Hannah Leigh Photography: Blog https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Hannah Leigh Photography hannahleighphotography@yahoo.com (Hannah Leigh Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:19:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:19:00 GMT https://hannahleighphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u952421079-o812641022-50.jpg Hannah Leigh Photography: Blog https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog 80 120 Bethany & David's Elegant Winter Wedding https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2012/1/bethany-davids-elegant-winter-wedding
 Bethany's dress, shoes, hair and accessories were gorgeous. Elegant black and white.

 Classy mermaid-style, lace-up dress with a fun black bow and feathers in her hair... and a bouquet of calla lilies. 

 David and his groomsmen looked sharp in all black.

 The six bridesmaids each wore a different style of black dress and black shoes.

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2011 Holiday Portrait Sessions https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2012/1/2011-holiday-portrait-sessions
Now that the holidays are over, the schedule has calmed down and I'm finally getting a chance to post a few of the photos from our holiday sessions.

Hope you all enjoyed your holidays! I certainly did!
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The Simmons, Timmons, and Watkins Families https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/11/simmons-timmons-and-watkins-families
Bloggers, meet the Simmons gang.

This is my Aunt Jackie, Uncle Tommy, their daughters Jennifer and Kari, and their husbands, Wayne and Grant and kids, Ashley, Justice, Ila Beth, Eden, Fuller, and Grey. Quite a crew!

Here's a great shot of the whole crew. I was amazed that we actually got everyone looking at the camera and smiling on the first shot!
Kari, Grant and Grey on the left... Jennifer, Wayne, Ashley, Justice, Ila Beth, Eden and Fuller on the right.
This is a really cute one of all Tommy and Jackie's grandchildren. Love this picture!
It all started with these two.

The girls...

 and the boys...

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Kevin + Shannon {Engagement} https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/10/kevin-shannon-engagement Lorenzo and Erika!) and they'll soon be a happy little family of 3 with Kevin's super-sweet daughter.

This fun photo session took place a few weeks ago in Jonesboro on a somewhat rainy afternoon. We had already postponed the session once due to rain, so when it started drizzling on us in the middle of the shoot, we decided it was obviously meant to be... a rainy photo shoot! So we grabbed the umbrellas and took advantage of it.

Honestly, Chad and I wanted to do an engagement photo shoot in the rain when we were getting married, but it never worked out for us... So I was a little jealous when I saw how cute these turned out! (It's ok, I'll get over it.)

Before the rain began, we had walked around downtown Jonesboro (one of my favorite places to shoot) and got some really cute shots near some of the old buildings and cool allies.

I never pass up an interesting doorway. Great way to frame out a sweet moment like this.

I love the simplicity of this shot. And all the happy faces.
McCayle loved the camera, and it loved her! She had a great time being the center of attention.
The rain let up for a few minutes, the sun peeked out, and the green field and softly lit sky created the perfect backdrop for this perfect picture. This was my favorite shot of the day.
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Victoria & Bret's Summertime Brookland Wedding https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/10/victoria-brets-summertime-brookland
The Novo's were wed on a HOT August day in the small town on Brookland, Arkansas. One of those southern summertime days when your skin starts glistening the moment you walk outdoors. But inside the walls of that church a cool, sweet love was in the air. It didn't show on the thermometer, but on the faces of the bride and groom who were so obviously and hopelessly crazy about one another. 

How sweet are these two?

When I walked in to bride's dressing room, she was all smiles, and she was implementing a strict "no tears" policy for her wedding day. (It didn't last through the ceremony.)

Victoria was true to tradition and carried something old, new, borrowed, and blue. The handkerchief is the same one her mother carried on her wedding day in 1987.
The Hand Fasting ceremony is a Celtic wedding tradition.
The getaway car was 1930-something car with a rumble seat. (Awesome!)
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World, meet Daisy! https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/9/world-meet-daisy

Here's Daisy lounging on the rug in the "doggy area".  She's still getting used to the look and smell of her new home.
Daisy and Rowdy love playing in the backyard!

