Lakehouse Extended Family Session

I had the sweetest session a few days ago.  I went out to Beaver Lake to visit with this sweet family while they are visiting Northwest Arkansas.  They rented a lake house and it was simply gorgeous there!  Since they all live in different parts of the world, they wanted to capture some memories while they were all here together.  It was a warm summer day to be sure, but this gorgeous family braved the heat and we got some super cute posed photos to start things off!Nix1

After a while in the heat, the kiddos were over being outside and posing, so we took it inside and got some cute candids as they baked chocolate chip cookies and had a dance party!  Candids are starting to become some of my favorites with kiddos.  These are true moments captured of kids playing with their cousins and spending time together.  While my love for posed photos will always be there, I’m really starting to appreciate the unique beauty of lifestyle photos as well.

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I had so much fun with this beautiful family!  It was a blessing getting to spend time with this bunch.  I’m so glad I was able to capture memories for them and I hope that these photos will be cherished by them always.  I can’t wait to edit the rest!

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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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Welcome Landon Dean

We are very happy to announce the birth of our third child, Landon Dean Rea!  I took this photo about 10 seconds after pushing him out and I am so in love with how it came out!  We had a birth photographer there (Amanda from Free Dove Photography – she is awesome!!) but this one just brings me to tears.  As you mommas know, this moment, the moment right after birth when you see your baby for the first time, is easily lost in the sleepless nights and hectic first days home.  I am so thankful to have been able to capture this moment from my perspective.  Huge thank you to Dr Hugh Donnell and the entire Mercy staff for helping us welcome our newest addition!  Have a Merry Christmas everyone!  I’ll be back in February.

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Welcome Baby C – Lifestyle Newborn Session

Recently I got to meet the newest member of the C family!  He was just the cutest little thing!  I did a sweet in-home session capturing his first days, and I just loved it!  Can’t wait to watch this little guy grow up!  I can’t believe sweet Crawford is now a big brother (I photographed his cake smash session last year)!  Welcome to the world sweet baby boy!

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Lifestyle Newborn Session – Baby Dodd

A few days ago I was blessed with the opportunity to photograph a sweet newborn!  Lifestyle newborn sessions are a love of mine, and I don’t get to do them nearly as often as I’d like, so this was a treat for me!  This sweet baby boy was the cutest little thing and I just ADORED his little knight in shining armor theme for his nursery!  Say hello to the newest member of the Dodd family!

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The Best of 2015!

Wow, what a year it has been!  This year has been my busiest yet, and I absolutely loved every minute of it!  All of my clients just made this year completely amazing!  I hope you all know just how much of a blessing you truly are to me!  I am thankful for each and every one of you!  You have brought love, light, and joy into my everyday life, and I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate all of you!  2015 was absolutely an amazing year, and I cannot wait to see what 2016 will hold!  Below are some of my favorite photos from the year 2015 (you’d be surprised how long it took me to narrow it down to ALL of these!  There were SO many good ones this year)!  Happy New Year everyone!  ❤

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Baby K – Newborn Lifestyle Session

Oh sweet baby K!  She was just SO precious!  I had the pleasure of doing an in-home lifestyle session with her and her sweet family!  She is just the cutest thing ever!  Lifestyle photography is something that I have been loving more and more recently, and I can’t wait to get the chance to do more of it!  Congratulations to the “L” family on their newest addition!  ❤

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