Love, Pups and Baby

Hey Friends!

We are officially 15 days away from Christmas, guys!!  I can’t believe it.  I had good intentions of sharing this amazing 3 month shoot last week, but better late than never, right?!  Ah.  I adore this sweet boy and family.  And, I knew I would absolutely enjoy the first year with him before I met him.  You may remember their oh so fun maternity shoot from the summer?  I was so glad to have the entire gang back together (pups included) for what would be one of my favorite (and, easiest) 3 month shoots to date.  Luke is a happy happy dude.  Glad his sweet Auntie could join us since we scheduled these the week of Thanksgiving.  Give me a happy baby, happy parents, happy pups and sunshine = perfection.

Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays so far.  Remember to enjoy them.  Sit down, relax and look around at what all is in front of you.  It may be hectic.  It may be loud.  But, there is so much beauty to be found in what is right in front of us.  Family, life, love and happiness.  The best gifts of all.

XO SR

p.s. 1st Q of 2015 is open for booking!  You can reach me by using the contact tab up above.

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Chelsea - i love these so so much. Thank you Sara! These photos are such a precious gift

baby june

If you have been around for even just a short amount of time you know who this family is and how much they mean to me.  A little over five years ago when I first started this journey I got an email from a sweet gal that worked with my husband about pictures when her sweet baby boy arrived. Her Brennan would be my first newborn to photograph.  Fast forward to today, a beautiful friendship and many many MANY amazing sessions later we celebrate life once again with sweet baby girl June.

Every session with The Ward Family just gets better and better.  But, this one might just take the cake.  Here’s to capturing real life, real love, real happiness.  Always.

Baby June, your big brother holds a very special place in my heart.  Hope you know you’re a part of that special place now, too.

XO SR

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Christina - They are all so Beautiful, Jennifer you are glowing and look amazing!

wenzel family

Some of my very favorite shoots start in the families home.  Home is where the heart is, after all.  I’m humbled to say that I have had the honor of spending lots of time with this sweet family over this past year.  I met creative momma, Sarah while taking head shots at last years Inspired.  I was so excited to hear from her earlier this year when she wanted to book a shoot.  And, 3 shoots later…here we are!

These boys are a hoot and make me giggle giggle giggle.  Loved capturing life at home and then taking it down the street to a beautiful spot perfect for a family of four.  Family shoots are my absolute favorite.

Thank you guys for letting me share your amazing shoot with everyone!!

XO SR

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claytor family

Ah, the season is almost over guys!  Before I wrap up the year I got the okay from a few of my favorites to share with you all what I’ve been up to these past few weeks.  It’s been a WHIRL.WIND.  But, it’s been so good.  I’ve written on several occasions on my SRP facebook page and my personal IG account that it’s been a great year of growth, photographing what I truly love and spending time with those that love their time with me behind the camera.  I have had more brand new babies smile than years past, more kiddos who were once so shy when the camera came out SHINE with laughter from deep in their belly and more families truly allow me to capture THEM.  It’s been unreal.  It’s been amazing.  I am so grateful for those returning clients.  I am so grateful for the many new faces.  I am wrapping up this year with every emotion possible but on the very top is JOY.  As I look back on the past few years since I started this journey I smile for how far I’ve come.  It’s been a ride, y’all.

I plan on capturing laughter and life all because of love for as long as my heart and soul feel the way they do today.  And, they wouldn’t feel this way without all of my amazing clients.  Like these sweet friends below.

What this family didn’t know when we decided on downtown Franklin was that Main St just weeks ago brought a lot of sadness to my soul with the passing of my Bopa.  But, what they didn’t know either was that THEIR SESSION brought all the happiness and joy right back to where it was all along.  It was an amazing session filled with all of my favorite things.  And, it ended at the very church my grandparents worshiped and where their celebration of life was held.  It was a perfect morning with The Claytor Family.

Can’t wait to share a few other favorite sessions over the next few days.  Hope you will stick around!

XO SR

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Jill - Beautiful session as always! Love Downtown Franklin!!

moms click nashville 2015

Hey Friends!

