Kids

The Bridge Academy Preschool_ Fall Photos

Did you know I offer preschool photography? Well I do! I absolutely love working with all the kiddos and seeing their little faces light up. They learn my face and each year they get ready because they know I love those real smiles <3

Take a look at some of my favorites below. :)

SISA Soccer U8 Boys Team

My son, Braeden has played soccer since he was 3, and I have been blessed to photograph some pretty amazing shots of him and his teams throughout the years. This year SISA didn’t have a photographer to photograph the teams, so our coach asked and I agreed. Check out the amazing 2018 Fall Knights team and wish them luck this coming weekend during their tournaments!

Blake Turns TWO!

Milestone sessions are always SO much fun! Getting to see little ones run around and play during such a fun time in their lives is always rewarding.

Check out Mr. Blake who recently turned two as him and mom play in Downtown Davidson!

Meet Molly- She is a Beauty Revived Kid

This year has been a whirlwind! Being able to have two precious children's' stories published in a national magazine is such an honor. Molly is a perfect example of what it means to be Beauty Revived. Beauty Revived is a national campaign that focuses on capturing the inner beauty of individuals across the country and Molly's story is one to be read. Check out her story and images below! 

 

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“An act of kindness no matter how small is never wasted.”-Aesop

This is the quote that nine-year-old Molly Freeze lives by. Born in August 2009, Molly was born and has wasted no time marking her place in the world. Making sure that everyone in her path knows just how important they are and how much she cares about the world is just one aspect of what makes Molly, Molly.

Born from parents who are madly in love, she is growing up with a full understanding of what love looks like and has become in love with Jesus and loves sharing the true meaning of love and beauty to others. Molly says that beauty is being beautiful on the inside, being kind to others, and helping those in need. She wants to be a social worker when she grows up so that she can build and develop a hospital for the poor just like Mother Theresa did in Calcutta. She has already found an abandoned building that she has envisioned restoring to make her hospital a reality. “Do ordinary things with extraordinary love” is one of her favorite quotes from Mother Theresa.

For a nine-year-old, Molly has already contributed so much to her community through true charity work. She has donated to organizations to help feed the poor and provide for endangered animals. She donated to No Kid Hungry to help provide 2,680 meals for the hungry. She donated to Forced to Flea, Children’s Hope Alliance, and St. Jude’s Hospital for Children just to name a few. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she also has helped Habitat for Humanity and furthering her love for helping provide for those in need. Her philanthropy work in her short time here is greater than most adults and the inspiring part of it all is that she has come up with it all.

When she is not volunteering or fundraising, Molly loves to write. As a young writer, Molly has written many sermons and is working on writing them in other languages so they can be read all over the world and send love and hope to those who need it the most. She wants to make sure that people everywhere understand the true meaning of love and kindness and wants to use her heart and passion to help those that she can. In addition to her sermons, Molly has written several journals, books, and continues to express her love of learning through literacy.

In 2044, Molly plans to run for President. She said what better way to help change the world than to help the country to a place of hope through leading and teaching genuine caring and love for humanity. She is well versed on all the steps she will need to take and is full of energy to make it happen. She and I talked about the United Nations and how she believes the world just needs more love.

Aside from running for President, serving the poor, rescuing endangered animals, building a hospital, and writing to the world with messages of love, she loves to sing. She loves Luke Bryan, reading, playing Tennis, and American Ninja Warrior just to name a few.

Meeting Molly has been such a true pleasure and being able to learn about her passion for others was an incredible blessing. I learned that when she is not reading about Mother Theresa, Molly is a complete scholar when it comes to so many things. She is smart, kind, beautiful on the inside and out, a burst of fresh air, and she has a smile that can light up an entire city.

Children like Molly give hope to a future full of young leaders who are full of hope, kindness, and empathy. She is one of the most determined human beings I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, and I have no doubt that she will accomplish everything she sets her mind to and more. Having just spent a small amount of time with Molly, she taught me so much about history, and I now have found an even deeper love for Mother Theresa than I once had before. Molly, when you read this, always remember that you are a beautiful gift and that you are a blessing to those around you.

“The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.” -Mother Theresa.

Meet Braeden -- He is a Beauty Revived Kid

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To have the honor of being selected as a national photographer for Beauty Revived is an honor in itself, but to get to photograph my own child as one of 50 Beautiful Children across America... that just made my year. 

