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Hubbard Family Newborn Session

I always chuckle a little when I’m doing a session with a brand new person and inevitably (it happens almost every single time), the mom or dad says “Wow, I couldn’t do this job.” I get it. It’s hot (really hot!), baby’s cry a lot and wiggle around while I try to pose them. The other siblings see a new person, or a camera, and want to perform for them instead of take pictures, and it can be hard when you’re wrangling them and keeping a baby asleep at the same time. It takes much longer than any other kind of session, and since baby’s feed on your energy, you have to be happy and calm the whole time. So, yeah, I know why I get that statement so often. But (and this is a big “but”), it’s SO worth it in the end. All that work and heat and exhaustion is forgotten in a second when I get home, upload my pictures and squeal with excitement. I mean, I’m talking calling everyone to the computer to come see this precious newborn (I really do that)! For me its not the fact that my artistic vision is realized or that I know the parents are going to be thrilled, it’s the fact that I know these pictures are going to be with this family, and this 10-day old human for 80 or more years. They are going up on the wall, in baby books, on coffee mugs for grandparents and all over the announcements. They will follow the kid through high school and end up in the embarrassing page of the yearbook when they graduate. Those photos will make their future spouse oooh and aaah as they wonder at the love of their life ever looking so small. Later, their kids will compare themselves with those pictures and then later still, someone will say “that baby looks just like their grandma did as a newborn!” And how will they know? Because for two hours today I spent time in a hot home with a squirmy baby and an excitable kid and made something beautiful of it. What an immense privilege.
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Fall Mini Sessions Are Here!

Fall mini sessions have arrived! This time of the year I get SWAMPED, so if I didn’t do mini sessions, there’s no way I could get in even half of the people who are trying to get those annual photos in. I know, it’s important. Today I booked our family’s mini session too, and I am sooooo excited! This is one of those things not to skimp on, and I intend to completely LOVE having kids this year for our photo sessions (we are brand new foster parents). To get in on this excitement, fill out your reservation and pay here: We will be meeting at Aspen Grove park, which has beautiful leaves in October!

Oh by the way, these sessions will go towards our adoption. We are only $2,000 away from our goal and have already started the paperwork and are soooo excited!

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Why I’m Not in a Hurry to Adopt

I’m not in a big hurry to adopt. It’s not because as new foster parents we have a home full of girls (3, if you haven’t heard the news. An 11 year old, 8 year old and 3 year old) and I can’t imagine more. It’s not because I’m pregnant (because I’m not), and it’s not because I have a desire to wait for my child.

Being a foster parent is amazing, and we have been blessed with a wonderful sister group, wonderful DCS workers, and wonderful communication with our little ones’ family. It really couldn’t have been a more perfect arrangement for us, and I definitely give God all the credit there. He knew what we needed, and even though I freaked out a little after we accepted the placement (but before they came), it’s worked out better than I ever hoped. We love these girls, and it will be hard for us to see them go someday, but we know that their family loves them so we are very hopeful for their futures. One thing being a foster parent has not done for me though is lessen my desire to have kids of my own. Yes, I am now a mom. It doesn’t matter what your opinion is on that, I am a mom now, and will always be. Motherhood is a heart issue just as much as a tummy issue, and I have learned these past two months that no matter what, from now on I get to be included in Mother’s Day celebrations because I am officially in that club. So , yes, I am a mom, and it’s been spectacular, but I still want one of my own, to keep.

I’m not in a hurry though. Do you know why?

I’m not in a big hurry to adopt because I know if I am waiting, it’s because my little child isn’t ready yet. Maybe they haven’t even been conceived. God knows exactly which child is meant for me, and there is no sense in me rushing anything, because it will work out the way it is supposed to. Yes, I was a little bummed that it’s been a month and a half and we still haven’t reached our goal of $9,000 (we are at about $5,300, and we need to get to $9,000 before we can become a “waiting family” and be matched with a baby), I’ll admit it. I have come to terms with the fact, though, that I am not in control, and that the One who is in control is a whole lot smarter than I am. So it’s a good thing. It’s good that we haven’t raised the money yet, and it’s good that birth-moms haven’t seen our profiles, because it means I know without a shred of doubt that our baby isn’t ready yet, and I’ll know when she is (I always picture a girl, although I’d happily have a boy too!) that we will be ready too. So we wait.

