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granny campbell, you will be missed! {personal}

May 27th, 2011

Today she died. My last and most favorite grandparent is gone. Though she was in the hospital this week after an unsuccessful surgery on her leg and I saw her last night and she had yet to “come back” from being put to sleep, I still remained hopeful. Granny was a woman of 9 lives. […]


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Today she died. My last and most favorite grandparent is gone. Though she was in the hospital this week after an unsuccessful surgery on her leg and I saw her last night and she had yet to “come back” from being put to sleep, I still remained hopeful. Granny was a woman of 9 lives. Last night she looked like death was at her doorstep, just like I had seen before in recent years, but every other time she bounced back. I always imagined granny living forever. Literally. She was going to live well into her 100’s and be in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the oldest woman to ever live, but this week death came and did not leave. He took my Granny. I will not hold onto the image of the lifeless soul I encountered last night. I will instead ingrain the following memories in my mind forever. I am so thankful for the images below taken in the last 6 months. These are the very last images ever taken of Granny and I am so very thankful for these:

I am absolutely in love with these images Jimmy took of Granny and Ada last fall. She loved her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren even more if that were even possible. I can hear her say now, “My, how she has growed”. Using the same incorrect grammar that I will probably use one day. . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

None of these are award winning images. Everest was very grumpy in these moments, but I don’t care because they are absolutely priceless. The very last images of her life ever recorded.

 

 

 

Last night at the hospital Ada asked to give Granny one last kiss. Ada leaned over to Granny’s lifeless but still breathing body and gave her the most gentle sweet kiss on her Great-Granny’s wrinkly forehead and softly whispered in her ear, “I love you, Granny.” It is unlikely that Granny was able to hear, but I would like to think the quick squeeze of her closed eyes was acknowledgement that she did. We love you Granny Campbell and will miss you so very much!

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Moncrief Photography Portfolio Website {a thank you}

May 27th, 2011

We are so super duper stoked about our portfolio website we launched just last week. We have received some of the most amazing feedback about it! Thank you guys so incredibly much!!! It has been over a year in the making and we are so very pleased with the final out come. The most common […]

 

We are so super duper stoked about our portfolio website we launched just last week. We have received some of the most amazing feedback about it! Thank you guys so incredibly much!!! It has been over a year in the making and we are so very pleased with the final out come.

The most common feedback we have been hearing is that it is our personality directly in your browser. That is EXACTLY what we wanted. . .for people to be able to get to know us through our website. Likewise, we can’t wait to get to know each and everyone of you. So be sure to say hello!!!

 

Thank you so much to Strat Parrot with Juncture for the design on the site. He took our ideas and morphed them into something better than we imagined. Thank you thank you thank you so very much!

Another huge thanks goes to our dear friends, Robert & Aston, with Limestone Films! We can not believe you made us look this good! :) Thank you for the very-fun-emotion-evoking promo video you did for us. Seriously, several of our friends said it caused them to tear up, just getting caught up in the emotion of it all. Thank you so much for working with us on this! You guys are truly amazing and gifted videographers! Go check out their wedding cinematography! It will make you want to get remarried if you already are and make you want to ensure they are available on your wedding date if you aren’t married just yet. We also want to thank you guys for your awesome friendship. We are addicted to the Miles fam!

I would be remiss if I did not also give a big shout out thanks to Jill Zaleski who did the hair makeup and styling on the promo video’s carnival scene. She can work some major magic with some hair and makeup. You must check out her custom jewelry. Unique…that is an understatement! She has everyday jewelry to bridal collections.

Lastly, a huge thanks to Justin & Shannon Robbins for helping us out as non-model-models for the carnival scene. We wanted to show you what a REAL live engagement session with us looks like! Yes…that is right…these two make a real life couple who seriously have never modeled before. They are just THAT awesome! Thank you guys a TON! You two are gorgeous. that. is. for. sure.

Alright. So if you have not checked it out just yet, be sure to do so right now. MONCRIEF PHOTOGRAPHY

Be sure to let us know what you think. Strat, Aston, Robert, Jill, Shannon, Justin, Jimmy and I would all love to know! :)

ThankYOUsomuch!!!

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mallory + jeff . engaged {sneak peak}

May 26th, 2011

Loved loved loved last night’s engagement session with Mallory and Jeff! You two are awesome!!! Hope you love and can NOT wait to share more!!! Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It

 

Loved loved loved last night’s engagement session with Mallory and Jeff! You two are awesome!!! Hope you love and can NOT wait to share more!!!

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anna . 4 months {chattanooga family photographer}

May 23rd, 2011

It is such an honor to be a part of a couple’s wedding day and then to be a part of their growing family as well. . .honor overload :) Lindsey and Ray got married Febuary of last year.¬†Here is their engagement post from fall 2009 and here is their wedding post from February 2010. […]

 

It is such an honor to be a part of a couple’s wedding day and then to be a part of their growing family as well. . .honor overload :) Lindsey and Ray got married Febuary of last year.¬†Here is their engagement post from fall 2009 and here is their wedding post from February 2010.

