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Help Us Get to Nicaragua | Sale!

I know most of you know of my trip to Nicaragua last summer. If not, feel free to read more about it here. Many of you contributed to a campaign that helped get me there to build a home for a family; a family that i easily and quickly fell in love with.  In fact, the two communities we spent our time in truly impacted my being.

This fall, i have the opportunity to visit again. We will arrive in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. I plan to revisit the family we helped last year and bring them clothing, household items, books, and toys. A couple of days later Laken and I will join another group to help build homes for impoverished areas in Padre Ramos.  We will be building  homes and also helping them plant trees that will later yield fruit.

Additionally, we will work closely with the families and women to establish a means of sustainable income.

This year, i’d like to bring Laken along for the trip. I believe that exposure to these cultures and under-developed countries is important. I want him to come away from this trip fully understanding all that he has and how he is capable of helping others who have less.

This very trip last year changed me tremendously. It was difficult and strenuous, but it catapulted me into a different way of seeing and living life.

If you feel called to help us, i would greatly appreciate it! I am forever indebted to those of you who helped me last year and hope to be able to share this experience with all of you again. I am more than willing and happy to WORK for these people. So if you would like to receive a mini session in exchange for your donation, i will gladly oblige. However, if you are wanting to just make a simple donation, that is also an option!!!

To make a donation, CLICK HERE. 

To purchase a $100 mini session to be used between now and May 2018, CLICK HERE

i wholeheartedly appreciate any an every contribution and want you to know that your donation helps permanently change the trajectory of another family’s life. You may feel like you aren’t making a global impact, but i assure you that you are and these families and children are so deserving of your care and consideration. They are so loving and kind and appreciative. Please help me get back to them!

be infinitely blessed

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Caroline | Nashville Maternity Photographer

A few years ago, i met this woman. She is so patient and kind hearted. Soft spoken and nurturing. She quickly became like a long lost sister to me. When her husband had an opportunity in Nashville, they moved their family hours and hours away from my sad little heart.

When Caroline told me they were pregnant again, i planned to visit them in Nashville so i could be there to photograph the birth. But little man had other plans.

The night before i left, i insisted that Caroline take just a few maternity photos. We literally drove around the block, hopped out of the car, and took photos for about 10 minutes – 5 of which was spent letting my camera de-fog from the Nashville humidity and 2 minutes slapping away mosquitos and chasing fireflies.

As i pulled into the state of Texas, Caroline let me know she was in labor. I missed the arrival of their precious little boy by 2 hours. I imagine, we’ll laugh about that in the years to come. But right now i’m just gonna sit here with a few maternity photos and be bitter :-p

Dallas, Caroline, and B…. thank you for being my friends. and for giving me another place to feel loved and family. i miss you all so very much and cannot wait to see you again!

love, sarah

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Kevin & Heather | Engaged

My favorite type of engagement session to photograph is one where the couple is unaware that i am there and they just have fun together. With Kevin and Heather, they went about themselves laughing and joking, and occasionally trying to take my direction. But then they would completely forget that i was there.

I love when a couple can just be engaged… and allow me to photograph it!

Kevin and Heather – i am so excited to be on board for your journey and your engagement. thank you for being kind and generous and for being happy and in love; allowing me to photograph your joy is such an honor and i am so refreshed and energized by your happiness!

be infinitely blessed

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Thomas and Zoie | Engaged

Thomas and Zoie.

What started out as a simple flirtation has brought us to this journey in their lives. Both Thomas and Zoie are friends of mine. When she mentioned wishing he’d spark up a converstation with her, i gave her a little nudge and told her to introduce herself. Never in a million years did i think that that little push would bring us where we are today. But alas, here we found ourselves, in the middle of the canyon energetically slapping at mosquitos during their engagement session. I don’t particularly like to third wheel… but these two make it so much fun!

here are a few favorites from our time together

Ladies…. find you a man that looks at you the way Thomas looks at ZoieThomas and Zoie: we’ve all shed tears together. And you know just about everything i could ever have to say about you individually and as a couple. I am so proud to call you friends. So honored to have been able to witness this beautiful coming together of souls. You are so perfect for each other. From your crazy good looks to your nerdy awkwardness… There is no doubt in my mind that you will both succeed and flourish in life and marriage. I love how much you care for each other. I love that you started living out your vows to one another long before Thomas got down on bended knee. I love your honesty. and bravery. your authenticity. your perseverance. and your complete dedication to each other and your families. Zoie i remember you sitting in my house the day you realized Thomas was the one; and Thomas, i remember sitting in your office when the only thing you had on your mind was that Zoie was completely taken care of. I could only hope that every person in their life could have a Thomas and Zoie couple to show them how fun, free, and loving commitment can be. I admire you in so many ways and you have both taught me so so much. I cannot celebrate you enough nor feel more humbled to be here to document this time in your lives. Thank you for loving each other so well. Because you are true sources of hope for this heart of mine. Thank you for being my friend. For being there on the road trips. the panicked moments. for rescuing me. for walking me to my car in the dark. for being inclusive in your journey. and for being so transparent with me. i can’t help but love you both.

be infinitely blessed

 

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Ryan and Hailey | Engaged

This lovely couple is getting married today. Everything about photographing them is easy and natural and so lighthearted. They are always so genuinely happy and joyful.

I am excited to share their engagement session with you. We met a few months ago in Palo Duro Canyon and had a truly wonderful time chasing the sunlight.

you’re getting married!!!!!! Ryan and Hailey – seriously, knowing you and photographing this journey for you has been nothing but joy for me. thank you for always being so open and present in our time together and for truly showing us what love looks like. i am so humbled to be here to document your journey and to witness the beginning of what promises to be a most beautiful life together.

be infinitely blessed

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September. 13. 2017 - 12:19 pm

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