Blogging Again? …. Maybe

Blogging Again?  …. Maybe


I get it. It’s been a while. In fact, unbeknownst to me until this very moment, it’s been a YEAR since I’ve last posted! Where has the time gone? 

Well, here’s a bit of an update. And possibly why it should matter.

Last April, 2018, my husband was deployed and was gone for 374 days! Crazy, right? Well, in that time, I was taking care of our two kiddos, ensuring that we attended all of our end of school events, enjoying our summer vacation…and then the craziness of our school schedule returned! Seriously, I have two kids, but the amount of extracurricular activities they enjoy is insane. Karate (x2, two days a week, and one was on the tournament team last year), piano (x2), gymnastics (competition team, 2 times a week, and then meets), band, archery, golf, academic team…and I’m confident I’m missing something! And, I love it. I love watching my children grow in their chosen activities, whether they are “good” at them or not! That said, I was left with little time for “me” (my undeniably bad health issues) and my photography growth. 

Fast forward through his return in May of 2019, and my husband came home, we went to Europe on a Disney Cruise (AMAZING! I’ll post pictures one day…and maybe even do a blog post!), and….then he moved to Washington DC. He was home 1.5 months total between his return and his departure. Have I mentioned lately how much I <<LOVE>> the Air Force? Note the sarcasm. And, although *some* time away is nice – because, let’s be honest, the running joke with our friends is that the pain in my neck is actually a long-term chronic illness called “being married” – working on a second year without a partner in the home to help me raise our kids, to help with things like home maintenance and bills, and to just be there for each other and to enjoy each other has been difficult. Manageable, thanks to an amazing tribe of friends, but nonetheless, difficult. I actually really love and adore my husband, and he’s my other half. It’s pretty tedious going through life without half of yourself. I miss him. But right now, this is our calling – him to be there for the Air Force and his country, and for me to be here for our children. 

I’m pretty verbose, and condensing anything is rather tedious for me! So, to sum up, it’s been a long year and a half or so, and thank goodness I’ve received a swift kick in the caboose from some AMAZING friends! MY TRIBE! I’ll discuss my tribe more later and the significance of me being able to say that, so be prepared for that upcoming post. So, even though I’ve not done nearly as many sessions as I’d like over the last year (still grateful for each and every client who enjoys working with me for my style and vision), and even though I’ve lost some confidence in myself because of this, they won’t let me continue the negative self-talk. In fact, I have at least four friends literally on a mission to help me in any way they can (life, health, kids…all the things) but for this post’s purpose, they’ve been steering me back on course with my photography goals. And although I’m afraid of failure, they have faith in me. And with that…here I am. Blogging for the first time in a year. 

What’s in store for my clients? New sessions, in studio! Up next…Fall Sessions, Halloween themed sessions, and …Christmas! 

What could be better than all that? Christmas WITH Santa! It’s totally happening! 

Want a sneak peek?  

I thought so! Check it out! 



Favor Real Estate – Company Headshots

When you live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, it’s very likely that you’ll run in to some of the kindest people…even if it’s just out and about doing errands, at Kohl’s! 

After we chat over a few items and then our military backgrounds, we were comfortable enough to share each other business cards, and out of that came a beautiful friendship and these updated portraits for this sweet couple! As always, very honored to capture moments and images that families will love, as well as to update some business photos as well! 

Also, you can find these images at Favor Real Estate…talk with the Peterson’s if you are interested in an awesome property management duo to help your real estate needs! 

Camden Cake Smash

Camden Cake Smash

                                  I had the blessing of meeting this sweet family for a surprise proposal event that they helped organize for their close friends last November! First, the proposal was AMAZING and you can see it here:

Little did I know at the time how much we would connect as friends, and how I’d have the honor of capturing their family’s memories from then on! We recently celebrated this cutie’s birthday with an amazing Mickey Mouse themed cake smash, which was tons of fun and as messy as you’d expect. We decided on an in-studio cake smash, and then we decided to travel outdoors to get him cleaned up in a bath! We added a few bubbles, and we had a dream session!! I love these images so much, and am thankful his Mommy and Daddy do too! Happy, happy first birthday, sweet Camden, and thank you for being an amazing little model for me!


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M. Family Studio Session | April 2015

M. Family | Montgomery, AL | Studio | April 2015 | Family Photographer

It’s always so much fun to see forever friends…especially when it has a been a couple years and a new baby later! Our friends made the long drive from Oklahoma to Alabama, and our family was so blessed that they were able to stay with us! Our oldest children, though they haven’t seen each other in quite some time, still got along and played well together, as did our younger boys. And…another awesome perk…they were in need of some updated family of 5 pictures! They came to the right place and let me play with my new studio spring backdrop! A photo session with a handsome family and 3 good looking, playful boys…yes, we had a good time!

So grateful that they came and expecting that they’ll be receiving their images any day now…hope they fall in love with them as I did!

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Sweet Baby Girl N. | Newborn Studio Session 2015

Sweet Baby Girl N. | Montgomery, AL | Studio | January 2015

I could not have been more excited to have my friend Chris recommend this sweet Mommy and her beautiful baby girl to come see me and try out my new studio! I think it was only a day or two after speaking that she got right in, as we knew Baby N was a little older than my average newborn session. Now, it’s preferable to have newborn sessions with babies who are 7-10 days old; however, this sweet Mommy really wanted these images, and I really wanted to test my studio, and I knew we could make it happen! Baby N was a bit fussy, as to be expected, but a couple of my favorite images are of Mommy just loving and caressing her. And I think we got plenty of amazing images, and I LOVE that we were able to put my new Owl Outfit to good use…it’s the PERFECT fit for this little girl, and Mommy lit up when I pulled it out…we knew it was the ONE! Enjoy!


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And, if anyone needs and AMAZING furniture…or props, such as this newborn prop bed…I know a guy! My friend Chris used his talent to create this bed, as well as another for me! Had to show it off in use!


Studio : Ziegenfuss Family Christmas

I am so excited that I had the opportunity to take this family’s Christmas session in my new studio! Believe it or not, this sweet family lives about 5 minutes within walking distance from me, and our husbands work together. Love it when the military brings new families into our lives to befriend! And, as you can tell by the images below, they have the cutest little boy! What a little charmer, and he’s seriously always in a wonderful mood! He’s truly blessed with such great parents!

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Eiff Family Christmas Photos

If you’ve been following, you’ll know that I had the honor of capturing a few special memories for the Eiff Family with the birth of their sweet baby boy. Grateful beyond words that this family has now let me capture two of their Family Christmas Card sessions…last year’s session was so inspiring, I might one day need to share those images too! They knew ahead of time that I had just started with my new studio set up, and I’m beyond thankful that they were willing to give me a chance this year with a different style! Enjoy…Eiff Gallery -5 Eiff Gallery -6 Eiff Gallery -15 Eiff Gallery -17 Eiff Gallery -22 Eiff Gallery -24 Eiff Gallery -26