WE ARE FAMILY

Filed under: baby barden,bardenisms,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,lularoe,my family — admin at 11:20 am on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Over the Labor Day weekend – my sister was visiting and we made a morning trip to see our Grandma – or as the littles call her – GGG – triple G!

THAT FACE!

If you need matching leggings with your littles – or your sister – or your mom – make sure to check out my sister’s LuLaRoe inventory!

MINI GOLF & ICE CREAM

Filed under: baby barden,bardenisms,lifestyle,my family — admin at 11:32 am on Monday, September 18, 2017

Enoch wants his hair cut BUT I LOVE HIS CURLS! So – I wanted to make sure to get family pictures BEFORE we cut his hair!

Like I said before – we REALLY wanted a full swimming session – but it got cold QUICK!

I asked Megan if she would come capture our family playing mini-golf and eating ice-cream!

But before we met Megan – I took some pictures of the boys – being silly!

You can’t see it very well – but the boys and I painted the trim on our house PURPLE! Technically – it’s called RARE WINE – but it’s still PURPLE!

While I picked out E’s clothes – Fitzy picked out his own!

He got a new FRESH haircut! DOESN’T HE LOOK SO HANDSOME!

And maybe a little TOO OLD!

THIS GUY! I can’t!

BE STILL MY HEART!!

I can’t remember who took this – Fitzy or E – but I LOVE IT!

And now – GOLF!

CRAZY CRAZY BOYS!

I LOVE that shot of my shadow!!

E was QUITE confused about the ball dropping to the bottom – so much so – that he nearly got his arm stuck!

THAT HAIR!

And I happen to LOVE Megan’s shadow in that last shot!

Enoch was a puppy in his former life!

THAT CARLY DRESS! It’s my FAVORITE!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THOSE SHOTS!

TIME FOR ICE-CREAM! E is allergic to dairy – it’s really so sad – but he’s so good about it!

I LOVE that last shot!

I absolutely LOVE this session – I’m running out of wall space – but I did order a BIG print – now – where to put it!

Thank you SO VERY MUCH Megan!

And remember – lifestyle is my strength in shooting – if you need a lifestyle session – let me know!!

FIRST DAY OF THE FIRST GRADE

Filed under: baby barden,bardenisms,just because,kiddos,my family — admin at 11:56 am on Friday, September 15, 2017

FIRST GRADE! I have a child in FIRST GRADE!

I cannot believe that nearly 6 years of crazy long sleepless nights have come to THIS MOMENT!

He likes to remind me that his preferred name is Fitzy. He’s only Fitzgerald when he’s in trouble.

He still loves the color orange – but he likes to be silly – so he wrote orangey!

His favorite movie has changed each year – this year – Journey to the Center of the Earth – the cheesy made-for-television one!

His favorite food remains pizza – although he loves ALL THE FOOD!

He has wanted to be a chef since he was TWO! I believe that he will be one someday!

This year – he will be at school EVERY WEEKDAY – ALL DAY! Last year – he only went to Kindergarten 3 days a week – and I must say – I am missing having his sweet soul home with Enoch and I! BUT – he LOVES school! He loves reading his Bible verses!

He loves packing his lunch and packing his book-bag. He is a rule follower and prefers to do his homework NOW instead of later. He loves his friends and loves his teacher – a teacher that his dad had in grade-school!

Fitzy – you are kind. You are smart. You are BEAUTIFUL! YOU WILL CHANGE THE WORLD!

PENN’S CAVE

Filed under: bardenisms,family,friends,just because,kiddos,lifestyle — admin at 11:33 am on Thursday, September 14, 2017

The week before school started – Missy and I took our boys to Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park!

Enoch doesn’t understand that cows aren’t like dogs. You can’t just walk in the fence and pet them. Because with HIS cow – you can!

I don’t typically take my camera on our excursions – but I am SO HAPPY I did!

