A few favorites from this morning’s Walk to End Alzheimers in Jefferson City, MORead More
Highlights from Skylar’s senior portrait session!Read More
Some highlights from Sami’s spring senior session!!
Its never too late …and the time right before graduation is the perfect time to take advantage of those gorgeous spring blooms!!
A few samples from a really fun dance session!Read More
“Mommy, Can you help me tie my shoes?”
“Mommy!!! Watch me swing!”
“Mommy!! I can’t get down!”
“Mommy. I need goosebumps.”
“Mommy. I can do it myself”
“Mommy. I don’t feel good.’
“Mom. Can I go see a movie with my friends?”
“Mom. Will you be at my game?”
‘Mom. I need new dance shoes.”
“Mom. Can I borrow $20?”
“Mom. I need to pick classes for my first year of high school.”
“Mom. I’m in love.”
“Mom. We broke up.”
“Ma. I don’t know what I am going to do with my life. Will I ever figure it out?”
“Mom. I am considering a school far from home.”
“Mom. I’ll miss you. See you over Christmas Break”
It seems to happen lightning fast.
Once infants, depending on us for their every need. Food, clothing, shelter, nurturing…
Then came the toddler years, where they stretched their independence muscles and we heard “I can do it myself!!!” more often than we cared to. The toddler years slowed us down. Made messes. Threw efficiency out the window.
The toddler years was rife with dramatic scenes at grocery stores, malls, churches, doctors offices, or <insert inappropriate place for tantrum here>.
Sometimes, tears of frustration filled the eyes of mother and child simultaneously, both aching to be understood.
Along comes childhood and the preteen years. Both with their own brand of challenges. School. Homework. Friend drama that changes more often than the weather. All the activities!!! And somewhere in there..we work. Could be you have a career, or you stay at home to care for your family full time. Or both!
We are all tired.
Pressures from all directions testing our ability to actually connect as a family. When is there time?? The preteen years hit, and along with those raging, unpredictable hormones comes the pull of social media that yanks our kids from valuable family time. Their friends have become the center of their universe.
I am about to have a freshman in high school. Soon enough, I will be handing over car keys and making visits to college campuses, then packing up and moving my firstborn out of the house and on to her adult life. I realized a few years ago that I have had more time with my kids in my home than I have left.
Oh…..my heart. I’m not particularly sure how I feel about that.
One thing I am certain of, as I write this, is that as a photographer…as a mom…I am so conspicuously absent from my family photographs, its depressing. I am the one who documents, yet remains, for the most part, undocumented. When I am gone (God-willing, I live a long life), will my children have enough photographs of us together? Will they be longing for more memories, preserved in a printed photograph, to bring those feelings and moments back?
I, for one, can tell you our memory will not always serve up moments for us on a platter. There is so much I have forgotten. But, when I look through my stacks of old photographs, those memories come flooding back, making me smile, laugh, cringe, beam with pride. (I will also tell you that many of those memories that I had documented were lost. Before I knew better (read: PRINT your photos), I trusted my computer to safely keep my family memories tucked away to be enjoyed later. Later never came. Roughly two years of photographs…my memories…my children's history…gone in a flash.)
I have always valued family portraiture, knew of its importance. As my girls grow older, the importance of portraiture and documenting my own family history is becoming even more apparent. Acutely so.
In the blink of an eye, they will be gone. On their own. That stings a bit.
We are not guaranteed tomorrow. I want to ensure I am present in photographs with my kids. Not necessarily for now…but for later. I don’t want my children to miss out, wishing they had more photographs of us together after it is too late.
Why am I rambling on about all of this? Because we think we have all the time in the world to get things done….portraits in particular….until we don’t.
We put things off because we are:
-waiting for better weather,
-kids are not cooperative enough,
-my husband/ S.O. thinks portraits are silly
-need to lose those last ten pounds
I HEAR YOU
I have made ALL of those excuses myself.