She also has an incredibly long tongue and nice big floppy ears. Just the right combination for a cute pup!

We are so glad Rowdy has a friend to play with now when we have our hands full with other things! They are getting along well. They play together until she gets tired, and then she sits and looks annoyed while Rowdy continues trying to play. Fun times!

If you're interested in adopting a dog, visit the NEA Humane Society. Daisy's brother Cooper is still waiting to be adopted!
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Scenes from the Farm https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/8/scenes-from-farm
I enjoyed going through several years of photos to gather this collection! Some of these were from my first photography class at ASU with Dr. Jack Zibluk (a great man who taught me everything I know about photography).

Enjoy the photos.

Left: My dad took on the challenge of rebuilding my grandparents' barn a few years ago. He had his work cut out for him, but the finished product turned out great. Right: I caught this fantastic sunset one night on my way home in a field which is now the future site of the NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Top: My aunt is a leader of the 4H club in Jonesboro, and they raised chickens as a learning project. They were housed in the barn from the first photo. Bottom: This flag was flown on the front of my parents' house.
I never pass up a chance to get a great close-up of insects. They are such interesting creatures!
Top: I can't actually take credit for this photo, but I love it so I included it in the collection. My sister actually took this one evening while driving around my grandparents' pond. Bottom: Some of my cousins were practicing roping one afternoon.
Left: My cousins' daughters are having some fun climbing on the tractor. Right: My favorite horse photo. This one is actually hanging up in my house.
Be sure and drop by the fair and maybe you'll find these hanging up in a booth!
hannahleighphotography@yahoo.com (Hannah Leigh Photography) Jonesboro photography Nature Children Farm barn Animal bird https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/8/scenes-from-farm Tue, 23 Aug 2011 17:55:00 GMT
Lorenzo + Erika {Engagement} https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/8/lorenzo-erika-engagement

Since Zo and Erika are both graduates of Arkansas State University, we decided to do the photo shoot on the campus. It's a lovely campus (of course, I'm partial to it) with lots of options for photos. The clock tower and arch are two icons of the ASU campus.

Sweet and casual...

 We totally got lucky with timing the sun. Perfect sunshine coming through these trees with the fountain in the background. Ahhh, love it.

We also went over to the pavilion at ASU for some nice photos by the pond with nice soft lighting after the sun went down past the trees.

Check out that beautiful rock!
A solitary light shone down on the side of the pavilion making for a really fun lighting + background combination.

And just for funsies, Chad used a little magic to make this funny photo!!

Glad we got to showcase our alma mater, and looking forward to sharing more photos the wedding in October. Stay tuned.

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Ryan & Lauren's Sweet, Fun Trumann Wedding https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/8/ryan-laurens-sweet-fun-trumann-wedding
Lauren and Ryan's love for each other was obvious throughout the day in everything from heart-felt moments during the before-wedding photo session, to the way Ryan was constantly willing to help with any last-minute wedding needs.

 Lauren was a gorgeous bride. Love that veil!

Lauren's bouquet was simple white roses with some blue ribbon accents, and the bridesmaids each carried a hydrangea.

They made it official, and sealed it with a kiss.

The couple shared their first dance at a reception held at the Trumann Country Club. Such a pretty place flooded with natural light!

Lauren is a daddy's girl without a doubt!

One of my favorite moments of the day! During the father-daughter dance, Lauren's mom was about to cut in to steal a dance with her husband, and when she stepped onto the dance floor, she was caught by her dad (Lauren's grandfather). So the two father-daughter duos danced the rest of the song. Such a sweet moment. I'll admit, I teared up a bit.

All in all, it was a fantastic day. Lovely wedding followed by a fun reception.

May God bless this special couple!
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More Photos from the Barn Wedding https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/6/more-photos-from-barn-wedding
Lindsay and Earl share a serene moment.

This is one of my favorite shots of the day. In the midst of stormy clouds, they're sharing a sweet moment. You can see on his face, Earl is smitten.

Beautiful wedding cake by Jeny's Cakery.

