10 on 10

10 on 10 | August 2018

if you're going by school year, summer is over. landan started back this week and now he's officially a junior. wah. where does the time go? however, i'm not calling it the end of summer until after labor day. we're visiting my sister in the outer banks, nc that weekend so we've got one more beach weekend in store before it's all said and done!

one thing i managed to do a decent job of was continue my eighteen summers project that i started two years ago. the thing i love about film is how in a busy season of life, it helps me to slow down and be more intentional about choosing moments to document while at the same time embracing the imperfection of it all.

this post is in collaboration with super skilled photographers all over the world, so please click through the circle, starting with Carla, all the way from Brazil!

without further ado, bits and pieces of our summer so far on film...

107953020033.jpg
summer-fun-huntsville-al-child-photographer
summer-fun-huntsville-al-photographer
summer-fun-on-film-hsv-al-photographer
summer-fun-on-film-hsv-al-photographer-5
summer-fun-on-film-hsv-al-photographer-2
huntsville-al-film-photographer
108555010020.jpg
summer-fun-on-film-hsv-al-photographer-11
summer-fun-on-film-hsv-al-photographer=12

10 on 10 | April 2018

Last month was a whirlwind. In less than four weeks, we went from not even thinking about moving to living in a brand new house. Our first home wasn't even on the market when we reluctantly accepted an offer on it a little over a month ago. I thought accepting a full price offer would be an easy decision, so I was surprised when I found myself wondering if we were doing the right thing. 

As I type this from our new home, I am able to look back and confidently say we did make the right choice. We are loving our new home and new neighborhood. Life feels good here. We weren't expecting a fresh start at this point in life but I'm thankful for it. 

Packing up our first home made me realize the importance of documenting our everyday lives. I'm going to share some thoughts I posted on Instagram during our move.


I’ve been in a rut for a while. I haven’t picked up my camera at home regularly in what seems like forever. As inspiring as all the artists I follow on IG are, it’s become equally defeating trying to keep up and I’ve been searching for that spark to feel inspired again. Tonight as I was flipping through images in LR from last summer, I came across this series of Jack playing in the garden and they pulled at my heartstrings, especially this one. This is Greyson’s tree. We planted it three years ago in memory of my son, Jack’s identical twin brother, who passed away when I was 21 weeks pregnant. Little did I know when I took this picture, that this would be the last summer in our home on Tottenham Way. A home full of so many memories, happy and sad. I thought little of this image at the time probably because it’s technically flawed & Jack is out of focus. When we load up the truck and say our good-byes in a couple weeks, all I’ll have left are memories. Memories and photos. Thousands of imperfect pictures that perfectly reflect this moment in time and take me back to how it felt to be right there, watching my boys grow and discover the world and their place in it. This is my why and my reason. Nothing else matters. Just keep shooting.

I’ve been in a rut for a while. I haven’t picked up my camera at home regularly in what seems like forever. As inspiring as all the artists I follow on IG are, it’s become equally defeating trying to keep up and I’ve been searching for that spark to feel inspired again. Tonight as I was flipping through images in LR from last summer, I came across this series of Jack playing in the garden and they pulled at my heartstrings, especially this one. This is Greyson’s tree. We planted it three years ago in memory of my son, Jack’s identical twin brother, who passed away when I was 21 weeks pregnant. Little did I know when I took this picture, that this would be the last summer in our home on Tottenham Way. A home full of so many memories, happy and sad. I thought little of this image at the time probably because it’s technically flawed & Jack is out of focus. When we load up the truck and say our good-byes in a couple weeks, all I’ll have left are memories. Memories and photos. Thousands of imperfect pictures that perfectly reflect this moment in time and take me back to how it felt to be right there, watching my boys grow and discover the world and their place in it. This is my why and my reason. Nothing else matters. Just keep shooting.


Funny how sometimes it takes completely uprooting to get out of funk and create for no one else but myself (and my family). Not for likes, not for recognition...So, without further ado - here's this month's 10 on 10 (ok more like 15 on 10). A collection of images from our last month in our first home that aren't perfect but mean the world to me. Here's to new beginnings and keeping my camera on the counter again. Continue the circle with the inspiring Colie James--her work is bright, colorful and REAL!

april-2018-10-on-10-blog-circle-lifestyle-family-photography-madison-huntsville-al

10 on 10 | July 2017

This month, Brad and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. Since I had a business trip scheduled the same week, we snuck away to Bridge Street for an overnight staycation. We stayed at Element by Westin and had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Connor's. It was a perfect and much needed quick getaway.

Go check out my friend, Bethany's post next....she is one of my favorite photographers and her summer photos are so beautiful and fun. She has got me wanting to purchase an underwater camera ASAP!

10 on 10 | February 2017

Due to the winter blahs and a stressful workload, I've really lacked motivation to pick up my camera this month, but I did shoot a test roll of Fuji 400h 35mm film in January that I was pretty happy with despite all the missed focus and grain. There's just something nostalgic about film that digital can't quite replicate.  Sharing a few below. Continue the circle with lovely Kristi Burton.

feb10on10Marycolleenphoto-2.jpg
feb10on10Marycolleenphoto-3.jpg

10 on 10 | January 2017

Happy New Year! It feels so strange to type 2017! It seems with each day and month that passes the years get shorter and shorter. As my boys grow up right before my eyes, the quick passage of time becomes painfully obvious.

