London's Bridge Photography: Blog en-us (C) London's Bridge Photography (London's Bridge Photography) Mon, 14 May 2018 15:46:00 GMT Mon, 14 May 2018 15:46:00 GMT The Clemons Family - Elizabethtown Area Family Photographer I can honestly say that 99% of the time, I leave sessions feeling so happy, uplifted, and as if I've been hanging out with friends for an hour!  I am blessed with the best clients, and for that, I am so thankful!  The Clemons family were no different!  They are so full of joy, happiness and love!  Plus, little miss Jorja Mae made our time together even more fun!  She is absolutely adorable and has the funniest personality!  She has a serious demeanor and constantly looked at me like I was crazy! Haha :)  I loved spending time with them and being a witness to the precious bond that they share! Jorja's mommy & daddy changed her clothes, and even then, I loved watching them work together.  The mundane moments are often the ones we remember the most. 

We had fun the whole session, but the next images are what will make me remember this session forever!  I haven't laughed this hard in a long time!  So, you can tell from above that when Jorja's mommy was blowing bubbles, there were tons of them...a big, beautiful cloud of bubbles everywhere! Haha :)  Jorja was loving it!  So, after a few minutes, I suggested that mommy hold Jorja while Daddy blow the bubbles!  And that's when the fun started!! Haha :) 

Jared took the pink bubble wand, and started blowing.  And blowing.  And, try as he might, he could NOT blow bubbles!!!  Haha!!  I laugh just typing this!  Jessi & I were in shock, and then she started laughing hysterically!!  She was coaching him, saying, "Jared, you can't blow like you're blowing out birthday candles!!  You have to blow softly!!!"  He tried to blow softly, and the bubble liquid just sprayed off the wand!  The next few minutes were filled with the biggest belly laughs I've heard in a while!  Jared just started slinging the wand around and hoping for the best!  It was hysterical!!  I think the funniest part is the fact that he's an engineer who can probably do anything and fix anything...EXCEPT BLOW BUBBLES!!! Haha!  Poor Jared!! :)

 This session & and these images, made my heart smile!  There's just nothing sweeter than witnessing a family's love & laughter and getting to tell their story!  It never gets old!  Thank you, Jessi & Jared, for letting me capture this amazing time in your lives!!  I hope these images make you smile for a lifetime!! :)

Are you ready to have your own family documented in a special way?  I would love to tell your story!!  You can start your journey by clicking HERE!  

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BOYS AND THEIR FORT - ELIZABETHTOWN AREA LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER There are 6 boys on our street...six boys whose back yards touch...six boys around the same age who love to get dirty, play & explore.  Yes, I am so outnumbered around here, but I also admit that I absolutely love watching all of their shenanigans!  If they're not playing basketball, they're swimming in our next door neighbor's pond, running from the dog, building something, climbing name it.  I'm sure there's some arguing mixed in, too, but we'll just forget about that for now! :)  This week, they decided to build a fort.  A couple of nights ago, I grabbed my camera and decided to go check it out!  It makes my heart happy to see them having good, old-fashioned fun without a TV, Phone, or an Xbox!!

My favorite images are always the ones where kids are just being themselves, totally in their element, doing what they love, and not even paying attention to me and my camera!  These are the moments of their childhood that they will remember forever!

Would you like to be able to capture more candid, natural photos of your kids?!  I created a simple guide with three tips to taking better pictures of your kids, and I'd love to share it with you!  Sign up for my email newsletter to get your FREE download!!  Don't worry, I won't spam you!! :)  Thanks so much!  



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If you know me or have followed my work for a while, you have heard me say that I embrace imperfection!  There are a lot of reasons why I make this known.  For one, I recognize that I am not perfect and neither are you.  Everyone messes up & needs grace daily!  

However, the main reason that I love to embrace imperfection is because I think imperfection is beautiful!  Imperfections show that there is a deeper story, there is vulnerability, there is healing, restoration, and room for you to simply imagine and ponder the reality of the situation.


I could go on & on, but for today, I want to explain why I just might give you a blurry image in your gallery!  As a photographer, I have spent thousands of hours learning, improving & refining my craft.  I know how to take a technically "perfect" picture.  Of course I strive to provide images that reflect my skill.  However, there are times when my shutter button will go off in between those technically "perfect" images, or times when my camera simply doesn't focus in time, and as a result, I will have a blurry image.  As a perfectionist who embraces imperfection (yep, it's true), I have learned to listen to my heart!  If an image speaks to me, even if it's blurry, I have learned to embrace it, keep it, share it, and trust that it may speak to someone else, too!  After all, our memories are kind of a blur, aren't they?  Here are some blurry images that have spoken to me, and I have decided to proudly embrace anyway! :)

So, I encourage you...the next time you get a blurry image of someone or something you love - maybe you miss focus, maybe the crop is all wrong...whatever the imperfection may be, just remember to listen to your heart!!  If that imperfect image makes you FEEL something, then don't you dare delete it!!  Embrace it, own it, and love it!!


