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Two Big Announcements (And How They Relate To One Another)

December is always the craziest month of the year for me. I get tons of last minute requests for photography, there’s 101 Christmas activities to attend, and the last week of the year is pretty much booked for festivities, so you have less time to do more things. I’m not complaining, because I really like my life (!) but I get tired! This December has been even crazier than normal because new things are coming, and here I am to share them with you. Since I don’t want you to just scroll down and find out what they are, I’m going to just plainly announce them, then elaborate, and then let you know how they relate and why I would announce them together. Here goes.

1) I have officially become a Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant.

2) Jason and I have taken the plunge to become Foster Parents and start training in January.


I don’t know if I even need to tell you, but we are ECSTATIC! Now for the elaboration.

So. Jamberry Nails. First of all, what is it? They’re non-toxic vinyl nail wraps that you apply with tools you already have at home (and it’s super easy) and they last for up to two weeks without chipping! They come in hundreds of styles, ranging from funky to classic, and I really have a thing for them. This is me wearing them:

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I can’t believe I just posted a photo of my toes…

So anyway, here’s why I’ve joined:

1) I love the nails!
I found out about these nails through my sister and thought the idea was perfect right from the start. It sounded like a business that I would have seen on Shark Tank because it was so ingenious. Nail art that doesn’t chip? As a nanny, I was all “Count me in!”

2) I like compliments.
I used to sell Mary Kay (like more than ten years ago), and I really didn’t like it. It had nothing to do with the product, but I just hated making cold calls and hosting parties that made me feel awkward about trying to get people’s money. With Jamberry, I simply get a compliment wherever I go, and then they sell themselves! Plus, I’ve always loved doing girly hair/makeup/nails stuff, so having my friends try them is really fun for me.

3) I need money.
Jason and I are going to be foster parents soon, so we need a source of income that doesn’t require me to be out of the house a lot. Jamberry is a great way to make some extra cash, and it’s all for a good cause! I get paid to wear pretty nails. That’s a no-brainer.

4) I feel it’s important to like your job.
I’m not going to live a miserable life. I refuse to do work that isn’t fulfilling! You only get one life, so why waste your time doing things you don’t love? I don’t know, maybe that’s just me, but I think you should love your job, and that’s easy with Jamberry. The company is really awesome (I did LOTS of research), all the training is super easy to understand, and I can go at my own pace. That’s perfect for my lifestyle and I’m pretty excited to be doing this now!

Makes sense, right? As it is, I’m hosting my first online party right now, so let me know if you’d like to join it! Here’s my website too so you can see what I’m up to:


So, secondly, foster care. This is by far one of the most exciting things in my life so far. God called me, very clearly, to be a foster parent ten years ago. It’s been a plan ever since, and in fact I talked to Jason about it on our very first date, because I didn’t want to waste time with a guy who wouldn’t be on board with it (even if he crossed off every other thing on my list!). Our plan was to have kids of our own (you can follow that journey here) and once they reached a mature age, begin to foster younger kids. We wanted to gradually get older and older kids as our own grew up, eventually fostering teenagers as well. Well, our plan isn’t exactly going to way we expected, so we’ve adapted. Beginning in January Jason and I are taking the fostering classes, and by March we should have kids in our home! We would like to adopt through the process, so this is a really big step.

I am SO in nesting mode now. I cannot begin to get our home ready for one or two kids, and I have a feeling Pinterest is going to be my very best friend over the next few months. We will need to sell our guest bed, pack up all of our movie decorations that were living in there, and stock it with kids stuff! We’ll need to baby proof the house, make our home more kid friendly, and get a fire extinguisher. That’s just the start! With fostering kids you never know what age or gender you’ll get, so I’ll need something for everyone. It’s daunting, but mostly just extremely exciting. So that’s our news! You’ll definitely be hearing more about this as we go along.

So how do these two relate? You’ve probably already figured it out. Jamberry Nails will be a great way for me to make extra income as we invite these new kids into our home. Fostering will be a major paycut (SO worth it though), so I loved the idea of something I could do from home, and even share with the kids if I get little girls! It’s going to be quite a new year I think, and I am gosh darn bursting with excitement. Can you tell?