Two becoming one in the sight of the Lord. A beautiful moment, and the beginning a blessed marriage.
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Lindsay & Earl's Intimate Barn Wedding https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/6/lindsay-earls-intimate-barn-wedding
I shot my first wedding last month! 

My first experience as a wedding photographer was a challenge, but I am really happy with the way the pictures turned out. The wedding was planned to be set in a field in front of a big red barn. Awesome, right? But then a few hours before the wedding started (you know, when I was scheduled to take pictures) it started raining. And it kept raining. 

Since the field ended up being a muddy mess, so the wedding was moved into the barn. And it was the most unique and memorable wedding I've ever attended.

Handmade signs on the road leading up to the barn.

The bride and groom... Before the wedding, running to the barn to take refuge from the rain, and after the wedding enjoying their first dance.
 This is the dance floor where the ceremony took place.
The rain let up for a little while, just long enough to get some great shots of the groom and his groomsmen in front of the barn.

 Love this casual shot of Lindsay and her bridesmaids! The cowgirl boots were such a great touch.
The decor was so great. They put a lot of hard work and time into the centerpieces and all the other unique, vintage decorations.
The ceremony was beautiful. Moving it into the barn worked out great and made it more intimate and personal. 
More pictures coming soon!
hannahleighphotography@yahoo.com (Hannah Leigh Photography) Jonesboro bride photography wedding spring Farm barn flowers bird https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/6/lindsay-earls-intimate-barn-wedding Mon, 20 Jun 2011 21:44:00 GMT
Ethan's Senior Portraits https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/4/ethans-senior-portraits

 We had a great time shooting in some interesting allies and stairways in downtown Jonesboro. And Ethan's sense of direction helped keep me in line when I forgot how to get back to where we had parked our cars!


 I love the colors of the walls in this parking garage downtown.

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Jerred + Julie + Baby Bump https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/4/jerred-julie-baby-bump
Jerred and Julie are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first baby! Their baby girl should be here next month, and everyone in the family (including me!) is so excited to meet her.

They brought the whole family along for the photo shoot. I was so glad Daisy and Jade came along!

It was a sunny day, which was a welcome sight after weeks of winter weather, but it made photographing a little bit of a challenge. However, I love the serenity of these sunny pictures.

I've also got to mention... How gorgeous is this field of daffodils? And Julie is simply glowing!

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Sweet Love https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/2/sweet-love I made cupcakes for Valentine's Day! Chocolate with cream cheese icing and sprinkles. Yummy!

And here's a photo of me and my valentine. This is one of the engagement photos made by our friend Michael Johnson.

photo by Michael Johnson Studios

hannahleighphotography@yahoo.com (Hannah Leigh Photography) engagement food https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/2/sweet-love Tue, 15 Feb 2011 20:49:00 GMT
Loud Shoes + Silent Snow https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/2/loud-shoes-silent-snow snowy afternoon, another blog post.

The snow began falling late this morning, and the roads quickly went from normal to an icy, slippery mess. And since we southerners (myself included) tend to go a little crazy when we have to drive on snowy roads, I decided to go home and take cover this afternoon. I spent most of my afternoon snuggled up on the sofa under my electric throw blanket with Rowdy watching television with him and Chad. It's been a good day.

I wandered out into my yard this afternoon (armed with a scarf, warm hat and convertible mittens), camera in hand, to capture some of the beauty that God had been sprinkling all over like powdered sugar. Here is what caught my eye.

My yellow boots...my favorite shoes. I fell in love with yellow boots when my friend Brittney got me a pair for Christmas 6 or 7 years ago. I finally wore a hole in one of them, so I got a new pair this past Christmas, and I LOVE them. They are actually Crocs, and they are super lightweight and warm. They make me look forward to rainy and snowy days!

 Snow-covered still-life photos always seem so peaceful. You can almost feel the calm silence just looking at it. In warmer weather, this birdbath will come alive with singing, splashing birds. And this summer, friends will gather in our yard on the 4th of July and play horse shoes. But for now they are still. Silent.

Another peaceful snowy scene. This bench was given to Chad and me as a memorial when his dad passed away in September. 

