*S* FAMILY

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,babes,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 11:44 am on Friday, May 24, 2019

I met Lynae at MOPS! She has such a heart for the moms in this area!!

Lynae – THANK YOU!!

*R* FAMILY

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 11:30 am on Thursday, May 23, 2019

I ADORE that shot!!

Angie – thank you SO much for asking me to capture your beautiful family! I LOVE seeing you guys!!

*R* FAMILY

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,an hour in the life,babes,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 11:07 am on Wednesday, May 22, 2019

I met Angie & her family when her little guy was just a LITTLE guy!

This is the 3rd time I’ve taken their photos – and I LOVE that they keep asking me back into their lives!

She is SO bright-eyed!!

THAT SMOOSH FACE!!

Stay tuned for the rest of their session!!

GRACE UPON GRACE

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,babes,bardenisms,friends,just because,kiddos,lifestyle — admin at 10:54 am on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

So – in case you missed it – my bestest friend had a baby.

And she’s almost five months old!!

I mean – that FACE!! LOOK AT THAT FACE!!

I HAVE LIGHT IN MY KITCHEN NOW!!! REAL LIGHT!!!

The boys love her. And she especially loves Fitzy!

Can you BELIEVE she’s almost 5 months old already!? I cannot!

*K* FAMILY

Filed under: an hour in the life,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 10:33 am on Monday, May 20, 2019

I had planned on taking them to “our” property outside of town – but ALL THE RAIN!!

So we met at the bike trail instead – and it’s changed! I was SO excited to see the new and improved trail!

REAL SMILES!!

In the midst of raising kids it’s easy to forget about how it all started!! So we made sure to focus on just the two of them for a little bit!!

Rachel & Joe – thank you SO MUCH for making the drive over to Mansfield!

I had a GREAT time hanging out with you guys!! Let’s do it again SOON!!

*K* FAMILY

Filed under: an hour in the life,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 11:36 am on Sunday, May 19, 2019

LOOK AT THAT LITTLE FACE!!

I just can’t deal with her sweetness!!

I ADORE THOSE SHOTS!!

MY FAVORITE SHOTS!!

This little guy – he’s QUITE the show stealer!!

Rachel – you’ve got ONE more blog post!!

 

 

*K* FAMILY

Filed under: an hour in the life,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 11:33 am on Saturday, May 18, 2019

The last time I saw Rachel and her family – they were a family of FOUR!

This guy!! He was so sweet and so chatty – my new best friend!

He’s FIVE!!! Only a month older than my Enoch guy!

Rachel & her family drove about an hour to meet me – hoping that the weather would hold off – after rescheduling once already!

GAH!!! I LOVE THOSE SHOTS!!

And then the truth comes out! How brothers & sisters really feel!!

That shot – these kiddos grow up WAY TOO FAST!!!

As usual – I took SO MANY pictures – so stay tuned for the rest of their session!!

MAKING THIS HOUSE A HOME

Filed under: bardenisms,family,just because,my family,my town — admin at 1:28 am on Tuesday, May 14, 2019

You may have seen these photos already – from TWO years ago when Matt Neal Contracting, Inc. gave our house an amazing facelift!

We were going to tackle the back last year but then life happened. So – we did it this spring!

BUT – siding the back meant making the windows and doors what we wanted them to be long-term.

Which meant tackling the kitchen and the storage room that stood on the back of the kitchen.

Which meant combining those rooms together. Which meant a new foundation underneath the kitchen – because one didn’t exist.

Which meant looking at the roof – which needed to be redone.

Which meant new walls and flooring in the kitchen & new dining room.

Which meant a new stove since the existing one was hard wired into the floor. You get the idea.

Improve one thing and discover all the things that need to go along with that ONE new thing!

That has been our kitchen for the last 14 years – a kitchen that was claustrophobic. Dark. Depressing. Covered in carpet remnants.

AND NOW LOOK AT THIS PLACE!!

That’s the view from the corner of the storage room – now our dining room!!

And from the back of the house – a packed full storage closet. Cold and serving no purpose but to house stuff we didn’t need.

And the back corner – looking out into the door that led to the porch that we never used.

AND NOW – beautiful windows opening up to our BEAUTIFUL deck!!

We found LOTS of interesting things ripping apart this old house!

And the beauty from ashes – INCREDIBLE!!!

Our vaulted ceiling! ABSOLUTELY DIVINE!!

Matt had the idea of the exposed wood. The floating beam and the one over the door were from the old storage room!

The boards framing the door and the corners were something Matt had in his shop and fit PERFECTLY in this new space!!

And the wood at the peak – the barn boards that were holding up the west end of the house!

Matt made a counter/table from an old door in his workshop – turning my vision into reality!!

Do you see that light above the sink?! I’ve never had one!! It’s miraculous!!

Isn’t it ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! I still can’t believe that it’s really real and really DONE!!!

AN AMAZING BEFORE & AFTER!!!

We are SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY with the finished product!!

Matt happens to be a friend of ours – and he’s done all the work on our house.

I can’t tell you how happy we are with his crew. Matt knew what I was looking for and several times made decisions that went above & beyond!!

I cannot believe that all the tools are gone. All the equipment off the deck. DONE.

In the span of a month (and a few days) (not including weekends and not EVERY day) Matt and his guys transformed our home into a thing of beauty.

THANK YOU!!

*R* FAMILY

Filed under: an hour in the life,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 12:04 pm on Friday, May 10, 2019

I LOVE THOSE SHOTS!!

Erica specifically requested some silhouette shots – and this spot happens to be my favorite!

Erica – thank you SO much for asking me to freeze these moments for you! I hope you LOVE your photos!!

 

*R* FAMILY

Filed under: an hour in the life,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 11:04 am on Thursday, May 9, 2019

Erica and I met through the YMCA playgroup! I had posted that I was walking in the mornings and anyone who wanted to join was welcome – she did!

I lose track of all time – but I think that was 4 years ago! Unless it was 5! Erica – do you remember?

She makes our cakes for all the events in our lives – and they are DELICIOUS!!

Last year we did photos in the early spring on a nice day – but this year we opted to wait for REAL spring – and I am SO GLAD WE DID!!

Those are my FAVORITE shots!!

LOOK AT THAT SMILE!!

SO SWEET!!

I ADORE THOSE SHOTS!!

Stay tuned for the rest of their session!!

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