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Baby Emma || Spring Hill Newborn Photography

I’m not a prop photographer. If you’d looked over my website or know my work at all, you know that. I think props are rarely done well or having any real meaning and simply detract from the subjects in the photos. Plus, they instantly date your work. Not good. That being said, baby Emma’s mom had the cutest little prop for this session, and I think it added a lot, even though we only used it a few times as accent pieces. You’ll see it below:-)

But first, some baby feet…

SarahMariePhotography_0129Oh my goodness, look at this face! Emma was really tired, but too interested in what was going on to get into a deep sleep, so there was lots of yawning. I caught this one, and the crown as a prop is SO cute! Definitely a winner.SarahMariePhotography_0130Little detail shots of hands and feet are some of my favorites.SarahMariePhotography_0131SarahMariePhotography_0132The sun was going down, so we had some lovely low light streaming through the window. These family pictures are just so precious, and I was very impressed with big brother being so good!SarahMariePhotography_0133SarahMariePhotography_0134       Thank you to Kelly and Bryan for allowing me into your home and letting me capture your sweet babies! I had a really fun time with you all!

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Merry Little Christmas || Home Life Photography

I really shouldn’t have been surprised. This family ALWAYS has the best ideas, their home is picture perfect, and their kids are incredibly photogenic. Last year Brynn’s Christmas session was one of my top two favorite sessions of the year, and this year this one is definitely a contender as well. For our session last Saturday Brad and Taryn decorated their home for Christmas late Friday night and didn’t let the kids out of their rooms until I got there, and then let Brynn loose (Harrison is only a few months so his reactions were a little different;-)It turned out so cute! I guess I don’t need to tell you. Just look.SarahMariePhotography_0112See? Magical. She discovered the tree and me at the same time, so I’m not sure which one was more surprising.SarahMariePhotography_0113That hat didn’t last long on her head, but OMG so cute!!SarahMariePhotography_0114She wanted to decorate with ornaments first…SarahMariePhotography_0115and then got all wrapped up in the ribbon. It just melts my heart.SarahMariePhotography_0116Christmas villages are one of my favorite Christmas traditions. There is so much to look at!SarahMariePhotography_0117Meet Harrison! Mommy and Daddy were equipped with mistletoe, so we introduced the two at the same time.SarahMariePhotography_0118Remember what I said about photogenic? Good grief he’s cute.SarahMariePhotography_0119This series just cracks me up! I love that Harrison is cracking up while Brynn is crying, but not even two minutes later, kisses and smiles ensued.SarahMariePhotography_0120For a more non-Christmasy feel we moved into another room and just captured the family moments.SarahMariePhotography_0121Cutest outfit ever, right?SarahMariePhotography_0122He was so so cute!!SarahMariePhotography_0123This series was technically while we were finishing up, but Brynn just got happier and happier as we went along, and I couldn’t resist getting her sweet face just casually goofing off with me on the couch.SarahMariePhotography_0124Sweet sweet moments.SarahMariePhotography_0125Now you see why it’s one of my favorites. I LOVE this family! Thank you so much Taryn and Brad!!

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Christmas Decorating Idea || My Crafty Christmas

This will be a crafty Christmas for me. I’ve already decorated my house much more than normal, and several of them are decorations straight out of Pinterest! I’ve made a candle holder made from candy canes, mason jar candle holders, and candy filled candle holders. It’d been fun, and it’s really inexpensive. I’m planning on making most of my Christmas gifts this year too, but that will have to be posted after Christmas so as not to give away the surprises!











Something my mom always did growing up is wrap our pictures on the wall as presents. It’s a super cheap way to transform the whole room, and it looks great! I remember as a kid loving the way our whole home transformed, even though I didn’t like putting in all the work to decorate it. Now that I’m older I appreciate the whole process, and while I’m wrapping my wall canvases, I put on the Christmas music! My season-starting music is Steven Curtis Chapman’s “The Music of Christmas” and I blast it throughout the house!

So what do you think?!


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Brand New Harrison || Spring Hill Newborn Photography

I’ve been documenting the Pray family for a few years now, and I am always SUPER happy when it’s time to visit them again. Brynn is a beautiful little girl who has just become a big sister to Harrison!! Harrison is a perfect little boy with wrinkly baby hands and his sister’s same lips, and I was honored to meet him.

We started with a few shots with an adorable aviator cap, and I got a few with those sweet baby hands…
SarahMariePhotography_0109Harrison wasn’t a big fan of sleeping at that moment, so we took a break and got some pictures of big sister Brynn. Her daddy thought of bubbles and we just went to town. I love her little lips and I think she knew it!


Cozying up on the bed with mommy calmed him down, and when the rest of the family joined, magic happened.SarahMariePhotography_0106Once he nestled up again he was out for good and curled up beautifully for us! He was so much fun, and so perfect. I mean, LOOK at those feet! Can’t wait to see him again!

SarahMariePhotography_0108Congrats Taryn and Brad! You make beautiful babies!!

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