If you're looking for photography experience that is laid back, fun...and where you can be your wonderful, beautiful, imperfect self, I'd love for you to check out more information on the London's Bridge Photography experience by clicking HERE!!  Thanks so much!

~ Ashlee XOXO  

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Writing on the Walls! Imagine taking your kids for pictures, and they can jump on the bed, jump on the couch, AND write on the walls!!!  They can break all the rules, and it's okay!! Haha!! :)  Well, that's pretty much what London's Studio is all about...not just breaking rules, but more about celebrating life!  It's a place where there's lots of joy, laughter, and minimal rules! :)  

About a month ago, I opened "London's Studio" for clients.  It has been a project that has made my heart swell for so many reasons.  In my excitement for making it a place to celebrate life & have fun, I had another crazy idea this week!  Since I teach full time, and it was Spring Break this week, I had a bit of free time (which rarely happens).  So...I decided to make a chalkboard wall!!  I mean, who doesn't love to write on a chalkboard?!  And what kid doesn't dream of writing on the walls...and not getting in trouble?!!  Haha!!  

I love the finished product.  I love the moodiness of the black, the backdrop it will make for classic portraits, and the purpose it will serve as a place for children to write, draw, express themselves, and just have fun!  Plus, I am a sucker for awesome quotes & Bible verses.  I look forward to changing those out regularly, too!!  Here's London's Studio with the new chalkboard wall... :)

The boys had to test it out after the paint dried!  While Jagger drew a funny face, Jack thought he would do multiplication!  What???!!!  His teacher would be so proud!! He doesn't get that from me!!  LOL!!

I joined in the fun by writing my first meaningful Bible verse on the wall.  It's based on Daniel 3:18 when Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego were going to be thrown into the fire for worshiping God.  They basically said that they know that their God is able to deliver them from it, 'but even if He doesn't, He is still God and they will still worship Him."  I love this version because it speaks to me and my life so clearly.

"but if NOT, He is STILL GOOD!"

As I write about London's Studio and share my excitement with you regarding all the fun in decorating and sharing this space with others, it all goes back to a mindset that I had to accept..."but if NOT, He is STILL GOOD!"  London's Studio is here because HE is STILL GOOD.  I remember pleading with God before London was born to let her heart develop as it should those last few months while she was in my womb.  I remember pleading with God as I held her in my arms to let her surgery be a success.  I knew He was able.

But He had other plans...and He is STILL GOOD.

London's Bridge Photography wouldn't be here if my prayers were answered my way.  London's Studio wouldn't be here if my prayers were answered my way.  There are so many blessings that I have received all because the answer was NO.  

Because He is STILL GOOD, I get to witness others celebrating life through my lens.  I get to capture moments for families that will be cherished for a lifetime.  That is a privilege that I will never take lightly. 

The next time that things don't turn out the way that you hoped, try to see the blessings that come as a result.  It doesn't mean it will be easy, and it doesn't mean that you won't wonder "what if"...but if you will just open your eyes, you will see the blessings.  I see my blessings.  London's Studio is one of them. 


Are you interested in having a session in London's Studio?!  Awesome, you can view information HERE!  You can also view the very first session held in London's Studio by clicking HERE!  I can't wait to hear from you!

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London's Studio - Breaking It In!! The past couple of months have been exciting for London's Bridge Photography!  As many of you know, I recently transformed my sitting room into a natural light studio.  That's fun in itself, but the real joy came when I was able to pull London's nursery furniture out of storage for the first time in over 10 years in order to create my studio!  You can read all about that HERE.  My heart has been so full being able to make "London's Studio" a space that is beautiful, elegant, and purposeful!  When I think of what I envision for London's Studio, I simply think of it as a place "Where Life is Celebrated". 

When I had the opportunity to host my first official photo shoot in London's Studio, my heart was overflowing with joy!  Not only was I getting to honor London, but I was getting to photograph two of the most precious little girls and their beautiful mama!!  To say that we had fun would be a total understatement!  I can honestly say that this session was good for my soul and truly represents everything I hope & pray London's Studio will be for those who enter: a place where life is truly celebrated!!

