Mandy & Sam at First Christian Church and Peachtree Banquet Center in Columbia, Missouri

Heeeeeere it is! The gorgeous wedding of Mandy & Sam!

From their wonderful friends, to their sweet family, everyone surrounding this darling couple was just as kind and generous as they were.

Mandy made such a stunning—and I do mean STUNNING—bride.

And Sam was just as dapper as he could be, always admiring Mandy from afar any time we were doing individuals shots (oh yes, we caught you making eyes at your beautiful bride several times, Sam!).

Can you blame him?

Let’s get into this gorgeous day!

We started out at the Art of Hair in downtown, Columbia, Missouri. Photographing at this place was super fun, and the owner was a blast to work with. Oh, and did I mention her beautiful hairstyles?? Gorgeous!

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After hair & makeup, we headed over to the church, the gorgeous First Christian Church in downtown Columbia, Missouri.

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Amber, my office manager and second shooter, was there to cover the guys getting ready:

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And then we both met up to capture the girls:

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And then it was time for the first look!! Yay for first looks!

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Amber’s view:

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My view:

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Amber’s:

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Amber rocked out the stairwell pictures:

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And then we headed outside right before the ceremony:

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Mandy’s flowers were absolutely gorgeous and they smelled aaaaaaaaaaammmmmaaaazing!!!

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And then it was show time!

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Are you kidding me, kid? Such a ham!

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Fun fact: I keep a pen in my camera bag…juuuuuuuuuust in case we need it for the marriage licence (not the first time):

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Check out this adorable wedding party!

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They were hilarious:

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Sigh. Mandy, you are gorgeous…

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Swoooooon:

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Let me tell you, these guys know how to party…

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Thank you again, Mandy and Sam for choosing me to capture your absolutely beautiful day!!

Ceremony: First Christian Church

Reception and Catering: Peachtree Catering & Banquet Center

Flowers: Kent’s Floral Gallery

DJ: BerryGood Light & Sound

Cake: The Upper Crust

Bride & Bridesmaids’ Hair: Art of Hair

Second Photographer: Amber Garrett

 

Shelby & Taylor at Cedar Creek Resort in Columbia MO | Wedding Photographer

You guys.

Prepare to be enveloped in love, surrounded by friendship, and completely smitten with the lovely details of this gorgeous wedding at Cedar Creek Resort in Columbia, Missouri.

Let’s start off with the bride and groom…

Lollipop-Phogoraphy_2657Shelby and Taylor are, hands down, completely head over heels in love with each other. I saw it every time Taylor would steal a glance at his gorgeous bride. And when Shelby would snuggle up close to Taylor.

Love stuck, y’all.

They were seriously the cutest.

And can you get over the details of this wedding? This was my first time shooting at Cedar Creek Resort and it completely surpassed every expectation I had. The manager was just as sweet as can be, the grounds were immaculate, and everything we could possibly need for the wedding day was on-site and simply perfect.

Gorgeous lake? Check.

Golf carts to tote the bride & groom around the beautiful property? Check.

Ginormous tent to hold down the party and provide a stunning backdrop for their amazeballs decorations? Check.

Huge fridge to hold lots of waters for entire bridal party to stay hydrated during pictures? Check.

Delicious catering and attentive bartenders? Check.

And I swear, I came away with ZERO bug bites, despite walking directly through a field…more than three times.

That, my friends, is success.

(Oh, and the whole marrying off of our gorgeous couple…that’s a success too!)

I want to give a special shout-out to the newest member of “Team Lollipop”, Amber Garrett! She is my new office manager and also second shoots with me.

She was photog #2 at Shelby & Taylor’s wedding and she absolutely rocked it!

Her style is wonderfully complimentary to mine—very photojournalistic in nature (as that’s what she’s studying rocking at Mizzou). So happy to have her on my team. Watch for more amazingness to come out of her, and go check out her beautiful photography. Wooooo hoooooo!!!

*Team Lollipop High Five*

Okay, let’s get to the images. We’re starting out with one of hers of the rings:

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Shelby, you are goooooooooorrrrrgeeeeeooooooouuuuuss!!! My view:

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Amber’s view:

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Okay, in truth, we kind of faked this shot, but the girls’ reaction was totally true to life. Totally worth it. My view:

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Amber’s view:

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Dad’s first look was not faked. I’m pretty sure he teared up a little. I hope our fabulous videographers were able to catch his dialog to Shelby…so sweet.

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After dad’s first look, it was time to let Taylor see his gorgeous bride. This was absolutely picturesque…soooooo gorgeous right by the lake!

