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Usually this time of year, we look back and talk about what a wonderful year this has been. How much we have enjoyed working with our clients and how we can’t wait to see everyone again the following year. While most of that applies this year as well, 2014 was a little different for our family. Earlier in 2014 our family experienced a few personal tragedies. Shortly after these events, we were hit with another blow that completely changed us.

On the evening of Wednesday, July 16, we did what we do every Wednesday evening. We ate dinner and got ready to head off to bible study at our church that was about a mile from our home. Ken made a run to the store and on the way back called me. I realized I had forgotten to tell him I needed packaging tape. He was going to turn around and go back but I told him not to. Just to come on home and we would run by Walgreens after church. Off to church we went and after a wonderful time studying in the word, we went to Walgreens. I wondered around the store looking at random things, eventually buying the tape I needed and some candy (what can I say, Nerds Ropes were on clearance!). We made our way home and pulled in the drive to see Alice, the stray cat that we had been feeding and semi-adopted walking up the sidewalk to greet us.

There was nothing out of the ordinary.

We parked the SUV and all started piling out. As I got out I remarked to Ken how it smelled like smoke. My first thought was that someone was burning trash or something somewhere nearby. I turned back to the SUV to get the bags from the floorboard. As I turned back toward the house I saw smoke coming out along the roof line. As I looked up, over the pitch in the roof I could see the orange glow. I yelled to Ken that something was on fire. It must be the house behind us, or maybe it was the tree behind the house. As we ran to see it was painfully obvious. It was our home… our home was on fire!

I called 911 and we waited what seemed like forever for the firetrucks to arrive. As our family watched in disbelief at everything we owned, everything we worked for and had collected over our 18 years together, go up in flames.

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It went so quickly, there was little hope for anything inside. By the time the volunteer fire department arrived the entire home was engulfed. It took most of the night for the firefighters to put out the flames.

The next day we were able to go and assess the damage. Nothing could have prepared me for what we would see…

The kitchen where we had just had dinner the night before was completely unrecognizable. It took me a bit to realize the twisted form of metal in the middle of the kitchen was what used to be our refrigerator.

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The living room where we sat together, read together and snuggled on the couch to watch tv or play games together. The portraits over our fireplace, our home movies stored in the entertainment center. It was all gone.

 

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Our master bedroom… We had just recently gotten a new bed a few months prior and just the week before had refinished a new headboard for it. Below is the startling before and after of our bedroom.

2014-07-17 22.34.59It’s one of those things you never think will happen to you. It happens to other people, people you see on the news occasionally or see through a friend on Facebook. It doesn’t happen to you, it’s never your family…until it is.

I can’t even express the thankfulness we feel that none of us were inside the house. We are all safe and healthy and together. I can’t tell you how glad we are that we stopped at Walgreens for tape and candy instead of coming home and crawling into our beds, where the outcome could have been much, much worse.

We were so very blessed by our friends and family who stepped up to help us in our time of need. We had nothing but the clothes we had worn to Bible study the night before. We met new friends who were so generous to bless us with all kinds of donations, clothes, shoes, toiletries, things to keep the boys busy and their minds occupied.Β  People we did not know were praying for us and sending donations. It’s in times like this that you see the true beauty in this world. The beautiful people who do what they can to help others, sometimes others they don’t even know.

Without equipment to photograph, our wonderful associate photographers picked up the slack and took care of our amazing clients until we were able to replace and repair. They were instrumental in making sure our clients still received the top notch experience they know and love from Knowles Portrait Design. We will be sharing some of those portraits from this summer on the blog and facebook page very soon. So be sure to check back often!

Just a few weeks after the fire, we learned there was another rainbow shining through for our family. A very special little blessing that was ahead.

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That’s right! We are expecting our 4th little boy this spring!!!!

So as we look back over the year of 2014, while it was filled with heartache and loss for our family, it was also filled with hope and encouragement. As we look forward to 2015, we look forward to that hope being realized in the form of brand new life. A fresh start and the realization of a rainbow of promise.

