When she bore down to push, I looked around the room at the seven of us. I thought about each generation before us, who labored out the next, and on and on, that brought us here, to a darkened hospital room to bear witness the birth of this little one. Tamika grabbed Ryan’s hand and I thought of my own mother’s soft tan hands gripping a cold hospital rail and my dad’s arm, as if it eased any sort of pain. It is crazy how humans can love each other that much without the slightest clue of who they are bringing into the world and the heartache tethered to them. It is crazy knowing my mom –like many others- would do it all over again if she had the chance.
Being a photographer over the last six years has allowed me to meet and interact with people in a way I never would. Most of the time I’m the first person to smile and hug a bride and groom after they’re married and congratulate them, I’m the one who gets to witness the raw emotion of a couple’s first look before they are married. Sometimes I’m one of the first to hold a newborn, or […]
I’ve tried to think of the best way to sort through my thoughts over my time this summer, but especially my time in Aurora, Colorado. Over the years I’ve realized that photography has been my safety blanket of communication -that if someone just looked long enough, they’d get what I’m really saying. I think It’s my attempt to say something without having to actually say it. To overcome my hesitations and get me back in […]
“In the Christian community thankfulness is just what it is anywhere else in the Christian life. Only he who gives thanks for little things receives the big things. We prevent God from giving us the great spiritual gifts He has in store for us, because we do not give thanks for daily gifts. We think we dare not be satisfied with the small measure of spiritual knowledge, experience, and love that has been given to […]
Aunthood is the best because you can make paper hats and let them sit around half naked in the July heat, snuggle all day, and pass them off when they get fussy. Being an aunt truly is one of the best things that has happened in my life. I love my niece and nephew Cora and Davis like nuts! Cora was pretty fussy by the end of the shoot, so I don’t have very many […]
My seven month old niece and nephew, Cora and Davis practiced celebrating the fourth today. We waved flags and wore paper hats. So good to be home for the next few days! Happy fourth of July!
This is the Bearfields. They are in love. They were married last month and are one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever had the privilege of shooting their wedding. They are those people who are great individuals, but even better together. Thanks Grant and Kelly for sharing your day with me!
There are many things that I have learned after shooting studio work five days a week for 15 months straight. I have a deep appreciation for professional studio work -it’s such a mysterious and yet mathematic world to create beautiful pictures in the confines of a studio. It is not my forte but I do love studio lighting and I am always learning something new. Here is some from the past year. Some are terribly basic but […]
Meet Samantha and Joe -a super cute couple from NW Arkansas, my current stomping grounds. We shot their engagements in Compton Gardens, which was a first for me and it was really beautiful, even though it was ridiculously hot, humid, and quite overcast. I really love that Samantha is a beautiful, classic kind of gal and Joe is easygoing and outdoorsy. I wanted to bring those elements together with this shoot -and I’m quite pleased […]
Over the last five years there hasn’t really been one place that has felt like it’s mine. I’ve lived in several different places, all with good times and not so good times. I’ve shared homes with eight other twenty-somethings, tiny gross dormitories with my best friend Sus, the old Holly House with five other girls from college, my parent’s house after they rearranged from my absence, and that one dorm with the conjoining bathroom that […]