You may have been told (or even heard through the grapevine) that MMP was/is moving. And we are! Thankfully we are no longer relocating out of state, just down the street! MMP is pleased to announce our new studio location! Located in Richmond Hill Court, this 1,000 square foot store front will soon be open to serve the most wonderful clients in Richmond Hill and the surrounding area. I am incredibly excited to be near such amazing local, established businesses such as Laurel Home Furnishings, My Grandfather’s Place, and the Leahy Art Gallery, to name a few.
And of course, come the questions. 🙂
Let’s just say that God’s plan isn’t always neat or pretty, that sometimes you have to suffer through some rough days filled with frustration and tears. You have to hope, during those times, that you have wonderful people to love and support you. Those that are quick to forgive, extend their empathetic hearts (maybe more than once), and continue to have renewed faith in the story that has yet to be told.
Even if you struggle to write that first paragraph.
How lucky my family is to have some of those people in our lives.
To my clients, YAY!!!! I am over the moon excited to be able to continue to serve you! To watch your beautiful family grow, welcome new life into the world, to capture every toothy grin, each holiday smile. You are, without a doubt, the only reason my business continues to grow.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Be on the lookout for grand re-opening information.
Here’s to 2016!!
(Pardon the cruddy cell phone picture, but too excited not to share it.)
P.S. Wondering what’s happening to my old studio? Super excited to share that another photographer will be moving in! Fleahman Photography specializes in high school senior portraits and boudoir photography. Check Tori out, you’ll love her!
The thing about paths is they are seldom straight.
My phone buzzed.
Josh will put the sign up tomorrow morning.
The next day, I looked out the window and there it stood. All I could think was, “That sign is in the wrong yard.”
Here we were, two years and two months after moving to Richmond Hill and I was staring at a For Sale sign in my manicured lawn, the early morning sun beating off the words FOR SALE like a cruel joke. Blinding me. Suffocating me. Stifling my heart.
How did we get here? How did this happen?
Two years ago and with five years until full retirement, Taran and I had a plan. A dream. A wish to retire here, settle down, raise our kids, make new friends, reopen my business and watch it flourish. Establish roots, create new traditions, run our toes through the sands of endless beaches along the coast, love our home and our neighbors, our church, and relish in years-long relationships with my clients and their families, their beautiful children. Clients who become my extended family.
In August of 2014 our world, at that point, crashed around us.
My husband’s voice choking on the phone, utter disbelief in his voice as he spoke the words –
With the drawdown of our military forces come cuts. A lot of cuts. Cuts that continue to happen, even today. And my husband, with over 15 years of experience and 5 overseas deployments was a casualty of this drawdown. Through no fault of his own my honorable, distinguished, hard-working soulmate was told his military career was over.
Talk about a sucker punch.
I’ll be the first to admit I cried. I cried until the tears ceased to flow and all that was left was wracking sobs devoid of sound. I was heartbroken. Stunned. Perplexed. And angry. So very angry.
I was angry at the Army, I was angry at the panel that chose my husband’s fate without ever meeting him, and I was angry at God.
Taran and I had a plan.
What was God doing? We didn’t deserve this! My husband didn’t deserve this. I didn’t deserve this. My kids, they didn’t deserve this.
Why us, Lord?
We had faithfully served our country for almost two decades. It just didn’t make sense.
After the initial shock wore off, Taran and I were able to gain perspective. A guaranteed retirement check for the rest of Taran’s life. Health insurance. Almost 16 years of experience, training, and leadership skills to move us into the civilian world. No more deployments. More family time. More security. A real possibility of settling down somewhere, creating a life. It was our time.
And so the job search began. In the end, Taran received more than one job offer.
Again, counting our blessings.
Taran initially accepted a job with a company that would have allowed us to stay here in Richmond Hill – among our friends, our church, our home, my clients.
With that decision came a peace that settled over our family after 10 months of stress and turmoil. We made plans (again, foolishly?) for our future, mapped out projects for the house, I began brainstorming new products and opportunities for MMP.
I’m sure you can gather where this blog entry is going …
The week Taran was supposed to leave for his new job training he received the 3rd and final job offer.
There is no doubt our faith has been tested as its never been tested before. There were days I completely questioned whether God was even tuned in to our frequency anymore. It felt like we were walking this path alone. I felt abandoned, cast aside. So many years of hard work and for what?
Taran ultimately accepted an upper level management job with Allied Barton, a national security company.
Based in Memphis, TN.
There were a multitude of reasons why, in the end, Taran selected this opportunity. Most notably, this move will allow our family to have more time together and that was the single most important factor. Our boys are 7 and (almost) 5. When did that happen?
To say I’m heartbroken about this relocation is an understatement. I won’t lie, I’m a little bitter. Having to pick up my business and move it for the second time in 2 years is daunting, exhausting, and scary. But I have my family – we are healthy, happy … and together.
If you have ever wanted to book a session with MMP, now is the time. I have two openings left in September, and only one in October. At this point November is full.