There was snuggling, tickling and much jumping!!  They had a pillow fight, played Ring Around the Rosie, danced & twirled.  They let me smell their "stinky piggies", rocked with their mama in the rocking chair, and even read one of London's books that had been tucked away for over 10 years.  For the short time that these sweet girls were with me, we celebrated life and had the best time!  I'm so excited to share this session with you!! :)

Kentucky weather is so crazy!!  It was snowing in March!! 

Thank you, Taylor, for sharing your sweet girls with me & allowing me to capture so much love!!  It was truly an honor!!


Are you interested in having your own session in London's Studio?!!  Awesome!  You can view pricing & details HERE and you can read all about the London's Bridge Photography experience HERE!  I can't wait to hear from you!


I'm super excited to be starting a Newsletter!!  I would love for you to join me!  Sign up HERE and get a free guide to Taking Better Pictures of Your Kids! :)  Thanks so much!!

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London's Studio Session - SALE!! I have been overwhelmed and so blessed by the love & support regarding the opening of "London's Studio".  What started as a personal accomplishment on this journey of grief & healing has ended up reaching far more people than I ever imagined.  I hope & pray that her space will overflow with love & laughter, and that life will truly be celebrated!

Congratulations to Melanie Johnson on winning the FREE STUDIO SESSION give-away!!

To celebrate the opening of "London's Studio", all studio sessions purchased between now and March 31 will be $100 OFF the regular price!!  See details below!

Ready to book?!  Awesome!  You can pay your deposit or go ahead and pay the full balance by clicking on the button below!  Then, contact me and we'll work out the details! :)  Looking forward to it!

London's Studio Session - SALE!!


I'm also super excited to be starting a Newsletter!!  I would love for you to join me!  Sign up HERE and get a free guide to Taking Better Pictures of Your Kids! :)  Thanks so much!!  

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The London Studio - giving London's furniture purpose & new life You know, losing a child is something that absolutely rocks your world.  It shatters everything you know to be good and true into a million pieces.  It makes you do things and feel things you never would've done or felt before.  It changes you.  Although it's been over 10 years since London died, I can absolutely say that I am not the same person I was before losing her.  Not even close.  Not that I would want to be...but there are times that I miss life without grief.  I miss my "ignorance is bliss/happy go lucky" outlook on life.  

Everyone grieves differently and handles things differently.  Although London never slept in her crib or wore her clothes, we have never felt like we could part with any of those things.  Everything that was "hers" was in my parents' basement for about 8 years.  About two years ago, I finally got up the nerve to move it all from their home to our home in our storage room.  It was all simply taking up room, serving no real purpose than just reminding us of what never was.  Depressing, I know!  Hang with me...the story gets happy in a second, I promise.  Here was London's nursery...

It's no secret that London's Bridge Photography is named after London and was created because of London.  Everything I do with my business is to honor her and to celebrate life!  Recently, I've been toying around with the idea of a studio.  I don't use fancy lights or backdrops, as I strive to keep my images very authentic and natural.  However, I absolutely love the idea of families snuggling on the bed, mamas rocking their sweet babies, little ones jumping on the bed, everyone cuddling on the know, all of those sweet things that awesome families do.  

So, guess what?  I recently have had the best time turning my downstairs sitting room into a natural light studio!  And the best part?  I used all of London's baby furniture!!  I cannot tell you how much joy and peace it gives me to know that her furniture is, indeed, being used by "her" - her cause, her legacy.  I changed the knobs and handles to look less "babyish", but it's all in there - repurposed, yet the same as it was when it waited for her over 10 long years ago.  

I cannot wait to capture joy, happiness, and so much love in this room - The London Studio!  It was already painted chocolate brown when it was a sitting room.  I love the moodiness it has.  Maybe I'll paint it a lighter color eventually, but this will work for now. :)

Apart from London's furniture, my vintage green couch is quite possibly my favorite piece of furniture in the whole house.  It was free...yes, free...and I wouldn't take a million bucks for it.  Okay, I would totally take a million bucks for it, but you get my point!!  I really love this couch! Haha!! If you're not into green, I will just edit those snuggle shots in black & white.  Easy fix! :) I haven't hung the big framed canvas behind the couch yet, but I will.  I may take that off the wall when I'm photographing families...just because you may not want my boys in your pictures...or would you?  They're pretty cute, though. :) The next shot shows the antique baby bed spring I got from a thrift store. :)  Don't mind the cracks in our walls.  Our home was built in 1875 (143 years ago), so she has a lot of stories to tell!  I naturally embrace imperfection in a lot of areas of my life, and our home is definitely one of them!!

So, I really had in mind getting some simple, natural shots of my boys in the new studio.  Jack cooperated more than Jagger, but he still acted like I was trying to pull his teeth out or make him run naked down the street!  The five minutes of shooting time was pretty torturous for all of us. 

