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i have had this vision of a platinum blonde in a flower crown, white dress and barefoot in a field for a longgggggg time! i decided to style this shoot and found the perfect model:)

hair and makeup: brittney holladay

model: adria

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it’s so funny. i sit here at my computer and look through different pages of photographers and their style and how each one is different in their own way. i then begin to wonder what that photographer may be like…in real life. are they nice? do they like what they do? do they still get nervous before every session? do they second guess what they’re doing just because someone makes a ‘comment’ about their style?

i know when most people first meet me at a session or a consultation, their first thought is probably “wow…she’s too young to be doing this”. i’ve heard people say it when they think i’m not around. it makes me question, am i enough as a photographer? i’ve heard a few younger girls (think middle school) say, “oh my gosh…we’re bigger than her”. which is totally insane to use as a comparison to someone’s talent, or their profession! it really makes no sense:)but to hear people say little comments like that, makes me think  “can i handle this?” or “are they right? am i too little/too young to do this and be successful”? the answer is NO!

people make all kinds of assumptions. assumptions mean absolutely nothing! i have always been underestimated…the under dog. and i’m totally okay with that. when i first started cheerleading in middle school i was not small, but i wasn’t very big either. my coach, however, underestimated my strength when she first met me. i definitely surprised her with what i was capable of and then she knew she could trust me…

i feel the same with my clients. i know when they first meet me, they probably have doubts. i know i will have to prove myself.  i am always up for trying something new. i even tell my clients when i first meet them, “you will probably leave this session saying, ‘this woman is crazy’, but you will love the images that i am going to capture today”.

i have to remind myself constantly to be confident in my work and to trust my instincts. God has given me a gift and He didn’t give it to me for me to hold back! i love what i do and i am so blessed to be able to stay home with my son and chase my dream…

 

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tonight i met with abbe and her mother and a few other relatives:)abbe graduated from Arab High School this year and is enjoying her last summer before starting college. we had beautiful weather and beautiful locations to work with…i don’t even need to tell you the model was gorgeous as well!

after over an hour of shooting i was so excited to arrive at our last location…a golden field that we were going to shoot in right before sunset. cue the dramatic music….they cut the field for hay THIS MORNING!:(a photographer’s nightmare….luckily, abbe is a go with the flow kind of girl and was totally okay in shooting in some bright green, itchy grass! it sounds terrible, but the images are stunning!

here is a little sneak at the time we had together… {and before anyone asks…no..her eyes were not enhanced. they are really that  blue!!!}

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i’ve really been struggling lately. i have had this battle within my mind…i cannot make it stop no matter what. i will lay in bed for hours before finally falling asleep because it is always on my mind. i’ve prayed about it, talked with my husband about it and i’ve read numerous blogs about it. how can i make my photography business my ministry? it has been on my heart for so long and i just kept pushing it aside, like it was nothing.

i’ve re-written this blog post seven different times. i can never get the words out the right way. i am not a writer…keep that in mind. i passed my english class with barely a B-. i struggle with his aspect of photography…blogging! but apparently that is common in this industry.

my struggles have become my husband’s struggles. i talk about my business constantly. he helps me make important business decisions, so i feel he should be in on the mental struggle that goes along with it!

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i desire for everything i do to be glorifying to God. i became a christian at the ripe age of 8. i was born and raised a southern baptist {amen}. i was raised to do things that glorified God and His kingdom. that is easier said than done. especially when running a business. i’ve struggled lately with the idea of making my business, my ministry. i just didn’t know how! i wanted it so badly…i just did not know where to begin.

a while ago, i was sitting next to my husband on our church pew waiting for the morning worship service to start. i didn’t see our pastor anywhere and figured we would just have a guest speaker. while we were waiting, i was talking to my husband about {what else….} my business. i was telling him my goals and a few things that had happened during the week that i needed to really think on and reconsider. i started telling him about this blog post i read about this photographer {nancy ray, of nancy ray photography} that i just LOVE. she too, wanted her business to be her ministry. she, like me, believes that if you follow Jesus it should not just be in your personal life but in your professional life as well. you should spend your life pursuing Jesus and loving Him with everything. she talks about the ‘call to ministry’ that happens in every youth group, youth trip, etc. how she would sit there, just thinking, why would i be called to serve to ministry, isn’t that something you’re supposed to do everyday? and she is so right. there are people who are chosen to be spiritual leaders and i believe God gives them a tug at their heart until they answer that call and go about spreading the love and word of Jesus Christ. everyone who is a follower of Christ should spread His word, but not everyone is a ‘leader’ or a ‘minister’. some of us share God and his love by glorifying Him in other ways. that was just something that resonated with me….Glorifying Him. that is my goal. i want to glorify Him in all that i do! raising my son, running my business, loving my husband and serving at our church in anyway that He calls me to.

our church service started and of course, the guest speaker got up and opened his Bible. we all turned to the scripture he referenced and little did I know, God would be directly speaking to me that Sunday. the sermon was about glorifying God in all that you do, giving it your all even when you are just a small piece of the puzzle. i was floored. i was glued to every word that departed the speaker’s lips. the thought that I had been struggling with for so many months, was right there in front of me. as soon as the service was over, i looked directly at my husband and said, “i REALLY needed to hear that!”. we talked about it on the way home and i have never felt more at peace.

i was ridiculed and made fun of for ‘quitting’ the nursing profession {please refer to my bio/passion story if you’re confused}… everyone thought that me saying, “God does NOT want me to be a nurse, he made that very clear”, was a cop-out. they all thought that was my way of saying that i didn’t want to work full time. i love being a stay at home mom. but i have never felt more at peace with a decision than to not pursue a nursing career after my college graduation. i have felt called to pursue photography and to a certain market, for a long time.

