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My beautiful neighbor Anna asked me to take some pictures of her and her sweet horse, Tandy.  Anna got Tandy when she was a little girl and yesterday Tandy turned 27…yep, I said 27 years old! Tandy has arthritis and Anna doesn’t know how much longer she will be with them, so it was really important for Anna to get some portraits with her. I’ve always been in awe of horses…their beauty, their strength, their loyalty…and it was a blessing to be able to take some images of true friendship.




When I decided to focus my photography on mainly weddings, engagements, and seniors, that meant I had to turn away a ton of families that I’ve grown to love….families that I’ve photographed since their wedding and the birth of their children….talk about a guilt trip when I can’t take their pictures!! But sometimes, I just can’t say no…and one of those times was with the Swagers.  I looovvveee the Swagers, they just melt my heart. I want to put them in my back pocket and keep them with me. They are so sweet, kind, and funny…not to mention stylish. Seriously…what adult can pull off a tutu the way this mom does?!! 


For as much as I want to be…I’m not a planner. So why wouldn’t I decide to do a last minute Valentine’s Day shoot with my kiddos?  I don’t have a studio and a bunch of cute backdrops, and I didn’t want to spend a ton of money or time trying to make something…so I came up with this simple backdrop for a total of $17…I know it could have been cheaper, but I didn’t feel like cutting out hearts. I bought a pack of scrapbook paper at Michael’s for ten bucks and then bought some red hearts at Target from their dollar spot.  My boys ripped out the scrapbook paper for me and we just taped it to a white backdrop that I had (you could use a wall as well).  It doesn’t look so pretty up close, but I knew it wasn’t going to be in sharp focus and it would give me the look I was going for.  I placed the backdrop in my dining room across from three windows and there you go…I had a quick, inexpensive Valentine set up.  Now go take some pics of your kiddos!!