“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
If you have met me or even better, spent time with me you would understand why the quote above is listed on my website. I am a very passionate individual about my work, a bit ADHD living in what would appear to many in a chaotic fashion. There are always numerous projects, family and friends are always coming or going and I barely know what day of the week it is at any given moment. Through it all you can be assured that my love of photography is my ultimate joy and that I love every single creative moment it provides. Along with my love of photography is a passion that is embedded deeply into the military life I live, being a disabled veteran and a military spouse myself. I have a honest and sincere love of working in any aspect to support our US Military and it’s families and I am able to do that through motherhood portraits and military event photography. Years have been spent working to pioneer a personal style of motherhood and military photography that has helped me realize who I am and I think that it shows through my photography as a beautiful and shining dancing star.
I am honored and humbled to have been published in more articles, magazines, podcasts, and blogs that I can even count. Among hundreds of international publications, my photography has been shared on Facebook over 3.5 million times and featured in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Parents, SELF Magazine, The Huffington Post, Time Magazine and many more. Cosmopolitan magazine even called my work “stunning”, “powerful” and notes that my work caused “the internet to lose its collective mind”. I was also a finalist in Ron Howard’s Project Imaginat10n contest early on in my career in 2012. I also have images in the full-feature documentary, Homecoming The Film which was directed and produced by the beautiful Roxanne Messina Captor. In 2018 my now viral breastfeeding image was dominantly shared in the US Army Women’s museum in Fort Lee, VA, taking up an entire wall in the museum.
I am a huge advocate for print competition and schooling, as I believe the career field is one is one that continually needs a high level of growth to achieve greatness. I am a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and current hold an Associate’s title with WPPI. I am working in 2019 to acquire both my craftsman degree and my certified professional photographer status with the Professional Photographers of America. I have earned numerous awards from organizations such as the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP), as well as within the Army community. Competition is such a great way to grow, and I will continue to compete at every level possible.
Tamron and Spider Holster have also trusted me enough to title me as one of their ambassadors and I am honored to take on that title. I am also honored to work with other sponsors and vendors such as 17hats, Bay Photo, Album Epoca, Epson, Off My Hooks, Pitter-Pats Creations, Knots about Ewe and Darling Desirea. Without my sponsors I could not work or survive or create. They are the backbone to my business and I am so happy that they are not only my support, but my friends. My vendors help me create the magic that we create in the studio. These vendors have creative genius minds. If you would like to customize your newborn session, they can make that happen. You can learn more about them on an individual basis below.
When I am not working behind the camera you can find me teaching and working with other photographers. I am a director for Georgia Professional Photographers Association which supports all of the professional photographers in Georgia as a Professional Photographers of America affiliate group. I also venture around the US teaching and speaking or both the business aspect of photography and owning your own business as well as capturing the journey of motherhood. I am an active member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International (APNPI), International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP) as well as Sue Bryce Education.
It’s not all work and no play
It’s not all work, as I do enjoy the quiet and peace that comes with play. I am an avid fisherman, and I prefer a Sunday fishing out of my kayak more than spending time on the couch. I also love to hunt, bake and raise my chickens for the fresh eggs they provide. I am the mother to three beautiful children, with 1 already in college and the other two growing up faster than I want to admit. My husband is active duty Army and we are currently stationed at Fort Stewart, GA where we have simply fallen in love with the area and have plans to settle down as long as we can. I volunteer a great deal as well working with a variety of military related organizations as I believe that volunteering to help both our soldiers and their families is one of the best things we can do for them. I guess you could say that I just simply love my job and I can’t wait to see where my life takes me!