Believer. Creative. passionatE.
Stories have always been a part of my life...
from when I was small and loved to read, to when I was in college as a British Literature major, to my first career teaching literature and now as a wedding photographer and telling stories through my art.
I didn't grow up wanting to be a photographer. In fact, when I was young, I wanted to be an author because I loved stories!
I majored in British Literature and Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters and Tennyson are just part of my DNA. I was blessed to be able to share my love for stories and British Literature when I taught high school seniors for ten years, followed by college freshman. My students meant the world to me, and I still keep in touch with so many. I had a heart for that age group, and when I went back to UGA to pursue photography, I was drawn to weddings.
Maybe it's the teaching and professional development we went through every year, but I can't learn enough about photography! I was in school at UGA for two years studying photography, I take part in clinics, online courses and read articles, blogs and books written by world renowned photographers. I always believe there is more to learn, and I want to be the best I can be.
I guess I did become a storyteller after all--just visually with images instead of the written word! I absolutely love this career that God has led me to. I am blessed to be able to share such a special time with my couples and gift them with beautiful, classic, timeless photography that tells their personal story.
I am passionate about my job and thankful that God has blessed me with the talent, drive and determination to take a leap of faith and pursue my love of creativity and stories through the art of photography.
There's nothing I love more than hanging out with this crew!
My husband is a high school football coach, which means in the fall, when he is working Sunday through Friday night, and I'm shooting on Saturdays, we don't see one another much. But God has blessed us with a strong marriage and foundation, and ya'll--this guy is an amazing daddy! He can coach on Friday night, but then have tea parties and fix pony tails on Saturdays.
My girls are both crazy about horses, and it's pretty neat that my former student is now their riding instructor! When I don't have a wedding scheduled, I'm usually out at the barn with them for riding lessons and drill team practice. Both of our girls have had to deal with adversity at quite a young age...they were both diagnosed with rare periodic fever syndromes called PFAPA which basically meant they ran high fevers on a schedule. We spent the last six years dealing with 106 fevers, trips to the ER, specialists and finally surgery for both girls which has so far been life-changing for us in reducing their fever episodes to only 1-2 a year. They have overcome all of those obstacles and it hasn't slowed them down one bit! They may be small, but they are fiercely determined, and we are raising them to be gracious southern girls who love Jesus and can do anything they put their minds to! I am very blessed to be their Mom!
my better half
Since I get to know your love story, I thought I'd share mine!
I met my husband, Heath, on a blind date. I was pretty sure we weren't going to click--he was a football coach and math teacher and I was an English teacher and into everything creative and artistic. I agreed to go to lunch because I figured I could slip out pretty quick if things weren't going well. We met in O'Charley's in Snellville in November of 2004, and the quick lunch I'd anticipated turned into three hours without a dull moment or awkward silence. God spoke to me that day, and I left the restaurant and called my best friend to inform her I'd just met the guy I was going to marry. It wasn't love at first sight--more like God tugged on my heart to let me know there was something special about this guy. I just knew, and after 8 months were were engaged.
We've been married for 12 years now, and he is my rock. He's the kind of guy who would do anything for anyone, and even on days when he has a 16 hour workday with football, I will wake up in the morning to find the dishes put away and the kitchen cleaned just to try to make my day a little easier. He's the kind of guy who brings me flowers for no reason, still opens doors for me, (he will actually lock the car door if I try to open it before he gets there), gives me hand-written letters and has supported me in pursuing a career change without a second thought.
When we were married on June 3, 2006, we chose the scripture "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine" to inscribe inside of our weddings bands...it was very fitting since the scripture comes from Song of Solomon 6:3. Heath is truly my beloved, and I am beyond blessed to share my life with him!
A few of my favorite things...
BEHIND MY BUSINESS
After 12 years of teaching, I followed my passion and went back to school for photography. Initially, I went back to take one class to learn how to take better photos of my girls...and then I was hooked. One class turned into a two year certification program, and I graduated, took a leap of faith and pursued my passion of telling beautiful stories through photography.