New Special Services

My friends and followers!

I am excited to formally announce that I am now available to you for special photo projects! I have a heart for creating images that will resonate with you and your loved ones, and that you will have to cherish forever and always!

At first, my pricing will be very affordable as a practice and hone in on my skills, so be sure to contact me asap to get a great deal!

I love photoshop. However, I also RESPECT photoshop as the beast it truly is and knowingly admit that I still have SO much to learn!

Right now I am offering three different types of projects:

  1. Memory Composites of your family and loved ones who are no longer with us.

    I can do this two different ways:
    a. I can take your family photo
    b. I can use a family photo you already have
    c. I will combine one of those with a photo you deliver to me of your passed       loved one, to give you a precious heirloom you will cherish for life.


2. Special Occasion invitations or graphics

These can be printed or used as digital media. Ex. I used the Frozen photo as a cover picture for my daughter’s upcoming Facebook birthday invitation.

Again, I can take the photos or you may choose to provide them to me with the release to alter them. After we discuss your wishes, I will create a very unique and special announcement for you!


3. Photo Retouching

These photos will need to be sent to me via email. Depending on the resolution, I can usually give you a beautifully retouched image that your family will be able to display and cherish.


***Prices vary for each type of project and will depend on your particular project**

Please contact me with any inquiries or questions!

I look forward to broadening the scope of my business and creating beautiful heirlooms for you and your loved ones to enjoy!



Pevahouse Family

About 4 or 5 months ago I had the privilege of bumping into this crew on the playground in our neighborhood! I am an introvert by nature, so it was a total fluke that I decided to start up a conversation with this mama. She had two beautiful children and she seemed to be my kind of person, so we exchanged numbers and said we would hang out since we lived so close!

Well, a month or so later I texted her (time gets away from us mamas) and it turned out that she had gotten a different photo or something and didn’t have my number anymore! I’m so glad I texted her because Kristen has become a good friend of mine! She’s also a photographer, and isn’t afraid to strike a pose!

She even took some headshots of me for my website!

And in exchange, I did a little family shoot for her (minus her hubby).

So sweet!!

Kristen is definitely a natural model as well, look how beautiful!


Thanks again for letting me capture your little family! We need to get your hubby out there with us next time! ❤

Have a great weekend,


Taylor + Morgan

One month ago today, I was given the privilege of documenting the wedding of a couple very dear to me! The setting was a rustic barn venue, nestled deep in the hills of Kentucky!

The Barn at Cedar grove had everything a bride could dream up and more! With it’s gorgeous old renovated tobacco barn and it’s open lawn surrounded by a tree line and creek, it couldn’t get much more romantic! The careful details of this day did not go unnoticed!


Morgan, the bride, paid tribute to her late grandfather by setting his old Harley Davidson jacket out on a table in the barn with his photo sitting right above. She even put his jacket on over her reception attire to snap a quick photo!


The Barn at Cedar Grove built both a Bride’s Quarters, as well as a Groom’s Cabin to add to the charm of this gorgeous place! These areas were reserved for the bridal party to prepare for the ceremony!  I had to look no further for the PERFECT place to take Morgan’s “dress photo”! Isn’t it just breathtaking!?


I wanted to capture the entirety of this perfect place, so I took the special details of the day and photographed them around the venue!


Once the bridal party arrived, it was time to get ready!


And the final touches…


The Bride & Groom Portraits




The Bridal Party




The ceremony was held on the lawn, beside a winding creek. The trees that lined the creek gave ample amounts of shade to the guests as they awaited the bride’s entrance. The wooden archway stood up against the tree line and was dressed in fresh flower bouquets to match the wedding colors of mint, blush and ivory. Friends and family were seated in rustic wooden benches adorned with one ivory ribbon each. So simple. So beautiful.


You may now kiss the bride ❤

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I now present to you for the first time, Mr. & Mrs. Taylor Austin!