Check out Jagger's pictures.  I couldn't decide whether to laugh my head off or knock his head off!! LOL!!!  He had to make the goofiest faces while looking like he was one of the Chippendales!!  He is such a mess!!

Nice, Jagger...NICE!!!  Where's the "face palm" emoji when I need it?!! :)  So, needless to say, three pictures is all I got of Jagger.  Jack hung in there a little longer.  

All of his grumbling was worth it just to get this shot!  He was doing some sort of ninja kick off the couch, which is so him, so he was actually happy! Ha!  

Since torturing photographing my boys in the London Studio, I stepped way out of my comfort zone, set up my tripod and took a few self portraits.  I feel like a total geek saying that.  However, here's my justification for awkward self portraits.  I am always the one with the camera, capturing the lives of my sweet family and everyone else's family.  As much as I want to stay behind the camera, I realize the importance of being in pictures, too.  Someday when my boys are grown, I want them to have pictures of their show that I was here, too!  That's not too selfish, is it? 

Regardless, I probably could've charged money for the comedy show I put on setting my timer, running over to the bed or the chair and pretending to be distracted for pictures!! Haha!!  I don't have a remote for my camera, so I got a workout just taking self portraits.  Jagger did walk in on a couple, and I was genuinely laughing and making fun of myself.  Those ended up being the ones that make me smile...and represent me most accurately.  So, here's to my awkward selfies!!  LOL!!

Now, here's the fun part!!  I NEED to break the London Studio in!!  I can't just take selfies & Chippendales pictures in here forever!  Haha!  I need some small families (4 people max), couples, expecting mamas, or small children to photograph in this space!!

Sessions will be approximately 30 minutes long.  We will use the bed, the rocking chair, the windows, & the couch.  I'm excited to have lots of options for one space!  The best part is I am going to GIVE AWAY a studio session!!  Yep...I will photograph someone for FREE, no strings attached.  You give me 30 minutes of your time, and I'll give you beautiful images to cherish for a lifetime! :)  

Here's how to be eligible to win!!

* Share this post on your Facebook wall.

* Like my page on Facebook (HERE).

* Follow me on Instagram @londonsbridgephotography (HERE)

* Let me know that you did all three (comment here or on my Facebook post)!! 


I will choose a winner on Friday, March 23!!  I can't wait!! :)

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Proffitt Design Co. This is my beautiful sister, Afton and her amazing husband, Braden!  I remember when Afton brought Braden over to meet the family for the first time.  Afton had never been head-over-heels for anyone (she was really picky) until she met Braden!  There was just something about him that made her heart skip a beat!  When we all met him, it was easy to see why!!  Fast-forward about 6 years, and now these two lovebirds are married, teaching, and just recently decided to pursue their passion of home remodeling and design!  They are the proud owners of Proffitt Design Co.  I am so proud of them and cannot wait to see what their future holds!

Afton dreams big and has an eye for design that is so impressive.  Braden can build, fix, and create anything!  They're a perfect team!  Plus, Braden is seriously the most patient person on the planet.  I'm not saying that he "NEEDS" patience with Afton, but I'm just saying that it probably doesn't hurt!! Haha!!  Just kidding, Afton!!  

Afton & Braden are like two old souls.  They just belong together, plain and simple.  They are always laughing, smiling, & joking.  They truly are best friends.  When it comes to project design & construction, that goes a long way!!

Afton & Braden are also new parents to the cutest little fur baby, Augie Ray!!  He has the shortest legs ever, the fattest belly, and gives the best kisses right on the mouth!! LOL!!  He's super spoiled and knows he's in charge!

Afton & Braden have a passion for turning houses into homes.  They have already tackled the remodel of their first home, and they're still smiling!  Actually, it would take a lot for them to stop smiling.  It's just who they are!  

Are you looking to remodel, redecorate, or redesign your home?  Are you just simply wanting some design inspiration?  Then, I encourage you to visit their blog at to see Afton & Braden's beautiful work and to get inspired with unique design tips & tricks! :)


I had so much fun photographing the love & fun that Afton & Braden share!  This is such a special time in their lives, and it was an honor to get to capture a few of those sweet moments for them!  That makes me wonder...has it been way too long since you've had your precious memories captured?  I can help you with that! :)  You can learn all about the London's Bridge Photography experience by starting HERE

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They've been here since the beginning!! In April 2011, I had a friend of a friend draw up a logo for me, I started a simple website, and I thought I'd give this photography gig a try! :)  I had SO much to learn, but what I knew at the time was that I loved capturing life.  I knew that my heart skipped a beat when I got to capture precious memories for families.  I remember feeling so nervous, excited & honored when someone actually trusted me to capture their memories!  Almost 7 years later, I still get super excited & honored when someone trusts me to capture their memories!  I understand the power of pictures and the fact that life is so very precious, so capturing it for others is a task that is never taken lightly!

