Marcy & Anton | Vintage Chicago Wedding P | Western Springs Baptist Church, Chicago, IL

Marcy & Anton | Vintage Chicago Wedding P | Western Springs Baptist Church, Chicago, IL

As I sit here in the Chicago Midway Airport waiting for my flight after a fast paced and emotion filled weekend, I am left thinking about my time here as I watched my life-long best friend marry the man that will be her new life-long best friend. 

My emotions and thoughts are going in a hundred different directions as I remember the events that brought Marcy and I together, the joys and struggles we have faced together throughout our lives, and watching her embracing her new found life with Anton. 

Marcy and I met sometime around 1999-2000. One of my very first memories of her was at our home church in Okeechobee, Florida …. READ MORE…

The AWP Workshop | Planning the Inaugural #AWPWorkshop

The AWP Workshop | Planning the Inaugural #AWPWorkshop

"The reason they believe that they can find someone cheaper is BECAUSE THEY CAN. Clients CAN find someone at a lesser cost because this is a saturated industry filled with people trying to operate a business with little to no business education what-so-ever. They have no idea that by devaluing themselves and their time, they are also devaluing the entire industry and causing a loss of income for most photographers across the board. 

It was then that I remembered that I too started off this way. Inexperienced and uneducated on all things business, pricing for profitability, as well as lacking the technical skill to charge an amount that I would need to survive off of. " ... read more

"A Gateway of Hope" | My Takeaway From Today's "She Read's Truth"

"A Gateway of Hope" | My Takeaway From Today's "She Read's Truth"

This year has not started off on the best foot for me. From day 1 (literally, not figuratively) I have experienced trial after trial. It seems as though everything I had carefully and perfectly and intentionally planned is one by one falling apart. This is the place in my life that I am known to run. My whole life, I have been a "runner" (now that on IS figurative! ha!). As soon as a trial faces my way, I fight until I am weak and then I run. 

I can't tell you how many people have said that to me. This has cost me many cherished relationships in the past...

Recently, someone reached out to me regarding my process of finding self-forgiveness during my time of becoming an unwed mother.... (read more)
 

The Huckabees | Fall Family Photos | Dade City, Florida

The Huckabees | Fall Family Photos | Dade City, Florida

I have had the pleasure of photographing this family ever since I was even just slightly interested in photography. They have had to stand in front of my lens out of obligation many times before, though they will tell you they wanted to, they weren't forced to. (It's totally because they were forced to!) You see, Aaron is ... (read more) 

CHRISTIANS: STOP PRAYING AND START ACTING | #PrayforAmerica

CHRISTIANS: STOP PRAYING AND START ACTING | #PrayforAmerica

Faith Without Works Is Dead

"14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead."
-James 2:14-17

Carlen and Andrew| A 2015 Engagement Re-Envisioned

Carlen and Andrew| A 2015 Engagement Re-Envisioned

It's almost been two years to the date since I first met Carlen & Andrew. I happened to meet someone from 5 Rivers today and it made me think back to this incredible engagement session on the Delta River. I met up with Carlen and Andrew early in the morning, we loaded up in two canoes, and we paddled out to these gorgeous fields of Lotus flowers. Carlen had just lost her father and the Lotus flowers became a symbol of hope- as they are one of the only species of flowers to be able to grow in the muck.

Finding The Perfect Vendors For Your Wedding | AWP EDUCATION

Finding The Perfect Vendors For Your Wedding | AWP EDUCATION

I was recently talking with a potential client about her wedding vendors and I said something to her that I think a lot of brides can benefit from. We were discussing "How To Find The PERFECT Vendors For You" and so I am going to share with you all some of my advice on this topic. 

First, in order to find the BEST vendors FOR YOU, you have to know what you want from them. Because my specialty is in Photography, I will use 'looking for a photographer' as my example- but know that this applies to most wedding vendors across the board. 

Roger + Sandra | 40th Anniversary | Seaside, Florida

Roger + Sandra | 40th Anniversary | Seaside, Florida

"For FOURTY YEARS these two have been a team of encouragers and a beacon of hope, love, and most importantly, Christ to all who meet them. They take on the challenge of leading hundreds of college students, teaching them, loving them, and protecting them (Mrs. Sandra is packing- y'all) and all along they find ways to only grow closer together. "...read more...

Break The Lie of Perfection | Giving Grace | Personal Post

Break The Lie of Perfection | Giving Grace | Personal Post

I have been thinking a lot lately about the trials that come with parenthood. Specifically, being a parent of a toddler. Even more specifically, the parent of a toddler who acts like she is a mix of a 16 year old and a Tasmanian Devil all together. It's a whirlwind for sure.  

This was going to be a post about my new office...

This was going to be a post about my new office...

This was going to be a post about my new office. A post with pretty photos documenting this new fun area I get to have all to myself. This space I have dreamt of for seemingly a lifetime. 

Oh, don't worry- there will still be all the pretty photos of some of my new space. Duh. BUT- That is not shaping up to be the actual story within this post. 

Instead, I am going to highlight that little quote in my photo up there ^...

#AWPWORKSHOP | Realistic, APPLICABLE, Education. | My Backstory

#AWPWORKSHOP | Realistic, APPLICABLE, Education. | My Backstory

Guys, it's here! I can't believe it! I am so excited to officially announce the inaugural #AWPWORKSHOP! 

There is this whole page on my website dedicated to explaining what the workshop is, who it is for, when and where it's happening... all that jazz. However, I wanted to share a little personal backstory on how I even got to this point in business because trust me, it's been a long time coming!...read more