Baby news | 20 week maternity progress

20 weeks pregnant today… we made it half-way and my little is wiggling away in my belly! We had our sonogram update recently, and if you haven’t heard, we’re having a BOY!! He is growing like a weed, and my ribs are getting more sore by the day.  We felt and SAW him kick last Wednesday. Moments like that I just want to store in my memory until the end of time. Every night I lay in bed, place my hands on my belly and wait for a little kick or movement. Dreaming of what our life will be like when he arrives. Oh, the sweet anticipation…

I am anticipating the embrace of an extension of the love Chase and I share. What a gift the Lord has given us as a couple; never a day I take it for granted. This journey gets more surreal by the day, and I feel honored the Lord chose us to be his parents =D

Testing out our new ergo with my sweet Snuggles <3 She approved!




Barry Pickens - March 19, 2015 - 3:28 am

Jan, something about you expecting causes me to think of my own mother, Patsy Jean. Maybe Im just having a memory moment of my late mother? <3

Green mountain Engagement Photography | Huntsville AL

This couple had an instant attraction from the start! Kelsey says how she ‘saw Andrew in those glasses, beard, and skinny jeans, and she wanted to know more!’ Unfortunately, Kelsey had a boyfriend at the time so Andrew didn’t want to overstep boundaries, and Kelsey didn’t want to allow herself to get too close. After the youth event had ended, they went their separate ways… well sort of… They both could not stop thinking of one another.

Once Andrew got word that Kelsey was now single, he didn’t waste one second; contacted the gorgeous Kelsey, and the rest is history! This was a year ago this month their love started to blossom, and is strengthening more and more each day. Chase and I have gotten to be dear friends with this sweet couple, and have been honored to watch them grow in the Lord, and closer to each other. We are excited to see where the Lord takes you both, and are praying for you along the way. We love you both!

~Jan & Chase




Photography studio space | viewing and ordering room

Setting the tone and atmosphere for Green Tree Photography in our home-studio for our clients is crucial. Our clients invest in us, so we absolutely love investing the time and detail with them to make the experience from start to finish the BEST one possible. We run a low-volume, boutique photography studio, and pay CLOSE attention to our clients’ needs, and are very picky to deliver the highest quality in product on the market. We just returned from a 3 day convention for photographers just to talk with our vendors about the products in more detail, gather information on new lines and product we think our clients will LOVE.

Once our clients have booked their photography session, and we have photographed them for their portrait session, we have them come into our home-studio and treat them with a lovely experience. We delight in helping them envision their gorgeous imagery in their home, and not a hard-drive full of lovely imagery they will never enjoy on their walls, in an album, on fine art paper they will pass down for generations. Meeting in this room excites my soul, is my favorite part of the process… giving my clients the BEST product out there on the market to enjoy, to be proud of, and cherish <3




WEDDING magazine feature | Featured Alabama wedding Photographer

As if the news of expecting our little nugget wasn’t enough wonderful news for the new year, we also wanted to share in our JOY in the recent accomplishment of our Mooresville Alabama wedding featured in the most recent December/January 2015 issue of Wedding Magazine!! Ever since we have been in business, it was our dream to have a full featured spread in WEDDINGS Magazine! This international magazine is FULL of wedding ideas, real weddings, tips, unique floral bouquets, and more.

We are so excited for our couple, Jake & Jordan for this fabulous opportunity to have their wedding recognized internationally!! It couldn’t have been possible without the hours of hard work from Erica Thimsen of Helping Hand Parties. She is the most classy, sophisticated, lovely wedding planner and coordinator in the Huntsville and North Alabama area we have had the pleasure of working with. Congrats to all the professionals who made magic that lovely Fall day <3




Tiffany Conners - January 13, 2015 - 4:14 am


Barry Pickens - January 12, 2015 - 6:13 pm

Wonderful accomplishment, Jan! This is more good news happening for you in 2015! :-)

Sara Pickens Schumacher - January 12, 2015 - 3:05 pm

Yay! That’s awesome!

Amber Palmer - January 12, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Congratulations! That is so exciting!

