December 31, 2016

The One with Next Year's Previews

I love Christmas.  It is by far my favorite holiday.  No, it is not because of the commercialization or cookies or because Elf is one of the best Will Ferrell movies to date.  "Bye Buddy. I hope you find your dad" is a quote that I use year round.  I honestly love Christmas the most because I get to show love to people through gift giving.  Every year, I contemplate what Christmas would be like if those wisemen had never shown up to meet Jesus with gifts.  What would we do? Just go to people's houses?  Comparatively, that is just not as fun as showing up to someone's house with an arm full of goodies wrapped in festive paper that is about to be torn to shreds and maybe some cookies.
I know that the Christmas season is technically over seeing as how it is now New Year's Eve, and at midnight a completely new year will begin to unravel.  However, I love to share photos from the shoots that I have which lead up to Christmas.  Because these sessions are primarily for Christmas cards or Christmas presents, I  don't post any of the photos until after Christmas.  So on this blog, Christmas is going to be lasting just a bit longer. 
So FA LA LA with me just a little more as you wait for the new year to arrive, and check out this little preview of some of the Christmas photo shoots from 2016 to keep you in the Christmas spirit with me all year!
Here's to 2017 and everything that is coming along with it!
"What's comin' will come, and we'll meet it when it does." -Rubeus Hagrid

October 14, 2016

The One with Itty Bitty Benjamin

The joy that surrounds the birth of a child is insurmountable and uncontainable.  It amazes me that someone so itty bitt can cause such great happiness.  This joy is simply awesome to photograph.  I like to think that years down the road, Benjamin will be able to look at these photos and know that there has never been a single day in his life that he was not loved.  I think every child deserves this love and this certainty of being loved.  Looking at these photos reminds me why I take pictures.  Memories are precious,  and pictures can recall the feelings you had during those precious memories.  I think that everyone deserves to have good pictures of special memories so that these little moments will never be forgotten.

October 7, 2016

The One with Lil' Will's SR Portraits

It was the perfect weather, perfect people, perfect day for this photo shoot.  I love being around the Davis family.  Happy people just make me happy. Even though...
...I feel so old.  
Will cannot possibly be old enough to graduate high school! I still think of him as the adorable little kid who would dribble a basketball around the gym during varsity girls' basketball practice while his dad kindly yelled at us that we were running our plays wrong.  Now he is all grown up and handsome with a lovely girlfriend and just as sweet as he was when he was little.  And although he may be grown, he will always be Lil Will to me.

September 27, 2016

The One with SEU Volleyball's Biggest Fan

Anyone who has had a full conversation with my dad since 2013 undoubtedly knows that Lydia plays volleyball at Southeastern University in Florida.  I could bet that he talked about how great she is at volleyball and how he would fly down for every weekend game and any weekday game that he could possibly make.  He probably told you that she is an outside hitter and possibly even her current stats.  He maybe even mentioned the stats of her teammates or the fact that he had his car rental, hotel reservation, and flights all mapped out to a tee along with his GPS and printed out MapQuest of all of the game destinations.  If you were really lucky, you may have gotten to be with him at one of Lydia’s games, heard him yell at refs, cheer on the girls, and stand up clapping at any exciting plays.  He knew all of the names, numbers, and stats of every girl on Lydia’s team and often her opponents’ as well.  He could hold a full conversation on the strengths of each girl’s style of play, even down to their hitting patterns and usual rotations.  Southeastern Volleyball was my dad’s favorite hobby, and he was most definitely their biggest fan in more ways than one. 

Tonight at 7, Southeastern has dedicated a game to this amazing man who flew 1200 miles round trip just to catch one game, even for games when Lydia was injured and may not even get to play.  To say that I am honored is a huge understatement.  I am honored to be his daughter, to be able to say that my dad was a man who was this dedicated to all of our sporting events, and to be Lydia’s sister and be almost as proud of her as my dad was. Thank you to Southeastern University for this amazing honor and for showing love and support for my sister and family for the past six months.  Lydia’s volleyball team and Southeastern family have been her closest support system away from home and shown her love during the hardest time of our lives.  I cannot thank them enough for being there for her when we cannot be.

I so wanted to be there tonight, but watching the game online with my siblings will have to suffice.   If you would like to watch the game online tonight too, here is how: 1) go to 2)scroll down to find the Sep 27 Women’s Volleyball match under Current Events 3) click the little red video next to the event name for the live video.  The dedication will take place between the second and third sets.
Here is our dad in the background always watching intensely