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Meet the Photographer {Kendy: Kendy Schimmel Photography}

The craziness of life got in the way last week, and I didn’t get this post up on Monday, so I saved it for this week. The Meet the Photographer series continues this week with Mrs. Kendy Schimmel. I am honored to call this sweet gal my friend. She’s a fun mama and photographer, and she shares my love of the Bible, Mexican food and McAlister’s. I’m pretty sure that last one is a prerequisite for being a photographer in NEA. We somehow found each other on Facebook when she moved back to the area, met up for lunch, and have been friends ever since. Kendy is the talent behind a lot of my family’s photos  (including the one in my blog header! Which reminds me I need to update that…), and I am excited she is sharing her work with us today!


Business Name: Kendy Schimmel photography

Name: Kendy Schimmel

Web site/blog:

Where are you from? Jonesboro

What’s your favorite type of session (newborn, family, engagement, etc.)?
It’s a tie between newborn and engagement sessions every time. Who doesn’t love a little precious new bundle of baby…with the sweet baby smell and tiny hair bows??  (Can you tell I just photographed one this morning) 🙂  And with engagement sessions you have all the right components…. Two people completely in love and ready to scream it to the world in a fabulous location with that yummy end of the day light. Nothing sweeter.

Describe your photography style in three words.
Care free

Share a recent favorite photo you’ve taken.


Any really crazy, memorable photo sessions?
I have three young kiddos… I’m used to crazy it’s my norm 🙂
When I lived in little rock I had the pleasure of photographing Bill Clinton a few times that was pretty surreal! One of those times he was the best man in a wedding I photographed. Crazy huh? Secret service required a background check weeks in advance and they were everywhere at the wedding. I hadn’t thought about that in years…

What’s your current favorite prop?
I’m not too prop-ish with my photography but I’m all about the flea market finds… Wooden boxes, old wooden crates, I have an obsession with tiny stools. On a side note: a coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint goes a long way with recycling old props.

Aside from people, what’s your favorite subject to photograph?
I remember in my photography classes in college the majority of my subjects were old dilapidated buildings and barns, and grungy antique cars, dirt roads. I would drive everywhere, down every dirt road in my little blue Mazda looking for photo ops. Also whenever there is a lone tree in the middle of a gigantic field…something about the tress that stand alone.. not sure what that’s about.

What music do you listen to while editing? Anything! I’m so thankful for a break from disney channel that anything sounds amazing! Haha I try to keep it laid back and reflective…Mumford and Sons, Avett brothers, Imagine Dragons…are some of my favs.

What advice would you give to someone about choosing a photographer?
Really find someone that you connect with their work AND you connect with them as a person. It’s important to have a connection with your photographer. So much email and messaging goes on these days which is easy and great but give them a call, you can tell a lot about a person by the way they relate to you. And chances are they won’t answer the first time…. Keep trying they are just busy:) which is a good sign right?





A big thank you to Kendy for participating in the Meet the Photographer series and sharing her work with us! If you would like to see more of her beautiful pictures or get more info, you can find Kendy on Facebook or check out her web site.


And be sure to check out the other featured photographers…

Courtney from life en plein air

Mirranda from K.D. Elise Photography

Felicia from Inspired by Three Photography

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Meet the Photographer {Felicia: Inspired by Three Photography}

This is the third installment of my Meet the Photographer series. Each Monday I am featuring a different photographer, and this week’s post goes behind the camera with Felicia Allen of Inspired by Three Photography. Felicia is an awesome photographer and mommy with the cutest home studio ever. I’ve used her myself, so that means she’s definitely good. 🙂





Business Name: Inspired by Three Photography

Name: Felicia Allen

Web site/blog:

Where are you from? I grew up in Maynard, AR and moved to Jonesboro 4 1/2 years ago

What’s your favorite type of session (newborn, family, engagement, etc.)?  My favorite type of session is most definitely a newborn session, but I do love a good, smiley 6 month old or a messy cake smash session.

Describe your photography style in three words. pure, modern and stylish

Share a recent favorite photo you’ve taken.


Any really crazy, memorable photo sessions? A recent cake smash. I have photographed the baby boy since he was 6 weeks old.  He was always quiet and took some time to get smiles from him during his previous milestone sessions. During his cake smash he came out of his shell, I saw a new side of him.  He was so silly not using his hands to eat the cake, but rather bent down at the waist and went face first into it.  The cake was all over his face and up his nose. He would just squeal in delight.

What’s your current favorite prop? My favorite prop…. that’s a tough one.  I don’t use many props. I’m a bit of a minimalist, but I would have to say a box or short crate rather.  Its gray with a strawberry sticker on the side.  I picked it up from TJ Maxx one afternoon before a session.  I can use it for any age group, its so versatile.  Newborns can lay in it or on top, wobbly sitters can sit in it and have a little support. Its also great for toddlers to sit on.