Beauty Revived is a national organization dedicated to showcasing the inner beauty in individuals and publishing the photographs and stories in the national magazine to be published and viewed all over the world. 

Below is Braeden's story and the photos from his session with me. :) 

When I think about Beauty Revived and the word beauty, I think about pure kindness. I think about joy, laughter, and a complete and genuine love for life and everyone and everything in it. A child almost always has those characteristics, the ability to see people and things in the purest of form. Using that unconditional caring and drive to give back to others, is the truest form of what love and beauty to me is all about.

When my husband and I first started trying to get pregnant we were told our chances were slim, that we most likely would never get pregnant or carry full term. Despite what we were advised medically we continued to try anyway. We got pregnant and lost our first child half way through the pregnancy. Feeling disappointed we decided to try again, and in June 2012 this precious nine pounds and twenty-one inches beautiful baby boy made his grand entrance three weeks early. Braeden was healthy in every way and smiled at us at just three days old. From the moment I first laid eyes on him, I knew he was something special and a gift that I had been trusted to raise to one day become an incredible human being.

Braeden, who has insisted on doing everything early, is now six and says when he grows up he wants to be just like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He says he wants to spread kindness and teach people that it does not matter what color someone is, who they love, what they wear, or where someone is from; all that matters in love and being kind to one another.

He also says he wants to be a paleontologist, and a superhero like his dad, (dad is a professional firefighter a.k.a. superhero). Braeden plays soccer, basketball, and karate. He loves dinosaurs, matchbox cars, his two dogs Layla and Lillie, and playing tickle tag with his brother and dad.

When you ask him HOW he will make a difference, he says “it’s simple, just be nice.” So, at six years old, Braeden partnered with my non-profit Shades of Love LKN and adopted a poverty school providing 450 brand new pairs of shoes to children in need, he has bought groceries for homeless families with his allowance that he worked for, he has fed the firemen in our community by asking local restaurants to donate food, he baked cookies for our local police department, and for Christmas this past year he decided he wanted to make hand made “kindness cards” to give out to all of our neighbors, and strangers during the week of Christmas. Him and his brother (age 3) hand painted 300 cards and they walked door to door throughout our neighborhood handing them out, as well as when we went to dinner they also handed them out in the restaurant or stores we may have been in. He said that people just needed to know someone cared, so this was an easy way to remind people.

Braeden has always had a huge heart, and being his mom is the absolute biggest blessing I could have ever been granted. The way he treats me, always up for helping me in any way I need and his brother by always teaching him new things, playing with him, and loving on him is the most amazing gift to see. He speaks up for friends at school, he recognizes needs for people and rather than just turn away, he tells me about it and we brainstorm because he wants to truly help people and make a difference.

When I ask Braeden why he tries so hard to constantly spread kindness and teach others, he says that he just wants to make me and dad proud. He wants to set good examples for his brother, and he wants to grow up with people who are nice. The irony is, when he was born, my husband and I made the promise that if we could not do anything else in life right, we would love our children unconditionally, set good examples for them, teach them how to be decent human beings, and hope that one day they would grow up to be proud of us as parents. He is far beyond his age in wisdom, and the seeds he is planting in our community already at such a young age is completely inspiring. I know as a child he is learning from me and my husband as parents, but we learn so much from him and to be that is what the beauty in life is all about.

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” -Angela Schwindt

 

The Bridge Academy (Preschool)

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE working with kids? I adore doing these preschool photos and getting to see these sweet smiles and even more so the parents seeing something other than the traditional school photos. When you work with children, you have to be willing to accomodate them to get photos worth purchasing and if that means jumping up and down and making silly faces or letting them run around the playground and catching them in action. 

Take a look at some of my favorites from the school! We did a graduation set up as well as a regular setup and I just loved how they turned out and hearing the parents say their kids were so excited for picture day! 

Henry's first year

Oh my goodness, how precious is this newly turned ONE year old? Photographing children is one of my favorite things! They are always different; some are camera shy, and some are hamming it up. One thing remains the same, they don't sit still and they love to explore. 

Sweet Henry loved the sidewalk, and smiling at his mama. He wanted to explore the different places we went and see what was all around. Check out some samples from his session and be sure to leave some love!