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ava & lucy . twins {the preview}

June 30th, 2011

a sweet little preview of the adorableness to come. . . My favorite twins!! Pin It   Pin It   Pin It   Pin It  

 

a sweet little preview of the adorableness to come. . .

My favorite twins!!

 

 

 

 

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reid anthony . the birth {chattanooga newborn photographer}

June 27th, 2011

There is absolutely nothing in the world like the miracle of birth.  At a week short of our baby’s 4 month birthday I had the incredible opportunity to document the birth of Reid Anthony Hendon. Just a few short weeks ago I met up with Reid’s mommy and daddy for a maternity shoot. They were […]

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There is absolutely nothing in the world like the miracle of birth.  At a week short of our baby’s 4 month birthday I had the incredible opportunity to document the birth of Reid Anthony Hendon. Just a few short weeks ago I met up with Reid’s mommy and daddy for a maternity shoot. They were so very ready to meet their little guy then and day of his birth was nothing different. Induction started at 5am for Ruthann so it was a very long day for the expecting parents, but less than 24 hours of Labor the first time around is definitely not to shabby. Ruthann was so very tough. She definitely experienced some incredible moments of pain and hours of pushing, but she powered through it. The day was filled with all sorts of emotion. Anticipation, laughter, tears of laughter and even some of worry. The worry came immediately after Reid’s entrance to the world. He waited to try out his new voice, the sound a brand new mommy knows to listen for. The doctor assured Ruthann and Tony that their son was fine, but just having a little bit of a hard time. It was a scary several moments that literally felt like hours. In the end they had a beautiful newborn to snuggle and love!

I generally have the hardest time narrowing down pictures for a blog post and a birth is definitely no different. Every time I skip over a shot I feel like I am skipping over a portion of the story, which in return serves the narrative an injustice. If I were a writer I would not specialize in writing synopses. So here is my attempt at the day’s highlights. Be sure to watch the slideshow for a fuller encounter :)

 

The mood was light when I arrived. Smiling faces and just excitement to meet their little guy. These two were close before, but I think it is safe to say through their experience together on Father’s Day 2011 they drew even closer.

 

Ruthann’s mom was in the labor and delivery room the entire time. With her 20+ years professional experience in labor and delivery she had much wisdom to share with Ruthann, not to mention her encouragement as a mother. She continually journaled the day’s highlights.

Ruthann’s OB was awesome. He continually had something funny to say. Whenever the mood got too tense he was sure to lighten it, but when it was time to get down to business he was certainly capable of doing that too.

Dr. Childs: Example A :)

This was Ruthann’s team for the entire day. Her hubby, sister and mother. Aforementioned, her mother worked in L&D for years, her sister is a RN who is back in school to become a nurse practitioner (correct me if I am wrong) and  Tony become an honorary OB that day (he was on it!) These three fed Ruthann ice chips, gave her popsicles, held her hand, gave encouraging words, gave massages, got her cold washcloths, called doctors, journaled and that is just to name a few. Don’t worry, even with all of that, Ruthann still did all the work, but her support group empowered her to do so. It was beautiful to watch to say the least!

Tony was a wonderful coach. Encouragement when needed coupled with silent support.

These two were completely in sync.

Working through her pitocin contractions

2 generations of men waiting on welcoming in the third. The Hendon name is going to be passed down at last.

Smiles are back again after some relief from the epidural.

Ruthann’s mother and friend, Avery are timing contractions. 1 minute to 1.5 minutes apart at this point.

Some love and encouragement from one of Ruthann’s little nephews.

 

and some comic relief from her little niece (many sweet pictures of her in slideshow)

I believe this is some “rose bud” talk :)

Smiles turn into. . .

tense contractions within mere moments. . .

Ruthann plateaued at 6 cms for a long time.

Encouraging words and prayers from her husband enabled Ruthann to cope through the contractions.

During the peak of contractions, Ruthann’s mother read this verse to her as an encouraging word to get her through the pain. . .

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10

. . .

Tears immediately streamed down the faces of those listening.

 

 

The contractions continued and the epidural continued to wear off.

 

It was finally time to starting pushing and boy did Ruthann push. . .for hours. If she never called herself an endurance athlete, well she was that day!!

Mother and her two daughters. Ruthann twists her hair out of habit and to bring comfort. I believe this day it was to bring comfort.

Ruthann was absolutely amazing!

