Kaytlun // Class of 2016

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“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep His commandments.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭7:9‬ ‭
I first met Kaytlun three years ago, when she sang at an event at our church. I was blown away by her talent, and her passion to worship our Father! There is nothing more beautiful than watching someone worship with their whole heart, and I love watching Kaytlun worship. Last month Kaytlun and her family were in town again, and we managed to squeeze in a mini senior session during golden hour. I had so much fun spending this time with her, and loved capturing her beautiful self as a senior! Kaytlun, I know God is using you in great ways, and has incredible plans for your life!
I am so excited to share some of my favorites from this session! Happy Thursday!
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Blessings,
Moriah

Katherine // Class of 2016

Katherine is one of those people who you meet and never forget. She’s kind, genuine, and makes everyone around her feel loved. She is an amazing softball player, actress, singer, and loves reading & animals (and plans to become a vet!)! Katherine pours into younger girls in the community and Jesus’ light shines through her! We had so much fun spending a December afternoon taking her senior portraits!! I can’t wait to see where God leads you, Katherine!
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Happy Monday!
Blessings,
Moriah

Silas // The First Year

I let out a squeal and clapped my hands over my mouth. Before me was one of Silas’ very first photos-an ultrasound.

“You?” I whispered in excitement. She nodded. The sun filtered through the window, reflecting how I felt inside: excited and joyful. I couldn’t stop smiling on the way home, and already knew God had a special plan for their baby.
From the very first moment, I was head-over-heels for this baby boy. I had prayed for him for years, and could not be more excited to meet him. Holding him at just two days old was surreal, one of those moments when you can’t help but see how good God is.
Every few months in this past year I walked down the road to capture Silas’ precious milestones as he grew. Today, on his birthday, I’m sharing some of my favorite moments!
Happy Birthday Silas!
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Just three months old…
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Four months came, and Silas was just beginning to sit up on his own!
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Six months old, and full of so many expressions!
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9 months old…Silas was standing and crawling!
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And now…one year old! (I think he’s excited!)
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He wasn’t so sure about the idea of a “cake smash”…
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…but he loved playing with the candle!
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Wish Silas a Happy Birthday in the comments!
Blessings,
Moriah

Giving to Others // The Flannel Sessions

The cooler weather has finally blown into the South, and while most of us have already been stubbornly dressing as if fall actually felt like fall, the flannel shirts and boots are worn in abundance now.

Pulling my jacket tight as I walked around my neighborhood yesterday, I thought of the children who are making long journeys across countries as refugees. As winter comes closer, the families find themselves with shoes that are literally threadbare. The children don’t have warm clothes to protect them from the biting cold wind. One of my favorite organizations, Samaritan’s Purse, supplies these families with warm clothes and shoes while sharing the love of Jesus! What does this have to do with you?

This is where “The Flannel Sessions” come in.
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This Christmas, I’m inviting you to join me in giving to others.
On December 5th, I am hosting a day of mini sessions to raise money for Samaritan’s Purse warm clothes.
For $45, you can book a 30 minute session and help make an impact in the life of a family.
From 9am-3pm, I will be capturing cozy Christmas moments and together we will help raise money for families we will never meet to have their own cozy moments!
Our goal is to provide warm clothes for 5 families, and with your help, we will!
These sessions are perfect for your Christmas cards!
Book your time slot HERE, and I will send you all the details you need!
Come in your favorite flannel or cozy outfits, and let’s start making memories!
I am so excited, and hope you are too!
Blessings,
Moriah

One Year //

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” // Galatians 6:9

Today Reflecting Hope Photography is a year old! It’s hard to believe it has already been a year since I took the leap and started this business. From sweet families to amazing seniors, and shooting my first wedding, this year has been so full of joy and more incredible than I could have ever imagined! God blessed me with so many opportunities this year, and I have been able to meet so many amazing people! Thank you to everyone who has supported me as I follow this dream! I truly could not have done it without you.

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It was intimidating taking that first step, diving into the photography industry. I had a dream, a hope, but I was not sure if I would see it happen (I have!). My prayer for you today is that you will take the first step (or leap!) into the unknown. That you will put aside all doubts and fears, and embrace the calling God has placed for you right now. It may be terrifying to take that step, but it is an amazing thing when you look back. Never stop pursuing God’s calling on your life, even if you’re scared to step out of your comfort zone.
Here’s to leaps of faith, and another year of capturing beautiful stories.
Blessings,
Moriah