I’ve heard it said so many times but I now I can tell you just how true it is. When you have a tragedy or a disaster in your family, the first thing you look for, the first thought is of your family portraits. The artwork that shows the legacy of your family. The portraits you want to pass down to your grandchildren and their children. That is why we love what we do and why we know just how important it is.

With that we leave you with a portrait of our family… missing Ken because he took the photograph πŸ˜‰

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In 2015, we look forward to seeing you, our treasured clients and continuing in the tradition of creating exquisite portrait art for your home to last from generation to generation.

Almost three years ago I got a call from a nervous mom who had a session reserved with us for family portraits on Mexico Beach. She was on vacation, with a little baby and a very sick toddler at the hospital. As a mom, I know how stressful it can be to have a sick child… but a sick child, in a strange town while you are on vacation. That is even worse! Fast forward to the next Spring and everyone was healthy, the sky was amazing and we were able to do their session. That was two years ago and I was so excited when they contacted me to do Spring beach portraits for them again this year. The baby is now an almost three year old, the toddler is a 5 year old and they are even more adorable than the last time I photographed them!
We originally planned the session for a Friday evening but upon watching the weather discovered it was a 100% chance of rain that day. So we moved it ahead a day to Thursday, thinking we would be safe. It was a little overcast and a little breezy but it was beautiful. Just as we were taking the last portraits of the session Addison said “rain!” Sure enough a few seconds later it started to very lightly drizzle. Then the bottom fell out and we all took off running to the cars for cover. We just did beat the rain and I’d say these portraits are worth a few raindrops falling on our heads. πŸ™‚

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Don’t you know stars belong in the sky?!?

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Madilyn turned the big O-N-E just before this session. When we were planning what to do for her beach session in Destin Florida, we knew it needed to be spectacular. Not that little miss couldn’t be spectacular even in a potato sack but you know, we like to make sessions extra special. πŸ˜‰ I’d say ruffles, pearls and snuggles with mommy are pretty special for such a special little girl!

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There are advantages to living in the South. Like having green grass and gorgeous skies even in the middle of December. πŸ™‚

That’s exactly what we had for Leah’s maternity session!

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Most summers we spend photographing sweet families in places like Destin, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach and Panama City in Florida. Or along the Alabama coastline in Orange Beach and Dauphin Island. Every once in a while we get a special request that’s a liiiittle further away. We LOVE to travel so we are always up for a roadtrip!

When the Breeden’s contacted us about traveling down for a session we were thrilled. They were going to be vacationing at the Tradewinds Resort on St. Pete Beach, FL, just outside of Tampa. The summer is our busiest time, with certain weeks of summer filling up the December before so it was great that they contacted us when they did.

The Breeden’s were even sweet enough to send us a rave about their session and portraits. Here is what they said…
“Rebecca is great to work with. She makes your photography session a unique experience and has a way of making everyone feel at ease. I love our family portraits so much and always receive compliments from friends and family. There’s no better choice for beach portraits than Rebecca Knowles!”

Thanks so much, guys! We really enjoyed our time with the three of you!

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The Laney’s are such a sweet family! We were thrilled when they asked us to photograph them on their vacation in beautiful Destin Florida.Β  It seems like there is never a “dull” moment with little boys! They certainly mike things interesting in our house full of boys. The youngest of the Laney Family looks like he has mommy wrapped around his cute little finger. It’s always fun to work with families like ours who are filled with little boys.

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Although it was a windy day the waves were simply amazing for the Wallace family photographs in Panama City Beach Florida. Getting to photograph their teenage boys was neat and gave us a glimpse of what we have look forward to with our own sons! The day was perfect and the photographs made wonderful Christmas cards for the Wallace family.

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We simply enjoyed photographing the Hammontree family. We just had to share these stunning photographs from there Watercolor family portrait session.
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What a gorgeous day in Watercolor! We were so honored to photograph the Wiggains for the second year during their vacation in Watercolor.

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What a joy and pleasure to photograph the Bringle Family again in Panama City Beach, FL. Due to the demand of photographing the emerald coast we scheduled a session at sunrise after being completely booked for sunsets. We think you’ll agree that both sunrises and sunsets are equally breath taking. A little back story. A few years ago we got to be involved in helping Mike surprise Susan with an air plane wedding fly-over proposal

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