After hours of pushing, Reid Anthony made his entrance at last at 11:08pm. I love Dr. Childs’ face as he helps this little guy into the world.

At last, the waiting was over. Their little guy had finally arrived.

Tears of relief coupled with. . .

those of worry. She had yet to hear her son cry.

A quick squeeze from Tony after Dr. Childs assures them a slow start yes, but their son was going to be fine.

I was unable to photograph the beginnings of Reid with the nurses due to his slow start. I ran to take some quick pics and hurried them back over to Ruthann so she could take a look at her son. Here is the almost 8 pound little guy!

A view from afar as the nurses continued to help Reid get going.

At last, Reid was doing much better and I was invited over to continue documenting.

Ruthann awaits the first time she is able to hold her sweet baby boy.

tiny newness is so very amazing. . .

A brand new squishy newborn face. It is wild how different babies look even after a mere 24 hours.

stretching from fingers to toes

 

He is in her arms at last which of course bring tears of joy!

 


Love this sweet new little family of three

 

Inspecting every little feature :)

Those squishy little brand new newborn eyes :)

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Reid was making those little sounds that newborns make letting everyone know that he may still have some gunk in his little mouth. Thankful for nurses who have done it a million times over :)

Love his little profile.

SO adorable!

Some daddy son time while the nurses took care of mommy.

Nurses did another inspection of the little guy. Tony could not leave his little guy’s side :)

 

 

Smooching on that sweet baby boy. There is nothing softer than newborn skin.

Seriously so cute!

 

 

Gosh, Ruthann you look amazing!!!

:)

Sleeping adorableness!

So as I mentioned, I am not good at picking out only the highlights so I know this was long, but I hope that you love. Can’t wait to see you three oh-so-soon. I am so excited about our next year together! Thank you three! Much much love!!!

 

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tom + tara . the wedding {chattanooga wedding photographer}

June 25th, 2011

The day of Tom and Tara’s wedding could not have been more perfect. We have been having some crazy weather this month. It has been either insanely stormy or brutally humid and pretty much nothing in between. Well, Tom and Tara’s day started out the latter, extremely humid, however half through their day a summer […]

 

The day of Tom and Tara’s wedding could not have been more perfect. We have been having some crazy weather this month. It has been either insanely stormy or brutally humid and pretty much nothing in between. Well, Tom and Tara’s day started out the latter, extremely humid, however half through their day a summer sprinkle came through that made the remainder of their evening perfectly comfortable. All of this happened right before their first look. I had just scouted out an alternate first look location that would have sheltered them from the rain when the weather turned. It became perfect. . .everything about it.

Tom, completely enamored by his bride, was speechless when he laid his eyes upon her. Immediately, the largest smile spread across her face. It was her wedding day and she knew she was a beautiful bride and indeed a beautiful bride she was!

Congratulations to an awesome couple! We enjoyed your wedding day *almost* as much as you guys did. Thank you for inviting us to be a part!!

Behind the Scenes:

Venue: Bessie Smith Hall
Hair: Lilia Rutkevich
Makeup: Candace Hernandez
Wedding Coordinator: Julie Wolff
DJ: Chattanooga DJ
Catering: Elegantly Tasteful Catering
Cakes: Sugar Lips Custom Cakery
Florist: Bobbie’s Florist
Shoes: Nina & Guess

 

Hope you guys enjoy your slideshow! Click HERE. Forewarning: It’s a long one :)

 

Their invitations were so much fun! They headed to Vegas for their honeymoon (ask them their cool Vegas dating story sometime :) and notice how the back of the card resembles a playing card :)

Hair and Makeup came to Tara. We started at Bessie Smith Hall and ended the evening their as well. It made the day extra relaxing for the bridal party getting to stay in one place :)

Tara’s shoes were hot hot hot! Loved them!

Ascending the stairs to go meet her groom!

If you know Tara then you know this face! Love this girl!

These are the fun gold shoes by Guess that Tara’s bridesmaids wore. They took a test run around Nashville for Tara’s bachelorette party too…so fun!

Tara’s jewelry: necklace, vintage blue bracelet (something blue), weddings rings and the ring on the right shoe is on she wears on her right hand as a constant reminder of her parents that have passed away. Their birthdays are inscribed on the ring.

The gorgeous florals and you gotta love Tom’s AC-DC guitar pick boutonniere. He likes them just a little bit. :)

Seriously Tara . . .you . . .

