MOTHER & DAUGHTER

Filed under: animals,beautiful,family,just because,portraits — admin at 3:30 pm on Thursday, June 17, 2021

Heather submitted her sister for my mini BEAUTIFUL contest over Christmas!!

I got there a little early and made a friend!

GORGEOUS!

Jessica! Thanks for meeting up with me for a quick session of you and your daughter!! I’ll see you later this year!

*K* FAMILY – BEAUTIFUL WINNERS

Filed under: an hour in the life,beautiful,creek exploring,family,kiddos,lifestyle — admin at 10:57 am on Sunday, June 13, 2021

Last year – Scott & Terri were the BEAUTIFUL winners! Well – last year was a CRAZY year for all of us – but Scott & Terri had even extra stress thrown in there – so their session slipped under the cracks.

BUT – we were FINALLY able to schedule it!

Scott and I grew up together in church. We were pretty close friends in later high school (if I remember right) and then went our separate ways like people do!

It was AWESOME to be able to gift his family with a photo session.

Before our session – they said – “we’re not picture people.”

“We’re not picture people.”

I love when people tell me they’re not “picture people.”

Because you ARE picture people.

NOT. PICTURE. PEOPLE.

Now you know – Scott & Terri ARE indeed picture people!!

I loved hanging out with you for the evening! I hope to see you again soon!!!

 

 

BEAUTIFUL 2021

Filed under: beautiful — admin at 11:18 am on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The winner of 2021 BEAUTIFUL is

HELEEN & SEAN!!

Heleen’s sister said – “She is kind and funny and loving. She has a giving heart and loves those around her effortlessly.”

I can’t say this enough – MAKE SURE YOU TELL THE PEOPLE THAT YOU LOVE EXACTLY HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU!!

Thank you SO MUCH for your submissions this year!!!

BEAUTIFUL

Filed under: beautiful — admin at 11:29 am on Thursday, April 1, 2021

BARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY – BEAUTIFUL

In 2010 – I started a a new program: BEAUTIFUL!!

I quit my job as a secretary to pursue photography FULL-TIME in 2009!

During 2009 & 2010 – photography was certainly my FULL-TIME business!!

Then Fitzy was born in 2011 & Enoch in 2013 and raising babies became my FULL-TIME business and photography took a little bit of a back seat.

The boys are older now and I feel like I won’t be missing out on ALL the things by diving back into photography on a more full-time basis!

2020 was a CRAZY year BUT I did get to photograph SO MANY OF YOU!!

I am hoping I get to see even more beautiful faces & help tell more beautiful stories this year!!

Email me @ dcbarden@gmail.com – write a paragraph or two about a family you know that deserves a FREE photo session.

Here are the rules:

1. You MUST EMAIL me. NO FACEBOOK MESSAGES!! NO INSTAGRAM DIRECT MESSAGES!!

2. You can NOT submit your own family!!

3. Generally – the session takes place in/around Mansfield!

4. The session is for an immediate family. For example: I CAN submit my brother & his wife & their two kids but NOT my parents & my brother & his family & my sister & her family & the four of us.

5. In order to give a session away I need 10 submissions by April 15th!!

I will be choosing from the entries and announce the winners at the end of that week!!

Make sure to tell me WHAT MAKES THEIR FAMILY BEAUTIFUL.

HINT: Don’t be afraid to write too much!

I can’t wait to read your submissions!

BEAUTIFUL 2020

Filed under: beautiful — admin at 7:25 pm on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The winner of 2020 BEAUTIFUL is

TERRI & SCOTT KELSALL!!

Read what Terri’s friend wrote about her -

“I honestly can’t say enough of how she is full of grace, beauty, and the love of Jesus.

She inspires me every single day. She always has a smile on her face! She is tough. She is fierce.

She is beauty and strength. She is an amazing mom and wife. She is so selfless.

She is such a dear, dear friend.”

I can’t say this enough – MAKE SURE YOU TELL THE PEOPLE THAT YOU LOVE EXACTLY HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU!!

Thank you SO MUCH for your submissions this year!!!

 

TEN YEARS OF BEAUTIFUL

Filed under: beautiful — admin at 12:09 pm on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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BARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY – BEAUTIFUL

In 2010 – I started a a new program: BEAUTIFUL!!

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’S BEEN TEN YEARS!

I quit my job as a secretary to pursue photography FULL-TIME in 2009!

During 2009 & 2010 – photography was certainly my FULL-TIME business!!

Then Fitzy was born in 2011 & Enoch in 2013 and raising babies became my FULL-TIME business and photography took a little bit of a back seat.

The boys are older now and I feel like I won’t be missing out on ALL the things by diving back into photography on a more full-time basis!

I am SO EXCITED about BARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY in 2020!!

MAKE SURE TO GET IN FRONT OF MY CAMERA!!!

