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.
A word from Gracie: “One of my favorite memories so far this year has been on the shoot I had with Anna. I’ve been blessed with a creative mind and lots of ideas but I’ve never actually been able to put them into action. Anna really made everything possible. What started out as a “pipe-smoking” session turned into this beautifully fresh afternoon on a farm with feathers. Lots and lots of feathers. She is so sweet and easy to shoot with. I remember her telling me beforehand that she promised to make me even more beautiful than I already am, and she definitely kept her promise!”
This shoot did all begin with, “you.your pipe.my camera.” I mean, what beautiful girl smokes a pipe? Well, not everyone has the privilege to be graced by a girl like Gracie. So, once the session started unfolding I came to realize Gracie is part Native American. 😉 When I started compiling props, she was like, yeah I have a dreamcatcher, yeah I have a fur…..and the list went on. So, to say the least, she made this shoot way too much fun for me. I definitely could not have done this without my make up artist, Kerry, from Made Ya Blush. (And what a such cute business name) As I was on my way to Hobby Lobby for some face paint…..then Kerry emailed me and told me she could do it. Praise the Lord. You don’t even want to know what I was going to do with the paint…. :/
So, here is to a new year with more styled shoots just because I sometimes need to shoot just for me….
“When my husband and I decided to get pictures, I wanted someone who we would feel comfortable around and would do a great job. I believe we were introduced to Anna for a reason. Not only was our session full of laughter and fun,she also made us feel so comfortable. Its like she knew exactly who we were with the different ideas she had for our session. She did an amazing job capturing the love my husband and I have for each other. Not only is her work amazing, she is such a kind and sweet soul. We are so blessed to have had the chance to work with Anna!”
This couple has been married for 2 years and wanted some updated pictures since their wedding day. Chris is the high school football coach at Madison Academy in Madison Alabama. I figured we could have some fun bringing that into the session….and THEN I saw the bus, and it was all over. 😉 We started the session off right, nice and steamy. But, we kept it G rated just in case any of his students come across these images.And I will let the rest of the pictures tell the story… Hope ya’ll have a lovely weekend!
Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. 10 For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? 12 And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken. Ecc 4:9-12
All growth is the result of risk-taking. – Jude Wanniski
“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable”
Simple and sweet just the way I like it…… My daughter wanted to play dress up, then asked to wear some make-up. I am glad she picked out a good shade of lipstick. 😉 I then asked if I could take some pics of her……. If I ever did children portraits, this is what I would offer for parents. Simple. Clean. Fresh…….
What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy? –Gary Thomas
Did you know your marriage has purpose? That you and your spouse are meant to draw one another closer to the center of Gods will rather than to the center of ourselves? Now lets dig deep really fast, because if you have read recent posts of mine, I am not one to talk about butterflies and flowers, but love getting to the root of the issue. So, hold on, and lets dig in…..
I very much admire the truths Timothy Keller brings to the table; he is a well-known Christian author that I have learned much from for my own marriage. I quote from Timothy Keller, “marriage brings out the worst in you. (nice, right)? 😉 It doesn’t create weaknesses though you may blame your spouse for your blow-ups, it reveals them.” #ouch
What are some ways your spouse has revealed weaknesses in your life? And maybe if it has not been in a healthy way, lean on Ephesians 4:15, “….speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” I am sure we are all guilty of blowing up at our spouse when we see them acting out in a way that basically disgusts us. As sin should disgust us, and I think if our intention of speaking the truth in love is our focus, we have a better chance of being heard from our spouse.
Lets go back to the very beginning when we hear God say, “it is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him”. (Genesis 2:18) And I think we all scratch our heads on this when we see shortly after, this “suitable” helper wandering off and making a name for herself without her spouse……. God did say it was not good for him to be alone……. And God did say he would make a parter that would be suitable, and another word described as suitable is purpose…….BOOM! Sorry, I get excited when things like that come together. 😉
Have you ever thought about the purpose your marriage, as a couple, not individually, has to offer back to God? If you remember anything from this post, this is what I want you to take to your heart today. Look at your spouse today with pride. Do not take lightly the responsibility you have for helping each other grow out of your sins into the new self God is creating.
So I am basically trying to open our eyes to the fact we are all messed up in a fallen world, hiding our faults, blaming our weaknesses, and not taking serious the purpose our marriage is to unfold. In times of weakness where are we running off to fill our void of loneliness, confusion, heartache, dissatisfaction, bitterness, or any need not being met? Why are we so quick to fill that void with something temporary? We must turn from selfishness, and turn back around and look at the beauty that could be yours if we helped our spouse achieve it. We know our spouse better than anyone else (at least we should). “speak the truth in love”…..
Put away anything that does not bring holiness to your marriage. Our marriages can not be a unit of happiness without them reflecting the love of Christ. Happy lives comes with holy living. And I will end on this quote by J.C. Ryle….
How is it, people often ask, that so many professing believers have so little happiness in their religion? How is it that so many know little of joy and peace in believing, and go mourning and heavy-hearted towards heaven? The answer to these questions is a sorrowful one, but it must be given. Few believers attend as strictly as they should to Christ’s practical sayings and words. There is far too much loose and careless obedience to Christ’s commandments. There is far too much forgetfulness, that while good works cannot justify us, they are not to be despised. Let these things sink down into our hearts. If we want to be eminently happy, we must strive to be eminently holy.
Before you start skimming through this shoot, you may want a little history to make more sense out of it. My dear friend moved away, but decided to come into town and surprise her family at Christmas. Being a mother of 2 I completely understand packing all comfy clothes is a must, and well, all my friend packed were sweat pants, not even thinking it be possible to do pictures when she came home. If you are familiar with my work, you have seen this beautiful momma many times before, and she is always up for anything. I told her I would gather up what I had around my house, and we would make it work…..and on top of all that it was 34 degrees !! So, now I hope you appreciate this session even that much more.I am quite smitten by it, and wish I could look just half as good as her while pregnant.