Here is where you grab a cup of coffee, or maybe a glass of wine. You lean back in your favorite comfy chair and breathe in for a second...Trust me, I do remember those days! When "mom-time" was just a glimpse of some sweet day dream. Even though I am now, a VERY proud mom of two gorgeous grown children... (of course I'm bias, aren't all moms)...who are forging their own paths in this world ..I have earned my badge of BUSY MOM. I've just been promoted to adult guidance counselor now. ;)
While my two cubs were running around building legos, playing tball, or creating the newest remedy for an ailing stuffed tiger, I was enjoying a career as an interior designer. When the littles started their education, I chose to leave my interior design career of about 10 yrs, and started working in their school district as an inclusion para-professional. Let me tell you! Working with precious special needs students has taught me more about people skills, child developmental skills and just life in general than I ever could have learned as an interior designer. While working with students I had decided to go back to school myself. I've known that the need to create is in my blood since I was able to first pick up a crayon, so I decided to pursue a career in graphic design ... achieved my associates in liberal arts, and as I began to further pursue my BA in visual communications, I came to realize during a studio art photography class that all of those years and years of taking pictures of just about everything I thought was interesting...yes, including my children...photography was indeed the form of art I am most passionate about.
I am now looking at over a decade of intensely pursuing my craft and I am even more passionate about it now than I was 10 plus years ago. I push to learn every aspect of my skill so I can continue to grow and mature as a portrait artist. It is challenging sometimes, but just as rewarding and has, at times, been incredibly surprising like being published in literary works such as the cover of Canyon Life, Skyliner, and CCR magazines. Pretty exciting stuff for this small town farm girl who grew up in the Ozarks.
Other than immersing myself into photography, I'm a pretty typical gal. I dearly love my hubby and very best friend of 28 yrs...we love running off to the mountains every now and then...thanks to being a military family we've lived all over the world and have found something to appreciate about each place ... I thoroughly enjoy tastee desserts...yummy drinks i.e. coffee, tea, and Yes good wines...the hubby and I pride ourselves on discovering new delicious recipes to create on our kamado grill, and then sharing with friends while entertaining...I totally believe good deep belly laughs are essential (don't really take myself too seriously honestly)...and when I'm not crafting portraits I love creating things with my sewing machine, or helping hubby with his woodworking projects(and sometimes coming up with new projects for him to create haha)...most of all I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Time with Him everyday is what keeps me grounded and at peace with even the ugly things in life.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." - John 14:27
My family is the dearest to my heart and my photos of them are priceless. That right there is my motivation for creating portrait art.
I wish the very best for you and your precious family, and would love to create a beautiful and timeless portrait for you. to fill your home and life with joy! That is why I do this. To create something of joy for others.
"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interest of others." -Phil 2:4
Do everything in love!
1 Corinthians 16:14