emma is one

When your baby, the true BABY of the family turns ONE…you let her shine! 99% of my shoots are all about the entire family (which I LOVE), but can I admit this morning that I think sometimes it’s good to just let your baby have their day. Let them have their own shoot, even if it’s a mini one, to be the star.

I absolutely loved meeting this sweet little baby sister of two of my favorites. One year flies, doesn’t it? Happy 1st birthday (soon), Emma! You brought me so much joy last week.

Love, SR

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treasures

I love to tell stories when I share my sweet friends and their beautiful sessions, but just for today….I am going to sum it up quickly.

Treasures. These photos and this family. Treasures. Celebrating the beautiful Shelby Mae at 8 months.

Love, SR

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happy spring

Life is fleeting. And, your babies are growing. So are you. You may not see it yet, but one day you’ll look back on these diaper changing, baby wearing, potty training days…and smile. I promise you will. So, hug and kiss your baby. Wear them just a little longer. Dance with them. Sing with them. Praise them. Correct them. Guide them. Take so many pictures with them. And, at the end of every day hug your husband (hi5 if that’s your thing!). Husbands, hug your wife. Y’all are doing one heck of a job!

Happy 1st day of spring, my friends. I am happily and excitingly welcoming my 8th spring of capturing laughter and life, all because of love. It’s been one incredible journey…..thankful it’s not over YET.

Love, SR

ps featuring one of my favorite crews who make capturing life, love, and happiness so easy. Happy 6 months, ELI!

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Now is the best time

I get asked often, “When is the best season for family pictures?”. You know what my answer will forever be : NOW. Life is constantly moving and changing. Babies are constantly moving and changing. Same with children. Same with adults. Ever since my oldest came home from the hospital (gasp, 10 years ago) I’ve had this deep desire to capture everything about him as often as I could. I remember the day like it was yesterday walking into BestBuy to purchase my first real camera. And, I remember Terry telling the employee, “we just had a baby and we don’t want to miss a thing!”. I still feel the same way. At the time, it was definitely more new mom obsessed with her baby and all his cuteness, but overtime it became a memory capsule to look back on when I just wanted to remember. I want to remember the baby smiles and bright white toddler teeth. I want to remember the day Colton stood in his daddy’s shoes leaning against the counter at age 3. I want to remember all the many Tuesday’s with great grandma. I want to remember all the beautiful sunsets and sunrises. I want to remember all the seasons. Even the really really hard and dark ones. Ones where I struggled as a mom and a wife. For me, and I have said this on many posts, but they have become healing agents for my soul.  I want to sit in my kitchen with my grandchildren one day and pull out all the albums of photos. I want to laugh with them about the funny things and show them that TOGETHER you can do anything. I want to share stories just like my grandparents have done with me. “Precious memories how they linger, how they ever flood my soul.”

What I love most about this job is all the many wonderful friends I have grown to love do life with the ones they hold dearest in their hearts. Raising babies is hard stuff, my friends. Gosh, I know this. But, I get to pick up my camera and capture you just as they see you : beautiful, fun, caring, and the best parent ever. I get to pick up my camera and capture you laughing and playing and being surprised with that kind firefighter who waved to your babies in the streets of downtown Franklin. I get to pick up my camera when they so easily calm themselves by laying their tiny heads on your shoulder. Your shoulder is the only one that will do.

This precious life is a gift. This season. Every season. Have someone capture it for you so you can cherish forever. NOW is the best time for family pictures.

Love, SR

ps Some of my favorite friends, The Hardins. We always have the best time together.

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scottie leigh brand new

My first outdoor newborn shoot of 2017. I could write a book and share some beautiful lyrics (because this sweet family is a music family), but I am eager to share. We had the very best morning together capturing their new life with Scottie Leigh. From start to finish, my heart was beating out of my chest. Life, love, home, light, happiness, marriage, and baby. It’s just all so very beautiful.

Oh, baby, baby, It’s a wild world! Welcome to this world, Scottie Leigh! Can’t wait to watch you GROW!

Love, SR

 

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wren is one

What a blessing this sweet family has been to me! We have had the very best time capturing Wren growing her first year. Gathering together for her newborn at home, again at 4 months, 8 months at grandparents, and then back where it all started on a beautiful sunny morning! We couldn’t of asked for a better day to capture timeless, but so much fun photos!

Hope you guys love them as much as we did making them! Great call on the donuts with sprinkles, Maggie!!

Can’t wait to do it again soon!

Love, SR

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Open for booking

Happy Friday, Y’all!

Just like that, April-June are open to book!! And, it’s going to be another wonderful FriYAY that starts out chilly but quickly rising 30+ degrees to the glorious sunny 70’s! Winter wasn’t so bad, eh? Hoping that means spring is spectacular and summer is stupendous!

The boys and I spent the day yesterday traveling around our city, hopping from one cool mural to another and ending at a super cute candy shop. Already looking forward to doing that with a family. Capturing YOUR life while YOU play. Always my favorite kinds of shoots.

So, here we are, my friends. Booking for April, May + June open this morning. Mornings are open, sunsets by the lake or downtown Nashville are open, a few Saturdays are open and Sundays (as always) are to fill my soul with the Good news + rest the body day.

Hope to hear from old friends and meet some new ones, too!

Love, SR

ps HOW TO BOOK — Click on the contact form above! It will come right to me. Please be patient with a response!

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Amanda Tomlin - Hi Sara! I would love to book a family session with you! Open to April or May if you have a Saturday morning available. Lake or city would be wonderful!!