*****  As of 5 pm on 12/1 we have only TWO SEATS LEFT!

We hope this post finds you all coming back from one amazing Thanksgiving spent with those you love the most.  Can’t believe it’s already time to post about our THIRD Mom’s Click Nashville, but here we are.  It was about this time last year that Wendy and I sat in my office and said “WHY NOT?!” and after two amazing sessions with over 20 sweet ladies who decided to learn their big girl cameras this past year we decided to keep paying it forward for one more round …maybe even another in Summer.  But, for today we are focusing on FEBRUARY.

We start at Wen’s studio with about a 90 minute laid back class type overview.  We TEACH you what it all means and why.  We stop and practice in between what we’ve taught and let you ask questions.  We move forward until we believe it’s time to take what we’ve taught and head down for about 90 minutes of shooting outside at the farmers market.  Nothing better than hearing those “AHA, I get it now!!” moments.  Those are the moments we live for in this class.  You get TWO photographers who love teaching, who love children and who love working together to help you learn those big awesome cameras and to see things differently than you have in the past.

BUT, before you email us to grab a seat I would for you to do this FIRST.  Let’s get some things out of the way that I hope you will answer before emailing us for a spot.  See, these seats (only 10) will sell FAST but we want them to go to folks who really want to be there for all the right reasons.  I am certain you understand.

WHO this class is PERFECT for :

  • you own a DSLR and shoot on AUTO
  • you own a DSLR and want to learn how to take it off AUTO and into beast mode (M)anual for good?
  • when folks talk aperture, shutter and ISO do you turn away because you have no clue what those mean?
  • are you wanting to learn how to use your fancy camera to take better photos of your family?

WHO this class isn’t fitted for, but we can send you to the right folks that can help you :

  • you own a DSLR and you understand what the other dials mean, specifically (M)anual
  • you take perfectly exposed photos, but would like to learn editing?
  • you have big dreams of becoming a professional photographer one day!

THE GOOD STUFF :

  • date : Saturday, February 7th, 2015
  • time : 1 pm to 4 pm
  • class location 1 pm to 2:30 : marathon village, nashville
  • practice location 2:30 to 4 : the farmers market, nashville
  • price total : $280 ($140 due within 24 hours of booking seat, balance due Monday, January 26th)******
  • how to BOOK YOUR SEAT : email us directly to either WENDY (loveandpics@yahoo.com) or SARA (sara@saraErosephotography.com)

$140 will be due within 24 hours to hold your seat to the workshop.  It is NON-REFUNDABLE.  The balance of $140 will be due Monday, January 26th.  Seats are non-refundable and non-transferable.  If you find that you need to sell your seat due to unforeseen circumstances you will be responsible for selling your seat.  ***

If you would like to join our click we’d love to have you!  Only TEN spots available!! Please don’t wait and email us NOW to grab your seat.  You can contact us directly from the CONTACT button at the top of this blog!

Lots of Love,  WENDY HARDIN + SARA ROSE

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Beckie Rutherford - i have a Canon EOS 7D.. I have always been afraid to move any of the buttons.. I always shoot on auto.. I would love to learn to take better pictures of my family..

expecting riah

A few weeks ago I lost my grandfather unexpectedly.  It literally rocked me to the core just like the unexpected death of my grandmother 3 years ago.  But, this time, I decided I would keep working instead of covering my head with blankets and hiding from the world.  6 days after that very sad day and a week full of grief I got to catch up with an old High School buddy and his wife, Sarah.  We were celebrating LIFE.  We were celebrating life in a way I hadn’t truly celebrated it before.  I know it had a little to do with my grandfather’s death and a lot to do with their story.   We talked, we laughed, we cried.

It was an amazing evening getting to know my old friend for who he is today.  And, what a joy it was to get to know his beautiful wife, Sarah.  An evening spent focusing on faith, hope and love was just about the best thing for my soul.  I’m humbled to play this part in capturing their life.  This beautiful life they have waited so long for.

Dear Riah, Mrs. Sara can’t wait to meet you!  We are going to the best of friends.  I just know it!

From Alex……

Six years ago when we were married I never expected to struggle so hard to grow our family. It just seemed like one of those things that happens. You get married, you buy a home, you have some kids, and life moves forward. It never crossed my mind that there would be such hardship in something that was supposed to be a “fun”part of marriage. We learned early on that it wasn’t going to be an easy road for us. I accepted the struggle as just a season of life that we would go through together and I knew there would be ups and downs. Of course, I never expected to see so many pregnancy tests in a trashcan, but that’s another story.

