Well, let's just get honest. Can we do that? I like being real and to the point. I'm just a normal, every day gal just like you and your family. There's nothing Pinterest perfect or perfectly curated about me. I mean, I do have the best and the most ah-mazing ideas pinned to Pinterest (you too, right!?) and have every intention of doing them to show off to all of social media how I'm totally winning at mom of the year. But, there's kind of the whole "Pinterest fail" thing. We "might" have had a crock pot that met an untimely demise because a Pinterest pot roast recipe went horribly wrong.
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So who am I when I'm not attempting Pinterest? Brandon and I met in 2002 and married in 2004. We have one daughter who was a total miracle, and we haven't ever been able to have more children since. We count our blessings every day for her. We bought a small farm in 2015 knowing it might hurt my photography business because people see our address and instantly think we are on the other side of the world. But, it was a risk we were willing to take in hopes that we would build a life we had only dreamed about. It's a lot of early mornings, muddy boots, moving 40lb feed bags and straw or hay bales, weed pulling, garden tending, sweaty everything, dirty hands, and a whole bunch of sweet animals to love and spoil. We weren't sure how we would like this life. But, we absolutely love it! Our hope is to become as sustainable as possible, and maybe even teach others along the way of what they can do even in their own backyards.
When I'm not living farm life, I'm in the studio photographing all sorts of sweet babies, kiddos, and families. I've been doing studio work now since early 2017. However, I started as a professional photographer in 2009 as a second photographer for weddings while still working as a dermatology MA. As my daughter has grown, and her interests in activities has as well, I realized that being gone every weekend Friday through Sunday just wasn't feasible anymore for me and my family. I had missed out on just about every weekend of her life the first 6-7 years, and knew a change had to be made. I had very few fall memories made with her, and little time in the spring or summer to do all the fun things families do. I was missing out on my daughter's childhood and time with my family. In mid 2016, I knew I had to make a big decision. Quit photography altogether or completely reinvent myself with studio work where I could work mostly through the week and some Saturday mornings. It was a gigantic risk with uncertain outcomes. In early 2017, we invested every penny into creating a studio within our home and I studied and worked hard on newborn/baby safety, posing, lighting, and so much more. By mid 2017, things had taken off and far exceeded our expectations. So much so, we knew we needed an actual dedicated studio space. With costs of a commercial space in town far too expensive, we decided to build one here on our farm. With the new studio just opening August 2018, I'm incredibly excited at all the possibilities it holds!
Hopefully I get the chance to meet you, and welcome you here to our cozy studio space and our farm. Just about every family that comes says they don't ever want to leave. So, we grab a sweet tea, sit around on one of the porches, and just let the kids enjoy themselves running around and exploring the farm. Families really do become like family to us...and listen, I know this experience isn't for everyone. But if it is for you, trust me. You're gonna love it here...and we can't wait to see you!
Make sure to visit my blog for all the latest sessions. You don't want to miss all those sweet littles and their families. Ready to get started or have questions? Get in touch and let's start planning your next big milestone!