pay it forward.

A new year is nearly upon us and after writing a post about how grateful I am for 2012’s blessings I figured it would be appropriate to offer a give away to kick off the new year.

So. details.  It is a portrait session give away, must be used anytime before April 30, 2013 in the Ann Arbor area.

This giveaway is designed to be a blessing to someone so please submit a short letter or paragraph on my contact page with why you believe this family or person would best be blessed by this offer.  Please make sure to include *your* contact information so that I can contact you if they win.  I will have a panel of three people to help me decide who will win the session.

The family/person does not have to be in financial need necessarily or even in great distress, maybe they have blessed you in the past year and you would like to return the favor in 2013.

All entries due January 5 by midnight and we will announce the winner January 11!  Please contact me with any questions!!!

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grateful.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

This year has been a whirlwind of ups and downs, sacrifices as well as accomplishments.  But as I sit here on this snowy winter day reflecting and making goals for 2013 I am overcome with gratitude.

This November many people on facebook tried to post a status a day with something they were thankful for.  And while the ‘season’ of thanksgiving is over I think one of my goals for 2013 is to look at every situation, even less than desirable ones with a thankful heart.

Right now 2013 is looking bleak and uncertain.  I will honestly say that I struggle with trusting fully in God’s provision but when I paused to reflect on this past year it seems impossible that I could logically even doubt.  So I challenge you, as readers, bloggers, Brides, people- let’s turn 2013 around and look at it in a positive light.  Let’s choose the attitude of thankfulness. because in the end; we decide what rules in our hearts.

Things I am thankful for.

1)    Watching my son grow and become his own person.

2)    My husband’s new job that keeps him home with us!

3)    My car being paid off!

4)    Running my first marathon, successfully!

5)    Attending my first photography conference

6)    My business loan and how it has allowed me to grow as a business

7)    My new support networks both professionally and personally, and how God handpicked each of them!

8)    My supportive husband who deeply cares for me and our family.

9)    My thoughtful friends.

10) A job that challenges me, revives me and most importantly allows me to stay home with my son during the week.

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 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Colossians 3: 14-16

Hello World.

Welcome to the new (and hopefully improved!) blog!  Upon the launch of the new brand, I hope to blog more regularly and have a set blogging schedule! So be sure to hold me accountable with comments and likes/pins/etc!

To open up our new site I figured I would have a little about me/us post!  With our recent rebranding we have separated our once combined business to give us a little more freedom.  Rico has taken the leap of Fine Art and his work is unique enough to warrant his very own website!  Hopefully he will have more info up in the coming weeks.

My new website features the direction my body of work has taken me, organic posing, natural lighting, capturing you, just as you are.  I firmly believe everyone is beautiful and every life begs to be documented.  Sure, we have big mile markers, engagement, marriage, birth- first steps, first birthday but it is what we perceive the mundane aspects of life that not only add up to the milestones but carry us through the difficult times.

Join me as I document my life and business through this blog, highlighting my current sessions through posts as well as remembering milestones of past clients!

Thank you for your business!  Your support allows me to not only do what I am passionate about but what I know I am called to do.  For that, I am eternally grateful!

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