When we weren't at the lake in GA, we were at the beach in FL. I spent every waking moment in the water as a kid.
That's my dad, right there with the cigarette in his mouth. I was really close with him when I was little... He owned his own HVAC repair business, and I remember riding in his old blue work van with him to jobs. It didn't have seatbelts (or seats!) in the back! I'd spend the day exploring his clients' properties while he worked... We spent a lot of time together, and it was a blast.
My parents divorced when I was around 2, and my mom and I left family in Georgia and went Clearwater, Florida. My mom made a living as a waitress on the beach, and met all kinds of famous folks. I remember her telling me a story about Mel Gibson trying to get her to pull his hair to prove it was real. (she never pulled it...)
I also went to work with her a lot, and just walked the beach or sat in the hotel. I don't remember as much about those days, other than the sand being so insanely hot on my feet!! :)
Our home was constantly FULL of them. Always. My mother took them in - nonstop. (She had a huge heart)
I don't think there was a time in my childhood when we had less than 4 cats and 4 dogs, but we frequently had more- and it was awesome! One time she stole (legit) a monkey from a zoo (it's a long story). (No, this mountain lion wasn't stolen; he was my mom's friend's pet.)
Anyway... My mom instilled a love for furry creatures in my heart, and I always thought I'd grow up to be a veterinarian. :)
But I did not become a veterinarian; I became a teacher! A lot of people don't know this about me, but I actually hardly attended school as a child. There was a lot of addiction in my family, and my mom was much more of a friend than she was a parent so I really got to do whatever I wanted to do! I dropped out of 11th grade (somehow with As and Bs) and a short time later found myself graduating from college with my teaching degree.
I've always had a passion for helping, be it people or animals, and I thought teaching would be perfect.
My kids in my classroom were my WORLD. We did Yoga together, played games instead of doing worksheets, and best of all: we didn't only focus on what was on the test.
I poured into my kids and they poured into each other. It was an incredible journey, being a teacher, but I ultimately did not have the freedom to teach in the ways I knew they needed (bureaucracy) so I left feeling overwhelmed and defeated at the end of the day. I met with my principal in 2017, and we both shed tears as I resigned. It was one of the best decisions of my life.
Around this time, I married the coolest, smartest, funniest, weirdest, most loyal person I'd ever met. We met in 2006, started dating in 2010, and got married in 2014. My husband, Will, is basically the complete opposite of me. He's a DIY'er- knows how to fix absolutely anything (including completely rebuilding engines) and he's his happiest when he's tinkering. I, on the other hand, would rather be exploring the earth and hanging out with my kids or friends or something. (Anything but tinkering!!)
It's perfect because we balance each other!
After our wedding we left the country for 10 whole days! We stayed at Tango Mar in Costa Rica and It. Was. AWESOME. If we weren't galavanting around the sketchy outskirts of our resort, we were enjoying drinks at the pool. I laugh looking back because I remember saving all the fruit from my drinks for the lizards, and eventually they learned to follow me around because I'd feed them alcohol-infused pineapple and stuff. haha
We traveled on horseback, zip lined, and had an ATV adventure -- all through the rainforest, and saw so much stuff. It was incredible. We want to go back!!
We're a pretty busy bunch! My husband runs a retail store, I run this fantastic thing right here, and together we homeschool our kids. Most mornings you'll find the kids and I crowded around the kitchen table with homemade breakfast burritos. Afternoons are reserved for homeschool fun, and evenings are reserved for beer and conversation with just my husband and I. (Okay, not every evening...)
For fun we like to hit the go carts at K1 Speed - and - not to brag, but I currently hold #1 in our family's race times.
The process of getting to know you helps me learn about your unique story, values, and desires so that I know what is meaningful to you. Getting to know you helps me capture moments that might otherwise go unnoticed or be forgotten. Your story is unique; your needs and what you want captured are specific to you and important to me.
Would a city scape or countryside better tell your story? Do you love romantic, bright, natural light photos or do you dig creative nighttime shots with flash? Maybe you like both... Maybe you're not sure. I'll talk to you along the way; learning more about your style so I know how to use my talents to serve you.
Whether it's your wedding day or your engagement session, I show up ready to execute. I know your story, I know your style, your wants, needs, dreams, and desires. You know me and you value our ability to communicate. I show up ready to serve you --and on your wedding day-- ready to serve your family as well.
After the biggest day of your life, I will begin the hard work of processing through your (about 6K) photos. I'll cull through the duplicates and out of focus photos, hand-editing the meaningful and beautiful memories for your gallery. After your beautiful gallery is edited, I will design a gorgeous album that you will be proud to pass down for generations to come.
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