I decided to share a few photos from our Christmas festivities for this month's 10 on 10 post. This Christmas was a special one - it was the first one that all four of us woke up on Christmas morning under the same roof since Jack was born. I'm so thankful for that precious gift.

In addition to some Christmas morning photos, I had to share a few from our time spent on Wilson Lake over the holidays. It was an unseasonably warm Christmas, so being able to watch the sunset from the pier of the lake was a nice treat! I hope you all had a happy holiday with your family! When you're finished scrolling here, head over to Charlotte's blog to see her beautiful 10 on 10 post from across the pond!

10on10jan_mcp-4.jpg
10on10jan_mcp-10.jpg

10 on 10 | November 2016

This has been my busiest fall to date and I'm sad to admit I haven't taken many photos of my own family lately. I'm behind on editing and still have sessions booked every weekend through November.

However, we did have one important event that I made sure I pulled out the camera for and that was Landan's first homecoming dance. Homecoming is a big deal here in Madison and the kids go all out for the dance. Landan took his best friend, Olivia, as his date. I also learned how to tie a bow tie for this special occasion, and I think I did a pretty good job, don't you? ;) 

Still enjoying learning and shooting film, so I threw a couple of those images into the mix too!

When you leave here, head over to the talented Cris Stephens' blog post to see her gorgeous images from this months 10 on 10!

10 on 10 | September 2016

I feel like I say this every month, but I can't believe it's already September. I knew the summer would fly by -- I spent half of it on business travel -- but I still can't believe it's gone. Landan started high school in August (unbelievable!) and Jack will be two in a couple weeks. Fingers crossed autumn lingers longer than summer did... Here are ten snapshots from the past month. When you're done here, head over to Breanna's post. I could gush about her incredible work all day. You'll soon see why! <3

10 on 10 | June 2016

How are we almost halfway through June?! It's time for another 10 on 10 post. After you leave here, be sure to head over to Amanda Voelker's post here. Her work is absolutely stunning! 

I thought May was going to be a slow month but, boy, was I wrong. Between end-of-school year festivities, work and general life craziness, free moments were few and far between. Landan wrapped up 8th grade, his final year of middle school (excuse me while I cry my eyes out). Somehow, he managed to stay on A/B honor roll all year while staying busy with symphonic & pep band and other activities. I'm so proud and excited to see what his high school career will bring. 

May was also a big month developmentally for Jack. He started clapping, blowing kisses and waving bye-bye on command. He started walking while holding onto something/someone and is babbling more and more. Hard to believe in a couple months I'll be planning his second birthday!

It's been consistently in the 90s here for a few weeks and we've seen little rain. It definitely feels like summer! A friend gave us an above-ground pool and it's finally warm enough to get in and swim. It has really been awesome to have right in the back yard, even if we do look a little redneck ;) The past few years, we purchased a summer membership to a community pool and while it was nice before baby, it was difficult getting to and from last summer because of all the stuff you have to load up to survive a day at the pool with an infant/toddler! It's nice to be able to walk out your back door with nothing but sunscreen in hand and go right back inside when you're ready for a break. And it's extra nice to sneak outside for an hour or two to float and soak up some sun when Jack is napping. ;)

Over Memorial Day Weekend, we headed south to Eufaula, where Brad's Grandma Jean and Aunt Reatha live. There's something so relaxing about visiting there - it could have something to do with Grandma Jean's homecooked food and Aunt Reatha's serene backyard!

I also shot my first roll of film while we were down there. I need to send it off to get developed...if any of it turns out, I'll share in a separate post. Don't forget to head over to Amanda's blog next!

10 on 10 | May 2016

I'm so honored to have been asked to participate in a monthly blog circle with 10 other photographers from across the country. Each month, we'll be posting "10 on 10" -- ten images on the tenth of the month. I hope you'll take the time to circle through and check out their gorgeous work. After you read my post, head over to the incredible Sara Garcia's post here to see her beautiful work! Sara is from Denver and I love how she captures genuine connections & emotions in stunning light. While you're there, check out her 100 Days of Summer project....ok, are you ready for sunshine and warm weather yet or what!? I know I am...

These photos were all taken on a rainy day the last weekend of April (in my true procrastinator style, I crammed) on a day home with my boys. Jack is 19 months old now (15 months adjusted for his prematurity) and his curiosity has peaked. I love watching him crawl (at lightning speeds!) all over the house discovering everything and anything. He is doing so well, "beyond our wildest dreams", as my mom always says. He has come so far since his NICU days.

Landan is wrapping up his last month of middle school and looking forward to summer. In true teenage fashion, most of his time is spent on Snapchat and Instagram, yet I am not allowed to post any photos of him (don't tell him I snuck one in this post). The past two years have been a whirlwind and somehow before our eyes, our little boy grew into a young man. One that makes us so proud at that.

Onto the photos....

10on10may-2.jpg

Sara's up next!