My wife , Sarah, has had a burning desire to be a mother for as long as I can remember. And as far as I can tell, she will be the best mother on earth. I can’t imagine being taken care of, supported, or loved any better than the way she does it. She is simply an incredible human that I am blessed to call my best friend, business partner, and wife. Being a worship pastor at a church, you are expected to handle all trials with faith and hope. Or at least that’s what I told myself. But the truth is, pain hurts us all. Nobody is exempt from the feelings of loss and sadness. Long roads are long for everyone and I was no different.

In the beginning, it started with running tests. Which one of us had the “issue?” And then came “how do we fix it?” Surgery, tests, tests, more tests, money, more money, pray, pray, pray, cry, cry, cry. This seemed to be our holding pattern for a long time. After we had exhausted our normal doctor’s resources we decided, after many nights of wrestling with it, to head to the Nashville Fertility Clinic. Frankly, I had absolutely no idea how we would cover the costs. 6 IUI’s and 2 miscarriages later, we were broken. Devastated. I had no idea how to help the woman I loved cope with this. All I could do was pray. I knew we would have a baby. I felt it. I believed it so badly that I could see it. This is where the amazing friends we have come in to play. A massive yard sale is planned. So many friends and family donated items that I filled up a 26 foot U-haul, 3 times in one day. It was unbelievable. That yard sale payed for 1/3 of our IVF.

I never dreamed that I would have to give my wife a shot in her rear for so many weeks. Night after night, cheek to cheek, hormone after hormone, she handled it like a champ. And this needle is not your average tiny needle. This bad boy was 18 gauge. It was beefy.

Hope has become the word of our family. Hope has become our mentality. This world has nothing to offer us in that area. There were so many days where we didn’t believe it would happen. We were beaten down, but we kept trying. We never gave up. This was what we wanted more than anything. The amazing thing is that my baby boy, Zachariah Alexander, will be here in less than 8 weeks. My wife’s faith has grown by leaps and bounds, as has mine. The road was long, but worth the trip. Looking back, I see God’s hand and timing in all of this. I’ve watched the girl I married turn into a mature, God fearing, funny MOM. She has come through what is possibly one of the hardest trials for a woman to battle. She clung to hope. She fought without giving up. She is my hero, and I can’t imagine anyone else being my son’s mother.

I’m thankful for Sara Rose. Thank you for sharing our story, for being a part of our lives, and for capturing these pictures of the world’s most beautiful woman, inside and out.

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Marcie - Beautiful story, congrats to your friends!!

Amy - What an amazing story! Thank you for sharing this miracle with us Sara Rose and for capturing this family’s joy so beautifully!

Carli - Wow! Such a beautiful story with beautiful images to match. God is so good!

Emily - 1. These are spectacular!
2. Tears!
3. I cannot wait to meet this sweet little man! Congratulations!

Laurie - Just beautiful, the story and photos! In tears now!

Stephanie Hayden - These photos are beautiful! I know they will have a beautiful baby boy! Babies bring more joy than ever imaginable! Such miracles! I’ll be praying for them as they complete their family! Lovely story! Great job,

Jill - Wow. What an amazing story and beautiful pictures. Best of luck to them!

mason is one

I have been wanting to blog this session since it happened several weeks ago, but life happened. A personal post on that when I am ready to share my heart, but today I want to share another part of my heart. Starts with Love. Most things do, don’t they? See, I worked with this sweet momma for a few years. I moved away and so did she. I came back to Nashville and so did she. Fast forward a few years and I get the email about ADOPTION. And, the rest is an amazing story that involves a beautiful boy named MASON. You will fall in love with him just like I have.

Loved spending that early morning with you guys down at Dragon Park.

All my Love, SaraRose

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Carli - What a beautiful family?!!!!! Love these images. You can just see how much fun they have together. Love this shoot!

Amy - Awww – look at my baby boy!!! Can’t believe he’s already ONE!!! Thank you so much Sara for documenting us as waiting parents all the way to celebrating his 1st birthday!!! Many many more to come!!! We love you!!!
xoxo,
Amy (John & Mason)