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Courtney and Will are such a fun couple. If the ‘powdered paint in the face’ doesn’t give it away, let me elaborate.

I’ve known Courtney since middle school, having that said you would think I would say “and we’ve been best friends ever since.” WRONG, Although I’ve known this great girl for that long, our friendship is new. We ran in different circles in middle and high school, I was probably obnoxious, and had the typical “cheerleader” rep, where sweet Courtney played soccer and was extremely intelligent (still is =])

However, Courtney married Will almost three years ago and I feel that we related more to each other after I got married last October. There isn’t too many young married couples around here, and Courtney and I are both really artistic so you tend to associate with people with your same interests. Courtney has also been EXTREMELY supportive of my new found love and passion photography so I was THRILLED, ecstatic even when she asked ME to shoot this amazingly colorful, fun session.

If you love color, you will love this. Courtney and Will were so playful and funny the entire time. There love for each other is as colorful as this session, and I love that about them. The color run looks like so much fun, so Courtney ordered paint from INDIA. Yes, India. It took almost a month to get here but it was SO worth it. This session was so funny, it had John and I both bent over laughing.

Courtney started a blog called “Exodus 31:3” and I feel that is a perfect verse that really reflects Courtney, it reads:

“and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge in all kinds of crafts- to make artistic designs.”

Courtney and Will I hope you guys enjoy these, because it sure was fun spending time with you and the pups!

I’ve never had so much fun during a session. You guys are lovely.

xoxo

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There are TWO things you need to know about Megan and Cody before I begin.

1. They are adorable

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2. They are freaking ADORABLE!

WOWZA, Can I just say, I get some amazingly STUNNING clients, and they make me look good! Megan resembles Reese Witherspoon, with her adorable bubbly personality and little flipped out nose, and Cody, I mean isn’t it obvious, ADAM LEVINE?!?!? This ‘celebrity’ couple was a BLAST to spend our saturday evening with. Not only are Cody and Megan beautiful, they are also super smart and sophisticated, (beauty and brains). They met at UT Med here in Memphis. The two love birds are thinking sometime later in 2013 to say “I do” but either way I am SO happy for you guys and very thankful I got to meet you two! I hope you enjoy these!

Megan and Cody, I wish you the BEST in life and in love. You two are one happy, smitten couple and I can’t wait to see what adventures your marriage takes you on!

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Before I begin this post, I would like to educate you all about my beautiful friend Charli. Charli and I went to high school together and when I think of Charli, I think of horses. I remember her love and compassion for animals. After high school Charli got married. December will be three years since she said “I do” with her husband Derek.

Derek is a marine, and shortly after the two love birds wedded they both moved to Okinawa, Japan. I know, crazy right? When I found out I remember thinking “How brave is she to just up and leave with her hubby?” I don’t know that I am THAT brave. Little did I know that I would find out exactly how BRAVE Charli really is.

Over the past 8-9 months I have been writing “Charli Hengst” on my prayer list at church every Sunday. Charli was diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma while she was in Japan.  Renal Cell Carcinoma is a kidney cancer that originates in the lining of the proximal convoluted tubule, the very small tubes in the kidney that filter the blood and remove waste products. RCC is the most common type of kidney cancer in adults, responsible for approximately 80% of cases. It is EXTREMELY rare for a 23 year old to be diagnosed with such a violent type of cancer.

Before I go on about such a special couple, I would like to quote Charli from her blog…

“I have cancer, cancer does not have me.”

Charli is currently doing really well, some of the spots have shrunk which means the chemo is working. She will get her new scans around September 10th, so I need everyone to pray for Charli. Matthew 18:20 reads “When two or more gather in my name, I am there among them.” Pray for Charli to stay strong and positive. She is taking chemo pills along with actual chemo sessions, these make her nauseous and extremely tired.

You can stay updated on Charli, become more educated on Kidney Cancer, and donate at

www.prayforcharli.com

Charli and Derek, I hope you enjoy these. Stay strong and keep the faith alive.

I said “Derek, you are such a sweet husband to come take pictures with Charli on this hot day.” Charli interrupted and said ” This is the least he does, he makes all of my meals, he goes to all of my treatments, he does all of the cleaning, he helps with the dogs, and everything in between.” I am so glad that these two found each other, “in sickness and in health.”

I was honored to spend the afternoon with you guys. Thanks for letting me tell your story!

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  • August 31, 2012 - 3:33 am

    jenny - Love my little brother and my very beautiful sis in lawReplyCancel

  • February 5, 2014 - 2:57 pm

    Cindy Graves - May I have you permission to share this .These are wonderful and brings out who they are and what they meantt to one another. I was a chemo patient and Charlie and I became friends.Thank you for your consideration…..oh by the eay…She OWNED the chemo room…hahaReplyCancel

You should know that before I post these breathtaking beauties I have to brag on this lovely person. I met Ashley in 2008 during rush at University of Memphis. Intimidated by her beauty, I, like others sat and stared. On bid day I realized that this stunning young woman was now my sister! From that day on I have only had excellent things to say about Ashley. On top of being simply stunning, Ashley was Miss Tennessee USA 2011 and 1st runner up at Miss USA in 2011. Although that is just two of many of Ashley’s accomplishments, she also graduated from University of Memphis in a very timely manner, 4 years to be exact (as I sit here trying to wrap up my degree after 5 years) this focused girl sets goals and goes straight after them. Just moments before she competed at Miss USA I sent her a “good luck” text, and to no surprise she responded. Even with the crazy hectic schedule that Miss Tennessee had she made time to attend one of my bridal showers, and my wedding (for you brides out there, you know how much this means). Ashley is very humble, very professional, and extremely respected. I was honored to spend the evening with such a talented young lady. Ashley, I am so thankful for our friendship. I am thankful and blessed to know such an amazing role model. Enjoy.

Ash, you found your calling. You were born to do this!

I can’t thank you enough. I hope these do you justice!

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  • August 5, 2012 - 1:43 am

    Jon Sharman - AMAZING shots, they’re beautiful, great job!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2012 - 2:22 am

    annette jackson - i taught this cute little girl in sunday school… at love and truth church in adamsville tn… when she was 9 years old…… she was ajoy way back then and i rooted for her the loudest in my house at the ms. america pagent… you did a great job on the pictures of her…….ReplyCancel