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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.

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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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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