Their sweet dog Pebbles even joined in for a few family photographs!


After pictures were finished, they cut the cake and danced the night away!


It was one of the most beautiful weddings i’ve ever been to, and it was more than perfect for this sweet couple! I just want to thank you, Morgan & Taylor for choosing me as your photographer! I hope you enjoyed reliving your big day through these images and wish you all the love and happiness in the world!

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Where It All Began

When you first realize your passion in life, you get so excited, right? You want to spend every waking second doing what you love, and naturally you love what you do!

I love photography, and capturing life through a lens. But sometimes, the logistics of my business wear me down and snuff out the passion for a little while. It’s at times like those, that I need to reach back for the memory of where it all started. I bought my first digital SLR camera as a newlywed because I wanted to photograph my growing family, and have nice quality pictures that I would treasure, forever. Since my love grew into a career/business, I forget at times why I even wanted a camera in the first place.

Today, I rested in that original dream, and allowed myself to remember where it all began.

This is what I live for. I love to capture your family, your kids and your love stories. But, I love to capture mine even more.

Life is beautiful, the small moments are everything, and they only last a little while. I’m thankful to have these moments preserved for me because they are what makes my life worth living.

Love you all, & goodnight.






A “Snapshot”: May

Hey friends!

Today, I wanted to share with you a little bit of what my life is like right now. This post has less to do with photography, and more to do with me as a person, I hope you don’t mind!

Life has been so full lately. Full of commitments, and obligations. But also full of love and fun and constant entertainment (life with a 15 month old).

My daughter has started to “test” us, and it’s not as fun as it sounds (shocking I know!). She will do something like, “bang a toy against the wall”, and then look at us, just waiting for a reaction. When we give her “the look”, she laughs. I suppose this is what we get for sneaking out of the house as teenagers, or “staying the night with a friend”…(Sorry Mom & Dad!!!!!!!) Not that Zach or I ever did any of that… 😉

Definitely not. We were “golden” children… BUT jokes on us now I suppose, because we are raising a tiny version of ourselves. God, please help us!!

I digress.

It turns out that my perfect, sweet, angelic little baby has somehow morphed into a little rotten, sneaky, turd of a toddler. But the thing is she is still wonderfully sweet one moment and the next she is pulling the dog’s eyelids and hitting my husband with a plastic spoon. I guess shes a a real-life sour patch kid!

She’s also become quite clever! When we take her to bed at night, we always read her a bedtime story first. So now when we are putting her in her crib, she will say “book, book”. And how can we not read her a book when she’s asking for us to?!!?? Although, I do believe she is only saying it to escape the inevitable bedtime situation. Well played, Aurie.

But at the end of the day, no matter what she has done I feel so blessed. I feel blessed that God chose me to be her mother, and hand picked me to raise her up to know Him. I feel the weight of that responsibility and do not take it lightly. It’s so hard some days to not scream or yell or get mad or frustrated with her (& sometimes I do), but it’s easier when I think about how lucky I am to get the opportunity to be a mom, and to be a mom to this amazing, smart, creative, funny, beautiful and perfect little girl. She’s everything I could ever want, and that gets me through even the hardest days.

My advice to anyone in my boat right now is to GIVE YOURSELF GRACE!!! And margin!

I need to take that advice as well because I tend to bite off a little bit more than I can chew. I enjoy helping people and making their lives easier, so I rarely ever say “no”. My goal for the month of June is to learn to say “no” a little more often in order to give myself room to breathe and you should too!!

So there you have it, a little “snapshot” into my life situation right now! Hope you enjoyed the read, and thank you again for following my blog and supporting my business! Love you guys!



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The Scoop

Hello friends!

It’s been a busy couple weeks in our neck of the woods! From the everyday grind, to photo shoots; from big job changes to best friend’s weddings and party planning, we have barely gotten a chance to binge watch Grey’s Anatomy!! (You KNOW we’ve been busy if we are 6 episodes behind!)

