don’t cry because it’s over. smile because it happened.
dr. seuss



very few times in our lives are we blessed with the kind of friend that immediately becomes a kindred spirit…

…that is so different…and simultaneously so similar that it seems like you must have been separated at birth…

…that can sit over coffee and talk about everything…and nothing…and leave you wondering how the hours always pass so quickly…

…that is steadfast, even as circumstances are always changing…

…that can dream dreams with you…and celebrate with sincere joy as they come to be…

…that is creative. and fun. and inspiring. and real…

…the kind of friend that you “get” and who “gets you” without ever really having to explain…

…the kind of friend that feels like home.

Saying goodbye to such a friend is almost unbearable because they’re irreplaceable…and because you know that distance changes nothing. and everything. all at the same time.

These photos are of such a friend…and her sweet babies…in the house where they were born…and where hours of conversation and laughter (and tears) were shared…and where God’s great plan for this chapter of their lives happened.



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Dear Bethany: you are beautiful and kind and genuine…and I am beyond grateful for a friend that makes parting such a sweet sorrow. Six years was far too short, but I’ll forever be thankful that God crossed our paths. This season would not have been the same without you…don’t be surprised when we show up on your doorstep unannounced. 🙂 Godspeed my friend. I miss you already.

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this happy little guy is one…and he’s not afraid to show off his smarts…


I could die…the strands of color in his eyes are literally breath-taking…
His proud papa gave up a quiet afternoon of watching golf for this photo session…I’m guessing it was worth it Scott??? 😉
There’s those amazing eyes again…and the genius baby responding to the “how big is Benjamin” question with “so big” AND “one!”.
Two words: Doll. Baby. He could NOT be cuter.
Dear Benjamin: you are seriously adorable…and loved beyond measure. Happy Birthday buddy!

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…her watermelon made me wish for warm summer days…and his toothy-grin and zest for life kept me smiling long after our time together was done…

oh, and I’d bet the farm there’s no way her daddy can say no to those big blue eyes…

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These kids could not be cuter…and I could not love these sibling shots more…

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Dear Croghan Family: if your lives are full of even half the love displayed in this photo session, you are VERY blessed! Thanks for the privilege of capturing these moments!

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I love shooting love…
and I used to think that’s why I shot weddings, but more and more it’s why I shoot families.

These pictures were his birthday present to her…and what better gift could there be than this…

 

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two things I know for sure…

I adore this sweet family…

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…and these two loooooooovve their mama!


Dear Sarah, Lilly, and Ben: capturing your sweet smiles brings me such joy! As always, thanks for the privilege!

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