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 test in January of 2018. Wish me luck!
I started my business in 2011. In the beginning, I operated from my home, shooting mostly on location. In 2014, I opened my studio located in Carthage, Texas. 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've been blessed to occupy a facility that is optimal for both flash and natural light photography. This has enabled me to offer a variety of photographic styles. While I do often still shoot on location, the studio offers a controlled light setting, giving me a great deal of flexibility and creativity.
I have been married to the love of my life, Monty, for 14 years. We have one daughter, Hannah, who just started eighth grade and a newborn son, Liam, born in July 2017. We have two cats and two dogs who are our whole world! We attend church at Southside Baptist Church in Carthage, Tx. Though I am from Dallas, we have Carthage roots by way of my husband and his family. We moved here in 2007 to raise our daughter in a community that we trust. This year we are celebrating ten years in Panola County!