"17 has turned 35
I'm surprised that we're still living
If we've done any harm
I'm hoping that we're forgiven
Got a few kids of my own and sometimes
I still don't know what to do
I hope that they're not laughing too loud
When they hear me talk like this to you"
-Cherry Bomb, John Cougar Mellencamp
I have JCM in my music library and the other day I really listened to the lyrics of Cherry bomb. It made me laugh because it was so relatible! Reconnecting with old friends and talking about the crazy times we had back in our teens fills me with nostalgia. Looking back I thought I knew how my life was going to turn out but it has been so much more than my young imagination could have dreamed. I'm happily married, have a beautiful son, a thriving business and a home full of memories. I have loving parents and friends who keep me grounded. While my life isn't perfect it's definitely full of blessings! Today I turn 35 years old and if I could go back I'd tell 17 year old me not to blink because time can get away from you! I'd also tell her to have faith because things always work out for the best and your faith will carry you through.
Thank you Andrea King Photography for my headshots!
Since I've totally sucked at keeping up with my blog I'll fill you in on recent happenings:
I started offering Natural Woman Portraits! And my first client was my lovely friend Marianne, who I decided to make the face of the NWP! Not only is she a total sweetheart, she's a beautiful soul, wonderful wife and mom and has over come adversity in her life. Rather than dwell on the negatives she focuses on the positive, something that only a person of strong character is able to do. I'm honored to call her a friend!
A few weeks later I captured my friend Andrea King. She is a wedding photographer here in the Memphis, TN area (and one of The Knot's top wedding photogs for 2017!) She partook in the Natural Woman Portraits because she said we all deserve to have something for ourselves- you can't pour from an empty cup! Since her mother's passing a year ago this month, she has learned the value of living in the present, embracing her fears and cherishing time spent with family and friends. I admire Andrea's tenacity, drive and sincere honesty in everything she does.
I loved her style for this shoot- from her mother's sweater she bought on her honeymoon years ago, her "hipster" hat to her flawless hair and makeup (Andrea also sells Younique make up and skin care.) This session was cathartic as it was fun! I love having beautiful friends :)
Now that the real estate market is picking up, I've been back in my groove, capturing photos for two of my favorite real estate agents, Jenna Stonecipher & Suzanne Culpepper! There are more to come folks so stay tuned the next few weeks!
Last weekend I had the privilege of capturing two beautiful families! First the Elzey family, who wanted a lifestyle session to capture their amazingness! Plus it was little Madi's first birthday! This family is absolutely precious, I insta-love them!
Then the B family! They wanted a cool and funky but sweet family session downtown in the South Main Arts district! I had so much fun with this bunch! Each one of them has a loveable personality that I was so drawn to. Thank you so much B family for letting me capture your inner and outer beauty!
With Spring making it's grand entrance, I had to capture the latest styles offered by my favorite boutique and winner of DeSoto's Best, The Rusted Nail at Cottage Creek! I swear, I sounded like a broken record every time they came out in a different outfit- "Cute! Cute! CUUUUUTTTEEE! OMG Cute!" Not only are they the trendiest, the ladies are so down-to-earth, sweet and gracious souls. Go by their store located at Goodman and Malone Road in Southaven! Tell them Becca sent you!
Now for the special! I want to share the birthday love with all of you! From now til May 1st, I'm offering $35 off Family First Lifestyle, Blogger and Natural Woman Portrait Sessions! Take advantage of these great savings! You may also receive the discount if you are purchasing a gift certificate for a loved one! Just mention Birthday Special when contacting me. Love to all! xoxo