Nonetheless, our days are filled with the people we love and that’s worth the crazy hectic schedule.

So, to give you all an update on my biz, I’ve had 8 photo shoots since the beginning of April. I know that may not sound like a lot to you all, but before I really started getting serious, I would maybe have one shoot every 2 months. And I was lucky if that shoot was paid!! Out of the 8 shoots I had, 5 were paid! You guys, this is a huge step for me and YOU are the reason I am able to keep pursuing my dream!!

I wanted to give you a little snapshot (pun intended; ha!) of my most recent work.

Fresh 48

Baby Eli
Baby Finley


Mommy & Me

Jennifer & Family
Brandy & Aurie
Johns Family
Stewart Family
Kim & Cooper//Jamie & Finley



Taylor + Morgan

I’m so thankful for each and every one of these clients! You guys have been amazing so I want to thank you again for helping me practice my skill and build my portfolio!

And I have my very first Wedding coming up in June! I am so thankful that I get to have this experience, despite the nerves that come with the first time shooting a wedding! I will keep you guys posted!

If you are interested in booking a shoot with me, please contact me via phone or email!


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“Yes, I am a Photographer”

Hey guys!

I’m just your typical 26-year-old American stay-at-home mommy…with a camera permanently attached to my hand! 😉

It all started when I got married. I am the type of person who is constantly thinking about the future and what I will need to do in order to prepare for what is to come. This is good, and bad…trust me. My point is that I wanted a nice, [expensive] camera so that I could take top notch photos of my family, fur-baby and my {future} children someday!

Long story short, we had NO money when we first got married, so it took about a year but my husband finally bought me my very first DSLR camera and the rest is history…or at least that’s what i’ll tell everyone when I finally make it in this crazy exciting world of photography!! 😉

My love for photography could probably be traced back to grade school. I remember when we had the little disposable cameras with film that had to be dropped off at [walmart] at the time, and in a few days, your photos would be ready for you view, and you even got your negative strips–to boot! I used to gather up all our photos and put them into albums and flip through them for hours.

I have always just thought about it as an interest, or a hobby at most, until now. Now, I realize that it’s my true passion in life and I am pursuing it like never before.

When I look through the camera, I see a different world. A beautiful, perfect and peaceful world that I can capture; a moment in time I can actually freeze with a click of a button. That is incredible.

So come with me on this journey, I’d love to have you in the seat next to me, watching and cheering me on.

I have God to thank for this opportunity, because He continues to bless our family financially and continues to sustain us in every season. I also have my husband to thank for working his day job and allowing me to stay at home with our little girl, and to pursue my dream.

So like, share, comment, and encourage me because we all have great days, but we also have hard days too.

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My beautiful family ©2017

Knowing When to Throw in the Towel

Life is terribly difficult at times. Those moments seem to occur more often since ive become a mother. 

All I wanted to do was breastfeed my baby until she turned one. I wasn’t able to do that, and sometimes I beat myself up over it. But I shouldn’t. 

You see, my little one wouldn’t latch naturally until she was two months old. Nursing was a struggle for me since day one, but now it’s over. What I would give to still be struggling…but I must learn to let go. God had a plan for my baby and nursing simply was only part of it for a little over 8 months. I should be so proud of myself for making it as long as I did.

That’s the trouble though, I am way too hard on myself. 

Sometimes all us mamas need is someone on the outside to simply say, “you are doing a great job”, or “you are an amazing mom”. 

These aren’t “nice” things to say as much as they are needed for us to really learn how important our role is. We need the kind words, we yearn to know we are doing the job well. 

It makes it difficult when your daily audience can’t talk and you get caught up in striving for perfection. 

I hope you mommy’s know how important and precious you all are. I appreciate all that you do on an hourly basis. You are strong, you are amazing and you are doing a wonderful job. 

