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Little Baby Caroline

I’m in love! ๐Ÿ™‚ The moment I met little Caroline, my heart melted! The other day I went over to Resha’s house to take some long-overdue newborn portraits of her first baby. Caroline is beautiful, sweet, gentle, alert, aware, and as cuddly as could be! I had so much fun taking her picture! By the time the session was over, however, Caroline had had enough of me and let me know it – haha! I’m sure she’ll be glad she let me stick around a while one day when she can understand how darn cute these pics are! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Raul & Carolina: Engaged!

Whew, it has been a busy last few days! I can’t even keep up on the blog, but the good new is that there are TONS more portrait sessions, weddings, and fun to blog, so things are going to be hoppin’ around here! ๐Ÿ™‚

Speaking of hoppin’ . . . Raul was such an amazing sport for these pictures! Literally just days earlier, he had major knee surgery, but he didn’t complain even once during our time together – what a champ! These two are terribly cute together and they are also really funny! At the end of our session, they took me over to one of their favorite hang spots – Hills Cafe – to take a few pictures.

My favorite:

Don’t ask. ๐Ÿ™‚

Not sure how/why I made this one so big, but why not!

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Sarah and Neil: Engaged!

Stan and I loved our time in South Carolina for Thanksgiving. Every year Grampie rents a huge beach house on James Island and the entire family gets together to enjoy the holiday. Since Grampie met and married Bebe 3 years ago, we have had the joy of sharing this holiday with her entire family, too! This year we were hanging out after our huge Thanksgiving dinner and I saw how gorgeous the beach looked with the sun setting in the distance. So, of course, it was time to grab the camera and get busy! Bebe’s granddaughter Sarah had just gotten engaged to Neil, so I figured we might as well do an impromptu Engagement session. I literally whisked them away from the rest of the family and FORCED them to stand in front of my camera. It was, after all, my first beach engagement session, so I went a little crazy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, here are a few fun pics from our spur-of-the-moment engagement session – Congrats, Sarah and Neil! Call me about GA ’08! ; )

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Wedding GUESTs! :)

Last Saturday Stan and I actually had the opportunity to attend the wedding of one of his best friends from high school as guests – it was so fun! Mark and Alicia were absolutely beautiful together and Stan had the honor as serving as a groomsman in their wedding. I could not have been more proud of my husband in his handsome tux! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are a few of my pictures from the wedding. I promise I took very few and stayed FAR out of the way of the real photographer – haha!

PS- for those who would be interested in this kind of thing (photography nerds), I shot all of these pics as Jpegs, but I normally shoot my weddings in RAW. I prefer to shoot in Jpeg when I’m not planning on messing with the pictures much and I LOVE the way these came right out of the camera! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mark & Alicia being welcomed to their reception

The ring bearer being introduced – he was sooo adorable!

Fun dancing shots

This beautiful bride got to dance with all of the cute boys ; )

I am telling you very seriously that everywhere Stan goes – I mean everywhere – he is always the one asked to give the blessing. I think it is a huge honor and that it says a lot about what people think of him. Here’s my man giving the blessing for the meal, and lookin’ fine! ๐Ÿ™‚

On to some friend and family pics . . .

Stan and his sis Beth (who also happens to be one of my best buddies)

Stan, Mark, and their high school football coach, who I am told is a really great dude

Zack, Stan, Mark, and Stan’s BFF Brian – all high school football buds and best friends

Stan and I and the better sides of Stan and Brian

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Let’s try this again! :)

Cari & Joel are engaged – yay! I really really love these two. No, it’s not because they’re smokin’ hot (they really are) or because they know how to work a camera like nobody’s business (they really do) or because they’re too cute for words (again, the ARE)…

it’s because they are GOOD to each other. Nothing makes me happier than when I see a couple that treats each other well. Say what you want about all the keys to a successful marriage, but I can tell you right now – truly respecting and caring for your partner is THE key to bliss. Hard times will come – they always do – but if your relationship is based on true, honest mutual honor, this one thing will see you through those challenging times. Trust me – I have see this in my own marriage to my wonderful Stan. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyhoo – as promised, I got my stuff together, was able to figure out the problem I was having with posting these images, and am now sharing them with you! Thanks for your patience!

Before I share, though, I have to tell you the FUNNIEST thing! We just spent all week with Stan’s family in South Carolina where his Grampie lives and it was so fun! I plan to share more, but that will come later this week. Anyway, Grampie and I have a really awesome relationship and it is a huge blessing to me, since I lost my Grandpa and Grandad, both of whom I was very close to, within 1 month of each other, when I was 10 years old. Grampie has been one of the best things about inheriting this AWESOME family when I married Stan over 4 years ago.

Grampie is the kind of grampie who just tells you how it is and I love that about him. We were talking about photography last week (which he is also very into and VERY good at) and he seized the opportunity to tell me what he thinks about my pictures.

“Stacy, do you know what I don’t like about your pictures on your website?”

“No I don’t Grampie . . . please tell me.”

“I don’t understand why those people have to be slobbering all over each other all the time. Why can’t you just take a nice picture where they’re not huggin’ and kissin’ all over each other? When I was your age we would never be caught dead in a picture like that!”

I chuckled a bit and said “I understand your point. Everybody has their own style. Mine is to show people as they are – in love – with life and with each other. And if that means they’re hugging and kissing, so be it.”

“Well I think it’s terrible.”

I loved Grampie’s honesty and I got a huge kick out of his directness. ๐Ÿ™‚ I tried to explain that we always get plenty of pictures of the couple just hanging out. We began to look at my pictures from Cari and Joel’s engagement session, so that he could tell me exactly what he likes and dislikes.

“You probably hate these, don’t you?” I said as I showed him the pictures below:

“Yes, you see, that’s just too much!” he exclaimed. “Why do they have to be so close?!”

“Well, these are a little milder . . . what do you think.”

“Those are a little better, but I still don’t like them. They’re touching each other too much.”

I dug a little deeper to find a picture I thought he would like. Clearly he wanted one where they were not touching at all.

“How about this one?”

“Okay, now I like that one. That’s very nice.”

Ah, Grampie. How great is he? ๐Ÿ™‚

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