2017...What a Year!

2017...What a Year!

I am more and more grateful each and every year for every client that comes my way and entrusts me to document these special moments in their lives! To me, "client" is such a weird word, as I feel like I have become friends with so many of the moms I have photographed!  

In 2017, I photographed families with dogs, families that just moved to Memphis, families that were leaving Memphis, families that are survivors, extended families, new families through adoption,  and families that loved hard and laughed harder.

Thank you everyone for making 2017 a year to remember!  

2017 Outakes

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2017 Outakes

Because when there you take over 15,000 photos in a year there will be moments that just don't go right.  These are those moments that made me laugh, or pause, or wish I would have gotten it right.  And I began to notice a clear pattern for when my son did not want his photo taken...he gave me crazy eyes or some way or another covered his face.  And when my husband didn't want his photo taken, well, he used a different method.  I tried getting in more photos and when a 6 year old is taking your photo, you can see how that went.  Such a fun way to look back at 2017!

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Favorite 17 of 2017

Favorite 17 of 2017

Each year I like to review the over 15,000 personal photos I take and select my personal favorites as best I can...so here we go!  (top 17 and one to grow on!).  Now I need to stick to my other yearly tradition and put these together with my other 100+ favorites in our annual family album!

Chamberlain Family | Collierville Family Photographer

Chamberlain Family | Collierville Family Photographer

I love a family full of boys!  All the rowdiness, potty talk, and kisses were worth getting down and dirty for in order to capture the C family!  And who knew boys could have such gorgeous hair!!

Stiver Family | Collierville Family Photographer

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Stiver Family | Collierville Family Photographer

You know what is worth its weight in gold...finding the "one" when it comes to a hairdresser.  Lucky for me, I met her years ago when I first moved to Memphis!  We have both had babies together, laughed together, grown in our business together and I consider my time with her one part - catch up on life and another part - therapy session.  So naturally any time I can return the favor and make her and her family shine, I am all for it!  And if you are currently searching for "the one", then look up Natalie!!

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Newborn William | Memphis Newborn Photographer

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Newborn William | Memphis Newborn Photographer

If you have followed along with me and my business (formally Pea Pie Photography), you have probably noticed that my newborn sessions have evolved over the past 5 years.  I started off posing newborns with blankets and wraps and hats and bows but that really isn't what made my heart sing.  I have come to find, that for me and my art, I am most in love with the connection, the newness and the simple moments from newborn sessions.  So during my lifestyle newborn sessions I focus more on the family and give a littler extra attention to the big brother or sister if needed, rather than getting a newborn to sleep so that he or she can be posed a certain way.  I loved getting to know the A family and I am kicking myself for not sharing this post sooner because it is clients like these that make it all worth it for me!

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One Year Old Photo Session | Collierville Photographer

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One Year Old Photo Session | Collierville Photographer

You will come to find that when my blog is quiet, it normally means that I am out meeting and photographing sweet families and this fall has been no exception.  I don't like to spoil client's Christmas cards so I will share a precious mini session I had with 1 year old Blakely back in the summer! 

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Newborn Addie | Memphis Newborn Photographer

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Newborn Addie | Memphis Newborn Photographer

This session was a first for me and I am so thankful it was with this sweet family!  The S family had been praying and waiting for their adopted child and finally that all changed on June 29th when this blessing came into the world and they were able to call her their own!  If you are interested in their story of adoption, they have a website that shows their faith and joy through this process.  Addie, you are so loved and congrats to the S family on now being a family of three!

www.bringinghomebabyschaefer.wordpress.com

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Rooks Family | Collierville Family Photographer

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Rooks Family | Collierville Family Photographer

It had been over 20 years since this family had their pictures professional done!  20 years people! I just loved that we connected and were able to put some updated family photos on the walls of their new home!  

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Collierville Maternity Photographer

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Collierville Maternity Photographer

This sweet couple will be welcoming their first baby boy in a few short weeks.  They were so easy going and relaxed in front of the camera and the Mama-to-be was just glowing!!

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