Christmas Cookie Traditions

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Christmas traditions. We all have some that we celebrate every year. What is your absolute favorite—the one thing that you can’t get through the holiday season without doing? For me, I love every tradition that goes along with Christmas. However, there is one that I have to do every year or it just doesn’t seem like Christmas—bake my great-grandma Hill’s melt-in-your-mouth delicious sugar cookies.

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Seeing the World in Widescreen

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I am so excited about some new changes in my life and on the blog. And yes, I just used the word excited in reference to changes. Change is often difficult or unwelcome, but sometimes it can be exciting as well! We’ve all heard the saying, “we are creatures of habit,” and we all know that it is basically true. However, I have been mulling over some new ideas for the blog section of my website and, with some changes in my life (and no, I am not pregnant), I have decided to take the plunge! Let me explain…

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Chris & Samantha . Downtown Springfield

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I was so excited when Chris & Samantha asked me take some photos of them as part of a Christmas gift for family. I had just received my new lens and was totally ready to test it out on a shoot! It was one of the first really cold days of December, but we bundled up and went to downtown Commercial Street. I’ve been to Commercial Street plenty of times to window shop at some of the eccentric little stores there, but this was the first time I had ever ventured behind the shops to the railroads. I must admit, I sometimes feel that railroad pictures can be a bit cliche–however, I totally fell in love with this part of Springfield and all of the pictures I got of Chris and Samantha there. I honestly cannot wait for another opportunity to take pictures there!

As I mentioned, the day was very cold, but Chris and Samantha were awesome, and they let me take some time to experiment with my new lens. We walked around Commercial Street, got some awesome shots, shared some great laughs, and stopped by Big Momma’s Coffee and Espresso Bar for something warm to drink. Big Momma’s is a great little coffee shop that I encourage you to try if you are ever downtown (for more information on Big Momma’s, check out their website or facebook page).

Chris & Samantha – Thanks for choosing me as your photographer! Even though it was cold, I had such a great time watching you guys interact (I hope you enjoy the pictures I have included of some of your goofing off!). You guys are such a fun couple to be around! Hope that these pictures work well for your Christmas gift and for the two of you to enjoy for years to come!

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Gobs . Recipes

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I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am to finally have a new lens for my Nikon! It took me a while to decide on a model, but now that I have the 50mm in my hands, I know that I made the right decision. I’ve spent the past couple of days trying to learn the ins and outs of lens – so, while cooking my mom’s famous dessert “Gobs” (also known as whoopie pies), I took the opportunity to take some pictures of the process.

I am in no way a cooking expert and have actually had quite a few unfortunate blunders in the past while being in the kitchen (like the time I put eggs in no-bake cookies…or the time I ruined Easy Mac by microwaving the noodles without water). However, I have gotten better at following recipes and thought that I would share this wonderful recipe with all of you.

I hope that you try them and enjoy them! They are absolutely delicious! And as always, please feel free to leave any comments or feedback below!

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Caleb Foster & Samantha Walker . Engagement . Jordan Valley Park

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I am not ashamed to admit it – I am a hopeless romantic to the core. I can’t help it. I just think there is something magical about watching two people fall more and more in love with each other. Maybe it’s because I grew up watching the Disney Princesses fall head over heels for their Prince Charming. Maybe it has to do with all of the romantic comedies I watched through my teens. Or, perhaps it has to do with the gushy feelings I have for my own love, my husband. It’s plain and simple really – I love everything about love.

It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that I jumped at the opportunity to book my very first wedding this May. I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to photograph such a great couple too! Caleb and Samantha truly exhibit everything that I love about love! It was great taking their engagement photos and hearing all about their relationship together. It’s obvious that they know without a shadow of a doubt that they are meant to be together.

Caleb and Samantha, I loved the opportunity to take your engagement pictures at Jordan Valley Park! You both have such fun personalities, and your playfulness is adorable! Your love for each other truly shows! I am praying for you both as you continue to plan the wedding while going to school. I know it’s not easy, but it will definitely be worth it in the end!

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Capturing Beauty Series . Post 2

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Fall is by far my favorite of the seasons. It’s hard not to find beauty everywhere you look. The brisk air, the colors of the changing leaves, and the feeling that the holidays are right around the corner make this easily the most exciting time of the year! Sure, summer is great, and winter snow brings fun times of sledding, but there is just something about the autumn months that make me internally happy and bring serious joy to my life.

It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that the fall leaves and colors make up half of the pictures in the second post to the Capturing Beauty Series featured on the blog (if you missed the first Capturing Beauty Series post, you should check it out here). I hope that the second post encourages you to take an extra moment the next time you are outside to stop, look around, and enjoy the beauty that God has created for us in the changing leaves, trees, and colors all around.

It’s important to take these moments. Our lives move fast. The seasons change fast. And if we don’t stop for these little moments and enjoy the beauty that is offered to us, we will never realize what the true meaning of life really is.

Please take a moment to look at the pictures below and leave a comment letting me know what your favorite picture is or something about fall that you enjoy. Then, you should hop over to my husband’s blog post on The Changing Seasons so that you can have even more awesomeness in your life!

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B1E . Hall Event

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I must admit, I felt a little nostalgic going into this shoot with the girls from Bowie first east. During my time at CBC, I spent two wonderful years living on that hall – two years spending countless hours laughing and staying up late with the other girls on the hall. It was so great to have the opportunity to capture some of the memory-making of the current group of girls who are living there. The weather couldn’t have been better for a photo shoot at Nathanael Greene Park, and these girls made the afternoon lively and fun!

To all the girls from B1E: From the time we started taking pictures until the very last frame, I don’t think I stopped laughing for a second. You are all so full of energy and life! Thank you for allowing me to spend the afternoon taking pictures for your hall event! I hope you all get to share many more moments together making memories of your time at CBC.

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