Renovations: Day 25

Another week of progress and thankfulness!


Wow! The last two weeks have flown by! We’re definitely into that stage where so much has been accomplished but, at first glance, it looks like we’ve barely done anything. We have so many big projects in progress right now and several of them are nearing completion so I know we’re only days away from feeling a major sense of accomplishment as the lose ends begin to tie up!


Renovations: Day 14

As most people who have completed renovation work will tell you, there are guaranteed to be a few surprises along the way. Ours just came a little bit earlier than we were expecting.


Renovation at the Erwin Studio: Day 1

Excited That was the word I choose for 2019— a word to guide my decisions and provide focus towards the goals I would lay out for the new year. I filled my planner with inspirational quotes related to excitement. I reflected on new opportunities through the lens of excitement. Now, at the end of it […]


Reflections on my “Word of the Year” for 2019.

Guys, guys, guys!!!! I’m so excited!   A few months ago, on a total whim, I entered some of my work in an international competition called “Shoot & Share.” This is a well known competition in the photography community where photographers can enter up to 50 of their best photos to be voted on by […]



A gold wedding ring set is placed on top of a golden pearl necklace fashioned in a spiral shape. This image placed in the top 10% of the Shoot and Share competition.

Obviously, travel takes money, but not as much as you might think. As long as you actively look for ways to save money on the four main expenses of travel: Activities, Lodging, Transportation, and Food, you’ll find that you can get the cost of your trips way down!


10 tips for Traveling on a Budget

If you’ve ever been in front of my camera or worked with me, you’ve probably heard me constantly stress the importance of creating multiple backups of your images and important files. Thankfully, I follow my own advice because a few weeks ago, my computer crashed and I could have lost everything. Years of work, years […]


My computer crashed and it was no big deal!

I think 2017 actually flew by… like for real. I took a nap in March and woke up in December… and of course I hadn’t bought any Christmas presents yet! I’ll be honest, the year started off a little rough. I remember crying in the corner of a wedding reception at the end of 2016 […]


Reflections and Plans: 2017-2018

On November 8th, 2008, I got to photograph my first wedding. I had no idea what I was doing! But I learned a lot that I could grow from, and even though I was really sick that day, I still loved the process! It sparked a passion in me that has grown over the years […]


9 Years Later

Running a business comes with lots of decisions. Most importantly, of course, is what you’re going to do in that business! But that decision is so much deeper than “What do I want to sell or offer?”. To really know how the business will operate, you have to get down to “why” of the business. […]

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Why We Do This

Wedding rings photographed at Hidden Meadows in Greeneville, Tennessee, by The Modern Heart.