Summer Family Session in Rogers

A few days ago I was blessed enough to spend time with the gorgeous J family!  This sweet bunch came out with me to take some family portraits at a beautiful church in the Northwest Arkansas area!  We braved the heat and probably sweat away a few pounds, but this sweet mini session couldn’t have turned out any better!  The light was perfect, those summer greens are gorgeous, and this group was just so much fun!  I can’t wait to edit the rest of these, but in the meantime, here are a few of my favorites!

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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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Blueberry Picking Photo Session

A few days ago I had the pleasure of visiting Rosete Family Farms in Garfield, Arkansas!  This sweet farm is the cutest little organic blueberry patch and I so loved spending time there taking photos, picking blueberries, and getting to know the owner.  This beautiful location allows us to photograph there for a small additional fee, so if you’re ever interested in using this location for one of your sessions, let me know!  The berry season itself only lasts about 4-6 weeks in June, however the bushes stay green and are lovely all the way up to Fall when they turn red just like a maple tree!  This sweet farm is also available to rent out for events, parties, and even weddings!  Me and a few other vendors will be doing a stylized wedding here later this year, so keep your eyes open for that as well!  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy some of my favorite photos from this sweet session!

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Extended Family Session by the Creek

Recently I did a sweet extended family session with this beautiful family!  I love summertime because lots of families visit and I get to do some of these big groups!  Extended family sessions are always fun and I love seeing the unique family units blending together to create something beautiful!  I have known this sweet family for many years and it was such a blessing getting to capture some memories for them.  I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from this lovely session!

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A Million Dreams Are Keeping Me Awake

The Backstory

Capturing the magic of childhood is my favorite thing to do with my photography.  I love taking what is in a child’s imagination and making it into reality by turning them into a princess, or a fairy, or a ringmaster, or anything else they can imagine and capturing that magic.  If I could focus on doing portraits like these all the time, I probably would.  This session was just so much fun!  If you’re a fan of Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman, or just like seeing children dreaming big, this post is for you!

Oh what a ride this has been!  Recently I shared some photos on Facebook of my son dressed as PT Barnum from The Greatest Showman.  Afterwards, my son asked me if Hugh Jackman (who played Barnum in the movie) had seen the photos of him and if he liked his outfit.  I explained that Hugh Jackman is very busy and that he probably hasn’t seen them, but I’m sure he would like them if he did.  He then asked if I could please try to show him the photos and ask him to come to his Birthday party (I love how a little kid thinks something like that is so easy).  I told him I would try but that he probably shouldn’t hold his breath that Hugh will actually show up.  I tweeted Hugh Jackman and basically said that he is invited to the party, but that perhaps an autograph would be better since Australia and Northwest Arkansas are a ways away from one another.  Somehow the local news 40/29 got wind of my tweet and ended up posting about it on Facebook and doing a tiny little segment on the 6 o’clock news about Leo’s Birthday wish.  Since then I’ve had some people ask for more photos and details about how we perfected his outfit and the achieved the look in the photos, so I thought I’d post a blog with the details and a few more of my favorites.

The Costume

Putting together a PT Barnum cosplay outfit for a child was a bit challenging, but with lots of searching and some tweaking we made it happen.  To start, this amazing costume was custom made by the ever talented Regan Torres with My Inspired Princess and I am just over the moon with how wonderful it turned out!  After being horribly unsuccessful at finding a real top hat in a child’s size without breaking the bank, I finally gave in and settled for a basic top hat from a party store.  I was quite upset because it wasn’t authentic and didn’t look as good, but it photographed surprisingly well and it was only $10 so that is a huge bonus.  The pants and shirt were just basic dress pants and a white button up shirt.  The cravat that Regan made pulls all of it together perfectly.  The boots were a big tricky because we couldn’t find knee high boys boots that worked with the costume.  We eventually settled on a pair of girls boots by XOXO that had some detailing that fit very nicely into the ringmaster look.  Finding a ringmaster cane for a child that looked like the one Jackman uses in the movie was also a bit challenging, but we eventually settled on this one from Amazon.  It was a bit large for him (adult sized) and it’s pretty thin plastic, but we used a small table saw to cut it down and it looks pretty good when photographed.  It is also light for him to carry, and he has been throwing it all around and hasn’t broken it yet so I guess it’s sturdier than it looks.

The Photo Session

For the photos I really couldn’t pull off what I wanted to achieve (I truly wanted a real circus and to contact them and see if I could use their location before/after hours.  However I live in Northwest Arkansas and this isn’t really feasible as circuses here are few and far between.  I was also on a time crunch for his Birthday photos to be done and printed for his party.  So after a lot of grumbling that I couldn’t really create the vision I wanted I settled on doing a downtown area since the show is set in the 1800s in New York.  We went there and while I did like how the photos were turning out, they just didn’t feel right.  I decided to take a drive and see what we could find.  There were firework tents popping up for 4th of July everywhere and even though my previous search had come up empty (I had found some but they were the wrong colors or the location wouldn’t work), on the side of the road was the most circus-y looking firework tent I’ve ever seen.  Oh bless.  Thank you Jesus.  It was perfect!  I pulled in (rather quickly… If you were the person behind me at this moment I do apologize). and realized it was empty as well, which made it even better because I didn’t have to worry about bothering anyone and there was this awesome vacant field next to it that I could use and get the tent in the background.  All of that to say, if you are looking to do circus portraits, I highly recommend keeping an eye out about two or three weeks before 4th of July and you might get lucky!

I hope that if you are looking to do a Barnum cosplay for a kiddo, that this has helped a little bit, and for those of you who were wanting more photos, without further ado I present The Tiny Greatest Showman, Master Leo….

**And for those of you wondering, we never did get a response from Hugh, but my son was over the moon with the love he received from people literally around the world.  Thank you for your kind words to him!

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Ballet Maternity Session

I’ve wanted to do a ballerina maternity session for years now, but haven’t ever known a pregnant ballerina.  Recently I found out that my daughter’s ballet teacher from Kaleidoscope Dance Academy is expecting a sweet baby boy!  I asked if she would be interested in doing some ballet themed maternity photos and was so excited when she jumped on board!  We went out to the lovely Village on the Creeks in Rogers and took some beautiful photos together.  Below are some of my favorites from her session!  Congratulations to this soon-to-be momma!

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Lifestyle Creek Minis – Coming This Summer!

I’m super excited to announce that this summer I will be offering a lifestyle mini session for kiddos (or heck, even adults!) playing in the creek.  These are something I’ve wanted to try for a while, I hope that y’all will love them as much as I do!  While I absolutely love posed photos, I believe there is a special place for candids as well, especially during childhood.  There is something magical about capturing kids just being kids.  Playing and being wild and curious are a huge part of childhood, and I want to capture that with this series of minis.  While we will try to get a couple posed photos before heading in the water, the hope for these sessions is to capture kids being kids.  These are very much unposed, and there is so much freedom with these.  You could take it down a country road like I did for these examples, bringing smock dresses and cute little rolled up jeans, or even let them splash away in just a cloth diaper or the biggest princess dress ever!  I seriously can’t wait for these, and I hope that you’ll join us for them!  I’ll have more details soon, however the date will probably be Saturday, July 7th (the weekend after the 4th).  If you want the first chance at booking, join my VIP group on Facebook!  This group always gets early access to booking minis, sales, and other stuff! ❤

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