Psalm 19:1 // The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
Thank you for visiting our space here online! As creators of images and lovers of marriage, we get excited about documenting the stories of awesome people in love. We are digital and film photographers based out of Gainesville, Florida but love to travel to be storytellers. Taking a candid approach to photography, we focus on photographing raw, organic moments to tell stories as the day naturally unfolds. We aim to capture love stories as well as build genuine relationships with our incredible couples. So, take a look around and feel free to reach out! We would love to share a cup of coffee with you. Our hope is that you’d allow us to photograph your day or moment and reflect the beauty of the story…
I met Macy & Andrew during our mini sessions last Fall. They heard about our minis and traveled from Jacksonville for their first professional session as a couple!
At the beginning of this year, Macy reached back out to me after Andrew proposed. We set plans for their engagement session…then COVID hit and our plans got rescheduled. We rescheduled, and then rescheduled AGAIN. After so much coordination, we scheduled them FIRST THING after restrictions were lifted in Gainesville.
Throughout the process, both Macy & Andrew were flexible and full of grace as we navigated confusion, changed plans, and city closures. Their care-free attitude was reflected in the morning of their engagement session when the Florida heat broke records with its humidity level. They were such good sports, they even toasted each other with champagne during their session! I think we were all very relieved for the session to finally be taking place. Their attitude during the shoot was overall gratitude.
While their session wasn’t the timing we had originally planned for, it ended up being perfect because the angel trumpets were in full bloom! I have held sessions at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens so many times throughout the years and I’ve never made it to see them! What a reminder that having plans is great, but learning to be flexible when plans change is really important. It made their session feel like it was 100% worth the delays!
You don’t often wake up in the middle of the night anymore, but I was happy to have you up this morning. You awoke a little after 12am, which was right around the time I was in labor with you a year ago. Your daddy and I were awake so we got to say Happy Birthday and play with you a bit. We were both so exhausted moments before hearing your cry, but being with you genuinely lit us up.
That really is a testament to who you are in our lives. Your existence has healed our hearts with waves of increased refreshment, joy, and enlivenment. While you were a surprise gift to us, the Lord used the gift of your life to re-teach us the joy of stillness (which is no surprise as you are living up to the meaning of your name), and oh our family needed it.
Learning who you are and what your preferences are has been a joy each month. Glimpses of your personality are showing and it has been a delight to witness. Goodness, I cannot wait to see the woman you become, but I am really enjoying the moments of your littleness…how you giggle when I nibble at your feet, or how your little voice says “uh ohhhhh,” or how you confuse Dada for doggy so you look around for Penny, or how you love to crawl to the toilet faster than we can catch up to you. Your brother, daddy and I love to witness as you take in your surroundings and we fill up with joy just watching you. You really are treasured.
I love that you sleep in so late for your age, this is not something I’ll ever complain about at this age. The later you wake up, the wilder your bedhead is. It’s been a fan favorite that just keeps getting better and more wild the longer your hair grows. You’ve learned to self-soothe through the night, which has been helpful. I pray that learning to self-soothe is an easy transition towards teaching you how to process big emotions. I pray that we can lead you in the ways the Holy Spirit has taught us about gentleness and self-control as you learn to respond to your emotions in the next couple of years. I pray that grace and gentleness are tied around every response as you navigate loving and honoring those around you.
Another thing we learned is that you like to eat. In fact, we learned that the sounds of hangry can reach a decibel we didn’t know existed. You eat absolutely anything in front of you, which is great when it’s food! Your big brother loves to step in to help feed you and he also loves to step in to help protect you. More often than me, he has caught (and even dug in your mouth) for tiny items. Your favorite things to put in your mouth are puffs, eggs, grass, and my cell phone. I pray that you being adventurous doesn’t end there. I pray this means that you’ll be adventurous in your curiosity for the Lord, for others, and for cultures. We are praying that the Holy Spirit leads your curiosity towards more understanding and empathy.
Our girl, more than anything, I hope you learn about the generous love of the Father because He has been so generous with adding you to our lives. Your Daddy and I will spend the rest of our lives dedicated to teaching you and your brother the refreshment that comes from the still water beside Jesus. A beloved selah that gives us life.
I adore you. I adore you. I adore you, my daughter.