Shay is such a sweet girl. She’s the sort that has a happy disposition, is energetic and outgoing without being in your face. What a pleasant teen! What’s even better is her faith. She’s a Jesus lover and I love that. I’ve known her for several years (we attend the same church), but have never really had the chance to get to know her. She’s about the same age I was when I first went on a youth group missions trip to the reservations in South Dakota. Looking back I can see myself as timid, moody, selfish, and at the same time, hungry for something, teen. Contrasting my 16 year old self, against Shay, I can already see she’s strides ahead in her character, and she’ll be a leader. What a bright future ahead of you Shay!

Last night we played with hair and makeup and set out on a playful adventure in the woods and prairie. You’ll be seeing more of Shay as an occasional model and assistant.

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“I like adventures, and I’m going to find some.” Louisa May Alcott

more to come…


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This little lady has to be one of the most adorable babies ever! I made a little dress for her 9 month session, out of a vintage sheet and vintage table runner. She looked like a little doll with her vintage bonnet and flutter sleeves. While she felt a little out of place in the grassy Norwayne Field, with the help of some cheerleaders, we made the best of her absolute cuteness and lovely sunset lighting.

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My cousin Georgia is the closest thing I have to a sister. When we heard about the Boston bombings, I sent a shaky text to see that she was okay. Honestly I could have blubbered when I heard she was fine. She’s a runner. She’s a runner who’s I knew was planning on trying to qualify for the 2014 Boston marathon. She could have been there. She was in fact there at the marathon, but had left and made it home before she had even heard about the bombing. Thank God.

Even though there’s a little bit of an age difference between us, I’m still young at heart, love coffee shops, and many other things she loves. In fact she’s been doing a bit of photography, check out her blog. Unfortunately during her entire visit, my vehicle was in terrible cahoots, so the day before she left we finally were able to meet up for a sunset session on a lake, and some Mucho Mas. I love the little pockets of light we were able to find, and that dress! Red is your color Georgia!

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I came across this quote from George MacDonald (a favorite author), and it felt just right for how I’ve been feeling. Let me be a busy bee, content in my work and forgetful of the things I have not, grateful for what I do have.

“Let me, if I may, be ever welcomed to my room in winter by a glowing hearth, in summer by a vase of flowers. If I may not, let me think how nice they would be and bury myself in my work. I do not think that the road to contentment lies in despising what we have not got. Let us acknowledge all good, all delight that the worlds holds, and be content without it.”

― George MacDonald