Sweet Little Princess…

All little princesses should have someone to protect them, and this sweet one certainly does! Her protector is her big brother who adores her, although he’s only known her for a few short weeks! When little Miss A came into the studio for her newborn photos at 13 days old, her big brother came along too…just to make sure she was well taken care of and to protect her from the big, bad teddy bears if needed! How lucky and blessed is this princess!


Rolling on the River…


The Mississippi River is an awesome backdrop for a photography session – especially in the afternoon with the soft golden glow of the setting sun washing over everything. This family was so much fun to be with. The brother and sister truly love each other and absolutely adore their mom! When we headed downtown to the river, we knew exactly what the mom was looking for…a large print of the kids looking out over the river with the sun setting. And as an extra bonus we got a barge in the background! It was an amazing afternoon – the weather was slightly crisp, there were some clouds in the sky, and the river flowed lazily south under the bridge.









Beautiful You Beauty Portrait…

This beautiful woman celebrated her birthday by having Beautiful You portraits taken. She had been in a dark place for several weeks, but after seeing her images she felt so much better about herself. We’ve all been there. We’ve felt too old, too fat, too skinny, too wrinkly, too something, but in reality no one else sees that. They only see our beautiful smile, our sparkly eyes, our inner beauty that shines on the outside.

What I want a woman to see with the Beautiful You collection is how her husband and others see her, not how she sees herself. I recently saw a Dove commercial on YouTube where an artist sketched a model hidden behind a curtain. The model described herself to the artist as he “blindly” sketched her. Then her friends came in and described her while he sketched a different portrait. The difference between the two sketches was amazing! The sketch with her friends description was beautiful, the other self-described sketch didn’t look like the model at all. There is beauty in all of us…it’s in the eye of the beholder!!

Here’s the link to the Dove commercial – it’s fascinating!


Kids’ Triathlon First Place Winners

Last month I had the opportunity to photograph some wonderful future Olympians at the Batlett Kids’ Triathlon. What made it even more fun was two of the participants were young friends of mine who both finished in first place in their own age group. Afterwards, their mother asked me to print a book capturing their moments to victory.

Personalities Plus…

I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon at one of our local parks with three of the greatest kids – each with their very own different personality! One is quite, one is bubbly, and one is curious. Can you figure out which is which?

Ferris Wheels and Carnival Lights…

I love carnivals and fairs…the Ferris wheels, merry-go-rounds, and carnival rides – especially at night. I know it’s not for everyone, but for me – I love it…the bright lights, the mixed array of sounds, the yummy food smells. I guess maybe because it brings back great memories of younger days when Cotton Carnival was held downtown on the river. Then after my kids came along I got to share the excitement with them at the Mid-South Fair. Unfortunately, my carnival ride days are over, but I can still enjoy all the fun through the lens of my camera.


Sparks in the sky…

I absolutely l-o-v-e fireworks…the bright colors against a dark background, the surprise of the shape when it explodes, the oohs and aahs, even the loud booms. This year I was able to get to see two firework events and would have tried for more if I could. I am amazed at how they can pack the shells in such a way that when they explode they make a specific design. A couple of years ago I saw fireworks that exploded into a smiley face!

The master of fireworks display has to be Disney! Oh, my gosh, they are awesome! We were there for Halloween several years ago and the fireworks were beyond words. You could recognize the face of Mickey and even the wicked witch – all done with sparks in the sky!

Here are some of my favorite fireworks photos that I took this year.

Thanks for making it all the way through!
Let me know if you like fireworks as much as I do.

For those interested in how I got that last shot, I’ll tell you. I set my camera (Nikon D90) on manual with manual focus, manual shutter speed at 4.2 seconds (I used the bulb feature which means that I counted how long to leave the shutter open), ISO 200, and aperture at f11. After I clicked the remote to start taking the shot I turned the lens in and out of focus and then clicked the remote again to stop the shot. I am now in love with this technique for fireworks. I can’t wait until the next 4th of July to try it again!

