my heart personal

I woke up this morning to one of my favorite posts from Shea. I haven’t shared much about her here because I just wasn’t ready. She was a dear precious soul. An amazing wife, wonderful new mom, great big sister, daughter, friend, photographer….I could go on. Truly. She was the very best of us. And, although I could write an entire book about her, I am going to direct you to her blog. Where SHE was brave and real and silly and wonderful. Where she shared her beautiful photography with the world. Where she shared her diagnosis with the world. A place where she wrote about the really hard stuff and her journey with Cancer.

On a warm sunny day last year, we sat on the patio at Chuy’s and talked about this life and how it’s truly terminal. How her diagnosis made her look at everything with fresh eyes. Things didn’t matter liked they used to. And, she prayed that once she beat it, she’d feel the same way. I loved talking about Jesus with her. How He came rushing into our hearts picking through every piece and ridding it of whatever broke His.

And, how my heart broke on that day she was called Home, August 25th of last year. Broke in a way I really didn’t know how to handle. I was so sad, hurt, angry, confused. I had a dear friend send me a beautiful poem and I just feel really convicted to share it with all of you today (It’s below). Maybe you’re going through some really hard stuff. Maybe it’s coming. I can tell you that I sat at dinner with my 3 dear friends last January and shared before I knew of Shea’s diagnosis that “I just really feel like God is preparing me for a hard year”. One week later I heard about Shea’s diagnosis. So much other hard stuff happened in 2016 that I cried to our pastor last fall that I was done. I really needed all the hard stuff to stop. I cried out to God all of the time. But, through all the valleys, I could still see the mountains. There was so much wonderful stuff happening to, that I couldn’t forget to cry out to God with sincere thankfulness. He is the God who gives and takes away.

‘Some days, the hardest days, it feels like the ugliness of the world will surely drown us. As the waves of grief, sadness, disbelief and anger crash over our heads so very quickly it is only natural to try and fight our way to the surface. It is human to be so painfully overwhelmed that we think, surely, we will never again breathe the sweet air of God’s peace. But. Even still. He is with us. In the hurt. In the questions. In the anger. When everything in you says run away, He says rest. Rest in ME.’ I pray this for you today my sister. That you could learn to float on days when the sea is just too rough for swimming. And so, my prayer for you is quite simple: float on.

I did float on. And, over time I have found my way back out into the sea of hope where I learned to swim again. Life will happen and sorrow may come. When it does, I know I will meet Jesus there, too. Shea taught me Psalm 90.12, Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. So, every day I open my eyes, I thank God. Tomorrow could look very different than it does right now. So, I treasure it. I treasure them. For all the days of my life.

Love, Sara

FL:R

Kristi - Wow, just wow. Thank you Sweet Sara. I needed that post. I will float on. ❤️

Jill - Beautiful, Sara. Love you!

This new season to come

It’s going to be a glorious 60 degree sunny afternoon here in middle Tennessee! Makes me so excited about the new seasons that are well on the way. If you haven’t heard, April, May, June booking OPENS next Friday, February 17th! I have had a few questions about which Saturdays I will be working, so I wanted to go ahead and get that out in the know so you can plan!

During the week, I will be available in the morning to lunch time and booking one sunset in the Mt Juliet/Downtown Nashville area during the week. The Saturdays I plan to work will be available for up to 3 shoots only. I don’t book times until closer to your session date. Sundays are not available. Weekday mornings are definitely more flexible for us to figure out the best location (at home sessions are wonderful during this time!). Sunsets are perfect by the lake or downtown by the skyline! Saturdays will be set to one on location spot for all clients to meet me.

APRIL – Saturdays (1st, 8th, 15th)
MAY – Saturdays (6th, 27th)
JUNE – Saturdays (3rd, 10th)

If you have any questions about my session offerings, please do not hesitate to reach out to me prior to next Friday! I look forward to meeting you and capturing YOUR LIFE in this new season to come.

Love, SR

FL:R

baby john

Some of my most favorite sessions are when husband + wife become mom + dad. It’s such a sweet, pure and crazy time. You wait and wait and wait after the nursery is complete. You probably walk past it and smile more than you realize. You can’t even begin to understand what life will be like. You can’t even begin to know what your heart will feel. This is why I love lifestyle newborn sessions at your home. Because, that’s where it all begins.