This is just a fun self-portrait taken while I was freezing my fingers off. My friend Shaun said this picture makes me look like a happy ninja!

Happy snow day!

hannahleighphotography@yahoo.com (Hannah Leigh Photography) photography Nature Winter Snow https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/2/loud-shoes-silent-snow Wed, 09 Feb 2011 20:17:00 GMT
Delicious Super Bowl Sunday https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/2/delicious-super-bowl-sunday
For football-indifferent people like myself, Super Bowl Sunday is a day devoted to hilarious commercials and delicious junk food. But since I have been successfully counting calories and eating healthier lately, today was a challenge for me!

Most of my friends are not big football fans, but we all love having an excuse to have a party, so each year for the Super Bowl we gather at someone's house, watch the game and pig out! This year Andy Whitaker graciously hosted the party and made baked potatoes and ribs (yummmmm). The food table was piled high with chips, dips (bean dip, salsa, guacamole, cheese dip, you name it), cookies, cupcakes, a ham and cheese roll... All amazingly delicious, and packed full of calories.

While I won't even pretend that I didn't partake in these yummy treats, I will say I tried my best to be good and not overdo it. And to help myself out, I brought a tray piled high with fruits, veggies, and cocktail shrimp.

This way, when I couldn't help but go back for seconds and thirds, I simply grabbed a few more strawberries and baby carrots rather than a plateful of Doritos and cheese dip. Though I'm sure I still went over my calorie goal for today (I'm not even going to bother adding it up today), I did much better than I normally would've done.

 A few things to note:

1) I used this acrylic rotating tray (from The Lower Deck) that I got as a wedding gift. It is AWESOME, and I've been dying for a chance to use it! It has 3 removable sections (each divided into two smaller sections), plus a bowl in the middle. You can remove each section and put ice in the tray below to keep the food cold without getting everything soggy! Also, each section has its own lid (so you could keep the shrimp covered if you didn't want to smell it all evening).

2) I used a mandolin slicer from The Pampered Chef (also a wedding gift) to slice the apples and cucumbers. Not sure if they sell it any more, but this tool is wonderful for getting perfect, equal slices. It is also absolutely amazing for slicing tomatoes for sandwiches, and if you like peanut butter and apple sandwiches (one of my new favorite foods), it gets the apples just right every time.

3) On a separate platter, I had ranch dip (made with light sour cream), cocktail sauce, Anthos Greek-style hummus, and fruit dip (which I made by mixing 8 oz. marshmallow cream with 8 oz. fat free cream cheese...so easy and delectable).

4) The green flower-looking thing in the middle of the tray is the base end I chopped off the celery. As I picked it up to toss it in the trash, I stopped and thought, I never realized how cool that thing looks! My original plan was just to put toothpicks in the middle bowl, but this was much more eye-catching and fancy-looking! Here's a close-up.

That's all I've got to say for today. Hope this blog post made your stomach growl.
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New Lens + The Hunks I Live With https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/2/new-lens-hunks-i-live-with
Since I was just hanging out at home with Chad and Rowdy tonight, they were my subjects. I was shooting at f/1.8, so I wasn't sure if I would be able to focus easily on Rowdy's eyes since he didn't want to sit still very long. I thought the pictures ended up turning out quite nicely, though!

My mom has been wanting a picture of her "granddog" to put in a frame, so this is probably going to be the one! He was staring intently at the treat in my hand, and that was the ONLY way I could get him to sit still.

Here is my husband looking handsome as he slaves over a hot stove making dinner. Er, well, he put can of soup on the stove for dinner. Guess he didn't think the popcorn I was eating for dinner was going to satisfy his real-man appetite!

Anyway, I'm thoroughly enjoying my new lens and looking forward to finding more excuses to use it.

On a completely separate note, I am well on my way to making my first real estate sale of the year! I have been working with a really nice young couple looking at houses for a couple of weeks, and we now have an accepted offer on a house. The sale should close in about a month, and I am super excited for them!

