Class of 2016!

...that moment when you look at your last blog post, and realize it's been an entire month since you posted... Yikes! (covers face)...

Hiiiii! I've been pretty busy behind the camera this last month or so, which is totally a good problem to have, but I'm back, like I never left! And I've missed you guys!

While playing catch up, it's only appropriate that I share what I've been doing. In addition to photographing beautiful families, I've been capturing some pretty special memories for 2016 Seniors as well, and I must say that they have been a BLAST! From cheerleading fun to sports to Seniors that are off to college in the fall, it's been a pleasure getting to knowand connect with these young ladies and gentlemen. Their futures are SO bright!

Enjoy a few highlights below from my latest bunch of graduates: Christa, Josiah, Mia, Janai and Gabby!

Congratulations to my DreamlandLife Seniors!

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." -Thoreau.


behind the lens...

Take a look at the picture below.


Seems like a simple maternity picture, featuring a beautiful woman and her baby bump, right? Well, technically, you're right...but to me, this image means so much more. You see, this image was taken during my very first year of full-time photography.  I initially would photograph family, friends, anyone I knew that was interested in having their pictures taken, so that I could build my portfolio...but then something happened. My phone started ringing...people wanting sessions, businessmen needing professional headshots, families needing updated pictures, and so on and so on...So I did the only thing I knew to do. I got to work. But....NO ONE warned me of the amount of work that was required as a freelance photographer building from the ground up.. YIKES! I had NO idea what I was in for. It's so much more than clicking the me. I was up for the challenge, though;) I was nervous, excited, anxious, ready, and most importantly full of hope.  That's the thing about ENJOY what you're doing. Even the not so fun work that's required, you DO it with joy because of your heart for the act. I knew that this was what I was supposed to do. I came alive behind the lens. The exhilarating feeling I'd get every time the flash went off was unexplainable. So no matter what it took, I was committed, and I was confident that I was where I was supposed to be. Finally.

Now granted, I wasn't sure HOW I'd make this thing happen, but I knew I had to try. Can you believe that for the first few months in business, I was actually using a borrowed DSLR camera from a fellow photographer? Yes, you read it right. Didn't even have my own equipment. *covers face*...(Never despise small beginnings, right?) SO many things that I look back on when thinking of that first year; DEFINITELY high moments, but in all transparency, there quite a few blunders as well, but I kept pushing, and I wouldn't trade a moment of my story. Up to my head in tutorials, workshops, paperwork, memory cards,  "practice sessions" and more...I'd say that year was, er..uh... interesting. Whew!... but I had never felt more fulfilled with a career in my life. While my photography journey over the years has taught me many lessons and provided me with memories for a lifetime, I'm embracing the fact that this is just the beginning;)...To be able to daily do what you love? Talk about grateful,

So yes, this picture technically is a maternity image of a woman expecting her sweet bundle of joy, but behind the lens, there's so much more...;) 




#TheClevelandShow:) Heather + Stanley.

Meet Heather and Stanley. Recently, we headed to the heart of the city in downtown Indianapolis to photograph this special season in their lives. This couple was a blast! Lots of adventures, smiles, and laughs. The love between these two was evident, and the cityscape backdrop was icing on the cake. From the White River Canal, to the Indiana Statehouse to Monument Circle, the day could not have been more perfect. I can't wait to photograph their wedding! #TheClevelandShow is sure to be an occasion to remember! Congratulations, Heather and Stanley!

More highlights to come, but for now, enjoy a few shots from their session;)