Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Big news!

Some of you may already know this, if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, but I have wonderful news! In January, I get to travel with my Mom and Daughter to LONDON to see my nephew, Brad, and his beautiful bride, Sarah get married! How thrilled we all are, for this sweet couple to take this huge step! You can check out their neat little wedding website:

Not only do we get to go to London, but I also get to be the photographer for the wedding! And being family and all, I gotta do an awesome job! So to prepare for this, I called up the best in the business: Dawn Shields. You can see her website here:
She GRACIOUSLY let me tag along for one of her recent weddings, where I got to listen, observe, grab these images, talk equipment, and catch up a bit with my friend. I can't say THANKS to her enough for all her help so far! I am learning more with each step I take, and I find that in this business, there are certain people just committed to helping others make it.
So if you find me standing around fumbling with odd looking equipment, I'm just practicing and figuring out how to do yet one more thing.


Friday, December 18, 2009


Wow, it's been forever since my last post here. I need to do one of those year long photo a day goals, but I know me... I'll make it half way through February and get distracted. So, just in case you wondered if I was taking any pictures at all, well, you know me...

Meet Sidnei. Now this is a young lady who I have enjoyed very much. She was a bit shy to start off with, of course, she didn't know me from Adam. But pull out her favorite guitar, or throw on a bold outfit - and let the fun begin. I really can't decide which ones to post!

Earlier that very same day, I spent some time following around a fantastic, wonderful, experienced, highly skilled, knows-what-she's-doing-kinda-gal at a wedding in Springfield. I learned so much and even got to grab a few great images. So, a HUGE THANK YOU to my friend who has already helped me so much. Words don't do it justice, how grateful I am! :-)

I'm all caught up on print orders, photobooks, and Christmas cards - finally. Now I need to take a photo for my 2009 card. Wonder what it'll be...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Carroll's!

So Angie wanted to do this "artsy fartsy" look, and that is a DIRECT quote from her. The place: downtown Springfield, my favorite alley. The time: 11-12 NOON. That is not usually the best time of day for a session, but look how it glows! Turned out so cool, don't ya think?
They were gorgeous. I had fun. What more can I ask?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

One word: JOY





I mean it, this sweet family is full of life, fun, spirit, energy, and JOY. Last week, we got to get outside and grab some shots here in Rogersville, in the deep pile of leaves and beautiful sunshine. Some people have asked if it's still a good time to take outdoor portraits, and with a November like this, I think it's obvious! It has been beautiful! Plus, there are no bugs, critters, or snakes... with the exception of one little field mouse which scampered away from us in the field. The kids totally ignored it, which I think is funny. The tree house was waayyy too interesting!
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Saturday, November 07, 2009

So, this bottom photo is obviously not from a "session," but I love it - well, I love THEM. We have been blessed here in the Ozarks to have 2 BEAUTIFUL Saturdays in a row, so we better take advantage of it and go outside!
The next day, I took pictures of a barrel race in Marshfield, which was also great fun. I met a lot of wonderful people who are very good at something I am not... horses. I actually own 2 myself. But I do not do what they do... they ride their horses. A LOT. And to train them to work around the barrel course in about 15 seconds? Pretty cool. I'll just stick to snapping the shutter. Which, by the way, this was probably the most challenging shoot so far for me. LOW LIGHT - FAST ACTION - DUST - LOTS of brown dirt... All part of the job, and I did my best. But next time, I may bring that $4,000 lens along with me. Oh yeah, I don't have it yet... :-)

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Ohhh, Brother!

Here are a couple of shots from the Ray family - there were times during this shoot, that I had to put my camera aside and just laugh at these little guys. Hopefully, I didn't miss a single shot, but I did have fun! It was a gorgeous day in Ozark, leaves still on the trees, and we went to a private, but open to the public property - where I kinda got in trouble with the owner for parking (Greg's monster truck) in the wrong place. Got some great family shots, though... oh well, live and learn!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I Heart Fall

This is without a doubt THE prettiest time of year to take outdoor portraits! The trees are gorgeous, of course, and the colors so strong. If it just wasn't for all that nasty weather...
So, meet my Rogersville Senior, Megan. She is a beautiful girl, inside and out, and I honestly had a blast shooting these. She is no stranger to being in front of a camera, so, my goal was to give her something fresh, something completely different than what she's done before. I so hope we did it. THANKS for the opportunity!

