Wednesday, December 7, 2011


I gotta say....There's a lot that goes into photographing babies...working around feedings, naps, diaper changes, burping, ...the list goes on. Yet somehow when I see the completed images, I forget all about that work and time it took. The sweetness and peacefulness of a baby is all I see. This sweet one below is Miss Adelaide.
As some of you know, I still work occasionally in a hospital as a Registered Respiratory Therapist and I was so blessed several weeks ago to meet Miss Addie (as I like to call her) when she was just a few minutes old. And just a few short weeks later, I got the privilege of photographing her. I don't know why God has blessed me the way He has... I just know that I'm forever thankful.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Love and Joy

My cousin has the cutest girls... Georgia Love and Violet Joy... they truly are a picture of love and joy. Here's a sneak peak from our session.. more to come soon!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sweet baby girl

Hello all! I recently had the privilege of photographing this sweet baby girl, Adrianna. I also had this amazing new blog template made, along with many others I'll be sharing in the near future, by my talented friend, Shawn Burgos. I just thought I would share them both since they are off the charts adorable! Thanks to the Toth family and to Shawn!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I need your attention and your help

1 month ago I began to live a dream of mine. I'd been able to photograph the beautiful people of America for almost 12 years, but I wanted more. World Vision gave me the opportunity I had been dreaming of . . . I was boarding a plane for my first international job and going to Bolivia.

I knew I would see poverty. I knew I would potentially be uncomfortable at times, yet I knew it would be the experience of a lifetime. I prayed it would open more doors for me in the future, and I prayed I wouldn't get sick. Honestly, I found before going, most of my thoughts were about me and my comfort, my work, and "my", "my", "me", and "I". Suddenly, the first day we stepped into the trenches of the realities of their world, "I" was getting awake up call...a harsh awakening.

None of this had to do with me..... but maybe it did, just differently.

We hear of stories, see photos on TV, and yet forget about them just seconds later when the newer subject is in front of us. Suddenly, there was no escaping the reality I was now facing. I was in a place surrounded by people with what I labeled as having "gross need or lack" and it was everywhere day after day after day after day. I'm a "fixer" and I don't like leaving people without a measure of fixin' as some say in Tn, but I couldn't fix this. It was too much, it was overwhelming, and a grieving process began. I couldn't just take the little girl and her family out of the barnyard they lived in and put them in a new home. I couldn't run down to the market and buy all kinds of groceries, giving them Rachel Ray recipes so they wouldn't have to eat the same thing everyday. I couldn't call in the electric company and have them come hook up some lights and central heat and air. I couldn't even give them the medical care that so many needed. I was heartbroken and mad. Why did I draw the lucky straw? Why did I get the zip code I got.... questions that linger out there for no one to answer... and then I got an answer.

HOLD THE PHONE!!! I am on a trip with World Vision... an organization that is completely committed to helping people get the right nutrition through good food sources, to get people healthcare in desperate situations, to help get housing and clothing and all the basic needs in life! I CAN DO SOMETHING!!! Now, it was still very difficult leaving with things seemingly "undone" but I had a trusting resource in there...working day in and day out to see a better life for these people. I gave, I sponsored, and I continue both giving and raising awareness.

I realized another part where "I" did come in was that I was given a gift and an opportunity and I was using it to help those in need...true need. I was bringing back images and stories to tell and keep telling so that even more people could help! And I wasn't alone. I traveled with 10 others who were doing the same. Community and multiplicity is where it happens! People stop with just themselves asking "well, what can I do?" Well, you can do a whole lot when you do it with others!!

There isn't just gross need and lack in's everywhere. The need could be physical, emotional, spiritual, etc but there is need. You can help sponsor a child in Bolivia or another part of the world, you can make a donation to help girls out of sex slavery, you can do SOMETHING. Today I am asking you to help relieve the crisis in the Horn of Africa. The famine and drought are plaguing over 12 million people... 12 million... MILLION. (let that really sink in for a moment) We can't live in the blessing and privilege that we have here in America and not do something. I write this today to educate, to inform. We aren't responsible for what we don't know but we ARE responsible when we do know.... and now you know.

I asked the question earlier to myself "Why did I draw the lucky straw or get the zip code that I got?" I know why... because I am supposed to help others with my privilege. God will get more to us, if He knows He can get more through us. We are blessed to be a blessing, not to be indulgent. Need has been redefined... take a look at the brief video and then please go to the link below to help with the crisis in Africa. Our lives are better when we give life back.

Another post in the next day or two...more on Bolivia. Check back!

Famine no more

*Music Credit -- Daniel Kirkley

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Lots of color

I am so blessed by the families that come back over and over again to be photographed by me. Watching their kids grow and being able to record their lives is such an awesome privilege that I never take for granted. The Dodds are one of those special families. We were able to get together recently and had a wonderful shoot! I just can't keep it to myself. :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The faces I love - Bolivia

So... blogging is just not happening as often as I would like... I am working on a bigger post but before I go to bed...thought I would share some of my favorite faces from my trip to Bolivia. Check back soon to see and hear more about our trip.

*@Amy Conner for World Vision

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Love Love Love him

So, as many of you know... I am in Bolivia right now. I have just completed a 17 hr work day so I'm not going to try to complete too many sentences right now. I did decide to introduce you to my new godson, Israel, and his sister Elba. They have absolutely stolen my heart. I sponsored Israel as my World Vision child. I'll be sharing more about my trip and how you can sponsor a child as well in just a few days....until then, enjoy these precious photos!
Thanks for stopping by.

* (C) Amy Conner for World Vision *

Monday, July 4, 2011

New Wedding

I know I know... I just stink at blogging. I blinked and realized almost 3 months have passed. R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S! I am going to find a way to do this better... but until then... I have been shooting quite a bit recently and I just couldn't wait to share this amazing wedding that I had the privilege of shooting a couple of weeks ago!
I just love a great wedding and this was definitely one of them.. a gorgeous bride, an extremely handsome groom, lots of laughs, great friends and family all around ...and a pretty sweet red Chevy on the scene!
Thank you Bethany and Chris for being a couple that sets a high standard for honoring God with your relationship and for letting me be such an important part of your special day.
(*Big thanks to Carol Maxwell for the most amazing hair and makeup - You rock it every time!)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Springtime brings the best things

I know, I know..... I'm totally guilty of not being a worthy blog keeper upper. It's just sad how poorly I've kept up these past few months but school and shooting and life has just kept me beyond busy. Seasons change though and and hopefully will my frequency of blogs!
Speaking of seasons changing... Spring really does bring some of the best things...including babies! I've had the privilege of photographing several pregger tummies the past several months and now tiny little bundles of joy are springing forth everywhere!! Here is a sweet baby girl I photographed this week.
Enjoy and thanks for stopping by! :)