Tuesday, December 06, 2011

~ Brady ~

I'm a little tempted to include an old photo I took of Brady during their family session about 3 or 4 years ago. But it would definitely not be embarrassing...Although he may look a little older, he's still as handsome as ever, a great athlete, a hard worker, and I know has a great future ahead of him!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NYC Times Square

I hear that it was 70 degrees in NY yesterday... here in the midwest, kids all over were getting their tongues stuck to metal poles.
So, in honor of wishing I was visiting NY this week, I thought I'd post another shot from our recent trip there last June. Or was it July? I don't know, it seems like it was a long, long time ago!

How much can happen in one photo? I love this shot, really one of my favorites EVER.

Off to do more editing of all the beautiful people I've photographed recently...

Friday, October 21, 2011


I. Love. This. Girl.
She was my daughter's first friend when we moved out to Rogersville... she accepted the new girl immediately, and they have remained friends all through Middle School and High School. She is faithful. True. and wonderfully grounded in all the right things. I count it a huge joy to photograph Ellie as a beautiful High School Senior. She has so much to look forward to...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wedding Joys

I think I'm just gonna have to make a list, that would express a little about this wedding...

Beautiful bride,
Handsome Groom,
Incredible location,
Great friends,
Once my flower girl in teal taffeta, now wearing her own white dress...
and even rainy days can sometimes leave you with a full, glorious rainbow.

(Let me be completely clear, I love weddings!)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Back in Time at Betsy's

Last week we had an amazing, and I mean amazing photo shoot at my friend Betsy's house. Now, if you know Betsy, you are already jealous, aren't you? Seriously, I arrive, ready to jump right in and not waste any time with chit chat, and she has fresh coffee, & banana bread baking in her beautiful kitchen... That was tough enough. But at the end of our session, I find her island spread with goodies for lunch! Wraps, chicken, watermelon, and fresh homemade salsa by the master chef, Mike (husband)! To top it all off, she wouldn't let me leave until I had a homemade brownie sundae. Yes, I shall schedule all future sessions at her house. Having people over, and feeding them lots of yummy, homemade goodness... now that speaks my language.
But I haven't even mentioned her house, yet, have I? Oh, it's just the coolest place you could imagine. Built by hand, in authentic 1800's period style, it just feels completely right. It seems the only appropriate place to hold a senior photo session for a couple of girls whose FAV movie is Pride and Prejudice.
So as a very small token of my gratefulness, I snapped a shot or two of these little cuties, running around and showing only slight curiosity in what I was doing. After all, their cousins were there. And that was much more interesting.
I love the chip in her left hand and the braid in the other. And the little boy, well, he was actually STUCK in that chair. At least it kept him still for a minute...

So, THANK YOU, BETSY!!! Thank you for your hospitality, as always. Thanks for the chips and salsa you sent with me. (My friends were so impressed) Thanks for the brownie and the watermelon... And thank you for letting me invade your home for awhile, just to get those perfect shots I was looking for. I have known you a very long time, now, and you are truly amazing at everything you put your mind to do. I can't wait to show you the pictures of the girls!

Friday, August 05, 2011


Because I have way too many other things to work on in the photography realm, I'm only gonna show you my FAVS from our recent trip to New York City - one at a time. I like to drag on a good story, ya know!? Eventually, I may get through my whole folder of pictures, or not...

Regardless, here's one that tops my list. (Yes, I know it's blurry :))

Friday, July 22, 2011

13 *sigh*

It. Is. Not. Possible.

My baby is thirteen... ?!

She had a fun little get together with a few Besties from school... complete with photo session, of course. When you're 13, it's pretty cool that your mom is a "real" photographer. It's when they're older, not so much. :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011


If you keep forgetting to make your appointment, NOW is the time to do it and take advantage of this great offer. Expires July 31st!

As a celebration of my 2 years in business, I am offering fantastic discount specials! This week is simply called...


For every new session that is booked and on my calendar by July 31st, I will offer 25% OFF the photo package of your choice! This is good for weddings, print packages, Senior packages and family packages, individual prints, Christmas sessions, etc!!
(Spiral bound proof books are excluded)

If you have already had a session with me, place your print order by Midnight, July 31st and receive this great discount! There are already print packages that start as low as $65!

Contact me straight through my website, Facebook, or Twitter, email, or call - hurry, because this offer will end July 31st! Feel free to spread the word - you may just get a special gift for a referral... :)

Friday, July 08, 2011


Oh, how I love my job!!! I get to go searching for the prettiest places around and take pictures of beautiful people!! Shout out to Tina on getting us into this amazing little haven right here in Rog. As a matter of fact, I have literally run right past the entrance and never noticed it was there! Hopefully we were good visitors and they'll let me come back...And aren't these faces great?!! We had a lot of fun and I think even the guys thought the session was tolerable. :)


Wednesday, July 06, 2011





{I look forward to watching this little guy grow up! And although he came a bit early, Mom & Dad say he is doing great! Sorry, but he has no choice but to be as handsome and wonderful as his parents!}

