Taylor ~ Atlanta Senior Photography

This shoot was by far one of my favorite senior shoots!  Yeah, okay… It may be because its family and we made the shoot a three day adventure.  My cousins visited Atlanta for just a few days while visiting colleges and to get a taste of the ATL.  We soaked up every morsel.  Great memories and good times!  Taylor, congratulations on graduating from high school.  You are an amazing young lady and will climb mountains.  You are full of wonder, spunk and determination.  The future holds endless possibilites.  Dream big and keep on reaching for the stars.

We love you, babe!

Kelley Sue

P.S. Thanks for being such a great big cousin and introducing me to The 1975’s.

 

Sounds of laughter,

Shades of life are ringing through my open ears inciting and inviting me.

Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns,

It calls me on and on, across the universe.

-The Beatles, Across The Universe

 

Baby McAllister Joseph ~ Atlanta Newborn Photography

I got to photograph this little snuggle bug! Thank you so much, mom and dad for trusting me with sweet Mac.  He’s precious and blessed to have you, both as his ma and pa!  I hope you enjoy the post!  More pictures to come…

With love,

Kelley Sue & Wally

Fairy tales can come true
It can happen to you if you’re young at heart
For it’s hard, you will find
To be narrow of mind if you’re young at heart
You can go to extremes with impossible schemes
You can laugh when your dreams fall apart at the seams
And life gets more exciting with each passing day
And love is either in your heart or on it’s way
Don’t you know that it’s worth
Every treasure on earth to be young at heart
For as rich as you are
It’s much better by far to be young at heart…

Young At Heart, Lyrics by Frank Sinatra

 

Happy New Year!

 

As I go through the shoots from the past year, I find myself feeling grateful.  I will never forget photographing 90 year old, Grandma Vera!  She is such a delight!  Mrs. Vera reminds us all that life is short and every single second should be celebrated.  I reunited with a few families I hadn’t seen in years.  I am thankful for the opportunity to watch their children grow.  It fills my heart with joy when I enter a families home and the walls are filled with past shoots photographed by moi.  Its a reminder of the gifts God has blessed me with!  Capturing life as it is in the present moment is a gift in itself.  I’m honored.  I’m also thankful the Lord has blessed me with creativity, a love for children and for people. I wish you all a year filled with laughter, good health and memorable moments.

Happy New Year!

Kelley Sue

The People’s Church ~ Decatur, Ga.

I love this time of year!  The house is filled with a sweet home cooked scent with Christmas lights and candles lit.  The Gingerbread House is still a work in progress (maybe it’ll be complete by the New Year).  I hope you all are enjoying this strangely warm 70° weather this lovely Christmas day.  With Bing Crosby playing softly in the background and the kids tinkering with their new toys, I am sneaking on my computer.  Okay, I also maybe wanted an excuse to sip on a second cup of coffee and third popcorn ball (I’m not feeling guilty at all).

The best part about this time of year is the togetherness it brings and what better time to share with you a newly planted church called The People’s Church.  Because The People’s Church is so new they are currently meeting in living rooms.  I attended the second gathering where we mingled, shared brunch and sang songs together.  Pastor Justin Schaeffer and his wife Amy moved to Atlanta from Seattle three years ago to plant a church.  After several years mentoring with one of the most diverse congregations in Atlanta, Justin and Amy have entered the next chapter of their lives.  About two years ago I was introduced to the Schaeffer’s.  When I first met Justin, I noticed a sparkle in his eyes when he spoke about the Lord.  I remember thinking, I want some of that.  I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of respect and admiration for those who trust in the Lord, knowing that they have been called to use their God given talent.  In this case, Justin has been called to plant a church.  If you haven’t been a part of a newly planted church, I recommend you visit.  Or, if you are looking for a church check out The People’s Church.

I hope you enjoy this peek into The People’s Church’s living room gatherings.  If you’d like to experience what its like in person and would like more information check out The People’s Church.  Also, take a look at Planting Atlanta Vision to learn more about Pastor Justin Schaeffer.

Merry Christmas!

Kelley Sue

The Oak Theatre at Samford Studio ~ Avondale Estates

The Oak Theatre at Samford Studio on the campus of First Baptist Church Avondale Estates is bringing the art of story back to life and creating a safe place for students to learn, grow, explore, & develop their skills in the performing arts.  The theater just launched its first season with a theme of truth, specifically truth about Christmas in their first production, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  The theater is a cozy little black box theater that lives upstairs, above the Community Life Center and gym of the original sanctuary of the church.  Director, Sherrie Peterson fulfilled her dream by opening a theatre with a desire to reach out and into the community.  She hoped The Best Christmas Pageant Ever would leave the audience believing the truth about Christmas and that the believing would lead to the doing.  I’m confident she succeeded!

This comical and magical play was based off the book, written by Barbara Robinson.   The Herdman’s literally descend upon the church to hijack the Christmas play.  Sherrie Peterson says she thinks about the three types of people she has encountered as a believer… the skeptic, the cynic and the seeker.  In the story, the Herdman’s end up being seekers but they are unfortunately judged by their socio-economic status, their bad behavior, and their differences.  They are not welcomed at the church, much less warmly invited to the annual Christmas Pageant.  There is chaos, confusion, comedy and tears shed.

Thank you to director, Sherrie Peterson for bringing The Oak Theatre back to life.  Thank you for reopening the doors and creating a safe place for students to learn, grow and explore the performing arts.  May Sherrie’s vision of life imitating art open our eyes to the true meaning of Christmas just as mother, Grace Bradley helped open eyes and hearts when she acted in faith.  In Sherrie’s words, “Let the skeptics and cynics be wrong!”

Merry Christmas,

Kelley Sue

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever from Kelley Sue Hardin on Vimeo.

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