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The Ludewig Family || gwinnett family photographer

“We are mirrors whose brightness is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.” – C.S Lewis

When Jennifer contacted me about capturing her family, I was so honored. I have seen them in the halls of our church and have had the pleasure of chatting with her during a women’s leader gathering- but now I would have the privilege of watching her family interact in front of my camera. I was incredibly excited!

We met up on a frigid Georgia day and though the sun certainly decided to show off, the cold remained.
But stronger than the chill, was the connection between these 4 and so much joy– joy that was clearly spilling out from deep within!

Smiles and giggles abounded, hugs and snuggles were natural and there was a sense of adventure that made our time together come alive.

They weren’t afraid of playing and exploring and allowing real moments to unfold.
And when the girls tossed leaves, eyes twinkled and magic happened.

But not just with the girls. For when I turned around, I found Jennifer and Matt, enjoying a sweet moment too!

Then the family snuggle. It melts my heart every time.
Everyone wrapped up together:  cozy, safe, cherished.
It’s the comfortableness of this moment that allows personalities to shine! And 10 years down the road, when these girls aren’t able (or interested) to climb into laps, they’ll have this- a reminder of this season. A season that slipped away far too quickly, but one that was full of energy, laughter and so much love! 

And goodness, I could not leave out these delightful sisters- who brought all the cuteness and charm.
Their relationship is far too precious for words. It made me smile just as much as it brought tears to my eyes, thinking about how precious they will be to one another as they grow over the years!

Finally, as light was turning to dusk, we focused for a few moments on the love which started this family story,
the two who infuse joy and hope into the hearts of their girls, the ones who lead them well and point them to the true source of Light. This love is always worthy of capturing.

Thank you Ludewigs, for trusting me to capture your family story-for opening your hearts and your lives- and for the immense joy you brought into mine.

 

christmas minis are coming || session inspiration

Goodness how I love this time of year!
The holidays are upon us, we’re pulling out lots of decorations and we’re thinking about the Christmas cards we’ll soon be mailing!

Which means: our Christmas Mini Session dates are about to be announced!!

In honor of the most wonderful time of the year, I wanted to give you a little wardrobe inspiration as you start thinking about how to dress your sweet family, so you’re picture perfect!

This color palette pulls from the floral dress that would be perfect for big sister! The tones are then repeated in solid pieces for the rest of the family.
Layering with scarves, adding accessories and keeping it complimentary (without being too matchy) are all great rules of thumb when building your session wardrobe.

I’ve linked each piece below, in case this look gives you all the heart eyes!

And of course, follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the release of our mini session availability!

Dad’s Look: 

Sweater
Jeans
Shoes

Mom’s Look: 

Sweater
Pants
Scarf
Earrings

Big Sister’s Look: 

Dress
Velvet Bow Headband
Glitter Ballet Flats

Little Sister’s Look: 

Sweater
Velvet Leggings
Velvet Headband
Bow Shoes

Big Brother’s Look: 

Sweater
Pants
Shoes

Little Brother’s Look: 

Shirt
Jeans
Shoes

 

Acorns and Open Hands

When Griffin was little, he would stuff his pockets with acorns. He would grab them on the playground at school, in the parking lot at church, in our backyard.
And I would find them on the floor, rattling around in the dryer, or strategically arranged on his dresser.

So, earlier this week, when I was taking my morning walk, this low lying branch stopped me in my tracks.

Funny how something so simple can just transport you right back to another moment in time.
In that instant I saw my sweet little 4 year old. Chubby cheeks. Sparkly eyes. Pockets full.
Somehow, almost a decade has gone by since those days and I find myself swallowing hard, willing the lump in my throat to go away.
Because Mommas, it does go by just that fast.
Treasure it all. The little things, that one day won’t be so little after all.
When they come in with dirty hands from exploring, learn about their adventures.
When they make up a grand story, sit on the floor and ask them to share it again.
When they crawl up in your lap for cuddles, let them camp there a little longer.
When they ask for a bed time story, read every line- sometimes slowly.
Savor it.
Soak it in.
Thank God for the moments- even when they are hard. And I know they are hard.
Because truly, even the smallest seconds are tiny little gifts that you’ll unwrap over and over again in your mind one day.
Oh and when they bring you handfuls of acorns, open yours, accept them as a rare gift and remember that one day a branch on your morning walk will quite possibly bring you to tears.
    Children are a gift from the Lord;
    they are a reward from him. 
Psalm 127:3

isabella’s senior story // gwinnett senior photographer

Photography has the coolest way of connecting people, who may otherwise have never met.
Such was the case with this sweet senior, Isabella.

We discovered that each of our families moved to Georgia within a week of one another last year. The struggles and joys of relocating definitely gave us an immediate common ground.

Before long, we were chasing light and laughing, as Isabella shined in front of the camera.

Oh how I love a girl who knows her style well, who has confidence that radiates from within and a smile that lights up each frame.
I also love finding an otherwise overlooked location and discovering all the beauty it has to offer!

This simple downtown space provided the most incredible golden hour and gave us a variety of options for capturing Isabella.
And just as the sun set, we stumbled upon the most charming little garden. To say my heart skipped a beat is an understatement. It literally could not have been more perfect! It gave us the most spectacular ending to this amazing session!

Thank you Isabella for trusting me with these moments! As you step into this last year of high school, I pray you’ll courageously pursue the things that set your heart on fire!

 

 

fighting perfection

I’ve been thinking about this simple reality for the past couple of days:
So many of us struggle with a performance based mentality, that often spills over into our relationship with Jesus.


It goes something like this: “I’ve got to do this to earn His love and if I misstep, even once, I’ve disqualified myself from being worthy of His grace or from being used by Him.”

And that simply isn’t true.

None of us are perfect. We can’t walk through this life without mistakes. Sooner or later we’ll encounter our own character flaws; but these moments are the ones that can drive us to Jesus, where the Gospel can penetrate, convict and lead us to change. And better yet, these are the very moments that instead of leaving us in a pile of pity and self doubt, can help us lift our eyes to our Savior.
Who is adequate.
Who is all we need.
They can remind us of the vastness of His love and how freely He pours out forgiveness and second chances.

And for a girl who often holds herself to a standard of perfection, that truth is liberating. Because I will fail. I will have to get up and try again. I will have to do it in His strength and not my own.

So, when you’re down on yourself, when you’ve messed up again, when you are weary and worn out and the voices in your head whisper “Surely, God can not use you. You are not enough.”

Pause.

Think again.
Preach the Gospel to yourself.
Repent.
Then, walk confidently in forgiveness and freedom.
And see,
just see what He can do with a heart that relies completely on Him!


How do you fight the lie that you aren’t good enough?