Pinder Maternity {Sneak Peek}

A few months ago my husband and I met up with my friend Christa and her husband Shane for dinner at Applebees. Yum, I’m kind of in love with their wonton tacos. Okay back t the story. We hadn’t seen each other in quite awhile so it was a great time just catching up on life.

I’ve actually known Christa for about 20 years. I can’t believe I’m old enough to say that…ugh. Anyway, we met in 4th grade orchestra, where we both played viola. For five years we went to different schools but always had fun together during practice. We were so excited to finally go to the same school once high school came around! I got to see her meet her high school sweetheart Shane, who proposed at prom, and then I got to watch them marry each other as Christa’s maid of honor. It was such a special day!

Needless to say, she’s one of my favorite people! So when halfway through dinner she handed me a card letting me know they were expecting their first baby I had tears in my eyes. I am SO HAPPY FOR THEM! They didn’t get pregnant easily, it was a couple of years of trying and hoping and now finally they are beyond excited to meet their baby girl, Alyssa Mae Pinder in November!

We got so many cute maternity shots, it was hard to narrow down for a sneak peek…more to come!

Van Kampen Session Highlights

Devoted wife, Christian woman, lip boss, entrepreneur, bar owner, true friend, workout addict, loving mother of 2...however you know Mindy, you know she is one heck of gal! I have loved getting to know Mindy and her beautiful family over the last few years. It's been a joy to watch her family grow and see her personal growth into all of these new roles and absolutely power through everything that has come her way. It was not easy to narrow down my favorites from their family session, but alas, here they are! 

Shout Out to Jenny for Being Amazing!

Sure, this blog is about a client whose family I photographed a few months ago, but it's also about a friend, fitness trainer, and most of all, an incredibly strong and compassionate woman that I am so thankful to know. 

It's kind of crazy to me that I haven't even known Jenny a whole year, but this lady doesn't take long to leave a mark on you. She will tell you exactly what's on her mind 100% of the time. She is strong in mind and body and will always have the back of the people (and animals) she cares about. I joined her bootcamp class last Summer as a step to better myself. I didn't know it at the time, but I really needed someone to push me outside my comfort zone and give me some tough love. Jenny did both of those things. She helped me workout, she helped me eat better food, and she somehow helped me find my own confidence to keep pushing forward. This bootcamp class is about SO much more than a place to workout. The little community of women that come together is the most supportive group I have ever been a part of. Every single woman in that class is strong, independent, and beautiful inside and out. Jenny is building something very special with her bootcamp class and this is only the beginning! Her husband, Zach, is going to school for chiropractics and together I know they will do amazing things for the community. 

Speaking of amazing things for the community, this husband and wife duo also volunteer to foster dogs. And right now, they are planning a HUGE benefit for some dogs that were rescued from horrifying circumstances last month. Jenny deserves the absolute loudest shout-out for doing so much work for this fundraiser, because she's doing it all while enduring Hyperemesis gravidarum during her pregnancy. If you don't know what that is, it's really, really tough and she's a freaking rockstar for even getting out of bed right now! 

They have gathered more than 100 incredible donations to be auctioned and raffled off, organized a dinner of spaghetti and sloppy joes, and have some really great, exciting plans for the benefit. It will be an awesome time! I'll post the flyer below the highlights from their December session!

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