Y’all know that I am constantly looking for new locations to shoot BE merry sessions…especially since many of my Be Merry clients are the same each year.  I was a guest at a wedding at a castle many, many years ago and its beauty was something I never forgot. Because I wanted my clients to experience it too, I was determined to find a way to shoot some of the sessions at the CASTLE.  So with a little help, I booked it!

And y’all, it was magical.  Not only are the grounds amazing to look at, but seeing the faces of every little girl and boy staring at the castle for the first time was something that I will never forget.  Hearing them tell stories about who or WHAT lived in the castle reminded me how imaginative kids can be.  The sessions at the castle were unforgettable for all of us.  I think I’ll be visiting the castle again.

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Years ago, when I was a baby teacher starting my first year as a 1st grade teacher, I met another fellow educator teaching right down the hall from me.  Her smile was contagious, her passion for teaching was inspiring, and her kind heart spoke directly to me.  We connected almost immediately and became friends instantly.  Years later, we remain friends.  No longer teaching together since our paths took us in different directions, but we still find ways to connect through the years.

And on this day, she chose me to photograph her beautiful family.  A family that grew from two to four… a family that she wished for ever since i met her.  The family that is her world and at the center of everything that she does.  And as I stood there, photographing her girls as they played, my thought was this:

I am incredibly lucky to have met her and call her my friend.  I am blessed to have her by my side and on my side.  I am grateful to have witnessed her wish of being a mom become a reality.  I am forever thankful for the “B” family.

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It’s that time of year again… the oh so very popular BE MERRY sessions (AKA fall sessions) will be held at three different locations this year.  I looked high and low for the most amazing backdrops for your family session and you will be amazed with what I have found.  Each location offers something a bit different… and some locations are only one away from booking completely.  All sessions take place in October during golden hour (1.5 hours before sunset).

Since current clients had first dibs on booking… most of the be merry slots have been filled.  So if you are ready to book…. CLICK HERE.

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If you follow me on social media… Facebook or Instagram… you may notice that every Sunday (except lately since I  have been out of the office enjoying summer) I post an image of one of my families.  And with that image I always tag it with the hashtag #sundaysareforfamily.  And that hashtag came about in recent years… for one reason or another I always associate that day of the week with everything FAMILY.  And so whether you go to church, spend the day at home lounging, breakfast at grandma’s house, Sunday dinners, or doing some kind of outing with your FAMILY, just remember that on Sunday it is all about FAMILY.

Family is very important to me.  Since I was a little girl, I craved being around others.  My mom often reminds me that when I was little I wished that our little family of 3 was much bigger.  Since then I have learned that families all look different… and some families are tiny, some families include people that aren’t necessarily related to you, and some families are too big to fit in one room.  But no matter the size or makeup of your family, embrace it.  Designate a time each week when you and your family come together to enjoy each other.  And if you can remember, Sundays are for FAMILY.

 

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I have been doing this for a while now… and in that time I have met many families.  And I have realized that on more than one occasion the new families I meet are because of YOU.  You are the ones that follow me on social media, book me to photograph your family moments, and trust me enough to recommend me to your friends and family.  Every year I meet new people and many choose me because of the words you share with them regarding your experience with JIP.  And I thank you!!! Thank you for continuously supporting this dream of mine… and for sharing your love of JIP.

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