This family holds a very special place in my heart. They are a HUGE part of my husband’s testimony of how he met and surrendered to Jesus.
The story begins with Ben, Mr. Gary & Mrs. Jamie’s son. Ben was the first person to invite Lee to a men’s prayer breakfast at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Lee experienced the love of Jesus and began going to church at Hillcrest where he surrendered his life to the Lord. During this season of early faith and growing in the Lord, Mrs. Jamie became what Lee calls his “church mom.” She and Mr. Garry loved him well and showed him what a godly family looks like. They are all a huge part in Lee’s spiritual foundation, and I was so honored when Mrs. Jamie contacted me about taking family portraits for them while everyone was gathered for Thanksgiving!
Three generations including Mrs. Jamie’s mom, their two grown up kids, and six grandkids made this portrait session quite an adventure! We had a lot of fun chasing the littlest of the family and trying to get them to laugh and smile for the camera.
As I have prayed for your family, the Lord reminded me of 1 Peter 4:8-9 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” Mr. Gary & Mrs. Jamie, you love well and show hospitality like no other! I pray that these images are a blessing to you and your family. I also hope that I was able to freeze time and capture the memories of these precious little faces that are growing so fast. I hope these images will be a family treasure for generations to come.
I had so much fun with Jesse and Jonathan on Monday for their engagement session at The Chapel at Livingston! It has been several months since I have had a session at Livingston, and it was so good to be back! I just love the small town feel of this place!
I have loved getting to know Jesse and Jonathan! Their love for Jesus shins brightly through every detail of their love story. These two are faithful to put Him first each step of the way. From meeting at church, to spending time apart as they focused on going deeper with Him, these two are a powerful couple advancing the Kingdom!
Jesse and Jonathan, I am so excited to capture the memories of your special day as you two will become one in marriage! I am praying for you during your engagement season as you prepare for your life together. I feel such an expectancy to see what all He has planned for you!
What an honor it has been to not only capture Emiley & Jonathan’s engagement season and wedding day, but to truly become friends with them! Emiley and Jonathan REALLY love Jesus, and we have had some powerful and encouraging conversations about Him! They also REALLY love one another, and their love shows in every image of them together!
My Jesus connection to Emiley & Jonathan goes back over ten years when I was in a Bible study at Pinelake with Jonathan’s mom Adina. Adina has been an encouragement and prayer warrior in my life for years. When she contacted me about capturing the day her baby boy becomes one with the girl of his dreams, I was overjoyed to be able to work with them! I loved every moment of getting to know each of them through our phone conversations, drive to and from the cotton field for their engagement session, and capturing each moment of their beautiful wedding day.
Emiley & Jonathan, it has been an honor to pray over you and speak life into you during this season. I am so excited to see the journey Jesus takes you on together. I pray we have many more conversations about Jesus and the experiences we will have with Him. As I wrote in your guest book Bible, stay full of the love of Jesus and you will live out these verses well.
Spirit-Guided Relationships: Wives and Husbands
And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord.For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church.As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.
For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for herto make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself.No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.And we are members of his body.
As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
I woke up Friday morning to a torrential downpour. My heart sank as I thought about the family session I had planned with this beautiful family that afternoon. Before I even got out of bed, I checked multiple weather apps. All were in agreement that the rain should move out by lunch. I emailed Allison to share my findings and give her a few options: location change to avoid mud, or reschedule for a latter date. I was overjoyed when she replied choosing to brave the weather and go with my location choice of Parham Bridges Park! The walking trails would keep everyone out of the mud, and there are enough trees for the images to look like we are lost deep in the woods, giving them the outdoors feel they wanted!
I am SO THANKFUL they trusted me! Not only was the location perfect, but the Lord parted the clouds revealing the dreamiest light streaming through the trees!! This beautiful family + the dreamiest golden hour light = I had the hardest time narrowing down over 1,000 images to my favorite 20 for the blog!! Ok, so it was impossible. I finally got it down to 33!
The love this family has for one another is evident in through their joy and laughter! And Emerson, this precious girl!! She was the star of the show!!
Matt, Allison & Emerson, I have prayed for each of you as I have edited your images. The verse the Lord has given me for your family is Psalm 126:2 “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. It was said among the nations, ‘The LORD has done great things for them.'” The Lord has indeed done great things for you, and greater is yet to come! He has such big plans for your family! May the Lord continue to fill you with JOY and LAUGHTER all the days of your life!
I first met Jonathan & Ashton Spann when they came to We Will Go with a volunteer team from Pinelake Church. They were working with another We Will Go missionary and sharing about a mission trip they had recently returned from. That mission trip was to the same Middle Eastern country that I was planning to move to at that time! We connected and shared our hearts for this beautiful country and people that Jesus loves so much! That was now about six years ago and Jesus has taken all of us on crazy adventures with him!
Since then, the Lord has moved the Spann family into Midtown Jackson to share the love of Jesus! As a missionary, I am so excited to reconnect with like-hearted friends who are advancing the Kingdom in our city! And I am expectant to see how Jesus is going to use our friendship to encourage one another as we raise our littles on the mission field and live out the two greatest commandments to love God and love our neighbors on a daily basis.
