Patrick + Allie = ENGAGED!

As I think most of you know, this is my first year of business as a photographer. I've found out over these last several months that the best part of the job is that I get to be apart of really important events in peoples' lives. Last night, I had the honor of watching Patrick surprise his girlfriend Allie with a proposal at Provino's. Patrick made up a fake dessert menu that was eventually passed around to Allie. It was so funny when she said, "Is that why the photographer's here?" hahaha. The whole family except both of their parents thought I was there to make a Christmas picture. After she read the menu, Patrick got down on his knee to put a gorgeous ring on her finger. What an awesome night! I was crying happy and excited tears right alongside them! Thank you for letting me share in your special moment, Patrick and Allie (and family!). You are a beautiful couple, and I wish you all the happiness in the world.


My butterfly

I have to admit I've never been a big Halloween fan, but it's been like 100 times more fun since Hannah's been around. This year she dressed up as a butterfly using things we already had lying around the house (free outfit - score!). She looked SO CUTE and we did some quick trick-or-treating at about 5 or 6 houses on our street, then came back to sit on the front porch and eat some candy.


Norah and Emery

I was so excited to meet up with a friend from high school during my Morris Avenue mini-sessions! Shannon is still just as pretty as she was 10 years ago and she has two of the cutest little girls. I was so glad to see her again and meet her sweet family.


And this marks the end of all my mini-session posts! Whew! A BIG thank you again to everyone who came out. It was really such an awesome day filled with the best weather, the cutest kids, the sweetest parents, the most beautiful couples - and all with that wonderful smell of peanuts in the air! ;) I will start on making Christmas cards next week, and will e-mail you when they're ready. Oh by the way, I promised to find this info several weeks ago - you can buy envelopes from Hobby Lobby for $2.99, 12 in a pack, and they have a bunch of different colors. Not a bad deal, right?!


Three beautiful girls

These three pretty girls are my cousin's daughters, and they have really grown since I've seen them last. They were full of energy and laughter, and ran up and down Morris Street gladly striking poses. They had two adorable outfits, one for Halloween and the other for Christmas.


Gracie & Jackson

Remember these two cuties from back in May (which seems like yesterday, by the way - how does that happen?!)? It's my second time hanging out with them this year. I just love them and their family, I feel like I've known them forever. Gracie is so pretty and smart, I'm pretty sure I could sit down with her over coffee and have an adult conversation. And Jackson... I love the close-ups we got of him because his eyes say so much. You can just see how full they are of joy and mischief. Please note the orange shirts - it's one of my favorite colors and it looks so great in pictures!


Two beautiful couples

I don't know how it happened, but I was lucky enough during my mini-sessions to get not only the most adorable kids, but also some of the most beautiful adults. My first couple of the day was Angela and Brandon. Angela is a friend of mine, and she and Brandon are getting married in March at the coolest of places... the Vulcan. How awesome will that be?! I loved catching up with her and meeting Brandon. They are both hilarious, and really really good-looking to boot! I dare you to look at these pictures and NOT want to hang out with them!

The fun continued with Brad, Donielle and Bella - my first doggie client! Brad admitted that he had done some modeling in his past, modeling children's clothes in malls, I think it was. Well, it certainly paid off! ;) He and Donielle are so cute and I loved when they started getting into the photo shoot and coming up with their own ideas. That always makes it a little more fun for me. I think we got some Christmas card-worthy shots here, guys!



Sam spent our hour together enjoying the trains that were passing by downtown, as a lot of kids did that Saturday. He is a deep thinker - I could see his wheels spinning. You've got to wonder what's going on inside those heads! And isn't he just the most handsome little boy you've ever seen? I would like to go ahead and reserve him for a date with my daughter in about 16 years. ;)



Beautiful, beautiful Isabell came with two of the cutest outfits ever. They were perfect for the backdrop of downtown B'ham. I couldn't believe how laid back and sweet she was. She went with the flow, just taking everything in. I love being able to work in special heirlooms, and Isabell's dad brought along a stuffed bear that was his when he was a kid, which I thought was a great idea.



I went out of town last week, and had a nice time relaxing from everything, even taking pictures believe it or not (but not from editing them!). I'm ready to get back to my normal schedule, though, and will start catching up on posts from my mini-sessions last Saturday.

First up is Georgia. Georgia was very much like my daughter, in that it took her a little while to warm up to her new surroundings. But after lots of hugs from momma and rifling through daddy's wallet, she started feeling better. How cute is she AND her parents?? I love watching families interact, and I could tell these two are really good parents.