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A Late Summer Lowertown Engagement Session | Paducah, Kentucky


It’s currently after 11pm and I am just now getting around to blogging this engagement session that has been sitting on my desktop, waiting to be blogged since the beginning of September. And I’ve been trying to get this blog published since 1pm today. To say fall has been a busy season is a major understatement – but in the best way possible!

Leah contacted me 8 months ago in hopes that I’d be available for their November 2017 wedding. They hadn’t booked anything yet though so I felt comfortable requesting any other dates they may be open to since I was completely booked for 2017. I was shocked but thrilled to learn that they’d were willing to book a November 2018 wedding date if it meant I’d be there to photograph it. UH YES PLEASE! Since we couldn’t shoot their wedding 2017, we opted for a 2017 engagement session. Such a tease – now I have to wait more than a year to work with them again!

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A Summer Field 6 Months Milestone Session | Paducah, Kentucky


For Parker’s 6 month on-location lifestyle family milestone session we choose to return to the exact spot where we spot Stephanie & Sawyer’s maternity session! What a special treat and a very cool memory for all three of us!

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A Late Summer Anniversary Session | Paducah, Kentucky


Every time I photograph a birth, I’m all Births Are My Favorite Thing Ever! I feel the same way when I photograph a wedding… and just like I feel when I photograph anniversary sessions!!!

In Shelley & Mark’s case, it’s been over a year since I got to work with them for their wedding so I was ecstatic to see them and to photograph them again for their anniversary/fall portraits! Catching up with old friends is how it felt and I can’t wait for the many more sessions and life seasons that we’ve planned to get together for! Happy One and A Half Years you two!!!

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A Summer Field Lifestyle Newborn Session | Paducah, Kentucky


If I could do outdoor lifestyle family newborn sessions every single day (except Saturdays!), I would be a happy happy photographer! The Cunningham family humored me in meeting me out at the very same location where their maternity portraits took place and I don’t know if they were thinking along the same lines as me but now their most recent prints on their walls will match! Because of location! Of course, locations don’t have to match but I think this session proves it worked in our favor! And Baby Ila slept the entire time!!! It’s something about being outside that calms babies. Winning!

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A Lowertown and Noble Park Engagement Session | Paducah, Kentucky


To say I was ecstatic when Chelsey emailed me saying YAY she was getting married is an understatement! I was thrilled for her and ever since working with her for a feature in Paducah Life Magazine, I knew I wanted to work with again as soon as possible! And then my heart was broken when I learned that she and Corbin were planning a Winter 2018 wedding, right at the beginning of my maternity leave for Baby Girl. Ah! But at that time, I hadn’t even undergone IFV treatments yet so we went back and forth trying to decide. We both wished for the treatments to work the first time and it was bitter sweet when I told her to good news – that we would not be able to photograph her February 2018 wedding. Thankfully, she still wanted me to be their engagement photographer and I was more than comfortable to pass her off to a very good friend in the industry who I knew would take amazing care of them on their wedding day.

We met up in Lowertown near the end of the summer for her and Corbin’s session in their more formal outfit. They stepped out of their vehicle and they were stunning!!! Their second outfit didn’t disappoint either! Chelsey & Corbin, while the reason I’m not your wedding photographer is a good one, I’m still bummed that I can’t be there for y’all. But I am SO honored that you trusted me with the first of hopefully many portrait sessions to come!

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