The Inheritance

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And baby makes four!


What do you get when you combine Little Mountain Photography, a couple in love, an adorable 3 year old & Presque Isle State Park, one of the most beautiful places the Lord created…


You get a day full of FUN, precious moments & an inheritance of photographs that tell their story to future generations.


Have you ever thought of photographs as an inheritance?

Even as a photographer, it was only recently that this hit home for me.


I happened this past mother’s day when I searched endlessly for a photograph of my mother and me to use as my new profile photo on facebook.


I wanted to honor my mother & thought that would be an awesome way to tell the world how much she meant to me.  Mom & I  were very close & did a lot together… we went on trips together, we cooked together, we hung out together & as an adult, we became great friends.


What I had forgotten however, is that Mom hated to have her picture taken.


I searched & searched.  Surely there must be a record of our time somewhere… Unfortunately, there were very few.

Oh how I wish I could go back & capture those moments in time, the expressions, the laughter.


Disappointed & sad that I couldn’t find a recent one of us together, I settled for a photograph when I was a few months old.

Mom and me


It was then that I  decided I should share my experience through my newsletter so others wouldn’t have to suffer that same fate.


That’s why I was so excited when Krysta & Billy asked me to photograph their family portraits & growing family!


I knew I could help them preserve a moment in time, an inheritance to their children & their grandchildren.  So I set out to capture the love & excitement that this “New Addition” is bringing to their family .


Years from now “Baby Melani” can see for herself how happy her family was that she was coming into their world.


She can see “How big Mommy’s tummy got”



See her proud Papa’s face as he lovingly sends her kisses even before she’s born.




She can see her Mommy & Daddy in love



She can see her big brother’s joy as he hugs their Mommy’s tummy

when I asked him to “give Melani a hug”



She can meet her family



She can see them waiting for her…

her name written in the sand

a little pair of pink shoes waiting to be filled.



Yes, Photographs are an inheritance.


A moment captured  forever in time.


And as we look back at these photographs, these records of our lives.


We begin to remember that day.

The heat of the sun.

The smell of the beach.

The joy of a baby’s kick.

Skipping rocks with Daddy.


We remember. We feel.  We love all over again.


So I ask you today…Have you recorded your memories?


Unfortunately many of us haven’t.

We don’t realize the value of a good photograph until it’s too late.


Invest in your inheritance.


Whatever the occasion, don’t let another day pass without scheduling your portrait session!


Please feel free to contact me via email at


If you would like to see Krysta & Billy’s complete portrait session,

(please click here) to visit their gallery


Thank you & God Bless!


3 Responses

  1. Jackie Randle

    Ann, you have captured so many emotions in this photo shoot. You also stirred up a lot of emotions in me. As mother and grandmother of this family and living so far away from them as they go through this special time, being able to get glimpses of my son, daughter-in-love, and first grandchild, as they await the arrival of Baby Melani is such a blessing to me.

    You did a marvelous job, as usual. I love these pictures! I look at them over and over again, wiping away the tears of joy and saddness. I am so proud of Billy and Krysta and the beautiful parents they have become, and Landyn who is so full of life and personality. I miss them all so very much. I can’t wait to meet Melani once she arrives. Thank you for blessing us with your special, God-given gift.

  2. Thank you so much Jackie for your heartfelt comment. I’m glad I was able to make you a part of this time in your family’s life regardless of the physical distance of living so far apart. It blesses me to know how much it means to you. Thank you for taking the time to share that with me.

  3. This blog is so amazing. I read it when you first wrote it, and again to refresh my memory and the same tears filled in my eyes as before. This day was so special with my Husband and son, celebrating the coming of our baby girl, Melani. Thank you for your work!