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“Wherever we are, it is our friends that make our world.” No matter your age, your closest friends are an extension of yourself. For as long as I can remember, my best friends have always been such an integral part of my life. I love looking back and thinking about all the fun memories we’ve had, and pulling out old photographs of us is just part of that fun and joy! For as long as I can recall, I’ve been wanting to make these “Best Friend/BFF Sessions” a part of my photography. And, finally, I’m making it happen!

Best friend photography is such a fun idea! And, what a great gift idea for friends for a birthday present or graduation gift! The possibilities are endless. It’s just a time to get together with your best friend to laugh, be silly and capture a moment in time with your BFF,or Best Friend 4 Ever!

These two cuties are my daughter and her lifelong friend, Ellie Grace! Thank goodness these two love each other so much-since their mommas are besties, too, they didn’t have much of a choice! :) I have an amazing friend who let me use her “white room” that I’ve also been dying to photograph, so this was a fun day for me!

Consider choosing a BFF Session  in 2016! This one was a simple mini session and we accomplished this session in about 15 minutes. But, we can do a full session, too! The possibilities are endless: mothers&daughters, sisters, groups of friends wanting a photo shoot together before they head off to college, etc. The only limit here is your imagination. These sessions can happen at any location, too! I’m so excited and hope to see BFF Sessions as a regular thing for 1:17 Photography!

And, now…two pieces of my heart. My Ellie Grace and Isabella-BFF’s!

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Welcome, Kinsley Ann!!

July 4, 2012

I’m getting to be pretty good at being an Aunt of little girls…this newest addition to the family makes niece number six for me! Meet the newest little angel in our family, Kinsley! She is beautiful and perfect and oh soooo sweet! Today was a first for me because in all of my years of being a photographer, I’ve never had my family accompany me to to a photo session (unless they were in it!). So today, my husband and two kids and all our photography gear loaded up for a 4th of July holiday lunch to Hernando at Kinsley’s house! It was a great way to spend the day. The cousins all played together, and the adults got some time to visit and eat, too. I am so very proud of Brandon and Krissy and their precious family! Grayson, my 3 and 1/2 year old nephew was absolutely WONDERFUL during his part of the session with his new little sister. It is obvious that he is enamored with her. So sweet! And, Miss Kinsley, with her dark features and all that lovely hair, was an angel. Never made a sound and was a great little model for her first of many photo sessions with her Aunt Julie! I love you guys and am so happy for you! Congratulations! And, welcome to the world, Kinsley! We are so glad you are here! :)

See…this boy LOVES his little sister! :)

Our little diva!

“…despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (NLT)

 

My job as a family photographer is such a privilege and joy. Each time I am asked to photograph a family, I realize what a gift it is to me to be able to get to know them, laugh with them, and share my love for Christ through my photography and create tangible memories that will be cherished in the generations to come. Every family I photograph is special, but I had a very special opportunity on Tuesday evening to photograph my friend, Ashley, and her amazing family. Ashley and I grew up together as next door neighbors for most of my childhood and teenage years; and her big sister, Amye, was my very best friend.

But, you see, Tuesday night was different. It was the night before the youngest member of this family, 3 and 1/2 year old Ingram, was to begin his treatments at St.Jude for a brain tumor. Within the last couple of weeks, Ingram has been diagnosed with anaplastic ependymoma. When I received the phone call that Ingram was on his way to LeBonheur with a potential emergency surgery for a brain tumor, well…it’s just one of those moments in life that just literally takes your breath away. All I could do was to pray and send my love to this sweet family whom I’ve not only known since I was four-years-old, but also had the honor of photographing in years’ past as well. But, in that instant of breathlessness, I also found a hope and peace. If there’s ever a family with enough hope and perseverance to fight this thing and overcome this nasty cancer with God’s mighty power, it is the Dismuke Family. I called Ashley and offered to do a family session before the treatments began. I am SO glad that we did.

What a fun night we all had playing together! I just adore these children. How can you not laugh and enjoy each moment when the night starts out like this? Awesome! :)

We played hard, laughed hard, and created some amazing moments that I am so thrilled to share. It is my hope that through these images you will come to know this family and love them through your prayers. Meet the Dismukes! :)

Big sister, Madison:

Little sis, Lindsey:

And, little Mr.Ingram!