The Day My Whole World Changed

Hello world,

I’ve started this new blog, but I wanted to repost a very special entry from my old blog that I made on March 21st, 2016. Enjoy the read! I hope after you’ve finished you will know a little bit more about me and the love I have for my little girl. It’s what has inspired this blogging mama to write. More entries to come soon!

March 21, 2016

Aurelia June Austin came into the world at 3:48 pm on February 3rd, 2016. She weighed 7 lbs 12 oz and measured 20 1/2 inches long. And this is what the world knows about her birthday thus far.

What I am about to do is recount that day to you and let you inside my head. I will let you experience the joys and pains of childbirth, and feel the millions of emotions that I felt as you read through this post.

February the 3rd, 2016; the hardest day of my life up to this point.

Pregnancy: Week 38 Day 7

It started out pretty ordinary, actually. I woke up around 7:00 am to my husband scurrying around the bedroom, trying to get ready for school that day. He was running behind, so I thought that I would do him a favor and make him breakfast before he had to leave. As he jumped in the shower, I made my way down to the kitchen and grabbed some eggs out of the refrigerator. I flipped on the burner and poured some olive oil into the skillet, along with the eggs. As I stood there watching the oil sizzle, I felt something warm and wet trickle down the inside of my upper left thigh. The strange thing about it was that I didn’t feel like I had to go to the bathroom, and I had no control over it. It stopped after just a few seconds, so I went into the bathroom to check it out. The wet spot had no color to it, but when I wiped, sure enough, a light pink hue was left on the toilet paper. Did my water just break, I thought to myself, because this was NOT how it happens in the movies. And sure enough, my water had broken and there was no dramatic scene to it whatsoever. I had felt no pain at all, so I went and finished making Zach his omelet. This was around 7:15 am When I was done I walked upstairs and met Zach as he was walking back into the bedroom. I told him not to freak out, but I thought my water had broken. We decided that I would call the doctor’s office at 8:00 am when they opened, and we would go from there. He left shortly after that because he had a test to take and wanted to get it out of the way.

Not ten minutes after he left, my contractions started. Probably around 7:30 am or so. At first, they just felt like mild period cramps, and I thought, oh I can handle this no problem. About 10 minutes later, I had another one and it was a lot more intense than the first. Ten minutes after that the next one had me doubled over, and I attempted to breath through it as I was timing myself in between. After that one, I called my doctor’s office, hoping to talk to someone before the next one came on.

After talking with the nurse, I was told to go directly to Labor and Delivery, so I grabbed my hospital bag, the diaper bag and my keys and waited out the next contraction before I jumped in the car. Luckily, our hospital is about 10 minutes away give or take, so I was able to avoid a contraction while driving. As soon as I pulled into the parking garage, another one came on and this one started to radiate from my back into my lower abdomen. I breathed through it the best that I could and once it was over, I headed into the hospital and got signed in. By this point, Zach was already done with his test and was headed my way. He got there probably 10 minutes after I did, and sat with me while I was getting checked in. The pains were getting much worse now. The bulk of my pain was now in my lower back, making it very uncomfortable for me to sit, I was ready to be in my room. Luckily, a nice man who worked for the hospital saw me in agony, grabbed a wheelchair, and took me up to L&D right then. I undressed and slipped my gown on as fast as I could and crawled into the bed they had prepared for me. The nurses started flooding in one by one, asking me this and that, checking vitals, strapping all kind of wires and monitors to me, it was overwhelming to say the least. The funniest part that I can remember from then was the nurse asking me what I was having, which I told her a girl, and she says to me, “And if he comes out an ‘Alex’, would you like to have him circumsized?” I looked at Zach like she was nuts.

