Monthly Archives: May 2017

Couples Shoot

I was extremely excited when Ellen contacted me to photograph her and her husband Mark.  Ellen and Mark are Hannah’s parents.  I met Ellen before I actually met anyone else in their family.  Ellen is a teacher, and you can tell by being around her because of her patience and vibrant personality.  A quality someone that works with children must have.


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One of my favorite memories of Hannah and Kaleb’s wedding was talking to Mark right before he saw Hannah for the first time.  I knew it was going to be an emotional moment by the way he talked about Hannah, that this was his little girl.  He was so happy for her and so excited for her to marry Kaleb.


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I made a point of photographing Ellen and Mark where I photographed Hannah’s maternity photos.  I wanted them to share a common special place.  Although neither of them knew it, I pointed it out after the fact.

I always say this, but you cannot pose love.  Either it’s there or it’s not.  And, when it’s there it’s easy to capture.


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The weather is always an issue when shooting outdoor photos.  Living in Michigan we never really know how it’s going to turn out.  Will the sun be out?  Will it rain?  Will the ground be wet?  Will it be overcast?  It’s always a guessing game up until the moment.  On this day it was perfect.  The temp was just right, and the weather could not have been better!


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Mark informed me that the only ‘kissy’ photo they had was the one on their wedding day.  So, it was only natural to get one.  Mark had just told Ellen all of the reasons why he loved her, and why she was the one.  This is true love at it’s finest!


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One request Mark and Ellen had was to get a photo just like their engagement photo.  And, this is there photo, the one we recreated to match their engagement photo.

It’s always important to get photos of you with your spouse, significant other or you with your family.  It’s not always easy to be in the photos, but it is necessary!!

 




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Today is my Birthday!

Well, I am 33 years old today.  My birthdays are always bittersweet because of my past.  Every year I go back n forth on if I want to talk about it, and I never do.  I decided this year I will no longer keep quiet.

  “I spent my 18th birthday in a domestic violence shelter after my dad had beat me up for the last time.”  

Growing up I was a victim of domestic violence.  From my mom, dad and sister.  I don’t know how many times my sister bashed my face into the ground, spread rumors through town about me, and did her best to make sure everyone hated me as much as she hates me.  She’s also 10 years older than me, so when I was 8 she was 18.  She hates me to this day and really has no reason to, other than the fact that I was born.

My sister would disappear with her kids for 8 months and during that time my mom would mope around and act like I didn’t exist.  She would ignore me and constantly say how my sister and her kids weren’t coming back.  Then, out of no where my sister would show up, move her and her kids in with my parent and I and disrupt our entire lives.  Anything that was mine was given to her and her kids.  I would have to give up my room, all of my belongings, privacy and anything they wanted they got.  I had to spend the majority of middle school studying underneath the kitchen sink to get away from everyone.  It was awful.  My sister would stay for 3 months and then disappear again for 8 months.  Continuing this perpetuating cycle for YEARS!

While my sister was around and my mom was at work, my dad would sit in his chair and watch TV while my sister would drag me through the house by my hair, bash my face in and anything else she wanted to do.  My dad didn’t do anything.  No one protected me, no one looked out for me.  I was all alone.  Anytime I tried to stick up for myself, I was shushed and treated like an awful person because I thought I deserved respect.

My dad would get mad and that was it.  He would punch me in the face all the time when he was angry.  He threw a shoe and knocked me out one time because it was left in the middle of the floor.   I was the family punching bag.  IN FACT, My left front tooth is mostly fake from being punched in the face.

What mother actually stays with a man that violently attacks her children?!  I never understood it.  I spent more of my life hating myself and wanting to die than actually living my life.  I have spent over two decades of my life trying to get people to just ‘LIKE’ me, that in reality, actually truly hate me and wish I’d never been born.


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During all of this I was bullied in school, rumors were spread about me, and I was treated badly at school because I lived in a trailer.  So, not only was I not wanted at home, I was not liked at school either.  When I was 14 I took a handful of Tylenol 4’s from the cupboard and went to bed.  I remember thinking, ‘This is it, my life is over.’  I wasn’t sad, I wasn’t mad. I WAS JUST DONE.

I tried to get help.  I went to a teacher in 8th grade and asked for help.  She told Social Services and a case worker came out to the house.  This person never even talked to me.  They talked to my mom, dad and sister and they all convinced this person that I was mentally unstable.  So, it was my fault….  Again.  Everything was always my fault.  It was my fault the house was always messy, it was my fault we never did anything.  IT. WAS. MY. FAULT!


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I spent my whole life thinking there was something wrong with me and when I went to my mom during middle school telling her I wanted to die.  That was it.  Medicated for the next 5 years.  Because I was beaten, verbally and mentally abused.  There was something wrong with ME.  Because I was depressed…  Makes sense right?! The medication finally threw me into a seizure and I was diagnosed with Epilepsy.  Medication induced Epilepsy.

When I was 17 I had, had enough.  My dad had punched me for the last time and ended up being put on probation for it this time.  I spent my 18th birthday in a domestic violence shelter.  Do you know what it’s like to spend such a monumental birthday in such an awful place?  Not the place, but the fact that your mother would rather stay with an abusive man, or that the people who created you, hated you so much they would rather beat you, break you and let you disappear without a trace than to actually care or even help you…

“What doesn’t kill you definitely makes you stronger!”

That year I lived out of a clothes basket and lived at 8 different places.  Losing an item I never regained at each place.  I was in a relationship with a loser and ended up getting pregnant at 20.  I dropped him like a sack of potatoes and pushed myself to succeed.

I worked full time, went to school full time.  My dad had left my mom and my mom watched my daughter.  That is until I met the love of my life.  My knight in shining armor.  The person that changed my life for the better and does still everyday to this day.