One of the very first families who allowed me to capture their memories way back then was the Mays Family! I still remember our very first session together!  I remember meeting at my uncle's farm and having the absolute BEST time with Scott, Kristy, and their precious kiddos, Eli & Joy-Kate!  At the time the kids were little bitty!  I remember thinking to myself, "If every session were like this, I could do this forever!"

Here are a couple of images from our very first session together in 2011! :)  

  From the very beginning, there was just something special about the Mays Family!  I laughed my butt off at Scott...and even started calling him "Clark" (as in Clark Griswold, haha!!)  I loved that they didn't sweat the small stuff!  I loved that they let their kids be kids and that they didn't freak out if something wasn't perfect!  I loved that they trusted me and my vision and embraced the beauty of real, natural moments.  I learned quickly that I could simply be me with the Mays Family!  As a photographer, there is so much freedom in that.

As time passed, they actually kept trusting me to capture the milestones and memories for their beautiful family!  And every single time, I felt that same sense of joy when I was with them.  

They love life.  They embrace the chaos.  They find beauty in the mundane...and quite simply, they just make me happy.  It has been such a joy watching their family grow and change.

Spending time with the Mays family is ALWAYS fun...and ALWAYS an adventure!! :)

I am so thankful for this precious family for so many reasons.  I am thankful for their friendship.  I am thankful for the encouragement and confidence they have given me since 2011 to do what I love and just be me.  I am thankful for the wonderful example of "family" that they are to all who know them.  They love deeply & laugh more than most.  They make everyone around them better.  Simply put...they are just special.

Scott & Kristy, THANK YOU!!  Thank you for being with me the longest.  Thank you for your loyalty and for bringing me such joy for the last 7 years!!  You guys are the best!! Love you bunches and can't wait until next time!! :)


If you're reading this and are ready to have your own family's story told, then I invite you to click HERE to read more about the session experience!  I would love to meet you! :)



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Seniors!! It's not too late! Can you believe it's already March?!  Before you know it, it will be May and your baby will be graduating!!  Have you been putting off having Senior pictures made?  I understand!  Time flies when you're having fun...especially during Senior Year!!  Here's the good's not too late!  Take a look at some of my favorite recent Senior images, and contact me to schedule your own! :)  

Don't let this precious time pass without capturing your memories!  You can start your journey HERE!  If you'd like to see more Senior images first, click HERE! :)

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The Bryan Family I love getting to spend time with awesome families like the Bryans!  They are beautiful, as you can clearly see...but they are equally as kind, laid back and just so fun!  Plus, their children are three of the most well-mannered kids I've been around...and I'm around a lot of kids!  We had a great time together! :)

Are you interested in having your beautiful story told?!  You can read more about the London's Bridge Photography experience by starting HERE!

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Langley Family This beautiful family is special to me!  They are great friends, but some of the sweetest, funnest people you'll ever meet!  It was wonderful getting to spend time with them on their family farm!  There's nothing I love more in photography than a gorgeous sunset, open spaces, and beautiful people who love to have fun!  We had all of those things...and it was SO much fun!! :)

  Oh, the love of a big sister!!! LOL!!

Are you interested in having your beautiful story told?!  You can read more about the London's Bridge Photography experience by starting HERE!

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Now that's a lot of packages!!

I want to thank you all SO MUCH for your support with our "Love Never Fails" fundraiser last week!  Because of your generosity, London's Bridge Photography will donate over $500 to the Children's Heart Foundation!!!  It means the world to me to be able to honor London for Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week!!  Your love & support has made my heart so happy, and I just want to say THANK YOU!!!  I will be personally delivering packages as well as shipping them this week!!  If this is your first time visiting and you're not sure what I'm talking about, you can read about my fundraiser and order your very own Love Never Fails print HERE!  Again, THANK YOU guys so very much!!  

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Love Never Fails: CHD Awareness Week We all know that February is all about love and hearts!  Stores are decorated in red and pink, hearts are everywhere, and love is in the air! :)  Up until 2007, the only hearts I thought about in February were the candy and chocolate ones!  That all changed on 9/11/07 when my precious baby girl, London, entered this world with half of her heart  She had a severe congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.  London's precious little heart was severely underdeveloped and could not pump blood throughout her body.  When she was two days old, she underwent major open-heart surgery to help her heart work in a "normal" way.  Unfortunately, there were complications during surgery, and our precious London did not survive.  

