Hey Momma, it's me. Nikii, Wifey, Momma, Sister, Friend, or Daughter. I really take on these roles and a lot more.
I am a proud (oh, so proud) wife of a military veteran. My hubby decided after 20 years of serving and protecting us all, that he would try out the civilian world as a car salesman. I couldn't be prouder of the hard work and dedication that he shows each and every day. The example that he leaves for our children and that hard work will and does pay off.
I am also a proud momma of two. Luke, my sweet, sarcastic (he gets that from his dad, haha), gentle, caring young boy. A little boy who decided that because momma blinked, he should go and grow up and head off to school. That when he grows up he wants to be a paw patrol, Optimus prime construction worker. His smart quips and wild side come out every once in a while that make me stop and really take those moments in. And sweet, sassy, wild child Emmalie..... Oh the words to describe her. Those curls that are just as wild as she is. A little girl who thinks that Elsa and Unicorns run the world and that Daddy is everyone's hero. A little girl who will one day rule the world with a messy bun, tutu, and ballet shoes, all while covered in mud alongside her brother in while driving a 4 wheeler.....
That's where you'll find me when I am not behind my camera. Taking in each of these moments, riding 4 wheelers as a family. Listening to that laughter, those squeals of pure happiness. Or enjoying the calmer moments with a venti hot chocolate in our hands. Either way, it seems like time goes faster and faster each day, and I am continuously looking for that pause button.
Those pause buttons come when we sit down and look at pictures of me and my husband and see if either child shows any resemblance to me. Even memories that we look back on from when we were their age, even though we can't remember that time, our imaginations create the story. And all because of a print, we are able to have it back again.
* My husband and I met online. We have so many mutual friends though, we really aren't sure how we didn't actually meet before.
* I love being outside, I love horseback riding, being on the 4 wheeler with my family, bonfires, and just sitting there watching my kiddos take the world on.
* I have played piano since I was 8, I just brought my Grandmothers piano home to my house and am very excited to teach my kiddos how to play.
* I have played almost every instrument in band.
* I was a farm kid. I love playing volleyball, basketball, and softball.
* I am an extroverted introvert. And dislike crowds.
* I feel like I can not function without a venti hot chocolate each morning.... And I have yet to be able to replicate making it at home versus going to Starbucks...
*My favorite age to photograph is actually the 1-6-year-olds! Their personality is sooo much fun!
So let's ask WHY, Why do you need me?
My why to my journey, my passion, my calling has been and always will be my trust in GOD, that he wants me to be out there giving mommas a chance to get out from behind that camera. It's the ability to give my children memories and keepsakes of their grandparents and great grandparents when the time comes that those may be called home and no longer with us.
My children have relationships or knowledge of their great-grandma and great-grandpa, all because of pictures that I have printed from my moments with them. The moment this message came so perfectly clear is when my son, at just 3 years old, said while pointing at a picture of my paternal grandmother that I have on my nightstand. Now mind you, this is not a very flattering picture of me as it was taken on one of my college graduations, she and my grandpa are squeezing me so tight. So I am making this face, that really makes me laugh. But as I look at this picture, I can still hear my Grandmother (who had just completed her cancer treatments and was using a walker), cheering so freakin loud as I crossed that stage, she was standing up clapping. I can still picture that moment, all because of this picture. So while my son is pointing, he says "that's great-grandma, and she's up in heaven dancing with GOD". That STOP me in my tracks moment, right there. So while I had my moment of tears, as I was so very close to her, and am so very close with my Grandpa (he's 96 and my favorite guy ever), it gut-punched me on my why. So our future generations can have that connection to those who have gone before them. So they can know their names sakes (my daughter is named after this amazing woman) so that we can share those who have meant the world to us, that we can never forget them.
Another gut-punch moment came from my son once again.... Both my kids have these wooden camera props so they "can be like momma". Well, one day they were running around, laughing, giggling, and living their best lives. My son stopped, put the camera up like he was taking a picture, and told me "momma, say cheese. You are NEVER in the pictures." Seriously, guy punched, tears flowing moment right there. At 4 years old, my son could recognize that I was always behind the camera. That we didn't have many family pictures with me in them. Or if we did, it was a camera phone pictures.... That moment was one when I knew I had to practice what I preached. I had to not only help other mommas, like myself, get out from behind the cameras, but I had to get those moments captured, give mommas the mirror to see that their babies are watching, they don't care if your hair is perfect for the picture, or what you look like. They just care that you are there, creating those memories with them. That in 10-15- or even 18 years at their high school graduation. You can put pictures of the WHOLE family up and show them off. It's part of their story, it's part of their legacy.
So let me help you find your vision, your style, your wants in your session. I am here from the first introductory meeting, to deciding what session fits your vision, to placing the order of those tangible keepsakes of wall art. I will help you, I will guide you in creating beautiful, real, raw, emotive moments to proudly display on your wall.