LOOK AT THAT HAIR! THOSE CURLS! THAT FACE! I CAN’T EVEN DEAL WITH HIM!

I told the boys that we were going on a journey. TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH!

MOM! I FINALLY GET TO SEE WHAT THE INSIDE OF THE EARTH LOOKS LIKE! WHOA! WOW! SO COOL!

I learned something new about Missy that day – she’s not really fond of enclosed spaces! WHO KNEW!

Aiden didn’t seem too thrilled either!

THE WONDER! I love those shots!

SO BEAUTIFUL!

Those little hands and those tiny rocks! The moments I don’t want to forget!

If you haven’t been to Penn’s Cave – you should go! We had a GREAT day!

*T* FAMILY

Filed under: family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 11:04 am on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I’m sure you know by now that Missy is my bestest friend. And I happen to also be her photographer – and that’s how it started out – I was her photographer and she read my blog. And then Jared and I lost our first baby and they were going through a loss and then another – and we connected about that. And our great dane puppies. We had a puppy play-date long before we had kids to get together!

I’ve known her for 7 years! But we’ve only gotten REALLY close the last 4!

Missy is almost completely surrounded by BOYS! They have one girl pup – Bailey – but their other 5 family members – ALL BOYS!

Jager is Missy’s BABY – he’s an old baby – but he helped her heart heal after losing her babies – much like Schrute helped us heal after losing our first baby Enoch!

Missy wanted some pictures with him – because he’s certainly aging – and it’s hard to say goodbye to the puppy that helped you heal!

And then there’s this face. This crazy happy lovely face!

LOOK AT THOSE BLUE EYES!

I LOVE THOSE SHOTS!!

Their story is not my story to tell. BUT LET ME TELL YOU – it’s an AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL ONE!

And maybe someday – you’ll be able to read about it here!

Or on our marriage blog – the one that has taken a backseat in life – but someday! SOMEDAY!

I LOVE THOSE FACES!

And our yearly picture with the big brother carrying his little brother on his shoulders.

SERIOUSLY!

I LOVE THOSE SHOTS!

That moment – that was a candid moment. I turned around to check on them to see THIS! SO VERY SWEET!

MISSY – I LOVE YOU – you know that. BUT I JUST WANTED TO WRITE IT DOWN!

Thank you for your friendship and for asking me to create these memories for your family!

JASON – CLASS OF 2018

Filed under: portraits,seniors — admin at 11:08 am on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I’ve been taking pictures of Jason for SEVEN years – I think we figured out that it’s been SEVEN!

His mom is my BFF – she’s the best! He’s not too bad either!

Also – he HATES having his picture taken!

BUT – I don’t see why!

I LOVE those shots!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE those shots too!

Jason – thanks for letting me get a few shots of you! And whatever you decide to do in life – DO IT WELL!

*M* FAMILY

Filed under: beautiful,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,love,portraits — admin at 11:38 am on Monday, September 11, 2017

Shalane nominated Evelyn and her family AGAIN for my yearly BEAUTIFUL contest!

This year was THEIR year! They WON!

I met Evelyn first at MOPS and then again because our kids go to school together – so we see each other often enough! Her smile and positivity is absolutely INFECTIOUS! When they pulled up – their boys got out of the car and were really NOT very excited about the idea of family photos – they’ve NEVER had ANY taken professionally!

Aren’t they just ADORABLE! This MIGHT be my FAVORITE shot of the evening! SO SWEET!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE those shots!

At the end of our session – the boys said – well – that wasn’t TOO bad!

That’s a WIN in my book! Evelyn – thank you SO much for meeting me!

And Shalane – thank YOU for submitting Evelyn and her family!

BARDEN BOYS AND A BABY

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,babes,baby barden,bardenisms,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,my family — admin at 12:43 pm on Sunday, September 10, 2017

My friend Ericka is AWESOME! She’s a single momma and she LOVES LOVES LOVES her girls!