I know I will blog about this change in our life one more time before we leave, but I do want to thank all of you whom have been so amazingly supportive. My business is strong because of YOU. Your loyalty, your belief in what I do and what I offer, your willingness to recommend me to your friends and family. MMP has grown to levels I’d only yet imagined … having my own retail space, partnering with amazing businesses and charities, and providing me with lifelong experiences and friendships.
This wasn’t part of our plan. And while our life has been turned upside more than once this past year, I have learned that God always has my back. Our back. He has my family firmly in the palm of His hand. And each day I grow more excited about the opportunities that are waiting for us in Memphis – yet another adventure for our family to cherish, united in our faith, united in the strength of our love for each other.
Clapping and cheering erupted amidst a few gasps of surprise.
After two adorable boys Justin and Leslie were having a girl … because, you know, third time’s a charm girl. 😉
(I have to admit I had cast my vote in the boy column and was definitely one of the ones gasping in happy surprise.)
The two big brothers – anxious to meet their new baby sister.
Nothing like being a big brother!
I first met Justin and Leslie at our church, The Waterfont Church, here in Richmond Hill. Outgoing and kind, they were some of the first people to friend Taran and I when we joined two years ago. I was fortunate enough to photograph their extended family last year. See all the gorgeous images from that session here.
Justin and Leslie are one of the cutest couples on the planet.
I love when clients book me in advance, and Leslie was no exception! I was truly looking forward to capturing her pregnant – such a lovely woman, inside and out and a natural in front of the camera.
After being friends with this family for the past two years, I know this precious baby girl will be born into a home filled with love, laughter and fun. She will be showered with adoration, protected from harm (with the help of her two big brothers of course), and grow in God’s love with abundance.
Such a lucky, lucky little lady.
Justin and Leslie, thank you for the opportunity to photograph your beautiful family. It is such a pleasure to watch your love grow.
A simple question in an online forum brought the Hershfield family to me. Bright eyed and stunning, Chelsey immediately won me over with her infectious, glowing smile and outgoing personality. Chelsey’s husband, Tom, was as kind and gentle as his wife. Together they made one of the sweetest little things I’ve ever had the opportunity to photograph … Baby H.
Delicious round cheeks, pouty lips and a fine whisper of red baby hair atop her head, Baby H. was the definition of yummy. 😉
Baby H. was content in almost any pose I tried. Such a relaxed, unfussy baby.
A quick glance and you can easily see where Baby H. gets her looks … hello, gorgeous family of three!
Always a sucker for Dad and baby images, this one is no exception. What is it about them that makes me swoon so?
Chelsey … you. are. extraordinary.
I puffy heart this image in so many crazy ways.
Always a mom and baby favorite.
Probably my best loved image of Baby H. Simple, tender, timeless.
My super awesome friend, Rachel, makes these elegant bonnets. You can find her exceptional work here.
This lighting setup is called “Dream Lighting”, and for good reason. Isn’t it remarkable?
Again, another often requested pose. I love to capture a similar image during mom’s maternity session – the two portraits paired next to each other are breathtaking.
Please don’t hesitate to request a particular “look” or backdrop if you see something of mine you feel drawn to. It won’t ever be exactly identical, but will naturally have your essence, your emotion. It’s the beauty of photography.
Not only were Tom and Chelsey fantastic to work with, but they brought me coffee and a donut for Baby H.’s premiere! 🙂 The boys and I had recently lost our 14 year old labrador, Zoe, and the Hershfields were kind enough to think of me and the heartache we were enduring at the time. Pure warmheartedness, folks, and it made me feel truly special. Thank you for that, Tom and Chelsey. It’s one of the nicest things a client has ever done for me. I fell in love with your beautiful girl and I can’t wait to photograph her six month session.
It’s absolutely true – the nicest compliment a client can ever offer is to refer others to me. Obviously, it is the highest of highest compliments, and my heart literally wants to explode when word-of-mouth clients book with me. It means I’m doing something right.
And this was a pretty sweet referral.
I met Baby L. and her gorgeous (gorgeous, gorgeous) family through her mama’s good friend Lauren, whose newborn I had photographed weeks prior. I believe it helped to alleviate any concerns or apprehensions Heather had about the session since Lauren had recently been through it all – and it allowed Heather and I to share something in common right off the bat. 😉
The Saari family was graciously kind, patient, outgoing and did I mention stunning?
Big sister C. was over-the-moon smitten with her baby sister, and I captured some of my favorite sibling images to date.
Love the soft innocence in this one … the *almost* kiss.
As for Baby L. herself? Absolute perfection. She was such a sweet girl and I was able to move through a bunch of poses fairly quickly.
A favorite setup and this delicate headband made by Snippets?
Love me some baby profiles. *Swoon*
Doesn’t it look like she could break out in a smile at any minute? I’m fairly certain there was a tiny grin hiding behind those little lips.
Another sublime headband by the amazingly talented Snippets. She is whom I purchase 90% of my headbands from. I appreciate how simple and petite her work is – just like newborns. 🙂
Josh and Heather, thank you for the privilege of photographing your beautiful new addition. It was a pleasure meeting the four of you and I look forward to working with you in the future.
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