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Our House and Giving Back

A few weekends ago, I spent my Saturday morning photographing some amazing families. I organized this portrait event with Our House, a local shelter for the working homeless, in order to give a few deserving families some beautiful portraits.  It was an experience that I cannot yet put into words as eloquently as I would like, but I wanted to go ahead and share the photos here. I keep thinking back to that day and simply feel overwhelmed by emotion. I think it's easy to forget how lucky we are, how much we have to be thankful for, and how easy it is to go along with our day-to-day lives and not think about the bigger picture. All of these families are working hard to better themselves and to create a better life for their children. I can't think of another situation in my life where I've been around such nice, humble and appreciative women and truly happy kids. I walked away feeling so much love for my own daughter, and determined to find a way to do more for families like these...

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Emma-Kate is a Model!

Emma-Kate's two-year portrait landed her a gig as a model! Just kidding :) I'm no pageant Mom, but I did love her Etsy dress so much I sent the seller a photo and now EK is the model for that particular dress in her shop! Fun, huh? And since a blog post isn't complete without a photo, here's a screenshot of my sweet two-year old on Etsy.com! Love the dress? Check out GroovyGurlz shop on Etsy here!...

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Arkansas Democrat Gazette Bridal Show

I love bridal fairs. I love the build-up, I love the hustle-and-buslte of the day, I love seeing all of the vendors, I love meeting new brides, I even love all of the hard work that it takes to set up my booth! This Fall's bridal fair was especially fun because my husband and father-in-law helped me turn my vision for my booth into reality. After the past two shows I've done I wanted to take it up a notch and create something really fun, really bold and really beautiful. I think we did just that! What do you think??   The day went really well and our booth was buzzing all afternoon. The couch I rented from Trendstyle Events was the perfect addition to the space. It allowed for brides to sit, rest their feet, look through albums and talk with me about their wedding plans. The photographers from the Arkasnsas Democrat Gazette were busy taking photos all day long, and I love this arial shot they captured of my booth! Notice the bride and her mom enjoying the comfy couch?? Love! Since I love bridal fairs so much, I'm giving away a $500 gift certificate to one lucky bride! I also...

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New Website and Blog Design!

I'm so excited to announce that my new website and blog design are both live! The website has a fresh, simple and elegant design that I just love. It's clean and does a great job of showing off my fabulous clients and their beautiful faces! The updates to the blog have been subtle, but I still swoon when I see them. I just love the updates to my logo and the fact that everything is cohesive. Please stop by the new site and look around. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the new design! I have to give a BIG shout out to all of the wonderful people from Aristotle Interactive who made this site possible. They helped fine tune my creative vision and used all of their programming, marketing and design expertise to create a site that I know will help take my business to the next level. A super big thanks to Lauren, Chris, Molly, Amy, Casey, Tina, Adrian, Christi and Toni (I'm sure I'm forgetting other people!) for your hard work. Thank you, thank you, thank you! If you just can't wait to see the new design, I've included some screenshots here for you. The first is of...

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Miami Heat – Little Rock Event Photography

Recently, I shot an amazingly beautiful and awesomely fun 40th birthday party. The fabulous Tanarah from Distinctive Designs by Tanarah and her team put together this Miami inspired event from start to finish. They did everything from conceptualize the event design to catering - Distinctive Designs is amazing at everything they do and this party was no exception. From a white red-carpet, to sophisticated lounge areas, fire dancers and an entertainment group brought all the way in from South Beach, this party was everything Miami and more! Since the party was all about the ambiance, here are some of my favorite details from the night: My second-shooter, Jason, snapped this awesome photo during the fire dancer's big finale. Love the floral and event design? Head to Tanarah's website at Distinctive Designs by Tanarah to see more of her amazing work!...

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Best Photographer from the Arkansas Times!

I was so surprised, honored and thrilled when I learned that I was voted runner up for the Best Photographer in the Arkansas Times Best of Arkansas. This is really a huge deal to me, especially because it came as a complete shock. I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful clients, friends, family members and blog readers who took the time to write my name in that little blank and voted for me. THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!   ...

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Wedding Wire Reviewed

One of the things I love most about planning a wedding today is that there is so much information available online. Brides can browse through thousands of photos for inspiration for their wedding design, look through photos from friends' weddings on social networking sites and even connect with other engaged couples who are also in the planning process through forums and blogs. All of this information can be overwhelming, though, which can sometimes make the process of choosing and selecting wedding vendors challenging. I think that one of the best ways to ensure that you'll be happy with a wedding vendor's work for your wedding is to listen to what their past clients have to say...

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Featured in Arkansas Bride Fall/Winter 2011

I'm so excited to share that one of my adorable couples from last year has been featured in Arkansas Bride's Fall/Winer 2011 magazine! Carrie and Levi were such a fun and happy couple to work with, and I'm so pleased that the editors at Arkansas Bride loved their wedding portrait as much as I do! Here is the cover of the magazine and my feature on page 120. You can see the full version online on Arkansas Bride's website.  ...

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Featured Wedding – The Wedding Post

Recently one of my client's weddings was featured on Arkansas' newest and very inspiring wedding blog, The Wedding Post. I always love having my work featured, but I especially loved having this wedding blogged on TWP. I've been dying for an Arkansas wedding blog to pop up and showcase weddings in Arkansas. With so many talented wedding vendors and even more amazing, beautiful couples in the Natural State, it's been a long time coming for a blog like this to come around. I think TWP has done an amazing job of highlighting real, authentic couples and amazing wedding design, and I'm honored to be a part of their growing site! You can see the post by clicking on the image or link below: http://www.theweddingpost.net/2011/05/real-arkansas-wedding-rath-newell.html...

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