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Abilene Bridal Session | Beth

We LOVE Beth…seriously she is one of the sweetest people ever. We shot her bridal session in the small town of Abilene, TX where her family lives. Though Beth and Brody live in Dallas, they decided to have their wedding in Abilene, so it only seemed fitting to do an Abilene bridal session as well. We shot all around down town Abilene and Beth was stunning. She brought along her Mom, Grandmother and a close friend and we all had a blast. We loved the small town feel in Abilene. Everyone was so friendly and quick to honk their horn and say congrats to the gorgeous bride.

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Kelsey Lemonhead

These are gorgeous! Love the lighting & she’s so beautiful!

Caitie Sheppard

Stunning! <3

Beautiful pictures, love the distance shots of the bride with the building and tree shots.

Elle Leonard Worley

These are gorgeous!

Tammy Damore


These are just beautiful! And that bouquet, how perfect!

Janice Keefer

really had to check this one out, I was born in Abilene. GREAT pictures!

Patricia Knight

Beautiful bride. and I love the location.

Elizabeth Howard Maxwell

OH! Stunning! My favorites are the bridge, such great lines and lighting!

Kristin Schmucker

Really @[100000075606177:2048:Janice Keefer]??? How cool! We will be posting her wedding soon which was also in Abiline!

Incredible work, my favourite is the close up of the bride and shes looking over her shoulder.

A Little Bit of Gold

IF you have been following along on Instagram and Facebook, you know that I have been a bit obsessed with Gold recently.We have been working on getting our office looking fabulous, and I knew I had to incorporate some gold. I picked up this trashcan for a few dollars at Ikea, and I had this desk basket that I bought at Hobby Lobby forever ago. The metal basket didn’t really match my style anymore so it had been collecting dust for awhile. I decided to pick up a can of gold spray paint and give them a makeover and I LOVE the results. I love seeing the touches of gold while I work.

And the winner of the pretty gold journal for keeping track of all of 2013’s goals, or whatever you choose to use it for is….Tiffany Farley!

I can’t wait to get this journal to you Tiffany!

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Laura Howell

Love the gold, Kristin! :)

Tiffany Farley

EEEK! I am SO excited! I need a new journal and this one is so PRETTY! Yay thank you! And SUPER adorable DIY projects! You are so crafty!

Tammy Damore

What a transformation!!!

Caitie Sheppard

Sooo pretty! I want to incorporate gold into our home once we’re in San Antonio… We’re supposed to leave in less than a week! AHHHHH! Pray for us… Love all three of you! xoxo

Kristin Schmucker

YAY!!! Shoot me your address to and we will get it sent out to you!

Kristin Schmucker

So exciting @[1004438878:2048:Caitie Sheppard]!!!!!!

Maegan Lewis

I love the little basket.

My Ideal Day and New Years Inspiration

I have been so blessed seeing all of your goals for the new year as entries for the giveaway! So excited to see what is in store in 2013 for all of you. I am sure there are a few of you who came by the blog this week and still haven’t written out your goals for 2013 yet! You better get on that!

Here is another thing you can do to help you figure out what those goals should be. I think it is super important to write out what your ideal day would be so you can think about on a small scale what you want your life to be like. Walk yourself through the day and think about what things would make up your ideal day…and we are talking a real day here…not on the beach in Mexico…lol

So here is my ideal day:

7:00-8:00am – Getting up and spending time with The Lord. Journaling during this time. (I have had a few questions about how I Journal during my quiet time so I am hoping to write a blog post about that soon!)

8:00-11:00 – Getting things done around the house, working out, spending time playing with Stella.

11:00-12:00 – Lunch as a family

12:00- 6:00 – Working on what I love. Blogging, managing the office, teaching other photographers, and all sorts of wedding photography goodness.

6:00- 11:00 – Family time. There will be special circumstances where we work late, but for the most part I want the office door closed and to spend time with the people I love most.

So there you have it. Thinking through my ideal day has helped us set business hours and realize what I need to be doing to meet my goals! Most of all it has helped me to realize that living the life I want is super attainable, and I just need to be a bit more structured and plan, so that everything gets accomplished. Feel free to leave a comment and tell me part or all of your perfect day!

I have been reading so many encouraging start of the year blog posts and I wanted to pass this one along. My sweet friend Lara is writing an amazing series on Setting Goals and Making Things Happen in 2013. Highly encourage you read through it and do the steps that she has laid out, I will hopefully be blogging more about some of her steps soon!

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Jennifer Gulley

I love this! Great way to start with your goals in 2013!

Christmas 2012

Christmas this past year was amazing. Even though it wasn’t Stella’s first Christmas (She was almost 4 weeks old last Christmas), it was so much fun to see the excitement on her face when she saw all the presents under the tree for the first time. We opened stockings, and presents, ate a delicious cinnamon roll casserole, took naps, made Christmas dinner on our own for the first time (Jeremy made an amazing Turkey), played games and just spent the day together. It was pretty much the perfect day, though we missed our family that was far away. But, the biggest surprise was that we had a white Christmas in Texas! We were pretty excited and Stella loved the snow! Here are some of our favorite pictures from our Christmas celebration.

