the galleries.

 

So, here's the thing. I just want to show you how loved you are...in the special way that only you and your family loves. Love looks different for everyone. The hugs are different, the laughs are different, the tears are different, the daily beauty filled mess is different. I want to show that. I not only want to show that, I want you to marvel at it for the rest of your days, I want your kids to sit around telling funny stories with these images in hand and say "we were loved", I want them to see a photo of your hug and remember how it felt, I want you to look at these images and remember how it felt for your little to wrap their sweet little arms around your neck for a bear hug. I want you to see, feel, remember your love. That's it. That's the magic. That's where I see and feel God and I just want to be close to it just like I want to be close to the ocean as often as possible.  

I am...

a wife...to a husband that likes to dance in the kitchen and hold my hand | a momma...to a preschooler who is all boy…a little bit of wild and a whole lotta sweet | a best friend...to a really good listener | a sister...to three beautiful ladies (and little ladies) | a daughter... to two amazing parents who became my parents out of God’s love… but not by birth | a believer...in God, in love, and grace, and hope, in stories, and memories, the power of a good hug and a "me too" , and a good kiss | a storyteller...of life and love and joy through photographs and words.

I am in love with...

meeting a new friend...a new family...and seeing how they are loved…even better if I get to document it | truth | connection | the sound of my sons laughter filling up our home | seeing my husband walk through the door after a long day | bear hugs | the green grass of spring | feeling the dirt from our garden run between my fingers | the warm light of sunset | watching the tall fields of summer dance in the wind | sitting around a campfire with stick and roasted marshmallow in hand | adventure | naps on the beach | being covered in sand and salt with stringy hair and sun kissed skin | feeling God tug at my soul | music of all kinds | dancing (especially in the kitchen or the rain) | a good book that transforms you | the feeling I belong where I am | living loved | photos that tell a story (even the blurry ones)

I should warn you...

I stumble over my words a LOT | I apparently rarely get the melody right to songs | I am a terrible passenger | I have a terrible weakness for Pepsi | during a photo session you will hear “cuddle up” and “love” and “just hang out” or “just be” possibly 20 times…each | I often end my emails with xoxo or love and that may be annoying (but probably not as annoying as all the “smiley faces” that will surely be in the email) | I may encourage your kids to jump on the bed | I really do love you already…probably…well maybe…okay…yeah…I do | speaking of…there’s a good chance I’ll hug you at the end of the session…maybe at the beginning too | we may become life long friends | I LOVE run on sentences...and to ramble.

My dream life is an inspired one filled with love, adventure of all sorts, kindness, long conversations, good stories, and sharing God's love through my life...my love...my photographs...and my words

Click on each image below if you'd like to read a bit more about me...nosey pants...

images of me by my talented friend, Stacey Woods Photography

 

the experience.

The story of the way your family loves and moves through life is a beautiful one, on the easy days full of laughter, in the hard days full of tears, and all the days in between...the extraordinary and the seemingly mundane. Life is beautiful, even when it's not. 

Before we meet I will find out the things that make your family joyous and what you want you and your children to always remember. When we meet, my goal is to photograph those things and everything I see in your family that makes my heart go pitter patter. 

You’re invited to love out loud with your hugs, tickles, kisses, cuddles, laughs, by playing, by singing, by dancing, however it is that you love your family. There's no need for super posed photos or saying "cheese". Your job at the session is to relax, play, love your family. 

I love when we can actually keep the focus off the camera for most of the session. It can be fun to plan an activity. It can be as simple as fixing and eating breakfast. Something your family loves. I love when I get to join you in the heart of your home, where you live and love for at least a portion of the session. Then we can continue at your home or go to another nearby location. There's always a chance I'll ask you to do something that seems weird...like everyone standing on the couch or in a field of tall grass. Just go with it and it'll be completely worth it. 

With all of this said, it doesn’t mean that we never have tears or bickering siblings. What do we do? We relax, roll with it, and smile.

Why do I believe so passionately in photography done this way? Because I believe this is one of the greatest gifts we could ever give our children. For them to be able to look back at pictures from their childhood and see and truly feel what that time…that moment…that place…that snuggle…was like and how much they were loved. What do we look at and hold onto to remember our pasts? Pictures or videos. That’s it. The best part…they will show their kids…and their grandkids. The love just continues on. 

the investment.

All sessions...

*online gallery, slideshow, and ordering cart to view, share, and purchase images, as well as download any purchased files

*optional proofing/ordering session in your home or over the phone

*session fees are due within 7 days of booking to hold your date and lock in prices

*order deposits are due the day of your session

*covers immediate family members only | $25 for each additional person outside of immediate family

*travel fees may apply for sessions 1 hour away from zip code 40444 (please see below for more travel info)

 

exclusive collections

Your images tell a story and they belong together. I want you to have them all. This is why all custom collections now come with all of your final images on flash drive and feature unique boutique products.

  • Collections range from $900-$2150

a la carte prints & digital files

Along with collections, I also offer high quality prints and high resolution digital images a la carte.

  • Prints a la carte start at $35
  • Digital Images are $60/EACH Image (includes flash drive with one high resolution digital image, 5×7 printed proof, unlimited personal printing rights and printing instructions)

Clients anticipate spending total $550-$2500, with most spending an average of $1100.

 

 

"On most days and to most people, the images that Priscilla captured are just photographs.  Beautiful, well-framed photographs.  They show my children's soft skin and big eyes, my husband's stubble and smile lines, and my hands which have become my mother's hands.  They are treasured images of the funny little artifacts which make up our lives:  rain boots, plastic giraffes, and the chipped pitcher for the milk on the breakfast table.  Naturally, we enjoy these images now ('Look, Mommy!  Priscilla took a picture of our puddle.  When do you think it will rain again?  Our puddle will come back, won't it?').  Surely, we will enjoy them more in the future when our paths diverge from under the single roof of our family home.  These oh-so-long little days will not last, and I will think, 'Here is one among many, but what a magnificent day it was!'

On other days and to me, this collection is something else entirely.  These photographs were taken on a day in a season when I was feeling broken.  As the session grew closer, I was less certain, nervous even, about inviting a camera into our home to capture any of it, but I am so glad that we did.  So much was revealed by the unguarded lens of Priscilla's camera and the fearless editing that she accomplished with her keen eye and her warm heart.  She stripped away any pretense and the part where we were, in my mind, just barely holding on.  She left what we are.  Here are the quiet places at the heart of our home and the gentle rhythms which are the source of our well-being.  Because of the nature of the day and her time with us, they are not fantasy, even though sometimes I think they must be.  Since Priscilla does not bear the burdens of our hang-ups and our history, good and bad, the images are faithful.  Some are brutal.  Most are kind -- kinder than I ever am to myself as a wife or a mother. Can that love be real?  Can it be mine?  Am I worthy of it?  When I told Priscilla that in an email, she wrote back to me almost immediately:

'I see you.  I really see you.  And it is.  And you are.'  

It is that simple.  It is.  I am.  We are.  Every one of us."

 

you had me at hello.

Hello my love! I am so excited to get started on your session and begin a beautiful friendship! I get to photograph love near Lexington, KY & the rest of beautiful Central KY, but am also available for travel world wide (oh yeah). Family sessions are usually done in home & your favorite lovely location (give me a patch of pretty light & you've got yourself a lovely location). 

Now, I cannot wait to hear from you! Contact me with the form below & you'll hear back from me during morning office hours M-Th (usually within 24 hours, but may change during the crazy...I mean...busy seasons).

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