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This is Your Life

June 6th, 2013 , Posted in my family, Personal, Uncategorized

Does it ever hit you that life isn’t going to last forever? When I was in my 20’s I thought about that, but it never really hit home. I’m still young, but I see my boys growing up and turning into young men, my baby is 2 years away from school and I’m reminded that life is fleeting. It goes by so unbelievably fast. This season of my life will be over before I know it and I want to savor every moment, I want to enjoy my children, I want to be present in this part of my life.


I had all these hopes and dreams for my children when they were born-things we would do together, what we would teach them, how we would raise them and so on. While it may not have always gone 100% according to plan, I can say that these children are the prize jewels in my life’s crown. How good my God is to have given me these four beautiful children to guide to adulthood and what amazing people they are growing up to be. They are loving, kind, obedient, respectful, love their God, are full of joy, they see the wonder in this world, love to give and are the joy of our lives.


A few years ago I traveled a TON for my job and while it was glamorous jet-setting around the world, in the end I missed my children so much that I decided it wasn’t worth it for me. I missed those loud, crazy evening meals, the mornings with a pile of kids in my bed, the quiet evenings watching the sun go down with freshly bathed kids next to me. I missed being the one to kiss them when they were hurt, hearing them play silly games in the next room, I wanted to be the one to make cookies with them.  I decided that they were only going to be here in our home for a short time and THEY are who I chose. I had become so busy helping others create beautiful memories of their children and families that I wasn’t there with mine. Who knows what God has in store for my life after they head out on their own, but for now they are my calling and what a beautiful life we are creating.


One of my favorite songs says…this is your life, are you who you want to be? I can say with all honesty that this life is more than I ever dreamed it could be. It’s not always perfect, but the blessings are so abundant.

This is Your Life

Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
Yesterday is a promise that you’ve broken
Don’t close your eyes, don’t close your eyes
This is your life and today is all you’ve got now
Yeah, and today is all you’ll ever have
Don’t close your eyes
Don’t close your eyes

This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be?
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

Yesterday is a kid in the corner
Yesterday is dead and over

This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be?
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

Don’t close your eyes
Don’t close your eyes
Don’t close your eyes
Don’t close your eyes

This is your life are you who you want to be?
This is your life are you who you want to be?

This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed it would be
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

And you had everything to lose


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Wayward Lane Farm

April 29th, 2012 , Posted in Uncategorized

A couple of photos I’ve taken over the last few months. I love waking up on our little farm and looking out to see the sun rising and it’s even more beautiful when I see our animals roaming happily through the fields.



They make my heart swell

February 1st, 2012 , Posted in Uncategorized

From the fall…and our Christmas card.

They are my world.

Farm Photos

January 13th, 2012 , Posted in Uncategorized

As I was adding some photos to a farm website I’m on, I thought it would be nice to share some here. We have decided to call our farm Wayward Lane because our place can be tricky find, located down a road with bends that never shows up on anyone’s GPS. And our house and barn are at the end of a long drive/lane. 🙂

Anyway, here are a few photos taken over the summer and fall.

Sunset looking out from our front yard.

Bella and our Pyrenees puppy

Pretty rainbow colored eggs from our hens.

Artistic Indoor Photography Workshop – Indiana Photography Class

November 18th, 2011 , Posted in Uncategorized

Artistic Indoor Photography Workshop

Are you a photographer struggling to make shooting in the winter work when you don’t have a studio? Worry no more! I’ll be teaching a beginner’s class on how to shoot artistically indoors with only available light. Whether you’re working out of your own home or traveling to your client’s homes, it can be done. Keep the clients coming year round and have fun doing it!

Shooting successfully indoors does require you to change the way you think and it often means learning a few new skills, but it opens up another avenue of income for most photographers in colder climates.If you want to expand your client base and keep income flowing when you can no longer shoot outdoors, than this class is for you.

Just a few of the topics to be covered…

Indoor versus outdoor shooting-think differently!

Lifestyle or Portrait-which is best?

Using your home – the pros and cons

Finding the light anywhere

Background “clutter”

Backdrops and flooring

Camera settings

Lenses and equipment needed


Setting the stage for your clients

Drawing the clients in

…and much more!

The Details

Dates: December 8th 2011 and January 9th 2012

Tuition: 500.00 with a 250.00 deposit due to secure your spot. Balance due 2 weeks prior to the class date.

The class will be from 10am to 4pm and will include hands on shooting in different indoor environments from simple to more difficult.

Lunch will be provided.

Classes will be limited to no more than 8 participants in order to allow adequate shooting instruction.