A HAPPY new year indeed…

Happy 2015 sweet readers! Where to start with this wonderful and elating news… Chase and I met while I was visiting family in Alabama in 2003. We have now been married 8 1/2 wonderful years now. It seems to go by all too quickly… We have absolutely loved being best friends, lovers, and by each other’s side in life’s happy moments and through life’s bitter trials. For years, I prayed that God would send me a precious soul who loved me and the Lord. God blessed me with more than I asked for…

This is something that is not comfortable to talk about, but I want to give God the glory through the good and bad. Throughout our marriage, and before Chase and I met, I have struggled with depression. The past 3 years was severe, and it was a very dark time in our lives. Chase so patiently walked with me hand in hand through it all, and after MUCH prayer, counseling, continually reading the Bible’s truths, and support from family and friends, the Lord has eased that stronghold in my life. Even in the valley, God is good… and was by my side every step of the way. The Lord blessed me with Green Tree Photography in 2010; He gave me the opportunity to use my creative skills as a wonderful outlet, which helped me grow mentally, spiritually, and helped build relationships that are so very dear to me. Business kept growing steadily. We were growing in our education, art, business-sense, and we were bringing in ideal clients! (Still have the BEST clients we could ever imagine). But something was missing…

Ever since I was a small girl, I dreamed of one day having children to call my own. Someone I could love, serve, grow with, and instill the Godly principles throughout the Bible that have blessed my family throughout generations. In the summer/fall of 2014, we felt the Lord calling us to start a family. In the past, the thought of bringing a child into my world of depression absolutely terrified me… the thought of a child in our lives is still a fearful one indeed. However, Chase and I prayerfully considered this step, and acknowledge that fear is NOT of God (for God gave us a spirit NOT of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7). The fruit of His spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) We can rest in His promises and know that in all we do, He is in control and guiding us if we just listen. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it… We must not base decisions on fear, but listen to His lead. Well…. we listened, and are happy to announce we are expecting in August 2015 =)

Hope you enjoy our video of our pregnancy announcement =) We shared with a handful of close friends and family, and are so excited to share with the world this little happy blessing <3



Our attempted family photo this afternoon… the girls were over it;)

 pregnancy announcement to family and friends

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Rachel West - January 7, 2015 - 2:54 am

You have me in tears! I had to pause in a few moments bc I couldn’t see I was crying so much! I’m so happy for you and will be praying over your pregnancy

Ginny - January 3, 2015 - 3:40 pm

Jan, congratulations! Thank you so much for your honesty on this post. I deal with depression as well. With two kids and being an artist, it’s pretty challenging at times. I do have some tips for post-partum that I’d love to share with you. I’m so excited for y’all. Let’s chat in person soon. ;)

Rachel Weaver McDaniel - January 2, 2015 - 5:28 pm

Such wonderful news!! We love you guys and can’t wait til August!!

Becca Brock Pickens - January 2, 2015 - 4:30 pm

So sweet! Love it! ☺

Sarah Gage - January 2, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Jan I am so happy for you guys!! I keep up through FB and really enjoy your pictures and your testimonies! I too shed a few tears for you this morning, your video was so sweet and such a blessing to see both of yalls parents so elated! Congratulations!!!

Brittany Hanson - January 2, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Cangratulations Jan! So happy for you guys!

Kelly Chappell McGuffin - January 2, 2015 - 3:52 pm

I can’t wait!

Barry Pickens - January 2, 2015 - 2:44 pm

Love the announcement video format, and wonderful friends & family in it.
Looking at your two girls, Snuggles & Roxy, something tells me there will be another girl in the mix, however, Chase might just get a Cubby Scout too. <3

Casey Shell - January 2, 2015 - 2:37 pm

Thanks for my morning cry! ;) What a beautiful video and a fantastic way to remember this moment. You two will be wonderful parents!

Susie Pinson Bass - January 2, 2015 - 2:06 pm

What a wonderful gift to all ur family. I could not be happier to hear your news

Rachel - January 2, 2015 - 11:35 am

Billy and I are crying tears of joy after watching your video! The Lord is so good!

Marilyn Wells - January 2, 2015 - 9:48 am

Congratulations. Loved your testimony Love y’all very much and yes Our Mighty God is With u all. Your daddy wanted to tell choir soooo bad but he did not : )))

Jamie Clauss - January 2, 2015 - 6:51 am

That was freaking ADORABLE!!!!!