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  • Hey there! I'm Heather, wife to Jim, Pastor of The Paradox Church, and Mama to two beautiful girls, Harper and Hollis. I'm a Jesus lover, crafting lover, and really a lover of all things creative! I've had the pleasure of photographing lovely people for over 13 years now! I've recently started a fun new journey designing baby and toddler clothing. Stay tuned, I'm sure I'll be sharing some of my designs soon!

    This blog is a place for me to share my current photography work, my creative work, as well as some of my personal journey. I have a heart to encourage and love on other women. I hope this will be a place where we can all share in our creativity as well as learn a little bit about Jesus and His goodness. I hope you'll come back and visit often!

Cole family

Every now and then we all leave the family session wondering if we actually captured anything good…

Because, well, children will be children! Sweet little Josie had a blast running all over Downtown Fort Worth and her sweet Mama wondered what I could have possibly come up with.

But then this wonderfulness happened and it felt like magic:-).

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July 9, 2014 - 8:56 pm

Grandpa - Wow–you all look great. Thanks for the pictures. Grandpa

A birth story

I remember pulling up to Lauren and Sam’s home at about 4:30 AM nearly in tears…what a beautiful thing I was about to witness.  I recalled the joy and the pain of laboring with my two precious babes,

and I knew just what Lauren was experiencing. What a miracle it is to bring a baby into the world!

Enjoy their sweet slide show HERE

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June 13, 2014 - 5:17 am

Karen WILSON - Heather,
Thank you so much for capturing the birth of our precious Addie’s birth on film.
You are amazing!

June 23, 2014 - 6:14 pm

admin - So happy I could be a part of it. What a special day!

James and Kylie

James contacted me to photograph his proposal to Kylie…what a thoughtful guy!  After that special moment I went on to photograph some sweet engagement photos for them.  What a perfect way to capture such a special time!

If you know of any couples that are about to be engaged send them my way. I have the perfect photography collection for them.


to view a slide show that I put together for them that perfectly tells the story of their engagement!

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Real Talk- modeling confession

Today is one of those days…(but it aint over yet.)

The morning started off with a sweet little toddler who demanded to be held, and nothing could appease her. No big deal right? We all have an extra needy day here and there. And without throwing anyone under the bus, someone in our house has needed a lot of extra needy days lately. Bless her.

By grace I’ve been able to handle these days with love and patience. But for some reason today I’m frazzled. Climbing out of bed and dealing with it first thing this morning could have something to do with it.


“But first, Coffee and Jesus.”

I found myself a little put out by the clingy-yell-at-you-all-morning-nothing-will-make-me-happy tantrums…Duh? It’s hard isn’t it? Especially in the midst of doing dishes and laundry. (I just want a clean house!) That’s a whole other blog post, dears.

My feelings would shift from frustration to something thought provoking…

My inner monologue went something like this; “do you have anything better to do, Heather? You’re with your girls, teaching them how to be little people. Teaching them how to handle feelings, and mapping the course for them. That’s important work, no?!” So for a minute, after this ground shattering inner monologue, I found peace and value even in the difficulty of the day. But sure enough as the hard morning unfolded my own emotions would take over and then frustration was alive in my heart again. I had a lovely circle of repentance, peace, repentance, peace..repentance, PEACE! It was epic. I asked for forgiveness of my girls a couple of times. We all had our share of asking for forgiveness, as none of of us responded well today…My how sweet it is to hear your 3.5 year old say “I forgive you Mommy.” And your 20 month old nod her head “yes.”

So as I sit here during this nap time recovering from the goings on (praise be to God), just minutes after praying and asking for MORE peace, I realized that not only prayer would get me through this day…

I need a scripture to stand on and this is the one I have on repeat:

Psalms 46:5
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.

Mama’s, the goal in parenting is not perfection. Who can attain that? But one thing I do know is this; as we model grace, patience, kindness, joy, and peacefulness…we also model imperfection and hearts that turn to Jesus when we’re overwhelmed. We model the willingness to confess and ask for forgiveness when we’ve missed the mark. So as I anchor my heart to Jesus right now, I receive His unending grace for me as a Mom and stand in awe of the beauty of forgiveness…

And so should you.

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