This senior session was OH so fun! Not to mention Jackie is just absolutely gorgeous! Everything coordinated so well; this shoot really couldn’t have gone any better. It was even supposed to rain and we got some gorgeous sunshine for the full two hours! And seriously, the tree we found at the end was the most fantastic photo prop I’ve ever had. Enjoy!
Warning: this will be one of the longest photo posts I’ve done..I’m practically sharing every single picture from this wedding. It was freaking gorgeous.
Tanner and Kaelyn met in second grade. Cutest thing ever. When you look through the photos, note the pearl necklace Kaelyn is wearing. Tanner bought it for her in second grade. Also note the flower girl’s pearl necklace..he bought it for his new niece just so she could wear it for the wedding as well. Guys..there was so much love in this wedding, so many sweet details, I couldn’t take enough photos.
I’ve known Kaelyn for a few years; we worked together at CCU in the admissions department, and if there is anything I could say about her, it’s that she’s the most upbeat, positive, kind person you’ll ever meet. And Tanner, I’ve only met him twice; the first time for engagement pictures and then for their wedding, but in those two meetings I learned enough about him to know he’s such a southern gentleman. These two were brought together by the Lord, there’s no doubt about that.
Literally, I cried while editing these. Mostly because I was there, I saw all the emotions and sweet looks, and that’s just what photos do: they bring you back to that moment. But I hope as you look through these, you get a sense of that emotion, and how much fun it was to be there on their wedding day when they’ve pretty much been waiting to get married since the second grade. (Just let it sink in how adorable that is.) ❤
Heather is one of the seniors in our youth group, and we love having her! When you first meet her, you might think she’s on the quiet side, but take her picture for two hours and you find this adorable, bubbly girl with a great sense of humor! I had so much fun driving around Franklin with her, talking about life and school, her missions trip to Nepal (SO awesome.) and laughing about pretty much everything. The best yet was how great she was in front of a camera. A lot of seniors are nervous or awkward…not so with Heather. This girl knew how to work it! 🙂
Meet Chad and Sara. Some of the sweetest, most loving and kind people you’ll ever know. They joined us in Indy back in the late fall after moving from Georgia (from gorgeous southern land to flat farms, what were they thinking??) so Chad could join my husband in youth ministry at our church. Let me tell you, I am so thankful for these two! As soon as they moved here, I felt like I connected with them almost immediately. They’re always finding a reason for joy, always encouraging, always blessing others. They love coffee, they have the most adorable labradoodle named Ralph, and they are always up for an adventure. I’d say that’s a fantastic start for building a friendship 😉
I was so excited when Chad asked me to take some photos of the two of them for Valentine’s day (although we took them much later, obviously, since it was so stinking cold in February!). We ventured out with the sunrise, a first for me since most people prefer sunset, and I am SO glad we did! Sunsets are great and all, with their orange glow in that golden hour, but there was something so much softer about the sunrise. It has a totally different look, and when you’ve caught the best of the sun, you still have light to work with so you aren’t rushing for time! It made for a great, relaxed (albeit a bit chilly) morning with great friends, complete with coffee and breakfast afterwards. What more could I ask for?
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Where do I even begin to express the beauty of experiencing a birth? I always thought that the moment a mom and dad see their little one for the first time would be the most beautiful of all, but what about the strength of a mother in labor? Or the watery eyes of a father holding his son in the quiet moments after the nurses have left. My great friends, Kevin and Audra, blessed me. They blessed me beyond anything I could have ever expected. They invited me to share the most special hours a couple will ever experience together: they asked me to photograph the birth of their first child.
Jason Andrew Lavery was born on 1.4.14, at 5:41 a.m (lots of 1’s and 4’s!). His mama was a champ. I have never seen a woman in labor before, (aside from health class in 5th grade, so that doesn’t count) and Audra was incredible. If there was ever proof of the strength of a woman, it’s in childbirth. I expected screaming and yelling and all sorts of horrible things. Instead I found calm, patient, quiet, loving, and soft. (I’m not sure if Audra would say this is how she felt, but this is what she showed me.)
I was terrified when I walked in the room. I was afraid I would be in the way, and that I wouldn’t be able to get the shots they needed. But as soon as I stepped inside, I felt welcome. It was definitely a bustle of activity; nurses coming in and out, people helping Audra breathe through contractions, machines being moved in every direction, but no one minded that I was there. I just made my way to a corner of the room, took a quick breath, and started photographing this new life. With Audra’s permission, I wanted to share some of the things I saw that early, early morning. It was just captivating. I had to wipe tears from my eyes every two seconds so I could see through my lens, and then again as I edited each photo the next day. So I hope you enjoy the moments when this precious baby boy entered the world…I know I did. Love you Kevin and Audra (and baby Jason), thank you for letting me be a part of this.
