Addison and Wells [Madison, MS sessions]

Whew! May and June have been super busy! I’ve been able to post a sampling of all my recent work on Facebook, but now I’m trying to get caught up on the blog. How cute are these kids I photographed last month in Madison, Mississippi? As I mentioned in previous posts from this trip, the weather was uncooperative at 50 degrees and rainy! The kids were troopers though, and once we got them in jeans and long sleeves they were ready to play!
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The Chance Family

My session with the Chance family started off with a quick sprinkle of rain (which thankfully stopped) and a little frog, who was quickly named “Jumpy”. 

 

How do you ever say “no” to this cute pout?

 

 

Mary Virginia, Anne Louise & Tucker, a classic session

These adorable children belong to some very dear friends of ours. We’ve known Mandy and Keith since college, so I have loved watching their family grow. Here are a few of the images from our recent classic session at Birmingham Botanical Gardens…

2012 PGA Champions Tour, Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek

Sunday I photographed The Regions Tradition for Bruno Event Team. It was my very first golf tournament to shoot, so I was excited…and nervous about the weather because rain was predicted all day and I haven’t ever had to shoot outside in the rain without the option of cover. It was time for me to get a game plan! There’s a first time for everything and I love a good challenge, but I also like to be prepared! Besides purchasing some rain sleeves for my cameras, this event was a really great excuse to go to Mountain High and buy the Gortex rain jacket I’ve been eyeing since early spring, but bought them for my kids instead – ha!

My Dad and my brother are avid golfers and have volunteered and played in the Pro-Am at this tournament, so I picked their brain about my shots and the course, looked online at other tour photos and read the PGA guidelines for photographers. I asked my dad to come along with me to assist and carry the umbrella as another layer of protection for my equipment. It would also allow us to spend time together while both of our worlds collided — golf and photography! He happily agreed, as I knew he would.

Even though the weather didn’t lend me the sunshine, blue skies and fluffy clouds I ordered, I had a great time being out there with my dad and photographing the fun environment of the event! And, I decided to look on the “bright” side of things…the umbrellas added some color to the shots, while the rain added texture.

A perk to shooting these events is meeting other photographers. I met the official PGA Tour photographer and sports shooter Chris Condon who was super kind and helpful to this first-timer. What a nice guy with incredible talent… and he’s a Nikon shooter! The portrait photographer in me wanted to shoot the tight shots like Chris and the other sports shooters were getting with their 400 mm lens, but my job there was to shoot the “feel” and environment of the event; so, I enjoyed using my wide angle lenses to capture just that. And you know what?! It felt good to get out of my comfort zone. Isn’t that what challenges us and makes us all better at what we do? I sure think so. I’m so grateful to my friend, Gene Hallman, for encouraging me to do so.

The next event I will be shooting is the AMA Triumph Superbike Classic June 22-24 at Barber Motorsports, so be sure check back for that post in a few weeks. Now, here are some of my favorite images from the Regions Tradition. Thanks for stopping by.

By this time we were wet and tired after a long day that started at 5:00 a.m., but here’s an iPhone shot of my Dad and me after the tournament was over. Love my sweet daddy!

Sam, Luke & Harper

Lisa and I met through Bible Club at Vestavia West, where our kids are in school. What a sweet family and I hope we get to know each other better as our kids grow up in school together. Here are some images highlighting our session at Aldridge Gardens. These kids are ADORABLE!

And this next series of Lisa and Harper is why I keep my finger on the shutter. 3 very different expressions…love it!

Easter

I hope everyone had a Happy Easter! I’d like to share the lyrics of one of our family’s favorite Easter hymns we sang in church today…

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! 
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia! 
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! 
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia! 
Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia! 
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! 
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia! 
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia! 
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! 
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia! 
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia! 
Where's thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia! 
Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! 
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia! 
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia! 
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia! 
Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia! 
Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia! 
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia! 
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia! 
King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia! 
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia! 
Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia! 
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

After church we headed to my parents’ house for the annual Easter lunch and egg hunt…

This makes me laugh! My kids gave me a taste of being on the other side of the camera. They were taking a photo of us at the table while I was taking a photo of them with my phone! 😉
My daughter has such a sweet relationship with her Nana (my mom).

I'm actually in a photo with my kids!!

More of the Collier Family at home

I enjoyed photographing this precious family at their home on a beautiful November afternoon. What a blessing it is for me to be able to spend time with families like this one while I am working!


Sneak Peeks for the King Family

The Grissom Family Sneak Peeks

I think all of Birmingham was at Aldridge Gardens this afternoon when I met the Grissom Family there! Seriously! The parking lot was full and there were families spread out all over the gardens having their pictures taken. It was all I could do not to get anyone in the background of our shots! In fact, the family shot I’m posting below had a man walking right into our background! The Grissoms looked so cute and everyone was looking at the camera so I just kept shooting cause I knew I could get our uninvited guest out of the shot later in Photoshop. Here are a few sneak peeks for Beth! I enjoyed meeting your sweet family today.