I love props. I wouldn’t say I go crazy with them but they are definitely fun to have. A photographer can never have too many props.. right?

My weakness is baskets. If I find a good looking basket that is unique and has character, I will find a “reason”, a.k.a. excuse, to buy it. See? This little guy agrees with me!

This past weekend I had the rare opportunity to go antique shopping with some girlfriends. After we shopped, I had a few epiphanies that I thought I would share for other prop lovers out there who are on a budget like me.

  1. Decide what you are looking for BEFORE you go. Look online for ideas and then be specific on what you want/need. Also decide how much you can spend. Be firm and I am sure your spouse or business partner will happily oblige to keep you accountable to that amount.
  2. Buy what you will USE. Think about upcoming shoots and how you could really use the prop. My recommendation is to buy 1-2 things and see how those work. Unless it’s a crazy deal or items that you have to buy in bulk, stick to 1 or 2 items.
  3. Shop in the right area! The antique store we went to outside of town was much more affordable than the antique store smack dab in the historic downtown. This may not always be the case, but generally speaking location can have a big effect on prices.
  4. Trademark items will be more expensive. I was looking for a Coca-Cola crate box and noticed that the Coca-Cola box was TWICE as expensive as a Pepsi box. That’s just the way it goes with a trademark item like Coca-Cola. The Pepsi crate had the same look I was wanting so for me, it didn’t really matter what name was on it. Sometimes you will have to sacrifice the exact trademark for the right price.

Well my fellow prop lovers, hope that helps! Now go start your prop list and happy hunting!

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This past Saturday I was able to put my nifty skills of photographing horses to work. Well, not really all that nifty but it was work to say the least! Horses do not always want to stand exactly where you want them. Some friends of mine have a very special non-profit organization called New Hope Haven that uses horses to reach and minister to young troubled girls. They were able to have a tent at Celebrate Freedom in Marietta to spread the word about their organization and I helped photograph the kiddos that came by who wanted a picture with a pony! Since I was at the event, my friend graciously gave me a table to display my photography and I had a FREE Session Giveaway. 

And tonight, I get to announce the lucky winner! I had about 30 families enter in their names so let’s find out who it is…. Drum roll please…. 

The winner is:   Anamaria McCormack!

CONGRATULATIONS Anamaria! Looking forward to having a great session with you and your family.

Have a great night!

WHOA. Is August really over? Are we really into September? I feel like life was so hectic in August that I have not been able to process everything that has happened. I don’t like that feeling. That feeling that memories and thoughts are just slipping past you and you can’t sit still long enough to enjoy them. I know there are seasons like this in life that you just can’t avoid but still I just wish life could be a little less hectic. Don’t get me wrong, I like to be busy. I like to work. But I also crave solitude. Quiet, still moments to just contemplate life and the direction my life is going. Ok, anyway, sorry to get all introspective and philosophical on you…

So I thought instead of posting a bunch of different blogs (and to save me some time), I would post one blog to show you what I was up to this month. It is always hard to pick favorites but I had to pick some to show you how awesome my clients are! Thank you for making my last month of summer awesome!

Now after reading this, I know you want to go reflect and capture some of your own moments….

OH! One last thing..Check back here tomorrow to see who the lucky winner is for my Giveaway Session that I did at the Celebrate Freedom event this past weekend!

Some of you who have been following my blog may remember posts about a non-profit organization, Kindred Spirit, that helps pregnant teenage girls. I have had the privilege of volunteering my photography services to this organization for the past two years and it has been such a blessing for me personally.

The power of a photograph is amazing. All of the girls I met and photographed were extremely shy and had never had professional pictures taken of them. They were extremely self-conscience partly because they were teenagers but also because they were pregnant. They did not think they were beautiful and sometimes they did not understand why I was taking their picture. I always told them, “You are beautiful. One day you will look back on these pictures and remember the strength you possessed to make it through this time.” As I took the time to tell them over and over again how beautiful their smiles were and showed them the pictures, I could tell their attitudes changed dramatically. The biggest reward was receiving the emails when the girls had delivered their babies and wanted me to come back to take their baby’s pictures. Wow. What a journey to see young pregnant girls turn into mothers. It is truly humbling to see all the hard work Kindred Spirit put into preparing these women to take become mothers.

It is with a sad heart that I write this blog post to say Kindred Spirit will be closing their doors for an unknown length of time. I hope and pray they will be able to open their doors again. Until that time, here are a few images that bring a smile to my face and remind me that there is always hope.

One of the most rewarding things about my job is getting to hear the stories behind the people I photograph.

Everyone has a story and I love being able to capture these moments in their lives so they can be remembered. This sweet couple has been on a long, difficult journey to start a family. After doctors telling her she would not be able to become pregnant, the impossible happened: she became pregnant! To see the tears in her eyes as she told me this and then to see her glowing smile as I took her maternity pictures was just an awesome feeling. Her dream, their dream, had come true. Did I mention I love my job?

Here are some of my favorite images. Thank you, dear couple, for letting me capture this time in your life!

This sweet family is expecting their second little one in less than two months! We had such a fun morning capturing this time in their life. Their three year old boy is excited to meet his little sister and he made this maternity session so much fun. His mother brought along a stethoscope and his face was priceless listening to Baby Girl. They are still trying to decide on a name so for now, she is Baby Girl!

Here are some of my favorites but it was hard to choose. Thank you Johnson Family for giving me the opportunity to capture such precious moments!

Calling all seniors! This is a busy school year for you. There are so many things on your to do list. College applications, graduation parties, and of course your senior portraits! This year will fly by so it is not too early to get your senior session on the calendar now! Want to make your senior pictures memorable and FUN? Then don’t settle for the typical in-store portraits. Show off your style and your personality!  Call or email to book now.

Here are some examples of a session where this senior was able to represent his passion in life: Baseball!