So you want to hear about me, huh? Well, I’ll tell you the “me” stuff first, then we’ll get to photography. Right up front, I’ll be honest. I’m a lucky girl. I met my husband in high school when I was 16, and he has been the love of my life every day since. He is so cool. He plays the guitar (electric and acoustic), the banjo, the piano, the accordion, the harmonica, and sometimes the drums. He plays and coaches Ultimate Frisbee. He hikes, bikes, wake surfs, kite boards, and hunts. He’s also a youth pastor (at the Vista, holla!) and speaker who loves Jesus, and inspires me big time. He is into something new every day. If it weren’t for him I would have never ended up in Temple, Tx. He is absolutely talented, gifted, and always has been always will be my numero uno. I couldn’t do any of this without him, and I think he deserves some credit, so here it is. Te amo kpeezy, te amo.
He also gave me the best gift I’ve ever gotten, my little girl Gemma. Gemma is the coolest thing that’s ever happened to us. Oh my goodness she’s the best. She’s three and she is so cool it pains me to think how uncool she’s going to think I am in 10 years. Yikes. She looks just like her Daddy and every day I think I couldn’t love her any more than I already do, and then she learns the words to my favorite song and my heart grows 3 sizes.
I love wine, coffee and music, all kinds. I think tattoos are beautiful, and a completely acceptable way of rewarding myself after a big achievement. My body is a road map of tattoos and scars and it tells the story of a seriously fabulous life so far. Fall is my favorite season. I like to be outside. I like snow and mountains and rivers more than the beach. Central Texas summers make me sad. I am a front yard gardener, because as much as I love growing my own food, I love my puppies more. I like to cook really yummy things, my favorite is chicken pot pie. I really like T.V. I love the whole experience of going to the movies, especially the popcorn.
Up until a couple of years ago, I dreamed of traveling the world in an Airstream trailer and living in a different city every year. Preferably ones with rivers and mountains on the West Coast. I was going to compromise and live on the beach part of the time because Kyle loves the beach like I love the mountains. I never thought I would be a Mom at 23. I never dreamed of being a stay-at-home Mom with aspirations of growing my own food. I never dreamed that Kyle and I would stay up late into the night talking about owning land so we could grow more food and have goats and chickens and a whole mess of kids. Oh how life changes. And God teaches me daily that His ways are better than mine. He has changed our desires. He has changed our lives, drastically, for the better. And I am loving it.
I have dreams at night about taking pictures. I have since I was small and I would play with my parent’s old Minolta that had that lever you pull back to advance the film. One of the most satisfying sounds of my youth was when that shutter clicked. In middle school I was obsessed with disposable cameras, I had a new one every week. Half of my lunch money went to developing film. I have 537 four-by-six prints of sunsets that were taken in fields around my small West Texas hometown. My parents bought me my first great film camera in high school, a Canon Rebel, and I still have it and the box it came in.
I shoot with a Canon 5d Mark II. If you like what you’ve seen on my blog, I can guarantee you will like the photos I take of you and your family, your engagement photos, or any special occasion. I appreciate the small moments, so I’ll take pictures of just about anything, from weddings to seniors to little league baseball. I believe that God has made a mysterious and beautiful world, and He has allowed me to view and appreciate that beauty in a very unique way, and He reveals some of that mystery to me in photos. I am still so infatuated with the click of that shutter. This ain’t no hobby folks, this is love.
So how do you see the world? I’d love to talk about how I can capture that in a picture. Call me and we’ll have coffee. It won’t be weird. People like me.