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Sam & Jessica Gatlyn Family

I recently got the chance to photograph my brother, Samuel, his wife, Jessieca and their two boys (my nephews- Káel and Cedar) on a Sunday morning. I’ve been wanting to do more in home family sessions, and I’m going to start offering this, this year in my collections.

They started their day with waffles, bacon, being silly around the table… I just hung out for 3 hours or so and was a fly on the wall. It was really sweet for my heart to see my brother being such a wonderful father and loving husband. They are a super talented family. (You can visit their work at and

I was thinking recently about family photos/in home photography sessions, how in the moment of having them taken, they aren’t as special to us as they will be in a year or even in three years. I remember having photos taken of my family a few years ago (before I had my second son). I loved them, but today, I love them more then I ever did before. Why? Because in the moment, that is what is normal to you, the way your kids look, the way they smile, the large amounts of diapers you change, the book you have read 100 million times, the way they can destroy a room with a plastic car, the way they ask you for things, or hug you. In a year from now, they won’t be the same. They won’t even look the same, your mundane routine will be completely different and you’ll wish that you had more photos of your daily routine a year ago to remember. It’s marvelous and its full of the mundane. I think making the jump to have an artist photograph your family and realizing that in the moment these are beautiful but in a year or in ten years they will mean the world to you. I love giving back those memories to families. Especially to all the hero moms who take care of their kids day in and day out, through wonderful days and awful horrible days. We deserve to remember what was beautiful through all the rough. I am one of those moms and the photos I have with my boys mean so much to me. I can photograph my husband with the boys all day long, but at the end of the day I am the one who takes care of them day in and day out while my husband works so hard to provide. I started a 365 day photo project this year of just the men in my house.  I have called this  “The Marvelous Mundane.” and this phrase has helped me through so much this year. I have needed those moments of finding that marvelous moment in the middle of sick boys, messes, laundry, cold weather… etc. It keeps me sane to see my beautiful life. I know that at the end of the year I’ll have this story to tell of my two boys who became best friends.   My favorite quote right now is “Motherhood is the sacred marriage of the mundane and the eternal.” – Lisa-Jo Baker So cheers to remembering those marvelous mundane days.

So with that long intro, here is a day in the Gatlyn family. Enjoy!

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Announcing Family Holiday Mini-Sessions!

For $200 you will receive:

  • A thirty-minute family, couple or portrait session in the South Carolina peach orchards in Fort Mill.

  • Ten high-resolution edited images. (Additional images are also available for purchase.)

  • An online gallery for viewing/sharing, album and print orders.

For the best fall colors in the orchards, I recommend scheduling your mini session the first three weeks of November.

(Up to six people per family. $25 per additional person.)

If you wish to have a longer family session please visit here for prices.

Please contact [email protected] or 704-778-1940 for more details or to schedule your session.

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To end this lovely year, I wanted to share some beautiful images I took of some friends of mine who have been on quite the journey. Joe and Angela have been friends of mine for years. Joe and I have known each other pretty much since we were born. Angela and Joe met on a mission trip that my parents coordinated. They fell in love and we had so much fun watching their love and marriage bloom!! I love these two!

Angela and Joe are brave and amazing and have taken on the adventure of adopting three kids, all siblings. They are beautiful kids who came out of a really rough life. It has had it’s really rough days and really beautiful moments. I’m so proud of them for choosing this and being willing to do what it takes to give these kids a beautiful life.

When I was in Ohio, it snowed, and we ventured out in lake effect snow to take a few portraits of their family. Here are some of my favorites. Happy New Year to all! Prepare to melt…. ;D


Meet Joe, Angela, Jay, Finley, and Leila.


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Nov 03, 2013


I’ve known Jessica probably longer than any of my current friends. She and I have quite the stories of running around like crazy kids doing God knows what…. while our parents were in the ministry. I could tell you story after story of our crazy childhood. Let’s just say that Jessica’s sister hated babysitting us. ;) We’ve stayed friends through many seasons, many states, many trials, and many hair colors. I love this girl.

Jessica now has the most beautiful family, and I was honored to be able to shoot photos of their family the other night. We were surprised with a rain, a rainbow, crazy clouds, a beautiful sunset and the color of autumn. Here are a few favorites….  I feel like I could have shared all 100 of them, but I’ll spare you. ;)

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I had a lovely few hours getting to spend time with the Griffin/Cranford Family. Their kids were so fun to work with and the light and the trees were beautiful!!! I am taking family sessions for this holiday season! Check out my mini session’s I am offering- here.

These are a few of my fav’s…  I love the portraits of the kids the most.

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Announcing Family Holiday Mini-Sessions!

For $200 you will receive:

  • Twenty-Five Minute Family/Couple session in the South Carolina Peach Orchards (Up to six people per family. $25 per additional person.)

  • Five high-resolution edited images. Additional images also available.

  • An online gallery for viewing, sharing and print orders.

For best fall colors in the orchards, I recommend scheduling your mini session during the first three weeks of November. Please contact [email protected] or 704-778-1940 for more details or to schedule your session. read more

Aug 26, 2013


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Dec 14, 2012


Wishing all my clients, friends and family a Merry Christmas! Enjoy this holiday season and treasure family.  Thank you to everyone who made this year fabulous for me, my family and my business! Happy New Year!

*Photo Credit by Shelley Paulson Photography