{oh, do you like the new look? How awesome is it to have a daughter who keeps me up to date on this blog?! THANKS for the fresh colors, Lauren!}

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Beautiful family

Meet the Dort family... It was the first really cold morning this Fall, and of course, we had a session lined up. Luckily, it had somewhat dried out from the weeks 8+ inches of rain, so we started inside for some warmth, and then headed out for some sun. I love the results, love that girl, love that belly (she's due in November!)...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Barrel Race!

Meet Abby and her horse! This girl can flat out ride! Check out the concentration on her face... Love it.

So, as a photographer, you get to do a lot of different kinds of things and meet lots of people. And though I have NEVER been to a barrel race, this was right down my alley. I will get to be the photographer for another race coming up in October - a very busy month - so I went to this event in Ozark to get some experience. The 2 things I learned:

1. Wearing boots is a MUST

2. Watch where you step...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Paul Winder

What a great morning this was for a Senior photo shoot downtown! The weather was slightly overcast and the temp perfect...
These are just a few of my personal favorites, but there were a lot to choose from, if I may say so myself! He did a great job and seemed comfortable with me, AND he even missed a cross country meet for this - I feel so honored! And get this, I almost slipped in the largest pile of dogpoop I've ever seen - AGAIN, it finds it's way into another photo shoot behind the scenes...What's up with that?!?!

Monday, September 14, 2009



I just can't resist taking pictures of this sweet little girl! This was just a candid shot of Violet while she was visiting on Labor Day. She's so busy, I was lucky to catch even one image with her eyes looking straight at me! Little kids are so fun! Maybe I'll get one of her little sister, too...
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Monday, September 07, 2009

Rain Dance

Go ahead, you know the tune is in your head...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Volees


Finally, some images from the 2nd Annual Volees at HSBC. What a party! Tiffany, you really know how to throw it all together! Those cake balls on a stick were prime. The runway, so fun, and Chad and the photo booth, very cool.

I was one of the designated photographers for this event and struggled a lot with some equipment issues... I know, blame it on the camera, but it's actually the flash I have problems with. By this time next week, it's pro gear for me in the Speedlight realm. Can't wait. Low light banquet halls, no problem. Awful gymnasium fluorescent, I laugh at you. Natural light will always be my first love, but sometimes I have no choice.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

I so love this shot of Ashley... And aren't brothers and sisters great? They thought it was cheesy to cuddle up for this shot, but look how genuine it turned out to be! I had such a great week when they visited from NC, but now I have to work on that extra 5 lbs I put on while they were here. Our fun seems to revolve around where we get to eat, so now I need to hit it hard. Oh, how I wish there was a cookie dough diet!

Still offering a great deal to seniors to get the word out - I've had some response via email, so keep it coming...

Monday, August 10, 2009


Attn all SENIORS:

I have a great deal for you! Let me take your senior portraits for FREE (a session fee is normally $75), I will give you 80 wallets FREE, and you will also get 10% off your portrait order! The only thing you have to do is be willing to hand out wallets to your friends that have my contact info printed on the back, and let everyone know that I did a great job! It's that easy. As an added bonus, I will give you $20 CASH for every session that is booked from your referral. I am 100% in this business, I am doing what I love to do, and I will make sure that you are crazy satisfied with the images I produce.

I will only do this for a limited number of seniors, and at this moment, I have 6 slots available. For more information, contact me by email or by phone...

WATCH FOR A NEW WEBSITE TO BE LAUNCHED WITHIN 2 WEEKS. There you will find all kinds of good photo galleries, pricing, awesome music, and more info than you probably want to know...


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A field, a swing, and dog poop.

...All the makings for a fine portrait session.

This morning, Angie(Little Theatre star)came over with some of her friends from out of town, the Warner family, and we had a portrait session in this beautiful area called my front yard. We all had a great time, with the exception of the Dad (Scott), who made it no secret that he did not like this kind of thing. Greg was my "ladder boy," and Nathan slid in dog poop. A great time was had by all!


We actually did have a great time, they are a beautiful family, and I'm so glad we got to meet up with them while they were here!
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