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This has already been such a fun year. God has been guiding me through this whole “self-employed” thing, and thank goodness for that because I have no idea what I’m doing. I find myself daydreaming a lot (not unlike Walter Mitty?), and when I come back to real life I have all of these great ideas with how I want to better myself and my business. It was only a few weeks ago that I started thinking about being a kid, partly because I’m getting a little tired of being an adult (Bills really do suck. People aren’t joking about that stuff.) and partly because this whole process is forcing me to figure out who I am. And in order to figure out who I am, I’ve had to think a lot about who I’ve been in the past.
People always tell you to think back to your childhood and try to remember what you were passionate about. This is supposed to guide your decision on what career choice you should choose. I guess if you’ve been building things since you could stack blocks then you’re more likely to be an architect or a construction worker. So anyway, I’ve always thought about my childhood…what did I do then that still intrigues me today? I always wanted to believe that I spent all my time designing clothes or discussing books with my friends so that I could become the next Vera Wang or wealthy book editor. Yea. No, I spent my time playing with Ariel Barbie in the bathtub until her head dissolved and fell off. I was the kid who took my mom’s recipes and traced her handwriting with my blue Crayola marker so that I could pretend I could write in cursive. And I danced. A lot. But with every “passion” I had as a kid, it was always replaced with something new. Barbies turned into American girls turned into real friends (of which I did not play in the bathtub with or pop off their heads, just to clarify). And you can’t do much with tracing, right? And dancing…well. My best friend posted this picture on my Facebook the other day, tagging my other best friend to laugh about how true it was about me, so there’s that.
So as I’ve grown, I really haven’t gotten much out of my childhood talents. I did write a lot, and that’s something I still do today. I would love to publish a book, but I can never think of what to write..and it doesn’t make an immediate income, as any of you writers know. I had given up on believing I would ever truly follow through with a passion, so when photography came along it was hard to imagine it would ever become a career. I would go up and down on my thoughts about it. As soon as I messed something up, or got a bad critique in one of my photography classes, I would tell myself “never again” and try to think of another career choice. Even to this day, I have frequent fights with myself about my ability to do this. I don’t know all of the technological terms about a lens. I don’t know all of the functions of my camera. I don’t have the best equipment, or the money to buy the best equipment (donations can be made out to Emily Richardson…..). And I suck at self-motivation (daily struggles: Get out of bed, bum. Talking to the dog instead of doing the laundry is not productive. Dancing to this song with your lying hips will not help you get things done today, etc.)
Aside from all of this, for the first time in my life I am passionate about my passion. I may fail. I may fail again. But I don’t want to give up on this, because when I look back on the photos I took when I was a senior in high school, I want to shred them. I really want to throw them away. And that’s what gives me hope. I look at my photos now, and they are far from perfect. Far. They are also far from the work I did in high school. I have grown, immensely. I actually know what it means to work with light. I know what 85mm 1.4 means. I can get a pretty clear photo in a poorly lit room with my crappy lens. Still working on the rest, but if I gave up now, I would miss out on the growth I could potentially gain from hard work and failure.
It’s all God, guys. I am not a motivated person. I don’t like work. I really, honestly believed I’d be a stay at home mom by now, chillin’ with babies and sitting around all day (although I probably do way more sitting around than any mom I know.). I never wanted a career. But here I am, doing something that’s totally out of my hands. It’s not at all where I thought I would be. I quit a steady, full time job to do this unpredictable work. It was a step of faith, and even though I’m not yet where I dream to be, I’m taking continual steps of faith to get there. Jesus is my motivation, and if I’m seeking to glorify him through this season of life, I can’t fail. So there, that’s my “go get ’em” speech for you. Every blog needs one (or five).
Also, I was wrong about tracing my mom’s handwriting. It actually has come in handy. (Get it..handy??) (Yea, I went there.) Through the years, hand-writing is something I have continually done. Starting with those recipes, moving onto full pages of typography in the form of favorite quotes and songs in high school, and now onto a second small (VERY small) business of making hand painted signs, like the one below. I named my business after this blog, modern mildred designs. Go to that link and message me, I’ll totally make you a sign if you’d like!
So maybe people are right, when they say your childhood frames who you will be in the future. I was creative. And God has formed that into something so much bigger than myself.
Thanks for reading, friends.
I had so much fun with the mini sessions I did back in December! I completely fell in love with this particular session though, these two little girls were just so stinkin’ cute! Really looking forward to doing more mini’s in the spring..being able to meet with so many families in one day was so worth it. If you’re in the Indianapolis area and you’d be interested in a spring/Easter session, be sure to send me an email or facebook message!
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