Choosing a photographer is a difficult task. You want to know something about the person you are allowing into your home and family. Here is what some of the families I have worked with have to say about me. I love helping families find beauty in the ordinary moments of life. I would love to talk to you about how I can serve you and your family.
"It's rare to have the whole family together (6 adult sons, 5 daughters-in-law, 14 grandchildren, plus an "adopted" young family of 4, along with my husband and me); one son has his family overseas most of the time, and another lives in another state. It is so beautiful to see the children we raised interacting with their wives, children, and each other. Pictures freeze those moments of watching the family come full circle. We've had a lot of family gatherings at which the cameras sat on shelves while the family members were too busy living and loving to record the moments. I was excited to have someone dedicate his time to capturing the faces of love. We have known Kim for so long that we knew we could trust him at every level--personally and professionally. When I saw the pictures I was filled with joy, of course! First and foremost, joy. Hope, as I saw the future (and the present) of the Body of Christ. Fun, with all the children's squeal-y faces. Sorrow, as in a group this size there's always someone who's had a tough year. A healthy dose of awe, looking at where God has brought us to, knowing that He'll complete the good work in each of us AND in the group 'until the day of Christ Jesus."
"You have so blessed our family with that beautiful slide show of the homecoming of our two new grandsons. What an amazing job and how well it was documented through all of your time and effort. Jeremy shared it with all of us on Sunday night at our house and wow, what an impact. Yesterday I was able to see it on facebook on a larger computer screen and it was beautiful. I can’t hardly watch it without tearing up. I just want you to know how much it means to us, and I can’t imagine, once the boys can speak English, and listen to the words of those songs while watching the slide show in a few months what that will mean to them."
"Treasure ... that's what someone called the pictures I was sharing with them for our family Christmas weekend. I liked that word. It capsulizes for me what your willingness to share your time and talents with us is ... a treasure. Since we don't know when a similar gathering will happen again, having these pictures will help remind us of God's faithfulness to provide this weekend."
"It was only 3+ weeks before Dan died, and Kim offered to come and do a photo set of our family together. Had he not offered it, I don't think we would have even thought about it! He spent a couple of hours with us taking photos that afternoon. He stayed in the background and allowed us family time without us feeling like we had to put on a show or create a 'picture' of our family. We experienced such a range of emotions that day; ones of such gratitude for the experience, our deep love for each other, and undeniable grief as we knew we would experience great loss in the near future. Kim not only took the photos but presented them to all of us in Hospice at St. Luke's, where Dan could also see them before he died! He framed 5 of the favorites for us and to top it off, he created a photo slideshow with music that we used at Dan's memorial service! Words cannot express the gratitude we felt as a family! The photos line our homes and remind us of the love of God that was extended to us during such a difficult time of our lives. We can not begin to share our gratitude for the treasure he gave us through those photos! Words fall short in explaining the extreme privilege we felt to have Kim in our home in Dan's last days!"