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Always for Her… | Personal Inspiration

She was my personal inspiration.

Photography is always for her…

My love for photography started out similar to others in photography; when my daughter was born.

My personal inspiration had arrived and I had no idea yet. I wanted to document her everything; her chubby cheeks, her steps, and all the milestones so that we had them to look back on and remember.

As a first-time Mom, I never dreamed that taking photos of my little girl would be the reason I’d start a business + being the reason I try to give every teen a one-of-a-kind experience.

She is truly my driving force!

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My personal inspiration

Fast forward to her tween years and seeing how much change there is in the world of girls… Yes, I’m a girl, but seeing through the eyes of your baby is something different.

If you have a girl, or you are a girl in high school, you know what I’m talking about, right?

School conforms to certain guidelines or rules. It has to when you educate the masses. Within the school walls, girls discover part of who they are and some are more successful at it than others in their young years. There are

  • athletes
  • singers
  • musicians
  • social butterflies
  • dancers
  • the quiet and shy
  • the bold and daring; and the list goes on.

When I turned photography into a business I made time to shoot everything, and sometimes at the sacrifice of my family time.

I’ve grown a lot since that time, yep even this gal is still learning. I took a marketing class awhile back, and the very first assignment was to write about my “why” for being a photographer.

After jotting down my thoughts, I looked over all of my random reasons and the pieces that kept shining back at me related to my Emma; my personal inspiration.

Show girls how to express who they are without feeling less than someone else.

Remind them to smile on the inside for themselves, and not only the outside for others. I want girls to grow in confidence and not allow others to dictate how they should feel or act. Build each other up + cheer one another on.

This is my “Why” for specializing in teens + high school seniors.

My Emma… she is quirky and likes different things than I do, but she teaches me to appreciate a different side to life; a more musical and theatrical life.

She is my shy child until she gets to know you, but in front of my lens she expresses herself. She is silly and relaxed and doesn’t hide. With my photography, I can print her beautiful images and decorate my walls.

She can see that her beauty is HERS!

She’s not being compared to anyone else, competing for a spot in any play. She is not defined by a grade she gets in a class, and not just a student in a sea of students in class. She is the one and only beautiful teen that God created her to be!

Everyday won’t be epic. Life will be hard at times, but in front of my lens we get to laugh, be silly, be quirky and be exactly like Emma in that moment!

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In front of my lens YOU get to be exactly who YOU ARE!

We get to laugh – be silly, or serious – we get to capture Your Year in that last chapter of high school. We get to celebrate YOU for who you were born to be!

That is what photography brings out in each one of us who is brave enough to be who you are in front of my lens. #BEYOU in your amazing life!

Cheers & Sparkles to your memories!

đŸ’–Andrea | I Capture Your Moments for your forever

P.S. My personal inspiration led me to photography and my goal in each session is to bring out all the beautiful sides of you and the SHINE you bring to this world!

P.P.S If you’d like to find out more about SMP I have a few places for you::

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That’s my girl!


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