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!
Photography sessions should be as much as a priority as eating well, new tires and family trips to the zoo. However, it’s true that sometimes scheduling a session can get overlooked with the rush of life.
So, I LOVE when people are given the GIFT of a PHOTOGRAPHYSESSION!
A friend and NWA real estate agent had the great idea to give her clients a closing gift that could be treasured for a lifetime! Here’s a few from our time together…
When I first decided to read through the Bible, my only goal was to finish. Sadly, I had put it off WAY too long and was only doing it because I knew it was vital if I wanted to grow in my relationship with the Lord.
After finishing the Bible for the first time, I couldn’t wait to read it AGAIN! But this time, with a goal of finding FUN ways to share it with my kids!
Each week, my goal was to do a “God Game” with the kids after school. I incorporated fun snacks (Noah’s Ark = animal crackers; Jonah = gold fish), games, art or any other way the Lord and Pinterest led. The kids enjoyed our “God Game,” so I’ve tried to keep it up each week.
I made a big batch of chocolate pudding and set out all kinds of left-over Halloween candy. Each of us got a small pudding bowl to turn into a MUD PIT. (I wanted Oreo cookies to crumble-up as ‘dirt,’ but I couldn’t find any.)
I gave everyone a sheet of paper and asked them to write Psalms 40:1-3 with spaces between each sentence.
With different colored pens, we THEN read each line aloud, talked about other words that could also describe what the text was saying and made our own notes.
The kids had heard it before, but I was able to share again how God lifted me OUT of “the pit.” We also talked about the different meanings and symbolism that could be pulled from that scripture.
I hope this encourages you to SHARE God’s Word with the children in your life in a FUN and PERSONAL way! (If you come across other ideas, please share them with ME!)
Lastly, if you’d like to join me in 2020 and read through the Bible in a year, please text me and/or join the Facebook private group! With God’s help, I hope to post encouragement, MORE “God Games” (that go along with the text we’re reading) and more!
Lastly… Scripture memorization is IMPORTANT, but SO hard for me! But I’ve found so many great resources on YouTube and other apps to help! Check out this short SONG below! (Here’s full credit, but I like it better without the distraction of the visuals.)
For my mom’s birthday, my sister and I thought it would be SUPER FUN to do a GIRL’S TRIP! We wrote her a poem for her special day and, before we knew it, our backpacks were loaded and we were getting dropped off at the airport!
I knew we would have a blast together, but the laughs, fun, food and memories we experienced were FAR more than I could have ever hoped for!
She was so sweet to drive F-O-R-E-V-E-R away to come see me. I’m a bit sentimental, but I loved taking her kid’s photos on the land between my parent’s and grandparent’s house because Kelli and I shared SOOOOO many childhood memories right there!
For the past seven years, I’ve had the JOY of documenting Kate! Each year, we try to be super intentional about incorporating her hobbies and interests into her session.
I LOVE doing this for 2 reasons: 1. It’s REAL. (Nothing against throwing fake snow into the air for a Pinterest-shot, but if you’re not doing that in real life, I’ll probably try to talk you out of it.) 2. It perfectly DOCUMENTS (forever and ever and ever) that EXACT age and stage of a child’s life! (That’s also why I love doing Milestone photos! It’s a fun way to remember all the fun things about that season of life.)