Graham Family – Fall 2015

As Oklahoma fall quickly approaches (can you believe that school is starting in less than a week?!), I am reminded of the gorgeous Alabama sessions that I was able to capture this past fall! I had so many amazing clients, and each and every session was gorgeous! This session was no exception – a beautiful family of a Mommy and her handsome boys! I had the privilege of getting to know Mom just a bit through MOPS and I was delighted when she asked if I was able to get her in for a session. Turns out our military husbands know each other as well, and though our time in Montgomery with them was short, I’m glad we were able to capture these Montgomery memories.

Our move to Oklahoma City has been good over all (with all of the bumps that come along with a military move), but I’m happy to already have sessions booking for fall, but I’ll always remember these Montgomery sessions!

We had a wonderful time, and those boys of hers couldn’t possibly be any more precious! Those smiles melted my heart, so I know she has her heart full of love…

Seriously…isn’t this a GORGEOUS family?!
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Love, love, love!
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These are always some of my favorite shots!
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I seriously couldn’t choose…color, or black and white?!! So, I did both 🙂
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SUCH CUTIES!!! I love those precious smiles.
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Always fun to sneak some images in of Mom and Dad…
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She is blessed…
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Melt my heart.
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Some photographers are very particular about what type of session they are doing, but while I’m out there for a session, if you need a head shot, just ask! I am not that particular…I just love taking pictures! And seriously, she’s stunning!

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I loved playing with this image to give it a bit more of a fall look…they loved it too!
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Artists Inspired Blog Circle – Gold

Artists Inspired Blog Circle – Gold

Gold 

I won’t lie – I had a tough time coming up with this month’s blog post! Gold, in the traditional color sense, is not really my favorite. I’m also a bit more of a literal interpretation type of person, so I was going around thinking of what “Gold or Golden” things I could capture. Something with meaning. Something of value. Then I immediately thought of September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the volunteer work that I do with The Gold Hope Project. This would have worked, but I don’t have a session for this yet (so, if you know anyone that could benefit from my services, please contact The Gold Hope Project Link. Plus, one of my truly amazing and talented friends of Tammy Davis Photography is bound to do an awesome post and session with her Warrior Paige! You can find that link { here }…I can’t wait to read it myself!

And, as so often happens, while sitting at my computer, mindlessly scrolling, God opened a door. I saw the words:
“Nothing Gold Can Stay.  Ponyboy Curtis”

I SO WISH I’d have downloaded the image to put here! I can’t even remember what it was meant to convey, I just remember those words popping up, and then I went with it!

Now, what does my excitement about those words have to do with anything? First, it likely reveals my age, because I knew EXACTLY where that came from, both in the literal context of the amazing and award winning poem by Robert Frost and the movie quote, from The Outsiders. I can’t hide it. I LOVE The Outsiders! I loved the book as a child and I love (love) the movie as well. I mean, how often can someone see this good looking cast in one movie?! Just as a refresher…we have: C. Thomas Howell (Ponyboy Curtis, which is really fun to say, along with his brother, “Sodapop Curtis”), Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon, Ralpho Macchio, Emilio Esteves…and… “Darry” played by the ever amazing Patrick Swayze. That’s a whole bunch of Gold in my book 😉

More importantly however, I was able to recall much of the poem, and in that moment, I knew exactly what I could envision this post about. Here’s the poem, one of my favorites as a child, teen, and now adult and parent:

Nothing Gold Can Stay
by: Robert Frost

Nature’s first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

The images I’ve chosen for our Artists Inspired Blog Circle for our “Gold” theme are below. Each image pulls at my heart, knowing that these are all quickly fading phases in their lives. No matter how much I’ve loved each stage or season, the gold fades, and a new stage appears. And each time, they’re that much further away from their childhood, from their innocence about the world. These pictures are cherished moments in the stories of my children’s lives from just the past two years…

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I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of “Gold”…and, if you’re a Mama, cherish each of those seasons with your precious littles. They fade far too quickly.

This blog entry is part of a series from The Artists Inspired Blog Circle.
The next artist in our series is the talented Nikki Smith of Nikki Smith Photography.
To see her entry, as well as continue through the circle to see how all of our Artists have interpreted this month’s “Gold” theme, click: {here}.

The Artists Inspired Blog Circle is made up of an exceptionally talented group of photographers from all walks of life, from all over the world. They are wives, mothers, friends, daughters and visual storytellers who draw from their own experiences to create art that is inspiring, unique, beautiful and thought-provoking.

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