in the days of myspace, it was much more fun and socially acceptable to write paragraphs describing yourself to strangers..

Now, as an adult it feels so odd right? I feel like an about me should be summed up by showing you pictures of my family - a summation of what is important - and that should be enough! I also know that the relationship you have with your photographer - whether it be for your wedding or for all your family events and milestones - is one based on trust. You cannot trust someone you do not intimately know. So with that being said, here's a little about me that I hope gives you some insight into who you're hiring.

I'm one of 6 kids - so family is everything to me. I met my husband Ben at a Christian summer camp for kids in Missouri, where we literally fell in love immediately and I knew that marriage was inevitable on 2. (he'll tell you it took him longer but the hundreds of letters I have as evidence AHEM BLACKMAIL say differently..) We decided about 5 years in to have kids and so Josiah and Darby are a product of that...15 months apart and the absolute coolest minions I know. (they're now 10 and 9, and I'm always in a constant state of disbelief that I've been a mother for a decade now) Because I pretty much just gave away my age, I'm 36. That's important for some people to know, so I thought I'd mention it. Some things that are really important to me: my relationship with Jesus and my church, my marriage (16 years in!), my family, music, home life, good coffee, a toxin-free lifestyle, Christmas all year, and cooking and eating really good food. Oh, and memes. I can laugh all day at memes (its good for the soul in this crazy life).

I take loving people well, very seriously. It's really the basis of everything that I do. I mentioned I'm an ESFJ, so that means I like harmony. I like to do what's best for others, I'm warm and compassionate and conscientious and loyal and I just really care about you. I'm also a huge stickler for impeccable and excellent customer service. I know a lot of people can say that, but I do my best to live that out. Loving people well and doing things with excellence is how I've maintained this business over the last 13 years, and I'm proud of that.

Lastly, you may notice that my incredibly handsome...incredibly talented...amazing in every way husband Ben isn't sharing this space with me as much anymore. That's been hard in some ways, but in others, it's absolutely the best thing. He's got big dreams and we have even bigger dreams as a couple, and it was time for him to do some things he's always wanted to do. He'll be around, but the face of Kallima will largely be me from now on...just like in the beginning...and I'm oddly excited and of course, nervous. Thanks for your support and understanding and for reading all of this. If you feel like we could like each other, and that I could tell your story well, please send me an email. <3

one last thing...

Everybody has a why. Some people never figure theirs out, but I'm grateful and honored to say I've literally pinned mine down to the ground and I'm determined not to let it go. My why is story. I live an amazing story. I get to do life with the most incredible man, laugh and cry and love the most wonderful kids, homeschool them, see them love and play baseball, hang out at our favorite brewery, photograph people's most monumental life events, worship at church, cook and bake for family and friends, throw killer parties, hike with my family....the list goes on. I LOVE my story - and I'm inviting you into I hope, you'll invite me into yours. That's my why....story. It's powerful and magnetic and inspirational, and it drives all of life. Story is me, and to all of us.

A few of my favorite quotes I've found on the internet...

"If you want me to stop listening to Christmas music in November all you have to do is ask so I can say no"

"Nobody talks about Jesus' miracle of having 12 close friends in his 30's"

"Went to Chick-fil-a and my total came to $6.66 so the cashier changed it to $6.26 and gave me the drink for free. The devil works hard but Chick-fil-a works harder."

“Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone you will presently come to love him.”