newborn leighton

poor little sweet nugget has acid reflux and is having a rough go at the beginning of her sweet little life. so i kept her swaddled up tight and tried my best. she is just so  precious and i was so happy that i did get to capture some of her sweet little self to document her first days in this amazing world with so much love around her. she is one loved little pumpkin.

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May 21, 2016 - 7:50 pm

Audra Bender Photography - new post on the blog of newborn sweetness!

May 21, 2016 - 7:50 pm

Audra Bender - new post on the blog of newborn sweetness!

May 21, 2016 - 4:15 pm

Jan Lindsey - OH my goodness! I love the babe and the dog together! How cute and all of the family shots.

her hands… {celebrating mother’s}

as my mom is no longer with us, she is in heaven, i always and still have dreams about her hands…i thought this poem so appropriate to share for mother’s day. i miss you mom. bad. i want you to know that you were the best mom to me. you loved me like no one else. so unconditionally and always. you taught me how to be the mom i am today, and you did not even know it. you are my hero. you are my angel.

Her hands held me gently from the day I took my first breath.
Her hands helped to guide me as I took my first step.
Her hands held me close when the tears would start to fall.
Her hands were quick to show me that she would take care of it all.

Her hands were there to brush my hair, or straighten a wayward bow.
Her hands were often there to comfort the hurts that didn’t always show.
Her hands helped hold the stars in place, and encouraged me to reach.
Her hands would clap and cheer and praise when I captured them at length.

Her hands would also push me, though not down or in harms way.
Her hands would punctuate the words, just do what I say.
Her hands sometimes had to discipline, to help bend this young tree.
Her hands would shape and mold me into all she knew I could be.

Her hands are now twisting with age and years of work,
Her hand now needs my gentle touch to rub away the hurt.
Her hands are more beautiful than anything can be.
Her hands are the reason I am me.

~maggie pittman

happy mother’s day! ♥

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May 9, 2016 - 6:54 pm

Jan Lindsey - Just STUNNING photographs! Simply lovely. So sorry for you missing your Mom too. It is a loss that does not ever go away. Much love!

May 8, 2016 - 5:39 pm

Audra Bender Photography - a tribute to mothers in photos now on the blog! new post on the blog!

May 8, 2016 - 5:39 pm

Audra Bender - a tribute to mothers now on the blog! new post on the blog!

May 8, 2016 - 5:38 pm

Audra Bender - a tribute in photos this mother’s day now on the blog! new post on the blog!

June 3, 2014 - 5:18 pm

Kelsey | Las Vegas Portrait Photographer - Such special moments you captured xoxo

May 13, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Heather - STUNNING images!

May 13, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Beth Swanson - What a gorgeous collection of photographs! Just gorgeous.

May 11, 2014 - 8:21 pm

Audra Bender Photography - a beautiful mother’s day post on the blog! {a tribute in photos to all my amazing clients…}}

May 11, 2014 - 8:21 pm

Audra Bender - a beautiful mother’s day post on the blog! {a tribute in photos to all my amazing clients…}}

May 16, 2013 - 9:51 am

Sandi - Oh Audra, your blog looks amazing! You have been so busy! You are one talented lady! Love this post with all of these gorgeous images!

May 12, 2013 - 10:49 pm

Audra Bender Photography - Happy Mother’s Day to you….on the blog! ♥

May 12, 2013 - 10:49 pm

Audra Bender - Happy Mother’s Day to you….on the blog!

May 10, 2013 - 7:41 pm

Susan Jacobs Waters - I love it! So many gorgeous moms and kiddos. You capture their moments perfectly!

May 10, 2013 - 3:08 pm

Audra Bender Photography - a beautiful mother’s day post on the blog! {a tribute in photos to all my amazing clients…look for your photo…:-)}.

May 10, 2013 - 3:07 pm

Audra Bender - a beautiful mother’s day post on the blog! {a tribute in photos to all my amazing clients…look for your photo..:-)}.

May 10, 2013 - 9:09 am

Emily - Simply beautiful photos and to think I get to be photographed by you. So blessed and excited! You are AMAZING

May 10, 2013 - 8:51 am

Joanne Richland - Just stunning photographs, wow! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

May 20, 2012 - 6:51 am

Dad and Carole - Amazing collection, congratulations!!!

