A Day To Remember

I honestly don’t even know how to put today in words, so let me start at the beginning.  There is a very special little boy in Northwest Arkansas named Leighton.  His journey was read and shared by thousands as his parents documented his story on CaringBridge and his story was also featured in Peekaboo Magazine.  I fully encourage you to get comfortable, grab a big box of tissues, and read about Leighton on the CaringBridge site, however if you can’t, I’d like to share a little bit about him and what made this day so special.  Leighton was born premature and with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS).  Having HLHS causes many problems on its own, and being a preemie only added to this.  Leighton is quite the fighter and pulled through, however his heart was failing and he ended up needing a new heart.  On February 5th, 2009, sweet baby Omar gained his wings.  Omar’s family decided to donate his organs and because of that choice, Leighton got a chance to live.  Today, Omar’s dad got to meet Leighton and see and hear his son’s heart beating in Leighton’s chest.  It was very emotional and I cried all the way home from the hospital.  It was an absolutely beautiful moment and I wanted to share it with all of you.  I hope this sweet moment warms your heart tonight.

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Dance With KDA

I wanted to take a quick second to let you all know that Kaleidoscope Dance Academy in Bentonville, Arkansas is now enrolling for their 2017-2018 season!  My daughter took summer classes here and is continuing on this fall as well.  Ms Laine is so loving and patient with my daughter Cora (some days this is not easy as she can be quite fiery and tempestuous) and you can always tell the absolute love and joy she has for dance.  We absolutely love Laine and KDA!  Head over to their website or their Facebook page for more info!  See you at dance class!

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Little Miss Kaylie

I had so much fun with this gorgeous girl recently!  We got to head out to Creekwood Gardens and take some gorgeous Birthday photos (complete with some awesome props from Somthin Borrowed)!  Tulle, princess dresses, a gorgeous creek… This session was just lovely!  I can’t believe how fast this sweet girl is growing up!  I can’t wait to edit the rest of these photos!

*If you haven’t seen the gorgeous family session I did with her family a couple years ago, make sure to check it out!

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Fantasmic Birthday Party

This year for my son’s Birthday he wanted to do a Fantasmic theme!  I knew that this would be a challenge, since there aren’t any Fantasmic (or even Fantasia, which is similar) themed party supplies or anything.  I took a bit of research, craftiness, and lots of imagination, but we pulled it off!  We got the Sorcerer Mickey robe from Etsy.  I made the cups from a red solo cup, gold ribbon/rope (tied into a bow and hot glued to the cup), and some paper straws I found on Etsy.  The cake was made by the insanely talented Nichole Hamm (if you haven’t seen the Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night cake she made, make sure to check it out here!), the star toppers were from Etsy, the glitter number 6 was from Hobby Lobby, the confetti was a custom order from this Etsy shop, the plates were ordered from Meri Meri. and everything else was purchased either at Disney World (some of it through the Shop Disney Parks app) or Party City for the generic party stuff.

I love planning parties and this was a blast for me!  Below are some photos of the decor and one of the portraits I did of my son for the party.  In the words of Sorcerer Mickey, “Some imagination, huh?”

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Murillo Family – Mikayla Turns 6!

Recently I did a big session with the sweet Murillo family!  We did family photos, mommy and me photos, Birthday photos, and photos of Mikayla in her momma’s wedding dress (see the blog post from that portion of the session here).  This session was so much fun!  I always love photographing this family!  I did photos for Christmas with them a couple years ago and also photos for Kayla’s 3rd Birthday in 2014!  I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from this sweet session!

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Walter Family

You may remember the gorgeous Walter couple from their beautiful fall wedding a couple years ago.  Recently I got to photograph them again and meet their newest little addition (who very well may be the cutest thing on the planet)!  This little family is just so sweet and I was so blessed to be able to spend some time with them!  I hope you enjoy some of my favorites below!

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Mommy’s Wedding Dress

Recently I did a session with a sweet girl in her momma’s wedding dress!  We went out to Chapel on the Creeks in Rogers to do this sentimental session.  I have always wanted to do one of these sessions and had SO much fun with this sweet girl!  These will be a true treasure to have on her wedding day (and for her momma forever).  I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from this beautiful session!

Mikayla