. . .and then there were three :) Yep, Anna arrived early this year and has been the best surprise ever for Lindsey and Ray. May is the month that hosts Mother’s day so Ray wanted this session to be all about Anna and her mommy. That was so very sweet Ray, and Lindsey said you promised you would be in the next session and even mentioned you might be a bit jealous that you weren’t in this one after seeing the pictures ;) We will definitely make sure there is a next time either way! Goodness, Anna is precious! Four months is such a precious age! Anna is really into her hands. She studies them oh so carefully, she looks at a book as if she is really reading it, lights up when she sees her mommy and daddy and still can fall into a milk induced coma ;) Lindsay and Anna, thank you so much for allowing me to continue to be a part of your lives! It has been so much fun to continually keep up with you guys through your first weeks of marriage, 9 months of pregnancy and now with the arrival of Baby Anna! Excited to continue to watch you grow up Anna!

Hope you love your slideshow. Click HERE.

Anna followed me with her eyes where ever I went! I did not mind that a bit :) Love the little childhood friends Lindsey had sitting out for Anna. Got to love the muffet babies!

makes. me. smile.

So stinkin’ cute and those rolly polly arms. . .

milk induced coma is always an invitation for some kisses and snuggles

Tiny fingers and dimpled knuckles! Love dimpled knuckles!

Love her wild hair. In the slideshow you can see an even wilder shot of Anna’s hair. Like many babies, Anna is bald in the back except this little chicky has a signature patch on the nap of her neck. Baby hair always has a mind of its own :) I told Lindsey that Anna was just being fashion forward with her hair style :)

I understand how saying no could be a problem . . .

This is the cutest book, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”. Anna was definitely into it too!

 

In case, Lindsey and Ray were wondering. . .Anna does have the ability to roll her tongue even at the ripe old age of 4 months

You Anna are precious. So very very precious!!!

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robert + erik . brothers {chattanooga family photography}

May 21st, 2011

I had a great time hanging with this family of 6 (2 dogs :) for an afternoon. Robert, 7 and Erik, 6 are very well rounded. They both play the piano, enjoy reading/being read to, love sports, family card games, lego creations and running around with their dogs. It was fun getting to witness their […]

 

I had a great time hanging with this family of 6 (2 dogs :) for an afternoon. Robert, 7 and Erik, 6 are very well rounded. They both play the piano, enjoy reading/being read to, love sports, family card games, lego creations and running around with their dogs. It was fun getting to witness their love of life in each of these areas and document it for them too. Their mom, Karen summarized their year like this, “Winters are games, fires, and hot drinks with an occasional cartoon. Summers are fans, yard, cool drinks, and pool time.” Sounds perfect to me!

David is 37 yrs. old, he competes in triathlons… specifically Ironman triathlons. David is an avid bike rider, runner, swimmer. I don’t think he is very outdoorsy (he is very orderly) but we all enjoy being out in our yard. I am 40 yrs. old…. mom, wife, dog owner, householder, etc.. I teach french at UTC as adjunct. I am a control person… so to counterbalance, I do yoga, I have a sitting practice, and I jog. I love being in the yard and being at home. Robert is 7, he is currently playing soccer and he loves it. Robert likes school and has learned to read this year. Robert also likes sports and will try at anything. He is very compliant and takes himself seriously. We take them climbing occasionally, to play tennis and he is excited to learn to play golf this summer. In the summers, both boys swim on the swim team. We spend a large part of our summer at the pool. Erik is 6 yrs. old, he is full of energy, drama, and emotion. He is capricious. He loves sports or really anything that Robert likes. We have a lots of toys at the house and Lego’s are an ongoing big hit. The boys build some fairly imaginative cars, tanks, airplanes and any combination of these things.

We are all big fans of our 2 dogs: Zollie and Zoe. They are 11 yrs. old now and Zollie has a tumor. He was supposed to be put down last May so we are all happy and surprised that he has made it this far. He gets a lot of attention.






Karen got this piano the very same day she met her hubby, David. It was definitely a good day all around.


This is Zollie, one of two Boston Terriers. They are both loved and adored!!!

The family frequent plays kick ball in the backyard.

This is Zollie, who like Zoe, is 11 years old. They are actually siblings. Zollie has a tumor and per the veterinarian’s advisement was to be put down last May. He he is, alive and well. The family is was both surprised and very thankful that this little guy made it.


Karen thoroughly enjoys yoga. The boys were showing me their yoga moves ;)

Love Erik’s intense face as he anticipates hitting the ball over the fence. He succeeded!

This shot cracks me up. David ducks as Robert gets his chance at hitting a home run. Truth be told…I duck several times too :)

I think Erik was showing off his best dinosaur skills here.

The boys love to read. Robert has recently learned to read himself.



David is an Ironman Triathelete. He has done several and the weekend before we met up he did another. This time a half, so while the family was reading he headed to the kitchen to do some re-carbing. I completely understand! The time surrounding Jimmy’s Ironman I felt like he was incessantly extra hungry.


Family card time is a continuous pass time for these four. They have played over a hundred games this year. Thus far, Erik is the reigning champion. The boy play every morning before school, while Karen finishes getting ready.



The boys can often be found making lego creations together. It was really fun to see how well these two siblings got along. They really entertain themselves!

I love a good in action family portrait ;)


Thank you Buntin Family for allowing me to hang out and document some time for you guys!!!

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happy anniversary {no. 9}

May 18th, 2011

Pin It   I can not believe I have been married to this crazy guy for 9 years now. I can’t wait to be married to you for 90 more, babe! Happy Anniversary! Love you always and forever! -brittany-

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I can not believe I have been married to this crazy guy for 9 years now.

I can’t wait to be married to you for 90 more, babe!

Happy Anniversary!

Love you always and forever!

-brittany-