notes from abby

Sara,
I cannot put into words how much my family and I love the pictures from our recent session with you. We are so thankful you had an opening to add our family to your list of “regulars”, because even though we have only had one session with you, we certainly plan to become regular clients. In fact, I’m already looking at my calendar and trying to decide which week to book fall pictures.
Working with you several weeks ago was such a fun experience! My husband, kids, and I all felt immediately relaxed and ready for a fun photo session from the moment you greeted us at the car. Even though I had heard wonderful things about you from several friends, I still didn’t know what to expect from the actual shoot. It was, by far, the best session we have ever had! Period. I have to be honest and say that, typically, I do not enjoy family pictures, as terrible as that is to admit! It can be a great deal of work to coordinate schedules and book the session, plan and purchase the entire family’s outfits, keep the kids in great, happy moods (in the past I may have bribed them with an ice cream treat afterwards if they smile BIG), etc. This time, however, was different. It was enjoyable, relaxing, and allowed us to just be ourselves.
While sorting through the countless pictures you took, I had the most difficult time selecting my favorites. They are ALL wonderful. And they are all special for different reasons. I love the sweet “posed” pictures that will be framed and hanging on our walls soon, but I also love the candid shots that so beautifully capture the moments of giggles and silliness and true family adoration. You did a wonderful job capturing our family in this very precious stage of life. A stage that I know will go by too quickly. Thankfully, we will have these beloved pictures to enjoy for a lifetime.
Thank you, Sara!!
This shot really does portray their brother/sister relationship about 80% of the time : ). They are close and tell me they’re best friends very often. All I can think of as I look at this picture is how
incredibly blessed I am. God’s goodness is indescribable.
I tell him daily that he is Delicious!!
I adore this picture because it shows her personality so well. She has so much joy and kindness and it radiates from that beautiful smile.
It is a rare occurrence for all four of us to be in the picture together! Typically, Mom is behind the camera – the cell phone camera that is.
This is so special to me because we have the exact same pose from a picture when she was just barely two.

We cannot thank you enough for these pictures, Sara. God has given you an extraordinary talent. We look forward to seeing you again in the fall. Until then, be blessed.

With Love,
Abby

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Notes From Jordan

Sara,
As always, I can’t express how grateful I am for all the images you captured this last session. It was by far our best yet! Jon and I got in the car and both commented how easy and stress free it was with the boys.You know how it is with two young boys, so close in age. With a 2 year and a 3 year old its always crazy, never know how they are going to act. I am like any other mom that has thousands of pictures on my phone that use up all my storage, but there is something different about getting professional ones, with someone else behind the lens!
A friend recommended Sara when I was in need of pictures, when newborns for my first guy were not as pleasant and didn’t turn out as I imagined. I contacted Sara for Mire’s 6 month session and he will be 4 this fall. The boys get so excited to go “play” with Mrs. Sara. Hence, the reason some of my favorites are of them playing.

This is my favorite. My boys loving on each other. I know their love runs deep, even though my days are spent pulling a part two wet cats. This is a nice reminder for the tougher days, when personalities seem to collide more than usual. She captured the sweet and innocence of both of them.

This would have to be my next favorite, for obviously the “family pic”. Very rare we get one with us all 4…every one looking, smiling, with eyes open. I’m not in many pictures, for the obvious reason of being the one to take them and my husband just doesn’t love to be in pictures. So even though he loves Sara, I know when he sees it on our calendar he rolls his eyes. But don’t worry….I’m still going to keep booking them :)

This is Mire, our 3.5 year old. His love for football and sports is at an all time high right now. Being from a family of athletes and marrying another athlete, I hope his love for sports only grows. Right now he spends his days pretending to be Dak Prescott, the Dallas Cowboys QB, or Pekka Rinne, the Predators goalie. He is very excited to be signed up for flag football this fall.

Waylon is 2, and definitely a typical two year old with the sour patch personality. We refer to him as the tasmanian, it’s a good thing he has those curls and dimples. He covers his face like this all the time. When in trouble mostly, so you “can’t see him”, but he also love to play peak a boo too. He can be the sweetest, loving, mama’s boy ever sometimes.


his is everyday life with my wild boys. They are so rough and tough, and love tackling daddy. I love the stage they are at right now, and know I am gong to blink and my babies are going to be young men. I also know Jon is such a hard working daddy that loves his boys, and you see it in his face.

I could have picked probably 10 more, but I will stop there.

Love these treasures to have when this stage has passed us by, and life brings us different challenges each day other than potty training and nap strikes. Sara is not only an amazing photographer, but a great friend too. I love getting spiritual inspiration from her posts, and mommy advice along the way…..”will you look at his skin, what do you think that is”…..I cherish each session and look forward to the next time. Thanks for including me and the wiggs boys on your blog! See you in the fall!

