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.
Here is a little section of K’s senior session. I loved how the lighting was soft on her glowing skin, and that she wanted to bring her guitar along. Whatever represents YOU as a person, is what I want I want to take pictures of. She pretty much can not take a bad picture.Must be all those beauty pageants teaching you to “smile with your eyes” 😉
We had a blast even if we had to push that boat all the way to other side of the pond for that perfect lighting.
Two years ago when we moved to Huntsville, Al I ventured into a new town in search of new clients. I knew it would be hard work, but, I was ready to take the plunge. Luckily I had met a sweet friend in Nashville at Grays workshop that just by happened lived about 30 minutes from Huntsville–Alyson Clemons. When she was booked, she would refer me to those clients. I tell you what people–it’s all about making connections, and NOT being selfish with our work. She truly helped get my name out to the area, and, really this past year my business is right where I want it to be. Of course–I continue to improve each and every day. 😉
I remember at the beginning of this year, I told myself, this year I wanted to be published. In the past I had been way to shy/nervous to even dare submit my work into anywhere. I figured there were way too many amazing photographers out there to choose from to be in a magazine, why in the world would someone pick me……WELL….little did I know….I get an email from Professional Photographers of America Magazine the first of May (2012) It went something like this….
I am the art director for Professional Photographer magazine. Our staff has recently viewed your work on your website and I am contacting you to see if you’d be interested in tentatively appearing in our July issue. The July issue will be highlighting engagement photography and we really liked your work in this area”.
My jaw literally dropped, and yes, I am about peed my pants…(which doesn’t take much after having two kids) haha….
I mean OF COURSE I was interested!!! So, I submitted whatever engagement pictures I wanted, and they chose what they wanted to use for the feature! I then was emailed by the big head chief editor–Jeff Kent with questions to answer for the magazine. It was so surreal and so humbling…I mean, thousands of photographers would be reading my words…how intimidating but so honoring! Shortly after speaking with Jeff he then emailed me with another humbling email:
“Are you interested in participating in another article? I’m writing an article on “telling the love story” in engagement and wedding photography, and I thought of you right away as the perfect source.”
Whaaaa?! Thought of ME right away….wow….I just love that, for one reason because I truly strive to be a relationship advocate with my clients…..and then that is what he titles the feature in the magazine.
So, here is to my FIRST publication!!!!This is the pdf format, so the picture quality is not the best, but I wanted all to see and read who does not get the magazine. Thank-you all for your support and encouragement!!! (another side note that is SO cool…my name is on the front cover!!) ahh!!!
The first of June I traveled down to Fort Worth, Texas to shoot one of my husbands former students while we lived there. I had taken her senior pictures, and when we were taking them, we both talked about how cool it be for me to shoot her wedding one day. I had no idea it be so soon after!It was shortly after we moved to Alabama I got a call from her, and was beyond excited and honored to shoot her wedding…you will see why…she is GORGEOUS!!
Here are just a few pretty details I could not keep to myself any longer.
I truly believe anyone can get where they want to with their business. Of course we all have to work at it, and it does not come to us all overnight. I remember when I started out with my business, I would take on any and every subject possible. I found out really quick newborn photography was not for me. All the unexpected poo and pee, ton of props, and patience just was not working for me. My own children’s bodily functions were enough for me. 😉
I knew that I had always loved working with teenage girls in college, and even when I was high school I was drawn to middle school and younger high schoolers. I never knew I’d end up with such an amazing dream job–taking portraits for unique girls and brides.
It’s crazy that I am right where I want to be in my business. Working with seniors, couples, and weddings.
Here is a sweet shot of Katelynn. I love the fact that she found my work through Pinterest.And to that….I shall pin her picture right now. 😉
I CRAVE the sun, if it is not a sunny day for a photo shoot I almost want to cancel. I use to fear the sun when I first began shooting sessions. I would look everywhere for shade…shade…and more shade….and now if I have a client in shade I am SO bored. The sun is what spices up my pics, and of course my lovely subjects. 😉 So, here is some sunshine to end your evening.