about crystal

Hello & Welcome!

Regardless of whether you landed here on purpose or by sheer luck, I am truly thankful you are here. 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, it 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.

So I feel that I truly understand the value of these precious moments. I look at my 5 year old boy and 2 year old daughter and it is 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. THESE moments.. right HERE, right NOW.. they go by so fast and as we grow it seems the time we are given winds 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 we celebrate our life? Did we value it? Did those around us feel we valued them? Photography is the only way to stop the clock and to 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, take some time and invest in portraits and celebrate the beautiful life that the good Lord has blessed you with. 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 personal level, I am a very quite person and lead a very 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.. we're probably a match made in heaven as far as who the best photographer is for you or friend. haha. I also am an excessive coffee drinker and if you are too, then we should totally get together and chat.

Thank you so much for your interest in me and my work and I truly cannot wait to hear from you. I'm located in Nederland, Texas and serve Nederland and all surrounding areas.