Jordan

If you missed any of the other amazing posts from my dear moms, check them out here >>> note from amy, notes from jess, notes from michelle, notes from jill, note from michelle, notes from courtney. And, if you were just curious why I believe photos matter, visit notes from me. So grateful for this series. More coming soon!

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note from me

When I think back on this last year, I feel overwhelmed by a lot. I took a photo of my guys at the beginning of the school year and one at the end. It’s a tradition I’ve kept up with for a few years now. Most times, I just marvel in their physical growth. Because, my guys (especially little brother) grows like nothing I’ve ever seen. But, what I saw in this years photo was so much deeper. This school year brought a lot of heavy and hard and tears but it also brought so much beauty and joy and life. We gave our hearts to Jesus together as a family and since that Sunday, November 27th, nothing has been the same. The heavy and hard and tears have still come. But, it’s always followed with so much beauty and a joy-filled life. It’s always wrapped with so much hope.

So, today, I wanted to share a note from me about why I believe photos matter. Over a month ago I had a really hard day. I prayed God would take my tears away so I could be strong. And, I had one incredible friend pray over me and ask God to take over my eyes. She asked God to take over my heart. She prayed He would use me as His vessel to capture photos for a dear family that would lose someone so very important to them just days after. Cancer. Again. All I could think about was Shea. And, how I wished so bad I had grabbed her husband the day I took photos of her and Eva. But, the truth is, it never once crossed my mind Shea would lose her battle. She was going to beat it. So, I didn’t think of its importance to get everyone in the photo. Until Jesus called her home.

So, now I don’t walk into shoots thinking about the job. It’s not a job. It’s a gift. It’s a gift that a family trusts you with their heart. It’s a gift that you are capturing their life. What if it’s the last time? We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. But, we can’t live in that fear. Jesus doesn’t want that for us. He wants us to live joy-filled lives while we are on this side of heaven. It doesn’t mean the heavy and the hard and tears won’t come. I can promise you they will. But, you know what else will come : a beautiful, joy-filled life. An imperfect life that is yours. Embrace it.

I believe with my whole heart that God gave me photography for the very reason He speaks to each of us differently and gives us gifts to use. He knew that photography was how He would reach me. He also knew that’s how He’d use me. That’s why I believe photos matter.

One month ago I had a really hard day. The day after I got an email from the same photographers who took our photos in the fall. They needed a family. So, I said YES. We weren’t ready for it. But, if I have learned anything in this one life it’s that seasons will always change, but our love remains. So grateful they captured that. When is the last time you said YES to family photos? Don’t wait.

Get in the photos, my friends. I’m learning to embrace the wrinkles and our boys who will be bigger than me soon, too. If you ever wondered where my heart is…..it’s with these 3 right here.

One life. Love WELL.

LOVE, SR

 

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Shearer - Sara, you have such a wonderful gift of writing and expressing your thoughts. That is just one of your special gifts.

Bobbi Petersen - You are a beautiful person inside and out and have a wonderful beautiful family… thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we love this message and your openness to share your life with us :). Thank you again love!

xoxo
Bobbi

note from michelle

When I was asked to pick a few of my faves for your blog I was a)excited and b) a tad bit overwhelmed. Overwhelmed? Yep. How would I or how do I chose 3-5 images that are my favorite? Should be easy. But for me it’s more than my favorite images, it’s images you have captured of my world, my loves, my family and my life. The pictures you have captured of my family make time stand still for that moment.. moments that come and go far too quickly…. but because of you, I am able to bottle up the smallest details of their childhood & remember them forever- new parent jitters from the first time we met, baby toes because you always capture the details, first steps because Stevie Rose walked for the first time with you, siblings meeting for the first time (insert emotional roller coaster here x2), meltdowns (oh sweet P need I say more?), laughs, dancing, picking flowers, cheerleading chants to get a smile, and so much more… but most of all the love. You capture the love that I have for my babies, love that I have for my Cody, love for this crazy life I live and the love that YOU pour into your clients that are more like family shown through your work.. you capture it all!  Sara Rose you love big & I am forever grateful for meeting you 5 years ago. Our sessions together are always more than just taking photos. We talk about motherhood, love, God, and life in general & for that I am most thankful– the pictures that follow are just an added bonus!  But before I ramble on further, here are some of my favs recently… no explanation needed on why other than these people are my why, my reason, and my world!

