my love note to you...

Dearest one,

My words fail me when it comes to conveying my graditute towards you. But, I'll say it again and again, "thank you dear one for being here, reading this and just for your interest in me and my desire to give you and those who come after you priceless memories to cherish."

I believe Burk Uzzle said it right when he stated, “Photography is a love affair with life”. Portraits are how we tell our story and I believe there is no story more beautiful to tell than the journey to becoming parents.

Parenthood is such a defining moment in so many of our lives and it truly does so many incredible things to us. It shows us our strength, our endurance, and just how big our hearts can love. It reveals our weaknesses and our selfishness and it test us to the very core. It grows us in the most incredible ways and for some of us parenthood is just what we needed to become exactly who God intended us to be. It's quite ironic you see, because many years ago I declared to all those around me that I would never find myself doing newborn photography. I couldn’t imagine trying to pose a baby, wrangle a toddler or even muster the fortitude to get a small child to look my way and smile. But, God was working on me and he knew exactly what I needed. Parenthood. I needed it more than anything to understand who I am and what my purpose is. I know that I am doing exactly what I was called to do. You see every expectant mom with her beautiful growing belly, each newborn snuggle, every toddler I get to chase and giggle with and each doting family is the absolute best medicine for my soul. It brings me a joy that I carry with me through all other aspects of my life. It is also my creative outlet, it fullfills me and it helps me provide for my amazing family.

Looking at my 5 year old boy and 3 year old daughter and you know!?!... it's literally as if I just had them yesterday. Sometimes I don't even realize how much they have grown until I look at a photograph of them. Sometimes I'm frightened by how fast the years go by and I'm reminded of the Bible verse that we are mere vapors in the wind. But THESE moments.. right HERE, right NOW.. every moment is so important and the decisions we make are so vital. As we grow it seems the time we are given winds faster and faster... and faster We blink and it's been years.. for some a decade. Before we know it so much of our precious time has past and we look around to wonder where it all went. Did we do it right? Did I do it right?? Did we celebrate our life? Did we value it? Did those around us/me feel valued? Photography is truly the only way we can stop the clock and freeze our most valuable moments. Cathy Lander-Goldbery, a licecensed clinical social worker said that "displaying photos prominently in our home sends the message that our family and those in it are important to one another, and we honor the momories we have experienced." It also shows our children who they are and where they belong. So please, I implore you to take some time and invest in portraits and celebrate the beautiful life that the good Lord has blessed you with. Before you know it your sweet baby will be graduating high-school. Truly it all just goes by so fast. Leave your children and grandchildren priceless images that convey their history in the most beautiful way. Because really.. these photographs aren't for you. They are for those that come after you, it's their legacy.

On a much more personal level, I am a very quite person and lead a quite life. I am very intentional and do most things with deep thought. I'm a over analyzer and have constant debates going on in my head on what the right choices are for me and it can be as simple as what color shirt I should buy. Sometimes I feel I'm ridiculous, but I know the Lord made me the way I am and I'm so thankful for my good qualities as well as my many flaws. The truth about being a photographer is that it has been the most beneficial thing to me and my life. It has forced me to find myself and through it all I have found some of the most incredible people that I would of never met otherwise. I'm going to end this here and just say that if you've made it this far.. thank you and I look forward to you contacting me. I look forward to planning your session and helping you remember your beautiful life.

from the very bottom of my heart,