Category Archive: Make Believe Actions

  1. Photographer Award Competitions are a Driving Force

    Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

    I am definitely not one to toot my own horn. Honestly, I’m more comfortable blending in with the walls than most people. I rarely take a selfie and when I usually do it’s because of a desperate need to make sure my kids at least have a few photos of me. The thing is, my job is very much the complete opposite of that. I beg people to make sure they get into their photos (because you really should and you’ll regret not doing it), I also have to make sure I’m putting myself out into the world to help drive business. It’s the total opposite of me, and it’s a work in progress. Luckily, I love my job so much that I’ll do what I know I need to do to make it grow, even when it’s a bit awkward for me. Well, one of those things that I do to help drive me, and help me keep learning my craft is entering image competitions. They push me to put myself in front of a big audience, to make each session better than the last, and they push me to keep growing as an artist. Well with that all in mind, I had some great news today! Earlier today I discovered that I placed in 2nd Place in the National Association of Professional Child Photographer’s International Image Competition in the ‘Babies’ category!! I also had an image win an Honorable Mention in the ‘Family’ photographer category as well! I’ve won an Honorable Mention a few times now in the same competition over the years so you can image how excited I was to place 2nd place! Also, earlier this year I placed First Place in the ‘Newborn’ category of Lemonade and Lenses International Image Competition which was also so surreal! If you are a photographer and haven’t ever entered an image competition, I encourage you to do so pronto! It really does help with growth and with any shyness you may have. Anyway, here are the two images from the NAPCP’s July 2015 International Image Competition that placed.


    Well, since we are here I figured I’d go ahead and make this post a collective of the awards that I have won in the past and currently! :) These are the images that won Honorable Mention over the years.


    I can’t leave out my First Place Newborn Image from the Lemonade and Lenses Competition either! I was so proud of this one! Thanks for looking!! xoScreen Shot 2015-10-14 at 8.12.19 PM

  2. Rain, Rain… Went Away | Beach Photography

    Seacrest Beach, Florida

    The evening of this Seacrest Beach photography session I didn’t think there was any chance this session would happen. I really thought we would have to reschedule. It was pouring rain, lightning was striking all around me and the radar lit up like a Christmas tree with all the red and green, but if you zoomed in on the radar you would see a tiny little strip of beach that was completely clear. That little strip of beach was Seacrest Beach which is where this session was set to take place. My client Crystal who is also a photographer (and is also the Marketing Director of the NAPCP) really didn’t want to reschedule. As a mom, I can totally understand that getting everyone ready for pictures isn’t an easy thing. To do that twice in one week while you’re supposed to be relaxing on vacation isn’t ideal at all.  For her sake, I really wanted everything to go as planned. I hopped in my jeep and headed to meet my clients. It poured so hard I didn’t think there was anyway the weather was going to clear up, but I was wrong! When I turned on to 30 A the downpour changed to a light sprinkle, and as I pulled into Seacrest the rain was almost completely gone. I waited with Crystal and her family hoping that the sprinkle would stop completely, but after a few minutes of waiting we decided it was now or never. We weren’t even 10 minutes into the session when the rain completely stopped, and the rain drops on Crystal’s family’s shirts dried up. We were so happy! The kids played and as the light dropped we were given the most beautiful pastel pink sunset I’ve seen in a while. I’m so happy we did this session the night that we did. :)

     Beach Photography

  3. Beautiful Bennett | Destin Family Photographer

    Destin, Florida Pompano Joes

    As a family photographer my job is to tell a story visually, but sometimes visuals don’t always share the whole story. This is one of those instances. You would probably never guess that the little three year old in these photos has cancer. That her family is just living day by day terrified and praying for a miracle. I want to share this story with you so that you too can pray for a miracle.

    ” There are certain days and/or events that remain transfixed in your mind forever because of either joyful or tragic endings. The day you met your future spouse, your wedding day, the birth of your children, the death of a loved one, all leave a lasting impression on you for the rest of your life. The day we discovered Bennett’s brain tumor is one of those days. I can still smell and feel that Central Baptist triage room as well as vividly recall every detail of that horrible day. I can still see the doctor’s lips moving but not hearing anything coming after the words – brain tumor. Billy and I just stood there in the middle of the ER holding each other and sobbing, crushed by two little words that would ultimately change our lives forever. January 15, was another one of those days. Let me begin where I last left you…”

    You can read the rest of their story here.  Also they never mentioned this link to me, but I want to share it with you incase you feel inclined to donate to this family. You can see that here.

    Special thanks to Jennifer of Waves of Grace  and Erica and Lindsey of Pure 7 for all of your help with setting this up. Thank you Katie and Billy for trusting me and Autumn to document this time for you. You are in my prayers. xo