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Introducing Stacey | MercyMae Portrait Consultant

I am excited to announce some changes….

 

As many of you are aware, 2013 was a challenging one for me personally and professionally.   This time last year, I was working way more than what was healthy for my family.  Because I love what I do so very much, I had let boundaries down at home.  I was no longer able to do the things that I wanted to do with my family – all the things that were the reasons why I started my business in the first place.  And then when our son and daughter were in an accident while on Spring Break, perspective immediately changed for me.  I no longer had the option for work being my #1 priority.  And for this mother of 4 who was seriously contemplating quitting the business that I had worked so hard to build, this reality that my family was most important, was one of the best things that has every happened to me.  This forced me to make changes that were good for me on a personal level as well as good for my business.  And one of those changes that has been great for me professionally is acknowledging that I am only one person and can only do so much on my own.

 

My ultimate goal as your photographer is to serve you.  I want to give you a great experience and images that you are proud to hang in your home or display in your office at work.  I’ve had so many of you tell me that you never printed images from the CD’s you have purchased.  So I have hired an assistant who is helping me with several organizational things as well as being a consultant.  She will be helping you with your orders.  She has an amazing gift for decorating on a budget and has some really great ideas on how to maximize your mercymae experience so that you can figure out the best way to display your beautiful images.  I brought her on staff in January and we have been working hard together to make sure we are able to serve you to the absolute best of our ability.

 

 

 

Meet Stacey ~

 

I am so excited to be a part of mercymae Photography!

 

I have known Shannon for several years now and I remember when photography was just a dream for her. It has been such a privilege for me to pray with her and watch this dream she had become a reality. I never imagined that one day I would be included in that dream!

 

A little about me… I am a Christ-follower and am so blessed to be a part of an amazing church where I served as the children’s pastor until I became a mommy. I have been married to my incredibly sweet husband, Philip,  for 10 years and we are over the moon in love with our very energetic four year old son Elijah. A few years ago I was diagnosed with MANY food allergies and had to completely overhaul my diet. That led me to discover that I LOVE to cook, bake and find creative ways to make meals that are allergy-free, healthy and still taste great! My husband and I are HUGE Disney fans. We began going to Walt Disney World 10 years ago for our honeymoon and have continued to go every year since. Our obsession has been successfully passed on to our son who now daily asks, “When are we going back?” I love my family dearly and have the best parents, siblings and in-laws a girl could ask for. I love to dance, decorate, organize and to unashamedly eat almond butter out of the jar. I look forward to meeting you and helping you get the most out of your experience with mercymae!

 

 

 

 

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Jack BollerMarch 3, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Very happy about this and love the photos! God bless

Cyrus Family | Livingston, TN | Houston Traveling Photographer

I was a teenager when Jake was born… He’s my youngest cousin.  So to see him as a dad, a really great dad, makes me feel older than I’d like.   And Lauren, she is probably the best thing that ever happened to him.  She is fantastic.  I really love her so much.  So real, so down to earth, so kind, so beautiful.  She is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.   Their sweet baby girl is precious… Little miss Ava was waiting for me when I pulled up to the house.  I was so excited to see her sweet face in the window that I immediately grabbed my camera out of my bag and had to take a pic of her watching me.  It was fun for me to spend some time just capturing the way they interact.

 

 

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Oakley Family | Livingston, TN Session | Houston Traveling Photographer

My mom was an only child so the only cousins & Aunts & Uncles that I have are from my Dad‘s side of the family.  And they all live relatively close to each other in a small rural town in Tennessee.   I LOVED going there as a kid.  And as an adult have become very close with my cousin Lelia now that my Dad lives there again and we get there more often.  She is so beautiful.  And has the most amazing husband and really great kids.  They flew me to Tennessee a few weeks back so that I could do Lelia’s maternity photos.  It was C O L D!!!  Like 20 degrees cold.  And well, even though I lived near Detroit til I was 15 and spent 5 years in Pennsylvania, I don’t ‘do’ cold very well.  I am a wimp.  But the shots we got out in the pasture beside their house made it totally worth it.  I had such a great time and look forward to going back in a couple months to photograph this perfect baby boy.  I’m sad that they don’t want to name the baby ‘Frost’ like his big sister wants….especially since it would be so fitting considering these maternity photos.  Frost Alex?  C’mon cousin, let sweet Ellie Anne name that baby!  haha <3

 

Here’s a few of my favorites….

