A portrait is how you leave a part of yourself behind.

Sometimes we get so caught up in being who we want to be, we forget who we are. I am a Mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a niece, a cousin and a friend. To all of those people, I am somebody who is important - someone who is loved. When they see a photo of me they see the person they love, not what I don't like about myself.

Here is a story that helped me to embrace my imperfections...

 

A woman found a photo of herself while flipping through her phone. She cringed, one of her kids must have taken it while they were at the beach. At first glance, she saw the cellulite on the back of her thighs and the weight she gained. She instantly thought to herself, I need to lose at least 40 pounds immediately! Even though she was wearing a simple one-piece bathing suit, she didn't like it and wished she had a better one. Her mouth was open and laughing, again she told herself how horrible it was.

Just as she was about to delete the photo, her son walks by. Seeing it he exclaimed, I remember that day! I love that photo of you, you were so beautiful that I took your picture! Amazed and curious, she asked him why he thought "that" about "this" photo. He replied, oh Momma - don't you remember. We were all sitting in the sand playing and telling jokes. I told you a joke that made you laugh so hard that you fell back. You laid there for a minute, you said the sun felt so good and warm that it made you extra happy. I couldn't help it, you were so beautiful so I took your picture!.

Fighting back the tears, she realized that in all of her faults...she was "his" Momma. Her son didn't see what she saw about herself, he just saw her. She printed the photo and framed it because love speaks it's own language. You don't need to be perfect. Let the supermodels handle that job. You just need to be a Mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a niece, a cousin or a friend.

When is the last time you had a portrait? Isn't it time?

Call 417-823-0700 for more information.

Initially, I encourage you to schedule a planning/dress fitting session with me at my studio. At this time, I will help you to select your clothing, jewelry, accessories, and colors for your session. Since it is a double make-over, invite your friend or family member to join us at the planning session, if they are available.

On the day of the photo-shoot, we will start with your hair and make-up. There will be refreshments and snacks provided, because this process can take a little time. When you are ready, we will begin your photo session. The great thing about going from the chair to the camera room, you don't have to deal with the elements. No humidity, no sweating or melting!

Following your photo session, we will schedule your "reveal", so bring your calendar!  The reveal session is when you will see and order your breathtaking photos!  How much you spend is entirely up to you! 

We believe these timeless, beautiful portraits will be a keepsake for generations to come in your family!

Legacy Session $450

- includes dress fitting, double make-over, and glamorous 2-3 hour photo-shoot

Digital Photo Collections starting at $250

- includes fully edited, retouched and enhanced high-resolution digital photos with rights to print and publish.