Archive for ‘Family’

June 19, 2011

Father’s Day:::personal

Well, he taught me my Bible
From seven to thirteen
Taught me to drive when I was a wild thing
I reached and he prayed when I made some mistakes
That I wouldn’t have made if I’d’ve done it his way

Daddy’s Little Girl//Kippie Brannon

I love my father. He has been the best dad I could have ever asked for, and I say that with complete sincerity. Now, that doesn’t mean that I’ve always been happy with him…like alllll those years he forced me to play violin (; …or said we had to go to church together as a family….or made me listen to my mother… or told me if I wanted the iPhone, I’d have to pay for the data myself. But because of those things, I’ve grown as a person.

I now have skill as a violinist (I’m not the best one…but I’m pretty decent!;) ) and I value going to church with my family, (although I’m finding my way at some other ones now)….and I’ve learned money management and (hopefully!) some self-discipline. (;

Daddy, thanks for loving me through all the good times and the bad…the times I’ve screamed and acted like a child, and the times that I’ve made you proud. Thank you for teaching me the important lessons in life, like how to persevere through tough situations, make it through chemistry and algebra II without failing, and most importantly, learn how to live my life for Jesus. ¬†You have set your eyes on Him, and it shows in how you live your life. I’ve seen it play out over the past 19 years, and realized it more recently. You’ve shown me an earthly glimpse of what my true Father is like:) and, thank you for all the hard work that you do…I really DO appreciate it!

I. love. you. (:

June 9, 2011


“And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times
It’s you, it’s you, You make me sing.
You’re every line, you’re every word, you’re everything.”

-Michael Buble, Everything

The Merrills are a family that really, truly, deeply love each other. Now, of course they have squabbles (trust me, I’ve seen a few. (; ) but the truth of it is: they are family, and they mean the world to each other. ANother thing I love about this family is that they make everyone else feel like a part of their family! They are such a giving, loving family….and I think that you can see that in these photos of them. Enjoy! (:

love always,


May 29, 2011

Two posts in one.

I’m saving time and space since I’m kinda behind in posting. And I still have a mile long list of things to do today and it’s already 4:42! So I’mma cutting to the chase: here is Sam! She’s a dear and I love getting to know her, either via the internet or pie night at the Village. (;

check.her.outttt! isn’t she gorgeous?!
and now for family time. (;
I did Anita’s senior photos last fall and her mom wanted some portraits of the family. I’m just going to post a few favs…but boy, are they a good looking bunch!

love always!


February 20, 2011

a snippet of my sunday

I’ve always loved Sundays-there is just something so refreshing about them! It may be that it is in some ways the end of a hectic week, yet the beginning of a new, unwritten one. My family always goes to church together¬†on Sunday…at least up until this year. Now that I’m in college, my dad has said that I am able to attend church at other places. but that’s a story for later. Usually I’m still at our church, either working at the nursery counter or singing/playing for the worship team. Today I was pleasently surprised to discover I had to do neither! And even more surprised was I when I got a text yesterday from my friend Jessica, saying that she was home from college this weekend! So, I quickly made up my mind to go to her church with her family (who, I might add, is basically my second fam.)

It was really wonderful to go somewhere different for a change and just be able to enjoy the service. I never realized how much work church can be until you have a part “behind the scenes,” so to speak. The message was wonderful and I was able to catch up with my old small group leader (I went to youth group junior/senior year at this other church) as well as some other friends.

And of course, whilst catching up with Jessa, we just had to take some photos. Here’s one of the best ones! (; (sorry about the cruddy quality…I didn’t want to lug my ‘big’ camera around, so I took my point&shoot instead.)

January 4, 2011

Open your child’s imagination. Open a book. -anon

hello blog readers! (: I’ve been busy with life and such lately, and not so busy with photography, due to the fact that I mainly shoot seniors and those are primarily in the fall (with a few in the spring.) However, I did shoot two sessions last week and I’m excited to share one of them with you today! Meet the H. family!

who doesn’t love a good Amelia Bedelia book? (:

I absolutely love downtown during the holidays! It’s pretty snazzy.

Until next time,

Amelia (:

November 30, 2010

this huge yet tiny world we live in

one thing that I’ve been thinking about lately is the fact that there are SO MANY PEOPLE in this crazy, spherical world of ours. Most of which I have never met, nor will I meet in my lifetime. But some of them out there….I will meet, someday. Today, however, they a covered by a fog of tomorrows; unknown faces and stories that I have yet to see and hear. My future someday-adult best friend may be out there…maybe she’s in school right now, or texting her boyfriend, or sleeping, or reading. My future husband too is walking this earth, going about his daily routine. Yet it’s probable that we have not met…families, stories, lives just as real as mine. Yet I know NOTHING of their going-ons. It’s such a mind-boggling concept to me. Think of all the girls out there that could–would!– be my best friends if only we knew each other, grew up in the same town, went to church together, took high school English together.

But that’s not the way it is. Not today, anyway…although it’s possible we’ll meet. Tomorrow, in 3 years, in 50.

And then there is the thought that I could have been born as any.other.person on this planet.

I might have been born into a wealthy, elite family in a large city, or to a poor family of 10 struggling to get by in Uganda, or into a family of 3 in China and given up to adoption. I might have been born into any number of families, in any number of situations, in any number of places on this earth. Yet I was placed delicately by the fingers of God into my family. MY FAMILY. The people who have loved me since birth, shown me the world, inspired, humiliated, angered, and nurtured me. The mom who has given me a love for food and sewing (even though it takes begging for me to do them most of the time). Who taught me embroidery and knitting and how to clean a house. And how to laugh at life. The dad who has given me an appreciation for music of all kinds–including classical. (; Who forced me to practice hours of violin and piano and voice, knowing that in the end it would pay off. Who taught me that random singing of old songs and musicals and random movie quotes make life spontaneous and fun. And that hugs are one of the best things God created. The little sister who has continually helped my mind to grown, and my imagination bloom. She who has helped me understand why in the world people would want to run! or do any sport for that matter. That beauty and passion comes from within–and just because you don’t constantly tell the world your feelings doesn’t mean you don’t have them strongly. (; and that sisters can actually be best friends.

I’m so blessed to have been placed in such a wonderful family by God, and I don’t thank Him enough for them. Because of my family, I’ve seen places in the world most people my age haven’t, I’ve got enough interests and passions to last 2 lifetimes, and huge brainfull of memories, and a heart full of love. (: And most importantly, a relationship with the Creator of the Universe…who loves me more than I can imagine and sent His Son to die for me so that I might live eternally. What more could I ask for?

Nothing. (:


~You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.–2 Corinthians 9:11

Happy belated Thanksgiving, everyone. Take a moment today to be thankful for your life & how God has blessed you!




November 14, 2010

‘Other things may change us, but we start and end with family’

Have you met my best friend, Miranda? Well, if you know me or have followed my blog, you probably have. But if you need a refresher, here’s one. (;

oh yeahhhhh. You remember her now! Who could forget a beauty like this, right?

Well, anyhow…I had the privilege of doing her family –and EXTENDED family–photos a few weekends ago. I was a little nervous. Ok, a LOT nervous! Because, get this, there were going to be 22 people there! 22! But, I got through it…with a little help from her dad’s marvelous camera that I used and the fact that they’re all sooo dang gorgeous.

but I’ll just shut up and let the pictures speak for themselves.