My afternoon with Jodi & Anies started at the Old State Capital Building in Springfield, IL. I quickly began to realize that Jodi & Anies were going to be amazing to work with. I could see it in their movements and emotions that they were so excited to finally be getting married! Jodi’s little black dress was so ON POINT. Perfect. Classy. Just right. Anies kept it class with a suit.
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As we strolled through downtown to Capital Ave, I noticed how open and kind Anies was to strangers. Honestly, it spoke volumes to me because it really shows a mark in character to take time to notice those around you!!

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Earlier when I was driving into town, I noticed a building that had such beautiful landscaping, that I knew I wanted to add it to our session! Jodi & Anies confirmed that they thought it would be beautiful so after an outfit change, and a good conversation with Anies, we drove down to the Horace Mann building.

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I’m thrilled to capture their wedding day next month!!

WOW!! The Ely family and I are going on round FOUR of family photos together. Gracious – how fun is that? And now, to be able to do family photos with dear Jonathan who is sweeter than honey and couldn’t possibly get any cuter is a true HONOR.

Jarod & Tenneille have been such a huge encouragement to me in my current faith journey. I know the Lord had our paths meet again in this season because their ability to have huge FAITH has been an inspiration to me. They went through a pretty intense trial of adopting Jonathan which left them both with nothing but Jesus — but oh, what a place to be! Now, you can see their joy — finally HOME. Together. Praying blessings over the whole Ely family… enjoy this season:)
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Nicole is a dear friend of mine, so I was thrilled when I got to photograph the first few weeks of her and Dylan’s new little babe, Owen Cash. Such a perfect teeny baby. He was also welcomed by his pretty older sister Livi – who will stop you in your tracks with her beauty.

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Here she is. In all her glory. My sweet baby girl. Getting a little personal today. I’m not sure that words can really sum up what these last 6 months have been like with her in our lives. Bethel Annette came into this world on October 6th, 2015 and I’ve been beaming with joy ever since. Yes, even though the sleepless nights because she still refuses to sleep through the night:)For most of her life, most people have commented to me that she is such a happy baby — or that they have never seen her cry. (Which is totally not true, haha!) I always respond that it is God’s grace in my life because he knows how hard my boys are:)(Crying over wrong colored sippy cup, anyone?!)

But I will say this, Bethel Annette, at just 6 months old, has a heart of gold and a joy that NOBODY can squelch. There is this deep, deep joy in her heart that comes out of nowhere and encourages everyone in our family to slow down, take a breath, and be thankful. My prayer over her every night is that she would allow NOTHING to take away her joy – because that is what truly marks her out. Not only that, but BETHEL means HOUSE OF GOD. Jared & I wanted to speak over her life that she would be marked by presence of our God. We believe it everyday. We speak life into her and encourage our boys to do the same.

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Carson and Leesha are some of our closest friends. Carson is the guy who Jared will text non-stop during a Golden State Warriors game just to talk about Stephen Curry. A man-level connection, I guess?! 😉 And Leesha is who I call when I need to walk through Hobby Lobby with Starbucks in hand and gaze longingly at the Christmas Decor. HA! From marriage, to one baby and now two, we’ve walked through some incredible fun (and exhausting!!) seasons with these people. And then to be able to capture those seasons for them is a whole next level of honor.

Here we have Miss little Mila Jean. Cute little baby girl born FOUR WEEKS early. Let me tell you, she is a PEANUT. Teeniest, tiniest, most precious bundle of joy. Mmmhmmm. I could just cuddle her all.day.long!
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