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These are probably my favorite photos of the bunch. I was all, “Hey, Shelby…what do you think about walking through that field over there?” And she was all like, “Oh, hell to the yeah!”

Love. That.

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Amber’s view:

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The groomsmen were right on time, but they were, well, very jovial by the time we got to formal pictures:

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To their credit, they made things VERY fun:

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Ladies, ladies, ladies…there is sooooooo much gorgeousness going on right now!

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So, after formal photos, we all took a little break before the ceremony to regroup.

Are you kidding me with this backdrop??

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In truth, the confetti got everywhere (and I do mean EVERYWHERE), but it was THE BOMB-diggity-bomb when it comes to photos:

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Amber NAILED this one!! BOOOOOOM!!!

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Amber has a wonderful eye for detail and I found this little gem as I was going through her photos. Squeeeee!

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Did I mention the groomsmen were VERY…ahem…”jovial”

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If the ceremony site was gorgeous, the reception was simply over-the-top-amazing.

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These guys could DANCE! I love me a dancing wedding party:

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We ended the night with fireworks and a quiet moment with the bride and groom.

Love. Love. Love.

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DJ: Victor “Huggy Bear” Huggins

Videographer: Luxe Studios

Catering: HyVee

Florist: Family Friend

A family emergency

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I always tell clients while laughing, “The gallery delivery date promised in my contract is the absolute last possible date you are guaranteed to receive your images. It’s usually much, much sooner. The contract date is just in case everything in my life blows up.”

We might be close to explosion status, my friends.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I’ve been dealing with a pretty significant family emergency for the last few days.

To make an incredibly long story slightly shorter…over the last couple of weeks, my mother experienced some complications from a fall.

Her situation and pain went from bad…to worse…to excruciating…to life-treatening. And it all happened so fast it makes my head spin.

Up until Friday, I had been splitting my time tending her needs at her apartment, taking care of her dog, taking care of my own household, and taking care of clients.

On Friday afternoon, it became very clear that I could not leave her alone in her apartment overnight with the amount of assistance she needed to do basic functions like standing or eating.

As we were headed into the weekend, and doctors offices were closing, it became pretty clear that heading to the ER was the only option. Despite her protests that she didn’t want to bother anyone (anyone else have a mother like this?), she reluctantly agreed.

Turns out, it was the right call.

It was the very, very right call.

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Exams were done, tests were ordered, and, although they knew something was very, very wrong, her wonderful community hospital didn’t have the answers and they needed to get her to a place that could help her immediately over the weekend.

So, that led me on an ambulance chase to University Hospital at 1am.

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The answers didn’t come quickly, but after another radiology visit, we finally had the answer we needed to this on-going mystery.

At 10:30pm on Saturday, an orthopedic doctor was telling us she needed spine surgery first thing in the morning to drain the blockage on her spinal cord that was compressing it and causing her immense pain.

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Spine surgery, you guys.

I have sympathy back spasms just thinking about it.

(Although, that may just be the uncomfortable chairs I’ve been sitting in all weekend.)

The good news is, she sailed through surgery like a champ and the amazing doctors here at University Hospital fixed the issue.

Hooray!

But now comes the hard part: recovery…

…when doing simple things like adjusting your position in bed, calling in an order for dinner, or even taking a sip of water require assistance.

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While I have a wonderful family friend and my brother and his sweet girlfriend to help me, I’ve been bearing the brunt of her care. That includes racing to the hospital at 5am to try to catch her doctor on rounds, and staying late to make sure she’s comfortable for the night, among other things.

It’s 9:30pm on Monday. I’ve had 8 total hours of sleep since Friday morning.

I haven’t been this tired since my son was a newborn.

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So…me returning emails and calls is going to be a little slow this week, and possibly next.

I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can, but please understand there may be a day or two delay.

Editing and delivery of galleries will hopefully resume later this week and if you are awaiting your session gallery, I will get it to you as soon as I possibly can.

However…

I also just received news tonight that my production assistant experienced a loss in her family today. Naturally, she will be taking time off to spend with her family.

It’s been a hard week for Team Lollipop.

Stay healthy, my friends, and go hug your loved ones.

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Devon & Alex | Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro | Rocheport MO Wedding Photography

I am so fortunate to work with the sweetest wedding couples in mid-Missouri, and this adorable pair proved to be no exception.

It was a beautifully intimate affair on the bluff overlooking the Missouri River at Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro in Rocheport, Missouri.

The weather had been threatening rain all day, but the clouds broke and the most gorgeous rays of sunshine poured over the hilltop just as Devon was about to walk down the aisle of our outdoor ceremony.

