Every year, the “P” family books a BE MERRY session.. and every year I manage to surprise mom in some new way. And this year, they booked one of my new locations and mom did an amazing job at choosing the wardrobe for all of her boys.

the session came and went, and mom left feeling unsure about the images I captured.    Just between you and me, she tends to feel that way each time at the end of our time together.  Her words are always, “hope you were able to get something?” And every year I make sure to reassure her that I did.  However, it is not until that first sneak peek posts that my words are confirmed and her worries disappear.  And EVERY YEAR… I anxiously wait for her text an this year it read…”OMG!!!!! EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. YOU ARE AMAZING! ”  Those words right there mean the world to me… and EVERY YEAR… I get to surprise her in some way.

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This girl right here has been in my life since the age of 15… still remember the first time we met in our high school band hall.  She had just moved into town and was not shy about making friends.  And this friendship… one that has inspired me, motivated me and saved me on more than one occasion… has lasted more than 20 years and will continue to remain strong.  She is like a sister to me… and I love that I had the opportunity to photograph these moments of her beautiful family at a wonderful time in her life.

She is a beautiful person, a wonderful mother, the “Martha Stewart” of our group, and the most honest friend in the world.  I love who she was and who she has become.  Love you my friend.

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This be merry session was even better than before… I think I say that every year.  But for real, this year the locations rocked, I met some incredible new people, and I reunited with clients I hadn’t seen in years.  It definitely was amazing this fall.

And this year, I had the chance to see the “E” family again… who by the way I had not seen since their youngest was not even 1.  And then to see these two little boys playing together… having conversations with me about their favorite things was just so incredibly fun to experience.  Have I mentioned that I love what I do?


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This year’s BE Merry Sessions have opened for booking… and these are taking place at two different locations on four different days.  One of the locations has the most beautiful open field and a homestead with a beautiful white porch.  The second location I am calling “the casita”… a Spanish Style location like no other I have ever used.

So …only a few slots left after my current clients snagged more than half of these last week… if you want to be part of the BE Merry crew this year and book your own BE MERRY SESSION (AKA fall sessions)… click here to book your session.   These won’t last long…

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Y’all know that i am the mother of an amazing boy… who by the way is a TEEN these days.  I still can’t believe that I  no longer have a little boy living at home but instead a young man that will be in high school in one year.  UNBELIEVABLE!

Photographing these two boys… two brothers so close in age made me WISH something. Sometimes I WISH that my son had a brother.  I think about all that he missed as a young boy without a brother and i worry about what it will be like for him as an adult without a sibling.  I am so grateful for my siblings… knowing that they will always be there no matter what.  And my little guy won’t have that.  Please tell me that I am not the only parent who feels this way!!!! Because although it is not something I think about often it does cross my mind.

And then I think about all the blessings he has had as an only child… and i think about the friends who have been like brothers to him all this time and my regrets disappear.  Although he doesn’t have someone he can call a brother, he has friends that are like brothers to him.  And my only wish is that they continue to be part of his life as he grows older…

And so these two boys, still too young to understand, I hope one day they know how blessed they are to have each other.  They will have a best friend for life and someone they can confide in.  Until then, they will enjoy pushing each other in wagons, wrestling with each other, and playing together…

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