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The Vogelsang Family // Jacksonville Family Photographer

Each year we have the pleasure of documenting how this beautiful family grows up.  But each year, I secretly love the excuse to catch up with Sarah and Brian, having gone way back to when I shot their 2008 wedding, and now call them great friends.  I can’t believe how quickly their sweet Elle and Eli are getting so big, having been their from the beginning to document their once newborn sessions as well.  I recently ran across an image of my mom and uncle when they were Elle and Eli’s age, and looking at my own family history captured in the vintage black and photo, it really reminded me of how blessed Stephen and I feel to have the privilege of documenting other’s family histories as well.

Here’s some of our favorites from the shoot!

StephanieDecember 3, 2012 - 4:30 am

What a great shoot and such a fantastic location too!

A thankful Thanksgiving.

It’s been a while since I’ve written a personal blog entry.  I think back to the days when I was a regular blogger… back in my single days before Stephen came along. Life was less busy, leaving me more time to sit with my computer and write my thoughts to the world.  Just me and my dog trying to conquer this thing called wedding photography.  Then Stephen came along… and life got busy as our worlds collided, as we fell in love, planned a wedding, got married, merged our photography businesses, traveled the world together… and whew… now barely have time for what feels like anything anymore.  Personal time with friends have to be scheduled weeks, if not months ahead… our life revolves around our clients open schedules as we try to squeeze in open time into our schedule to simply be Stephen and Scarlett, the husband and wife, not Scarlett & Stephen, the wedding photographers in love…

But last Sunday, I was reminded of one of my favorite verses, “Be still and know that I am God.” ~Psalm 46:10

I was sitting in the pew of our church.  We sit on the right side of our church, which means we have to angle ourselves to view the pastor to the left.  As I look each Sunday at the pastor, somebody else always catches my eye.  In our usual spot we sit, there is also another usual spot that belongs to someone else on the edge of the pew.  His name is David.  Each week he wears the same khaki pants and pale pink button down collared shirt.  And each week, God uses him in my life to remind me of how small all my worries really are.  You see, David, is one of the friendliest handshakes I get to shake each week at church, yet, I’m not sure he even knows what I look like.  He wears glasses the size of a magnifying glass, and each week, he holds the pages of his bible up about half an inch away from his face as he scurries to try to follow along to the verses our pastor spews out during his message.  Each week I want to reach out and help turn the pages for him, yet, I struggle wondering if that will crush his pride… and his devotion… to worship God… no matter what his circumstance.  He can barely see the pages of the Bible he holds, yet, nothing stops him.  Even if it means reading the Bible through the magnifying glasses he wears on his eyes, his calm presence reminds me each week to be still… and know that God is God.  If God can take care of David, and help David get to church each Sunday, and help David read His word through partial blindness, and hear His songs through partial deafness that I’ve observed from the hearing aid in his ears….. all with a huge smile on his face…. then really…. really, why do I let my worries get the best of me?  Just as God has David in His hands, He has me.  And though it’s hard to get up early for church each Sunday, I’m thankful for that reminder that God gives me each Sunday through one of his faithful servants.

As we celebrate a season of feeling like we never have enough and our American consumerism teaches us to have more more more, I’m trying to learn to have thanks for each moment God gives us to simply be alive and breathing and have the ability to read His word through the things that try to blind us.

Here’s a little peek via our iPhones of our Thanksgiving with my mom, Grandma & Grandpa & Uncle Chip.  It was our first time ever hosting Thanksgiving!  Stephen smoked a ham, mom made a turkey, and I made all the side dishes… whew… I’m still full.

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11

Stephen and I hope that you had a blessed Thanksgiving!  One thing we are thankful for is our blog readers, and that includes YOU!  As part of how thankful we are for you, I want to extend a Cyber Monday deal on my prayer devotional book I released earlier this year.  As we all approach the end of this year, and start to prepare for the upcoming new year, I challenge you to take my 40-Day Prayer Journey for your photography business to seek what plans God has in store for your 2013!  Your 50% discount has already been applied, but it’s only reduced for 24 hours!  Click here to get your copy of the book now!


My husband and I are on day 22 of your book!! I can’t speak for him, but I am so amazed how you take the thought right out of my brain!!!  Thank you so much for writing this book!  A true blessing!” ~Megan Gray

“I have finished day one and two, and God is on the move with so many things. I feel refreshed and renewed in my faith and in my business and I am so excited to see what the next 40 days will bring!” ~Sara Purdy

“Thank you Scarlett!  Your book was such an answer to prayer that came at the exact moment my husband and I needed it the most.” ~Beth Werch

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Jacksonville Senior Photographer

In addition to the family session we did for the Farnsworths, their daughter, Taylor, is graduating this year and we shot a separate senior session for her as well.  Though she normally loves to glam it up in Betsey Johnson dresses and designer stilettos, she is a country girl at heart and wanted her senior photos to reflect that spirit.  We got to borrow a friend of the family’s pig farm, and had a blast in the midst of the pigs and roosters around us.  Taylor’s boyfriend Corey snuck in for a shots as well!

Eve BiaggiDecember 3, 2012 - 6:07 pm

Taylor looks amazing !!! Love all her pictures! I love your style Scarlett. Your pictures are so bright but so soft in the same time… Great job!