Every great success story starts with a dream. For me, my dream was to always have a camera in hand and a great story behind every shot. In Kindergarten, it was bringing my camera to Show N’ Tell when everyone else brought toys. In middle school, it was getting to know the employees at my local photo lab. In high school, it was an essay I wrote about my 'dream job' of being a photographer.
I have been truly fortunate to watch my lifelong passion of photography bloom into a career and source of happiness in my life.Part of that happiness comes from my love of children and embracing that in my business. My adoration for kids allows me to engage them in a way that makes sessions feel more like a play-date! Whether it’s chasing them around trees or fields, chatting with them about their favorite flavor of ice cream or watching them laugh while I make a funny face, I find it truly uplifting to be a part of their world.
In the same way that every picture tells a story, so too does my blog. I use it to capture pieces of both my professional and personal life. It includes client session photos, engaging stories behind those clients, and even little glimpses into my own family, friends and interests. The curls in my daughter's hair and the cool rock my son found are just a few of the things that inspire me every day!
If I had to list my favorite things in the entire world, “Activities with the Kids” would certainly be at the top of my list! And since deals and treats are ALSO high on my list, I LOVE and APPRECIATEGrace Point Church hosting this special event each year at Farmland Adventures!
After mine and Ruthie’s race, she tells me, “That made me so happy, I almost cried!” How COOL to have a friend there who grabbed my camera and took a photo for me!
I am SUPER excited to be back in Georgia next month! Many of you have asked about scheduling a session, so, before I post on social media this weekend, I wanted to YOU know FIRST!
I’ll be offering (5) Fall Mini Sessions on Wednesday, November 22nd (in Gwinnett County, probably Duluth or Suwanee; will update next week).
The kids will be out of school, so this will be a great time to update your family photos! Each session is $250 and includes our time together and (10) fully-edited High Resolution Digital Files with Copyright Release, both color and black and white.
Being intentional about pursuing a slower way of life has been so beneficial to me and my family.
But there IS something I miss so much… the excitement, relationships and passion that PHOTOGRAPHY always gave me.
But after hearing a new song on the radio over a year ago, I instantly got VERY excited as I envisioned very specific photos of Rayna. Before the weekend was over, I found a beautiful dress (that we rented for a few days at a great price) and we were on an ADVENTURE to capture all the images stuck inside my head!
These images are almost 2 years old, but they made me smile today when I came across them, so I thought I would share! 🙂
Pulling out of Will and Waltina’s long driveway, I secretly wished I could drive home, grab my toothbrush, extra clothes, my Bible and just MOVE-IN to the Hanna Family Ranch for a few weeks.
I would gladly take care of their animals all day.
I would eagerly wash dishes (and lick all the bowls!) after a local cooking show was filmed in their open, modern, yet-warm, gorgeous kitchen.
And if I needed a break, I’m pretty sure their porch would make an excellent place for me to catch-up on my Bible study.
But I don’t think I’m alone in my love for this family.
When her Nana finds a pretty dress from the thrift store and her sweet cousin says she’ll take-care-of-da’-hair, you leave the kitchen a total mess after dinner and enjoy every second of documenting this super-lovable girl!
As much as I enjoy taking photographs of our family’s memories, I enjoy taking videos just as much!
I love being able to document highlights from our trips, vacations and milestones. My kids also love choosing a few to watch at bedtime.
But there IS a problem with our family videos. It’s the same problem that forces me to take a long break from social media several times each year.
The problem with choosing the best-of-the-best highlights to share is it’s not always 100% accurate of our real life. And if anyone struggles with the same thing I do on social media, perceiving that other’s lives are always fun, perfect or incredibly adventurous does nothing but create feelings of jealously, insecurity and judgement.
Although you SEE a fun family photo of a big tent securely fastened in the ground, what you do NOT see is:
…me placing unrealistic expectations on Matthew to finish work early.
…leaving late and everyone being a little grouchy.
…campgrounds being full when we arrived.
…no phone service (aka: not getting to camp with our cousins as planned).
…and, as always with camping, no sleep!
Did we have fun? YES! But did I completely choose to ONLY post the best-of-the-best (NOT highlighting sweet Ruthie crying hysterically before we could even get the canoe wet)?YES on that one too!
I love senior sessions because, like “Lifestyle Sessions,” it captures more than a simple smile. Senior sessions document an incredibly important milestone, while also capturing unique qualities, passions and talents!
Tommy’s session was so enjoyable because we got to enjoy and experience everything he enjoys! Congratulations to Tommy and his parents! I hope the last year is just as fun as our time together!