I loved meeting this sweet crew last week. Chappy and Penny were quick to become my buddies. And, I was so happy “G” came to help. (G stands for grandma!). What a beautiful time we had in their home with a red door. Can’t wait to see little John in 6 months! Don’t grow too fast, buddy.

Love, SR

ps April, May, June booking opens next Friday, February 17th — > more info here

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6 months of happy

6 months of happy. That’s what this little ball of sunshine is filled with. If y’all remember Michelle’s brave and beautiful story shared on the maternity photos blog, these should make you smile really big. I like to call them stories that go in my “God did THAT” box. Michelle wrote last summer : “Everyone has a story. They’re all different. That’s what makes our own journeys so special. Nothing God allows you to go through is pointless. It might be hard. It might seem hopeless. It might be full of hurt and heartache, but He promises to work things for your good and His glory – in His time. If you need someone to give you encouragement and strength today, let me. There is a plan. A plan of redemption. A plan saturated with hope. And a plan full of little girl dreams and desires that are to be realized. I just know it.”

Michelle has quickly become one of my dearest sisters in Christ. And, every time I walk away from spending time with them capturing their life, I leave wanting to see her more. Matt is an added bonus with his sweet, kind and funny soul. And, Daphne….she’s a little peanut with the biggest eyes and a smile that will forever light up a room. I love those kinds of smiles.

I love “God did THAT!!” stories. I really love sitting on the sidelines knowing that His plan is far greater.  And, believe me when I say….I’m sitting on those sidelines with the biggest poster that says “I’m so proud of you, girl!” and cheering you on every step of the way.  Our God is an awesome God. Proof is in your stories. Proof is in the pictures….

Love, SR

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Love begins at home

Words escape me as I go to write this little blog for this sweet little family, but if you could touch my heart, you’d know what I would love to say.

I’ve been doing this for over 7 years and I still can’t get over the feeling of real vulnerable love when you walk into a families home. I have been to over a 100 homes and it’s still my favorite sessions ever. This is your story, guys. Thank you for letting me capture it.

Meet baby Owen and just 16 months older, big sis Iris Leigh. Their Newfoundland, Moose, is my buddy. Thankful for a sweet little morning capturing a sweet little family.

Love, SR

FL:R

Leigh - Love!!!! Babies and dogs melt my heart every time!

what matters to you

“It’s finding peace and joy and a calmness in your life that will soon become the most important thing to you. Your family are what matters to you, love is what matters to you.”

This family matters to me. Every January and every August I get to capture their life. What a gift they give me!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend with the ones that matter most.

Love, SR

FL:R

longest post ever

I kept hinting around last year that I was going to blog the “longest post ever”. My heart, at the time, thought that I needed to sit down and write out all the things that happened in 2016. I am not sure why I thought this space was the best place for all of that. But, the more I keep welcoming a brand new day in this brand new year, the more I realize all of those words both hard and true and beautiful and authentic may need to be presented in a different way. On a different day perhaps.

So, I guess what the longest post shall be….shall be one of my favorite families who have seen both awesome and hard days (like you and me). Who smile through the tears and give me so much joy that truly the only way I can repay them for that gift is by capturing their life the way I see it. And, handing it all back to them with so many photos. SO MANY. What does one do with so.many.photos, you may ask? They print them. They make books out of them. And, they cherish them FOREVER. That’s what they do. That’s what this sweet family does! Bringing HOPE, JOY, and MEMORIES to their walls.

We had the VERY best morning on a mild January day. JANUARY, y’all. No one shoots outside in January. And, if they do, the session is surely not going to be their favorite. Well, I beg to differ. I think the “off” months are some of my favorites. Truly.

First shoot of the year involved snow and snuggles at home. Second shoot involved warmth and snuggles outside. I am thankful.for.this.year already. And, it’s only January 17th!

This is what love looks like to me.

Love, SR

—-> February + March are open for booking. April, May, June open in February. Read all the details HERE!! 

FL:R