Red Thread Sessions | Central Georgia Photographer

There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says, "An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break."

I am so excited to share with you another journey I will be adding to my photography timeline. As many of you know I am already a proud and supportive member of Operation: Love Reunited and I love love love it. For a while now, I have been trying to find another amazing photography program to become apart of. I have done a lot of research, found a ton of amazing programs out there, but none of them really tugged at my heart strings the way OpLove did when I fist found out about it...

It wasn't until a good friend of mine (and fellow blogger) Jessica Lynn announced that her brother and sister in law were beginning their adoption process for a baby from Ethiopia. I follow their blog (The Torres 2 Plus 1) and keep up with their process and have donated to the process. I love that they are doing this and I love that I am able to help any little way I can.

That's when it hit me -- "I wonder if there are any photography programs geared towards adoption?!""

And that's where this journey has led me ... I am proud to say that I am now a member of Red Thread Sessions!

Now let me tell you a little bit about this program and what it offers...

"Red Thread Sessions was started in 2011 by two custom photographers in Texas and Maryland, both whom added to their families through adoption. Feeling the need in their communities to celebrate the beauty of adoption through photography, Red Thread Sessions was born. Soon after, many other photographers throughout the U.S. felt moved to donate their time as well. Red Thread sessions not only captures family portraits of new families, it also capture the precious, happy, confusing, exciting, exhausting, traumatic, life-changing time that is so often brief and fleeting in the life of an adoptive family.

Red Thread Sessions celebrates adoptions by bringing together adoptive families and professional photographers from across the U.S. A group of volunteer photographers have enthusiastically agreed to donate their time & talent to adoptive families so that they can receive the gift of professional portraits for their new families.

A Red Thread Session is a complimentary photography session held during your homecoming or shortly after you have become an adoptive family. Participating photographers have agreed to celebrate your adoption by completely waiving their session fee and offering edited proofs from your session at no cost to you. The size & quantity of proofs, as well as whether the proofs will be digital or printed, has been left to the discretion of each photographer. Each photographer sets his or her own policies and product pricing. Travel fees and additional subject fees may still apply, please make sure to ask your participating photographer for details.

Red Thread Sessions is currently looking for volunteer photographers across the U.S. More professional photographers are needed in every state to make Red Thread Sessions as successful as possible.

There are several types of Red Thread Sessions available to volunteer for. Professional photographers may volunteer for one, some, or all types of sessions, depending on their personal skill set, comfort level and time available to donate. The three types of Red Thread Sessions that are offered are:

(1) a family portrait session within the first 3 months of a finalized adoption to capture family portraits of the new family,
(2) a homecoming session where the volunteering photographer meets the adoptive family at the airport upon arrival home to capture the first moments with their family, or
(3) a birth photography session to capture the birth of the adoptive child in an open adoption.
" -- via Red Thread Sessions' website

I so cannot wait to get started with this program! It means a lot to me to capture such an amazing moment in these families lives!!! If you are in the adoption process of know someone that is I highly recommend that you check out their website and find a photographer in your area!



Lucy's Birth Story -- Pt. 2 | Central Georgia Photographer

After sweet baby Lucy's Birth, I got to spend a few hours with her, her new momma, & daddy. It was so amazing to see the difference between a "few hours new" after a hospital birth and "a few hours new" after a home birth. Everything is so much more chill and laid back with a home birth. The baby and Momma both get checked out and then it's just like any other day. "Oh I just had a baby, ok... Now what do I make for dinner?" So neat.

Now back to the few hours I got to spend with new baby Lucy... I was so taken back by how smitten she was of her Daddy. She did not want to take her eyes off of him. Talk about melting your heart!! And while Momma got checked out, Daddy decided to take new baby girl outside for the first time. Amazing. It was so peaceful and perfect. We then got to do a check up of Miss Lucy. All taking place on their living room couch! She was a BIG baby at just under 9lbs. (Way to go momma lol)

All in all, I think this was the PERFECT first home birth for me to capture. I don't think "Thank You" will ever be enough for this family for letting me be apart of Miss Lucy's big day!!

:: lilian.grace's HUGE GIVE AWAY :: | Central Georiga Photographer

There is a HUGE giveaway going on over at lilian.grace! If you one of my photog friends that follow my blog you should for sure go and check it out!! Best part?!? There are TWO winners :) so that doubles your chances of winning!

Click the link below and good luck to everyone entered to win!



Lucy's Birth Story -- Pt. 1 | Central Georgia Photographer

This is the second birth that I was blessed to capture. Each one is amazing in it's own way. Each one makes me fall more and more in love with birth photography and it leave me thinking "Why did I not offer this sooner?!?" I always knew that photography was a passion of mine, but I never really found my passion IN photography until I started shooting births. This is the type of session that I know I could shoot every single day and NEVER get tired of it. I love it and am so very thankful to all the families that let me into this very personal moment in their life.

I literally JUST made it to see sweet baby Lucy come into the world. I got the text from her momma in the late afternoon. It was me and four kids at the house, but I was DETERMINED to find someone to come sit with the kids for a few hours while I rushed to the labor. As I walked into the room, there was momma pushing. I picked up my camera and just started clicking. Thankful that I had preset my camera settings before leaving the house ;)

Lucy's birth was extra special for a few reasons.

1. Natalie & Nick chose NOT to know the sex of the baby pre birth. So the emotion you see is joy of knowing that big brother Elliott has a baby sister.

2. Lucy was brought into this world. All natural via a home water birth.

3. The moments spent after she made her entrance are some I know I will NEVER forget. There was SO much love around that sweet beautiful baby girl.

Thank you so very much the the Herr family for letting me be apart of this extra special birth. And congrats to Momma Natalie, Daddy Nick, & big brother Elliott!


OpLove: Edmonds Homecoming | Central GA Photographer

Deployments S-U-C-K ... Plain and simple they do. But you know what makes it all worth it? Homecomings. You go days, weeks, months without your loved one. Life goes one without them. Babies are born. Kids grow up. The car breaks down. The water heater breaks. Life goes on without stopping.

But seeing your loved one for the first time makes all those things disappear. In a moment, you life is perfect again. You loved one is home. Safe and sound. Life stops for a second and lets you enjoy this magical moment.

And that's just what happened for the Edmonds family.

Did deployment care when Kate went into labor with her second child? Nope. It kept going and she did it. She is one tough momma. So when she asked me to be there to capture Daddy meeting his new baby boy for the first time I was beyond thrilled. This is a moment they will never forget and I got to give them the images to look back on and remember this moment when time stood still and life stopped just for a moment.

Welcome Home Mr Edmonds!

*I strongly encourage you to check out the OpLove website! And if you are about to go though a deployment, going though one currently or about to welcome a loved one home make sure to check to see if there is a photog in your area that supports the program and see how you could get a FREE session & prints! Operation: Love Reunited*

*The photos and other content of this publication do not imply any endorsement or recommendation by the Department of Defense.*


Pinterest Picks -- Week 10 | Central Georgia Photographer

Hello March! Another month into 2012! This year is already flying by!!! I seriously cannot believe that it is March already!

This month I will be sharing with you my love of the 'stache -- And by that I mean mustache of course ;) So I will be calling this "Mustache March" and I hope you enjoy all my crazy mustache stuff!!

:: Here is this week's Pinterest Picks! ::

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*BAM* -- haha, love it!

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Yes, my son WILL OWN THIS t-shirt!

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Didn't ya know?

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I am totally going to have this on *something* in my office!

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I love everything about these! Not just the awesome 'staches but the vintage feel of the mugs! So cute :)

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