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Matthews 26th Birthday Cookout || Personal

For those of you who may be new, and may not know I have one younger brother named Matthew. He’s 3 years younger than I am, and on August 27th, 2017 he turned 26 years old. He’s a very quiet, and shy individual so we had a low-key cookout with just family, and we had so much fun. We had his favorite type of cake, chocolate with chocolate icing, and vanilla ice cream(you thought I was going to say chocolate didn’t you?).  I hope that you enjoy some of these highlights.

You can never tell if my dog, Rascal, is enjoying himself. Every time the camera turns to him, he does the following:

Or my person favorite, this one below. He really does not like it when I take images of him.

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5 Ways to Relax, and Free Your Mind

Last year the to-do lists became bigger, and bigger by the day. I found myself being like a hermit crab, and staying in my leggings, over-sized sweaters, and fuzzy socks, working until late in the night. After I did this for a while, I found myself getting burnt out, and not taking care of myself at all. Does any of this sound familiar to my fellow, creative entrepreneurs out there? So at the beginning of this year I promised that I would take better care of myself. I started with getting a schedule together in my business, and adding in times to stop working. For me this is really hard, because my brain has a tendency to keep going, and going, and going, and it’s hard to shut off the work brain.

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Fox Hunters Paradise Shoot

Fox Hunters Paradise has become one of my favorite spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway to visit, and it only takes me about 30 minutes to reach these amazing views. Becky, and I had been planning to go to the Parkway when the leaves started turning colors. I had a day that I wasn’t going to be busy on, and so we went for it. It turned out to be cold, foggy, and a little windy, but it was such a fun day.


One of my loves is helping others who want to learn photography. I don’t feel threatened by it, I encourage it. Anytime I get the chance to help someone who wants to learn, I take it.


Her son Nathan, wanted to be in all the images with her which was so precious. I am not a family photographer, but I just couldn’t resist shooting some images with this cutie. 🙂


He also wanted to become adventurous, and try to climb the rock wall.


I love these little hidden moments.






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The Road to Recovery

I made all these big plans last week for what I would do to promote my business, I had a couple of blog post ideas that I thought I would launch, but all that came to a screeching halt on 08.30.16 at 9:00 a.m.

I had a little trouble sleeping the night before, and had to work a long shift that day so I thought I would try to sleep in for a bit longer. All of a sudden I heard the door fly open, and a rush of foot steps heading towards my bedroom door. My dad bursts into the room in a panic, and  starts shouting, “Something terrible has happened, get up!” I asked him, “What’s going on? What happened?” That’s when he told me our little boy, Rascal, was hit. He said, “He’s still alive, he just took off yelping, and I don’t know where he went.” After searching for about 20 minutes(what felt like an eternity for me), we finally heard him yelp from under a nearby bush.

The poor little thing was in such shock that he was completely white from head to toe, and holding up his right leg. I finally was able to catch him, and hold him still long enough for my brother to get our truck so we could take him to the vet. Once we got him there someone was able to come out, and help us lift him. We waited for about 40 minutes so they could do a full x-ray on him, and so they could give him pain injections.

When we finally got to talk to the vet, they gave s a pretty grim prognosis: A broken pelvis bone, and he may lose the use of his leg. My head was pretty much spinning at this point, and spinning even harder once they told us what we could for him. Surgery would actually be ideal for him, so they could put a plate in his hip, but it was way out of our price range($2,000-$5,000). The other options they gave me over the next day or so had me so upset I didn’t really know what would be in his best interest. They told me I could put him to sleep so we wouldn’t be in anymore pain, or put him on cage rest for 4-6 weeks because the bone could heal with time. 

I wrestled with what to do only because I didn’t want my little boy to be in any pain, and it was so hard to watch him. After talking with God, and praying about what to do I ultimately decided to keep in on cage rest. I am so glad I made that decision, because he is sitting right beside me, and already doing so much better.

When we brought him home, he did yelp whenever my brother would pick him up to go outside to do his business, or whenever he would try to move too much. It’s been less than a week, and he’s only yelped once since those first couple of days, and he’s been picking himself up. His mood is already improving every single day, and I am hopeful that he’s going to be well very soon.

He’s our little miracle boy, and I can’t wait to see him running around outside very soon.


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Why Starting Your Business Young Is A Great Idea

Today I want to share with you, why I think starting your business while you are young is a fantastic idea.


If you are blessed enough to figure out what your passion is, and want to go for it while you are still in school, or just graduated, or even in your late twenties, then I want to say, ‘Kudos to you!’. Some people will go most of their life not knowing what they are really good at, or just have to get a job to make rent, and pay the bills.

At this time in my life, I’m not in a relationship, and I don’t have children so this is the prime time for me(personally) to start a full time business. Honestly, that is the best time to start a business, when you are experiencing more free time than most. So if you are single right now, enjoy this season, and get creative with the time you have. You will never have this free moment again.

Get Creative With The Time You Have

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DIY: Make Your Own Glitter Print

Hello beautiful! Welcome to TGIF here on the blog today. We are going to do something fun, and inspiring. We are going to make our very own glitter print!

**Special Note Before We begin: I learned to do this from LaurDIY’s YouTube channel. I just wanted to share with you this fun process, and expand more on this creative artwork. 

These glitter prints can make great presents for any holiday, or occasion. Before anyone asks, no the glitter doesn’t come off the print very easily.DIY Glitter Print

The things you will need for this DIY project are:

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My Camera Collection

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I have always loved cameras, whether they be old cameras, or new cameras. Today I wanted to share with you my budding little camera collection.

It’s no secret that I love photography, and not to be cliche or anything, but I guess it really did start when I was little. My very first camera, which I sadly don’t have anymore, was a little point, and squirt. Yes, you saw right. It was a squirting water camera. As you can see, my camera collection has actually grown up quite a bit since those days.

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Pray For Tay Spirit Night || Chick-Fil-A of Mount Airy

Being apart of such special spirit nights like this, just make all the struggles of this photography business worth it. Being able to be apart of something that is bigger than I am is just amazing. Taylor Baumon is one special guy to have so many friends, family, and strangers to care so much for him. He’s battling a very serious disease, and I admire how this community is just rallying around him to pray for him, and help him defeat this. I don’t personally know Taylor, but I know the struggle he is facing. I have seen my family members go through this, this horrible disease called cancer.

Taylor we are praying for you, and you will defeat this!

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”.– Phil. 4:13

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Sydney\'s Senior Fall Shoot || Mount Airy North Carolina Photographer

I’ve had the pleasure to not only work with Sydney, but to get to know her outside of work as well. Our workplace does such fun events like having a bowling, and pizza night, relaxing by a bon-fire, etc. I never realized I worked with such musically gifted people, and Sydney is one of those people. She plays the Ukulele, and has even made her own Ukulele!

This is only the second senior shoot I’ve done, and I love doing them! Seniors are so much fun, and full of life. If you are thinking about getting your senior portraits done, feel free to contact me here.

I hope you enjoy these beautiful photos from Sydney’s Senior Session. We had so much fun shooting them.

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Cherokee Senior Session || Mount Airy North Carolina Photographer || Travel Photographer

I had the pleasure of first working with Cherokee when she agreed to be my model for a shoot I was working on last year. This time we were shooting her senior session, and I cannot wait to see what this girl is going to do in the future. She’s currently in the ROTC program at her high school, and getting to lead in various activities with this program. She’s so sweet, and full of fun as you will see in her ‘photo booth’ style of photographs below.


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