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    Grab a tall glass of ice cold sweet tea and stay awhile! My name is Michelle and I am so glad you have come to visit my site. I'm momma to Isaac, Isabelle, baby Luke, and wife to my partner in crime, Todd. We are the Maddox family, living out our dream of the simple life. I started documenting for others in 2011 under the name of our two small babes Isaac & Isabelle. Since then we have been blessed with our third little guy, Luke. Our homestead has grown with babies of all sorts. Farm animals galore, more like an Old McDonald farm! So we want to share that with you all, open our hearts and home to each client. Come for a fun, laid back, relaxing time enjoying the simple things with us!

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Farm Frolicking

When days were void of the ping from an iphone, the roar of an interstate, the shouts from a television, those are days often longed for. I love this place I call home and fully enjoy my job, it allows my family and I the opportunity to open our hearts and welcome photo clients to the homestead. The sheer bliss on the children’s faces as they discover the farm animals is always magical to me.  The connection between land and man, animal life and the human spirit, sustainable living and the reward of hard labor, it’s all fulfilling. On this day I had the most precious time watching and documenting the wonder of a child as she discovered some of those things.

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In Full Bloom

You often here the saying that a flower doesn’t compete with the one planted next to it,  it just blooms. I love that, love it! Regardless of the situations that surround you, just live life to the fullest, praise Him with all you have, bloom to your deepest and greatest potential. I have had the pleasure of watching this family bloom and grow so bright, they have a special place in my heart. I asked Rebecca if she had any words she would like to share for this post. Below are some of her sweet words…2016-06-26_0001I don’t have a lot of pictures of my childhood, and although I do love (and chuckle) at old school pictures far and away my favorite pics are the ones that I connect to a memory, or remind me of the person I was at that time.  When I look thru pictures of our session, I’m always surprised at the level of “us” you are able to capture, I can almost hear Evelyn’s chuckles as she ran thru the vines (oh and that eye roll she gave Max when they talked on the blanket, I feel like that’s going to make more appearances in her teen years, haha)… and Max’s uncertainty after falling into the mud, daddy making it better and them playing in it together… holding my sweet gal just like I always do, whispering in her ear how much I love her and covering her with kisses.  Laughing with Kenny over who knows what and just being comfortable together.  Oh and how can I forget when Max broke free from a more formal pose and took off running, TYPICAL.  You know that’s us in a nutshell, and this season of life won’t last and when I look back at our session I can remember what it was like so vividly.  And it’s more than just remembering what we looked like, it’s recalling my boisterous fella and sweet gal and a man that puts up and loves me in spite of my crazy.  What a wonderful gift you’ve given me Michelle.  I really can’t wrap my analytical head around how you get all that in a picture, they really are storytelling pics oh and the way you incorporate those GORGEOUS backgrounds and make the mundane look like a magazine without losing the realness of it is like a superpower.  Thank you Michelle, you’re stuck with us forever!2016-06-26_0002Thank you friend, for those very kind words! I do feel that what stands in front of me while I am shooting my camera is always beautiful. Sometimes there is a fear among parents that the children will stray off course, but really what is the course for a photo session? There shouldn’t be a formality to it, this is life that we want to remember when we look at these photos 10, 20, 40 years from now. Perfection is not reality, nor should be what we strive for when freezing our most precious loved ones in time.  If we experience pouting, so be it, muddy knees, lets embrace it! I promise you that when walls and expections are let down and set free, even for just a photo session, you will feel so at ease and most often have a memorable experience. I am thrilled that the Swaffords have totally embraced this idea!2016-06-26_00032016-06-26_0004You love me clean, you love me dirty, when I’m pouting, when I’m sweet, although I dance to my own beat you allow me, there are no conditions to your love and no conditions to mine, I am a soul full of hope, full of promise, please always remember me this way.2016-06-26_00052016-06-26_00062016-06-26_00072016-06-26_00082016-06-26_00092016-06-26_00102016-06-26_0011

 

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You’re Off To Great Places {2016 Clinton-Massie Senior}

blogfeature (Small)Take heart my dear, you are indeed off to great places!

Miquela is one of the sweetest souls I have met and had the privilege of photographing, and not to mention THEE most undeniably gorgeous! Her accomplishments are great, and taking her on a great journey. She is preparing to graduate in the next couple months and then will be off to Winthrop, (received a full ride..you go girl) to play her heart out on their basketball court. So far she has scored well over ONE THOUSAND points with that beloved basketball and Lord knows how many more to come. She works hard on the court and even harder on the books. Miquela has a focus only I can dream about, you scattered creatives know what I mean. We are excited to watch her on this journey and know it is going to be a most fabulous one!

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