*G* TURNS THREE

Filed under: an hour in the life,family,friends,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,love,parties — admin at 12:18 pm on Saturday, November 30, 2019

THIS GUY!!!

Big brother jut couldn’t resist!!

He REALLY wanted to eat that cake!!

OR WAS IT THE TRACTOR!?

ANOTHER bite of the tractor!!

STILL MORE!!

HILARIOUS!!

LOOK OUT!!

LOOK AT ALL THOSE BOYS!!!

*G* – you are SO VERY LOVED!!

Stephanie – THANK YOU so much for asking me to photograph these beautiful moments in your lives!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSE

Filed under: family,friends,just because,lifestyle,parties,silhouette — admin at 12:37 pm on Saturday, November 23, 2019

If you follow me on FACEBOOK – you should know that we have a pretty awesome inner circle of people in our lives.

Sometimes I forget that Sierra & Jose are quite a bit younger than us!

In early November – Jose turned 30!! Sierra will turn 30 a couple of months after I turn 40!

ANYWAY – we gathered at their house with their people to celebrate!!

The night before the party – we got together for what was supposed to be friend-family photos around the fire pit – BUT – it was COLD & windy – so we just hung out in the kitchen eating dinner instead!

Fitzy is three weeks older than that guy in the red and about 2 years younger than the guy in the black! He considers Aaron his best friend!

Enoch & Aiden on the trampoline Friday night!!

I LOVE that our guys have each other to grow up with!!

OH MY HEART!!! THAT SWEET GIRL!!

It’s not a birthday party without some guns – right!?

That was a test shot – but LOOK AT MY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND!!

I’m told it’s a rare thing to find people like this. It might be. I do know this – at the risk of sounding ridiculous – we are blessed!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!

Jose’s little sister came to celebrate with everyone!!

GORGEOUS!!

THIS!! These people – this moment. We’ve all got stories & some of them are unbelievable. I have one word to explain why all these people are here in this picture – together.

GRACE. Meeting Jesus completely transformed Cody’s life. It’s not my story to tell – but I do think he’ll be sharing it sooner rather than later – because it’s amazing.

Watching him live his life & living this life with them – it makes me cry!

THANKS!!

Before we called it a night – we are those early bedtime friends – I had to grab a few silhouette shots from their back porch – BECAUSE – look at that!!!

PERFECTION!!!

Jose – HAPPY BIRTHDAY – here’s hoping this is the BEST YEAR YET!! WE LOVE YOU!!!

MOTHER & DAUGHTER

Filed under: babes,family,friends,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,love,portraits — admin at 11:17 am on Saturday, October 19, 2019

I tried to take a few photos of Ericka & her girls when we did their silhouette session – but her littlest was NOT having it!

Ericka spent the weekend with my sister at my parents – and they wanted an awkward family photo!!

On Sunday – we tried for some shots of Ericka & her girls – but that little thing was STILL not happy about it!!

TEN!! SHE IS TEN!!!

SUCH A SAD LITTLE FACE!!

THERE’S A SMILE!!!

I LOVE THOSE SHOTS!!

ERICKA – you are AWESOME & STRONG. I LOVE YOU!!!!

 

IRON KETTLE PUMPKIN FARM

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,babes,family,friends,just because,kiddos,lifestyle — admin at 11:04 am on Friday, October 18, 2019

After the CMOG we went to IRON KETTLE for the afternoon – and it was a GORGEOUS afternoon!!

THAT FACE!!

That handsome hubby of mine & the sweetest baby!!

Enoch guy LOVES his baby Grace!!!

That adorable little girl is Missy’s god-daughter! Isn’t she SWEET!?

ENOCH!! You cannot climb on the trains – BUT let me take a picture first!!

Do YOU go to Iron Kettle every fall!?

I MADE GLASS

Filed under: family,friends,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,my family,newsworthy — admin at 10:48 am on Thursday, October 17, 2019

For the past SIX years – Missy & I have taken our kiddos to Corning to make a pumpkin!

Ericka & Samm joined us last year – so we all planned another trip this year!

JACK JACK!!

Missy brought along her sweet little god-daughter – isn’t she ADORABLE!?

Fitzy had been WAITING & WAITING to make a LAKERS pumpkin this year!!

LOOK AT THAT TOOTHLESS SMILE!!

We LOVE this time of year!!

 

FRIENDS

Filed under: friends,just because,lifestyle,portraits,silhouette — admin at 11:32 am on Sunday, October 6, 2019

And then Jose took some of the three of us – BECAUSE IT WAS SO GORGEOUS!!!

CAN YOU HEAR THE LAUGHTER!?

I ADORE THAT ONE!!

MISSY – were you a cheerleader!?

This one – hilarious!!

ALMOST – but not quite!!

SERIOUSLY!!! Get best friend photos – you will not regret it!!

I LOVE THAT ONE TOO!!

ONE LAST TRY – we need to work on our jumping skills – synchronized jumping skills!

Also – guys need best friend photos too!!

