What makes up a portrait.  Well for one, there needs to be someone in the photo.  You.  You make a portrait so special.  Without you, it would just be a photo of a background, a place outdoors, or the grass or rocks around.  You give a portrait life, you make it important.  You make a portrait an heirloom.  Something your family will treasure for generations.  You give the portrait a meaning to exist.  Without you, there is no purpose of a portrait.

What do I specialize in.  Portraits of you.  417-894-0230

Upbeat Monday

I hope your Monday is going as good as mine is.  It’s always nice to start the day and week off fresh and this week I’m going to do just that! Wanted to share a photo of an energetic young girl that just loved to play!  This photo was one of their favorites and it turned out so WONDERFUL!  It was made into a 16×20 Gallery Wrapped Canvas and looks just like an art piece you would see in a gallery!

Little Carson

If you saw the video you’ll realize how cute this kid is! 🙂 Just had to share some of my favorites from his mini session.

Don’t you love it when …

I love to see our children play.  To know that they are happy.  I love the little moments when they just randomly come up to you and tell you they love you.  Or like this photo, we are visiting grandma’s house and they decide they want to race you in the car.  (They of course won!)

Don’t forget the precious little moments we have with the ones we love.


Remember that all through the month of December any new person that becomes a fan of my work HERE.  I’ll donate a can of food to our local food bank

What do you see in a photo?

My big thought for the day was what do you see in a photograph?  It had me pondering lately about how I view and think about the photos I take and then eventually present to the client (you).  I have the tendency to over think a lot of things.  To read into situations or gestures way too much.  Sometimes when viewing a photograph I do the same.

This photo is from a recent session and I wanted to tell you what I saw.  In the studio she was such a ham, smiling at everything, but listening just as well.  I had her look up into the studio lights and I captured this.  Just looking at it makes me think, this is a great photo to remember someone by.  I wish I had one like this of each of my children, or of my mother or grandparents when they were children.  Then I looked a little deeper.  I see innocence.  I see trust.  I see great expectations of the future.  I see hope.  I see someone that represents millions around the world that are untainted by the anger, hate and malice that come into so many lives.

Maybe it is this photo that speaks deeply to me, or maybe it is just the idea of children that make me ponder so much.  So next time you look at a photo, ask yourself, what do you see?


Remember that all through the month of December any new person that becomes a fan of my work HERE.  I’ll donate a can of food to our local food bank

A favorite from the 4th

Our local 4th of July parade comes right down our street. We get to set outside our porch, on the sidewalk and enjoy all the floats and rides. This year was no exception and the children, as always were uber-excited to catch as much candy as they could

Here you can see my son standing in anticipation of the parade coming down the street.

I hope your 4th of July was as filled with as much celebration as you could handle!


Another Image

Just had to share another image of our son. He is such fun to see him laughing. He seems to laugh more at our other kids when they try to make silly faces. It is a sight to behold!!!

A Photograph To Share

You know those time when you plan on doing something and before you know it a month has passed?  That is me in a nutshell.  Work, family, church, friends & sleeping always seem to to help the time pass so quickly.  It is the same with everyone.  Just yesterday we had our newest family member and today he’s over 4 months old!  With that said I had to share a portrait of him with you.  I visited a fellow photographer the other day who gave me some inside tips to her children’s photography sessions. (Thanks Dea!)  Anyway, take a look at Carson then try to tell me he isn’t cute!