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The Jones Wedding

Well lookie here.  I’m about to blog a WEDDING.


I will admit, I have had the pleasure and good fortune to photograph a small handful of weddings over the past year, but I try to keep that a bit on the down-low.  I love the excitement and emotions of a wedding day…but I’m just not ready to jump in and call myself a “real” wedding photographer.  I’ll leave that to the professionals.:) 

However, when an incredibly special mother/daughter duo known as Leanah and Micah McCombs started to drop not-so-subtle hints about wanting photo coverage for Micah’s upcoming wedding to one Samuel Jones, I was tempted.  And when Leanah started offering home-baked goods and Micah proposed a barter for some of her amazing artwork, how could I say no?  I was in.  We knocked out a super-fun engagement session, and began the countdown to the big day.

I made a good decision.

The wedding was full of genuine warmth, tenderness, and the unmistakable love between two sweet souls. Handmade touches were everywhere you turned, and the entire experience was undeniably authentic.   

Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Jones, for including me in your wedding day.
(and high-five to you, Chrystal McLemore, for shooting with me!)

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Ashley KApril 21, 2010 - 7:51 pm

your blog page makes me happy :) . awesomely shot m’dear!

GranbobApril 21, 2010 - 10:34 pm

Awesome photography and couple! What a great wedding THAT was…especially the “make your own cake and ice cream”…why didn’t I think of that??? Who needs silly $4.00/bite wedding cake! I loved it…everything about it.

Jessica FikeApril 22, 2010 - 6:46 am

Great job, Janica! I especially love the socks and jumping pictures. I am sure you were a delight to work with. You should do more weddings. :)

LeanahApril 22, 2010 - 7:26 am

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for doing such an awesome job of capturing the joy of the day. Micah and I wanted no one else but you!

LeanahApril 22, 2010 - 7:37 am

OH! And did I follow-thru on the home-baked goodies, Janica?!? I think I’ve permanently lost some memory cells this year…. I don’t remember baking anything for you, but I would LOVE to do so!

JillApril 22, 2010 - 8:07 am

LOVE it! You rocked it, as usual.

MicahApril 22, 2010 - 10:00 am

Janica- they’re just awesome!! You blew me away! Thank you so much for being a part of our day!

Christina MontemurroApril 22, 2010 - 2:38 pm

You’re a natural. Awesome awesome stuff. I LOVE the ceremony site framed by the archway. Perfect.

jboApril 23, 2010 - 7:09 am

Thanks, Christy! That shot was a Chrystal McLemore original. She’s good. :)

LeanahApril 23, 2010 - 10:31 am

The archway pic is one my faves, too! Thanks, Chrystal!

Pat CookseyApril 23, 2010 - 11:35 am

I love the pictures. Janica is very creative. She had great material to work with, also! Fun Wedding

Linda BradyApril 28, 2010 - 6:03 pm

What a beautiful event! A perfect day for a perfect couple and all captured by an amazing photographer.

My Ting-Toe Makes me Dance

It’s back.

The hand-me-down tu-tu with which Bailey had a brief obsession with about a year ago has been rediscovered.  She now insists that it is called a “ting-toe”, although she seems embarrassed when I repeatedly try and correct her.  No matter how you say it, she is convinced of one important thing – it has escalated her dancing abilities tenfold.  Really, the hips have not stopped jiggling for days.  (Hers, not mine.  As far as you know.)

You know how it goes when your kids do something painfully cute.  You sit and watch in paralyzed adoration, patting yourself on the back for creating such an unbelievably entertaining creature.

Then suddenly, you think – “Oh!  If only I had the video camera!  Wait…maybe I should go get the video camera.  But surely the moment will have passed by the time I grab it and make it back.  No…I can totally get it fast enough.   Where is the camera?  Does it have batteries?  A memory card?  I’m hungry…”

In the meantime, the precious once-in-a-lifetime trick that your little one is performing is quickly coming to an end.  You bark at the kid to freeze! stay right there! don’t stop! and you dash away to retrieve the camera. (and a cookie).  Upon your return, you gently encourage your child to pick right back up where they left off.  And make it look spontaneous.  Sometimes, you get lucky, and your efforts result in recorded proof of why your child deserves to be a YouTube sensation.  But let’s face it.  Most times, you end up with take after take after take of an over-it kid being coaxed along by the desperate voice behind the camera.  

With these videos, I got a little bit of each.;)


“That’s all I got!”

“Are you happy NOW?”

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rebecca-linh rodgersApril 20, 2010 - 2:40 pm

i’m hungry…

CarrieApril 20, 2010 - 2:46 pm

Frank (age 4) made me watch the last one 3 times. “Wook at that cwazy boy wunning frew da yard. His shoes don’t match. I want to pway wif him. Can we go to his house, mama?”

rebecca-linh rodgersApril 20, 2010 - 2:59 pm

i love that parker is wearing two different crocs.

betherlyApril 26, 2010 - 5:02 pm

She is such a natural! Love those moves and that attitude! You go girl! ;)


I don’t know about you, but when MY brother and sister-in-law are in town from London and the volcanic ash from an enormous Icelandic volcano leaves them stranded in town with us for an unknown amount of time, the obvious way to deal with the situation is to play badminton!  Lots and lots of badminton!

The battles were intense.  Team Yellow and Team Big were both in it to win it.

David AKA “Make him RUN”  and a delighted Parker (who insisted on tucking in his shirt despite his mother’s mortification)

Steffi “The Graf”

and Matt “I giggle when I’m sporty”

Bailey did not participate in the badminton festivities.  Instead, she and Nana played a rousing game of Hide and Poop.

(Bailey did both the hiding and the pooping.)

Privacy, if you please.

A quick diaper change later, the gal was back to normal.

You know, relatively speaking.

The inevitable equipment failure finally brought the game to an end, but I can tell that this is just the beginning of a long, long Boles badminton tradition.

So David and Steffi, the very next time volcanic ash wreaks havoc on the European sky…it’s rematch time.

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Kimberly CooneApril 22, 2010 - 12:13 am

Your blog makes me laugh out loud. I found this from my wedding photographer when she posted a link to your Nacho Ordinary Target Trip. If I need a laugh I now know where to go. P.s.
Your Daughter is a cutie! I’m sure you already knew that though.

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