Welcome to Life Stories...

Welcome to My Life's Story! Mine is made up of so many wonderful people-purposfully woven together! Everything we do is with and for each other and I am so glad that you have taken the time to stop by- so grab your favorite cup of coffee and Enjoy!

What I love most: my family, my friends, my son's giggles when he thinks he is getting away with something... great conversation, anything with a good title, bold coffee, anyone with a zest for life, exciting and fresh ideas, anything crafty, getting my hands dirty, dancing in the rain and weddings! (all weddings!)

I am happiest: when I can share what I see through a lens. Just as there are no two people alike, neither are views on life. I strive to uniquely photograph any event or person so their style can easily be seen.

"Life Happens... Picture it Boldly!"

Would love to hear from you~ If you would like to leave a comment feel free or email me at

Monday, December 29, 2008

Showing Martha the Ropes...

O.k., so anyone who has met me at least once knows that I taught Martha Stewart everything she knows... Man, you write one book for someone and BAM! next thing you know they get alllll the credit and you just look like a stalker. So anyway, it just goes without saying that Molly and I are going to win a trip to NYC to meet her and let her know just how many of my ideas she has used... (A lot of my friends think I am really crafty and creative but really it's just the Martha in me. Every now and then I think of a few things on my own.) Seriously, I am a fan of anything ingenious and fun that doesn't cost very much money (or TIME) to create. So when Martha Stewart announced that there was a contest for my winning design, we sprang into action. Well, really it was more like the leisurely stroll of a cat who wants to be petted, but none the less, we used an idea that I came up with for my friend Tracy's wedding and I really would like to see NYC- as I have never been and have always wanted to. Can't you just picture me an Molly in New York!! And you thought the Japanese tourist looked silly with cameras. Ahhh man, just wait! New York City HERE WE COME! (well, with everyone's prayers that we win we'll be on a plane.) Here is the winning entry: ~S.

Thank You!

As this year closes out, I have been looking back over how busy and thoroughly blessed this year has been. For everyone who has touched my life (and hopefully my images yours) I thank you for helping me as I learn and grow. I can honestly look back and I know that I have come so far this year. That could not have been possible without you having believed in me. So for your time and trust that, I say "Thank You!" I am looking forward to an even better and very successful 2009. May you be blessed beyond your wildest imagination! ~S.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Kennedy Family...

Meet Steve, Shannon, Madison & Cameron. We set out this am at the new Arboretum... Yes, I love shooting here. The trails are simple and easy to walk and with such dense forestry in areas you have some play room with lighting if it is too sunny for shooting. What is funny is normally my favorite shots come at the end of a session but today was a little different because my favorite shots were closer to the beginning as well as the end. Ayden got to tag along with me today and I have to say it was such a bitter sweet... The kids got along so well that I think Ayden may have been more of a distraction at times. (so sorry guys!) But they just really seemed to hit it off and I hope that they can get together again soon to play. Enjoy. ~S.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Sessions Family...

I met Dr. Amy Sessions a couple of months ago because I thought (in that all-knowing self diagnosing sort of way) that I may have had a pinched nerve or something going on in my neck. (o.k. that just felt like a good excuse for my being a little "off".) But since then she has introduced other theories and possibilities of this crazy roller coaster of a life I have seemed to be stuck on over the last year. And as funny as it may sound, I have learned more from her in these months than all of the other 5 doctors combined I have been seeing for more than a year. I cannot tell you how glad I am that I met her. She really has been such a blessing to me. So needless to say, it was an honor to spend some time with her family photographing them. Her boys are just the sweetest and their home really is a haven. It is as warm and inviting as they are. I hope you enjoy and we'll see you again soon. ~S.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Samantha ~ Senior '09

Miss Samantha will be graduating this year and what better way to celebrate 13 years of hard work but with fab fotos! She totally rocked out her images as we bounced around and dodged the sun at the new Arboretum today. Like any shoot she was a little reserved in the beginning and I could tell some of my ideas were sounding a little kooky (just like me) until she was able to see that they were amazing after all.. (just like me!) Just kidding (not really)... but we love Miss Samantha and send you out into the world just like you came in it: Kicking and screaming- "good bye!" that is to all those pesky tests and teachers but "Helllloooo" to so many new and exciting things in store for you. Enjoy the rest of the year. You will look back on it someday and miss it. ~S.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Hanna & Sam... Turning 2

