Expecting Number 4! | Whiteville NC Columbus County Maternity Baby Photographer

Im just going to throw it out there… some people were just made to have babies.:)  They were born to be mothers.  I see it all the time, in that instant when someone becomes a mom the first time, its like magic when those motherly instincts kick in. Some women however, were meant to be a mother to more than one. This beautiful mama-to-be is expecting her first blue bundle of joy this March. She has three daughters who are just as beautiful with their own budding personalities, whom I am sure will help to take great care of him. As friends we’ve joked about the things (sometimes rude things) that people say when they hear of someone expecting their fourth child. Just to name a few…

-“Wow–your house is going to be crazy.”

-“Wow–you are a fertile Myrtle!”

-“Well, you’re DEFINITELY going to need a minivan.”

-“Well, NOW you’re done having kids, right?”

-“Well, you were gonna try until you got that boy (or girl) huh?”

How about lets just say how beautiful she is, and give her all the compliments in the world she deserves. Being a mother to one is a blessing, but being a mother to anything more than that, I feel is God’s way of showering you with all of His love and grace. Being a mother is hard, its not easy. You have your ups and downs. And carrying a child for 40 weeks (10 months!) is hard on your body. No matter how easy some make it look, its stressful. But in the end, when you see your’s and God’s creation for the first time… it makes the past 10 months seem like a bittersweet memory. Hope you enjoy a few of this glowing mama-to-be and her beautiful family.

 

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Her session took place right before Christmas, so I wanted to incorporate something special to her session.  So here is the story behind the candy cane.:)

The candy cane is a long-time Christmas tradition. They are used as decorations on Christmas trees and, of course, they are one of the most popular of all Christmas treats. But in looking at this treat, it means something a little more. First of all, if you look at the candy cane upside down, it looks like the letter “J”. Jesus starts with the letter J, so that should remind us of Jesus and help us to remember that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday.

If you look at the candy cane right side up, it looks like a shepherd’s hook. The shepherd used his hook to keep the sheep from wandering away from the flock and getting lost or eaten by a wild animal. The Bible says, “The Lord is my shepherd.” The candy cane should remind us that Jesus is our shepherd and He will keep us from wandering away and getting lost or hurt.

The candy cane is mostly white. White is a symbol of purity. That should remind us that Jesus was the spotless Lamb of God and that because he came to be the sacrifice for our sin, we can become as white as snow.

As you know, the candy cane has three red stripes. The Bible tells us that before He was crucified,  Jesus was beaten with a whip which made blood-red stripes across his back. The Bible says that we are healed by those stripes. The stripes on the candy cane should remind us that Jesus suffered and died, so that we can have everlasting life.

To many people, the candy cane is a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time, or just a piece of candy to be eaten. I hope that next time, and every time you see a candy cane, you will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas and the love He has for us.

 

 

 

Sticks & Stones… | Southeastern NC Newborn, Family, Child Photographers

Normally, Brandy does all the posting on our FB page and blog, however, I have something special that I would like to share and need to get off my chest.

For our fans that may or may not know. Both of us are Registered Nurses. It is a compassion we share, just as our Photography business is. Photography is not just a hobby formed out of an enclosed garage, turned into a studio for us. As nurses, we live our life by our Nursing Code of Ethics. We practice that in our everyday life as well including our photography. That code of ethics was developed as a guide for carrying out nursing responsibilities in a manner consistent with quality in nursing care and the ethical obligations of the profession. We use the same practice in our photography business. The nurse in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status and personal attributes. The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to preserve integrity and safety, to maintain competence, and to continue personal and professional growth. I apply that same principle to my business.

Moral self respect- Moral respect accords moral worth and dignity to all human beings irrespective of their personal attributes or life situation. Such respect extends to oneself as well; the same duties that we owe to others, we owe to ourselves. Self-regarding duties refer to a realm of duties that primarily concern oneself and include Professional growth and maintenance of competence, preservation or wholeness of character, and personal character. Professional growth and maintenance of Competence-Though it has consequences for others, maintenance of competence and ongoing professional growth involves the control of one’s own conduct in a way that is primarily self-regarding. Nursing practice is held to be to the highest standards. Therefore, I have held those same standards to our role in our photography business. Wholeness of Character-Sound ethical decision-making requires the respectful and open exchange of views between and among ALL individuals with relevant interest. You can find more info on Nursingworld.org as this is borrowed from their site.

I started this business upon the news that I was going to be a grandmother.  I wanted to capture every single moment of Ellie Gray’s life! I also brought Brandy into the business as a partner, learning her everything I could, sending her to workshops, attending workshops myself and working hard to maintain competence. We have been trained by THE BEST OF THE BEST in this business for ALL of our styles of photography. My goal was to create art that others would appreciate hanging on their walls and eventually build a business that I knew would be turned over to Brandy at some point. And who knows, maybe a business that she can eventually turn over to her children someday.

Sure, along the way we’ve encountered bumps, road blocks, and obstacles. But after going on 4 years, we have continued to grow and overcome.

But what we want you to know is that we LOVE being part-time photographers! And being part-time doesn’t mean we sacrifice on quality of our work by no means! Nurses are not made, they are born. They are born with such compassion and care for others. I enjoy helping the elderly whom otherwise couldn’t care for themself. To teach them about their disease and how to maintain their activities of daily living. And you should hear Brandy talk about her miracle babies that she helped transition into this world. She treasure’s every birth and every baby that she’s had the honor of taking care of.

So now for a formal invitation…

I would welcome anyone that feels like we practice unethical behavior and have no sense of responsibility and that we look as our photography business as a hobby, to please, please, email me. I would sincerely love to take you to lunch, (on me of course!), and I will openly discuss any questions or concerns that you have about our professionalism, background, knowledge, education, or whatever questions you may have.

A special thank you to our fans for your continued support of Lime Light Photography.

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Winter Special! | Columbus County NC, Bladen County NC Child Outdoor Photographer

Spring-Summer 2014 Calendar is now open!!

So have you been out shopping lately?? I went into Target this past week and they have already started putting out their bathing suits!!! I personally (after just having a baby) can’t imagine being in a bathing suit right now… but I am definitely looking forward to the Spring-Summer weather! So let’s start chatting about getting you (or your little one) on our calendar for 2014!

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Contact us to take advantage of our winter special!

*Special not applicable to weddings, mini sessions, or previously booked sessions. 

910.212.5074 | limelightphotoshop@yahoo.com

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