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Marilyn Schmucker

So grateful for the beautiful pictures especially since we were unable to be there due to illness…bummer. What a precious family and thank God for a wonderful Christmas season that we might rejoice in Him and the blessings He has provided. Miss you all!

Bethany McDonnell

What adorable pictures! Looks like Stella had a great Christmas!

Cindy Clinton-Kinsey

Oh goodness these are so cute! Makes me so sad I lost all my pictures from Christmas Day! Love the family picture.

Tammy Damore

Oh, how I LOVE that girl!!! These pictures make me happy!!! :)

Lynne Martello Sugai

beautiful! seeing stella open the veggie tale dvd’s reminds me of my sweet merci at that age…..and to think how you knew us when she was only in my tummy…now she’s 15. time flies on. enjoy your precious baby!

Jeremy Schmucker

I know! Thanks for making me feel old! Haha, oh well, embrace what you are, right?!

What great images to remember Christmas by! Love Stella’s surprised look.

Mark Schmucker

Wish we could have been there, but the great pictures is the next best thing. You captured her joy very well.

April Russell

She is soooo stinkin’ cute!

Caitie Sheppard

Precious pictures… I love her “Christmas Morning” face! <3

January Goals…and a Giveaway

Wow, it is hard to believe that it is already January. The beginning of a new year, and a time for reflection on the past year. Jeremy and I spent a day a few weeks ago to take a look at the past year and think about what worked and what didn’t for us personally and for our business. We talked about so many aspects of our life and our business and it was such a refreshing time. I love the beginning of a new year. It is a time when I don’t feel bogged down by what we have done in the past, but a time when I feel like we have so much ahead of us. A fresh start and a new beginning are ahead of us.

Here are just a few of our 2013 goals:

Continue to blog 5x per week (I love blogging, and have been doing really well at blogging M-F. I wanna keep it going!)
Read 12 books in 12 months
Eat Healthier (We actually prefer healthy food most of the time…but we tend to get busy so meal planning is going to help us not have as many last minute meals this year)
Start each day in Scripture (I cherish my time in The Word, but it is so easy to jump right into work, or get distracted by whatever is going on, and not get that time right at the beginning of the day.)
Have set office hours
Work from the office (We got into a bad habit of taking our work with us everywhere, but this year we really want to try and keep work in the office, so we are free to enjoy family time.)

Here are our goals for the month of January:
Rock out 2 bridal shows!
Finish up a big print project we have been working on…super exciting!!!
Get in the groove of working from the office and having office hours
Read the first book for my 12 in 12

It is so important to actually write down your goals, it gives you something tangible to look back on throughout the year, and it keeps you accountable. I like to keep track of thing in a cute journal or notebook. Since it is the start of a new year, and I want you to write out your goals, I am giving away a lovely journal for you to write them in. I have the same one and I just love it. The gold foil script on the white cover is an inspiration in itself. So leave a comment here telling me one of your big goals for 2013 and one person will get a pretty journal to write their goals in!

The winner will be announced on Friday!


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My goal is to be brave enough to unroll new pricing and stick to it without discounting it. Happy New Year!!

Health is my #1 journey/commitment/goal this year. I started in November with a personal trainer, working out 5 times a week and look forward to getting strong and fit, (not skinny!) I also enjoy cooking and eating gluten-free due to a sensitivity to wheat products, so I read a lot of health food blogs to recreate some delicious recipes!

Tammy Damore

My New Year Goals are always the same, because I always need improving! Number 1 goal is always to be a better person, 2 to try to make a difference in someone else day, and of course to pay off debt, eat healthy, and drop a few pounds!

April Russell

My goal for the New Year is to keep work during business hours! So hard to do!

Daniel Leonard

My goal is to read the Bible through and write down something each day of this year of what I am thankful for and God has blessed me.

Abbi Pasterski

One of our “fun” 2013 goals is redoing our family room into a fun, comfortable space that I actually feel like sitting in every day. :) So far my hubby is working on our fireplace woodwork trim, and the next-up is built-in bookshelves. I’m so excited…it already looks great!

My ‘vision’ for this year is to love on people. Whether it is through business, with friends, or at home, I want Christ’s love to shine through!

Kelly Brown Hopkins

Our goal this year is to go in a date night once a month. Also to keep our finances on a daily basis. Thanks for your blog post.

to run a half marathon!!

Luke Neumayr

Woo woo! I wrote down goals with sub-goals to accomplish the main goal! I was so happy when I was finished!

Bethany McDonnell

My goal for 2013 is also to read 12 books in 12 months and to exercise 5x a week.

Lyndsey Garber

One of my big goals is to run 3x a week with my hubby. It would mean so much to him as he LOVES to run.

Kathi Kelly

I agree… So I say ditto for me too!

Ali N Garrett

Our goals are 1. Stay committed to our office hours 2. Do great at our first bridal show 3. Be present in the moment. Unplug every night & just connect.

Love reading your goals :) One of my big goals for 2013 is to learn calligraphy! So excited for that one!

Julie Wilmes

My big photo goal for 2013 is to get published! And my fun goal is to stick to my yoga routine, although that isn’t too fun lol.


