Things I’ve learned in 2015


Joe & Alli Dube | 12.04.15 |

“Don’t take yourself too seriously.” This is a line I’ve tried to tell myself as my business has grown. I’m not saying don’t take what you do seriously, but to remem

ber that you aren’t above anyone. We all start small. Yes, hard work and doing a good job is something to be proud of but don’t let pride get in the way for building relationships with other artists. I pray that I would never get too caught up in “bigger and better” things and not have time to pour into others. By no means am I saying I’m even close to knowing everything there is to know, but I would love to s
hare anything I do know and have learned along this beautiful journey. I would love to hear what you’ve learned and together we can all get that much better at doing what we love



You can’t be all things to all people” For me, this was a difficult lesson to learn. I’m in nature some would say a “people pleaser”, I unfortunately care about what people think and I want them to think positive of me. But this is not possible, I can’t make everyone happy, and most the times in my efforts to make everyone else happy, I found myself unhappy. I’ve made the resolution that I will quit over thinking and worrying what other people like. I will post the images I liked best, edit the way I like, and take the freedom to be myself. If you don’t like it, not to be rude but save us both the frustration and hire someone else. I’ve had to realize that I can’t be all things to all people, and that is perfectly okay. I think as an artist this was tough for me because I wanted everyone to like my work, but some people just won’t. This year I have realized the importance of having clients that like MY style and ME. 

Best of 2015 |


“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” -Nikos Kazantzakis
I think that so many times we sit on our couches, scroll through our phones, and look at all the things everyone else is accomplishing and how exciting their lives seem to be. All the while we just completely discourage and psych ourselves out. We think “I wish I could do that!”, “I wish I looked like that!”, “I wish I had enough money to travel there”, and on and on it goes. It is easy to get caught up in this discontent cycle. Remember that everyone starts somewhere and we can’t get anywhere if we don’t start by putting one foot in front of the other and start believing in ourselves. If we don’t believe in ourself how can we expect others to? start. believe. go. do.

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This past year I married my best friend on August 8, 2015. I will never forget how completely and utterly loved I felt when I walked down the aisle. As I looked into my groom’s eyes all I could see was love. He knew the best and worst parts of me and yet he loved and wanted to make a commitment to continue to choose me every day for the rest of our lives. I was overwhelmed, because in that moment I thought, if Talon a mere human loves me this much, how much more does God, the Creator of the universe, love me and continue to choose me? Thank you Jesus for the gift of marriage.


This past year I got to hold a newborn baby for the first time. Not just any newborn, but my first nephew, William Oliver Fowler. It was love at first sight. It was been a wonderful adventure watching him grow. Before him, I had never thought about photographing babies, to me babies were such a mystery and made me nervous because of how fragile and small they are. My sister entrusted me to photograph Will this year and I have learned so much through it. Let me tell you, it is not easy! I have a deeper appreciation for Newborn photographers everywhere. Also by first hand witnessing how fast babies grow and change, it is so sweet to look back at the images. I have learned at this point and time that Newborn photography isn’t for me and that I’m going to stick to weddings and lifestyle photography. But PEOPLE don’t miss out and invest in newborn photography, you will not regret it!!!

William | enchanted forrest christmas session |

 This past year had been praying for community with fellow creatives. The photography realm can be so cut throat and when you run your own business at times it feels lonely. God answered my prayer, by bringing @h00lyc15 in my life. God gave her the vision to create a community of Christian Women Photographers. This December she brought us all together by planning a stylized shoot! Holly did an outstanding job organizing the whole thing and I can’t wait to share all the images with you! I am thankful for fellow artists who are choosing community over competition. 

Mercedes Gray | 11.08.15 |