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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.

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**All photos were created using my out of date iPhone.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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Bouncing Baby Boy {Collierville Photographer}

The score is 3-2, boys are still outnumbered.  Doll houses and fairy gardens still account for most of the toys in the house.  But I know he’ll be able to handle it.  The girls in the house are some of the most imaginative I’ve ever met.  I sense they will be able to provide this bouncing baby boy with endless opportunities to ward off the “bad guys”.  They will fill his armory with bows and arrows, swords and shields.  They’ll drape the most rugged cape around his neck and wait in their castle to be rescued by him.

His parents, though short on sleep, still glow with the newness of parenthood.  They thrive in the challenges of raising children.  If they’re anything like me, it may be in part because seeing the way their children push the limits, and knowing how much they still love them, gives a glimpse into how our heavenly father sees us.  It reveals our weaknesses and reminds us of how God still loves us and wants better for us.

“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
for they are a graceful garland for your head
and pendants for your neck.”
Proverbs 1:8-9

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The Family Pet {Collierville, TN Photographer}

I’m not sure what I’ve seen more of in our house:  dog hair, or vet bills.  But regardless, this hairy pickle (as we affectionately call her) is one of the sweetest, most gentle, and smart dogs I have ever met.  We chose her because she was the smallest in the litter,and she didn’t demand our attention when we came to pick her out like her brothers and sisters did.  She has remained a steady part of our daily routine.  She lets us know when the delivery truck drives by and rings her bell when she wants to go outside to potty or play in the snow.  She takes her spot on the kitchen floor and guards me while I prepare dinner.  She even tries to sneak into the boys’ room to rest after they have gone to bed.  Sometimes we take that for granted.  And I will be the first to admit I complain about the Chloe hairs I find everywhere.  (Ok, I’m the only one who complains about it.  The three boys in the house don’t seem to mind.)  But no matter how much I have to vacuum, I’m so glad for the way she nudges her way into our family and has been the best real live, stuffed animal we could ever hope for.

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Rollerblading {Collierville, TN Photographer}

I am about to do it.  I’m about to roll up the garage door and bare the messy chaotic contents of our garage for the whole world to see.  Brace yourself.  It is messy.  And as a documentary style photographer, I’m ok with it.  As a person who likes order, well, I’ve just somehow formed a blind eye when I walk through it.

In an artistic way, I love how my boys get lost in some of these photos because there is so much stuff around them.  All the color, all the clutter, yet still my eye is drawn to them.  It’s drawn to the the shadows the sun is casting in one of the most dreary Januarys that I can remember.  What I’ll remember more than the clutter is how the boys are eating after school snacks, dancing and being goofy, and enjoying time together.  They are actually hugging and helping each other when they fall.  But let’s be honest, just like my garage is less than tidy, our lives are not always this jolly and joyous.  I’m still learning to let my son wear shorts when it feels like 9 degrees outside.  We still have daily meltdowns when things don’t go our way (myself included).  And while I love order, I also like to enjoy what’s happening in front of me.  So join me in letting things get a little messy so you can enjoy the moment.  Call your mess “art” and see what you can create today that might make a cold, dark January day feel like the sun is shining and casting beautiful shadows all around you.

 

 

 

 

 

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