What I love most about kids is that usually they act first then say, "Please...." (or "Sorry!"if you are in my house.) They aren't afraid to get their feet wet.. or their whole body in our case. And they are so easy to spend time with because there are no pretenses. All children want is to play and explore. There is something to be said, in my opinion, for letting go and looking for all of the joy in life. And Hanna and Sam knew just where to find that joy. For Sam it was a well that sprang forth with lots of life every time his little hands went into it. And for Hanna it was all those squirrels scurrying about. She would spread her hands out wide and ask, "Where'd they go?" Too much fun. And what can I say about Sarah except she is absolutely brilliant with them. I have three words for you: Twins Turing Two =oP I have a lot of respect for Sarah and Reggie and they are both wonderful and very loving parents. Thanks again for letting me share the afternoon with you. ~S.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Ladies & Gentlemen....

May I present Mr. & Mrs. Jeff St. Amant...

It has been such a pleasure getting to know Jeff and Andrea and I am happy to share their slide show with everyone. This wedding was so much fun because 1.I had the opportunity to meet many of their friends and family involved with or attending the wedding before the actual day. So not only were they a little more at ease with having to look at me all day, but I was able to relax a little myself- o.k. so that is a little white lie as I don't really.... relax until I have the slide show completed... & 2. I had my good friend Wes Lester working with me. I have to say that he added so much to the evening and I could not have done it without him (thank you, thank you & thank you...) so all that said- I sincerely hope you enjoy it and I wish you only the very best and look forward to seeing everyone soon! ~S.

P.S. I love this image. I love that with everyone in the room watching them, they are the only ones in the room.

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Cup of Hot Chocolate...

This fits perfectly into an email I sent out inviting photographers to come together and enjoy a cup of coffee so we might all pray over each others businesses as we prepare to close out this year and ready ourselves for a new fresh start! The gist of my email was that we are so busy wondering how to market, meet new people, edit- come up with new ideas, etc. for our business. Often we forget to stop and pray for each other- no matter your profession- we should always bless each other before ourselves. If we put everyone's needs before our own wouldn't our needs always be taken care of? Anyway- I am just at a time personally where I want to put God first in everything I do- my family, my friends- but especially my journey as a relatively new photographer. So enjoy this story that was sent to me... (And by the way, if you would like to join us next Tues, Dec 9th- please do- I will post the place as soon as we decide on a Starbucks that holds more than 3 people in one sitting...=oD)

A group of graduates, well established in their careers, were talking at a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired.

During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about stress in their work and lives.

Offering his guests hot chocolate, the professor went into the kitchen and returned with a large pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of cups - porcelain, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the hot chocolate

When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the professor said:

'Notice that all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones.

While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.

The cup that you 're drinking from adds nothing to the quality of the hot chocolate. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was hot chocolate, not the cup; but you consciously went for the best cups.

And then you began eyeing each other's cups.

Now consider this:

Life is the hot chocolate; your job, money and position in society are the cups.

They are just tools to hold and contain life.

The cup you have does not define, nor change the quality of life you have.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate God has provided us.

God makes the hot chocolate, man chooses the cups.

The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything that they have.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. And enjoy your hot chocolate!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

What are you thankful for?

Where do I begin? I think during times of crazy-mad, frustration- total loss of control in our life is when we need most to sit quietly and really reflect on all of the wonderful blessings in our life. I know you are probably thinking that I have lost my mind because God knows when everything in your life is literally a whirlwind of chaos mixed with one series of, "What next God?" the last thing on our minds is how blessed we are. Let me explain... A couple of days ago my car started making funny noises- not the tap, tap funny noise- the uh-oh, this is gonna cost me funny noise... So being the highly independent, do-all sorta gal I am... I call my Daddy. He says (and I quote) "Honey, it's Murphy's Law- if it can go wrong, it will around the holidays. But you need to take the car in and have it checked." My wonderful hubby assured me he would look at it that it was probably nothing much besides something simple like a pulley or belt... (Thank God my hubby is good at fishing!) So I decide that I would take it in today to have the oil changed and looked at... Fast forward... driving to work this morning and what would happen? Of course it did... I broke down- had the car towed and called my wonderful friend Holly to come and get me... (she sent her awesome hubby to my rescue and I am so thankful he came...sitting on the side of a busy interstate is never fun!) Anyway, short story long... I have to have a new motor put in my car. Never fun and certainly not as cheap as a pulley-