Friday, July 01, 2011

NCL Freestyle Cruising - GOOD for Photographers

Before going on this cruise I read a post that claimed it was hard to take interesting and pro grade images while on a cruise. "Cruising: Good or Bad for Photographers" via DPS. It was a good article and made me wonder a bit if it was worth even bringing along my camera. I read, and read, and read the many posts of others who said it was too hard because you're locked into the schedule, not in port for those sunset/sunrise images, and so forth. But there were some people who said to just get creative! With those people, I wholeheartedly agree, and took on the challenge. I was there with my family, not on a photo tour, so these images below are my way of seeing the art and beauty in all that was around me. Shots of my family, though, were at the top of the awesome shot list, but I'd like to keep those to myself at this time... maybe later, when I have approval from them!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cuteness Quota

Photo sessions at farms can sometimes involve the resident animals. I'm thinking it's good this little sweet thang happened to show up towards the end of our session, or all us kitten lovers... including Gage, would've been toast.

By the way, I'm pretty sure this little sweet thang is needing a good home, along with the other brother and sister kittens... Let me know if you're interested!

Friday, May 20, 2011

A "Fox Trio" Visit

Timing is everything. And boy, did I need my Mom & Sis with me on this particular weekend! Sandy also brought along her youngest, Bekah, and we all had a really wonderful time together. Late night talks, the SHEM Conference, lots of good food, a trip to silver Dollar City, Mother's Day, worshiping together at church, and Lulu even taught Bekah to swim!!

THANK YOU so much for making this the most meaningful Mother's Day I have ever had. God knew I'd need the support only you can give. He does nothing without purpose. As I grieve the loss of a dear friend, I am daily reminded to love on those that I do have here, even if we are hundreds or even thousands of miles apart. Sandy, I want to publicly say how proud I am to be your little sister. You are beautiful, smart, and so wise. I will always look up to you... And Mom, well, you are a portrait of beauty, strength, wisdom, and honor. You make good decisions, and you are very, very strong. I kinda credit our Great God for that! Although there was very little vocal rehearsal this visit, I am truly blessed to be in this "Fox Trio."

Thursday, May 19, 2011

LR Swimming Slideshow for 2010-2011

This is the slide show that didn't exactly happen last night at the banquet! I compiled the photos from different people and worked more than a few hours getting it together. However, due to file incompatibility, it wasn't meant to be. I was bummed for the moment, but I still want to share these images - especially for all you SWIMMERS, COACHES, and all around SUPPORTERS of the new swim program in Rog.
The video is around 5 minutes and length, so grab a coke and have a smile...


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sawyer and a really long hat

Babies. I love em. Last week I got to visit this little guy named Sawyer at his home. And what a cutie he is! Sorry, maybe that wasn't a manly enough statement for all those guys in his family... but he really is adorable! That hair! Seriously, people pay good money for long, thick hair, so this little guy's got it goin on.
And then there's that hat... it was custom made for my sessions by Debbie Kuhn... soon to be on Etsy.com! Well, at least that's what I think she should do. If you would like one of her darling hats custom made for you or a friend, let me know and I can give you her number! :)

About how I got these pictures...
Most of these images are done by a window with that warm sunshine lighting Sawyer's face up. I just think it's amazing to play with the shadows, the light hitting only half the face. It adds so much more interest, I think. Yes, I tote along a nice flash setup, but I never seem to use it that much. It's kinda scary for a newborn!



Saturday, April 02, 2011

The Wade's!

How fun this was! I got to take pictures of not only a beautiful, sleepy little girl... but also her 4 older siblings, too! What I liked best was trying to capture everyone just being normal, not overly posed, not totally planned. I know Missy was worried about getting them to all look at me at just the right time, but one of my FAV shots is the one on the couch - Kids looking every direction, one slithering away... it's just real. it's just who they are, and I love it.

By the way, I'm running a SPECIAL where YOU can help Missy and Ryan earn FREE prints!
Just leave a comment - that's it. Say you've been here, TWEET about my page... "Like" the video that's posted on Facebook... Spread the word. I count it all up and the more comments, the more stuff they get!!

Yes, I'm shamelessly trying to get out the word - I love what I do, I'm good at it, and I want to do more! Just Facebook or email me and we can set up a time for your session, too! Don't wait too long - they really do change so fast!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Selling your home?

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.

I kinda know a little about this time of year. I am a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the state of Missouri, and I know that great images sell homes fast. The housing market is about to go into it's peak season of the year, and what better way to market your home beautifully than to hit those ads with amazing images.
But whatever you do, if you simply must take the pictures yourself - PLEASE CLOSE THE TOILET LID. :)
I can go to your listing anywhere in the Springfield and surrounding areas and take photos of the home, highlighting its strengths, yet showing it accurately. Please contact me (email is best) for prices and options.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

All my secrets, REVEALED. Not really.


