I can remember always having a camera with me from the time I was young. I loved capturing the moments I was living. I knew it would always be important for me to look back on my life and not only see my memories but truly feel them. I think that is why photography found me. It is true of me that you can find me most of the time with a camera in my hands. My friends and family understand that fully. I am grateful to capture and document the real moments of our lives. That is why my photography won't always be the "perfect" everyone looking at the camera pictures. I live for the moments when my clients forget I'm even there and just be. My daddy made me appreciate those kind of moments. His passing made me even more passionate about my photography. Grandparent pictures are one of my favorites! To see generation after generation and the love that lives forever honestly touches my soul. I would be honored to capture your memories for you. Thank you for letting me be a small part of your lives. I hope my photography will allow you to always feel the moments you live.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


You did it!  You turned three!!!!!!!  I can NOT believe that you are THREE.  It really seems like yesterday that you were born.  We have learned so much as a family since you made us a family of 5!  You Love your brother and sister SOOOOO much.  You want to play with them all the time and most of the time… they let you!  You always shoot me this sweet/ ornery smile.  It makes my heart want to explode.  You play with your cars all day everyday.  You run, run, run and run all day everyday.  Thank you for loving us.  You were the best idea I ever had.  xoxo.. mama bear

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

my 8 year old daughter...

You are now 8.  I really can't believe it.  It seems like yesterday I was bringing you home from the hospital.  I could never have imagined then how much I could love you.  Your heart amazes me.  It really touches my soul.  You give and give and give.  If you ever have money.. you always want to spend some on your brothers.  If you are at school and get a prize.. you get something your brothers would love.  You always want to share your heart with your family and friends.  You bless me everyday.  And your laugh…. it is the best thing in the world.  Always know I am proud of you.  You are beautiful… inside and out.  

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fall... my favorite.

Pumpkin Patch Day.  2013

 We always start this day by going to cracker barrel.  Then we head out to enjoy the pumpkin patch for several hours.  It is always one of my very favorite days with my family.

Alzheimer's Walk 2013

We Walk.
We walk to end Alzheimer's.
We walk to remember my daddy.
We walk to celebrate his life.
We walk to honor my mama and how she took care of him.
We walk so we won't have this terrible disease.
We walk to change the future of our children.
We walk in honor of all those affected by this disease.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Jude Samuel Gardner.  I can't believe you are TEN YEARS OLD!!!!!!!  How??  Sometimes... it seriously makes me cry.  Actual tears.  But then I think of how blessed I am that you have been mine for ten years.  You are such an amazing kid.  You surprise me everyday with how smart you are.. smarty pants.  You take after your daddy in that area!!  You don't surprise me with how kind you are... you have always been that way.  You have a heart for people.  That is my favorite thing about you.  You love to read, run, create, play outside and so much more!  You bless our family everyday and I pray that you always let God guide you.  I know you have amazing things in store for your life.  You are a beautiful child and I love you with my whole heart.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

4th grade and 2nd grade.

When did this happen?????  How did you both get so big?  I can't believe it... it was just yesterday you were crawling around and on my hip.  I hope you both know how proud I am.  You both have amazing hearts.  You both are hard workers.  I love that.  And... I love you both so very much.  I hope you have an amazing year learning. 

Monday, July 8, 2013


my soccer kids.  

jude... you are amazing.  you play so hard every single game.  you run with all your heart.  and let me tell you.... you are one fast guy.  but one thing that totally amazes me about you is how much you care. you care that you practice hard.  you care that you try your best.  you care that you run super fast.  you care that you give everything on that field.  and most of all you care about your team and even the other  players.  i love watching you.  i love cheering for you.  i love praying for you.  

isabella... so this was your first year to play soccer.  your dad and i both thought you were kidding when you asked.  i kept telling you... you know you might get hurt, that ball might hit you.. you might get knocked down.  yep.. you said.. but i still want to play.  ok, ok.. we let you.  and boy did you surprise us!  you loved every minute. you were fast and smart on that field.  and very very tough!  you were not afraid of anyone.  i am so glad i didn't listen to my fears.  i am so glad you loved that experience.  i am so glad you are your own person.  i love you with all my heart.