She asked if I could possibly watch her squishy baby – and the boys said YES! NOW! LET’S KEEP HER! FOREVER!

I mean – who says NO to that SWEET FACE!

She is quite possibly the happiest baby I’ve EVER MET! And I had two HAPPY babies!

That morning – Enoch got bit by a bug – next to his eye – almost IN his eye – and he looked like someone beat him up!

Fitzy was doing dishes for me while I was helping E hold his favorite little baby!

She will be my squishy. She is SO VERY SQUISHY!

He absolutely ADORES her! It makes me sad that he doesn’t have a little baby – but not sad enough to HAVE another little baby!

We FACETIME my sister often – almost everyday – especially when we have fat babies to show her!

LOOK AT THAT CHUBBY GOODNESS!!

I LOVE CHUBBY BABIES!!

After our little baby left – it rained and rained – and the boys JUMPED at the chance to play in it!

I LOVE THOSE SHOTS!!

His little eye – I was hoping it would get better – but it only got worse!

I ended up taking him to the doctor the next morning because his eye was swollen shut! She gave him a shot of antibiotic just in case his eye was infected! Poor guy – he was NOT happy about that! But by Sunday – the bite had gone down and he was back to normal by Tuesday morning! He looked in the mirror and said – my eye isn’t squished anymore! I CAN SEE!!

OUR FAMILY

Filed under: baby barden,bardenisms,just because,my family — admin at 10:20 am on Saturday, September 9, 2017

My friend Megan – she’s not only a dear friend – but an awesome photographer too!

Technically my competition in this small town – but that’s not how we work!

That’s my shot – I brought my camera along too – just to grab a few shots of the boys before she got there – but she was RIGHT BEHIND US!

But I did manage to get a few of this curly-headed sweet thing!

But Megan got a couple of ME getting a couple of E!

Those are my shots too!

So now – here’s Megan’s view of our quick time at the pool! We had been trying and trying to get together and make this work on a sunny evening – but she was busy when I was free and I was busy when she was free – and it didn’t work out too great – but we had a quick 15 minutes while the clouds parted and the rain stopped – and the sun disappeared – but we got what we could!

And next year – we will do a swimming session at the end of June instead of holding out hope and running into September!

I LOVE THOSE SHOTS!

This brave guy – next year – he might not even need his puddle jumper!

He’s mastered swimming in the deep end!

You might think – seriously – family photos IN YOUR BATHING SUITS?! ARE YOU CRAZY?!

Yes. Yes. I am.

And this guy is a little crazy too!

My friend Mara got me the pizza floatie for my birthday – BEST PRESENT EVER!

And that BEAUTIFUL face!

Megan – thank you so much for being available LAST MINUTE! Thank you for the BEAUTIFUL pictures that adorn our walls!

And if you need a lifestyle session – doing what you love most as a family – email me! It’s what I LOVE to do!

MIKAELA & KANE – 8.12.2017 – PART TWO

Filed under: lifestyle,love,marry me,wedding — admin at 11:30 am on Friday, September 8, 2017

I’ve done a wedding here before – and COULD NOT WAIT to see this weeping willow again!

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!

SWOON!!

I LOVE that look she’s giving him!

If you have the BEST BFF – you’ll understand the connection in those pictures!

Sharing cookie recipes at a wedding! I LOVE IT!

So – you won’t see many pictures of ME at a wedding that I shoot!

But this one – I wanted to share. Her bustle was THREE different layers – and the best way to figure that out – just take a break and figure it out!

And while I know that I’m not the BEST wedding photographer in the world or our country or our state or our region – I am GOOD at what I do!

And you’re not just getting a wedding photographer when you book me – you’re getting a whatever-you-need-done girl!

You might recognize that sweet little family on the left – I photographed their wedding last August!

I LOVE THOSE SHOTS!

This was a sweet twist on the garter-toss – since she IS about 15!

Mikaela & Kane – thank you SO much for asking me to spend the day with you!

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