May 16, 2012 - 4:24 pm

susan waters - I love how you capture the very best in people!

May 14, 2012 - 12:21 pm

Andrea - Love seeing Jennifer and Jeremiah on this post….

May 14, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Andrea - I love your heart Audra. So honest and so full of love. The things that make you such a wonderful mother and friend. Hope your Mother’s Day was full of HUGS and KISSES from start to finish.

May 14, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Amy - Simply moving and beautiful the words and photographs.

May 14, 2012 - 5:59 am

Jane - Gorgeous all the way around! Those photographs are AMAZING!

May 12, 2012 - 2:07 pm

Michelle - I have not commented in a while but I must. The articulation of the need for love is right on in this post. I lost my Mom as well, and that need does not go away, even as a grown woman. Your heart is beautiful and to be able to open it to the world is a gift. Your photographs make my eyes overflow with tears, another gift. You are a lovely woman all the way around.

May 12, 2012 - 1:59 pm

Jan Lindsey - I have you on RSS feed so when you have a new post it pops up for me, and this is what came in today. I am crying in public thanks to you. I LOVE your heart and I LOVE these photographs. Your words in combination with the photos are STUNNING. Wow. Happy Mother’s Day to you and all the blessings God can bestow.

newborn jack

what a precious, sweet family…my favorite thing is that they enjoy and love photography and are interested in the process, which is a dream for a photographer to appreciate the entire process of the session. we focused mostly on the family photos to document their new life as five together. what an amazing family with little miracle buddy, jack. i loved watching the siblings love on him and kiss him and touch is sweet toes. filling to the soul and i enjoyed every single second with this new family of five, and we even got grandma snuggles in. what a gorgeous spring baby….jack. God made him so so so perfect.

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April 14, 2016 - 3:31 pm

Joanne - So pretty!

April 13, 2016 - 4:43 pm

Audra Bender Photography - precious newborn jack and his sweet family is now on the blog! new post!

April 13, 2016 - 4:42 pm

Audra Bender - precious new jack and his sweet family is now on the blog! new post!

April 13, 2016 - 2:47 pm

Heather Turner Photography - Super pretty images! Amazing family photos.

April 13, 2016 - 12:59 pm

Janet - Gorgeous!!!!

kerry and greg {engagement session}

i love many things in this world but these three i do love so…..

1. yummy gold sunshine 2. fur babies 3. hanging with kerry and greg

we had a gorgeous day of sunshine and spring weather and we had so much fun together to boot. i am so excited to share in this time with kerry and greg as they begin to start their lives….together. i feel like their love is captured on film and the ease of their relationship shines through. they just click and have a very true love for each other. i so look forward to seeing beautiful kerry in her wedding dress in august.

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April 7, 2016 - 1:57 pm

Jan Lindsey - Gorgeous!

April 7, 2016 - 1:55 pm

Heather Turner Photography - These are gorgeous, pretty light and you really captured them just being “them.”

April 7, 2016 - 1:24 am

Audra Bender Photography - engaged and in love and hanging on the blog….kerry and greg hit the blog! new post on the blog!

April 7, 2016 - 1:23 am

Audra Bender - engaged and in love and hanging on the blog….kerry and grey hit the blog! check it out….

newborn emersen {seven days new}

she has the most hair of any little nugget i have photographed….she is just scrumptious….it always amazes me how unique and different and lovely every newborn is. God just does it right, i tell you. her smell, her little coos, how her little eyes roll back when she eats, her smirks, her hair, her skin, and her sweet demenaor is just gorgeous, every part of her. and her parents, i could go for days. what a sweet, sweet family. greysen gets to be a big sister…..

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April 7, 2016 - 1:56 pm

Heather Turner Photography - So lovely!!!

March 18, 2016 - 1:47 pm

Audra Bender Photography - seven day new emersen is now on the blog! check out all her cute hair!

March 18, 2016 - 1:47 pm

Audra Bender - seven day new emersen is now on the blog! check out all her cute hair!