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My friend has the cutest lil grand babies and she asked me to take some photos of them.  Any mother knows that children grow up way too quickly and photographs must be taken often!  These kiddos are just oozing with personality!

Thank you for letting me capture your moments in time!

I would love to chat with you on Facebook ~ or follow me on Pinterest!

Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

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Happy Homecoming

Today I had the pleasure of meeting a sweet Army wife at her hubby’s homecoming!  Blessed to have the honor of capturing this day for her!

This week has been the hottest yet this summer, and today was no exception!  It was actually cooler outside because of the breeze vs inside the hangar, so we didn’t mind waiting outside!

Because the Army Post is redoing the airfield, our soldiers now arrive at the hangar via buses!  In the past, I had a great dislike for these white buses as they always were taking my man away, not bringing him home!  Today was much happier!

We saw him get off the bus and this smile says it all!!  They are HOME!

Sweet friends that help us get through the long deployments are why we call them Army Sisters!

In each others arms again!  Her eyes are such a gorgeous blue!

Thank you for letting me capture this moment for you!

There is nothing like being at a military homecoming ceremony!  I always get teary eyed when I attend one!

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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Boy Mom

I met this beautiful mama in 2009 when my hubby was first stationed here.  She has always been so cheerful and optimistic; such a sweet spirit.

She isn’t always smiling because life is always amazing; she is always smiling because she knows that God is always with her!  Her life is a testimony and anyone who knows her is blessed!

Love you, Casey!  Thank you for letting me capture you and your handsome boys!!

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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family love {sneak peek}

Today I had the privilege of photographing my friend and her extended family!  And… can I just say this?  I was having some serious red hair envy!!  Thank you, Tina and family for letting me capture some special moments!

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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For the Love of Photography

177 years?!  Today we celebrate 177 years of photography on World Photo Day!

I realize everyday pretty much has some type of “holiday” (ie: National Donut Day) but photography is something I absolutely LOVE and am so thankful for its invention!

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This past year I have been quite busy and finally had gotten a smart phone.  I was still taking photos, but I found 99% of them were on my phone and not with my “fancy” camera.  Which I love.  I love my camera and the photos I take with it!  Camera phones are great and super handy, though!

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I’m nothing like Ansel Adams and his amazing black and white images.  I do love how the mood of a photo can change simply by editing it into black and white!

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I love capturing emotion in my photos.  To catch those fleeting moments in time, in life.

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I have this last one printed on a canvas in our living room!  This barn is no longer standing, gracing us with her presence in Kentucky.

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You know how hard it was to take a photo of a happy-go-lucky boxer pup?!  This is probably one of my favorite shots I got of our crazy sweet girl.

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Still one of my favorite, unplanned photos I have ever captured.  ♥

Happy World Photo Day!

I would love to chat with you on FacebookTwitter  ~ or follow me on Pinterest!  See what a “few of my favorite things” are!

Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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Throwback Thursday!

This is a Throwback Thursday Country Music Edition!

I’m sitting here in my salon, working.  Sorting papers, painting frames, hanging old photos, and listening to country music.

It isn’t long before a Blake Shelton song comes on.

I remember about 4 or 5 years ago when Fort Campbell had Blake come and serenade us all on a very hot and humid day!  Some of our good friends went even earlier than we did and saved us some A-MAZING seats.  I was tickled, because I actually got some pretty great shots of a celebrity!  That never happens in my introvert mom life!  ;)

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Of course, he sang some of his newer ones (that are now years old) and after many hollers from the crowd, finally played Red for us!

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I was leaning as far over the rope (for the walk way to the sound booth) as I could to get these shots! LOL.  In the next photo, I jokingly said he was looking right at me!  So despite it being a tad blurry, it was saved.

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I took a photography class over the course of two years, and this concert was during that time.  Naturally, I selected this next photo for the ‘leading lines’ project!

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It is definitely my favorite shot from the night.  I love photography, and being able to capture moments in time!

Oh, and in typical military fashion, we were given event t-shirts (which I may or may not still have).

Enjoy your Thursday!

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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home {sweet} home

There is nothing quite like home.  What makes a house a home?  Family.

Watching the plane land always makes me teary eyed!  I actually get more emotional at other homecoming ceremonies than our own!

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There is nothing like a homecoming ceremony.

And nothing like when they open these doors!!!

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My hubby was in the military, and we went through two deployments at this duty station.  I know what that long-awaited hug feels like!  Too many months without physical contact is a definite way to get those first kiss butterflies again!  ;)

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All is right in the world.  Their soldier is home.  Dances with daddy can resume.  ♥

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I enjoyed spending the very cold afternoon with these special ladies as they welcomed home their soldier after a long 9 month deployment!

Thank you, Jenny, for trusting me to capture these special moments!

Thank you for your selfless service to our country!

Welcome Home!

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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Lake Cabin

So…way back in JULY our family enjoyed a weekend get-away in a cabin on the lake.  In July.  And I am just now blogging about it!

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But, in my defense, I was in school full time with too much homework – all while trying to keep the home running smoothly.  It takes me a while to cull through too many photos taken.  Did you know that I just went through all those vacation photos and only saved 20.  Out of hundreds.  LOL.  Its so hard not to snap shots (that look pretty much exactly the same) of gorgeous sunsets over the water!  Just sayin’.

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There is a fun KOA on one of the Kentucky Lakes that we enjoy staying at.  They have all kinds of fun things to do, including 2 pools, miniature golf, trampoline pillow, movies, paddle boats – just to name a few!  They welcome dogs, which is perfect for us.

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We have camped there a few times, but only once in a tent.  It was the first and last time we will do that.  A crazy storm blew through one night and we took shelter in our truck and packed up to go home the next day with a broken tent!

Now, we stay in a cabin.

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I am partial to the cabins on the waterfront.

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I brought my school books for studying, but when I was not enjoying the view from the deck, I was out taking photos of everything.  Hence, the hundreds of photos to cull through when I got home just this week.

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We have been enjoying rainy (albeit warm for the season) weather the past few weeks.  Sure makes a trip to the sunny lake shores inviting!

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Its amazing how the sunset changes within minutes.

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I always enjoy the relaxing shores….and hubby goes home with boat envy.  ;)

I would love to chat with you on FacebookTwitter  ~ or follow me on Pinterest!  See what a “few of my favorite things” are!

Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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They Said I Do

I love my school, I love my course, and I love my classmates!  We have named our “team” Family – because we have really rallied around each other, supporting and encouraging each other.  I am so proud to be a part of this fine group of ladies!

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Last weekend one of our classmates tied the knot!  Her “family” came through and supported her.  Sweet Michele supplied the fixings and cake, Jae did her nails, I did her hair and photographs, and many showed up to support this new chapter of her life.

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It was a cloudy day on the gorgeous Cumberland River, but the rain held off until after the celebration!

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I snapped this photo of the happy bride….but now I know why she was smiling so big!  ;)

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Here’s to the bride & groom for many happy years together!  No matter what life throws your way, remember that you have each other!

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Thank you, Jessie, for trusting me to capture your special day!

Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

{Rudling} sneak peak

So… while I don’t pursue family portraiture photography as a full-time business, it is something I really enjoy doing!  Especially of awesome friends!  This is the second time I have photographed this sweet family.  Only this last time we added grandparents!

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The Mrs is a wonderful resource teacher; which is how I met her originally.  She has been such a blessing to our family; so glad to call her friend!

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The Mr has only the best.accent.ever!  This time I got to enjoy the same wonderful accent from his parents as well!  Such a sweet, sweet family!

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Thank you for entrusting me to capture your moments in time!

Blessings & JOY,

Sadie