Who Am I?
I am a single mom with two wonderful, energetic kids. I adopted my children from Russia when my daughter was 2 years old and my son was 1. Now they are 15 and 13, and if you hire me on a weekend or in the evening, you just might get to meet them—as they are my assistants!
I have been a photographer, graphic artist, marketing specialist, and art teacher for over 25 years. But at this phase of my life, I am completely focused on bringing joy to families by capturing their essence in photographs. I absolutely LOVE my work. If I had to give up photography, there would be a great big hole in my life. I don’t ever dread going to work on Mondays. I’m obsessed with making compelling, original imagery that portrays the love and connections within families.
Why Do I Photograph Children and Families?
Becoming a mother changed my life in so many ways. Not only did I fall in love with two beautiful kids, but I also found myself falling in love with photographing children and families. Once I had my own children, I came to understand in a whole new way the love that a parent feels for his or her child. I suddenly understood how quickly children grow up and how meaningful it is to document the stages of their lives and the uniqueness of their individual personalities.
How Do I Work?
I love the challenge of meeting a new family and helping each member feel at ease in front of my camera within minutes. I can be a bit silly at times. I love to play games with youngsters. My own children laugh at me when they hear me hum a ridiculous tune as kids run around their parents in my version of Musical Chairs (Laps). I’m not going to tell your child to look at me and smile. Instead, I will ask your 8-year-old if he is married yet or I’ll ask your 13-year-old daughter to spin around and then “strike a pose”. Your little ones will feel like they’ve been on a play date, not a boring photo session. I want to show the spirit of your children—not just what he or she looks like.
I’m not a cookie-cutter, generic photographer that treats each client’s session in the same rote way. During our pre-consultation, we’ll discuss in detail what’s important to you, what each of your family members is like, what each is into, what’s special about this time in your life, and what location will best reflect the type of images you would like to end up with.
During our session, I might ask everyone to pose, but what I’m really looking for are the “in-between moments”: when something funny happens and you all laugh; when your spouse whispers something in your ear and you blush; or you tickle your son and he bursts out with a deep, gut wrenching belly roar. Or you spontaneously give your daughter a butterfly kiss on her cheek. My photography will memorialize those nuances in photos that are alive with meaning.
Give me a shout now and let’s plan your custom photography session. You can reach me at 828-230-1462. Call now…..pick up the phone. I’m waiting to hear from you.
What Is My “Lifetime Membership” Program?
I am here to photograph your family members just once or to document every part of your child’s life—to celebrate your children at every age and stage. If you choose, I can be your photographer for life.
I love my kids’ adoption story, but a small sadness is that I don’t have a single photo of them as newborns and babies. There are no photographs of their tiny little feet and toes, or of me holding them swaddled in receiving blankets. I didn’t have this opportunity. BUT YOU DO! I want to help you decorate your home with images of the people you love the most. I’d love to be your photographer for life. Click here for more info.