Annalise / Portraits

Perfect May Day shoot. Flowers & all.

“The world is exploding in emerald, sage, and lusty chartreuse – neon green with so much yellow in it. It is an explosive green that, if one could watch it moment by moment throughout the day, would grow in every dimension.”20130501-IMG_7104

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20130501-IMG_716320130501-IMG_7219 20130501-IMG_7292 20130501-IMG_7388 20130501-IMG_7312“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” 
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Lyndsea / Portraits

Everyone, meet Lyndsea.

Picture in your head a “Little miss sunshine” meets “ball of fire” meets “extremely talented” meets “crazy beautiful” meets “never stops talking” meets “life of the party”…. Yeah.. That’s Lyndsea & she is F.U.N. to be around.

Remember this face, people. You’ll be seeing this lovely girl more in some styled-shoots in the near future.


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Brandon & Sara || Engaged

I don’t even know where to begin with these two.

Sunday I had the privilege of doing an engagement shoot (my first!) with –possibly the cutest ever– couple here in my own city.

These lovebirds met during a highschool class two years ago. It all began with Sara turning around in her seat & starting up a simple conversation with Brandon. Apparently that conversation & her charming demeanor fatefully attracted him to her & it started them on a quick track- zooming towards a collision with loooove. 😉

After that day they began spending every break between classes together, and eventually started meeting away from school to be together. Two months later, Brandon asked Sara to be his girlfriend.

You’ll never guess what she said. 😉

Now, after almost two years of being an official couple, the sweet pair decided to tie the knot.

Yay for LOVE!!!!

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I loved watching how Brandon looked at Sara while we were together. The entire day you could just see & FEEL their overflowing love for each other. 20130428-IMG_596120130428-IMG_611620130428-IMG_6043

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If you think you saw this earlier, you’re right. I loved it so much I had to add the black&white AND the color version. Seriously. Look at this gorgeous couple.


I’m looking forward to their wedddddingggg day next Tuesday! Stick around and you’ll get to see those too.

i have a story

i do have a story to share.

one of redemption and grace.

one where freedom replaced bondage

& redemption cleansed.

Jesus saved & the deadness of my soul

was transformed from sadness to joy

& made alive in Him.


the mess that was my life became my message

the hurts that used to define me

are behind me ~ far gone.


i was bulimic

i was lies

i was hurts, loneliness, an empty shell.

a body with no true life

i was a no-one

another face.


but then

he told me

he made me perfect.

he was beaten & bruised

he fought death

& conquered

just to call me his.


i was bulimic, but he saved me.

i was lies, but he made me truth.

i was hurts, loneliness, & an empty shell.

he replaced hurts with healing, loneliness with his faithful

friendship, and he took my empty shell & filled me with the holy

presence of God almighty.


i have a story. & i’m going to tell it.

what’s yours?

/while wars are won with words/

“We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father, but then we curse people who were created in God’s likeness. These praises and curses come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, this should not happen. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.” // James 3:9-12