Our hearts were shattered into a million pieces.  Although it has been 10 years already, I am still picking up the pieces.  In fact, I don't think I will ever stop picking up the pieces.  London left her mark on her mommy's heart, and because of that, it is my mission to honor her in every part of my life.  It's my mission to bring awareness to Congenital Heart Defects and to share my story and London's story! 

That is why London's Bridge Photography even exists...and that is why I am choosing to raise awareness and funds for CHD Awareness Week.  To honor London and all babies and children with CHD's, I am choosing to sell one of my images with a simple scripture on it: Love Never Fails. ~1 Corinthians 13:8

This picture is so special to me in many ways.  First of all, my mom gave us this beautiful plant in honor of London.  It's called a "Bleeding Heart" , and it is truly a testament of God's hand being in the details.  The flowers of this plant are perfect little hearts...and the prettiest pink you'll ever see.  They are delicate and perfect.  They bloom for just a little while, and then they're gone until next year.  I always look forward to seeing the first of many little pink heart blooms.  It's like God reminds me, "Ashlee, I'm taking good care of her.  I promise." :)  

This plant reminds me of London, of course, but it also reminds me that God is always there.  His love never fails, even when this life doesn't go as planned.  His love never fails, even when people do.  It reminds me that my love for London never fails and will be as strong the day I die as the first moment I held her in my arms.  Love Never Fails. 

I am selling four print sizes, and ALL PROFITS DURING CHD AWARENESS WEEK (Feb.7-Feb.14) WILL BE DONATED to the Children's Heart Foundation!  Every print will be of the highest quality and mounted for durability and longevity.  I hope & pray that you will support this cause and proudly display this beautiful image in your home, on your desk, or give it as a gift...and always remember that HIS LOVE NEVER FAILS!

Sizes & Prices are as follows:

                                                                          4x6         $12

                                                                          5x7         $16

                                                                          8x10       $20

                                                                          11x14     $40


To order yours, simply click the PayPal button below.  If you are in the Elizabethtown, KY area, I will deliver the print to you.  If you are out of town, I will mail it to you!  Prints will be ordered & delivered after Feb. 14.

I can't thank you enough for your support!! 


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Jennings Family {Elizabethtown Family Photography} I had the best time with this amazing family!!  First of all, let me brag on how beautiful they all looked!!  I just love the color scheme they chose!  Secondly, for a January Kentucky day, it was in the 50's! :)  Not only did we luck out with a "warm" afternoon, but we had that golden evening light that makes my heart swoon!!

Speaking of making my heart swoon...this session pretty much did that.  Not only are these sweet people so full of love, but they are so much fun!  They laughed a lot, teased each other, watched me almost bite the dust a few times (haha), and went along with all of my craziness!  Plus, our time together was even more precious because half of this group lives hours away and are about to move across the country.  I'm so thankful I was able to be a part of capturing all of the love that they share!  

John & Jessica definitely don't look old enough to be grandparents, but they are the best at it!!  These sweet little ones sure do love their "Grandpa & Lolly"!! :)

As much as I love capturing kids and their free spirits, I also love capturing the connections and love between mom & dad!  They deserve a special moment, too!

The bond of sisters...there's just nothing quite like it!! <3

Lolly & her sweet girl had a little heart to heart.  Hayven took a little while to warm up to the crazy lady with the camera, but within a few minutes she was all smiles! :)

It's always my goal to capture moments that make you "feel" something when you look at them.  I don't ever want to settle with simply showing what someone looks like right now.  I want so much more!  Instead, I want to show your personality, your silliness, your laughter, your love & connections.  I want to show you LIVING!!  In honor of London, I always strive to make your "heart smile"!!  Well, this next picture makes my heart smile!    

And this one, too!! <3  A daddy with his sweet boy...

This session was an adventure!  It may have been January, but we played in the creek and loved every second!

Jaxon wanted NO part of standing still for a "guy" picture.  He had exploring to do!!  Look at his face...he was OVER IT :) 

Oh, the joys of being the little brother!!  I think Matthew kinda likes it!! :)

Lolly dancing with her girls <3  Such precious memories!!

Kara may be married with a family of her own, but she will always be his little girl!!

Not sure who Gillian was bossing, but I'm pretty sure they listened the first time! Haha :)

Thanks again, Jennings Family, for a wonderful evening & even greater memories!!  You guys are awesome!!  


To learn more about the London's Bridge Photography Experience, click HERE!!  

