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Bonded with family, it just is.

“It is not always fun to be tightly bonded with the people who you share each day with, forging through what appears to need work, sighing when it all ended up ok.  Wading through is difficult, but it is not what you will remember down the road.  We trot down life’s everyday road, through our story, with these people, our family.  One day we will lose someone and it will change everything.  Until then , I will live in the presence with these people, knowing that it will not be forever, changes how I approach the small stuff.

I am passionate about capturing families together, seeing it live on paper preserves a feeling that you  will never forget when you look at it.  I prefer it organic. staying true to the lifestyle.

I will be launching a couple of new lines in 2017, that will revolve around families.  For those who have shared with me a chance to get a glimpse of your life, thank you.  I honor it and I am proud that you have taken the time to pause and allowed me to archive the thing that means the most to you”.







My Joy

Reading about where joy comes from, was where I was led to this week.  After too many sad stories of broken dreams, hatred, cutting lives short.  I became overwhelmed with sadness.

I remembered a book that I had fallen in love with a couple of years back, “One Thousand Gifts”, by Ann Voskamp.  She wrote about the true meaning of Joy, what it means and specifically where and when it decides to emerge.

Ann, in her own unique use of words says:

“Fullness of joy is only discovered in the emptying of will.  I hadn’t known that joy meant dying.  All these years, these angers, these hardening, this desire to control, I had thought I had to snap the hand closed to shield joy’s fragile flame from the blasts.  In the storm of struggles, I had tried to control the elements, clasp the fist tight so as to protect self and happiness.  But palms curled in to protective fists fill with darkness.  I feel that sharply, even in this…and this realization in all its full emptiness: My own wild desire to protect my joy at all costs is the exact force that kills my joy”.

This hit me hard, as it was truth in my life.

I do not have control of how much joy I feel, but I can do two things that instantly evoke it in me:  dancing to music that I love and being around kids.  You are the lucky one that there is not a dance video of me attached, but I am fairly sure that it would bring you a laugh.  I do want to share an image that shows my joy, it is my sweet client Penelope sitting with me in the middle of the shoot when everyone needed a small breather, so her brother asked if he could take my picture.  If you know me really well, you will know that this is something that is hard for me.  I am really uncomfortable in front of the camera, I will be working on this at some point in my life, but it wasn’t going to be that day.  Joseph, the brother was maybe six years old, my camera was on a tripod, what could it hurt?  All of the reasons I have liability insurance, Joseph snapped away and Penelope wanted to sit with me.  Joy, there it is, unbridled joy.



Then the magic happened at the farm… Day 2

We were all getting warmed up, there was a slight crisp in the air and Ellianna (our model) was finding her center.  The sun burned through a few clouds as the head piece was placed,  the wind blew and I entered the ZONE.  This is where I really am completely unaware of anything around me and I become 100% dialed into the moment.  Tweaking angles and directing feelings, I am quiet, then a few random shrieks come out of me, from the depths of where pure joy lives, and people around laugh.  This is when I know that beauty is being created, with micro-intensity, I want to make sure that the reader sees what I am witnessing.

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After this concept, we took a break and our next setting was with Sam the lamb, I was most excited about this.  I will post those in the next few days.

Here is the creative team:  James Sumpter with P. Allens Moss Mountain Farm/ Tanarah Luxe Floral/ Rachel Haynes Events/ Proposals/ The Bridal Cottage/Sweet Love Bakery/ Kakki Jones hair and make-up.

Sharing with you an incredible styled shoot at P. Allen’s Moss Mountain Farm

This time last year, we comprised a team to shoot a stylized project.  As spring was born and the shoot was timed carefully with the golden blooms of the thousands of daffodils.  This took a team, and I was proud to be a part of something that we are sharing this week.

We started in the rose garden, with a flowing dress,  simplicity was radiating, under the arbor of  symmetrical trees, that reminded me of olive trees in Italy.

We will be sharing this week each of the different creative concept that were captured that day.

Here is the creative team:  James Sumpter with P. Allens Moss Mountain Farm/ Tanarah Luxe Floral/ Rachel Haynes Events/ Proposals/ The Bridal Cottage/Sweet Love Bakery/ Kakki Jones hair and make-up.

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