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Elaine - High Point Senior Photographer

“Cultivate the light you have within you, and it will SHINE through as a radiant expression that will be seen by others.” ~Gordon B. Hinckley

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Have you ever met someone who just seems to radiate light? Elaine is one of those people for me - and probably by anyone that meets her. I had the opportunity to get to know her for 8 months and I can tell you this, I could have used a few more months with this special girl. But, she needed to spread her light around to some other people as she begins her Senior year of High School.


She is an amazing writer and artist. She is a good friend. She is wise beyond her years. She loves serving others. She is full of hope and goodness. I hope you all have an Elaine in your life.

We were able to sneak away for a couple hours just a few days before she moved away and I am so glad we did. The images from her session just bring a smile to my face.

The things we hold close

My family has moved around...A LOT.  In our 13 years of marriage, my husband and I have lived in 9 homes.  My oldest son (who is almost 11), has been to 5 new schools in the past 5 years.  You learn a lot when you don't stay put and you almost become numb to change.  We don't hold on to a lot of 'stuff' because, well, that's just one more thing we have to pack and load and unpack the next time we head to a new home.  

But, each time we move in to a new home, one of the very first things I do is start hanging family pictures on the walls.  It's not something I have consciously done, but looking back I have always felt immediately like a new place is home as soon as I can see my family memories in it.  I think that is one very big reason I gravitated toward becoming a photographer.  Things really don't mean a whole lot to me, but in all of the images of my family, I can see every single memory we have made together. It really tends to change your perspective when you get intentional about giving yourself visual reminders of the important things in life.

Previously, my photography blog has been strictly all about the portrait sessions I am showcasing for my clients. I will continue to showcase each and every session because I want my clients to know how truly amazing I think they all are.  But, something has been tugging at my heart lately and I just feel like it will tie in seamlessly to my passion for my business. 

So, from here on out, you will frequently find posts, ideas, and tactical ways to live life more intentionally.  Learning to really cherish the things most important to you on a daily basis.  This has been something I have really been working on within the walls of my own home for a years now and I can't even begin to tell you how much it has changed the Spirit in our home.  We feel more deeply.  We are happier.  We are learning to speak to each other and act according to the way the other person feels love. We are taking time to be present. 

 

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Greensboro Senior Photographer ~ Northwest Guilford HS ~ Meet Grace

Hey hey!  Time to finally get this new blog kicked off.  It's taken me a little bit of time to call Greensboro 'home', but I truly feel like this is my place.  The place where I think my family will finally settle down and get comfortable.  Which, for me, means that I finally feel like I can pick my photography business back up and make a name for myself.  (For those of you who I haven't known long, I had a pretty great photography business going when my family lived in Michigan a few years ago.  Had to put it on the back burner for a few years because, well, family first and we moved twice.)

With that being said, a few weeks ago, I was able to meet up with a super sweet girl to start refreshing my high school student portfolio.  February has had amazing weather in North Carolina this year.  We ended up with a perfect afternoon and found a location in Colfax with amazing lighting. Grace is one of my model representatives at Northwest High School in Greensboro.  Her family recently moved to the area and we got to be neighbors for a few shorts months.  She is already finding her place and plays both Varsity Volleyball and recently made the Girls Softball team - Go Vikings.  On top of being a great athlete, Grace is also really funny, friendly, beautiful and all around just plain fun to hang out with.  And my kids say she bakes a mean chocolate chip cookie.  What can I say?  Working with teenagers, I need to capitalize on the babysitting perks, too.

Meet Grace - Class of 2019