Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
When I look at a photograph it feels to me as though time has been frozen, as if the moment lives on in the expression and beauty captured within it. I’m a little bit obsessed with beauty, there are so many things that are epically gorgeous in this world, from the smallest detail to humanity itself. My passion is photographing people. Who they are and what they love. I feel that a photograph can tell a story beyond a moment. A story that brings out the emotion and memories from a particular point in time, that photograph becomes a treasure.
My love for photography came from my grandma, her name was Grace and she was one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever known. She was a professional wedding photographer for 40 years. She genuinely loved each person she photographed. She was completely delighted in who they were and being able to capture their unique personality. The people she was with knew it too, when you were with her you knew she wanted to be with you. She was just that kind of person.
After a wedding, she would call me and as we chatted about how her event was she would almost always comment on how that just had to be her favorite bride of all time. I would laugh and say, “Grandma, you said that about your last bride!” And she would assure me that, no, no, THIS bride was her favorite. Ever. 😉 She would then usually move on to commenting that I really must become friends with this beautiful woman because I “would just love her”. 😉 That is just how she viewed life and the people around her. When she was photographing you, you felt as though you were the most beautiful person in the world and her favorite she’d ever captured on film. I use to tell her she was my favorite grandma and she would tell me, ”
I use to tell her she was my ‘favorite grandma’ and she would tell me, “Oh sweety, I’m your only grandma” (she was my only living grandmother at the time). But the truth is that she is my favorite, she has been an inspiration and one of my best friends my whole life. Her’s is the legacy I want to continue.
I am currently located in South Florida, in the West Palm Beach area. Although I’m a Southern California transplant and have only been here a short time. I am a beach girl at heart so it’s hard not to love the treasure coast with its beautiful beaches and mostly perfect weather.
I have two ridiculously handsome small children who have more energy that may be humanly possible and a husband that after 16 years of marriage I’m still madly in love with. As cheesy as it is, of all the love stories, ours is definitely my favorite.
I can’t function without coffee or strong dark tea with cream. Please don’t ask me too, and if you add a good book we might be best friends forever.
Below you’ll find a few more random things about who I am, and the things that make me smile. Blessings to you, as you consider Dragonfly Photography to be a part of your moments that make life beautiful.
“In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.”
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison
I’m slightly obsessed with all the delightful people who live in my home. My boys are little, but not as little as they once were. This makes me smile and cry all at the same time. Anyone else do this?? We usually spend our days with a ridiculous amount of energy (them, not me). The beach is our bestie and wrestling each other to the death (death = pinned until the conquered child announces defeat) is a daily occurrence.
I’ve only been in the West Palm Beach area for a short time, we relocated to south Florida from southern California up in the beautiful mountains (think, four seasons and the opposite of flat). I’m one of those people that I pretty much love everywhere. Each place has some amazing characteristic to learn about and enjoy and being on an adventure is always a good thing in my book. However, my only stipulation if we’re going to move across the country is that I can only do small town rural for so long. Don’t judge. I thrive on city. Moving from LA and California in general I thought I was going to pass out with all the cute little country-ish space here until I found Miami. It was a close call I’m telling you. And although we’re a tad bit north from West Palm Beach it’s quickly become my favorite close go to for city fix and all the fantastic benefit a nice big/cute/quaint city has to offer.
Although you might pin this one on being one of those weird creative types, I would try and convince you otherwise. The arts of all kinds help me thrive as a person. And although you may never need to know who Edgar Degas is, or what he painted I beg you to simply go stare at one of his pieces. You never know what it might spark in your own story. I highly value both as a photographer, as well as a person, continuing to grow, explore, and learn all I can from what I’m surrounded with. Everyone has a story to share, we can learn so much if we just listen. If you need me, I’ll be crying though a Miami City Ballet performance as my sweet husband tries not to roll his eyes too much at my overly creative heart.
Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.
~ C. S. Lewis
Making sure that I allow time and space for personal projects is extremely important to me. As a professional creative it’s really easy to spend all my time creating for other people. As fun as that sounds and absolutely is, it can lead to stuck fairly easily. A commitment to not doing the same thing over and over, to trying something new, to think outside the box makes me who I am. One of my favorite tag lines for Dragonfly Photography is; Dream Big. If I don’t allow myself time to dream, grown and create just because I don’t have my very best to bring to anyone else. This leads to crazy ideas, especially when more of my photographer friends are involved.
Seriously. It cannot be overstated the importance of this stuff in my life. Clients who appreciate the importance of coffee themselves, who hangout with me over coffee and who bring me coffee will automatically be promoted to favorite. I understand this is favoritism. I’m really ok with it. #itsthatimportant
I am in love with the the written word. I read a ton of different things. From current authors to children’s classics (Narnia anyone??) one of my favorite things is to be curled up with a good book and a cup of tea or coffee or reading to my kiddos. I don’t want one of your tablets either. I need pages. I really just love everything about books. I’m pretty sure I could become a hoarder easily.