Gotta love ya some baby...squeeze 'em squeeze 'em love 'em love 'em

They used this one on the front of their annuoncements
daddy and baby girl...awww

I love it when they are so teeny tiny you can fit them in a bowl...

they used this one for their announcement cards

mommy and baby girl...another awww
Dads face is priceless

Leave Tiffany a comment about her sweet cute baby. And Tiffany you can put these on facebook if ya want.

Also, don't forget to scroll and down and see the other posts made today and yesterday.


Blog Technician Needed

I was having a new blog made for me back in May, however the person sort of took my money and ran. Thankfully it was just half of the payment. I can't seem to get a hold of him and it's really frustrating. I thought this person was honest and reliable, but I guess I was wrong. I would recommend doing some research before hiring someone to do work for you. And it may be better to just go with the big names and pay the big bucks so you won't get stiffed.

So I'm looking for someone else to help me.
Right now, what I'm looking for is how to write a welcome message under my header that is permanent. Each time someone comes to my blog, this message will say a simple hello. Does anyone know how to do that with blogger?

Also, I've posted many new blogs below so don't forget to look at those, and say a little hello. Those keep me going and wanting to post more. Thanks a-latta.



My little dinosaur
When we were thinking of what we wanted Benson to wear for halloween we thought a dinosaur would be cute. I bought the dinosaur costume first and then I found the monkey costume and instantly changed my mind. Don't you worry though, the dinosaur will be worn many times while running errands with mommy to the grocery store.

ummm, so he may be mad at me later in life for this one below, because he is showing is "going poopoo" face

I think Benson has the dinosaur beat on the teefers

I know you want to just squeeze those sweet cheeks, because I sure do

hey hey little guy

Holy moly guacamole aren't they cute...
All of our kids. Benson 8 months, Bailey 4 years, Chevy 3 3/4 years
The dogs really didn't want to sit for pictures. Soon after I took this one, Bailey was out of there.

Happy Halloween every body!
Ben, Benson and I are going to our church tomorrow night for Trunk or Treat, and Benson will be the cutest little monkey ever.



Today I prayed for God to humble my heart and he did.
I made a mistake this week that could have been avoided. I feel so silly and so embarrassed, and there is no way I could hide it.
I did pray for humility and I guess God thought it was a good idea.
"Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4


Atkinson Family

The Atkinson's and their dogs...

You gotta love those eyes on the doggy. And those are the dogs real eyes, no lie.

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Llittle Teaser

I was looking through my images from this weekend and I HAD to show you this one. I know this is mean of me for the mommas (Becca, Tiffany, and Lindsey), but it was way TOO cute I had to share instantly!


I need new music

I listen to my ipod when I'm working, but I've listened to the same songs over and over and OVER again. I want to update with some different songs, old or new. Have any ideas? I need some help from the cool upto date music listeners.

Some genres I like:
classic rock
early 90s

Leave me a note in comments below.

Thanks friends!

Web Gallery Difficulties

*Update:The problem below is now fixed

If you are trying to log in to your web gallery from my website, you may be having problems. You aren't the only one so don't worry. I am working on getting this fixed. I'm not sure whats going on, but I'm sure it is just maintenance from my the gallery company.

I'll let ya know when we are good to go.



Introducing, the beautiful Isabella...

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Southard Girls

look closely...the baby is smiling

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FREE Engagement session

I booked a wedding for Lindsie and Garrett tonight and they received a free engagement session. I have ONE FREE engagement session left to give away for any lucky bride and groom who books me for their lovely wedding. Hop to it so you can be the next winner.


Ben and I had a great weekend in Lubbock with my parents. I also had two wonderful sessions. One of them was an engagement session, lots of love and lots of mosquitoes. The other session was of three friends that have 2 month old babies; so three babies all in one room. It was precious.

I still have two free engagement sessions to give away for the next weddings I book. If you are interested in booking a wedding with me, then email me and we can talk details.

Also, just a reminder that I now accept credit and debit cards for you plastic lovers.

Ben turned 29 today, and we are celebrating with family. Praise the Lord for Ben being born 29 years ago. AMEN!


50, 000 Hits

Have you ever been hit 50, 000 times? Scroll down at the very bottom and you'll see that my blog has gotten more than 50, 000 hits. It's time to celebrate! Many many thanks to all of you wonderful friends who stop by, once a day, once a week, or once a month to check out my blog.

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Wise words for choosing a Wedding Photographer

Saw this on Kristin's blog
I thought this was interesting and very helpful to you peeps out there trying to decide on a wedding photographer. I also read this and it helps me remind myself to be THAT photographer that I want to be and to never settle for mediocre things-in life, art, and business.
Hope this is helpful to you bride and grooms.

