Wednesday, September 12, 2018

NU Tires

I love having the opportunity to go out and photograph local small businesses, the owners and their employees!!  It's a great way for me to get up close and personal with these workers as well as get a feel of the community that they work and serve in.

Not only did I learn a thing or two about tires, the process and skills that go behind it but I also was able to gather a feel on the small, quaint town of Carbon Hill, Alabama!  These guys have a nice following of locals within their community and the perfect location.  They are situation off the main hwy, probably just a half  mile off of I-22.  The two workers Bob and Jeffery have been with this company for over 10 years now and the owner John has been in the tire business for generations.

To say these guys are knowledgeable would be an understatement.  They could probably work on cars with their eyes closed!

I also enjoyed meeting some of their local patrons that frequent the tire shop.  David was one of the friendly faces. He drove the most awesome vintage orange pick up truck.. so of course I grabbed a photo!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Baby Jonah

Everybody meet baby Jonah!!  He is just two-weeks young and is already plotting on how to save the world.  This cutie has been one of the most stoic, deep thinkers that I have had the pleasure to photograph in a while!!

His easy going attitude and thoughtful stare has me thinking he sure does have a lot on his mind!

Ofcourse we cannot forget about big brother Jackson!  He seemed to be eager to love on his new baby brother all the while cautious on what is the best way to hold a newborn baby.

Jackson is always camera ready and seemed to be a natural at holding babies.  Jackson's new brother didn't seem to mind at all and allowed him to hold him with ease.

This little fella looks like he is getting settled into the new world quite nicely!  He seems to be somewhat accepting of the new place as he acclimates to clothing, feeding schedules and a whole new routine called life!

Jonah is not lacking in hugs and kisses.  His new family is smitten over their new bundle of joy!!  I am so excited that these guys allowed me to come into their home to be a part of their new chapter.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Millie's Breakthrough

For many of you who have followed Millie's journey, you may remember how insecure, scared and awkward she was for the first several months.  She didn't trust anyone, was scared to eat in front of people, didn't know how to walk on hardwood floors and didn't seem like a dog at all.  She was just a skeletal frame of no emotion.. shut off from the world.

It has literally taken one year and one month for her to be comfortable around any water.  She was so fearful at the beginning months and then with time and repetition, she grew to accept it and drink from the shoreline, all the while, making sure her big toe never touched the cold, wet substance.

Eventually she was okay with crossing a narrow creek or attempting to jump over water and puddles but never seemed to be at ease with it..

Not until recent..

So here are pictures to prove it!  I know, I wouldn't believe it either.. it just goes to show that each one of us aren't ever fully through with progress and growing into a better version of what we once were.

Millie was ready in due time to show me that she is still making progress in her life as she slowly forgets what it's like to be fearful.

I can see it in her eyes how confident and proud she is of this moment!  To be free, without worry or reserve.. to play without fear and to trust her capability to let go and just be.

This was a moment I felt I should celebrate with her as I know that it wasn't easy for her to breakthrough to new boundaries. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Evelyn's 90th Birthday

For the first time in a long while I felt a sense of pride to have the skill, knowledge and experience from years of photographing other people's celebrations to professionally photograph something for myself. My grandmother turned 90 this past weekend and there was no way I was NOT going to capture family all together for this milestone.

It's hard to put it into words what it means to me to be able to photograph memories for myself and my family but if I could, it would be that of blessed and thankful.

My grandmother didn't have a clue what she was about to walk into that day.  She thought everyone had forgotten her birthday as we all had 'plans' that day.. Oh how wrong she was to think such a thing!

So she thought she was going to hear her sister's choir sing at her old hometown of Millport, Alabama.  She got a singing all right but it was not church hymns.. it was that of 'Happy Birthday' from her family and friends.

I haven't seen her smile this much in ages.. it felt good to be there among family.. distant cousins, aunts and uncles, my sister, mom and dad.. Family is everything to me.. so when people ask me what brought me to live in my small hometown.. well, these images pretty much sum it up to me.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Waugh Automotive


I have always loved the character of an Automotive Shop so yesterday's session was a lot of fun for me!  I got to visit Anniston yesterday morning and explore Waugh Automotive.  Jamey and his staff made me feel right at home as I got to explore the different vehicles that they use and sell parts for people looking for specifics.  There was no shortage of variety with wheels, radios, mirrors, bumpers and engines.. They look to have it all!

I found myself thinking that this business had so many fun details that it literally would take a day to capture all the character and textures that each wall and aisle carried but hopefully, you can gather an idea on the variety this family business has.

If you are looking to replace a part on your car or are looking for something particular, I would most definitely give these guys a call to see if they will have what you are looking for.

They were personable, knowledgeable and experienced.  I know these guys are doing well in their community!