A few weeks ago our Peanut girl shared an entry from her songwriting journal with us. Normally very protective and secretive of her lyrics, she loved this arrangement enough to ask my husband and I if we’d share it with our local Christian radio station (KLRC). The song is a beautiful expression of her faith and it moved us. Rev and I decided that we wanted to make a present out of her lyrics so I called some fabulous musician friends and asked them to expand on her creation. With only a few days until the holidays, and with no professional sound equipment, we met in Matt & Johanna’s living room last night to record “The First Christmas”. I cut it with some rough footage (I don’t normally shoot video so it’s VERY rough) of my daughter singing and writing in her song journal. Pajamas, hair in a pony tail, barefoot…this is our beautiful girl and her raw talent. Thank you M & J for helping us create a present that our darling 8 year old will never forget. You two are amazing and we’re thankful for your talent. She has no idea what we’re doing so feel free to leave a comment below for her and she’ll get to see them on Christmas morning! I wanted to share the song early because it truly leaves us in tears and I hope the creativity from our child brings joy to your holiday season.
Happy Holidays from the Crafton family!
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R & B were so much fun to work with. I shot their engagement session earlier this year and loved harassing Bryce, who wasn’t quite sure about this hours and hours of pictures business. lol It had been cold and rainy right before their wedding and the weather cleared up beautifully so they could have a gorgeous ceremony outside at the Fayetteville Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.
R & T had a gorgeous October wedding on Cameron Bluff in Mt. Magazine State Park. They originally hadn’t planned on hiring a professional photographer but with just a few days left to spare before the wedding they found me! Here’s just a few teasers from their big day!
I met Jon & Emily somewhere around 2006. I took them out for a couples photo shoot and from there we became great friends. These two are so loving and genuine you can’t help but fall in love with them. They captured my family over the years (the superhero shoot on my ‘about me’ page is from one of those sessions) so I was thrilled to be able to return the favor when their sweet Brooke arrived! I love casual sessions around the house…
When I asked if there were any more pictures that they wanted, Emily said, “One with you!” Best thing ever to hear that someone wants you to be a part of the session.
Welcome to the world, sweet girl. You are so loved.
(Side note, I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately about sessions and I’m not currently accepting new clients. The only sessions that I shoot anymore are gifts to friends/family and to raise money for charity/non-profits a few times a year. I can send you a long list of talented photographers in our area though!)
I’ve never been one to shoot senior sessions (if you’re looking for a great senior photographer in NWA check out Aus10 or Lauren who are fabulous) but Hayle is an exception. This amazing lady is a badass in our crossfit box and also babysits our 3 monkeys. We’re so thankful to her (and you too Des!) that we’re able to leave our chaotic kids with someone who we trust, so The Good Reverend and I can get away on much needed date nights. Love to you Hayle!
Our Peanut girl is in love with our babysitters, if you can’t tell…