When Choosing a Wedding Photographer

by Cory Parris
There are seven things to look for when choosing a wedding photographer: style, quality, personality, communication, service, products and price. Find someone that fits with what you want using these seven criteria and you will be happy with your experience, your photographer, and your wedding photographs.
Style is the most important criteria in my mind. Let me explain what I mean by style. It is not only the type of photographer you are looking at (classical, contemporary, photojournalistic, documentary, or fusion would be terms associated with a style), but also the particular way that a photographer sees and creates images that is unique to that person.
When you are looking at the work of a particular photographer, think about what type of images you want to end up with. Do you want candid, natural expressions or images posed to perfection? Do you want classic, formal images or free-flowing contemporary images? Do you want someone there to document the events or to set up images during the events? Do you want a mix?
There is no right or wrong way to photograph a wedding. There are definitely some I prefer to others, but I don’t begrudge others their choice. If you know what you want, it will be much easier to choose a photographer that naturally fits your needs.
The second part of style that I alluded to earlier is an individual style for the photographer. If you are looking at 10 different albums from 10 different photographers, could you make a guess as to which came from an individual photographer? This is a personal style. Images that are recognizable as coming from the unique vision of a particular photographer.
I expect a lot in the way of quality of photography. Someone that takes pride in his or her work won’t be satisfied with mediocre.
Quality photography means a lot of things to me. Black and white images should be crisp with a complete range of tones from complete black to complete white. They should be neutral of color without a color shift to magenta or cyan (common lab processing error).
Color images should also have a good range of tonality from light to dark. They should also have skin tones that look natural to the subject. The ambient lighting in the venue should be retained at least in part so that a feel of the place can be viewed in the image.
When flash is used, it should not overpower the scene to the point the background of the images are lost to blackness. There should also not be sharp shadows behind the subject from the overuse of a direct flashgun.
These have all been technical issues that I’ve talked about. There is also the quality of art that a photographer produces. Are you moved by the images that the photographer produces? Do his or her images speak to you about the experiences of the day? After you look at one album, do all the others just look the same and boring? Does your significant other keep looking at their watch when you try to show this photographer’s website? Do you feel the experience of the bride and groom in the albums? Does it make feel like crying? Would you frame his or her work for your wall just because you love the photograph even if it wasn’t of you? Some of these things will help you figure out how a particular photographers art works for you.
A good way to judge quality is to view the albums the photographer presents and a complete wedding (proofs, proof books or online) so that you can see the images that are delivered, but not put into the photographers “All Star” wedding sample album.
An easily overlooked aspect of choosing a wedding photographer is their personality. This is a person that is going to be around your family and friends all day at your wedding. The way they behave and interact with your guests will partially shape how your wedding is remembered.
Do you want the director type personality that will tell you what they think is the proper way to do things? Someone that sits back and doesn’t talk at all? Someone that is pleasant and easy to talk to?
Choosing a personality can be difficult because you only know them for a short time. Look at some of the quotes they use in their marketing. Are they all about how great the images are, or do some of them also talk about how great the photographer was to work with?
Also, if you are considering a studio with more than one photographer, you should meet with the photographer that will shoot your wedding. How can you be a judge of a person’s personality if you never meet them? Do you trust the studio enough to send someone out that will be hanging out with you on your wedding day?
Choosing the right person can make your wedding day more relaxing, enjoyable and fun. It can also make working with that person to create an album a lot more enjoyable.
People just communicate differently. With some people, you know exactly what they mean when they say something. Other times…not so much.
Your photographer should be able to answer all your questions in a way that you feel like you were actually answered. They should listen to what you have to say and you should feel like your thoughts are valued.
The photographer should be able to explain exactly what is included with your package in a way that does not leave any questions. You are not a photographer and should not be expected to know every photographic product on the market or how they compare to the photographers other offerings. They are the experts on their own products!
If they are able to communicate these things well to you, you should be able to work well with them after the wedding to get your albums and other products and your family should be in good hands if they contact the photographer.
A lot of times photographers are independent owner-operators. This leads to some challenges for both the clients and the photographer. An independent, one-man or one-woman shop physically cannot answer the phone every time it rings or return every email within an hour. However, when you do reach them, you are talking to the owner and operator.
Large studios offer the opposite. Someone will pretty much always answer your phone call or email in just a few minutes. However, that person may not be the person you wanted to talk to.
You should expect to be able to hear from the person you wish to speak with within one business day. You should also ask about business hours. Do they normally have availability to meet when you are available as well?
Also, ask when your photographs will be done after your wedding. The range can be huge. From three days to three months.
Other ways photographers provide excellent service is by clearly explaining the album design process, being pleasant to work with, welcoming your input on improvement and staying in touch both before and after the wedding.
Does the photographer provide the type of products you desire? Some photographers hand over the negatives and files and are done. Others will create guest books from your engagement session, albums from your wedding, slideshows from either one, web viewing, or even blankets or jewelry. Which of these is important to you? If they don’t provide you with what you want, do they provide you with the resources to get it done by someone else? Or will they go out of their way to create it for you even if they don’t normally offer it.
I think the photography is more important than the product, but having the final product that fits what your desires is definitely important as well.
The final piece of choosing a photographer is price. In many ways this is the least important criterion. However, buying a brand new BMW when your budget is for a 10 year old Hyundai may not be the smartest financial move you will ever make.
To use a classic wedding photographers marketing cliché, when all is said and done at your wedding, the flowers, food, drink and cake will be gone, the band will be a memory. What you will be left with is your wedding photographs. If you look at those wedding photographs and you are transported back to the feelings of excitement, joy and bliss of those moments when you look at them, can you really put a monetary value on that?
Photographers vary in price from around $1500 at the bottom end to around $50,000 (that is NOT a typo) at the top end. The value a particular wedding photographer has to you is completely personal. Someone that can create images in a style that makes you tear up when you look at a wedding that is not yours is much more valuable than someone that can take okay photographs. Add on the quality, personality, communication, service and products that you want and then judge their price.
Good luck with finding a photographer for your wedding!
Cory Parris is an ISPWP member and wedding photographer in Seattle, Washington

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