My goals for this new year are: 1) workout at least three times a week 2)stop drinking soda completely 3) learn to love black coffee and stop using cream or sugar 4)have a daily quiet time with the Lord 5) get involved and commit to a small group at my local church

thanks for giving us your goals! it is so inspiring to read about other people’s goals! : )

Kristin Ungerecht

My big goal is to launch my new photography brand… starting building the website today and am starting to set up some portfolio shoots for this month and next. Excited to get it all together and live! :)

My goal is to be able to run a half marathon!

Karen Ramsey

I have 13 goals for 2013, I’ll spare you all the details, but here are a few: to know Christ better, run a 5K (which I’ve never done and if I attemp to do in my present state I’m pretty sure I’d have a heart attack!!), read daily to some/all of the boys, keep a prayer journal, advance in piano—I love a brand new year!!!

LOVE! My primary goal for 2013 is to live without fear. Too often I find myself turning down ideas, dreams, travel opportunities, or just every day life adventures because it is not a ”priority” right now. I need to remember to LIVE and fully trust in Him.

Courtney Sexton

One of my biggest goals for the year is to begin consistent meal planning! I’ve got to build up a good supply of healthy and cheap meal ideas. :)

Sabrina Nohling

Love this! One of my goals is to work on the fact I am late everywhere I go! I need to time manage better so that doesn’t happen!

Constance Watkins Coates

My goals this year is to have a set time for my daily devotions Also to eat healthier and to get my health in better shape. I am also going to do better in my communication with others. But my overall goal is to be more Christ-like in everything I do.

Maria Timms Roth

I have many goals but the most important ones are to study (live by) my Bible daily and to be true to myself.

Maria Timms Roth

I have many but the 2 most impartant ones are to study (and live by) my Bible every day and to be true to myself.

Angela Blomquist Stombaugh

My goal is to slow down and not rush around doing, but focus on being what Christ wants me to be so His light shines through me. Especially to my kids. My theme song for the year is “Learning to be the Light.”

One of my goals is also to read 12 books in 12 months!

I wrote out my goals on 1-1-13, but it wasn’t till your post today that it hit home with me! I want 2013 to be MY YEAR!!!
(is that shelfish?) I just started my photography business in May of last year but I’m not new to photography. It is going extremely well. I have a list as long as my arm, but here are a few that stick out to me.
1. I want to double my weddings that I did in 2012. That would make 8 for 2013. (3 already book, only 5 more to go.)
2. Finish my ONE YEAR BIBLE… I make it to May and then it’s hit and miss…
3. Build my business to be able to go FULL TIME with photography in 2014.
4. Read ONE Business book a month
5. Spend 30-60 minutes EVERY morning with the Lord… journal more.
6. Workout 3 times a week.

Kelly Tanner

One of my goals for the new year is to become more organized. For my own sanity mostly. With #3 on the way, I’d better get to it.

Caitie Sheppard

My main goals are: 1) Get back into a regular gym routine WITH my husband. 2) Start my Mary Kay business. 3) Get out of debt 4) Develop my DAILY walk with my Lord.

Really pretty journal. I’d like to say one of my goals is to get my beloved dogs to stop fighting with each other but I’m not sure I’ll make that goal. :(
I do want to make sure I do more with my folks this coming year – they moved nearby just days before Xmas and we are thrilled that they are here. One goal I *really* want to work on is to be more mindful of my time and get the house more organized and clean. That is going to be a priority goal!
Thanks for the giveaway – the journal is lovely and I enjoyed looking through your beautiful images. Much continued success to you!

i would love to book 13 weddings! it would be awesome to have more experience and possibly have one published! i have a whole page filled up on my word doc. single spaced haha. i’m such a dreamer. i wish i was more of a doer! haha. that might help more of my dreams come true! ;)

Tiffany Farley

I have a lot of same goals! First one up? Read a business related book a month.

Ashley Fisher

one of my big goals for 2013 is to start a family! :)

Aysha Gerald

Ah! This is SO pretty! One of my goals is to book 5 weddings for the year, one of them being destination! :)

Kay Reiss

My big goal is to pay off all of my credit cards this year and start on my student loans! Schools over but the debt isn’t :)

Joe Don Richardson

Such a great idea. I am woking on a lesson for the kids in my local youth group about goals and will be presenting the first part on Monday. One big big goal is to adopt a dog!

Joe Don Richardson

Great idea about thankfulness. I have tweeted every day so far this year about something I am thankful for.

Laura Howell

One of my big goals is to marry the love of my life, Josh Vaught. ;) And to get even more consistent in the Word. I’d also like to get better at blogging and journaling. Sometimes, I just use work as an excuse, but not this year. I’m going to get in shape physically, but more important, spiritually. :) *win, win*.

Rebekah Slaughter

One of my big goals is to start my taxes… :)

Rebekah Slaughter

My biggest goal of the year is to stop worrying!

Stefanie Maudsley

Such a gorgeous journal!

I think my biggest goal of the new year is have a healthy lifestyle in mind and body. I want to become a strong person, and not so much focus on my numbers (weight, jean size, etc) but on my health. Lowering my risk for diabetes and more.