I was born and raised a North Carolina Tarheel. I grew up on a dirt road and I am and always will be a country girl who loves the outdoors. I moved to Franklin County, Georgia in 2006 and have been in this state ever since. I met my husband, Mitch, at Emmanuel College, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English with a Minor in Communication. My first full time job out of college was as a Graphic Designer and that's where I really fell in love with photography and all things marketing.
We bought our first house and moved to Commerce, Ga in 2012 and in December of 2012, we had our son, Gage. (Hence the name 12 Gage)
After my son was born, I decided to be a stay -at- home mother. I also started working part time for The Paper, where I met many incredible local leaders and friends. I started 12 Gage Photography in 2013 and it quickly became my creative outlet for this spit-up covered, exhausted mama. In 2014, my husband took a new job in sales so I had to quit wor...
My friend, Frances, and I are starting an exciting journey. We are partnering to bring a local art scene to a historic building in downtown Commerce, GA. She will be crowd-funding the purchase of the building and will have an art studio on the main floor. She will feature her paintings in the large windows that are centered in the heart of downtown. Her business name is Libertas Americana Art. She's a very talented painter who specializes in Americana art. She has also annually donated a unique painting specifically for our events for human trafficking awareness in Hall County, Ga. Frances has a compelling vision for this area and she gives so much of her time and energy to helping others.
As part of her generosity, she is allowing my business,Twelve-Gage Photography, to use the basement as a studio space! We are so excited about restoring an old building, bringing life back into its walls and putting color back in its windows. We have a long road ahead of us but we both feel that this...
I knew this day was coming but now that it's here, I am a little frustrated how every super hero is portrayed as tall and muscular, not because there's anything wrong with that, but because I know my super hero isn't dressed in a cape and I want my son to someday realize that too.
My super hero is my husband, and he wears worn out work boots, worn in jeans and physically wears himself out everyday working to provide for his family.
So for now I have to bite my tongue and let my mask-wearing toddler don the capes, the suits and the pretend fame while he pretends to beat up the bad guys just like Super Man, Spider-Man and Batman. I know he will learn from his dad the value of honesty, hard work and commitment. I know that this is just a phase where he is learning how good and bad operate and I'm so glad he's choosing to be the good guy. I'm so glad he's choosing to use his imagination and that standing up for someone who can't stand up for th...
I try to make it home as much as possible and I've noticed that with every trip home, I begin to miss the little things the most. So many aspects of life become routine. But when you move away from home and return to visit, you realize the daily routine can be rather extraordinary.
Here are a few images that represent the familiar to me.
My dad's mortar-covered work boots, my dads homemade wine, my mom serving one of her many delicious homemade meals, the Star of David.
I love how the image my dad's work boots reminds me of my daily life as a child. We would get home from school and have a snack and watch tv and then get started on homework and mom would start dinner. We would hear the diesel work truck pull up and park behind the house in the garage and then the back door would open and close and in comes my dad to sit on the staircase to take off his dirty boots (which would make Mom crazy cause he just tracked dirt inside!). We would...
The outdoor family portrait session can go two ways- wonderfully well or horribly wrong depending on the weather and the mood of the children.
Thankfully, this shoot went wonderfully well. The weather was overcast and the Commerce farm location was perfect for the look we wanted.
I wanted a fun and laid back shoot for these guys. The field, the old shed and the barn were perfect back drops for this feel. I got to capture some great family shots as well as some great one on one shots with the mother and father and each child.