Away From Home…Alone

My granddaughter and I took a trip to visit family who lives about three hours away. My granddaughter was so excited to spend the night with her Nashville cousins, but when the time came to leave she and my great-niece had been plotting. They had decided that my great-niece would go back with us and spend the week. We packed her bag and were about ready to leave when she left the room to get her toothbrush and immediately ran back in crying. She had instantly decided that she would get too homesick and she just couldn’t leave. Her little brother, who had been standing there watching all the preparations, very calmly said, “I’ll go.” So off we went to pack his bag.

This little five year old had never spent the night away from home, except at his grandma’s. I told him that his mommy wasn’t going to be there, his daddy wasn’t going to be there, his sister and little brother were not going to be there, it would just be him…alone. He confidently replied, “Okay.” My granddaughter was disappointed that his sister wasn’t coming, but quickly accepted this new traveler.

We just knew that after we got back to Memphis and bedtime came, this brave little traveler would want to go home. Not this boy! He stayed for five days and had so much fun–swimming and playing during the day, Vacation Bible School at night…way too busy to get homesick!

I wanted to photograph him while he was here, but what was his story? Every photograph has a story behind it, but what could convey his? Then it hit me (I’m a little slow at times)… travel! This little guy traveled to Memphis without his family! Of course he traveled by car, but how fun would it have been if he had traveled by train! Use your imagination as you look through these photos and join him on his journey!

Yea, you’ve made it all the way through to the end! Thank you for looking and joining this little boy on his journey.

Simple joys…

It’s funny how little kids find the simplest things so fascinating. Common, ordinary yellow flowers that most of us walk over and step on without a second thought, become the objects of fascination and demands close examination. I don’t know if it’s the bright color, the abundance, or that it’s something to be dissected…but these treasures just can’t be ignored.

This little boy, who happens to be one of my great-nephews, found a a field of yellow flowers that needed to be explored. When he saw them he jumped from his mother’s arms and immediately started his quest! If only the rest of us “older” kids could find such fascination in simple joys!

To shoot or not to shoot…

As a photographer I’m always trying to follow the “rules” and work hard to “find the light,” but over Memorial Day I had to choose whether to break the rules and take the shot or to wait until later in the day when the light was better and possibly miss the shot.

To shoot or not to shoot? The real question is…do you miss the moment for perfection or make that memory with all it’s imperfections that you’ll treasure forever? For me there really wasn’t a choice when it came right down to it – I took the shot! I wouldn’t have missed the memory of my granddaughters playing in the pool together just to get the right light.

From Scaredy Cat to Daredevil…

This was the first lake outing of the year for my 7 year old granddaughter. She just had to get in the boat and tube. So we packed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and met “Poppa” at the dock. We found a quite little cove–perfect for eating lunch and learning to tube alone.


She was so excited about tubing by herself, but when the time came to actually get in the tube…well, let’s just say that we stayed in the cove for a long time until she finally found enough courage to just sit in the tube. We would push her out from the boat and pull her back in…and push her out and pull her in…and push her out and pull her in. She was happy just doing that, but she came for more adventure…she just didn’t know it yet.

We finally cranked the motor and very slowly started pulling her around the little cove. Then we went a little faster. I had explained to her the different hand signals…thumbs up meant faster and thumbs down was slower. She quickly discovered on her own that a thumb straight across meant “that’s good” and a quick cut across the throat meant STOP NOW!

By the time we were ready to head to the dock, this little daredevil was giving the thumbs up and pointing to bigger water…there were more adventures and bigger waves to be had on the high seas!

Take Two Boys, A Yard Full of Leaves, & A Sunny Afternoon…

More fun playing in the leaves. You can tell these two boy really love each other and have a ton of fun together.

I finally did it!


I did it. I finally did it. I jumped head first into the world of blogs! I’m not sure what this world looks like from my end, but I want this to be a place to share all the passions of my life.

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