I was nine years old the first time I took a photograph. I forced my two year old sister to pose on a stack of ugly milk crates. I was shooting with an old 110 camera with a built in flash. They were awful photos, just terrible. But I sure did love the sound of the shutter click.
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Thankfully, I have moved on from the 110 and milk crates. And I would like to think my photographic skills have improved in the last 30 years. After serving 6 years in the US Air Force, I attended SFA. I pursued a degree in Art with an emphasis in photography and digital media. But education rarely stops with obtaining a degree, especially in an area where technology is constantly changing and photography styles are ever evolving. I am constantly growing as a photographer by self exploration and continuing education through the Texas Professional Photographers of America and the Professional Photographers of America organizations. I am currently studying to obtain my Certification for Professional Photography. I should acquire my CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) within the next few months if all goes well. Wish me luck!
I started my business in 2008. In the beginning, I operated from my home, shooting mostly on location. In 2014, I opened my studio located in Carthage, Texas. My studio was perfect in that it offered both natural light and a place to shoot controlled light. This allowed me to grow tremendously as a photographer. In May of 2018, my family relocated to Longview, Tx. I closed my studio in Carthage to start a new venture here in Longview. I recently opened a new studio with two other talented photographers. Studio 174 is home to Melissa Ann Photography, Monica Ann Keasler Photography and also Somer Page Studios. Between the three of us, we have all of your photographic needs covered. My business model is Christ centered, focusing on running an honest business motivated by love and not money. I find that when I put my focus on Christ, my business runs smoothly. It's a testament to God's amazing grace.
I have been married to the love of my life, Monty, for over 17 years! We have one daughter, Hannah, who just finished eighth grade and an almost 2 year old son, Liam. We have two cats and two dogs who are our whole world! We have not found our new church home yet, but we plan on continuing to visit local churches until we find our new church family! In my spare time I love to watch movies, attend concerts and spend time with my family!