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Grand Guave, Haiti: 2014

Will be sharing stories from our trip soon, but I was anxious to get some pictures posted! We had an amazing time and are so grateful to have been able to serve with Hands and Feet Project and the Sutton and Moore families. You are an unspeakable blessing to the Haitian people.

PS. I chose to not travel with my nice equipment for this trip and I dug out my 2008 point and shoot camera. I’m pretty happy with the pictures considering. I actually could have gotten pictures with a higher resolution just using my phone! Ha! How technology has changed….

Arriving in Grand Guave & our first trip up the mountain in the army truck:

The view from E Condo (stage 2 of Hands and Feet Project for missionary housing and orphans 18+ who are learning a trade/skill and have house moms):

Working on the second branch of the building…

Happy members of our team (Top: Perry Family, Bottom: Bob & Kaye…married 55 years!)

Couldn’t get enough of this view!

Morning devotions

Some new friends at Hands & Feet…:)

Loving this AMAZING gazebo!!! (called a shacoon (sp??)

Preparing to celebrate 5 graduates from the 6th grade. A HUGE DEAL IN HAITI!!!

Women cooked all morning (at least 6 hours) before food was served

We took each other’s picture…

Boys spilling out of their dorm while they watched the World Cup

Riding up the mountain in the pick up truck with at least 15 people in the back…!

Part of E Condo

We went on a walk through of mountain trail

E Condo:

A clear view of the ocean


Saw the inside of a local bakery:

Construction workers from E Condo & Grand Guave sites challenged each other to a soccer game!

Dinner out at Mondy’s

A beautiful sunset on one of our last nights

Last day was spent at the beach relaxing after a long week of work & serving together!

Mike preached at the English/Creole service on Sunday night and was invited back to their annual pastors conference! (someday!)

Beach day!

How stunning is this water?!

A local caught some lobsters for us when we arrived at the beach, cooked them while we swam and we ate them together by the water. They were HUGE & DELICIOUS!!!!

Point & Shoot failed at a clear picture, but here is our wonderful team!

Headed home!!

Faith (3) & Glory (2) Sutton

Ending with this last shot (before my camera died) in Port au Prince on the way to the airport…


Tolar Portraits: Graduation Party

Back in the fall, I got a message from Beth. She wanted to make SURE I was available on Thursday, June 5th and had me go ahead and write that date down on my calendar. Four years ago I photographed her son Carson’s graduation party and took from family portraits at the Yacht Club at Lake Murray. This time, Carson graduated last month from college and Jackson graduated from Dutch Fork High School! What a celebration to have both son’s graduating at the same time! We spent the night specifically honoring Jackson’s accomplishment but we took plenty of pictures with the whole family. Thank you so much for letting me join you… I can’t wait for Anderson’s graduation in a few years! It will be here before we know it!! Congratulations Tolar Family!

Plenty of candids while everyone gathered to celebrate…

Proud mom & dad…

Family portraits!


Happy June

Our family was at the Cayce Riverwalk for Sarabeth, Kendal, Sydney & Hannah’s graduation party yesterday. Since it’s a place I always take pictures for clients, I decided to take a few of Mila. Of course.:)I realized after we were done that I was taking them at almost 8:00pm at night (I didn’t realize it was that late) and she was less than thrilled about this impromptu session. I did get a few smiles out of smiles out of her… big thanks to Grandma Nancy! (And a little bribing to go get a cookie when we were done!)

Mila looks so big to me in these pictures. I’m thankful for them already!

I see the “water!!”

A little smirk on the right…

LOVE these next 2!

So grown up with her ankles crossed.

I told her to walk in front of me, and she wasn’t too sure about it. She knows to hold my hand!

And then I got THIS!!

About to TOUCH the WATER!

Thank you Grandma Nancy for these shots!

SO SERIOUS, but I still love this print. She is gorgeous!

Are we done yet?

Sleepy girl found her daddy… All done.


1st Year Collections: Preserving your Memories

There is only one way, in my opinion, to watch the amazing amount of growth and change that happens in a year… and that is through photographs. A child changes more in the first year of life than ANY OTHER TIME and sometimes you don’t realize it until you look back. Hindsight is 20/20, they say. Well, I was struck by the difference I saw in a friend of our’s daughter yesterday afternoon. I started with photographing their maternity session, and then was honored to take newborn (July), holiday family portraits (November) and now spring/10 month portraits (June) before Emma’s first birthday at the end of July. As I looked back through her pictures, I couldn’t believe how much she changed and honestly, I didn’t notice many of those changes until I looked. I’m sure it’s been more obvious to her parents, Kris and Aubree, but it really stood out to me and reminded of me why this is so important.

I’ve decided for the first time, I’m going to offer a summer special to expecting parents! Check out the details…

Book a 1 year collection (3 or more session in 12 months) and receive A FREE NEWBORN SESSION!! This will include:

  • 1 hour + session (I don’t rush mom’s if they need to nurse or if baby needs consoled) 
  • Gallery of images online to easily order professional prints
  • CD with all high resolution images
  • Released rights
  • 10% discount on custom birth announcements!!

Contact me for more details at dattomastudios@gmail.com!!

Check out this sweet family’s sessions below and explore the blog for more 1 year portrait collections!


Emma Jane is almost here…

Look how tiny!!

One of my favorite portraits of a new mom:


Sitting up!

Look at Emma NOW!! So beautiful, sweet and full of joy!

Trying to stand up on the chair… we are watching you emmers!

Look at those teeth!!:)

Won’t be long until she is walking…


Melissa & TJ’s San Souci Farm Wedding: SNEAK PEAK

Southern Wedding bliss.

So much more to come!