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Dayna & Ryan {Engagement} Capturing true love is something I never get tired of, and it truly makes my heart smile!  It may seem cliche', but Dayna & Ryan are such an example of true love.  The way they look at each other...especially the way Ryan looks at Dayna...will stop you in your tracks.  It's so easy to see how they adore one another and how they truly enjoy each other's company.  We had such a great time together during their engagement session. 

Ryan took us to his friend's private property, and we had to hike up to the top of a huge rock/cliff where we could see for miles!  It was absolutely gorgeous!!  Dayna originally said she didn't want to take engagement pictures because she doesn't like having her pictures taken.  Ryan encouraged her to do it anyway, and I am so thankful she did!  Dayna is so beautiful and a total sweetheart.  Her smile is contagious, and her hair...well, what I would give for that hair!!  I would have never, in a million years, have guessed that she didn't like the camera!!  I mean, she doesn't take a bad picture!!  Ryan has such a kind, genuine spirit.  He is so friendly and funny!  They both made me feel so comfortable, and they went with the flow & trusted my vision.

It was an honor to witness their connection and their excitement for their future together!  Although I have decided to book a very limited number of weddings this year, I am thrilled that their big day is on my calendar!!

Dayna told me that she has always loved the way Ryan looks at if she's the only girl in the room.  When I edited their images, that's what I kept thinking!  It's just so natural, and you can tell that he loves her with everything he is! 

They laugh a lot, too!  And Dayna shakes her head at Ryan a lot! Haha :)

Dayna was teasing Ryan because he kisses with his eyes open!! Haha :)  We laughed & laughed!!  Then, Ryan had to show her that he could kiss with his eyes closed!!  He said, "See, Dayna, I can do it.  Let's kiss!  Wait, I don't know where you are!!"  Ryan is hilarious! :)

Good job, Ryan!! LOL :) 

There was a cave-type formation on the property that was just awesome!  Ryan said he and his friends used to camp in it when they were kids!  

Congratulations, Dayna & Ryan!  I can't wait to photograph your beautiful wedding in April!!  Ryan, you better work on kissing with your eyes closed!! Haha :)

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My favorite picture I've ever taken... Hi everyone!  Well, it's been a very long time since I have blogged.  In fact, I was so bad about blogging that I deactivated it on my website, and It's remained dormant for a few years now.  Until I am deciding to dust it off and bring it back to life again!!  Woo Hoo!!! :) 

Why, you might ask?  Well, because Facebook reminded me this morning that on this day, four years ago, I took my favorite picture I've ever taken!  So, instead of basically telling the story on Facebook, I thought it was worth blogging about!  My favorite picture ever is a picture that truly encompasses everything I strive for in my photography business and in life.  It's a picture of my favorite two little boys in our favorite place...our home.  I always strive to capture moments that truly tell a story and make your heart smile.  This one does that for me.  It makes me so happy, and I never get tired of it.

A little bit about the image...we had been out of school for a week because of snow.  To say we had cabin fever is putting it lightly!  The boys, however, decided to make their own fun and go "sledding on the stairs".  It was their idea to wear the helmets! Haha :)  Safety first!!


Every time I look at it, I can just hear their squeals and laughter!! :)  As much as I love it because it's of my sweet boys, I never dreamed it would impact others literally all over the world like it has!  I have been humbled and pretty amazed at the attention this image has received!

It has been published by Palm Press on a birthday card.  The greeting that the company chose says, "It's your birthday.  Go ahead and break the rules!"  The boys were so excited when our samples came in the mail!

Palm Press sells the cards nation-wide at bookstores and gift shops.  It was exciting one time when our aunt & uncle sent us a picture from Seaside, Florida!  They spotted the boys' card in a bookstore there while they were on vacation!  Another time, our cousin who attends Auburn University saw it in a bookstore there!

The most unique, and quite CRAZY thing that has happened since this picture was put on the internet was one time when a tattoo artist from Australia messaged me on Facebook.  This picture was in his message!!  Where's the "shocked" emoji when I need it??

Yep, you're seeing that right...that is a tattoo of MY BOYS ON A RANDOM STRANGER'S BODY!!!!!!  A random stranger in Italy who was traveling to Australia...who saw the picture on Pinterest, and it reminded him of his childhood.  I freaked out at first.  It made me feel violated and just weird.  However, once I let it sink in, and I got the story from the man, I felt better about it...and in some kind of weird way, I was even a little bit honored.  After all, the image of my boys brought back a feeling of nostalgia and joy for that man.  He and his brother, who had passed away, used to ride down the stairs when they were little.  The feelings were so strong that he decided to permanently tattoo it on his body.  Pictures are so very powerful.  This is an extreme reminder of that!  And, I must admit, the tattoo artist did a phenomenal job!

