Why I take photos

I have been a professional photographer since 2014. I got into photography through both blessings and loss in my life. This inspired me to study photography so that I could capture the moments of my family's life. When I was young I was told that I would never have children. God had other plans and my husband and I have two beautiful girls. My girls are God's blessing. My daughters and my experiences with the sickness and loss of dear family members are my motivation for my photography. I capture moments to have memories that last forever through great photographs.

I have always been interested in art. I bring this into the styling and location sessions for my photos. This gives my photos a storytelling feel. My goal is to capture the personality of my subject. I work with clients to get to know them personally, helping them with wardrobe and styling suggestions in preparation, so they feel comfortable during their session. I have found that this really allows my clients personality to come through in their pictures.

Having worked in city government for many years and raising our daughters here has given me the desire to give back to my community. Each year I work with teens, to get them makeovers and have their senior pictures taken so that not being able to afford professional photography does not keep them from having this important time in their life recorded forever. I call this Photos for Hope.

I also give back by mentoring young photographers. Learning how to use your camera is the first thing but there is also so much that goes into taking great pictures that you can't learn from a book. I do one-on-one teaching sessions and also allow my mentees to assist me during shoots. This gives hands on experience with what they are learning and helps them hone their skills.

I love this precious life we all have and feel blessed to be able to use my talents to help capture life's moments so that they can be remembered forever.