In the meantime, I am getting some very good mommy-practice.

If you’d like to support our adoption, here is the link: YouCaring- Jason and Sarah-Marie SmithFullSizeRenderEvery person who contributes will have their name written on a puzzle piece that we will glue together and hang in our baby’s room. This way they will always know how wanted and loved they were, not only by us, but by so so many friends, family, and strangers.





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Augie & Atticus || Home Life Photography

I think I say it a lot, but I love shooting in homes!! It’s super personal and the kids often open up faster than they normally will outside the home. I got to meet Augie and Atticus today at their home, and even though Atticus was super excited about it, Augie wasn’t sure at all. He eventually warmed up to me a bit though (not enough to get a high-five, but enough to elicit a few smiles, which is good enough for me!) and we got some cute ones! We started with Atticus upstairs on the bed…

SarahMariePhotography_0221Eventually Augie decided it looked fun and wanted to get in on the bed action, so we took it to his room. I was sneaky with my camera, and got some ones of him being very proud of all his trophies!SarahMariePhotography_0222

Once we got outside, we found all kinds of fun stuff! We found soccer balls, baseball bats, sidewalk chalk and rockets. Augie had really good form with his soccer!SarahMariePhotography_0224

OMG I love the middle right one below! Look at how sweet they look!SarahMariePhotography_0225Sidewalk chalk= Excellent Diversion


It’s amazing how incredibly cute a jar full of bugs can look in a photo session. Any other circumstance and would just run away.SarahMariePhotography_0227

Look at that smile! They couldn’t resist 😉SarahMariePhotography_0223Thank you Lori and Augie! I had a great time with you guys! Your family is beautiful (and so is your home!)

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Ben & Mackenzie’s Lifestyle Session || Eighth and Roast

Eighth and Roast is a little coffee shop tucked away in the industrial-chic section of 8th Avenue in downtown Nashville. It boasts gourmet java and a very friendly staff (they were super nice about us shooting there!). I’d never been before, but when Ben, Mackenzie and I were all brainstorming their session, this place came up right away. We were looking for a super casual space that would both showcase them as a couple (naturally), and not be too engagement-y (I know, not a word). Since coffee is sort of a huge thing for them, and they are kind of that hipster-chic couple, this space ended up being PERFECT!

SarahMariePhotography_0209They supplied us with these blue mugs when they found out we were doing a session. It even matches the outfits!SarahMariePhotography_0210I stayed away and asked them to have a real conversation and kiss “when they felt like it.” As we went along, that became a little more often:-)The snuggles in the in-between were so precious though and they were so comfortable with each other.SarahMariePhotography_0211Doing these kinds of “love sessions” after a few years of marriage is super important I think. Most people get engagement pictures, wedding pictures, and then pictures of their kids forever and ever, and they lose focus that it all started with them. Even if you have kids, you should still have these kinds of moments with your spouse, and be proud of it!SarahMariePhotography_0212SarahMariePhotography_0213Ben and Mackenzie have been married for two years and they are incredibly cute together. They needed some shots to freshen up their home, and since Mackenzie is a hair genius, we traded services!SarahMariePhotography_0214Flirting=AWESOMENESSSarahMariePhotography_0215SarahMariePhotography_0216We wanted to get a few of them by themselves to use for jobs and, of course, profile pictures!SarahMariePhotography_0217This was so much fun. Ben and Mackenzie are the nicest people and I’m so blessed to know them! It was hot outside, but good company can overcome that any day, and the result was just magic.SarahMariePhotography_0218Love you guys! I hope you’re as in love with these as I am! Thanks for coming out with me and making it a blast!!

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