I am first a lover of Jesus, David's wife, and Mommy to Asher and Arden. With that said, I believe in leaving a Legacy of deep rooted faith, powerful love, and strong confidence. I have chosen to make sure that my children have images of me alone, them at every stage of life, and us as a family to hold tight to as the days pass us by. I want my babies to be able to share our life together with their children, their grandchildern, and God willing even their great grandchildern!
When I think of what the word Legacy means to me there is only one thing that comes to mind...Granddaddy! My Granddaddy was a man of strong faith, living a simple life, that left a powerful mark on our entire family. Growing up Sunday was reserved for church, family lunch at Granddaddy's, and naps. Every Christmas Eve my two cousins, my sister, and I would make our pallets on the worn wooden floors of my Grandadday's bedroom in great anticipation of what the next morning would hold! We would laugh until we fell asleep, and wake up before the sun, only to be forced to stand at the hallway door until everyone in the house had gathered. Needless to say, the adults really loved this, and they would make sure to take their time brushing their teeth, combing their hair, making the bed...while we jumped up and down with excitement at what we would find filling the living room just around the corner. This man, our Granddaddy, was the patriarch of our family in every sense of the word. I have an image of me, my sister, and our two cousins on my granddaddy's bed after his first major cancer surgery... I was so small, and I only have very fragmented memories of that time. I remember having to be so careful around him for a while, and I didn't like that at all. I loved to crawl up in his lap on the recliner and snuggle him. He recovered quickly, and life went back to normal. He was there for every major and minor event in my life. From birthdays to awards ceremonies, proms and graduation, and everything in between...he was there! When he passed away from his second battle with cancer I was 20 years old, and I knew that I had been blessed with one of the greatest gifts a person could ever have...20 years of true unconditional love. That picture from so long ago is framed in my bedroom now, and every time I see it I am reminded to be strong for my family, to love with an open heart, and to intentionally leave a Legacy for my children.
I have passionately pursued photography since I was 13 years when my daddy handed me the old film camera that he bought in his 20's, and never once I have felt like I am on the wrong path. My photography talent is God given, and my desire to create meaningful images is a part of who I am.
With each shoot that I book I have one goal in mind... To share your beauty! We are all beautiful, and we each have a beauty that is all our own. We are unique, and powerful in our own right. It is up to us to share it with the world! I challenge you to leave a Legacy, and create images that your family will cherish for generations to come!