Ingram’s beautiful Mommy, my sweet friend, Ashley!

And, the Daddy, Craig. Don’t you love how God gave us Dads to wrestle around with? :)

God calls for us to pray for one another and uphold each other in our daily lives. We are the hands and feet of Jesus. This blog…my photography…is but a small piece; but, hopefully a tool in spreading the word about Ingram and his mighty battle he has ahead of him! Please remember Craig, Ashley, Madison, Lindsey and Ingram in your prayers. I just love this family! Ashley and Craig have started a blog that they update almost daily to keep us all posted about Ingram’s fight, www.ingramdismuke.com. There is even a place where you can enter your email to receive updates via email. I see it in my inbox every morning, and use that as a moment to pray for them. I encourage you to become a part of Ingram’s Army of prayer warriors.

I think this next one is my favorite of the night…love these big grins! :)

The family has started wearing black armbands because Ingram has one he loves to wear. They are in the process of getting some made with Ingram’s name on them. Until those are ready, they are wearing others. I love this last photo. All the family together, holding hands, up against a mighty oak tree. This image says so very much. This family loves each other and they love our Lord. Isaiah 41:10 says, ” So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

And, I say again: “…despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” Romans 8:37 (NLT) I love you, Dismuke Family!! :)

A Christmas Update…

December 5, 2011

The blogs are complete. The boxes are packed complete with big bows! The Christmas cards have been designed. And all orders have been placed! :)

So, on that happy note, I wanted to give you a few studio updates:

1.Jodie and I will be taking our own little Christmas Vacation beginning tomorrow! We will be away from our emails and computers until January 3rd and enjoying some much needed time off with our sweet families who have been so very patient with us during this crazy busy season.

2. All emails and phone calls will be returned once we are “back in action” in early 2012. (Please note: If you call or email in regards to picking up an order that has already been placed, or if you are wanting to purchase a Gift Certificate, then I will get back to you. Additionally, if you are a mother of a previously scheduled Newborn Session for December or January and you need to speak with me concerning your session, I will return your email. All other inquiries will not be returned until January 3.)

2. Our calendar for December is closed. January and February are reserved for Newborn Sessions only. We have a couple of open spots at the very end of January, but the calendar is already full for sessions through January 22. If you are interested in scheduling a Newborn Session after January 22, send us an email and we will respond to you when we are back in the office beginning January 3rd.

3. Scheduling for outdoor sessions for Spring 2012 will begin in February. Details to come early next year!

Finally, this post would not be complete without me shouting out the loudest “THANK YOU!!” to all of my customers from 2011. Every year I think, it can’t get any better…and then it does! Every year that goes by, I enjoy this job more and more. My customers are my friends and I love you guys! I cannot thank you enough for your support of this little dream of mine that I get to live out day after day. What a joy and a privilege to call you customers and friends! God has been so very good, and I am beyond grateful.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above.” James 1:17 This verse is obviously very important to me, but never is it more relevant than at Christmas. God sent us His son. His most perfect gift. My prayer for each of you this Christmas is that you know HIS love and peace in your heart. Merry Christmas!!

And, because what’s a post without a photo? Here’s my two sweethearts with just a few from their recent shoot we did for the Torregrossa family Christmas Card! From our family to yours: Merry Christmas!!

Don’t you just love…

October 24, 2011

when you have an idea, a thought, dare I say “a dream” and everything just happens just the way you imagine? I sure do! We moved into our home over three years ago. My great room is a big room with a two-story ceiling. So, to make anything appear like it is the appropriate size, you have to think BIG! So, I’ve been wishing, hoping and dreaming about this particular wall for quite a while…

It was B.O.R.I.N.G!! I had been wanting to do a “real” family photo session for quite some time and knew that this wall would be perfect for displaying those portraits. Our family’s favorite place to be is the beach. Now, I have done photo sessions in the past for my family where I was the photographer, and well, let’s just say it didn’t work out so well. Somehow, me sprinting across the sand to jump into a pre-designated spot after pushing the self-timer button on my camera on the tripod just didn’t really get me the results for which I was looking. And, I’m just like the rest of you. I kept putting it off for probably the same reasons that you do. I didn’t know what to wear…the pressure! I wanted to loose 50 pounds…yeah, right! I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the money…yeah, I think that way, too! :) But, I finally made up my mind that enough was enough! I needed to have photos for my children in which I was actually in the photos and not just behind the camera. So, I went on a mission and found the phenomenal Patsy Brown and fell in love with her work! We had a wonderful time back in June at our session with Patsy which took place at both the beach as well as Fort Pickens in Pensacola. If you missed my sneak peek on her blog, you can find it here! I cannot say enough wonderful things about the talent Miss Patsy has. She is AWESOME!! Love! You must go check her out next time you are heading to the beach!!

