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Terika and Marvin

These two. All the heart eyes during this session, guys. Terika came to me and told me that she and Marvin wanted to book a session to document their journey as a married couple and how strong their love is for each other. Not only are they pretty much two of the most photogenic people ever, but love and joy just radiated from each of them. The little stolen glances and sweet smiles throughout the session were so fun to capture, and of course the setting couldn’t have been more perfect for these two lovebirds.


This sweet family welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world. Just look at those adorable chubby cheeks! For her studio newborn session, we did some minimalistic neutral set-ups but also did some pretty-in-pink for this little one. The poses of her with Mom and Dad in black and white are some of my favorites!

5 Reasons to Take Fall Family Portraits

Can you guys believe that it’s already almost mid August?!? So many kids (including my own 4) had their first day of school this week, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are coming back to Starbucks in just a couple weeks, and stores are in full fledged fall mode. And can you feel the slightest little chill in the air?? Ok maaaaaybe that’s pushing it since it is 97 degrees outside right now haha 🙂

But regardless of it still being August, the fall season is creeping up fast and will be here before we know it! Yep, that’s right, it’s almost time for flannels and leggings and apple cider scented candles… and fall family portraits! Fall is SUCH a wonderful time to update your family pictures that are hanging on your walls (or if you don’t have ANY hanging yet, then this is the PERFECT time to get some done!)

Don’t believe me? Need some nudging? Well here are 5 reasons why fall is a great time to book those family portraits!

1. It’s FINALLY cooling down.

Yeah I said it. I know it’s hard to imagine anything other than these 90+ degree muggy sunny summer days right now, especially if you live in the deep south, but those cooler fall temps and even *gasp* chilly fall mornings will be here before we know it. This lets you take portraits without your face literally melting off and your hair poofing up from humidity.

2. Cuuuuute clothes!!

Let’s face it… fall clothes are SO stinkin cute!!! Chunky sweaters, knee high leather boots, sweater dresses for little girls and button-up long sleeved plaid shirts for boys… perfect for portraits! Plus all the soft neutrals and bold autumn jewel tones add the perfect pop to your pics.

3. All the pretty colors!

I mean who doesn’t think a maple tree in the fall turning from bright greens to warm yellows and fiery red oranges isn’t one of the prettiest things ever?!? And yes, I know here in Georgia we don’t get as many trees changing colors as say, Vermont, and the fall season is later and shorter than other places… but that doesn’t mean that we don’t get some pretty amazing changing leaves here. I have several spots that I love to use that have incredible colorful leaves during late fall.

4. Earlier sunset means no more missing bedtime for the littles.

Photographers know that the best light is usually the hour prior to sunset. In the summertime, when sunset is as late at 9 or 10pm in some places, that means a very late start to an outdoor session. This can often mean trying to give your little one a late nap or trying to keep them up past their bedtime. Often this can lead to meltdowns and crying, and the kids usually aren’t that happy about it either. 😉 Suffice to say, a session at 4 or 5pm usually works out better for most kiddos and families.

5. The MOST amazing warm golden Autumn light.

If only I could describe to you my love for autumn golden light. It’s right up there with SoCal mexican food or a Friday night Friends marathon. There is just something magical about the evening light in fall… the way it glows even more gold than normal, the way it wraps everything in warmth as it reaches through the trees and falling leaves. I always say I wish I could bottle it up and use it year round 🙂

So there you have it. Five pretty awesome reasons why fall is the perfect time to update your family portraits… or have some taken for the first time. Let’s get those moments and memories documented so that way you have them to look back on forever. Your kiddos will never be as little as they are right now, so bring the fall magic to them. Let them throw those leaves in the air and run through that incredible golden light in their adorable sweaters and dresses.

Reach out and book that family session. You’ll be glad you did.

It’s finally HERE! Brand new website, and why I decided to redesign it

I’m so unbelievably excited that the new website is finally DONE and ready to share with the world!! The entire site has been completely redesigned, with YOU in mind! I wanted to make the new site streamlined and easy to navigate, and also true to the SJM brand.

If you are a past client, you may see one or more of your images throughout the site. It was so fun going back through past sessions and getting to see all your precious faces again!

session information and online booking

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a Simply Joyful Moment’s client? Want to know what to expect before, during and after your session? Now there is a TON of info about all of that and more! You can find pricing information and even book your session online right now! There is also a frequently asked questions page with even more info. And if you still can’t find the answer to your question or if you just want to say hi, you can send me a quick message, and I will get back to you super soon. 🙂

client reviews

I am proud to say that client referrals are my largest source of new clients, and that is definitely what I strive for! I aim to make the entire process smooth, easy, and enjoyable. I not only want to provide clients with high quality when it comes to the photographs I take, but also in the service I provide. You can go to the client review section and read about what some recent clients have to say about their experiences.

portfolio pages

Now it is easier than ever to view my portfolio and see the style of images I like to capture. From maternity, newborn, milestone, and family sessions, each category has its own page where you can see multiple images from recent sessions.

all about the studio

Did you know that Simply Joyful Moments now has a 700 sq ft studio in historic Uptown Columbus?? The studio has a dedicated office space for consultations and gallery reveals, two separate shooting spaces, a comfortable seating area, coffee and snack bar, a full collection of maternity gowns (that all SJM maternity and newborn clients get to use for FREE!), and two full walls filled with newborn props, outfits, wraps, headbands, hats and blankets. You can read all about it and even see some pictures from a peek inside. I’d love to have you stop by and say hi!

and so much more!

The site is full of beautiful imagery and of course a ton of details about my sessions. (There’s even a new About Me page where you can learn all about me – my not-so-little family, things I’m obsessed with, and even how I got started in this crazy world of photography!)

New blogs will also be released weekly with helpful content, information, and of course super cute snuggly babies! 🙂 Make sure you’re on the SJM email list so you never miss a blog post and be first to know about any giveaways, specials, or VIP offers I send out!

I’d love to have you take a look around the site and let me know what you think!


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Simply Joyful Moments Photography specializes in custom portraiture including newborn photography, maternity photography, and family photography in Columbus, GA, Fort Benning, GA, Phenix City, AL and surrounding areas.