Nash | Dumas, Arkansas Child Photographer

I love getting to watch this little boy grow up!  He recently came in for his two year old portraits, and what better theme to have than Mickey Mouse??  Happy Birthday, Nash!

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Mommy & Me | Dumas, Arkansas Child Photographer

“While trying to teach our children about life, our children teach us what life is all about” -Anonymous

 

Delaney brought her sweet little boy in for some ‘mommy and me’ pictures, and we snuck a few in of her too :).  I’m so proud of Delaney for making time to have professional portraits done with Austin.  She knows exactly what’s important.

Can I get on my soap box just a second?

Mama’s usually get so caught up in the busyness of life, and all too often put themselves last to be in pictures.  The most common excuse I hear is ‘I want to lose weight before I have any done’.

Well, mama, we don’t know what life will throw at us, so don’t put it off.

Your children do not see you through their eyes how YOU see yourself.

Your children see you as the person who makes all of their boo-boo’s better.  The person who knows just the right tickle spot to make them laugh.  The person who makes the best macaroni and cheese, from the box, that was ever made in the history of mankind.  Oh, and that extra ‘fluff’ you’re wanting to lose?  That ‘fluff’ is engrained in your childs memory of being the most comfortable way to fall asleep.  They will remember all of those things.

Not that mama needs to lose 10 lbs.  They don’t notice that at all.

Want to know how I know these things?  Because these things are what I remember about my mama.  I honestly never noticed anything else about her.  Now that she’s gone, I constantly dig through old pictures, praying I find some of me with my mom, or even of my mom by herself, that I haven’t seen before.  When I find a new one, it’s better than finding gold.

One day, my friend, pictures will be all your family has left of you.

Be in them.  Be present.  Take hundreds, thousands.  Take them for your family, and most importantly if you have kids, take them for your babies.

Off my soap box now 🙂

Austin is a little charmer, and I love that we had a chance to snap some of Delaney by herself.

Delaney, you will love these forever,  and Austin will be so thankful he has them too.

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Boston & Beckham | Dumas, Arkansas Child Photographer

These two boys top the list of favorite clients to photograph.  I think it’s because they remind me so much of my boys.  Boston is such a laid back, easy-going big brother.  He is so good with Beckham, watching him to make sure he doesn’t get into anything he shouldn’t.  Although she doesn’t, Allison could totally prop her feet up and relax for a little bit with Boston around lol!  He’s that good with his little brother.  Beckham is your typical busy-bodied toddler, running wild and free-spirited.  His little grin can melt you in a split second.  When I walked in to their home to do their session that day, he immediately grabbed my hand and took me around their house showing me things.  He is such a sweet baby, and a pretty one at that (he is still little so we mama’s can call our baby boys pretty at that age)!

Allison and Gage, you are truly blessed.

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Averi turns one! | Dumas, Arkansas Child Photographer

This sweet little firecracker has a birthday next month, so why not have a red, white, and blue themed birthday party?!  She is the sweetest, cuddliest (if that’s not a word, I made it a word just for her lol) little girl and will steal your heart in a split-second!  She knows how to use those sparkling blue eyes to charm ya!  Also, it was such an honor to photograph 4 generations of Files/Hughes women!  It’s a photo that will be cherished every time they see it in their home ❤

Happy (early) Birthday baby girl!

 

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Hudson | Dumas, Arkansas Newborn Photographer

I had the honor of photographing Hudson a few weeks ago, and his daddy and I just so happen to go way back.

Back in my teenage years, I was a hard core softball player, and so was Katie Puryear.  We played in the Dumas league together pretty much our entire lives.  Always running around playing and attending every game was Katie’s little brother, Calvin.  When he wasn’t in the stands cheering on Katie, he was on the field himself.  Calvin was quite the baseball player.  Although he’s a few years younger than me, I can remember him dominating on the ball field.  I have no doubt Calvin will have his little boy on the field as soon as he can walk.

Calvin went on to marry Kathleen, and together they have brought a sweet, calm spirited little boy into the world.  I didn’t know Kathleen prior to their newborn session, but just in the short time of working together it’s obvious that she and Calvin are a perfect match.  They are both so in love with this little boy, and I can’t wait to watch him grow up on the ball field.

Meet Hudson Puryear:

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Zayden | Dumas, Arkansas Child Photographer

Y’all.  They do not get any cuter than this.

Zayden and his mommy came in to have ‘Mommy and Me’ Portraits made (which I applaud her for because so many mama’s put this off and they always end up regretting it!).  He smiled at me the entire time!  He never would let me hold him, but he would run to me and get within 6 inches, stop, show the biggest 4-toothed smile he could, then run back to his mama.  This is what a happy baby and a good nap beforehand looks like:

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