i have to throw in my favorite part of nancy ray’s blog post… she states, “I think in those moments when I was young, God was preparing me for this, now. His hand and calling was on my life even at a young age. God gave me this business, and He put in me everything I need to fulfill my calling for His fame.” his fame…that is why we are called to do what we do as Christians! to bring people to Christ. through my photography, i am not actively seeking out lost souls. i don’t expect everyone i meet for a job to end our meeting a changed person…but i may be the person that plants that seed for someone else to water.

nancy ray also talks about how she simply manages her business. it is not hers, but God’s and he is simply allowing her to manage it! i cannot begin to thank nancy enough for her encouraging and enlightening post. it was exactly what i needed to read when i came across it. she is such an inspiration and i too, hope to glorify God in all that i do!!!!

 

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Colossians 3:17 

 

if you would like to ready nancy’s post HERE is the link to it!

-lauren

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*** hartselle junior high school volleyball portraits 2015 ***

hello there! your gallery is now ready for viewing!!!!:)

this session was so much fun. it was hot, humid and bright…but they stuck it out and got some amazing shots. i could not be happier with how this session went. this is a great group of girls and i cannot wait to see what they accomplish this year!!!

thank you for trusting me to do my thing – even though i know some of you thought i was crazy 😉

you guys were amazing! i hope you like your portraits:)

 

click here to view your entire gallery…or you can go to the top of the page and go to ‘events’ and then ‘teens’

 

thanks!

-lauren

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yesterday evening i got to meet up with one of my 2016 senior representatives {aarti} and her best friends for a session.

these girls were FIERCE. i definitely didn’t look like this when i was going into my senior year…goodness…i’m still waiting to look like this!!!

it was hot. it was humid. our original location was stolen because there was an outdoor concert going on…but the girls totally rocked whatever i threw their way. i am so happy of how these turned out. here are a few of my favorites!

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girls, thank you so much for allowing me to use you as my models to help build up my senior portfolio!

i had so much fun. i don’t know how a session will ever top this one!

stay fierce ladies!!!

-lauren

 

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meet aarti. one of my cool, glamorous and spicy senior representatives for 2016!

i was so excited to get her submission for the 2016 school year…especially after reading about her goals.

aarti met me at the park on one of the HOTTEST alabama days. she came ready to work it!

i spent the entire session swatting at mosquitoes the size of pigeons {no lie, it’s alabama}…and wiping my forehead. we trekked a good two miles throughout our entire session. across pebbles, mulch, uneven bridge boards, and tree roots. up hills, down hills, into abandoned cabins and over rickety bridges. i stumbled multiple times in my boring brown flats. but this girl…no….she did it all in 4 inch wedges! did she look like it was 100+ degrees with 100% humidity?! ummmm….no! she is so graceful and elegant in everything that she does. even when i first met her…she literally floated over to me and greeted me with that 1000 watt smile!

i am in awe of this girl…to say the least!

 

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and now, a little message from aarti :)

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My name is Aarti Joshi, and I will be a James Clemens High School graduate of 2016. I have been an active member of my school’s National Beta Club -which is a club designed to encourage student volunteer work for our community-for the past two years. This club inspired me to complete service hours; therefore, I decided to get involved with HIA (Huntsville India Association). My parents were both from India, so getting involved in a community organization that was aimed towards my ethnic heritage seemed like a great idea! I assist in organizing cultural events for the Indian Community, like Diwali-the festival of lights, and Holi-the festival of colors. Additionally, I volunteer to advertise these events for the community by broadcasting announcements for them on the Madison radio. I perceive HIA as the perfect way to embrace my culture, and to help those-who have left their birth country- enjoy the same festivals and traditions they had back at home. I’m also Vice President of my school’s Spanish club, a member of the Environment club, and also a member of Interact Club. Furthermore, I was a competitive dancer at Southern Sensations Dance Studio for 4 years and performed a variety of: jazz and hip hop routines. I have danced a total of 8 years, besides jazz and hip hop this has included ballet and Bharatanatyam (a classical type of Indian dance). I decided to take a break from dance this year; however, to focus on my more rigorous classes at school. Additionally, after school I work as an administrative assistant at Sullins Eye Care Center. My favorite hobbies include: dancing (even though I don’t have a lot of time for it, I love it passionately) and spending time with my friends and family. I do enjoy volunteering for my community as well.

I hope to attend UAB (University of Birmingham) for my undergraduate degree. I want to focus on getting into med school and in 5 years I hopefully see myself at an established med school. My dream graduate schools include Duke University or Emory University; however, I won’t be opposed to the idea of completing my medical degree at UAB. I’m hoping to get into OBGYN. I was intrigued by this profession due to my volunteer work at the OBGYN clinic at Huntsville Hospital two years ago. Another idea that interests me is majoring in General Health Administration. Although, I’m still figuring it out I definitely see myself ending up in the med field.

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wow….that’s all i can say.

this girl = the total package!

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he’s finally here! my nephew is here! my very FIRST nephew, i might add.

baby j was born earlier this month {may} and my family and i {except my husband} got to go and see him right after he arrived! he is such a calm baby.

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Newborn Baby Boy, Lauren Coffey Photography, LLC, Hartselle Alabama Newborn PhotographerPINIMAGEthis little fellow was soooooo good while i wrapped him and placed him throughout his session. his newborn portraits were my ‘excuse’ to hog him from everyone else 😉

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