Aside from people, what’s your favorite subject to photograph? This is a tough question for a portrait photographer. Probably flowers. I have a small collection of RLM (reverse lens macro) flower images.

What music do you listen to while editing? I mostly watch movies on Netflix while editing.  If I do listen to music instead I am really into indie music.  I like songs that evoke emotion and thought.



What advice would you give to someone about choosing a photographer? Choose a photographer that gives you the experience and memories you desire.  Things like your babies newborn session, your wedding, birth- those things can’t be done again. List what you are looking for in a photographer. What is at the top of your priorities? Quality? Quantity? Price? And go from there.  Your friends will be a big help.  Ask who they used, how their experience was and look at the photographers portfolio.


Thank you to Felicia for sharing her work with us! If you’d like to learn more about this talented lady, see more of her lovely images, or book a session, check her out on Facebook or her website.


Be sure to check out the other photographers I’ve featured too!

Courtney from life en plein air

Mirranda from K.D. Elise Photography



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Meet the Photographer {Mirranda: K.D. Elise Photography}

Continuing the Meet the Photographer series this week with Mirranda from K.D. Elise Photography! (Be sure to also check out last week’s photographer here.)
Mirranda is not only a talented photographer, but also a fellow linewife and homeschooling mama. I think we may be long lost sisters. 🙂





Business Name: K.D. Elise Photography


Name: Mirranda Reinhardt       


Web site/blog:


Where are you from? Pueblo, Colorado


Whats your favorite type of session (newborn, family, engagement, etc.)?
I love photographing a variety of ages and stages but if you made me pick just one type of session I’d have to choose newborns. There’s just something really special about getting to take a baby’s first photos (and the snuggles just can’t be beat).


Describe your photography style in three words.

Clean, relaxed, natural

Share a recent favorite photo youve taken.




Any really crazy, memorable photo sessions?

I had a senior session this past year that stands out. Because of her schedule we ended up meeting up about two weeks later than I would have liked and by that point the leaves were nearly gone from the trees and it was cold and muddy! My poor senior was such a trooper, she’d take her coat off for a few minutes and then throw it right back on trying to stay warm. Her cheeks were so red, I spent a lot of time editing the “rosy”out! Towards the middle of the session I found a lovely little spot right next to the river to pose her, the only problem was I had to step into the river to get back far enough to get my shot. Of course, I ended up missing the rock I was going for and taking a nice step right into the freezing cold water. By the end of the session my shoes were so caked with mud that I could hardly lift my feet and my toes were frozen through! My client joked that she needed to buy me a pair of wading boots as a thank-you gift. Happily, we finished off the session with a few urban shots and a nice cup of hot cocoa.



Whats your current favorite prop?

Oh, that’s a fun one. I think my favorite right now is my lemonade stand. My husband up-cycled it from old pallets. I can use it throughout the year for different themed sessions just by changing the sign on top and adding different decorations. I’m lucky to be married to a pretty handy guy, he’s built me tons of props lately including a raft for fishing sessions and a wooden airplane for newborn photographs.



Aside from people, whats your favorite subject to photograph?

I mostly photograph people, but every once in a while I’ll see really lovely light hitting something and have to take a photo of some random object. This mostly happens with things around the house like a cup of coffee or the globe my kids use for school.



What music do you listen to while editing?

I love Pandora for editing music. It lets me listen to a little bit of everything from country to top 100 type stuff.



What advice would you give to someone about choosing a photographer?

Be picky while searching. These are your memories and once the moment’s gone, it’s gone. Find someone who matches your style, and creates work that you could envision hanging in your home. It’s hard to turn down a good price or resist the style of the moment but if you don’t truly love what you walkaway with, you’ve wasted your time and money. Once you’ve found your photographer, let go and trust them to capture beautiful images for you.






A big thank you to Mirranda for joining in and sharing some of her work with us! If you would like more information, to book a session, or just to oooo and aaah over more of Mirranda’s gorgeous work, be sure to check out her website or Like her page on Facebook!


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Meet the Photographer {Courtney: life en plein air}

Sorry I haven’t been around much. I’ve been quite busy the last several weeks with this little lady.

baby on climbing gear


I’ve definitely slowed down my photography work over the last year or so, but in the last month I have been booking a few sessions here and there and even took pictures for my sons’ tee ball team. I miss being behind the camera! Being excited about my work, I decided I’d bring the fun to my blog too and introduce you to a few of my photography friends. 🙂 For the next few Mondays I’ll be featuring different photographers and showing a bit of their work.