It was also a huge honor for this image to win the CG Pro Prints "Best in Show" Photo Contest.  It was one of 9 images chosen (out of over 800 submitted) and was displayed at the WPPI Trade Show in Las Vegas.  It was displayed at their booth as a "Statement Piece"...a framed canvas.

It was humbling for it to also win 2nd place in the International Black & White Child Photo Competition in the "Lifestyle" category.  To be recognized among such amazing photographers from around the world was such an incredible honor and blessing.

   I can't tell you how many times I have seen the image randomly posted on Facebook pages and Instagram pages...with writing on an inspiration piece or a piece that is meant to encourage or brighten someone's day.  One that stuck out was an Instagram post from an inspirational page, and it said, "I'm so thankful I had a childhood before technology took over!"  Granted, it used to bother me when I would see my images manipulated without my consent.  However, I learned to let that go, too.  People probably just see it as a "stock photo".  I've realized that the main thing is that it makes people smile.  It makes them feel something.  It reminds them of a great childhood...and that is more important than anything.  

Even if this image had only been seen my me and my family, it would still be my favorite picture I've ever taken.  However, it makes my heart happy that it has brought so much joy to so many people.  I never get tired of seeing it, whether it's my huge canvas that's in our entryway, or on a new Instagram post.  It's been 4 years today since this picture was taken.  I pray that it continues to bring smiles to faces all over the world!!

And because it made me smile today, I want to share the video that popped up on Facebook this morning!  This was taken right before I took the picture! :)  To see my wild boys in action, click HERE! :)

Thanks for letting me share my favorite image with you!  Just remember...if you're snowed in this winter and have cabin fever, just keep your camera close by!  You never know what you might capture...if just might be your favorite picture ever!! :) 


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Jack's "King Suit"

If you've followed my work for very long...especially on facebook, you know that my boys are full of personality and love to dress themselves.  Unless we're going to church (and even then, I pick my battles), I let them express themselves.  There are worse things.  Plus, I love the freedom they have at this age to just be not worry about what everyone not try to please everyone else.  There is such beauty in that.  I hope & pray that they always feel comfortable in their own skin. 

Having said that, yesterday when we got home from school, Jack (who usually changes clothes about 10 times a kidding) told me that he was going to put on a "King Suit".  I'm used to him changing outfits to match his mood (or whatever he's, music, baseball,etc.), but I have never heard him say "King Suit"!! LOL :)  I just went with it, and he went upstairs to pick out his clothes.  He came back downstairs with this beautiful combination! Haha!!  He absolutely loves his jacket that a dear family friend gave him, and he loves his "rock star boots" that Santa brought him.  The "top hat" (as he calls it) just really made the outfit complete!  He wanted me to button his shirt all the way up and asked if we had a bow tie.  We didn't....I guess that's next on the list for him! :)  Anyway, after he got dressed in his "King Suit", he asked me to go upstairs and get his horse that he could ride.  I convinced him to bring the horse outside so that it would look like he's riding through a big open field!  Thankfully, he was okay with that...and we had some beautiful sunshine, too! :) 

Along with Jack's crazy outfit, Jagger had his own self-expression going on.  From soccer uniform socks to his fluorescent new shoes...along with his camo jacket (of course), he was lookin' goooood!! LOL! :)  He even hopped on the little horse that he was given when he was a baby! :)

I really think I will look back on moments like these and love them so much more than if my boys were perfectly dressed in clothes that actually match! :)  I absolutely love telling the story of my precious boys and their childhood through images such as these. :) 


*From a photography standpoint, all images were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, 70-200 f/2.8 IS lens, & edited in Lightroom. 

(London's Bridge Photography) Jack & Jagger Kentucky Lifestyle Photographer Kentucky Child Photographer children lifestyle Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:47:11 GMT
Jessie Jessie is my beautiful cousin.  She is so sweet, funny, smart, and an amazing singer!  I recently photographed a benefit that Jessie was singing at, and we got to spend a few minutes in front of the beautiful sunset!  Her outfit, her curls in the sunlight, the sun flare...swoon! :) * All images taken with Canon 5D Mark II, 50 f/1.4 lens, and edited in Lightroom. :)  


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Sunshine & Ice We have gotten a lot of snow & ice lately here in Kentucky.  As much as I would rather be drenched in warm, summer sunshine, I admit that the ice-covered trees, bushes and grasses have been beautiful.  These images were taken in my back yard about a week ago when the sun was getting low in the sky, and the golden light was glistening on all of the ice.  I was freezing, but it was worth it! :) All of these images were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and 70-200 2.8 IS lens.


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