Our Little Adventure
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It blows my mind that in only a matter of weeks Cory and I will have begun a FAMILY. Call it whatever you want, but I still think back to the summer that a guy and girl spent too many afternoons on the water - having no idea that this was a forever thing. That’s who I still see us as - just ten times better! And I think how can we be here? I know it sounds overly dramatic because let’s face it - we are the last of our friends to have a kid. This is no new thing to most of the people around us. But to us - it is everything new and has been the craziest ride since we found out in February. Everyone knows we were shocked. (I don’t think anyone was as shocked as our families were because they knew that kids were the furthesttttttt thing from our minds. And we didn’t think that would ever change if I am being honest here.)

But back in January of this year, I started to tell God that I wanted a new adventure. “Whatever it may be.” (Those words. Lol.) I don’t know if it was the start of a new year causing it or if I was in the winter depression season (It’s a real thing in Florida) but I had this deep need for something new. An adventure. Something to liven things up. Something that was fresh and exciting. If you look at my prayer journal, you will see this “adventure” being prayed for a lot on into February. My thoughts behind it? Oh, maybe God will move us somewhere crazy even though we are very planted here. Or maybe something cool will happen within my job! Or maybe this is the season we get to build a house like we have always wanted! I kept praying.

Towards the end of February, I had a day that I remember to the finest detail. I had to drive about an hour away to pick some things up for Cory. I was going to take the day to enjoy the drive and just pray because by this point I was a little tired of asking God for an adventure and nothing happening. We had some things to discuss. I swung through What-A-Burger to get a taquito because there is nothing in the world like one. I open my bag as I left the drive thru to find I had a FAJITA at eight in the morning - not my taquito that I was CRAVING. (*Key word - craving.) I was so mad that I sent Cory a photo of it to tell him how my day was starting. I picked up the things. I had many words with Jesus on the ride and asked Him again for a new adventure. After I got home I decided I need to go to Target because I was just having a “day” and everyone knows Target helps all things. I walked around. I bought a candle because - why not. I tried not to cry walking down the aisles for who knows what reason - maybe because I was still pissed off about my breakfast situation. I bought a pregnancy test and remember thinking word for word, “Why am I buying this? I am clearly acting like someone who is not pregnant.” (If you get my drift.)

I went home and to spare details - that day I found out I got my adventure. It came in a package that neither of us were expecting. Unless you know us, you don’t understand how much we were not expecting it. When I called my sister to tell her, she thought someone had died by how I was acting since I couldn’t get words out. I would be lying if I said I handled the new adventure God had given us like a champ since the day we found out. Cory has - which has brought me a sense of peace about it in my not so pretty moments.

I tell all of this (let's face it - I wish I had been a little more graceful because I am so excited now!) because for us and I hope for you reading it - the details that went into this (there are way more that would be for a conversation over coffee) have been a huge reflection of God’s hand in our life in ways that we couldn’t ask for or imagine. He placed in my heart this desperation for an adventure and carried that out even when we were unaware. That alone makes us excited to meet this little girl in just a few weeks - our little adventure.

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Thank you, Jennifer Blair Photography, for these gorgeous images!

From photographing engagement portraits, wedding portraits and now three years worth of family portraits - you never disappoint!

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I have no idea why it has taken me so long to share photos from our trip to Germany + Luxembourg! Part of me still can’t believe that I finally got to go and looking back at these photos makes me appreciate this trip all the more. It was Cory’s first time out of the country, which was so much fun to watch! (Ha!) I have dreamed of going to Germany for-ev-er. Years ago I even tried to learn to speak German. I’ve always been so fascinated with it, the architecture, the language and the culture. I don’t know why. I’ve never had any ties to it. Looking at the photos of this gorgeous place may explain some of it, though. ;)

I truly believe that God instills in us fun desires/dreams/interests sometimes that may not have any purpose other than just to say, “Hey, look at what I am going to do to bring this to life - just because I like you. Watch this!”

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Rosemary Beach Engagement Photographer Alex + Taylor
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Where to even start with these two and their Rosemary Beach, Florida engagement portraits? Let's start with how stinking cute they are together! They flow together so easily without even trying! 

Taylor (who is the genius behind Hazen & Co) has been coming to Rosemary Beach with her family for years, so naturally this was the perfect backdrop for her and Alex's engagement portraits! They captured the coastal style effortlessly but also the flare of Rosemary perfectly! But what you do you expect when you are a style expert who has been designing jewelry since she was nine years old. ;)  

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Watersound Florida Photographer Glassman Family
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There is nothing as quaint and breathtaking as the little community of Watersound, Florida to me! The houses remind me of something you would find up North and the winding boardwalks are out of a magazine! 

I loved photographing the Glassman family here. They were vacationing with three generations in tow! It reminded me so much of my trips growing up that we would take here with my grandparents, cousins, parents, siblings, aunt and uncle! 

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WaterColor Florida Photographer Bell Family
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Minutes before our session was to begin, the bottom fell out of nowhere! (This is Florida for you. Ha!) This didn't stop the Bell family. They said, "Why don't you come to our home and photograph us here?" Immediately my mind went to am I going to have enough light? Are they going to love these or be disappointed that we were not able to take any on the beach? And as you would have it, this ended up being one of my favorite sessions to date!

We started off taking photos of them on their porch in WaterColor, Florida then went inside for more candid portraits. Uncle Red grabbed his guitar and began to play while the girls ran around. These guys were such a pleasure to photograph!

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Rosemary Beach Photographer Bradshaw Family
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The sweetest family in Rosemary Beach, Florida - meet the Bradshaw family! These guys love the 30A area just as much as I do and make it their goal to come year after year! 

It was crazy to see how much those two boys had grown in just a years time! 

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WaterColor Florida Photographer Wanless Family
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I love it when a family isn't afraid of color! These guys looked ADORABLE for their family portraits in WaterColor, Florida this Summer! They were the perfect combination of color, sunshine and beautifully put together!

If anything, these guys made me really reconsider my plans for our family. (Which we obviously found out earlier this year don't really matter anyways. Ha!) They made parenting four young kids look like a breeze and so much fun! 

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30A Family Photographer Anderson Maternity
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Ashley was GLOWING. No, seriously. I haven't always believed in the pregnancy glow, and even now being pregnant myself, I definitely don't feel the glow (Ha!) but she definitely had it! 

While the Anderson family was spending time together in WaterColor, Florida, I had the immense honor of photographing their growing family! They were the sweetest! And how GORGEOUS does this soon-to-be mom (again) look!  

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WaterColor Florida Family Photographer Miller Family
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You guys KNOW how much I love this time of the year because it is family season! Well, all year long it is family season but it is extra busy during the Spring and Summer because of family vacations! I love meeting precious, precious families like the Miller Family! 

This was my first time photographing this sweet family in WaterColor, Florida! We got out of our cars and I introduced myself to them for the first time. Immediately as we began walking to our first location, one of the sweet girls grabbed my hand as we walked. That should tell you all you need to know about this wonderful family! They were full of so much love and grace the whole time we spent together! 

Miller family, it was my honor to meet you guys! You were the best way to kick off my 2018 season! <3

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