I am a high school drop out, with a G.E.D. and a Bachelors’ degree in accounting.  I own my own photography business and it’s thriving!


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I don’t talk to any of them.  I don’t need them, and I refuse to let people who hate me, or wish I didn’t exist bring me down anymore.  I spent over 25 years of MY life trying to get these people to like me.  I will not waste another second!

All I have ever wanted was to feel loved, to be happy and not feel the emptiness that my past has created.  I spent so many years thinking about the person I could have become if I would have had a better upbringing.  I’ve dealt with so many hardships in such a short lifetime.

 

There’s more, and maybe some day I will tell the rest.  But, for now, this all I am comfortable with telling.  It hurts still, and the wounds may never fully heal.  But I will look at this emptiness and tell it everyday of my life ‘You will not hurt me anymore, You cannot have me, and I don’t belong here.  I belong in the light!’



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I honestly, want to dedicate my success to television, movies and TV shows.  If it wasn’t for watching Rocky‘ ‘Goonies‘ ‘The Cosby’s‘ ‘Family Matters‘ ‘Full House and ‘Tool Time‘.  I don’t think I would have known how awful my life was back then.  I knew it wasn’t right, I knew things were off.  Because why would all of these TV shows depict decent people doing decent things.  Being honest, hardworking all while loving their family, if it wasn’t supposed to be like that.

If you ever thought that movie, or TV show that shows good families hurt or help kids.  Then, here’s your answer.  I know it was TV that saved me, and wanting that ‘TV Family’.

Because of my rough past it make it so very important to me to be able to capture the happy moments in people’s lives.

While I had an absolutely awful upbringing, and never knew what true love was until I met my husband.  I know that my life is better without them.  I know that I am destined for great things.  And, when I get there, I will wave from the top!




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Willson Maternity

Well this past year has been a whirlwind for this mama.  Marriage, a house, pregnancy and deployment of her husband.

I first met Hannah over a year ago when she interviewed me to be her wedding photographer.  Not a day goes by that I am not thankful to have met her and her wonderful family.  It has been quite the year for Hannah and Kaleb.  I can look back and see how all of these obstacles have brought them closer together.


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Photographing such an important moment in their lives is truly a treasure.  It’s not everyday you have a baby and it’s not everyday you can document these moments.  And when you are able to, you should!

I can’t wait to meet baby Willson!  He is such a blessing!  And look how beautiful pregnancy is on this gorgeous Hannah!!


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This dress was so beautiful!  It is made out of stretchy material and fit Hannah perfectly!!!  The crown was an addition that I absolutely loved!


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It’s a joy and an honor to be a parent!  After having each one of my children I have always wondered how I survived without them.  Here are these little people that come into your life turning it upside down and it never goes back to normal.  You never love the same again, you never feel the same again, and most of all you never live the same again.  How is it possible that there was life before a child?!  After having a child your life is more full than you have ever known or have ever experienced.  You imagine what it will be like, but never truly know until that moment when the baby looks you in the eye for the first time and in that moment your life changes completely!  All for the better!


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Baby Kitty

It was a joy and pleasure to photograph this little peanut.  This is my niece Charlotte.  She is an absolute doll.  Best of all she loved having aunt Krystal photograph her.  Smiles the whole time.  She also demonstrated her new favorite trick of sticking her tongue out.  So, of course we captured that new milestone!


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I don’t get to photograph my family as much as I would like to.  They all live so far away I get what I can in a short time.  Charlotte was amazing, and such a snuggle bug.  Almost makes me want another one 🙂


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My brother in-law married his best friend in December of 2015.  And shortly after their marriage they announced they were expecting their first bundle of joy.  I wish these 3 lived closer!


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We made it a point to capture sweet Kitty in this precious chair.  This chair belonged to my mother in-law who passed away several years ago.  And Charlotte is named after her.  Charlotte’s middle name is Ann and so was my mother in-law’s.  It’s always very important for me to put into a photo what means the most to my clients.  So, it was very important to incorporate my mother in-law into this photo.

One of the most precious things a photo can do is take us back in time.  Even if just for a moment.  A photograph freezes time and lets us remember how things used to be. It’s not everyday that we have the joy and pleasure to remember such beautiful and precious moments.  However, when we have the opportunity to do so, we should snag it and never let it go.

Currently I am scheduling into the late part of June and am expecting July to fill up just as quickly with engagements and weddings.  Please don’t wait to schedule!

 

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Sparks Maternity

It was one of the most beautiful Days this far in 2017.  It was such a joy and pleasure to photograph this lovely family once again.  I have had the honor of photographing both pregnancy announcements and now the maternity session for one of the twin sisters.  Nichole and Jessica are both pregnant with baby number 1 and due around 10 weeks of each other.  Nichole and Matt are having a baby girl and Jessica and Steve are having a baby boy.


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The sun was strong and it was a few hours before sunset.  We were at my secret location and were able to find a beautiful tree for the girls to lean up against.  They came up with this pose from Pinterest and wanted to incorporate it into the shot.  I Feel this photograph describes the relationship that Nichole and Jessica have, along with how they want their children to grow up.  Bathed in love and the ability to communicate. With a friendship from the beginning that will last beyond a lifetime.


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I absolutely love their dog Lily.  She is such a spunky, silly, fun life loving dog.  She’s so full of energy and exceptionally lovable.  She loves water, running and the outdoors.  I always get a great photo of this pups personality!


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Lily is most definitely Nichole and Matt’s baby.  She’s always in the photos and always part of every adventure they have.  She’s been such a joy to photograph and always makes me laugh!


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When two people love each other it’s always easy to photograph.  Love is not easily posed and you cannot capture it if it’s not there.   And when it’s there, it shows!

I cannot wait to meet these sweet babies!  I wish these two families all the best!!


 

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