Dogs are Family too!

I think sometimes the sweetest sessions are of the family dog. Dog’s bring so much joy and they truly are your best friend. It is sweet and sad to see sage, old, wise dogs and their gray hair. Their doggy wisdom is vast but you know they are not guaranteed to be around a lot longer. Just like people, dog’s aren’t guaranteed tomorrow either. We need to capture their beauty and joy today! Every day that you get with your pup is a blessing, and no matter how many years you have with them, it never seems long enough!

I approach pet sessions letting the owner play with the animal, bring toys, and treats, and I just am a “fly on the wall” capturing the interactions!

Why do you take so many pictures?

What is the importance? Why not just live life? Well because we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow, and it takes a second to snap a picture and capture that moment in time. I cherish the few pictures I got of my grammy the last time they visited because she is gone now.

Always looking out for us

Never letting us suffer

Our best interest was placed first

You always acted as the buffer

You helped our lives immensely

I watched your love intently

I learned an infinite amount

You were my solid ground

It’s been a year without you

A year I needed you near

A year I craved your wisdom

A year I shed so many tears.

I am better in life because of you

I am a better wife because of you

I am a better person because of you.

Thank you for bearing our burdens 

thank you for shouldering the weight 

thank you for loving us deeply 

for teaching us never to hate. 

I miss you but you live on 

you left bits of you in our hearts

you may be gone

but we are never apart

Why is photography important?

I have had a hard year. We all have right?

I am sitting here at the end of 2020 reflecting.

What is my why?

Why am I a photographer?

Why is photography important to me?

Here is a few reasons.

One Sunday years back at a church we used to be a part of, the pastor approached me and asked if I could photograph the church directory pictures. I of course said yes and figured it out and learned as I went along. It went amazing. I photographed one family and that night the dad had a heart attack while driving, crashed, and died.

I photographed a gorgeous family one year. Seriously so sweet and beautiful. They had a big bunch of people with sweet big hearts. Their love just oozed out of them. They were fun! Later in the year (or the next) I see condolences. The son killed himself.

I got asked to photograph two brothers. One brother had his cancer come back again and it was terminal. he did not have long left on this earth and they wanted to capture the brothers in uniform. It was a moving session. I was in tears the whole time.

One time I got to photograph a sweet kids baptism. He had a brain tumor. Terminal. Mom got pictures to cherish forever.

We are not promised tomorrow, we are not promised the next moment. I just want to capture as many moments for you as I can. You never know what tomorrow will bring. Don’t put off your session because you need to lose weight or have the right outfit. Don’t put it off! Sessions are so easy and they are fun. No stress, no pressure. Just love and capturing memories.

There are so many pictures that I wish I had.

I try not to make that mistake anymore.

Take the picture

Be in front of the camera.

Embrace you!

Capture the memories.