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I‘m just gonna go ahead and admit this right now…this is going to be an overshare.  There was nothing that wasn’t amazing about this session.  The light, the outfits, the locations…and most importantly, the couple.  Sarah and James. I am going to start with Sarah…because she is one of mine.  You read about them occasionally here…these now-adults who were at one point kids or teenagers in my classroom.  And Sarah…Sarah is so special.  You see, when I began teaching, Sarah was a junior, and I didn’t know her much that year.  But her senior year, she took a chance on me and joined choir, with the voice of an absolute angel.  Natural talent at it’s best, she had no clue where all that year would take her in choir, but it took her far.  I am going to share something here that I hope she forgives me for 😉 because it is SO extra special to me in comparison to her last outfit of this session.  This is Sarah in 2009.


Sarah was my Glinda in Wizard of Oz.  And one of my favorite types of stars in a show- the type who had never done anything, and came in and swooped up a lead that year.  There were a lot of those sorts of stars in this show (and take a peek at the scare crow because his engagement session is coming soon- I can’t even STAND it!).  And Sarah and her parents made all my pageantry dreams come true that year with her gorgeous bubble and costume. Sarah was the perfect Glinda.  Girly, feminine, kind, sweet, and bubbly.  That is who Sarah was.  And is.  Sarah has gone through a lot in life, and had a huge health scare recently and knows such joy and freedom in her life because of it.  She lives each day to the fullest, and has this perfect love in James.  I LOVED seeing them together, and knowing how well this sweet student of mine is being loved, and will be for the rest of their lives.  He just so clearly adores her, all of her, and that is just my dream for each one of them.  I don’t know if those kids of mine know how long and hard I pray for them and their lives…and this is such a beautiful beginning to the next part of Sarah’s story.  Meet Sarah and James!

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  1. Candi says:

    Oh wow!! Love these!!

  2. Holly says:

    What an adorable couple! I love everything about this session. The outfits, the locations, the lighting and gah, that ring though!! Amazing!!!

  3. Brenda Yeager says:

    I’ve watched Sarah grow into the gorgeous talented young woman that she is and can’t express in words how amazing these pictures are and hope they have a lifetime filled with much love, respect, kindness, joyous happiness!
    Kristina’s Momm & Everett’s Grama

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