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I Bought a New Lens! https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/1/i-bought-new-lens new lens from B&H Photo, and I am so ready for it to be here!! It should be delivered Tuesday, and I will almost certainly be posting photos shortly after it arrives.

It's a Nikon 50 mm f/1.8D. But for those of you who don't know (or care) what that means, it simply means clearer, crisper images.

Of course what I really, REALLY want/need is a new camera. I've been using the same Nikon D70 since my freshman year of college, and while it has served me well, it's time to upgrade to a "big girl" camera. I am hoping and praying that this gorgeous Nikon D7000 will be mine someday soon. Right now I'm still crunching numbers and trying to convince my hubby that just how badly I want it we need it.

I've got my fingers and toes crossed... and I'm praying for a hefty tax refund!
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iPhone Mobile RSS Reader + Vivian Maier https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/1/iphone-mobile-rss-reader-vivian-maier
Learn all about Mobile RSS Reader here.

This has quickly become the most frequently used app on my iPhone. It's the easiest way to keep up with great photo blogs like Benfield Photography, Jasmine Star Photography and Kendy Schimmel Photography. I'm also totally addicted to Green Wedding Shoes. My sister turned me onto GWS while I was planning my wedding because it is full of unique wedding ideas, but now I follow it to get photography ideas.

While I'm on the topic of blogs, I must mention one my husband introduced me to yesterday.

Vivian Maier (1926-2009) was a nanny in Chicago from the 1950's until the 1990's. People who knew her say she was a very private, yet outspoken person who, on her days off work, would walk the streets of Chicago with a camera in her hand. It wasn't until 2008 that someone ran across boxes of her film and photos at an antique auction and realized they'd discovered one of the greatest street photographers of the twentieth century.

This woman had an amazing talent for capturing light and emotion in such a pure and honest way. There is a certain rawness to her work that you just don't find every day. If you have any interest in great film photography, or just want to be a part of an unraveling mystery, check out the blog: Vivian Maier - Her Discovered Work.

Below is a self portrait of Vivian I found on the blog.

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Bring It On, 2011! https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/1/bring-it-on-2011
2010 was an insane year for me. It had some wonderful moments and some rather awful moments... I'll share a few of them with you.

In January, my sister moved out of the house where we'd been living together, so I began living alone for the first time ever.

By April, I had finally gotten the house and yard (formerly a gorgeous yard designed by a Master Gardener... Now it's all I can do to keep a few of the lilies alive!) in order and was able to host Easter at my house! This may not seem like a big deal to many of you, but I've always hoped to be as gracious a hostess as my mother, and I absolutely love sharing my home with others! The weather was amazing and we were able to hunt Easter Eggs in the backyard.

In June, I walked down the aisle of Nettleton Baptist Church and married the man of my dreams, Chad. Our wedding day was perfect, and it was followed by a fabulous honeymoon to Gatlinburg, TN where we relaxed for a week in a gorgeous cabin overlooking the city lights.

We spent the next few months building our nest together and enjoying the summer. Hosted a fun Independence Day party and did a lot of grilling out!

September was a huge milestone in our lives. The first day of the month, we became Uncle Chad and Aunt Hannah to a handsome baby boy, Fisher Beckwith (seen here on Christmas morning). He was born several weeks early and had to be hospitalized for a month at UAMS, and he's doing great now.

Just a few weeks after Fisher was born, Chad received one of the worst calls we could have imagined. His father passed away. Ron Beckwith was a wonderful, God-loving man, and I am proud I got to know him and get to share his last name. Chad is so much like him in so many ways! (I won't go on, because I promised myself I wouldn't let this blog post get sappy!)

The next week, Chad and I got a much needed dose of joy added to our lives. We got a puppy! Rowdy Beckwith is the funnest (and funniest) little fella, and he is totally worth all the potty accidents I've had to clean up over the last few months!

Also in the same week we got Rowdy, Chad and I bought the house we had been renting from my parents. As if our lives weren't stressful enough, we added 15 years of debt to the mix, but it was a great decision and it feels so great to be a homeowner! (See, I told you September was a milestone month!)