FIND YOUR PEOPLE – LOVE THEM HARD!!!

FRIENDS

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,family,friends,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,my family,my town — admin at 11:26 am on Sunday, September 15, 2019

Mara got her turn with Grace too!

GAH!!! THAT HANDSOME HUBBY & THAT GORGEOUS BABY GIRL!!

We went looking for caterpillars but didn’t find any – Aiden wanted a picture in the field!

THIS MADE ME LAUGH SO HARD!!!

Aiden & Enoch wanted to take pictures of ME!!

THAT SWEET FACE!!!

I ran inside to grab that sweet girl – because I NEEDED some photos of her in the flowers!!

MY FAVORITE SHOTS!!!

ABSOLUTE PERFECTION!!!

Enoch needed a turn with Grace too!!

Did you know that I wanted to be a photographer for National Geographic and NEVER photograph people – unless they were in those remote places that Nat Geo sent me to!?

NOW – ALL I do is photograph people. Babies. Toddlers. Kiddos. Families. Seniors. Engagements. Weddings. And then it starts all over again!!

AND I WOULDN’T CHANGE ONE THING!!!!

FRIENDS

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,family,friends,kiddos,lifestyle,my family,my town — admin at 11:22 am on Saturday, September 14, 2019

On Friday we had a fire and fireworks with our friends and then on Saturday we celebrated Jared’s birthday with our family and friends – and THEN on Sunday we had lunch AND dinner with said friends!

It was a GLORIOUS weekend!!

EVERYBODY wants a turn with that sweet baby!!

Grace LOVES Fitzy’s face – I mean – who wouldn’t!?

She also LOVES grabbing handfuls of his hair!!

And I LOVE taking pictures of the scene instead of interfering!

She KNOWS that she’s got everyone wrapped around her finger!

I had a session Sunday night – and I wasn’t sure if I would make it back home in time to grab my camera – so again – I brought it with me!

And am SO GLAD THAT I DID!!! Because we ALL need pictures of us just hanging out – doing our every day things – because we will forget.

That beautiful friend of mine and her beautiful baby girl – they NEEDED these moments captured!!

FRIENDS

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,bardenisms,family,friends,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,my family,my town — admin at 10:59 am on Friday, September 13, 2019

Last week we met up with my friend Megan at our FAVORITE place in Mansfield to have our family photos taken!!

When I get them ALL back – I’ll show you!

But here are a couple – just because!!

This might be my FAVORITE picture of us – EVER!!! This is my favorite spot on the creek – and that’s my favorite guy!!

When we started – I told Megan I wanted mostly all lifestyle shots of us just exploring the creek – like we’ve done SO MANY days this summer!

But I did want one of all of us looking at the camera – THIS IS PERFECT!!

And THIS ONE!!! This is EXACTLY what I had envisioned in my head!

It’s SO VERY hard to NOT take your own family photos – and while I ALWAYS love our photos with Megan – this year – they were AMAZING – exactly what I envisioned!!

And I’ve only seen a handful of shots!

After our photos we went to dinner – ICE CREAM!!

Those boys – those amazing miracles!

Did you know that I never buy clothes for family photos!?

Typically I pick my outfit and then Jared picks his around that. And then I go through the clothes for the boys and pick out something that will compliment the colors we have!!

The boys are OBSESSED with basketball right now and I found these REAL basketball jerseys on clearance at WAL*MART and they LOVE them.

So when they asked if they could wear them for family photos – ABSOLUTELY!! Because that’s how I want our family captured – REAL.

After ice cream we went to Mara’s for a little fire and some fireworks to celebrate Becca’s birthday a little late and Jared’s birthday a little early!

This is the first time my kids have ever really SEEN fireworks! When Fitzy was little – we took him but they were too loud and he never wanted to see them after that!

MOM – LOOK!!! I’M DOCTOR STRANGE!!

That Mara – WE LOVE HER!!!

Get together with your people. As often as you can. I promise you – it will make ALL the difference!!

Becca and her baby Grace – you MUST make sure to grab that little girl before Becca does – because you will NEVER get her after she grabs her!!

Did you know that I LOVE grainy photos!? They’re my favorite!!

I am SO glad that I thought to grab my camera before we left!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BECCA

Filed under: bardenisms,family,friends,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,love,my family,parties — admin at 2:15 pm on Friday, August 30, 2019

Our friend Becca had a birthday. We were planning on getting together for a bonfire – a FANCY bonfire as per Becca’s request – but storms were in the forecast.

SO – we moved the party to our house!

Enoch wanted to make some signs for the party!

It wasn’t a SURPRISE – but the WE LOVE YOU SORTA – all their idea!!

Fitzy wanted to DRESS UP too – so he borrowed a skirt and a jacket from my closet!!

I LOVE THAT ONE!!

SHE BENT MY BROOM HANDLE!!

Becca really does care about us – but give her that baby – and we don’t exit anymore!

Because babies are the BEST birthday gifts!!

BECCA – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!

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