Another Birthday | Personal Post Greenville, SC

It seems like just yesterday we were watching our son say his first word, take his first step, and yell “Don’t let go!! Don’t let go!!!” when he was learning to ride a bike… I can’t believe that my baby just turned 9 years old!!!

I remember being heartbroken when I found out that I couldn’t have kids; excited and freaked out when I found out I was pregnant because it was not possible, and beyond overjoyed when I held him for the very first time. He has been the biggest blessing in my life, and I Thank God each and every day for giving me such an amazing, sweet and wonderful gift!! Don’t get me wrong he still frustrates me and doesn’t listen at times but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.   

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The other night while I was flipping thru our family pictures I realized how fast time goes by, and I really need to make more of an effort to be in each moment the good and the bad. Looking at the pictures I didn’t see or feel the things we were stressed about or our frustrations. All I felt was the joy and the warm feelings, how cute he was the silly things he was doing. So with tears in my eyes and a huge smile on my face; I want to let you all know we made it 9 whole years with God’s wisdom, grace and mercy! And I pray every day for more of it!!

One of my goals for this year is to get our family pictures printed. Make books and plaster pictures all over my house; one can never have enough.  So that even on a bad or stressful day, I can come home, see those pictures and a smile would come to my face.

Ustimchuk Family | Christmas 2017 | The Barn at Poplar Springs Farm | Moore, SC

4 years ago, Tanya and Vitaliy contacted me for the 1st time for a Christmas photo shoot. I remember I was so excited because they were so sweet, and fun.  At that time they only had Rocky, their sweet little dog. Since then I have had the pleasure of capturing them grow as they added Vitaliy Jr. to their family.

We tried a theme last year, cookies and milk. But Jr. even though he was barely walking, did not want to sit, lay, stand or stay still at all. So this year we decided to skip the props. We had to let him run around a bit and get to know the place, before asking him to do anything.  

Mom and Dad had to do some fun things to make Jr. laugh and smile, because out of all the days Tanya told me, he decided to skip his nap. The sun went down and I pulled out a blanket and little led Christmas lights that I have been dying to use with a toddler. Jr. just celebrated his birthday so he thought that the LED’s were candles, and was trying to blow them out, totally melted my heart. And in the end they all did great, and I got all the shots that I wanted to get.

A huge thanks to “The Barn at Poplar Springs Farm” I love this wedding venue for any kind of shoots, especially families. They have so much to offer, from a newly built beautiful red barn, bridal cabin, gorgeous fields, fences, swing bench, tractors and the views especially at sunset are breathe taking. I can go on forever so I’ll stop here lol. So here are some of my favorites from their photo session. Enjoy!

Monroe Family | Christmas 2017 | Spartanburg SC

I was so excited when Nicole asked me to do a Christmas shoot for her. I have not met Hudson yet and couldn't wait to work this bundle of energy. We ended up going to her sisters back yard in Spartanburg which is absolutely stunning and a photographers dream location. I wonder if she would notice me trying to sneak in a family back there lol.  It was such a perfect cold evening, the leaves were crispy and the sunset was magical. We ended trying to convince Hudson that between McDonalds and Zaxby's; Zaxby's is a better choice. Enjoy my favorites!

Spartanburg & Greenville, SC | Christmas Special | 2017

"I wish I could freeze time or go back in time and watch my kids grow up all over again because it is just going by too fast." -Robert Rodriguez

It's that time of year again, when the weather gets cold, the leave start to fall, and we make beautiful memories with our loved ones. Let’s freeze time and let me capture your family. So when you want to look back and reminiscence on 2017, you will have beautiful pictures to look back at. And with this year’s special you can pass those memories along to your friends and family with the 25 complimentary Christmas cards. To book go to my "CONTACT" page and fill it out! For card design samples keep scrolling down. 

 

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Vitaliy & Jenna | Family | Jupiter Florida

"The Love in our family flows strong & deep, leaving us memories to treasure and keep" 

What a pleasure it was getting to know this beautiful family, full of unique personalities; not a single dull moment. They flew in from Seattle, WA to Jupiter, Florida for their first stop on their family vacation. Each year Jenna and Vitaliy go to Mexico to minister, help rebuild buildings, helping kids and adults find joy and hope. Its so inspiring to hear the stories and see their passion. I cant wait to see their smiling faces again, hopefully this time around it will be in Seattle.

Makala Miller

It was such a pleasure capturing such a big milestone in Makala's life, graduating high school. I had a blast; she is such a beautiful girl, full of character, and a ball of energy. In between every shot there were jokes, laughs, and trying really hard to keep a straight face.  She has a bright future ahead of her, and I can’t wait to see what accomplishes in the next couple of years. Congratulations miss. Gorgeous! Class of 2016! I can’t wait to capture your next milestone in life.

Brigitte Bartley

"Expand your mind, challenge yourself, learn more, do more and try more. Get enthusiastic, passionate and excited about the unknown. Try something new, visit new places. Simply get out and give it all and you will never stop growing, smiling and loving life." - Brigitte Bartley

This quote describes Brigitte perfectly and the way she lives her everyday life. She has 3 beautiful boy which are sweet, funny, and smart. I enjoyed every min I spend with them. I cant wait to take more pictures of this fun bunch.