We wound down the year with Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dinners with both of our families, and a wonderful Christmas (which you can read about here). And we said goodbye to 2010 with a fabulous party with all our friends at our house. (Wish I had pictures of that, but no such luck.)

Now it's time to move on to 2011, and here are a few of my goals for this year.

1. Eat healthier. This is not a "I'm going to lose a zillion pounds this year" type of thing, just going to not eat fast food so much and start fixing healthy dinners at night when we can. More on that in later posts.

2. Blog more. I have been inspired by photographer and blogger Jasmine Star to blog more. Not just about photography, but about life. Not to mention, I have always enjoyed writing. And I studied journalism in college, so I ought to know a thing or two about writing.

3. Do more photo shoots and photograph a wedding. That last part is not so much a goal as it is an exciting opportunity. My friends Lindsay Wells and Earl Owens are getting married in May, and I'll be the wedding photographer. This will be the first wedding I've shot all by myself, so I am beyond excited!

4. Sell 5 houses. If you didn't know, I'm the marketing director and a real estate agent on The Brenda Dacus Team at Fred Dacus Associates. I've had my real estate license since September 2009, and I sold three houses in 2010 (four if you count my own).

These are the major "resolutions", if you will, I've made for myself this year. I could add to these, be the best Christian, wife, daughter, friend and co-worker I can be, but those are more constant goals of mine.

Just as I thought, this blog post has been long and random, but I enjoyed writing it! Now I'm going to out into the snow to let this wonderful puppy of mine stretch his legs and run around.

Have a great evening.
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Head Shots for HealthSouth https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2011/1/head-shots-for-healthsouth
I got a call several weeks ago asking if I would take a few head shots of some new employees at HealthSouth to put on their web site. This was a first for me. Not the first time my photos have been used in web form, but the first time I've taken professional head shots for this type of use.

The minor setback I had with this job is that, since I am a location photographer, I had no backdrops like a studio photographer would have. This ended up being no problem at all! I met with the ladies at their office and was able to use a couple of textured walls as backdrops. I thought they turned out quite nicely, and I'm already planning to take more photos of a few more employees for the site.

Here is the site. I photographed Barb Wynne and Kathleen Walter.

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Our First Christmas https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2010/12/our-first-christmas History in the making... Our first Christmas as a married couple.

Chad and I got married on June 12, and now, six months from that glorious day we celebrate our first Christmas. It's been an interesting half-year full of ups and downs, and we've grown much closer. Here are a few pictures of our Christmas festivities.

Our first family portrait. Rowdy joined our family in September, and we immediately became inseparable. He had been left at a laundromat in Trumann, AR, and was passed from one person to another until he found his way into our home. 

Fisher Beckwith, our new nephew was born September 1, and he is enjoying his first Christmas at his Mia's house!

My cousin's youngest two children, Fuller and Eden, were having a blast opening presents at my parents' house last night. Seeing children open their presents is, without a doubt, my favorite part of Christmas.

We are spending this Christmas in Sheridan with Chad's family, which makes this year my first to be away from my family. I hardly know what to think about not spending Christmas Eve at my Grandma's farmhouse. I did, however, bring my family tradition of glass-bottle Cokes and sausage balls for breakfast. I'll be making them for Chad's family in the morning!

Here's to starting new family traditions! Hope you all have a blessed Christmas, and remember that Christ is the reason we celebrate.
hannahleighphotography@yahoo.com (Hannah Leigh Photography) Family Children Winter Christmas https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2010/12/our-first-christmas Fri, 24 Dec 2010 19:46:00 GMT
Ellis Family https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2010/12/ellis-family
A few weeks ago I got the chance to take a family portraits of the Ellis family in Kennett, MO. Chad and I enjoyed getting to spend the afternoon with this fun, sweet family and getting to know them. 