Jonathan, Ashton & Sadie, the Lord sees you. He sees your heart. He sees your sacrifice. And He loves your willingness to obey no matter what. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Focus on Him! Do not take your eyes off Him to even notice the storm going on around you. He has called you out onto the water. He has called you to walk on the water with Him. As I pray for you now, I hear the chorus to the song Oceans by Hillsong United.
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders Let me walk upon the waters Wherever You would call me Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Savior
His plans for your family are better than you can ever imagine!
Happy Birthday Lia!! Beautiful girl, you are loved and blessed beyond measure!
Lia’s mom Jamie and I first met a few months after I moved to We Will Go Ministries in downtown Jackson. It wasn’t long before Jamie also was called to be a missionary with WWG and we became roommates for the first time. While the Lord was preparing me to move overseas, He was giving Jamie a vision of “crossing the Jordan” and taking new ground in Mid-Town Jackson. Jamie and Lia now live in a beautiful home she restored on McTyere Avenue near Milsaps College. Jamie and Lia are sharing the LIGHT of JESUS in a neighborhood that is important to the Kingdom!
Lia’s first birthday part was a sweet gathering of family and friends. Jamie incorporated many beautiful family heirlooms in the decorations and serving pieces… special ways to remember her grandmother. She even made her grandmother’s fried apple pies that have become a family birthday tradition!
Jamie, thank you for the honor of being part of Lia’s special day. We enjoyed celebrating your sweet baby girl!
Do you have a friend that you KNOW the Lord put in your life? There is just that God connection that draws you together and connects you in such a special way. I am blessed to have a hand full of these “God Friends” in my life, and today I want to introduce you to one of them.
Kim and I met through a dear mutual friend shortly before I moved to Turkey in 2013. I was a missionary preparing to move to the other side of the world with a one-way ticket, a checked bag and a carry on… and Kim invited me to her home to share my story and vision with a group of ladies from Pinelake Church. These ladies loved on me, honored me, prayed for me, and supported me on my journey with Jesus in such a beautiful way!
Throughout my time overseas, this amazing group of ladies would send me care packages with notes and gifts just to let me know that I was loved and not forgotten. And when I was pregnant with Isaac they sent me a baby shower in a box from half way around the world! Kim’s prayers and encouragement in difficult times helped to keep me going when my flesh wanted to quit. This girl is a prayer warrior, and it has been an honor to be on her prayer list all these years!
Since returning to the US, it has been such a pleasure to get to know Kim’s husband Jared and their three beautiful kids Drew, Abby & Alex. Oh what JOY this family carries!!
Jared and Kim have also blessed us through their financial business, Primerica business by helping us with with our investments, insurance, and a plan for retirement. Their faith shines brightly through not only their family life, but their business practices as well.
We are so blessed by the Nelson family, and I am honored to share these beautiful images with you!
When Jonathan’s mom Adina emailed me about shooting her son’s wedding, I just couldn’t believe my friend had a son old enough to get married!! Adina and I met in a Bible Study 10+ years ago, and she has been a prayer warrior in my life ever since! What an honor it is to be chosen to capture her son’s special day!!
I first “met” Emiley & Jonathan on a FaceTime call where we were able to get to know one another, hear the story of how they met in Jujitsu class, and their passionate love of Jesus!! I was so excited that we were able to find time for an engagement session before their November wedding!!
Emiley send me photos she found on Pinterest of portraits in a cotton field, and my mission became finding a cotton field to make her vision come true! Thanks to family friends, we were given permission to use a beautiful cotton field in Carthage… and the results are STUNNING!!! Not only was the location and lighting ideal in every way, but these two are simply gorgeous!! And just when I thought things couldn’t get any better, we had the most LIFE GIVING conversation about Jesus on the drive back to town!! I am so encouraged by Emiley & Jonathan’s passionate pursuit of the One who created them and loves them!! They are going deeper with Him and He is truly the center of their lives and relationship!!
Emiley & Jonathan, I can not wait to capture your wedding in November!! And even more than that, I can’t wait to see how you both grow in your relationship with Jesus and one another!! Oh the plans He has for you both!!!
Have you ever prayed and asked Jesus to send you a friend? I have. And my friendship with Naomi Muffuletto is the blessing I received as the fruit of that very prayer and cry of my heart!! What a joy it was to photograph her amazing family surrounded by the beauty of golden hour at the Flowood Nature Trails!
Naomi and I met last fall in a Tuesday morning ladies’ Bible Study class going through the book of Revelation at Pinelake Church. During our first conversation I saw in Naomi a deep hunger to go deeper with Jesus. Over the months our friendship has grown as we have shared our hearts openly with daring vulnerability. God created us to live within open community, and I am so thankful to have this girl as part of my tribe!
Revelation 1:3 says “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.” (NKJV) Naomi, dear friend, YOU are one of the biggest blessings I have received from this promise!!
Beau & Naomi were married on May 1, 2012 in a destination wedding getaway on the island of Antiqua. Two and a half years ago the Lord blessed them with bouncing baby boy Russo who add so much joy to their family. They currently call Madison, MS not only home but also their mission field. This family loves Jesus and is always ready for an adventure!