Posts Tagged 'Samuel'

Back in November I went with my brother and sister in law to get matching tattoos. (Sorry its taken me forever to share these) It was a pretty interesting experience considering I don’t have any tattoos and really haven’t spent much time around the culture of it. I love what they picked, its very “Sam & Jess.” I documented a few photos from it and my brother who is a videographer documented a video. You can also visit Jess’ blog to hear her story about the tattoos. The artist for their tattoo’s is Mara from Neither Snow. They went to “Ace Custom Tattoo’s” in Charlotte, NC and Chris Stuart did their ink.

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I thought I would share a few photos we took back in December for our Christmas card. I took a few of my Brother, Sister in law, and sweet nephew Káel. They snapped a few of us together.

My dress I’m wearing was my great grandmother best Sunday dress. Isn’t it so lovely?

I hope you enjoy these! ;)

These are edited with VSCO Film from Visual Supply

Brandon & Rebekah1

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The story of my nephew’s birth was featured on a Mommy blogger- Dear Baby Blog

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See Káel’s full story here 

I think we’ve all been waiting for these photos…

Little Káel is a little over three weeks old now and he’s vibrant, full of personality, so sweet, alert, healthy, handsome, and all boy. ;) I went over to Sam and Jessica’s house yesterday and he was all happy to see his Auntie Rivkah!

Disclaimer: This is my 1st time photographing a baby! ;)

sweet boy collage

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If you haven’t seen part one of “The Tale of Forest Káel,” click here before you read any further.

To paint this story as best as I can, I try to take pictures of the time as often as possible so that you can see the hours that Jessica spent in labor. Again, remember that Forest Káel was born on August 29th at 3:33 AM.  It felt like an eternity at times, and then at times I couldn’t believe how fast time was flying.

Jessica’s poor body was so tired, she could hardly stand. All she could think about was wanting to sleep. The little man in her womb had turned his face a little and his head was catching on her cervix. Her midwives, for about six hours, tried everything they could to get things positioned correctly–adjusting as Jessica would push, having Jessica turn to different sides on her back, standing up with a leg on the bed, kneeling, etc.  I have never seen such horrible pain on someone’s face. It was dreadful to watch.

At times I would leave the room, curl up on my husband’s lap and weep a little. Brandon would look at me and smile with only the smile that could calm my heart.  Again and again…yells, moans, roars, screams could be heard. At one point Jess laid her head on her bed and cried out, “Jesus, I can’t do this anymore! Your going to have to help me, I’m so tired!”

The most emotional part for me was seeing Samuel (my brother) lean over and kiss her head and hold her hand. Seeing my best friend hurt was rough enough, but seeing my dearest brother see his bride hurt was so emotional for me.

August 28th at 6:26PM, the sun was still up a bit and all the grandparents plus my husband were sitting in the living room chatting, laughing and praying. Jess later told me that the sound of laughter from the other room in between her contractions was so comforting to her, reassuring her that it wouldn’t be like this forever. read more

This is my side of the most incredible story that I’ve been able to be a part of in a long time. Not just any baby was born; He’s very special. He’s my best friend’s baby, my brother’s son, my parents’ grand-baby and my little nephew. I felt every emotion known to man in 24 hours. This was miraculous, exciting, terrifying, fearful, painful, traumatic, heartbreaking, heart-wrenching, incredible, fantastic, happy, selfless, sad…name it. I felt it. At times I felt like a fly on the wall waiting for a window to open so I could fly out.

I’ve been skeptical of pregnancy for quite some time, but after this, I may go up to pregnant ladies in Wal-Mart and start shaking their hands. I’m such a changed person. My heart is so tender and happy. I never want to see my best friend walk through this again. I’m scarred for life.  Jessica is my absolute hero and such an incredible woman to know. I’m so blessed and honored that we both found one another. I hope you enjoy her story.

Side note: Keep track of the times and dates that I post. Káel was born on August 29th at 3:33AM. You’ll be able to count the hours till he’s born.

Disclaimer: Jessica has seen and approved all the images in the next two blogs. ;) read more

So, Jessica is my bestest friend and, to go along with that, she also married my brother in September. (See some of their wedding pictures – ) Now we are sisters!!! Jessica  and I spend just about every day together. I’m seriously over at her house every day, or she’s at mine. We eat a majority of meals together  and we share the deep places of our hearts with one another. It’s so good that my best friend is going to be my best friend FOREVER–she’s stuck!  haha….

Jessica and Samuel found out they were pregnant back in December, and it took us all by surprise. Brandon and I got to go see Jess’s 3D ultra sound a few weeks back. Pretty excited to find out that we are going to be an Aunt and an Uncle to a feisty little boy who looks just like my brother.

Baby Gatlyn

Now, I’m a little strange about maternity pictures. First of all, I have never been pregnant. Second of all, I feel like so many photographers make BEAUTIFUL pregnant ladies look horrible.  And… the bare-belly, half-naked maternity pictures often seem so tacky, and even cheesy.  I’m on a journey of trying to figure out how to take maternity pictures in a way that hasn’t been captured yet… where men who aren’t your husband feel comfortable looking through you’re photo album.  I definitely haven’t arrived in that journey of creativity, but two days ago, I took Jess to an old abandoned house and I shot pictures of her.  She is 24 weeks prego right now, and I’ll probably shoot more pictures of her when she gets closer to her due date in August.

I feel like so many photographers have seriously missed capturing the beauty of a mommy “with a baby in the oven.”  I like to look at it like this:

“I’m shooting a portrait session.

PS: She just so happens to be pregnant.”

Enjoy, and leave me some love!

Full House/jessica

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Such an incredible story for me to tell, cause I love how Jesus works. Samuel my brother met the most amazing woman named Jessica Cortez (who was my best friend). She is a Texan/Hippy. They fell in love and after a very brief dating season via Skype (she was living in Redding, CA and he was living in Vass, NC) he surprised her in Israel by showing up on her favorite beach asking her to marry him. Here is the video (Get ready to cry)


Jessica began to plan out the most amazing wedding ever. A barn 15 Bridesmaids in long tie dye maxi dresses, 13 Groomsmen in vests, and different scarves, hats. The ceremony would take place on top of hill in the middle of the woods. And the reception would take place in a big red barn. Mason jars, record players, apples, wild flowers, horses, bon fire, 60’s booths, type writer…

During the time that Jess was looking her her dress she was approached by the bridal store she bought her dress from in Dallas. They asked her if she would be willing to be filmed for a new up coming reality TV show (airing April 25th on Woman’s Entertainment Network WE) called “Girl Meets Gown”

They began to film her finding the dress, interviewing her family, and Sam (via skype) I drove down to Dallas a few times from Kansas City and helped her hand make a MILLION invitation. And I was interviewed and filmed with the show.

Their wedding was absolutely incredible. My friend Shelley Paulson who has been mentoring me and has been an INCREDIBLE friend to my heart. She was hired to come and shoot the wedding. There are 6 parts on Shelley’s blog to Samuel and Jessica’s pictures. PLEASE LOOK at them!!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

And here is the 10 min highlight video to Samuel and Jess’ wedding. (get ready to cry again)


The day after the wedding, Shelley and I took Sam and Jess on a day after shoot. I second shot along with Shelley.

Samuel and Jessica are now expecting their 1st baby (I’M GOING TO BE AN AUNT!) in Aug!!! They live a few streets over from my husband and I… and I’m so glad they live sooooo close. ;)

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