I originally made contact with this fun family when I took photographed the peewee cheer-leading camp at Brookland Jr. High back in February. (Click here to see my post about the cheer camp.) After she received the photos from the camp, Sarah Tinsley, a mother of one of the cheerleaders, emailed me to ask if I would be interested in photographing her entire extended family. Somehow in the midst of my busy schedule (working a full-time day job, an odd photography job here and there, and of course planning my own wedding) I managed to overlook the email! Months later I finally got around to cleaning out my inbox (which had been bombarded with junk mail from Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target, Dillards, Zales, and every other retail store who has "just what a bride-to-be or newlywed needs"!), and I found this poor overlooked email.

I was immediately kicking myself for missing something that important thinking I had missed out on a photo opp, so I quickly clicked reply and sent an apologetic email hoping Sarah would forgive my stupidity and praying they still needed a photographer. And I was in luck! Just so happens, they were still interested, so a few weeks later, Chad and I loaded up and drove to Kennett for an afternoon of photos!

We arrived to a house full of family (about 25 total, I think). Kids running in and out, men sitting by the TV, women in the kitchen. Then we were greeted by the grandmother and leader of the bunch, lovingly referred to as "G-Joe." She rounded everyone up and we got to snapping! 

One of my favorite shots of the day: All the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I hope this is one that hangs on the wall at that house for years to come.

High winds kept us indoors for part of the day, but once it died down we were able to get several great shots of the grandkids out by the grain bins and in the field behind the house.

This unique grain bin photo was G-Joe's idea, and I absolutely love how it turned out! I knew once they got in position I wouldn't have much time to get the shot before they all came tumbling down, but the lighting was perfect so I had no problem getting the perfect shot.

Since we had been in close quarters inside the house, I decided to spread out a bit and get some elbow room for a few shots. We used this farm equipment to add a little interest.

I love catching fun moments like this. These cousins were in the middle of a trip down memory lane with a story that began with, "Remember that time when all the cousins were together and..." Apparently something hilarious happened! Love it!
A family portrait session was the last thing in the world that this fella and his brother wanted to do on a Sunday afternoon, but they were good sports! But I'll have you know, the very moment we were finished they were off to ride 4-wheelers!

hannahleighphotography@yahoo.com (Hannah Leigh Photography) photography Family Children Farm Kids https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2010/12/ellis-family Sun, 19 Dec 2010 22:23:00 GMT
Watkins Family Christmas https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2010/11/watkins-family-christmas A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of shooting family Christmas photos for my cousin Kari and her family. Grant and Kari's son, Grey, is such a fun little boy and he was a joy to photograph! He absolutely loved the camera. (And all the equipment that goes with it... He was curious about how everything worked.)

I especially love that we were able to take these family portraits in their home. It adds an extra personal touch on the whole experience. 

What a beautiful family!

If only I had an audio clip from this moment, you'd hear Grey saying, "Cheeeeeeeeeeessse!"

There was a short moment when Grey didn't quite want to cooperate... So daddy had to set him straight and remind him that misbehaving means no candy!

Grey decided he didn't want to risk getting his candy privileges taken away... So he smiled!

We went out to search for a spot to shoot some pictures outside. Ran out of time to set up any shots, but I was able to catch a few priceless candid shots as we walked through their yard.

Oddly enough, this is not the first time I've caught Grey on camera playing with sticks. Last Thanksgiving I followed him around the yard and saw a similar scene, pictured in this post

hannahleighphotography@yahoo.com (Hannah Leigh Photography) photography Nature Children Winter https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2010/11/watkins-family-christmas Tue, 30 Nov 2010 21:00:00 GMT
Family on the Farm- Siblings! https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2010/9/family-on-farm-siblings

This brother-sister duo is so much fun. They're both adorable and they loved the camera!
The sunset caught Abby's hair perfectly... Sadler couldn't quite rest his face in his hands gracefully, but it ended up really cute!

Sadler is cheesing really big in this one! Thought the colorful quilt was a nice touch.

Beautiful pink sunset in the background. 
hannahleighphotography@yahoo.com (Hannah Leigh Photography) Jonesboro photography Family Nature Children Farm Summer Kids https://hannahleighphotography.com/blog/2010/9/family-on-farm-siblings Wed, 08 Sep 2010 16:09:00 GMT