This is where it got intense. The nurse measured my cervix as soon as I got there and I was already 6 cm dilated at that point and the contractions were coming about every 5 minutes, maybe less. I started shaking with the pain of each one, and I had to really start focusing on my breathing. I have never felt pain like I did that day. It was completely attacking my lower back, the pressure was unbearable. My poor nurse and Zach had to snap me back into reality because I kept frantically telling them that I couldn’t do this, and I wasn’t going to make it through this. I had had enough at this point, and was begging for my epidural. Sadly, I had only been there about 30 minutes and no blood work had been done, so they couldn’t administer it yet. They promised me that as long as I could sit perfectly still, that I could still have it, and I happily agreed. The nurse anesthetist came in and i’m almost positive that I told her I loved her. She was the only person in the world I cared about at that moment in time. Poor Zach was made to leave the room while they gave it to me, and he wasn’t thrilled about that lol. I was never so happy to have a needle poked in my back. I literally didn’t even feel it.

From the moment I got to the hospital to the time I got my epidural, only 45 minutes had passed.

After that point, the medicine and the epidural were making me feel pretty dang good, but they did slow my labor down dramatically. After they gave it to me, I was 8.5 cm dilated, but I wouldn’t reach 10 cm and start pushing until 3:00 pm. Although I was numb, I could still feel pressure and knew when I was contracting, which helped a lot with the pushing. Zach stayed by my side the entire time and at 3:48 pm, he watched our daughter enter the world. He also got to cut her cord, which was pretty incredible he said.

Now, I am an emotional person by nature, but nothing could have prepared me for the amount and intensity of the emotions I felt after I delivered. Dr. M placed Aurie on my chest and I lost all control over my emotions. I started to cry frantically, but I was also smiling and trying to catch my breath all at the same time. This tiny human was mine, she grew in my belly and now I am looking at her for the first time! Aside from her crazy elongated head, she was the most perfect and amazing thing I had ever seen. She was crying and all I remember is the nurse coming over and suctioning out her mouth and nose. After about 3 minutes, the nurse took her from me and I could tell something was not right.

As they worked on me and cleaned me up, I watched the nurse suction, wipe and suction some more. She kept looking back at the doctor, then back to my baby, and back to the doctor again. I couldn’t breath. She finally said she was taking Aurie to the nursery to help get her suctioned out all the way. I honestly had no idea what to think. I had never done this before. For all I knew, this could be normal, right?

After they stitched me up, the nurse came back in the room to talk to us. She led with this, “When I was walking her to the nursery, I almost lost her”. She had turned blue from lack of oxygen because she had “taken a big drink” as they phrase it, during birth. She had fluid on her lungs, and thank the good Lord above that one of the Vanderbilt doctors was in the nursery helping another baby at the time that my baby was struggling to breath. They got her fixed up, but she had to be put on oxygen and IV fluids for the time being, and there was talk of potentially needing to transfer her to Vanderbilt hospital if conditions didn’t improve in the following hours.

I had never felt so scared and hopeless in my entire life. But God was with my baby, and she did improve. Slowly but surely. Time is a funny thing when you are in the hospital. The hours pass so fast, but the days seems to drag on; it makes no sense but this is the best way I can explain it to you. Aurie was in the nursery on monitors from the time she was born on Wednesday, until 11:00 pm on Friday night. And finally, I got to hold my baby with no wires attached after 2 whole days. We finally got to go home Saturday evening, after what felt like a week stay in that hospital room.

Another amazing phenomenon is how having a baby monumentally increases the love you feel towards your spouse. I have never loved Zach as much as I did those days following Aurie’s birth. It was as if her existence amplified my feelings for him to a high that they had never reached prior to that.

I also was extremely emotional about everything for the first 2 weeks after birth. I would cry in the evening for absolutely no reason at all. It was so bizarre, and due completely to my raging hormones. They did settle down eventually, and I am more or less back to my old normal self. Although, I will never be the same, because that sweet little girl has forever changed who I am.

I am a mother now.

Aurie is 6 weeks and 5 days old now and is healthy as a horse! We love this little girl more than you can even imagine!