The Lopp Family of Native Sun Farm

I met the Lopp family at their farm, Native Sun Farms, which is located in Bogart, Georgia. It’s a lovely farm, which is surprisingly close to Athens. (Actually, I don’t think it was more than 10 minutes from my house). We started the session with a few family shots, and the littles were just not into it. This was totally fine with me- I’m not really into having to sit still and smile at a camera either. And so we shifted gears and had a wonderful time touring the farm, and capturing real life with the Lopps. And we still got a few family shots that we snuck in there too! What a sweet family that is working hard to provide delicious food to their local community and enable others to live more sustainably. See you at the Farmer’s Market!

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Mama is the Easter Bunny

We had a very enjoyable Easter that was filled with some of my favorite Easter-y things. I’m thankful for being able to spend it with family – my three littles sure love their cousins. We are lucky enough to have quite a few cousins very close in age! (As of the end of this fall, there will be 9 children 5 and under on David’s side of the family).

David and I did not grow up with Santa and the Easter Bunny, and so we have not passed on these traditions to our own children. In spite of this, our children are completely obsessed with Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the latest fascination- the tooth fairy. (We just had the “Is the tooth fairy real” talk last week). I don’t want to disappoint or hurt their feelings, so I don’t ever actually say that any of these mythical holiday figures “aren’t real,” but instead offer that “it’s a pretend game we play.” They are very adept at pretend play, and often I cannot gauge the extent of their understanding when it comes to holiday existentialism.

This year, Dmitri and Damon were unusually excited about Easter. They have been counting down for weeks, and the anticipation has closely rivaled Christmas. They informed me weeks ago that they would be receiving presents from the Easter Bunny in their baskets, and they have spent countless hours wondering what the bunny will bring (hop-fully, a “weed eater and a real rocket ship”). On Easter Eve, they were flipping, head-standing, and donkey kicking at bedtime, and in exasperation I resorted to saying, “The Easter Bunny cannot come until we go to sleep.” They immediately snuggled under the covers and tried to lay still. They both smiled at me and Damon said, “Mama, you are the Easter Bunny!”

This fact has only made the holiday more fun and magical, for all of us. I like getting a little credit for the effort I put into a holiday. Why yes, I AM the Easter Bunny. And they love that they think their very own mother is, in fact, the Easter Bunny. Not taking my job lightly, I left a labyrinth of jelly beans through the house for them to follow to their baskets, which I fill primarily with art supplies (thanks to Treehouse Kid & Craft!). They were thrilled- and who doesn’t love eating jelly beans off of the floor for breakfast?

I cannot wait for Christmas, when I get to be an elf.

And here, are some photos of our Easter fun.

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Damaris’s Lifestyle Newborn Session

Damaris’ lovely newborn session reminded me of why babies are born in the springtime. Her session was a little lifestyle, a little portrait, and complete perfection. I loved spending a few hours with Matt & Stephanie on their farm about an hour outside of Athens, and photographing their family of three (plus pups, horses, goats, and chickens, of course). It is evident that Damaris is adored by her mama, papa, auntie, and furry brothers – Jager and Griffon. Her DIY woodland-themed nursery was so cute, and full of personal touches. She is a lucky little girl. And I am a lucky photographer to be honored with the opportunity to capture such a dreamy time in their lives. Thank you for having me, Matt and Stephanie!

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The Littlest Gardener

This wild child of mine loves getting dirty, and thoroughly enjoyed helping us plant our garden this past weekend. I love my garden, and this is my fourth year planting one. But, my garden doesn’t love me so much. Fourth time’s a charm, right? I kind of feel ridiculous planting, yet again, considering my limited success (read: utter and complete gardening failure).  Thankfully, the lovely farmers at the Athens Farmer’s Market are much more successful than I am, and they keep us fed.

But I keep on planting for memories like this:

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Faith and Andy | Chateau Élan Wedding

Faith and Andy had an elegant wedding at Chateau Élan Winery and Resort that juxtaposed tradition. I felt so honored to be able to share in their special day, and they made my job a lot of fun. They are such a kind and friendly couple, and left feeling that I had made two new friends. Faith has three children, and the love and acceptance between all of them made it evident that this was not just a marriage between two people, but a family coming together. There ceremony was so beautifully poignant that I teared up behind the lens, especially as they shared their hearts through the vows they wrote themselves. Faith shared how she thought she would never marry again, but Andy changed her heart. And Faith’s son, Judah, confessed that he didn’t like Andy much at first, but it was obvious that that was clearly the opposite now (there is a photo of Judah on Andy’s back further down). It was a genuine, yet eloquent ceremony.

The weather was a perfectly warm, sunny March day and Chateau Élan was lovely. The winery and resort is located just north of Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia (about half an hour from Athens). They have vineyards, a beautiful inn and spa, delicious food, and the staff was incredibly gracious and helpful. I have had the pleasure of enjoying a few special occasions there over the years, and it is always a wonderful time.

And, I just loved the pink and grey Converse shoes worn by the entire bridal party…

Faith + Andy’s wedding:

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