Last week, my good friends, Alison and Jay of Life and Love Studio, welcomed their second baby, but first son, Hudson Reid into the world. I was incredibly happy and honored to be able to photograph such a beautiful event in their lives. As photographers, we love what we do because we know that every time a client sees their photos, the photos will bring back their emotions, thoughts, and feelings that they were experiencing during such a special time, but for dear friends, it’s such a huge honor. Here are a couple of my favorite sneak peeks. The second photo is SOOO sweet. Their oldest baby, Ella, will be 3 next month and is Carly’s best friend. It’s so precious to see her meeting her baby brother for the first time. Happy Monday!

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I recently had the great privilege of photographing my beautiful past bride and friend, Laurie, for her head shots for the start of her makeup artist business. I met Laurie and her now husband, Kaleb, back in early 2012 when they hired me as their wedding photographer. For me, it felt like Kaleb and Laurie were old friends even though we had never met. It was such a pleasure getting to know them and work with them. Since then, I’ve done various photos for them and their family and this time was no different. I was thrilled when Laurie told me she was starting a business and needed some head shots! Of COURSE I wanted to shoot those for her! After having to reschedule a few times because of our wonky weather, we finally found a beautiful day (that still played tricks on us during the session) and Laurie headed over from Lake City. Beautiful, as always, Laurie was ready to go! Here are some of my favorites from her session.

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Well, I can’t believe I’ve finally left my 20’s behind. It is almost as if, when you’re in them, you feel like they will never end, but then you turn 25 and realize half of your 20’s are over… Then you turn 26… 27… 28… and then 29 and you realize you have one year left in your 20’s. You’re not sure whether to cringe or be happy. I had mixed emotions during the last year, but ultimately, I’m happy to be leaving my 20’s behind and I look forward to a new chapter!

Despite the dreary weather, my birthday was amazing. I spent most of the day going about my usual routine. I woke up, took a shower and went downstairs. My sweetie surprised me with a sweet letter and breakfast/coffee that were ready to be warmed up when I woke up. I went in and woke Carly up and she asked me to snuggle with her so I did. It was so sweet. We did laundry together… and that was when I realized that as much as I hate laundry, I was so happy to start my 30’s doing laundry for the people in my life that I love the most.

My best friend in the whole wide world brought me lunch from one of my favorite sushi restaurants. It was DELICIOUS! She also brought me a few VERY sweet gifts. We spent most of the day together. I did her makeup and hair (just because it’s fun to play in makeup and do hair) which turned out to be a good thing since she was at my birthday dinner that night! After she left, I got ready and did my hair and makeup for my birthday dinner.

Colby surprised me by planning an elaborate birthday dinner at P.F. Changs with my family and friends. I sorta figured my family would be there (why wouldn’t they be??) but it was a total surprise to see my friends there too!

My parents have a special tradition of getting something nice for us kids when we turn 30. I knew exactly what I wanted. I wanted this Pandora bracelet from their Essence Collection. I chose a bunch of charms because they represent the fruits of the spirit, which I believe represent the culmination of my 30 years. I know they aren’t all on here (that would be a waaaay too expensive bracelet) but this bracelet is so special.

Anyway, here are some of my photos from the day! They’re just cell phone snaps, nothing uber awesome. Welcome to my 30’s!!!

My 30th Birthday Collage

 

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Rare disease day is very near and dear to me. It’s something I never heard about until one of my brothers was diagnosed with a rare disease; Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, also called CTCL. It’s been an up and down emotional roller coaster since his diagnoses in 2011. We’re staying positive and confident that it is all in God’s hands.

Rare Disease Day is a national day that brings attention to rare diseases. Anyone representing a rare disease is welcome to participate in bringing attention to it. This year, rare disease day is Friday, February 28th. We’ll be at the Jacksonville Library downtown. We have 6 rare diseases being represented. We’d love to talk to you and help spread the word about these rare diseases. For more information, please contact my mom, Cynthia Gist, at 904.477.6020. For more information regarding CTCL, please click here.

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