captured life

I am still here! I am still here!

So thankful for this year of growth both personally and professionally. And, although I don’t share work like I used to, this has been my favorite year by far.

Y’all let me into your hearts and because of that gift, I am able to capture life. I wanted to share some of my favorite moments from the past several weeks. Cherish these memories forever and ever, guys.

Love you all!

XO SR

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So keep on, keeping on, keeping on

Oh, summer. Just like that, we are nearing your time to be behind us. Back to school. Back to routines. Back to super early morning wake up calls. Back to homework, early nights, and trying to savor every bit of our babies as they grow into who they will become. Come Monday, my two will be walking into 2nd and 3rd grade. Each one on different sides of their elementary school. Big will be changing classes for the first time. And, little will be the biggest on his side of the school. How does it happen? I mean, I know how and why it happens. But, how does it seem to happen overnight? The first ever newborns I photographed will be walking into big school as kindergartners this year. Some of the first teens I photographed will be walking into their senior year this year. And, some of the first seniors I ever photographed will be heading out into the real world as they earn their college degree. How did THAT happen?

I love the song ‘To The Dreamers’ by for KING and COUNTRY. Especially these lyrics :

God knows you question your courage
And some days I can’t walk for stumbling
If we could only see what we’re becoming
So keep on, keeping on, keeping on

I like to believe that no matter your age, those lyrics mean something. It’s a beautiful bittersweet journey to grow. I look back on the summer with so much sincere happiness and thankfulness. It was the first summer I truly felt like I took it slow and captured some wonderful moments. I spent most of evenings at the lake at sunset. Or, some early mornings with families at their home. I spent a LOT of time at home or visiting my family. I haven’t shared much, but just focused on delivering beautiful work to my clients. My focus is taking a pretty hefty shift, but my heart remains the same. It’s been a BEAUTIFUL summer capturing life, love, and so much happiness.

So, summer 2015. You’ve been so good to me. I hope you know how grateful I am, even when I do not shout it out loud like years past.

As I say goodbye to this amazing summer, I smile. I love all of these sweet families with my whole heart.

XO SR

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Jamie Sapp - What a beautiful summer you had! These are all so great!! xo

baby boy at 9 months

I adore this sweet bub and his precious parents!  I am traveling back to May for this shoot.  But, after getting over a dozen notifications last night from instagram because mom was sharing her favorites, I knew I needed to do a blog just for Luke with ‘parents favorites’.  I told Chelsea that I know how limited of time everyone has during the summer and that I am guilty of overwhelming my viewers with too much content.  The solution?  To simplify my blogs for the rest of summer!  Sound good to y’all?!  Hope SO!

This boy, though.  Definitely one of the HAPPIEST little guys around.  He has a constant smile on his face and just so go with the flow.  Every single shoot is wonderful and I just love capturing LIFE for them.  Can’t believe we are getting so close to him being ONE.  It’s going to be hard stuff not seeing his precious soul every 3 months.

I adore you, little buddy!  Thanks for bringing so much sunshine into my life.

XO SR

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i’m so proud of this little girl

‘I’m so proud of this little girl’ the mom wrote me this morning.

For most of my blogs I overwhelm you guys with 100’s of my favorite images. Can you imagine being my client who often times receives more? I have always felt that these sessions are for YOU. I have never been great about narrowing down, but have done a pretty good job of giving way too many. It’s just what I do. I like to tell a story and most stories take some time to build up to the super happy, awesome, quiet, silly….and every thing in between moments. Those ‘in betweens’ are often my favorite anyway.

Before I went to bed last night I noticed Hana posted some of her favorites for friends & family to see. I love seeing which images mean the most. Maybe speak to the mom in some way? Whatever it is, I love it. So, I thought it would be pretty cool to just share ‘mom’s picks’ this blog. I mean, she IS one of my favorite moms ever.

‘I’m so proud of this little girl’ Hana wrote me this morning. But, I am proud of them BOTH.

Have a wonderful & safe holiday weekend, friends. Surround yourself with all the love in the world.

XO SR

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Jill Norris - Beautiful session!!

when i’m with you

But when I’m with you I’m no longer wandering
And when I’m with you, I swear I can breathe
When I’m with you, I know who I am and who I want to be
Who I want to be

If you haven’t heard this Ben Rector song, go listen to it here.  It’s amazing!!  I would put it on every family slideshow if I could!  ahh…..

