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Photographer Overview

    I am a an Arkansas photographer that serves Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Bentonville and most of Northwest Arkansas, specializing in newborn, maternity and family portraiture. I have been married to my sweet husband since March of 2011. We are
absolute best friends. When we have time off work, we love to travel. Ireland and Jamaica have been our favorite destinations so far!

     As a boutique studio, we specialize in custom wall art such as canvas, large wall prints, canvas gallery wraps and heirloom albums. We are a brand that remains as paper-free as possible by providing you with the option to purchase digital negatives from your session and all receipts and paperwork will be done via email. 

     My goal is to encourage you to explore yourself, who you are and your life through the visual arts. Before a session, we will have an in-depth conversation about you… who you are… what represents you outside of work, education, and the traditional status. I want to capture who you are, what your purpose is, your reason, your meaning. I am aware these are difficult questions that will make you vulnerable to me, but I am an artist that feels each soul has a beautiful purpose. It took photography for me to find my purpose, my why, my reason and my meaning. It was a long and thought provoking journey, but was so rewarding. It took becoming a photographer for me to breakdown the things I love in life… one of those things… emotion. I feed off of emotion. My source of inspiration for all my photography is emotion and feeling and connection.

 

My original brand as a photographer was very posed, forced, studied and technical. I studied everyones work to be like the “rockstar” photographers in the industry. I later learned that although I was happy I could achieve their techniques, they lacked my love, my compassion, my connection. I went through a deep soul-searching journey in late 2013 and into 2014. With the great help and support of some amazing friends, mostly artists, I was able to realize my “why”.

Why is that I chose to specialize in newborns and maternity in the beginning of my career? I didn’t know.Why did I love maternity sessions? Why did my heart puddle when mom held her baby and cried tears of joy and a full heart in my studio? I couldn’t answer that either. I just knew that’s what made my heart sing. But I had to know why. I had to be able to answer those questions.

 

I am a woman who grew up with the mission in life to mother and nurture children. All I needed in life to be complete was for someone to call me “mom.” Little did I know, that dream would always remain a fantasy. Then I realized… that is my why. That is why I do what I do. For the most part, I have coped with my “loss”. I am happy. I am strong. They say that pain never get’s weaker, but we get stronger. That was a hard lesson to learn. I had to learn to be happy as just a wife or a mom without biological children possibly in the future if adoption comes our way. Part of my coping was striving to make pregnant mothers feel beautiful, feel confident, feel loved and to see their own inner strength. The rest of my why is to take those newborn images and capture organic…raw… emotion and connection between mom, daddy and baby. I need these beautiful souls to be able to walk past those image for five, ten, fifteen years and immediately feel that same raw love they felt the day we captured it together. Not everyone get’s to experience that same love or that same bond. Even worse, not everyone that does get to experience it feels that bold self worth, inner strength and beauty that I see in all of them. It is my why and my purpose to help them see that and present it to them in the most delicate and preservable way as possible.

 

Random Tidbits:
My weakness: ice cream.
I am an only child but always wanted a sibling.
I love having every window in the house open if the weather is good.
We have an Alaskan Husky named Lizzy.
We love Jeeps.
I love clouds and blue skies.
I love people and love being social, but I don't like large crowds.
I graduated high school early and started college at the UofA when I was 17.
I seriously have an essential oil buying problem that I don't think Dr. Phil could fix... P.S I love watching Dr. Phil!