Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

June 6: Books

June 5: Breakfast today.

(insert photo of nothingness)

I have a bad habit of not eating anything for breakfast. I definitely need to get better about that.

June 4: Clouds

Reaching into the archives for this one. There hasn't been a cloud in the sky lately. Surprisingly.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

June 2: Favorite pair of shoes

Barefoot. Especially now that I can show off this pretty lil lady. She means a lot to me.

June 1: Self Portrait

Day late and a dollar short. Bad hair day and funky worn out makeup. But this is me. I'll embrace it.

June Photo Challenge

I found this interesting little photo challenge online and decided that I'd join in on the fun. Hopefully I can keep up! It should be a good way to spice up the blog and have some more activity in between regular sessions.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Emily::Senior Pictures

I always love taking pictures of people. I've always been a people person and I'm really comfortable with meeting new people and getting to know a little bit of their lives. There's just something comforting and so much fun about being able to photograph a family member, so when my cousin Emily contacted me about doing her senior pictures I just couldn't wait to dive in.

Emily and I have grown up together and we've always had a special connection. She's been almost like a younger sister than a cousin to me. It's been so great watching her grow up and sometimes I forget that she's not that little tiny ballerina spinning around the wrong tape line on stage at our dance recital. (I promise, it's one of the most adorable things you'll ever see.)

I loved this photo shoot because it was just so raw and natural. We were out in the fields and barns by my parents house just having a good time. Emily got to experience her first four wheeler ride, because what better way to get around out in the boonies than on a four wheeler? Also, Emily was lucky enough to have some guest stars appear in her pictures. The llamas from down the road. Thanks so much Emily for having me do your pictures! Congratulations and good luck with your next endeavors in life!

Monday, May 30, 2011


You see, I have this friend who has an awesomely beautiful soul. She's kind, generous, understanding, she brings lots of laughter into my life, and oh yeah..SHE'S GORGEOUS.

This weekend I asked her if she would be up for a last minute photoshoot because I was feeling very inspired and thankfully she obliged. We took a trip down to the botanical gardens where we were able to capture her beauty surrounded by nature's beauty. Some images just speak for themselves and I must say, I have quite the pretty friend.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Portrait Session Saturday

This Saturday I have four slots available for a one hour portrait session at a discounted price of $125. Need senior pictures done? Looking to hang some new pictures of the family up in the living room? Want to get a head start on Christmas gifts by having some great pictures taken? Has it been awhile since you and your loved one had some good pictures together? Sign up! The weather is going to be sunny and fantastic for once in a long while around here. Take advantage of it!

What does it include?
An awesome one hour session where I promise I'll take more pictures than you can imagine
30 edited images
a CD with every image taken that day including your 30 edited images (high quality with the release to print whatever you'd like)
One high quality 11x14 print of your choice

Message me on facebook or email me at for more information or to book a slot.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Bon Anniversaire

Today was my Great Nana's birthday. It's been 6 months since she left us. I had a rough day and driving home from Illinois I decided to stop and visit and wish her a happy birthday. When I arrived at her grave there were bouquets of flowers and an angel statue resting in front of the stone. I sat for a minute and thought about her life, the impact she had on mine, and what life has been like since she's left. I showed her my tattoo and left her a birthday gift and a letter. The letter read:

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Anthony- Senior Portraits

I was contacted by my friend Robin a few weeks ago to take pictures of her son Anthony for his senior pictures and I was thrilled that she asked me. Robin and her husband took part in my mini-session Saturday and from then on Robin wanted me to do Anthony's pictures. I got together Saturday afternoon with Anthony, his girlfriend Alex and Robin's mom (Robin was out of town) and we went to the beautiful Bee Tree park for his session. I don't recall the last time I went to Bee Tree, but man is it beautiful! It might be a new favorite spot for pictures. Anthony is a real nice kid who is very talented with the trumpet. We were able to get a few shots with him in his marching band and jazz band uniforms and it was so great to get to see that side of Anthony's personality and life.

It was unseasonably cold that day (I guess this is St. Louis though) and we managed to brave the cold and wind and get some great shots. Here are just a few of my favorites that I took the time to work with today. Thank you Robin for asking me and congrats to Anthony on his big accomplishment of finishing high school.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thoughts on being unconventional.

I recently posted some of my pictures on a photography forum to somewhat show them off and get some feedback. Overall, I got some good feedback but one comment stood out to me. Someone said that my post processing was all over the place and it didn't seem that I had a particular "look". At first I thought it was true and I spent a couple of hours trying to create a look. It wasn't working. And I know it's not just going to magically appear, it will take some time and I'm just getting started but today I had a revelation. I was inspired by looking through Jesh deRox's beloved collection (look it up, you'll love it)...and what I loved about Jesh's work was that it was full of textures, painted with colors, completely unconventional. The important part is that he caught a beautiful moment with his camera. I loved his stuff because it was him. And with my photography, I want to be me. I'm not about clean cut and I'm not a perfectionist, but I am an artist and I am creative and I'm all about capturing emotion and raw existence. As I'm building my business I'm letting clients know that I most likely won't pose them or try to achieve a particular look, I just want them to feel natural and relax. My editing might be all over the place but it's my art..if a client wants clean cut, crisp editing, of course I'll give that to them. But I hope that over time people can appreciate my style as being something unique, and an experience that they want to be a part of.