Michelle

read from other amazing moms here >>>> Note From Amy, Notes From Jess, Notes From Michelle, Notes From Jill, Notes From Courtney…more to come! Love, SR

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notes from courtney

I am blessed to have four children, and with my first two I worked hard to capture all their milestones. It was easy to do so. They’re separated by three years, giving me plenty of time to plan. And then our last two came in quick succession – 10.5 months apart to be exact. We tacked on building a house and moving in that time, too, so THAT was just a bundle of fun!

Needless to say, I’ve not been the best at those milestone moments lately. Enter the beautifully talented Sara Rose.

My youngest two are adopted; they’re full biological siblings and they fill our home with joy and excitement and never-ending entertainment. I’ve been wanting to get both their photos taken at the same time to send to their birth mother, but the idea of wrangling two toddlers for one photo session seemed beyond impossible. Sara laughed and told me she would love to do this, and that it wouldn’t be a problem. To be honest, I didn’t feel like it would be too successful but of course, she proved me wrong.

My husband’s family is in the golf business, and it’s a place where my children feel very comfortable, so I was fortunate to have this option for our session. I absolutely love this image of them walking hand in hand. Because of the closeness in their ages, they fight hard, but then they love hard. As they’ve moved from baby age to toddler age, they play together more and more, so capturing this moment of them being together, walking side by side, takes my breath away.

This one makes me laugh, my little girl cupping her brother’s face in her hands. It may look tender, but I believe she was giving him instructions, or perhaps bossing him around. She has been mothered and fussed over by her older two sisters, so it’s only natural that she turn and do the same thing to her little brother! He follows her around often, doing what she tells him to do. And then sometimes he doesn’t, and that’s when she’ll come in and cup his face like this to ‘correct’ him. :) It always gives me a laugh!

We were able to get several pictures of each by themselves, which I LOVE. While I celebrate them as siblings, I also have to remind myself that they are individuals, and known not just as a set. My little girl is a big-time animal lover, and the Scottish black-faced sheep that roam the course are a favorite of hers. If she could feed the sheep every day, I think she would gladly do so! She is my wild and rambunctious girl, but animals seem to have a calming effect on her. This is an image I will treasure forever.

My husband’s absolute number one hobby is golf. He was raised on the course, played collegiately, and gets out there to play whenever he gets the chance (which is few and far between these days with all the children at home!). My husband has joked that when our three older girls are teenagers and in the midst of all the drama that comes with it, he will happily grab our son and escape the home to play golf. Those boys have to stick together! Even if our son doesn’t play, I know my husband is grateful for him and for the time they can spend together.

No matter what happens in life, I am grateful these two have one another. The bond they share as biological siblings is important, and something that no one will be able to take away. Adoption brings up lots of feelings, and not all good, so I am thankful they will have one another to go through life together. And I’m thankful these moments were captured. If I were to give any family of small children advice, it’s take the time. Invest in some images while they’re this age. Because you won’t remember these moments and they will be gone in a flash. Thank you Sara!

>>> If you missed any of the sweet notes from my amazing moms, hope you’ll take a peek today : Note From Amy, Notes From Jess, Notes From Michelle, Notes From Jill! Love, SR

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notes from jill

Dear Sara:

Where do I even start?  Eva will be 7 years old later this summer and my first shoot with you was maternity pictures when I was pregnant with her.

It’s fun to see where we started …

and where we are now …

 

And how you have grown and how we have grown and it has been incredible doing it together.

I think back to several years ago when my friend Renee shared your website with me and we agreed we should file it away for a day when we have kids.  If I remember correctly it was at a time in our life where getting pregnant just was not happening.  It was a struggle for a little while.  I have so many friends who have had infertility struggles and loss and I know our experience nowhere compares to their pain, but for a little while, I wasn’t sure we would be able to have children.  Our fertility specialist even encouraged us to start researching fertility clinics and thinking about invitro.  It was a road I didn’t want to go down – no one does – but I was thankful to hear there were options.  Then we got pregnant – unexpected, out of the blue.  When we had our newborn session with Eva, I remember watching the slideshow at least 20 times…the wonderful pictures, the sweet song, and thinking about how blessed we were.  Three kids later, every session is still so different and so fun.  I love how the kids view you too – Sara comes to play!  Oh and she might take a picture or two while we’re playing.  And no matter what, you never appear to be tired or frustrated and you always have a Plan B, C, and D when weather, kids behaviors, etc take us in a different direction.  You just go with it and you encourage me to do the same.  We trust you!  And occasionally you tell the kids to go play so you can capture just Seth and I.  I love that!

