Waco

My mom wanted to celebrate her birthday with a girl’s trip to Texas. Like every devoted HGTV fan, her heart was set on traveling to Waco to experience Magnolia in all its glory.

Not having ever been to Waco before, it’s hard to imagine that downtown had much life at all before Chip and Jo resurrected the silos. The Magnolia grounds are an oasis in an otherwise sleepy cityscape. While we did enjoy some unique shopping and dining options, much of downtown Waco is empty. It came as quite a surprise to our group who (let’s be honest!) probably expected the whole town to have undergone a ‘fixer upper’ makeover. It seems the Gaines are breathing new life into this town. And it will be interesting to see where that momentum will take Waco.

A day at the silos is definitely worth the trip to Waco. The shopping, the cupcakes, the garden – it’s all been so thoughtfully designed. And it was the perfect spot for a weekend with the girls.

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The Barringer Family

Big brother has a love for science and an extraordinary imagination. Little sister has a mind of her own and a head full of curls. Both are smart and silly and prone to giggles. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know this family for over five years. They have shown me what it looks like to be good neighbors and they have become good friends. So thankful for you Barringer fam!

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The Harrison Family

The Harrisons are preparing to make a big move back to their home state of Iowa. But before they go, they wanted to get some family pictures in the only town their daughters have ever called home. It was special to capture these photos for them as they prepare to say good-bye to the Queen City.

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Dree

If you know the Fritz family, you know what a gift they are. While their story is turning out differently than they ever thought it would, they are navigating the journey with grace and joy. To know this family is to love this family. I have been encouraged and inspired by their trust in God as they have grown their family through adoption. Baby Dree’s arrival in early August brings the headcount to five, with the girls outnumbering the boys. What a beautiful group!

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Natalia and Roger

There were some glitches with the wedding day schedule and the other photographer and I were feeling stressed. The bride, however, was cool as a cucumber while everyone around her scrambled to get things done. How many weddings actually end up going according to plan?! At the end of the day, Roger and Natalia were married. And their friends and family were just as excited about it as they were.

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Edie

To be invited into a home where there’s a new baby is to tread on sacred ground. I’m grateful to the families who invite me in and trust me to capture their little ones.

These precious friends of mine have a precious addition to their family. Welcome Edie!

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Emily and Ryan

My dear Emily, I’ve never seen you happier than you are when you are with Ryan. What a gift to be able to spend the rest of your life with one who so clearly loves and enjoys the woman that you are. You make everything more fun, and your wedding day was no exception. The crowd who traveled from near and far to celebrate with you in the mountains is a testament to the investment you and Ryan make in your relationships.

You entrusted me with the honor of capturing your wedding day. Thank you for believing in me and insisting that I be your photographer! It was more exhilarating, more exhausting, and more fun than I ever thought it would be.

Best wishes to the newly Nolands!

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Isaiah

Being brave with our stories invites others to share their stories too. These friends have been brave with their story of infertility and loss. They have wrestled with all the questions that come from the wait. But only God knows why we are made to wait. And only He knows who we are waiting for. It turns out that Mike and Lois were waiting for Isaiah. The call came, they said yes, and now they are all home. Welcome Isaiah!

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