Earlier this fall, I headed out with Emily and her parents to capture some photographs for her Senior portraits. I was a little nervous as the day went on due to a chance of rain, but we lucked out and even got some shots with warm, fall sunlight just before dusk. Hopefully you can’t even tell we had to dodge three other photographers   and two wedding parties at the same time. Emily was a natural in front of the camera and you can see joy in her smile. Emily, thanks for giving me this opportunity and allowing me to share in your fun and excitement for life. Your beauty shines from the inside out.


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I’m not even sure how to begin this post other then by proclaiming how wonderful this family is. And if you happen to have been blessed with the chance of knowing them or meeting them, I’m sure you will agree. These beautiful children just so happen to be our neighbors. We couldn’t ask for any better! We have loved you since we’ve moved in almost 3 and a half years ago now and hope to spend many more years next to you…I guess it all depends on who outgrows their home first…I think you are a head of us by4? No, 5.

I can’t finish the post without sharing a little bit more about this sweet family. You see for the past 7 or so years they have only had girls…until that precious, little man with the beaming-smile-in-every-picture, came along. This past Spring, N. joined the family through a long, but fruitful adoption process and he is none other then a match made in heaven, for real. It is like he has always been part of the family. I’m so privileged to watch your family grow, love, and serve. I wish these photos could do your awesomeness more justice. Happy viewing…and if you don’t know this family, be jealous now.



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Who’s graduating from high school?…This girl….Who’s going off to college?…this girl….Who is beautiful?….This Girl.

Let me start off by saying that Sarah made my job easy. I messaged her just after the shoot to tell her how much she rocked it and I was so excited to go through the photos. One of my first sessions after returning from maternity leave, Sarah and I headed out one fall afternoon to Pennypack so we could grab her senior portraits. I’ve been waiting to share these for a few different reasons 1. Being I have been super crazy busy and sometimes and surprised I have time to do anything and 2. Because Sarah just graduated this past weekend.  What better time to showcase these photos then now.

Sarah is one of those sweet girls that also has some sass when she needs it and I just love her to death. She’s  hard working, has a giving, heart, and loves to laugh. Sarah I’m so proud of the beautiful women you’ve become—and now I feel old since you are graduating. You are going to love college and I cannot wait to see how the Lord works in your life these next years.

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There are few things more precious, in my opinion, then the birth of a new baby; a little life that was crafted and created in God’s image for his delight and glory.  On March 5th, our family was graciously blessed with such a gift when Davis William was born. I’ll also warn you now that this post is a little more personal than usual. Near the end of my pregnancy in July, we got the news that my brother Clinton & his wife Laura were expecting as well.  How fast time flies. We were even more excited to learn that Laura was having a boy; the perfect playmate for Levi. What joy to share the ups and downs of parenthood together.

Now to the personal part;

Clinton & Laura, you are truly godly parents. I’m so blessed to have you as siblings, to be encouraged and challenged. It brings me such joy to watch you with Davis, how you care for him and love him. May  you truly grasp what God’s grace is through your son…I’m sure at some point you’ll definitely need it. He is a gift to be treasured.

And sweet Davis, your aunt loves you dearly. I’m so excited to see the little boy and man you become. I pray that you will grow big and strong in stature, that you will love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind, and… that you would be kind to your cousin Levi. Know how loved and special you are.

“But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. ” – Psalm 3:3


Beautiful Momma

Davis and his Great Grandfather

So Snuggly.

Davis could you share some hair with Levi?

I think he’s had enough.

And the cousins to close.

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INTIMIDATED!!! That is how I felt when the fabulously talented and creative Rae Barnes of Rae Barnes Photography emailed me about doing a shoot swap about a month ago. Any of you that know Rae understand that my feelings of anxiety and inadequacy were unfounded due to the fact that she is totally humble & encouraging, but here was the very artist who inspired me to follow my joy of photographing people asking me to capture HER FAMILY. In my mind I likened it to being asked to sing the national anthem for the president (yes I know I’m dramatic). “Are you sure you want me, Rae?” is what I thought. Aren’t there about 500 other photographers out there that could do a better job? I’m even nervous to publish this post.

On top of that, Rae is more then a wonderful photographer, she is a friend. I’ve known Chris, Rae’s husband (and talented photographer I might add), since he was my Young Life leader in high school, but didn’t actually meet Rae until they moved back to the area a couple of years ago now. Of course I thought I knew Rae from stalking her blog and admiring her awesomeness, but was secretly even more excited to finally meet her in person. Rae was still working full time and posted on her facebook about the need for a nanny, and by God’s providence I gained the privilege of watching their sweet little Claire for about a year, until just before Ellen was born and I had Levi. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mother, but my days were so full of fun then- going to the park, painting little piggy toes (you can’t do that with boys), reading books, painting/coloring, and sometimes even baking.

Two weeks ago, I met up with Chris, Rae, and the girls for their shoot. We were contained to a small space inside so it was a little bit of a challenge,but  I hope you catch a glimpse of how much love these four have for each other.  Barnes Family- you have been a blessing and encouragement to me in so many ways and I so much hope you enjoy these. Your girls are a precious gift to so many. I also have to note that Levi can’t take his eyes off Ellen every time he sees her picture. I’m pretty sure he’s mesmerized by her, understandably so.


Just can’t get enough of this sweet girl.


I can just hear her laughter. I love these because Claire can be so serious at times- Daddy sure knows how to bring out the smiles.

Isn’t it obvious why Levi is so enthralled with this beautiful babe?

I had to post this last image- I know it isn’t the clearest (kicking myself now), but how fun would it be if it did come out~

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  • Rae BarnesMarch 1, 2012 - 4:47 pm

    Stop it!! I totally got teary just reading your words, and then, I saw the images! You have blessed us with one of the greatest gifts we could ask for: you captured our love for each other. We miss you so much! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for everything!ReplyCancel

  • Chris BarnesMarch 1, 2012 - 8:42 pm

    Love these Heather! Thank you so much for doing this for us!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy munmMarch 2, 2012 - 12:06 am

    The Barne’s family is one of my favorite families and I think you captured them wonderfully. Thank you for sharing them.ReplyCancel