To celebrate TEN years of BEAUTIFUL – I’ll be giving away TWO sessions this year!!

Email me @ dcbarden@gmail.com – write a paragraph or two about a family you know that deserves a FREE photo session.

Here are the rules:

1. You MUST EMAIL me. NO FACEBOOK MESSAGES!! NO INSTAGRAM DIRECT MESSAGES!!

2. You can NOT submit your own family!!

3. Generally – the session takes place in/around Mansfield!

4. The session is for an immediate family. For example: I CAN submit my brother & his wife & their two kids but NOT my parents & my brother & his family & my sister & her family & the four of us.

5. In order to give TWO sessions away – I need 20 submissions by March 15th!!

I will be choosing from the entries and announce the winners at the end of March!

Make sure to tell me WHAT MAKES THEIR FAMILY BEAUTIFUL.

HINT: Don’t be afraid to write too much!

I can’t wait to read your submissions!

BEAUTIFUL

Filed under: beautiful — admin at 11:13 am on Monday, April 1, 2019

It’s not only the TENTH anniversary of BARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY actually being in business – it’s also the TENTH year I’ve been doing the BEAUTIFUL CONTEST!!!

I heard from 14 of you – sharing your story about the people you love. THANK YOU!!

I don’t know if I’ve told you this before – but I narrow it down to about 5 people and then I let someone else decide.

She doesn’t know the names of the people submitting. And she usually doesn’t know the people IN the submissions.

It doesn’t get any easier year after year – maybe a bit harder!

THIS YEAR – the winner of BEAUTIFUL – David & Ericka!!

Their submission just resonated with me. There was something about them.

AND – I found out that my mystery helper felt that their submission spoke to her too!

DONE! That’s it! THEY ARE THE WINNERS!!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for submitting the people you love. MAKE SURE YOU TELL THEM HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THEM!!!

And don’t forget to check your messenger or e-mail for a special deal for the families that were submitted to BEAUTIFUL!

BEAUTIFUL

Filed under: beautiful — admin at 12:51 pm on Friday, March 1, 2019

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BARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY – BEAUTIFUL

In 2010 – I started a a new program: BEAUTIFUL!!

I can’t believe it’s been NINE years!

This year – I will be gifting ONE family with a full photo session.

Email me @ dcbarden@gmail.com – write a paragraph or two about a family you know that deserves a FREE photo session.

I will be choosing from the entries and announce the winners on March 31st. The deadline for the submissions will be March 20th!

Make sure to tell me WHAT MAKES THEIR FAMILY BEAUTIFUL.

I can’t wait to read your submissions!

*O* FAMILY

Filed under: an hour in the life,beautiful,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 12:44 pm on Friday, November 9, 2018

I met Jackie when her little family won my very first BEAUTIFUL contest!

It’s ALWAYS bittersweet when we get together – because the little boy that brought me into their lives – is no longer walking on this side of heaven.

So – family photos are HARD for them. Waking up and getting through each day is HARD for them.

Remember what I said about GETTING THE SILLIES OUT!?

Oh – you want to take pictures at a little castle in the woods? I guess. If we HAVE to.

SUCH an amazing little castle!!

Jackie – while I don’t personally KNOW how hard family photos are for you – I see it. I feel it. Thank YOU for asking me back into your lives even after all the hard things.

YOU ARE STRONG. YOU ARE BRAVE. YOU ARE LOVED.

BEAUTIFUL 2018 WINNERS

Filed under: . babies . babies . babies .,babes,beautiful,family,just because,kiddos,lifestyle,portraits — admin at 10:54 am on Tuesday, October 9, 2018

I’m not sure how I met Rachel – but we’ve been friends on FACEBOOK for a while!

Amanda submitted Rachel’s family for BEAUTIFUL – and she won!!

Rachel & Rich are on my WANTING list – a list of people who are trying & hoping & wishing & praying for a baby!

Their daughter – a NICU miracle – just turned TWO!

I had messaged with Rachel and mentioned that we COULD schedule in Sayre since my parents live that way – but then we decided on Mansfield. I didn’t check in with her before our session – which I normally do. I texted her that I was at wal*mart – where we decided to meet – by the GIANT yellow tractor-trailer. She couldn’t seem to find it. Was she at the right spot? Sayre wal*mart right?! NOPE! Mansfield wal*mart – AHHHH! This was SIX O CLOCK – sunset was very shortly after 7 – so we met in Troy – HOPING the light would last!!

WE MADE IT!! But this little peanut wasn’t REALLY in the mood for photos!

It’s a good thing that lifestyle photography is my specialty!

I LOVE THOSE SHOTS!!

Rachel & Rich – thank you SO MUCH! I LOVE meeting the little babies that so many of us have prayed for!

I hope you LOVE your photos!!

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