Winter photo sessions can be fun! However, here in the Ozarks, the colors in Jan, Feb, and March can be quite drab. Beautiful, snowy days are a bit rare (unfortunately), so what we usually have is cold, wind, and sometimes... dare I say it... ICE.
But I have found, that sometimes those gorgeous Fall colors, or even the Spring gardens can actually take away from your main subject. I have taken family portraits, seen them above a mantel, and heard people say, "what a beautiful place!" Thank you, but that's not what I was going for...
So you want to take a great picture, but it is the dead of winter. What, really, can we do with all those drab colors? In the spirit of simplicity, here are a few bullet points on how to take amazing winter pictures!

A) Window light is KING. Turn off your in-camera flash!! There is nothing better than natural light. It's absolutely wonderful, and by far the most flattering on people's skin tones.

B) CLOUDS are your FRIENDS. Pray for warm days with mostly cloudy skies. Don't think that because it's overcast, forget going outside! Clouds are like a huge studio soft box that filters light evenly and makes for amazing details!
C) BLACK and WHITE covers a multitude of sins... most people think this is a no brainer, but I'm finding that there is a little more to it, to get it just right. Look for good contrast in brights and darks. Use a simple editing program (FREE ones are even pretty good), and take out the color. Don't just hit "change to black and white," though. Try desaturating the color, throw in a little warmth, brighten it up, and increase the contrast. There. Done. You can have that edgy, studio look almost instantly.

D) TEXTURE, TEXTURE, TEXTURE! Look for rocks, wood, rust, knubby fabrics, anything that can offer a bit of texture where otherwise there is little color. This is especially important if you want to use the black and white approach.

Don't wait around for the Spring blooms, thaw yourself out and try something new. Play with your camera and experiment with its settings. You may just find out that you love the results, and (oh no, what have I done?!?) you may not need to hire me to do this for you.

Of course, if you need me... my contact information is all over this website!

Friday, February 25, 2011

It's all about the SHOES

Lately, I've been noticing shoes. This could be due to the coming change of seasons, when I start to think through what horrid capri's and dress barn casuals are in my closet (not that there's anything wrong with dress barn!). But I'm gonna be real honest with you, I'm tired of flats. I've worn flats all my life, only breaking out of the rut about once every 5 years to throw on a pair of toe crunching, arch ripping heels. It's just that if I do, I would be a towering 6'1" or even 6'2" wearing a pair of Christian Louboutin's with the signature red sole.
For those of you who wish they were tall... it really is kinda nice. I can reach for the peanut butter on the top shelf and inadvertently find a stash of someone's chocolate. So, it does have it's benefits.
But, shoes. Oh, those shoes... I've decided to go try on a few new pair tonight. I'll let you know if you should find another hiding spot for your chocolate.

(By the way, these shoes are not my shoes... They were kicked off by a sweet young Mom during her photo session...They just got me to thinking.:))

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Winter in the Water

With all this cold around here, the last thing most people think about is having a little fun in the pool. Well, these girls have spent most of their winter with their face in the water. Pushing each other in when it's just too cold, countless miles of lap after lap, mile after mile of driving to the pool, trading swim meets for time hanging out with their friends, pasta parties, etc... It's all just a glimpse of this brand new Logan-Rogersville Swim program. And it's quite a story. Just one year ago, we didn't even know if there would be an organized team. Last weekend, they took to the starting blocks at the STATE High School Swim meet in St.Peter's, MO! TWO of our swimmer's qualified in individual events, and the relay team qualified in 2 relay's! Not bad for the first year of even having a team. I could go on and on - I am a proud parent, ya know. (My girl was on the relay team) However, I cannot close without a huge, gigantic SHOUT OUT to all of our supporters. This community came together and raised over $30,000 in 5 short months to make this happen!!! With all the budget cuts, there was no way for our school system to fund a new swim team. Hopefully, in the future, the success of the teams will encourage school funding for swimming to be permanent, and this opportunity can be there for all the little girls and boys just now learning to put their face in the water.


I had to beg, plead, and offer my right arm to go through approval of getting a media pass for MSHSAA winter sports. This allowed me to be right down with the action, on deck to capture all the Springfield and area swim teams. Me being a parent was an automatic kickout. However, I took all these images for a publication called OZARK PREPS ILLUSTRATED. That made it legit for me to be down there, and after the "you are MEDIA not a PARENT" speech from the coordinator, I got my pink tag! YEAH! Sports photography is always such a rush for me! And no, I did not jump up and down when my own daughter dove in the pool. The KC Star, and St. Louis Post Dispatch personnel would've looked at me funny.

THE LENS. WOW> THAT LENS WAS AWESOME. I used a Canon EF L 70-200 f/2.8 zoom lens which weighed more than my car. I think it's totally worth it!

Friday, February 11, 2011


Awww, the yumminess of a little baby - only DOUBLED! This session went very well, with the lttle girl, Hattie, sound asleep and little Walter wide awake the entire time. Hey, I was just thrilled he was happy! Full tummies just do that.

Thanks to my helpers... Ally, big brother, grandma, Aunt Shannon... Everyone just jumped in and did a little something to make this happen! THANKS GUYS!