We have peed on you, spit up on you, shown you attitudes and tears.  You’ve walked into a messy house with a tired family.  You’ve watched us bribe our kids with candy.   You’ve sang “Jesus Loves Me” right along with us countless times. You are so patient, so kind and you never judge!  You just keep on going…smiling, laughing, playing, pulling out all the stops to get those sweet pictures that we love so much!  Our conversation picks up right where it left off last time we saw you… you ask about my Mom, our jobs, school…  You KNOW us.  And you let us know you too… how much you love your husband and your boys…your friends… And those are a few of the many reasons you are so good at what you do.

So I loved this last session.  This was our 3rd newborn shoot with you and I always find myself thinking the morning of…WHY do I do shoots with a 5 day old!?  We are tired, we are adjusting, I have some extra pounds, the house is a mess.  But we do it and as I look through the pictures I am SO THANKFUL for each moment that you captured …even the pictures where we don’t look perfect…ESPECIALLY the pictures where we don’t look perfect.  Because we aren’t.  I love those photos where the wind has messed up our hair, or where the kids are looking in the opposite direction… or when they are holding rocks and sticks or pulling each other’s hair or trying to run off.  You don’t delete those pictures.  You give them to us because they ARE us.  When my kids look at these when they are older, they wont see the messyhair, tired eyes, or extra pounds.  They will see the love and the fun and I hope they see in their Mommy and Daddy’s eyes how truly blessed we know we are.

Everett completes our family and I love that he’s just hanging out in a basket behind our house in our latest shoot.   I love the kids playing in the creek and I love having our house…the only house our kids have known…in the background of the pictures.  In the spirit of doing something a little different I thought I would show you how I use the pictures in my rooms.  I love the old and the new shoots and I love staring at framed photographs and thinking back to that particular time in our lives.  All of this below is because of you and to me, this is priceless.  These are our memories, our love and our happiness.  For that, and for you, I am forever grateful!  xoxo

Would you love to read more from this series and wonderful moms? Visit Note from Amy, Notes from Jess, and Notes from Michelle. Love, SR

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Notes from Michelle

Sara,

As always, your photos are such a treasure to me. I can’t believe how much Daphne has grown in the past year. And how much Matt and I have grown as well.   Our time with you is always spent with such ease and you are a master of capturing life in all circumstances.  I told you once that I had finally figured out your secret to amazing photos – that you didn’t take the with a camera, but with your heart.~  Your sweet spirit comes through in every image you send us and I am grateful for each one. I pray Daphne cherishes these photos one day as much as I do now and she’ll in turn realize how immensely important it is to capture these days of our lives.

You’re the best. Don’t make me continue, because I know we’ll both start crying…

Love, Michelle

Like many moms, I’m sure of it, our phones and cameras are full of pictures of others – our children playing & laughing, our husbands doing silly things, our dogs being cute and mischievous  – but hardly ever any pictures of ourselves. So this photo – this is why I cherish the ones you take – where I’m on the other side.  Little moments captured that would never be captured any other times on our own. As a first time mom, I find myself saying the cliché’ phrase “I never knew I could instantly have a love like I do for my child” – but oh, it’s so true!   As we’re approaching 1 year, our time has become even more busy, and messy and loud – more than ever before – and this photo reminds me so much of the quiet moments.  The rare moments when Daphne is still. The moments when I can count the wrinkles on her hands. The moments when I can memorize the shape and curve of her eyes.  The moments I don’t ever want to fade from my memory, because they are flashing by so quickly…

These two pictures make my heart smile because my hope is that Daphne will always want to hold my hand. That she’ll always want to walk with me, no matter how big she grows or how old she gets.  And goodness, I want her to know that I will always walk with her – no matter where life leads her. Always always.

 

Laughing. We laugh. A lot.  Not a day has gone by that we don’t smile – and laugh.  What a reminder I see in this photo that there are always reasons to laugh.  I am so thankful for those giggles – and the silent laughs – where things are just so joyful that a sound doesn’t even come out.  These are the moments that I remember that it doesn’t matter how clean our house is, or how much laundry is piled on the couch to put away, or how long our ‘to do’ list is – laughing just makes all those things disappear and reminds me how important little moments like these are.

I’m not physically in these pictures – but they are images of my whole world. Our growing old pup, Ruby Sue, was in our lives for 9 years before Daphne came along. Although it seems that the gray hairs have come on so quickly in the last year, she has rolled with our big life changes and even shares a kiss, now and then, with Daphne – and Daphne adores her.  That gentle man is the love of my life and I acknowledge the blessing I have been given every day to share these precious days with him.  Daphne is so, so lucky to have him as her daddy. I smile imagining all the moments he will share with her in the future – the football and basketball games, sneaky early Saturday morning trips for donuts, and swimming in the deep end way before she’s big enough. Big adventures are on the horizon and I’m blessed to have a front row seat to witness it.

Want to read more from amazing moms, visit Note from Amy + Notes from Jess. Love, SR

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