It was almost as if Mother Nature was smiling down and running the whole production.

Cue the sun.

I first officially met Devon & Alex about 25 minutes before my wedding photography coverage was supposed to start (I like to be early!). They had booked two hours of wedding photography and we worked out a plan to maximize our short time together.

I was to start shooting at 6pm. Ceremony was at 7:00pm. The sunset was at 7:46pm.

As their wedding photographer, I needed to get in photos of the bride & groom’s first look, some gorgeous photos of them together, their wonderfully large extended families, their adorable wedding party, the ceremony of course, and hopefully still had enough time to sneak in photos of the cake cutting.

Challenge accepted.

And we absolutely nailed it! Bride walked down the aisle right on time (and right in cue with the *amazing* light), their families were jovial and laughing as we captured all of the combinations they wanted, and we had plenty of time to capture the reception entrance and cake cutting and even some reception details.

Best of all, I finished up the wedding party just as the sun was setting and turned around to capture a few gorgeous shots of the bride & groom with the amazing sunset (big thanks again to the best man who served as my human light stand!).

I am so happy with how the photos of this beautiful wedding turned out, and I was so happy to meet Devon & Alex as they celebrated their love for one another.

Best wishes to you both on your future life together!

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Friday Favorites | Columbia Missouri Photographer

Another edition of Friday Favorites! I’m still working to catch up on sharing some of the great photo sessions from earlier this spring, but we’re getting closer!

First up, is an adorable little 9 month old who is definitely on the move! It’s been so fun watching this little cutie grow up over the past year, and I was so happy to catch some of his adorable smiles.

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Next up, is a kiddo that I’ve photographed for several years. Momma always lets her two boys each have their own session right around their birthday in order to capture their personalities. I love how she tailors each session around the interests of her sons at their age.

Once kiddos reach school age, I see a lot of families drop their yearly photos for whatever reason. I can only guess that it’s due to crazy schedules, or maybe school and sports photos perhaps replace the custom sessions, or maybe it’s just the awkward elementary school age, etc.

But I think it’s so important to capture photos of what your child is into at that age because life goes by so fast…and suddenly they’re in middle school…high school…then it’s senior photo time!

Big props to this momma for making it a priority every year.

We met up at their house to get some photos in his room, which was awesome because it was totally a typical 8-year old’s messy room (love it!). Then, we headed out with his bike on the trail near their house.

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Next up is a senior session.

Now, I haven’t officially made any sort of announcement, but I am no longer offering senior photography except to existing clients.

I quietly took that off my website when it was refreshed…you may or may not have noticed.

I love seniors…they’re so vibrant and fun to work with. But, my strengths lie in working with families, kids and weddings, so I’ve made the decision to narrow my focus just a bit.

That said, my brother’s girlfriend is graduating from Stephens College in just a couple of weeks, so I definitely had to capture that memory for her. We had a super fun time exploring the campus, and then heading over to Capen Park with her doggie.

Here are my favorites:

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My super cute brother tagged along as the official dog wrangler, so he snuck in for a couple of shots at the end.

I definitely teased him about not coordinating with her and choosing a mismatched striped shirt.

Clearly, he didn’t read my “What to Wear” guide.

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And the next session to share is another senior session. This session was a carryover from fall, where we had the unfortunate coincidence of encountering terrible weather and schedule conflicts throughout most of the fall months.

After another rainy session date in early December, we decided to just wait until spring to get this one in. Glad we did. It turned out to be a great day!

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Friday Favorites | Columbia Missouri Maternity Photographer

I have SO MANY FAVORITES to share from deliveries in recent weeks!

This edition of Friday Favorites includes a sweet maternity session (whose newborn has arrived and I photographed this week—-she’s sooooooooo cute!), as well as seven awesome mini sessions from earlier this spring.

I’m going to share more favorites early next week…I have a huge backlog in my “To Blog” folder.

But for now…here we go:

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Where to have your photo session? | Part 2: Rustic

Well, the break between Part 1 and Part 2 of this several-part blog series might be the longest in blogging history.

Great job, Rhiannon…way to keep everyone hanging!

As a reminder, I had a little hiccup in my life about 4 or so weeks ago right as we were digging in deep on this photo session location rabbit hole.

And, to be honest, things are still a little crazy.

Right after we got my mom moved in and settled up here in mid-Missouri (like, literally, the very next day), she fell and cracked her pelvis.

{Oooooooouch!!!}

So that means she can’t really walk or bend or do much of anything without some assistance.

