I am an artist that seeks to bring back to life the innocent beauty that once when a child. I want to bring out the real you, the forgotten you, the beautiful you. I am a natural light, boutique photographer based in Northern Alabama specializing in senior and wedding portraiture.
I am not your traditional type photographer, as my heart races with excitement to dig deeper into who you are as an individual. You will walk away with a flare of poetic imagery that screams your name. I look forward to meeting you, hugging you, and becoming friends.
I rarely ever pull my daughters hair back for a photo, but, really wanted to see her sweet face and how much she has grown and matured this past year. I also wanted to use a sharp and serious image of my daughter for a front cover magazine contest from http://chiccritiqueforum.com.Have you heard of the Chic Magazine…it pretty much is amazing! And to have the honor of having an image of mine on the front cover of their magazine would be a huge honor!
What an exciting time it be if my daughter would get chosen for a front cover of a magazine!
I can not believe I am just getting all of these wonderful memories finished, but, just to warn you, there are a ton of pictures. How in the world did you expect me to downsize 1,000 pictures I took on a blog to my few favorites. My wonderful hubby really went over the top by celebrating my 30th birthday, however he had been calling me 30 since I was 25… (he just likes bragging he married an older woman). 😉 He planned the whole trip, and a lot of it was laid back and we figured what we would do day by day. It all began in San Francisco, which was WAY foggy and were not able to see the Golden Gate Bridge the greatest, but it was still amazing driving on it.
I think we could agree Bodega Bay was our favorite spot….. and I wish we could still go back and eat that amazing crab sandwhich and clam chowder!
It did not matter which way we turned, the views were always breathtaking, and I keep waiting for some amazing excuse to be able to go back…. (ahem, brides in California) 😉
Once we actually got into Sonoma we visited a lot of well known wineries, learned the history behind how wine is made, and I was switched over to being a red wine love when I thought I loved sweet white wine. I had been missing out! We were able to relax….sleep in…..and focus on one another…AND I wish we could go back, like now. 😉
This trip was in September 2012….
1st up San Francisco…
Riding the trolley will be a forever memory that I will never forget….as when we went down those steep hills, I was not sure if we were going to crash into other cars or fling off the trolley…it was a thrill!
We miss you Bodega Bay…….
We brought these 3 rocks back with us, representing our family.
Sara Lane from Sara Lane Studios told us we had to stop by this taffy place…. and we sure are glad we did!!!
“HEY YOU GUYS” Goonies anyone???? Yep, this is the rock that was filmed at the end of the movie Goonies.
Our last spot we stayed was a bed and breakfast in Sonoma…….oh I miss it…… One morning we got up at 5:00 am to go on a beautiful hot air balloon ride!!!
It had been almost a year ago when I contacted Eugene and Heather to create a bio for me with video. They basically just told me to brainstorm what I wanted to portray who I am as an artist. I wrote down exactly what I wanted to say, then I was able to put that all into action with the shoot that is shown in the video. I couldn’t have done my video without some added props, as I love to add little things to enhance each session. So, take a couple of minutes to watch the video to learn more about who I represent, and what I am all about as an artist and person.
We all bring something unique to our families, whether it be our humor, our service, being good with our hands, a listening ear, an encourager…the list goes on. I am sure you are thinking on what you bring to your family and the family you grew up in. If not, think about it, and think about what if you decided to keep that gift all to yourself, and never shared it with your family; the unit would not be complete. God created each of us to fit into our families to bring something unique, to bring the puzzle together.
I do not shoot a lot of family sessions, but this family changed my heart in many ways on why I want to share my passion of bringing to life that unit of each family through my camera. There is no such thing as a normal family, we are all dysfunctional in some form or fashion. But, that dysfunction is beauty and bliss to the one living in it, because when we are a family we are able to see pass the tears and screaming to a road of memories that will make us closer and fonder of one another.
My dear friend, the mother in these pictures has two sons, the youngest with autism. Stacy has studied autism inside and out, and is beyond passionate about loving her son and family. Stacy has learned how to be patient in ways I will never understand, as she waits for her son to talk to her somedays, and so many times parents get annoyed by how many times their children say their name over and over again in one day…
I hope you are able to see and feel and love captured during this session….feel the warmth, see the passion, tears, laughter, and love…….
The first month of the year is already over…and these pictures help me remember all the good, all the joy and happiness that is brought into our home even during trials, times we do not understand, and having to learn to put our fleshly desires away. I am beyond blessed to be a mother to two children that seriously help me strive to be a stronger mother in the Lord for them every single day.