As a child, my mom made me master the eye twinkle paired with the sparkling smile so that my school mug shot would be worth framing. That being said, my favorite photo of all time, is a black and white candid of my mom watching me on a playground swing. Nothing posed, nothing special, but a captured moment in time that I cherish to this very day. A photo that inspires me to do what I do behind the lens. A photo that is framed and displayed in multiple places of our home. A photo that captures an experience shared with my mom. A moment I never want to forget.

When I'm not behind the camera, I am a daughter, a wife, a mother, an aunt, and a friend. I am a woman of faith. I love teaching Sunday School, and volunteering my time at my children's school. I enjoy the art of writing and wish I had more time to blog. I'm known to ignore the laundry to work with my photos. Shhhhh - My vice is shopping.


I'm embarrassed to admit that the first night I ever watched the sun set in it's entirety, I was in my 20's. It was the most beautiful thing, an experience I had not planned on, was grateful to have experienced (and I did it without a lens!). The next day, unexpectedly, my mom went to be home with our Heavenly Father. It was that very day, that I realized, my moments with my mom were fewer than I had expected. The moments we had captured in photos remained, but I would never have the opportunity to capture another moment in time with my mom. So, I cherish what photos I have, and I still look at that photo of her watching me on the swing. My inspirational image. That one brief moment, so full of love and tenderness, are what inspire me.

My message to you - Embrace life. Enjoy the journey. Make time to capture. . Before you know it, the sun will set, and it will be tomorrow. Should I be blessed with the honor of capturing a moment or two that you will cherish as I much as I cherish that photo with my mom. . .well, then my heart will smile. A smile with a sparkle and a twinkle so bright, my mom would be proud.