This family.  This precious amazing family that I have been capturing THEIR LIFE since Luke was brand new.  Gosh, since he was in Kelly’s belly!  I try not to get too sad at the end of a first year because I am hopeful I will see clients (who have become dear friends) again, but it’s hard not to be a little sad when you’ve seen them every 3 months.  You are not only capturing these important milestones, but of real growth within a family.  Children get more comfortable, dads relax, and moms are handed over images of her family the way SHE sees them.  That’s all I ever want to capture, y’all.  And, I tell you what, all of these summer sessions at the lake at sunset are just what my heart needed.  I am loving every single one.

Give me the light.  Show me the love.  And, I will hand you so many images for you to cherish forever.  Can’t wait to see what you do with these, Kelly!  I know you have big plans already and that makes me SO HAPPY!

Beautiful Ella girl.  I loved celebrating YOU at ONE.

XO SR

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I always go back here

I truly believe there are special places that we feel ‘home’.  This spot is that for me.  I love it in all seasons.  I especially love it at sunset.  I love the simplicity.  I love that it has a ‘secret spot’ that isn’t known by many.  I love that it creates magic every single time.  And, I love that we end up by the waters edge.  I feel closest to God in this special spot so maybe that’s why ….I always go back here.

I wrote on my IG yesterday these words : I’ve witnessed many seasons in families lives.  Some beautiful.  Some really really hard.  There are times I get overwhelmed by it all.  Sometimes I feel God pulling me one way but then I feel Him pushing me towards what I’ve always been doing all along.  ‘But, do it THIS way, Sara!’   I’ve always steered my photography business with my heart.  Always have.  Always will.  I love these babies, their momma’s, and families like they were my own.  I will carry your child because I know you need a minute.  I will kiss boo boos, clean dirty feet, take shoes off and put them back on.  I will hug them (and you), I will cry with you, and I will love you with my whole heart.  And, I will pray with and FOR you when life gets hard.  And, sometimes it’s really really hard.  ‘Smile with joy and walk in faith today.  He has got you.’  This precious family knows that mourning can turn into JOY so very well.   I am so grateful to witness and capture the JOY.

Lara wrote : ‘Oh, Sara. I love them. So perfect. I decided to do maternity pictures this time because I wanted to capture the belly, but what you captured is so much bigger, so much more important. It’s the last few moments before our family changes and grows. The giggles, the non stop action, his sweet little heart, that crazy, awesome feeling you have when you get to watch your husband and son and know that they adore everything about each other. We are so excited to meet Carlee, but I’m trying to treasure these last few weeks and now I will have them forever. Thank you, thank you!’

Capturing laughter and life, all because of LOVE.

XO SR

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but the greatest of these is love

I had a 5 year old ask me this week why photographs were so important to me. ‘5 years from now you will be 10, Luca. Five years from now your baby sister will be the age you are today. So, 5 years from today you will get to look back on the first days your baby sister was brought home and you will be able to remember them. You will be able to tell Ana about this fun day while looking through the photos. You will have these beautiful memories to cherish forever, buddy.’ I do it because I love LOVE. I love being a memory maker, but more importantly I love being a memory keeper. It’s never been about getting a set of perfectly posed photos. It’s ALWAYS been about capturing life.

Five years ago I started this journey. F I V E years, y’all. My first newborns ever photographed will be walking into Kindergarten this fall. It’s been a beautiful crazy journey filled with watching families grow. It’s been an amazing journey with clients turning into some of my dearest friends who are my biggest cheerleaders in love, faith, life, and work. They show up when I’ve lost loved ones, hi5 me when things are awesome, and truly let me into their hearts as soon as the camera comes out. What an amazing path God put me on. When I started I didn’t know that five years later I’d be where I am today. Even with all the dreaming and hard work, you just don’t know. But, I am a grateful gal. Always have been. Always will be.

It’s been a year filled with crazy weather. It’s been a year with reschedules like I’ve never experienced before. But, just like all the years before this one, it’s been a year filled with LOVE.

‘And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.’ 1 Corinthians 13.13

You guys have filled my soul.

Here’s to summer and enjoying it as it was intended with the ones I love the most. See y’all soon!!

XO SR

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Tiffany - I am so so glad I happened to stumble across your first mommy and me post and blog. My mommy and me photos are my favorite photos yet! I cannot wait to sift through them with Maggie when she gets older. All of these photos are so beautiful and make me smile. xoxo – Tiff

Janice - LOVE IT ALL!!!! What a great talent to snap the beautiful moments in people’s lives. God bless this sharing of joy with others!!!!

Crystal - Love you, Sara! I LOVE your talent and your heart. You inspire me more than just keeping memories and printing my photos.

Tana Phillips - Your writings make my heart just smile.

Jill - Every session is beautiful and I love seeing all the familiar faces!! xoxo