Coming Soon: Anthem Studios

Years ago, I entertained a silly idea. Something too far out of reach. Something that would be possible in the realm of a wild reality that didn’t exist for me. But little things kept happening that pushed me to reconsider the possibility. Seeds were planted, and roots dug in that wouldn’t let go. I thought a lot about what it means to take risks that can push those silly ideas into that wild reality.

What emerged from those roots was the realization that there are always more reasons to say no, but better reasons to say yes. To chance it. To see how far you can go. To lay doubt and fear aside and just do the thing. And here we are after years of dreaming and planning, just weeks away from making it a solid, tangible reality. With the help of dozens of people, several circumstances that just happened to fall in my favor, and some kind of perfect timing, I’m about to open my own studio space in downtown Blue Springs.

In the spring of 2019, after a couple of years of searching – finding obstacles and road blocks in the three or four attempts we made to move forward – my husband Kyle and I found the perfect place. A building I’ve driven by several times. A building I’ve always thought of as the ugliest building in downtown Blue Springs.

In July, the ugliest building was ours. And we’ve spent the last six months pouring ourselves into it, making it a little less ugly every day. Even though we’ve handed the major stuff over to the professionals, it has been a LOT of work. That whole “blood, sweat, and tears” thing is completely accurate. But it’s been a 1:849:2 ratio of blood to sweat to tears (and half of the tears have been happy tears), so I’m quite satisfied with that.

It’s still several weeks from completion, but I’m seeing the transformation slowly take shape inside and out. What began as a boring and kinda sad little office building is slowly becoming the studio of my dreams.



This process has required an enormous amount of support (in time, skills, sacrifices, faith, finances, and encouragement) from several people in my life, primarily my indescribably amazing husband, Kyle. He believes in nearly all the silly things I strive to do. And then he takes them into his hands and molds them into something better by his careful planning, his voice of reason, and his choice to allow my risk-taking to become his sacrifice. I know I would do the same for him. But I haven’t. Chasing my big dream means his big dreams are on hold. It’s a daily reminder of how full and immense his love is. I am the luckiest.

Stay tuned in the next few weeks (fingers crossed) to see the complete transformation. And, hey, if you need a super rad space for your next creative project or small workshop, I have the perfect place for you!

Jamie and Chip are Married

When I was in college back in 2004 or 2005, I bought a DSLR (some kind of Canon Rebel, if you must know). After years of shooting still life on my old film camera, I started taking pictures of people. One of the first paying jobs I had was taking family portraits for one of my mom’s co-workers – a wonderfully nice woman named Pam – and her three children, Annie, Andrew, and Chip. These wonderfully photogenic people became the focus of my first online portfolio, which contained approximately 20 photos. My portfolio has evolved considerably since I took their photos, and their family has as well. Annie, Andrew, and Chip are now adults. And last Saturday, Chip married a wonderful woman named Jamie.

This is the story of their day.

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Angie and Chris are Married!

I have absolutely loved getting to know Angie and Chris over the past year: from our initial meeting to our engagement photo session, planning the schedule for their day, and even the calls and emails along the way. Every encounter I’ve had with them has left me with a renewed sense of joy. They are not simply happy to be together — they are elated and fulfilled in each other’s presence. They have been made for one another. They are a beautiful couple; a stunning example of destiny.

One of the many things that I loved about their wedding day is that it wasn’t work for me. Instead, it was like hanging out with good friends on their wedding day with a camera in my hands. It was delightful. And that feeling is what energizes me. But I won’t make this about me. This is about them. This is about their happiness in experiencing a day that they’ve awaited for so long. This is about drinking Guinness. This is about close friends and family, a promise, a beautiful dress and some rings, a happy young lady named Bre, and a fantastic celebration. This is the day that Angie and Chris said “I do.”

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This day was made possible for me because of Jennifer from The Stanley Event Space. Major thanks to her and all of The Stanley staff for everything that they do.

I must also thank my good friend and very talented photographer sidekick, Matthew Taylor, for creating many of the images in this post. We always have fun shooting weddings together, and this was without a doubt one of our best. Go team!

The (Always Adorable) Clohessy Family

I understand the water cycle and the need for precipitation and all of that crazy Mother Nature stuff. But why that cycle chooses to challenge my outdoor photo sessions, I will not understand. However, my beloved Clohessy gang are troopers. They would never let less-than-ideal weather get in the way of photographing their inherent and increasing cuteness. I’m thankful for that. I am thankful for them. And I’m thankful for the covered porches we found!

I always love our photo sessions because they’re such a wonderful, playful family. But there is one problem: Asher steals the show. His cute expressions and outgoing personality are always a treat for me. He is certainly not camera shy. And he is certainly photogenic. But I think he has some major competition on the way from his little sister, Blakely. Just look at those eyes! She is simply precious and absolutely gorgeous. And she just started walking, so I can only imagine what she’ll be doing at our next photo shoot!

Digitalive Images – 2011 in Review

With just a few days left in what has been an amazing, challenging, busy year — my first full year as a full-time photographer — I’m reflecting upon the fantastic shoots that I had, the incredible weddings that I witnessed, and the many things that I learned along the way. It was by no means a flawless year. I made mistakes. I learned hard lessons. I had some shoots that I wasn’t particularly thrilled with. But I spent enough time dwelling upon those things. I realize now that I didn’t spend enough time and energy celebrating the moments I captured, the images I thoughtfully crafted, and those “lucky” shots I just happened to get. I was fortunate enough to shoot 16 weddings and over 70 other shoots (engagements, families, seniors, models, etc.), if my math is correct. And it’s probably not.

I’m excited to share some of my favorite images from 2011. And don’t judge me for having a couple pictures of my little guy in there. He’s my favorite subject.

I am incredibly grateful for all of my wonderful clients (pictured or not) for a great year full of new opportunities. See you in 2012!