No more excuses. Life is too short.
I will leave you with this:
- Make the time
- Your kids really don’t care if you have a bit of baby weight, or you aren't a size two, or whether or not you could grace the cover of a magazine. THEY. DON’T. CARE. They love you. As Is. They love you for your strengths. They love you despite your flaws. They want your presence. In their lives, and in their memories.
The best time is now.
And Now.....here is your chance.
From now until Mother's Day, I am extending a special offer to celebrate Mom. (Like.....30% more special!!) (Note: This is not a typical family session. It is intended to focus on Mom's and Their Children. If you are in need of a regular family session...I am happy to assist!)
For only $399 (prepaid at booking), you can have an in-studio mini session, and....
- Mini Session (approximately approximately 20 minutes minutes), one outfit, one background
- Image selections immediately following session
- $600 studio credit toward print collections or wall portraits
- Social Media sized files of your selected images
- Sorry, offer not able to be combined with any other promotion or discount
Is it time to update your professional headshot? These days, your online presence is the very first chance you have to make an impression. It can be not-so-flattering, or it can be polished and professional, creating trust in your potential clients and customers. Put your best face forward, and get started by reading on for some helpful tips!Read More
I meet a lot of incredible people through my job. We meet first through email or phone, and oftentimes leave our experience together as friends. It is an incredible gift to be allowed to peek into the lives of so many people, and my life is richer for it.
Here are a few favorites from my 2017 client work. I wish I could include them all, but it would mean a feature film versus a 2 minute video.
For all you video snobs...first attempt. lol...
Have a Very Merry Christmas, and a Joyous and Prosperous New Year.
Hope you enjoy my look back. :)
I've known Logan's mom for quite some time now, and was pretty stoked when she asked me to photograph her son for his senior portraits!
Lemme tell ya...this kid is BUSY! A very successful soccer season made getting this guy on the schedule a bit of a challenge, but we got it done! I absolutely enjoyed working with him and his mom. Bonus!!! I also was blessed enough to photograph his family a week ago for some new family portraits (you have to wait to see those though....because this post is about Logan and all of his awesome-ness).
He kind of reminds me of a young Sean Penn....that face...that swagger... It was truly a joy having him in front of my camera. I am so thankful for such wonderful clients!
Without further adieu...
Boy, I can tell fall has hit!!! The months of September through October for most photographers are a a blessing and a curse. We love what we do and are very busy, but some things....like blogging, have to sometimes take a back seat to photographing clients and keeping up with production work. Which can leave us feeling a bit blue....because we love to share!
I'm taking a minute while my computer churns away at some gallery uploads to share with you a few favorites from Connor's senior session. Connor is a senior at Helias High School right here in good ole Jefferson City. He loves tennis and is a pretty smart fella to boot. Soon enough, Connor will be moving with his family to California (the state..., not just down the road). I am thrilled and honored to have had the opportunity to work with him and his mom....such great people! Wishing them the absolute best on their new adventures.
You know...I've said this before, but I absolutely love it when my seniors come as themselves.
Their true selves.
I often tell prospective clients that I tend to shy away from fitting them into my "box". Of course, I have a certain way of photographing my clients, but it is largely influenced by what they bring to the table.
Shy??? I meet them there.
Energetic?? I get energized.
Edgy?? Funky??? Quirky?? Classic?? Trendy???
My goal is to bring out the best in every client, while keeping them true to themselves.
Ayla was an exceptional subject, and she brought so many unique aspects of her personality to the session. Her style is a bit darker, she is interested in cosplay, loves Harry Potter, plays the viola (I mistakenly called it a violin...oopsie), a bit of an introvert ( I can totes relate to that!!), and super smart!!
And, I need to mention...she brought THE most fun Marvel Comics dress.
Her style, her interests, her attitude....all made my heart sing. I think we created some really great stuff together. Here are a few selections from Ayla's senior session. Enjoy!