Happy Birthday!

I am about to run off to a bridal shoot that I will not be able to share with you for a couple months until her wedding day arrives, but in the meantime here are some pictures from the birthday party we all went to today for Maddox and Harris, two of Josiah and Autumn’s friends! Maddox turned three and Harris turned one!

(PS. I barrowed Kelly Moore’s template from her nephew’s birthday to save myself some time on this one, thanks Kelly!


Eli: 3 Months

Jennifer is taking advantage of the deal I have going on from now until Mother’s Day to book a session to make a donation to Brian’s trip to Kenya and get a tex deduction in the process! We met today for some pictures out in the nice summer weather of her son Eli. Here he is, the little cutie!






In the childbirth class that I teach we talk a lot about breastfeeding. One of the main reasons we talk so much about it is so that couples will be prepared to work together as a team after their birth to make breastfeeding successful and that they will have the knowledge, tools and contacts to help them should they have trouble.

Many of my friends have struggled with breastfeeding. It has become common knowledge that breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your newborn baby, and that breastmilk is also better for your baby than formula but it also is free, better for the environment and helps promote public health as a whole. Despite these benefits some women give up breastfeeding because of difficulties and the ease of giving formula and other reasons. The quote below sums up what I beleive to be an excellent summary of the problems surrounding breastfeeding in our culture.

“We tell women that breast is best, we tell them to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, we even tell them it will raise their kid’s IQ (and we should give that a rest), and then we send them home with formula samples, or with a baby whose throat is too sore to suckle, or a mom whose milk is delayed because of surgery, and we don’t teach technique, and we are offended when a woman breastfeeds in public, so we make her feel housebound, and we don’t give a mother and her partner paid leave, and we send her to go back to a workplace without on-site childcare, and so her only alternative to formula is to plug her nipples into a machine, and if she’s lucky she gets periodic breaks and a “non-bathroom lactation room” in which to pump, and if she’s not she gets a toilet, and so on and so forth.

It’s no wonder women are ready to burn their nursing bras.”

Jennifer Block, Author of Pushed: The Painful Truth About Modern Maternity Care

I hope that as a culture we can educate women about breastfeeding and promote breastfeeding in practical ways that help women give their babies the head start that they need.

Ketchum Maternity

Today I shot Kellye’s maternity pictures and we had so much! Kelley and Troy just completed my Bradley class and are awaiting the arrival of a little one (they are going to be surprised!) in the next couple of weeks. Congratulations!





Yesterday I got to go out and shoot with Alessandra, she was so much fun and was willing to be blinded by light for the sake of good pictures! Alessandra is about to graduate from Louisiana Tech with a degree in Political Science. Congratulations Alessandra!