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My First Love | Houston Area Photographer

My Dad…

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The story is told about how he used to talk to me before I was born and when they wheeled me out of the delivery room down the hall to the newborn nursery, he talked to me the whole way and I tipped my head back to follow his voice.  I’ve been following him ever since.  I love everything about him. (except for the way he gets frustrated when he is driving in a big city and doesn’t know where he’s going haha )

 

He was my hero…both literally and figuratively.  He is a soldier.  The Army was such a huge factor in our home life.  He was proud to be a Private and proud to be a Colonel.  He felt like the military was his way of truly serving others.  He was/is known for his kindness.  I often heard from friends that he was so kind even though he was a high ranking officer.  He was a kind officer because he was a hard working enlisted soldier.  He went to Officer Candidate School as a married man with 3 small children while he worked 2 jobs.  I’m so thankful to have grown up watching this work ethic.  And now he is the County Executive in Overton County, TN.  I’m a *tad bit* proud;)

 

I remember one time I was crying at bedtime because it had felt like months since I’d seen him (probably had only been a few days but felt way longer to me as a kid) because he was smack dab in the throws of school and work and wasn’t home much – because he was working hard to make our lives better!!  That night, this exhausted man came in after I’d been sound asleep to wake me up because my beautiful mom had told him how sad I had been and he scooped me up and just held me and kept telling me how much he loved me and how sorry he was for having to work so much.   I remember feeling his heart ache for me.  You know, one of those tangible moments where you can close your eyes and feel it all over again… He has always been willing to scoop me up and love on me in a way that makes things feel better…like the way a mom kisses booboos and they are instantly better.  I call him on a regular basis asking him to pray for me.  And he ALWAYS drops what he’s doing and prays for me right there.  He never just tells me he will pray, he actually does it while on the phone with me.   There are not enough words to express what a gift this is to me.

 

I have been a youth pastor’s wife for 20 years so I have heard stories from LOTS of teenagers and I know that Dads like mine are few and far between.  He isn’t perfect.  But he’s perfect for me.  He would do anything for me.  He has always been consistent in the way that he loves me.  He set the standard high for how I expected to be loved and appreciated.

 

Thank you Dad for always being a safe place for me to land…

Thank you for always telling me that Jesus loves me and for showing me that you love me too…

Thank you for teaching me that I should be thankful for the men and women who sacrifice so much to serve in our military…

Thank you for all the times you’ve let me crawl in your lap, for all the times you’ve ran your fingers across my eyebrows and made me sleepy…

Thank you for being such a great Dad and an amazing Pawpaw to my babies…

 

You are the best and I thank God for you every single day!

I hope you had an amazing birthday!

 

Tracy BaisdenFebruary 6, 2014 - 6:00 am

Happy Birthday Mr. Cyrus. Hope you had a great day. You have a wonderful daughter, I am very fortunate to have her as a friend.

Amanda DeColaFebruary 6, 2014 - 6:45 am

You are so lucky!! I would have loved to have a Dad just like yours :) I hope he had a wonderful birthday!!

Andrea TuckerFebruary 12, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Your dad is a wonderful man and an exceptional father. What a blessing! This post totally made me misty :)

Ladwig Family of 3 | Houston Area Photographer

It was great to meet this precious couple and their brand new baby girl.  It always amazes me to watch a couple become parents for the first time.  There is something so magical about sharing a child with someone….

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