What is sweeter than one little newborn? Two of course. Meet the adorable Emry and her brother Eli. They both arrived in good health and weighing in at the same 5 pound 14 ounces. Since then, Emry has made the most of her meals and out paced her brother just a bit in their weight gain. They are well loved by their big brother Noah, but I’m sure he’ll enjoy his quite time when he heads back to school soon. Welcome little ones!
Another day, another 1st birthday! This time it is for sweet, sweet Claire. She’s come along way in this past year since I first met her when she was days old for her newborn session. Not only has she grown a lot, she and her family have also moved from Knoxville to the greater Nashville area (following their favorite photographer…that is the story I’m sticking with). She was full of grins for her newborn session, and it appears her happy go-lucky spirit is still intact. She was full of grins and herself during her 1 year portraits. She loved her little lemonade stand and happily waved at all the people passing by in the park. Big sister Carson also came along for some belated 4-year-old portraits. It has been such a pleasure taking her portraits these past four years and I’m looking forward to watching both of these girls grow up…but hopefully not too fast.
Another cutie turns 1! Silas celebrated his birthday the day after his portrait session. He showed up with his beautiful family in tow and we had a great time exploring the grounds of Iriswoods while shooting his one year portraits. Of course we had to get a few of his beautiful big sister Emma in there as well as a few family portraits. Silas had a great toothy grin that he loved to flash and some long lashes that I’m sure the ladies coo over. Happy Birthday Silas!
Mornings are such a beautiful time a day, and when you add in a beautiful family such as this one, it makes it even more special. This session was a Mother’s Day gift for this happy momma, and an opportunity to get new family photos as well as new portraits of their children, including 9-month-old twins Nolan & Wyatt. These two were so cute, and in such a good mood throughout the session. Older siblings Charlie and Emmy showed how much they loved their baby brothers by constantly holding and doting on them. I’d say those boys are in good hands.
For the past several months, I’ve been working out at CrossFit Mt. Juliet, as well as shooting images for the gym. After moving here I knew I wanted to join a gym to continue my journey of getting in better shape. I had done traditional gyms in the past, but being that I’m not a workout guru, they did not work well for me since I didn’t really know what I was doing. I’d learn some things and do those routines, but that was not really challenging my body and giving me the progress I was looking for. I also was my biggest enemy and didn’t know how to push myself through tough workouts. So I began looking for a place that would challenge me as well as offer instruction that would keep me safe while giving me total body workouts. Safety was a big issue for me as I had back surgery several years ago to repair a ruptured disc in my lower back. After talking with Chris Wagner at CrossFit Mt. Juliet, I felt assured that I was going to be in good hands. I’ve heard a lot of talk about CrossFit and how dangerous it can be and athletes being pushed too hard and so on. I’m not expert on the how’s and why’s, but as I see it, you can get hurt in any type of exercise if you’re not doing it right. In my time at CrossFit Mt. Juliet I have felt safer here than I have ever felt at a gym. I am under constant supervision and the coaches are always right there to help with your form. The workouts are carefully planned out and constantly workout different parts of the body, keeping you and your body doing different things and it never gets dull. One of the best things about CrossFit is that it teaches functional movement that you put to use in your everyday life. It has been great for me and my back issues. I no longer just bend over to pick things up, and instead, squat and use my legs and good form, and I will benefit from this for years to come. One of the things I was also looking for was accountability. As I mentioned before, I was my own worst enemy when I went to the gym by myself. Here, I have a coach, as well as other members there by my side, encouraging and supporting me. When things get tough, I am able to keep at it with their support and in the end, I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish. Aside from seeing the differences in my strength and waist line, one of the best things about joining CrossFit Mt. Juliet has been the community I’ve become a part of. All the members, no matter their athletic abilities, are there to better themselves. There is no boasting or looking down at anyone that can’t do something like I’ve seen at other gyms. The way everyone supports and encourages one another is such a wonderful experience. I’ve made some great friends along this journey so far, and they make each workout fun. Things are only going to get better for CrossFit Mt. Juliet in the future as its current temporary location in the Deal Center will become its permanent location following the Deal Center’s renovation this fall. If you are in the market for a gym, or finally want to do something to improve your health and well being, I highly recommend checking CrossFit Mt. Juliet out.