutes." hahaaa....while still kinda.......strange, it's so true! What is it about babies thighs that are so stinkin' kissable! I love em, love em, love em. This baby is no stranger for that desire. 

disclaimer : I would NEVER actually *do* that to anyone's child....just saying chubby little parts make ya want to. Sweetness!

This family just moved into town from Charlotte and I am SO happy to know them! I bet I had more fun at our session than they did. I smiled so much my cheeks hurt! What a precious couple and such a sweet little punkin pie they have! Can't wait to watch him grow. 

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Yvonne says:

OH my! Adorable family!!!!!!!! Love very single one of these. Beautiful.

(05.10.11 @ 05:17 PM)
Carmen Nauseef says:

oh my word! gorgeous images as always, that first image is so rich and beautiful~ love it tina!

(05.10.11 @ 08:38 PM)
Carmen Nauseef says:

oh my word! gorgeous images as always, that first image is so rich and beautiful~ love it tina!

(05.10.11 @ 08:39 PM)
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Sometimes the strangest things pop into a session...like a stray cat. 
Random, I know. But cute nonetheless. 

In this session, I love how the silliness and playful nature of the kids is so prevalent. Beautiful family, lots of laughs, lots of fun!  

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Anna Hedges says:

The 6th picture from the top.... that cat is actually LOOKING at the boy. ohhhh myyyy grrracious!!!! Does it get any cuter??? melt.my.heart.

(05.16.11 @ 01:49 PM)
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I met Stephanie and Tom at a function we hosted awhile back. They had me come out to document their family and I must say, I was a little apprehensive at first.....about getting all the dogs in one shot. As it turns out, photographing dogs is almost exactly like photographing kids. 
We ran and rolled around in the backyard. They were sweet, sassy and had moments of shyness just like any other session. So fun to watch and get to be a part of. 

I must say...one of the biggest differences about this session from a regular kids session is this...I'm sure a mom and dad of human children wouldn't have "wine dog" bibs and a request to photograph them in the cellar. I love the nuances of my job. 

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