• Life is Sweet!

    Hi and Welcome to my blog! I'm Sarah and first and foremost I am a proud USCG wife to my wonderful "Coastie" husband, and momma to our two beautiful children (Aka our: "Coastie Brats") Garrett, 6 and Avery, 3. Secondly, I am a photographer following her passion in life. I have been "shooting on purpose" for about the last two and a half years, however I have had a lifelong love for photography, great photographers, capturing memories, and seeing the world through the camera lens. That love intensified with the birth of my children as I found myself wanting to capture every new moment and milestone of their little lives. I found myself rediscovering the world in a whole new way... through their eyes. I have been reminded by their innocence and new discoveries to slow down and really take in the world around us.  It is now that I realize just how sweet life truly is!

    This blog serves as a place where I share my current photography and is a mix of both personal and professional work. So if you love photography then we will get along fabulously! My photography style is a fusion of relaxed and real or candid moments with a sprinkle of posed and studio work. My first love is for natural light and prefer to use it when available! I look forward to capturing all of life's special moment's for you and your family! May your memories be a reflection of the sweetness that is life!

    Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Feel free to contact me at sarahhendersonphoto@yahoo.com and please click on the link at the top to view my portfolio!

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“Look! There’s a heart onto it!” I said as I plopped down next to him. He glanced at the screen on the back of my camera for a few seconds, and then leaned back looking at me. His puzzled face told me that he might think I was slightly off my rocker. The slight smirk developing said that he wondered if perhaps traipsing out into the snow had somehow affected my eye sight. I’ll make a believer of him, yet! I thought to myself as I bounced down the hallway to the office eager to upload my image.

As we stood in the kitchen this morning, this little gem caught my eye out the window. Sitting straight off our patio, was a heart! (Put there by God to bless me, I’m sure of it!) As I sat editing this image this afternoon, I came to the conclusion that perhaps what my hubby didn’t understand was the famous quote I used: “There’s a heart onto it!” accompanied by the equally famous linguistics– a true signature line of my Auntie Becca. My Auntie Becca is ever on the lookout for a naturally occurring heart, or any item in the shape of or adorned with a heart. She is a gift-er of all things hearts. (INCLUDING some very risque unmentionables that I received at my bridal shower…;)) As I was filled with memories of my Auntie today, I smiled. And realized that this heart was put there by God to do just that. I’m sure of it!

Smiles From the Heart:

Memories of my Auntie. I pretty much got the best deal ever in the Auntie dept! They all rock! I know that my life has somehow been shaped by each and every one of them. <3

Family giggles around the dinner table. I LIVE for those daily moments.

A friend who’s family was in crisis, coming through it in one piece. And I believe she will be made stronger because of it. <3 you lady!

Excitement over my baby brother taking his girlfriend to his first formal dance! I can’t wait to hear all about it and see LOADS of pictures. (That’s a request and a demand rolled into one.)

My baby girl, worried that she can’t start preK because “I don’t know how to write my words yet.” It was such a sweetly sad moment. As soon as I told her that she will be learning how to do that at school she was excited!

{ G-Man | 100th Day Celebration }

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Smiles from the Heart:

100 G’s worn by a little boy who asked: “Momma, can I pose anyway I want to?

{ Sour Grapes }

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Would you know what to do if your child were choking? Would you remain calm and cool, with a clear head? Would you remember what you had been taught all those years ago in that CPR class you took with your 4-H group? Or would you remember exactly what you were taught NOT to do, and then do it anyways because even though you know it’s wrong, you can’t 100% remember the correct way to do the Heimlich maneuver on a child?

I lived this very scenario this past week, and it scared me to my very core. As a parent, this was one of those “worst fears” scenarios. Avery and I were watching tv, she on the little couch, and I on the big couch just a few feet from where she sat. I heard a strange noise coming from her direction, and as I looked to see what she was doing my eyes met her very scared, wide, eyes on her panic stricken face. That strange noise was not a cough, it was not a gasp, it was panic. (I’m not sure I could ever re create that noise, and I pray that I NEVER hear it again.) As I jumped up I asked “Are you choking?” and she nodded “yes”. In a matter of seconds I did EXACTLY what you are taught to NOT do– I stuck my finger down her throat in a failed attempt to retrieve the lodged object. My heart sank, and my fear rose, but by the grace of God a grape came flying out of her throat with force just a split second later.  I don’t know if I moved the grape, or if  gagging her when I stuck my finger in her throat caused it to move just enough that she was able to get some air and finally cough. Regardless, I am SO thankful that she is ok, and I learned a few things:

1. Avery is no longer allowed to eat whole grapes until she is 18. We’ll revisit the idea then.

2. I need to take a CPR class STAT.

3. I might have remained fairly calm in the moment, but my logic was ridiculous: “I don’t remember how to do the Heimlich on a child, so hey! Why don’t I do the one thing I specifically remember being taught NOT to do?) *Shaking my head*

4. My children the most resilient creatures ever. Just a couple of minutes later Avery was back to her bouncy little self. She later claimed that the “Grape made her foot hurt”. lol

Smiles From The Heart:

My baby girl safe and sound.

Our kidlets deciding that it is the coolest thing ever to sit in momma and daddy’s seats at the dinner table. And switching all of our names to fit our “special seats”. I L <3 VE the simple things that make their hearts so full of joy.

Coffee date with girlfriends.

The sweetest gift from such a special friend. She makes me smile! (Stay tuned for more on this! )

{ Hunter }

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On Sunday my hubby took our kidlets to the Arkansas Big Buck Classic. They had an absolute blast and are still talking about all of the fun things they saw and did. (Including a money collecting monkey named “Monkers” who would apparently put quarters in his pocket or kiss a picture of himself and hand it to you for a dollar!) Before returning home, hubby let the kids pick out a souvenir. From what I have been told, Avery was instantly in love with this little fella. Garrett on the other hand, is the proud owner of a new turkey call. Let me tell you how much fun THAT is to have in the house!:)Anyways, meet “Hunter”. Avery’s new baby. He watches tv with her and naps with her, all while wrapped in pretty pink blankets! Hunter just better decide he is a fan of that color because there’s no camouflaging her love for pink and all things girly.

Smiles From The Heart:

Being attacked by my two kissymonsters!

My hubby being named USCG Sector LMR’s Enlisted Person Of the Year. I am the proudest wife! He works hard and is truly dedicated to his job. Unbeknownst to him, he was nominated for the honor. Such a nice surprise to be recognized.

DUDE! Kenny Chesney is coming to Little Rock in April!:)

{ Macro Monday }

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“Winter’s Sweetest Tears”

Smiles from the Heart:

My baby brother sending me a special song. A song from the very first CD he ever owned at the ripe ol’ age of… three. Oh how that song was forever on replay as we made the long and curvy drive to and from school (or in his case, daycare) every morning.  CLICK HERE to listen. Thank you Mi Mi (pronounced: “MY MY”) for the sweet memories of you as an adorable fuzzy- headed itty- bitty little squirt! I miss you more now than ever! Sharing this song with me has me smiling through the happiest of tears. I love you!

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