So that means I’m visiting her about once a week to take her to doctors and grocery shop and clean house and such. Oh, and we’re dog-sitting at my house too.

Which my son, who has been lobbying for a dog for months, LOVES, by the way.

My [previously] lovely hardwood floors, on the other hand…

So, at any rate, I appreciate the patience that everyone has given me on the blogging and sharing of favorites and the complete radio silence on Facebook.

The photos are coming…I promise.

So, that said…let’s get back to the series on where to hold your photo session. If you remember, part 1 was holding it at a gorgeous Columbia, Missouri park.

Now, things are gonna get a little country-fied up in here.

If you are looking for more of a rustic look reminiscent of small town life than what we can achieve at a local park or on campus, there are several places around Columbia that are really versatile.

Two of my favorites are:

Nifong Park

Of all the places I shoot, this is by far the most versatile and offers both rustic and non-rustic looks. This location has everything from a barn to several historic homes including a home originally built in the 1870s, to a lake and shade trees.

At Nifong Park, I can make it look like you are next to a large lake, deep in a forest or on a farm. In the late summer, I can make it look like you are in a field.

There are also several wrought iron pieces around the property that make an excellent backdrop.

I shoot here very regularly and I know what the light looks like in January and what it looks like in December, and everywhere in between.

You might think it would get boring to shoot here so often, but I’m always looking for new ways to use the light at this location and I love seeing my work there evolve through the years.

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Rockbridge State Park

There are two different areas I love at this location.

The late afternoon light is perfect for capturing the golden field look that makes everyone glow. The restored grasslands prove an excellent field look for photos.

There is also a location within the park that is perfect for a deep forest feel.

Those two features plus the streams and hiking trails make this location a great option for anyone looking for rustic elements to their photos.

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Small Town Downtowns

Okay, I said there were two favorite locations for this post, but I’ve actually got quite a few favorite rustic spots that are very unique and off the beaten path.

If you prefer the small town look and don’t mind a little bit of drive time, please contact me and we can further discuss locations that have some gorgeous old downtown areas for some neat, rustic photos.

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Small towns are great, but downtown Columbia also makes a really cool backdrop for photos, so make sure to check back next week for Part 3 in the series: The District.

Payton & Cole | Columbia Missouri Wedding Photography

Payton & Cole tied the knot on a perfect spring day in March at Columbia Country Club in Columbia, Missouri. Their wedding was simply perfect.

Payton and Cole are a match meant to be, and the joy radiating from their friends and family was contagious.

One of my favorite things to do during a wedding is to look over to see the mother of the bride’s reaction to make sure she’s enjoying herself. Every time I looked over at Payton’s sweet momma, she was beaming from ear to ear.

Every. Single. Time.

Thank you for allowing me to capture your gorgeous day, Payton & Cole! You guys were simply a delight to work with!

Prepare for photo overload! It was VERY hard to narrow down my favorites from this amazing wedding.

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Venue: Columbia Country Club

Flowers & Decorations: Family friend

DJ: Berrygood DJ Service

Videography: Complete Weddings & Events

Payton and Bridesmaids Hair: Hair Therapy Salon

Friday Favorites | Columbia Missouri Baby Photographer

On this edition of Friday Favorites, I’ve got a super-smiley newborn, a couple of darling brothers, an adorable engaged couple, and Easter Mini Sessions! Let’s get to it, shall we?

First up, a Signature Newborn Session:

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This sweat pea was the smiliest baby ever!

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See what I mean? Smiles for days!

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I loved her hair. So amazing.

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Mom and dad are as cute as can be!

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Momma, you are simply glowing! So pretty:

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I loved her cute little nursery:

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Alright, next up is a darling little 4-month old who absolutely did not want to have his photo taken. This is not a full, regular baby session—we are doing a reshoot at a later time—but I shared what I got with momma and just loved some of the shots that we did manage to get:

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Bet you can’t see big brother, huh?

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Momma’s got her hands full with these two:

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See what I mean? Angry baby! But this one made me LOL, so I gave it to momma anyway.

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I did manage to catch the older one being super sweet to his little brother. There might have been candy bribes involved in this shot. I’m not ashamed.

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Harrison, you little booger!

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Moving right along to an adorable engaged couple. They are both veterinarians, so of course their fur-babies came along to the session too. We started with the human-folk first:

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Sarah, you are gorgeous!

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Favorite:

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And then it was time to get the pups. These guys were super well-behaved and just as sweet as can be!

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Another favorite!

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Best wishes to you guys on your wedding!

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And rounding out this week’s favorites are the Easter Mini Sessions! Yay!!

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