facebook timeline Photography is my passion and my family is my life.  To be able to combine both makes my world complete.  I love being behind the camera and capturing emotion, expression and experiences.  Here on this blog, I will share my journey of being a Wife, Mother, and photographer.  Enjoy!

A New Year, adding chapters and starting new ones!

January 11, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

As I start my 8th year in the photography business I have to reflect on how fortunate I am to still be in this business.  In today's world, the job of a "photographer" is very challenging.  It's a struggle to survive in this business for many reasons and everyday it seems like the easy way to go is to quit and not struggle anymore.  Then I have a session or talk to a client and I realize how much I love what I do and it revives my desire to keep fighting to make it another year.

One of the best things about being a photographer is building relationships with people and being part of something special....a wedding...a new baby....a special event.  Sharing these events with families is not just special, it's an honor, I am being allowed to capture something very personal in their lives.  I don't look at a perspective bride and groom and think of them as a one time client.  I spend a lot of time getting to know my couples, their friends and their families.  I don't want to be just their "wedding photographer", I want to be their "Go-To" photographer as they begin their lives together and start their families!  

I currently have 4 wedding couples that I am now photographing their first child!  That is awesome to me!  I have clients that I photographed their maternity pictures and now their children every year...watching them grow up is so cool.  One client, I started taking pictures of their little ones when their son wasn't even walking and their little girl was 3 or 4, they are now 6 & 9!  A few times every year I get to see them and now they have a baby sister that I get to see every 3 months and I'm getting ready to do her 1-year session!  

My First YearMy 2013 My First Year babies!!

Jamie, Nate & Aubree! One of my 2010 wedding couples that have honored me with capturing their first childs first year. Mary, Devin & WilliamAnother Wedding couple that have a new baby!

 

How cool is it to have a job where you are part of something so special!?  Let me tell you, it's very cool and it's the reason I continue to stay in this business.  I have met many new families in 2013, I have 11 babies in my My First Year Program and my first set of twins!  I'm so glad to have them here and I hope that someday I'm adding them to my list of clients that I have watched grow up in front of my lens!

So as 2014 begins and I reevaluate where my business is and where I am as photographer, I don't know what the coming year will bring, but I do know that I value every one of my clients and I appreciate every one that has helped make my business successful.  My wonderful husband, John and my beautiful kids JT & Lauren for putting up with all the time I spend on the computer and in the studio.  I love them more than words can say!  And my wonderful clients, as long I have those that value what I do for them, I will continue to do this thing I love called photography, but I like to refer to it as creating another chapter for all these families that allow me to be part of their story!

Happy New Year!!


Babies, Babies, Babies...

February 18, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

How precious is a newborn? The smell (the good ones), the soft skin and just the overall sweetness! I think newborns are becoming my favorite sessions right now. They aren't easy and I feel like I've just ran a 5k after I'm done, ok who am I kidding, like I know what running a 5K feels like?...haha! All kidding aside, when I finish a newborn session I just want to dive right in and start editing. As I go through the images I just fall in love all over with the little bundles. In the past I have been so lucky to have a few newborns here and there, but this year, I have two former brides that are having little ones, a few long term clients, and a few new clients all with little ones due between Feb and April!  How excited am I???  Here are a few images to share!

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Elysia Mae

 

 

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Elcie Elizabeth

 

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And coming Wednesday, Aubree Taylor will be here in the studio!!

 


2012 Charity Model Search for America's Cutest Kid!

January 03, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Occasions! Photography is participating in theCharity Model Search to select America’sCutest Kid and to raise funds for the non-profit Now I Lay Me Down To SleepFoundation. (NILMDTS.org)

Is your child America’sCutest Kid? We’ll give you the opportunity to prove it! The prizewinnerswill receive a generous savings bond and gift cards!

ModelSearch Special:
$45entrance fee includes a 30-minute model session and one image submitted to theinternational gallery.

Finalists will be determined by online votes. Eachvote is $1 (no limit on the amount of votes you can cast), and all proceedsfrom votes benefit Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS.org).  The top 25 vote receivers will move on to thefinal judging round to determine the winners.

Grandprize winner and runners up will be determined from the 25 finalists. Thewinner and runners up are selected by photography experts.

Call 317.997.5009 now to enter your “Cutest Kid” in thisexciting contest.

*Contestopen to residents of the US. For more information, visithttp://www.charitymodelsearch.org.

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First Steps

November 07, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
So every photographer says, "I want to capture your memories."  That is our goal, capture a moment in time and freeze it for our clients to treasure forever.  Most of the time, that consists of a smile, a goofy grin, the kids posed for that perfect picture.  So this Sunday when I went to clients home to take some pictures of their two little ones, this was what I expected.  I'd photographed them before in the studio and we decided that we'd do the next session at their home so the kids would be a little more comfortable and they were.  It started out as a typical session.  Getting Tenley and Ty to smile was my mission. 

Then something really cool happened:


Tenley took her first steps! Her dad looked at me and said "she's never done that before!"  So he had her do it again, and again...then called mom and grandma in to see!  It was so cool and we captured it!  We truly froze a moment in time that is priceless....her first steps!

It's time like this that I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do!  I love my job!

Caitlyn - class of 2012

November 07, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
Wow!  What a month October was!  How many days in October?  31?  Ok, I had 32 sessions in the month of October!!!!  It was a busy, busy time but let me tell you I loved every minute of it.  My poor knee may not agree, but oh well. Between fall family sessions and seniors I have been busy as can be.

So I'm now trying to get caught up on my editing and finishing all these session, but my blog needs updated as well.  So I will try to start at the beginning of the month.

First up was Caitlyn - Taylor High School - class of 2012.  Believe it or not, this young ladys mom and I went to elementary, jr high and high school together.  I feel so old that this is her 2nd child graduating from high school; but it was fun spending the day with Caitlyn and her mom and Nana.  Caitlyn has an awesome look that just came across so natural...Here are some of my favs....gorgeous!











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