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  • My Photography Style

    Natural, relaxed, and sprinkled with character...all about who you are on the inside (where it really matters.)
  • Why Lifestyle Photography?

    I love, love, love snapping photos that tell a STORY. In the same manner, I love antiques because they have a hiSTORY to them--a family that once enjoyed them and left a mark on them. Through my photography, I hope to show the marks you are leaving on your family. Marks of love and the joys of real life.

The Heritage Interview

Growing up, I always loved hearing stories from my parents about what life was like for them.  Learning how they walked uphill both ways, in the snow getting to and from school.  (I don’t actually doubt this as it was Western PA.)  How my dad sprained his ankle playing basketball in his flimsy Converse high tops.  How my mom found herself on the homecoming court.  The names of their friends did, and still do make me chuckle.  There is just a magical quality to me of knowing where I come from.  I feel like I have a more complete picture when I get to “experience” someone’s life through their stories.  My brothers and I recently sat down and recorded an “interview” with our parents.  There were tears and there was laughter.  We had heard many of the stories before, but some were still new.  And they still amaze me when I hear them and I realize how those stories have molded them into the people they are today.  They are still some of the most committed and compassionate people I know.  And it all started when they were high school sweethearts.

 

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Rehearsal Dinner {Collierville Documentary Photographer}

It was called a Rehearsal Dinner, but there was no rehearsing going on.  There was however, a lot of fun going on.  Friends literally gathered from across the globe to celebrate with this couple all weekend long.  It says something when you can convince people to travel hours or even days to witness you marry your best friend.  This couple must have that “something.”  The air was full of the sounds of laughter and sponteneity as guests took the plunge into the lake.  It didn’t matter if they came prepared to get wet or not.  The mood was right.  It probably helped that their bellies were full of some good old Memphis BBQ, and I’m sure the Southern hospitality made them feel right at home.  It was the perfect prelude to the day ahead.

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Family Reunion {Mississippi Documentary Photography}

It was about 6 years ago when I first met this family.  We went to a very traditional setting in Memphis, took some beautiful family portraits, then caught the most perfect shot of the two kids flat out on the ground giggling and smiling together.  Mom was spot on with deciding on enlarging that photograph to take up a very large and prominent spot on a wall in her home.

Just a few weeks ago she called me up with a last minute request to see if we could get together for more family portraits with grandparents and cousins.  It sounded lovely, but a lot has changed in my style since the last time I photographed her family.  I explained that to her, even gave her some suggestions on who else to contact.  I absolutely love when past friends come back requesting more great shots, but in staying true to my passion for real-life, natural photography, I tried to point her in the right direction.  After we chatted more and more, it seems she came to the same conclusion.  That while family portraits are beautiful and meaningful, it was time to document it in a different way.  A way that showed the connection between each family member.  Not glorifying perfection, but catching the waves of emotion that can show when everyone is allowed to concentrate on each other and not so much on the camera.  And that’s exactly what happened.  Grandparents and cousins took center stage as they reunited from different corners of the country.  It was simply beautiful.

 

 

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40 Days {Collierville Documentary Photographer}

I never used to be one who was able to stand in front of a painting and gather subtle hidden meanings.  I can now, a little.  Not knowing the background of a painting, I’m sure my mind makes up hidden meanings of its own.  But whether you have a strong art history background, or none at all, I invite you to browse through these images and read the accompanying scripture, and see what you see, or what you think I see, or what your soul nudges you to see.  So here it is:  A day by day, visual and spiritual focus through the days of this past Lenten season.

 

 

**All photos were created using my out of date iPhone.  Some days are not included in this piece as they were scattered into oblivion during a phone crash, or because the artist was plain old drawing a blank.  But it didn’t stop me from trying.  I still hope you find something that speaks to you.**

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Family at the stables, {Collierville, TN Photographer}

I love it when people who value the importance of family find me.  I love it when people who are enamored with horses find me.  And I love it when the two collide together naturally, where I get to see the beauty unfold right in front of my eyes.  It is soothing to my soul.

“There is nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse.”  John Lubbock

 

 

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