. . .

GORGEOUS!!!

rawr!!!

. . .and Tom, you are not too bad yourself :)

Loved the four little guys that were in the wedding!

These two handsome guys walked their mommy down the aisle!

Tom started getting a bit emotional when his new his bride approached.

It was Tara’s turn to get emotional when a moment was taken during the ceremony to remember her parents.

A ceremony filled with smiles. Everyone noted how Tom spoke with such clarity, authority and strength during his vows. He was declaring to Tara and everyone in the room that he was ecstatic to be marrying his bride!

Love this moment between Tara and her father-in-law!

Love this image! You guys are amazing! So timeless and classic!

Did I mention this groom like AC-DC just a little bit, well maybe well enough to include them in his grooms cake :)

The couple was very excited about their exit via a vintage Bentley! I was excited too and love the pictures we got with it!

Love this one!!! I could not think of a better image to end on!! :) Hope you guys had an amazing time in Las Vegas!!! xoxoxo

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reid anthony . newborn {chattanooga birth photography}

June 20th, 2011

A little miracle entered the world last night at 11:08pm. Here is a little sneak peak of the very moments after his entrance into the world. The entire story soon to come. Congratulations Tony & Ruthann on your amazing little boy! Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It […]

 

A little miracle entered the world last night at 11:08pm. Here is a little sneak peak of the very moments after his entrance into the world. The entire story soon to come.

Congratulations Tony & Ruthann on your amazing little boy!










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adelaide . 1st birthday party {chattanooga family photography}

June 16th, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to do some details shots of a 1st birthday party. Christy Huie and her sister Cherish Hamill worked their little tails off with the details of sweet Adelaide’s (Christy’s niece/Cherish’s daughter) vintage themed 1st birthday party. From the vintage highchair to the fabric wrapped hula hoops, […]

 

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to do some details shots of a 1st birthday party. Christy Huie and her sister Cherish Hamill worked their little tails off with the details of sweet Adelaide’s (Christy’s niece/Cherish’s daughter) vintage themed 1st birthday party. From the vintage highchair to the fabric wrapped hula hoops, no details were overlooked. I arrived before the guests and left before they arrived. I am sure those in attendance had so much fun! How could they not?!?

This is by far not the first party Christy has ever planned, but this is one of the first under her new business name Posh Parties. Hope you enjoy all her details and be sure to let her know if you need help planning your next celebration!

These cupcakes with the multi-colored floral toppers are so adorable!

I love these handcrafted party hats!!

I am a sucker for a mason jar and old windows too!

I love how the old windows made the porch space feel cozy with a fabulous splash of color. The handcrafted flag banner was a perfect touch!

These fabric wrapped hula hoops made the modern day version fit perfect with the theme.

Sweet little family of three!

Yep, I am seriously in love with the hats!!

There were not only cupcakes, but a chocolate fountain buffet and. . .

an ice cream buffet.

The eclectic mix of furniture was perfect!

Adorable smash cake for and adorable birthday girl!

The sweet birthday girl with her beautiful mommy!

More of the eclectic mix of seating for guest relaxation and provoking conversation!

Seating for the smaller guests.


I just can’t say enough about all the details!!

This is a hand made fabric birthday banner! L-O-V-E!

Yes, there were many sweets, but there were also many baby friendly favorites

Happy 1st Birthday Adelaide! The bar has definitely been set high for all your future birthday parties :)

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tom + tara . wedding {the flip booth}

June 16th, 2011

The Flip Booth made an appearance at Tom and Tara’s wedding! This modern day “photo booth” adds so much fun to a wedding reception. No boring table shots here :) Here are just a few of my favorites featuring the bride and groom! Love these two!! :) You can see many more on our facebook […]

 

The Flip Booth made an appearance at Tom and Tara’s wedding! This modern day “photo booth” adds so much fun to a wedding reception. No boring table shots here :) Here are just a few of my favorites featuring the bride and groom! Love these two!! :) You can see many more on our facebook page, here.

These two have a Pepe le Pew inside joke!

They were very nice during their cake cutting, but once in The Flip Booth they let loose just a little bit :)

I could be wrong, but I *think* you have something in your teeth :)

Belt it out sista! This is one of my faves!

Bow Chicka Wow Wow :)

You two are fabo fabo!!