Dear Senior Girl

Dear Senior Girl,
You have just one more year left in high school. You’ve been through a lot to get to this point, and you are going to do amazing things. As you are back in school, here are three truths I want you to know and remember in days to come.
1. You are valued and so loved.
You survived middle school. Those four years where bullying is known to be at an all time high, and girls are just mean. Sadly, many girls are still mean in high school, college, and sometimes those mean girls just grow up to be mean women. They will tell you that you don’t belong. They may tell you that you should look or dress a certain way to be pretty. Guys may have broken your heart. You might just struggle with insecurity. No matter what anyone ever tells you, I want you to know that you are so loved. Jesus died for you because He LOVES you! You are priceless in His eyes; you are a daughter of the King! You are beautiful and created in His image. Every little thing that makes you you, just makes you that much more gorgeous. Don’t believe the lies. Trust in the One who created you just the way you are.
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2. It’s okay to not have your entire life planned out by graduation.
You may already have been accepted to your first choice college with a full ride and have the next five years mapped out. But maybe you don’t have any plans. You don’t know what God is calling you to yet. You see everyone else excitedly sharing their dreams for the future when asked, “What do you want to do when you graduate?”, and feel like you’re missing something. There is nothing wrong with not knowing exactly what’s in store. Don’t worry about what God has planned for you. If you are following His Word, you are in God’s will, and He will place you exactly where He wants you. Lean on Him; He is faithful.
3. Don’t ever let anyone dim your light.
Whether you’re going to college, or just out into the world, people are going to try to dim your light for Christ. They will pressure you to blend in, to stop living out your faith. You are called to be set apart; different. It’s never easy, but He is with you and walking you through with every step. Beautiful girl, just keep shining for Him.
“Don’t shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see Him.” – C.S. Lewis
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Even if you are not a senior, these are important truths for every girl to remember. I always love to pray and encourage others, so don’t be afraid to send me an email! I would love to get to know you!
Blessings, Moriah

Heather & Brett // A Watson Farms Wedding

Heather & Brett’s wedding at Watson Farms was so beautiful and glorified God as two of the sweetest people I know began their journey as husband and wife! When Heather first asked me to photograph their wedding, I already knew it was going to be perfect! From the first look to the sunset send off, their day was nothing short of that; perfect. Watching Heather’s excitement as she got ready to see Brett was so beautiful, and their first look was simply the sweetest. Heather and Brett, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day! You both are so incredible, and I can’t wait to see how God works in your lives. Enjoy reliving your special day through these photos!

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Their day ended with a beautiful sunset, and the beginning of their journey together as husband and wife!

Blessings, Moriah

Guatemala 2015 Part 1

I never knew a country could steal my heart so quickly.

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I’ve been on three mission trips now, and God has always worked in amazing ways! This, still, was my first international trip. I had no idea what to expect. To be honest, I didn’t really know what we were going to be doing other than prayer-walking. Within the first day, however, God showed me the schedule for the week. Love. I stepped into the church on our first morning, and was immediately captivated by the joyful faces of the children as we helped serve breakfast to them. We walked on dusty roads and prayed for the people in the small village of Conevisa. When a little girl needed to go home, but wouldn’t leave without us, we walked with her family to their home and loved on each child that followed.

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I had never felt happier than I did when two of my closest friends and our translator were in that home playing Chris August and twirling with little girls in our arms.

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I left my heart in Guatemala last week, and can’t wait to go back.

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As I have so much to share, expect more posts about Guatemala in the coming weeks!

Blessings, Moriah

Courage & Kindness

“Have courage and be kind.” –Disney’s Cinderella

Ever since I first heard that quote, I knew it was a perfect motto to live out. In this life, there are constantly times where we must have courage and trust God, and be kind; loving others as He does.

 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

So often we step out the door, yet stay in our comfort zones. We only speak with the people we’re comfortable with or know already. We try to resist the Spirit’s calling to witness to a stranger, because we’re afraid of rejection. It’s hard to live for God when we’re busy in our “comfort bubble”. Yes, that is a real thing. 😉 Sometimes God calls us out into uncharted territory or rough seas, and we may become so scared. We can’t see why He would give us more than we can handle. We question God’s will, or His love for us. Yet, He reaches out and leads us through, and in the end, we can see how we’ve grown.

Maybe God is calling you to something outside of your comfort zone. Maybe you are terrified, because you know you can’t do it by your own strength. The good news is, He can. Have courage in knowing that no matter what you face, God is with you with each step.

This past month I was blessed to get to photograph one of my very best friends! Celeste is such a joy to be around, and is truly the kindest girl I know! She just radiates her love for Jesus, and lights up any place with her bubbly personality! Enjoy these photos!

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Life is a Beautiful Ride Shirt- Wilderness Apparel
Have Courage & Be Kind Shirt- Seriously Happy Tees
Happy Wednesday!

Blessings,

Moriah

Brooklyn Brown

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn I have been blessed to become friends with Brooklyn over the past few years, and she is truly a joy to be around! She is beautiful inside and out, and you can almost always find her with a smile on her face. She’ll make sure you feel included, and is such an encouragement! Enjoy these photos to kick off your weekend! 🙂

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Blessings, Moriah