So, then, I did another thing that my customers do. I received the photos and saw the amazing blog…and…wait for it…did NOTHING with them!!! Crazy, I know! I again found myself to be overwhelmed with all the amazing options I had. But, I did have an idea. I knew I wanted my amazingly talented business partners over at Liv ‘n’ Lu Frames to help me with my little project. I took quite awhile deciding on what colors, styles, sizes, etc. that I wanted to use. However, leave it to Connie and Adam over at Liv ‘n’ Lu. They were amazing in helping me come up with a phenonmal look to complete the photos that Patsy had taken. I could not be more thrilled with the results. If your photos are still in your box, please contact Liv ‘n’ Lu Frames and let them create something amazing for you!

Finally, my room is complete! I just love looking up and seeing my family every day! :)

Jesus taught us to “Love one another, as I have loved you.” (John 13:34). I do believe I will spend the remaining days of my life learning to do as He has commanded us. Wow, what an awesome privilege to love each other and lift one another up in times of need.

As many of you know, I have been asking for prayers for Lucy Krull, a precious little girl from Covington, TN and also a customer of mine. My family and I have prayed for Lucy daily and will continue to do so in the days to come as I believe that praying for each other is a part of this commandment to love. Yesterday was Miss Lucy’s 5th birthday and thanks to some awesome neighbors with hearts full of love for this little girl, we came together yesterday for a fun event in honor of Lucy’s birthday. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t much; but, it was such a joy to do something tangible for Lucy and her family that they will have as a keepsake in the years to come. Thanks to the creative efforts of many of the mothers in my neighborhood, we came together after school and gathered together for Lucy in our pink and purple (and blue for those boys!). It was quite an experience to see all these little children sing their hearts out for Lucy. I could see that they are all genuinely touched by her story and were happy to help in some way.

What touched my heart the most was reading all their little notes on the banner. These children don’t know Lucy personally, but in their eyes she is their “best friend” and they “love her”. Wow! If only we as adults could learn to love like they do. No wonder Jesus said to “let the little children come to me.” Their genuine hearts full of love are the best! Enjoy a little peek into our afternoon in photos followed by the amazing video footage put together by my friend, Carrie Douglas. I am so honored to live in a place where these families love others and love our God! Happy Birthday, sweet Lucy! We continue to pray for you daily and believe that you will be healed!

The words to the song “Healing is in Your Hands” by Christy Nockels have resonated in my heart as I pray for Lucy and their family each day. I am going to share the words here with you but encourage you to find a place to listen to this song for yourself and let these words encourage your heart. No matter where we are, healing is in His Hands and NOTHING can keep us from his love! Wow!!

No mountain, no valley, no gain or loss we know
could keep us from Your love
No sickness, no secret, no chain is strong enough
to keep us from Your love
to keep us from Your love

How high, how wide
No matter where I am, healing is in Your hands
How deep, How strong,
And now by Your grace I stand, healing is in Your hands

Our present, our future, our past is in Your hands
We’re covered by Your blood
We’re covered by Your blood

How high, How wide
no matter where I am, healing is in Your hands
How deep, How strong
And now by Your grace I stand, healing is in Your hands

In all things, we know that.
We are more than conquerors.
You keep us by your love.
You keep us by your love.

And my favorite part…not sure if you can read their little notes to Lucy, but I hope you can. They are too sweet!

And, now, the video! It’s guaranteed to make you laugh and cry! Click on the link below that says, “Happy Birthday, Lucy”. Enjoy! :)

Happy Birthday, Lucy!

The Toombs Family!