Today we will start with my sweet friend Courtney from life en plein air. I have known this girl a long time, and I’m beginning to wonder if there’s a talent she doesn’t have.


girl beside old car

Business Name:

life en plein air photography


Courtney Thornton

Web site/blog:

Where are you from?

Biloxi, Mississippi

What’s your favorite type of session (newborn, family, engagement, etc.)?

Ohhh that’s a tough one! Seniors are probably my favorite, especially senior girls. I love watching their confidence grow throughout the session. They are usually a little nervous and self conscious at first, but I always tell them they will be rocking it like Vogue models by the end, and it’s totally true! I also love photographing couples in love– I am a hopeless romantic.

Describe your photography style in three words.

This is also a tough one! I think what I aim for is timeless, yet unique, and personal.

Share a recent favorite photo you’ve taken.

lifeenpleinairphotography-Hayley-9 WEB


Who wouldn’t love photographing gorgeous eyes like this?

Any really crazy, memorable photo sessions?

Yes! I had one really adventurous couple with a crazy idea. At the end of their session, the guy suggested that we drive to the Beau Rivage (which is a very nice casino/hotel) and jump in their fountain! I’m honestly surprised we weren’t kicked out. It was crazy and they were freezing cold afterward, but it was really romantic. It was experience I know they will never forget.

What’s your current favorite prop?

I don’t really use props. I always encourage people to bring items that are important to them, and I love incorporating them into the session. But as far as actual “props” I very rarely use anything.

Aside from people, what’s your favorite subject to photograph?

The mountains. Unfortunately, I live too far away from them to do that very often! I also love photographing the flowers and herbs in my garden.

What music do you listen to while editing?

Lately it’s been Jon Foreman’s EP projects and Crowder’s new album “Neon Steeple.”

What advice would you give to someone about choosing a photographer?

As simple as it is, my advice is to choose someone whose images speak to you on an emotional level. If you choose the photographer who is right for you, you will treasure your photographs for a lifetime. We once used an amazing photographer in Montana whose style was totally “us.”  She truly captured who we were as a couple. Years later, those 18×24 prints are still hanging on our walls, and I love them just as much now as I did then.


Thanks to Courtney for participating and sharing her beautiful images with us! If you are in the Biloxi area and in need of a photographer, be sure to check her out. Check out her blog for more of her beautiful work!



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Silent Night

Sometimes I just have to sneak into their room and watch them sleep.



Silent night, holy night…


All is calm, all is bright.


Round yon virgin, Mother and Child.


Holy infant so tender and mild.



Sleep in heavenly peace.


Sleep in heavenly peace.

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Sissy at four months

I took these a few weeks ago, but am just now getting around to putting them on here. I can’t believe she will actually be 5 months in just a couple of weeks.

Age: 4 months

Milestones: Rolling all over the place, playing with toys, playing with her feet, laughing















And this is how Bubbi entertained himself while Sissy was modeling for me. (They regularly destroy our playroom.)





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Happy Valentine’s Day from our zoo!


Don’t ya just love the big bruise on Brother’s forehead? I usually can’t bring myself to remove scratches and bruises in Photoshop. Those battle wounds are too much a part of who my rowdy boys are. 🙂 He got that about 3 days before these pictures were taken; he tripped over his own feet and fell into the metal strip at the bottom of the front doorway.


If you like their adorable shirts, check out The Orange Daisy.

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{Wordless Wednesday} A Sunday Morning Breakfast

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Color, Click, Capture Photography Challenge: Red

Sarah, one of the lovely mommies in the Moms of Jonesboro group with me, also blogs over at East9thStreet, where she is co-hosting a weekly photo challenge. This week’s color is red.  Obviously I didn’t take this picture specifically for the challenge, but cut me some slack. We’ve had the stomach bug at our house this week, and I’ve been working. This was one of my favorite pictures from our Christmas session. My two year-old has developed his daddy’s attitude toward mommy taking too many pictures.


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5 months

Wee Man is 5 months old now! Every single day his personality shines through a bit more. He certainly is a happy baby!
He’ll have teeth pretty soon – at least we hope! This teething stuff is no fun.
He’s getting better with tummy time, but it’s still not his favorite.
He likes rice cereal, but he could do without the barley cereal.
He likes it when Daddy lets him lick ice cream off his finger when Mommy isn’t looking.
He loves playing in his jumperoo, laughing at Daddy, listening to stories, and going to Nana & Pawpaw’s house.
He LOVES animals. Horses, donkeys, and dogs are his favorites. He’s pretty fond of his bunny rabbit, Philippe though.

Here are a couple of pictures from our 5 month photo session.


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