So, what, you ask during this mess do I have to be thankful for- Well, I am glad you asked. As I took Ayden on to school- they had their Thanksgiving feast today and I did not want him to miss it... I took a moment and watched as the kids were so excited to sit together wearing their construction paper head dresses and "noodle-necklaces" as they prayed and ate together. And I realize that all of the things we are so stressed out about everyday really don't matter when you have wonderful friends to share life with. You know, if we take a minute to look around and are really honest with ourself we'll see that most of what we consider necessity is merely wants- Our real needs are always met when we put our faith and trust in God. He has so abundantly blessed me- yes, even through a $1500 motor- No, I don't have $1500 just sitting around- but our need will be met.

What I do have is a wonderful hubby and beautiful children who pray with me and love me unconditionally- just as God does. I am thankful that He always puts the right people in my life at exactly the precise moment. I am thankful that I have a job that I love going to everyday with bosses who are understanding and always take care of me. I am thankful that we live in a country where I can express my opinions and enjoy freedoms to worship God without fear- that I can freely go out and live my dreams- at least chase them.. I am thankful to have a home and a family and friends who fill my life with love and laughter... I am thankful to have a talent that introduces me to really incredible people and allows me to be a blessing to them.

I have found that when life is great it is so easy to be thankful and easy to realize how blessed we are, but when we are being tested and things look as though there is no way out of the situation we are in, can you look around and see just how blessed you are? Have a wonderfully Happy Thanksgiving. ~S.

Cari & Andy Married... The Slide Show

Being a wedding photographer allows me to meet so many wonderful people and even better it allows me time to get to know couples as they begin on the most exciting journey of their life. Cari and Andy were married at the enchanting Governor's House Museum in St. Augustine, FL. With perfect weather for an evening spent under the stars, tiny twinkling lights, romantic music and many friends and family laughing and dancing the night away, theirs truly was a very beautiful fairy tale. Thank you both for allowing me to share the magic with you. ~S.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sean & Kezia... A Sneak Peek

Sean and Kezia were recently married at Anastasia State Park on one of the most beautiful days I have ever seen! Wow was it gorgeous! Shhhh, don't say anything, but I cried at their wedding! Normally, I am so busy thinking about angles and not missing a moment that I don't always hear everything being said- but because this particular ceremony was so up close and personal I heard every word and seeing the love that they so obviously have for each other is in itself amazing... My heartfelt thanks to two of the greatest girlfriends EVER for helping me out and actually staying and finishing up for me... Gwen & Beth you are the best and I can't say enough how thankful I am for both of you! Kezia and Sean, thanks so much for allowing us the opportunity to share your very special day with you. And Sean, I hope you enjoyed your sweet birthday present from Kezia... (*wink *wink!) Welcome home and we'll see you soon. Enjoy! ~S.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Micah & Megan... The Slide Show...

I am so excited to have gotten the slide show together for this session of Megan and Micah. I played around with some fun actions that are often subtle, but added a little twist on some of the images.. I certainly hope you like my perspective... Enjoy! ~S.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Kris & Ken... The Slide Show...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Jeff + Andrea = Wedding Bliss!

First comes love, then comes the White Trash Wedding Bash then comes together a fabulous group of people to celebrate Jeff and Andrea's wedding day! They were married surrounded by such wonderful friends and family at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. They celebrated long after we left last night and again opened their hearts and home to me this afternoon for a cook out with... you guessed it friends and family.

My journey with them began earlier this year and I have to say that they have been so awesome to work with. It isn't so often that you are afforded the opportunity to spend time really getting to know everyone on such a personal note as I have with them and their friends. And even though I was hired as their photographer I really feel like we have become friends along the way. It has been an honor and I certainly hope that you enjoy your images as much as I have enjoyed getting to know you both. Before I sign off I have to say thank you, thank you, thank you to Wes for all of his expertise and help with the wedding. Ben Johnson said "True friendship consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and value". We are certainly blessed.
Enjoy! ~S.