November 2, 2010

I love this family!! They are so funny and their love and affection for one another is obvious to anyone who spends more than a few minutes with them! I met up with the Toombs family last week for some portraits at Arlington Town Square and we had a great time just hanging out and laughing together! The main purpose behind this session was a group shot of everyone so we spent the majority of our time on that! Take a look…aren’t they just awesome? :)

And, look how sweet! This man loves his wife…no doubt about it! :)

There was one other purpose to our session. My sweet friend, Katie, is an AMAZING artist and she needed some new head-shots for her business. Of course, I was happy to help! Take a look how beautiful she is…

Also, on occasion my customers and I arrange a trade of services. This was such an occasion and I have to share with you my “payment” for this session. I commissioned Katie to do a piece for me for my hearth room over my sofa. Katie delivered my painting yesterday and I am in LOVE!! It is so beautiful and my photograph doesn’t do it justice! If you would love some beautiful artwork for your home, I encourage to contact Katie and have her create something for you! She is amazingly talented, but more than that she’s just an amazing person! Take a look at her work, www.katietoombs.com! You’ll love what you see! Here’s my painting…Haven! :)

Mandy + Ron = Love

August 20, 2010

We all have them. The friend that you’ve known for so long that you honestly cannot remember even when you met or how old you were. That is Mandy to me! While growing up, she’s always been like another little sister to me. She has just always been around. Her family and my family grew up together, vacationed together every summer, lots of fun memories! And, now that we are all grown up, Mandy is a true friend whom I dearly love. And, for the record, my friend Mandy has one of the single most AMAZING voices on earth…girl can sing like an angel, y’all, no kidding! She’s is just so beautiful inside and out. And, now, she’s madly in love, too and is getting married next weekend! I had the pleasure of photographing Mandy and her handsome hubby-to-be this week for some casual before the wedding shots, an engagement session if you will! It was a joy getting to spend time with Mandy and Ron and just photographing for the pure joy of it. Mandy, I love you, honey and couldn’t be happier for you and Ron! Happy Wedding!

I had so much fun working with grownups that didn’t require me to sing a silly song or give them a bribe. Therefore, lots and lots of fun photos for you to enjoy tonight! :) But, it’ll be easy on the eyes because Ron and Mandy are just beautiful….seriously!

Raaawr!! :)

A quick change to some black and white…love it!

And, a few with Ron’s beautiful daughter, Amber! What a sweet family!

And, finally, please note the shoes! Stylish from head to toe! :) Love you!

Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2010

I love, love this holiday! I love the fun colors. I love that it is in the midst of summer. The 4th just feels like summer, doesn’t it? More than anything else, I absolutely LOVE the fireworks!! I am so grateful to have the privilege of living in this wonderful land of ours that God has truly blessed. I am so thankful to those that have served and are serving now to give me the freedoms that I so enjoy. We sang “My Country Tis of Thee” this morning in church and the words have been ringing in my head all day…”long may our land be bright, with freedom’s holy light, protect us by your might, great God our King.”

The other night my family got together to celebrate our littlest cousin’s third birthday! Happy birthday little Kallen! We ended the evening with my favorite…FIREWORKS! But, before the darkness set in and the fireworks began, I snagged all the cousions for a quick picture of them in their cuteness of red and blue. See, even the photographer can’t get a perfect shot…but I still *heart* them…a big, fat, puffy red heart!!

In birth order, from oldest to youngest…

In these next two I love the snaggletooth, the tounge hanging out, the snickers, the gum showing thru the forced smile! LOVE these kiddos! Maybe not perfect, but perfect enough to all of us. Happy 4th, sweet children! Now…let’s go see those fireworks!

“I’ve known him since he was born.” That’s a common phrase around the South that we use when we have known someone a long time. However, in this little guy’s case, I have literally known him since he was born! I was in the delivery room the moment he made his first cry and I have loved him ever since. Mr. Grayson is my adorable little nephew and he just steals my heart. I have four nieces that I adore; but Grayson is the only little man around to play with tractors and cars (besides my own little man, of course!).  It kills me how much he looks like my 9 year old son at this age. I could hardly concentrate on photographing him because he kept cracking me up with all of his funny faces, cute smiles, and just plain adorableness!! Gray-Gray, Aunt Julie loves you! Krissy and Brandon, sooo sorry it’s taken me for-ev-ah to get these on the blog. And, because you have been so patient, you get a few more than normal! Hope it was worth the wait!!