Email me to reserve your spot today!

Lilly’s Birthday!

August 2nd, 2011 , Posted in Lilly, Personal, Uncategorized

She’s one! I can’t believe it. My beautiful, tiny little baby is heading into toddlerhood. She has brought so much joy to us with her inquisitive, sweet and feisty little personality. It’s quite a sight to see all 5 of us gathered in the family room, watching Lilly’s latest antics (of course, followed by her squinty eyed cheesy smile). This little girl is loved to the moon and back!

I had so much fun planning and decorating for her party. Lilly has such a bright little spirit and her party seemed to steer naturally toward happy, bright colors. She also ADORES fruit so of course that had to be included. The girl will choose fruit over ANY other food. I made nearly everything with fabric and paper that I had on hand so her party ended up being pretty inexpensive. And the decorations can double as decor for her room.

If anyone wants tutorials on how I made anything, just let me know.

Now for the prettiness!

I made the bunting and paper circles. Lilly’s initials were made by a sweet friend before she was even born.

Torn fabric ribbon garland.

Lilly saying “wow” about the giant balloons.

Individual lemonade jars with blueberries, lemons and raspberries. Yummy!

She loved these cherries!

I made these out of scrapbook paper, fabric that I ruffled and elastic.

I was so worried this cake was going to be terribly hard to make, but it was amazingly simple. I wish I had taken a picture of the inside-it had raspberry filling.

The happy birthday girl.

Her cheesy grin.

That is one big balloon!

Everyone needs a kiss on their birthday. Bella is such a great big sister.

Why is everyone staring at me?

She was a little unsure about getting messy…

…but she got the hang of it. She wasn’t thrilled about how it felt though. A bath soon followed, lol.

Happy Birthday my Lilly girl!

these moments

July 13th, 2011 , Posted in my family, Personal, Uncategorized

This post has been a long time coming. Over the last year or so there has been a shift in my life. Whether it came from the chaos and excitement of moving to a new home, the amazing joy of a new baby, the industry I love so much being slowly eroded away, or the desire to just. slow. down. I’m not sure. Perhaps all of the above. However it came about, my focus has changed. I want to live in the moment, to enjoy the memories that are slipping by so quickly. My goodness, I am about to be the mother of a 12 YEAR OLD. Where did time go? I see my children changing overnight and I want to cherish their childhoods, not rush through it trying stay on top of “everything”.  I am blessed to have the option to work less and spend more time with them and I am taking it. I will have the time to build the career of my dreams later. I want to build well balanced and happy little people right now.

I will still be working, but it will be considerably less. So…I will be booking very limited sessions and screening all clients to ensure I am the perfect photographer to capture their own precious memories. And loving every precious minute being a mom to my little ones. I hope all of you out there remember to take the time to live in the moment.




Beautiful print by TheWheatfield on Etsy.

One more model needed!

June 6th, 2011 , Posted in Uncategorized

I’m also looking for a 3-5 month old baby who would be available for a photo session this Wednesday during the day (late morning or afternoon).  You will receive a free 8×10 and 5 digital files as a thank you. Please comment or email me. Thank you so much!

Models needed

June 5th, 2011 , Posted in Uncategorized

I have a teaching session lined up for the week, Wednesday the 8th and Thursday the 9th. I’m looking for 2-3 models ages 8-12 who enjoy the camera. I also need a family, preferably with children at least old enough to walk.  Clothing is very important for the style of the shoots, so I’ll meet with you prior to the session to help choose the outfits.  Photographers may certainly apply if I know you personally. 🙂 You will receive 1 free 8×10 print and 5 digital files within 3 weeks as a thank you.

Please email me with a photo of your child and/or family and I hope to have the chance to work with you!

Springtime in the country…

May 16th, 2011 , Posted in Bella, Personal, Uncategorized

I have such a massive collection of images that I’ve taken this spring and I’ve been so bad about posting them. Something about raising 4 beautiful children, being a wife,  running a business and a fast paced household that  makes extra time quite hard to come by.  Imagine that! 😉

I hate that all these photos that I ADORE are hiding away on my hard drive so I’ve given myself a goal to share at least one a day for the next week. If this goes well, maybe I’ll set another goal, but for now a week is fine by me.

This was the last one that I worked on so it’s the first up. Bella and I walked down the driveway to check the mail while we were waiting for Daddy to get home. And of course she went barefoot as she always does.  We looked at a pothole in the road and talked about how they form and she found a dandelion and a clover leaf  that she said made her lucky. How I love these quiet simple moments with my children.