YourInvited-2 Nearly 16 years ago, I took my very first photography course and fell in love. I’m certain the bug was planted long before I ever walked into that darkroom, but there was a moment that I knew I wanted to do this for always. That moment was January of 1999 after waking from a dream and sketching out this little drawing of my dream photography studio. My sketch got tucked away and forgotten but my dream continued for the next 15 years with a camera in hand & determination in my pocket. 4 years later after absorbing every ounce of information I could find, I felt strong enough to finally consider myself a professional photographer, quit my day job as a photo retoucher and began my own business endeavors from home while raising my boys. I worked hard… like really really hard. I don’t think I knew what a day off was (my husband can tell you stories)… and I was always working at improving & growing.  A little over 3 years ago, I finally had a little push at taking the step to make my studio dream a reality. This push came from a weekend workshop by the well-renowned photographer Sue Bryce. You see, I desperately wanted a studio space to photograph my newborn clients rather than cramming my mini-van with a portable studio with everything I thought I ever needed to shoot… I also started losing my house to photography props overload and was running out of room. However I was not successful to justify the overhead of a studio. Ahhh, but a seed had been planted in that workshop. A seed that would give my photography intentions.  Not only to stop time for a family, preserve emotions and love for a future nostalgic memory… but to have purpose. Purpose in lifting up a spirit that may be broken, scarred, insecure and feeling unworthy. Many of us walk thru our daily routines with this broken spirit of not feeling good enough… I was one of them. I did not feel I was good enough, worthy enough, or deserving enough of dreams, of success. But that seed was planted… and I had to share this seed with every women I met who had ever felt the same way that I had… this seed needed to grow and be shared because it had the ability to heal and teach one’s soul to love one’s self and to learn of it’s own self worth. This purpose, this seed allowed me to take my first step of a studio space in a residential home outside of my own home… and now 3 years later, I have reached the next step of opening my very first commercial studio space in downtown Bradenton ~ woohoo!!! Grateful does not even come close to how I feel. I still have moments where I just don’t believe it’s real. A few months ago I came across my original sketch and giggled…. I mean seriously… take a side by side comparison of my drawing in ’99 to the commercial space I am in today. Is that just not crazy!? The past few months, I’ve been hard at work completing what I had envisioned for this incredible space… and now I am ready to share it with you all. Please join us for an Open House Studio tour and help us celebrate our new 2200sq ft “NY style” loft space.  We will have lots of food, drink, and giveaways. Kids and guests are welcome and encouraged. October 3, 2015 • 2-6 pm (come as you wish) 606 Manatee Ave West  • Bradenton, FL 34205 *we are located on the 2nd floor and unfortunately do not have elevator access. For more information please visit our Facebook event group   StudioLayout-BeforeAfterExterior-003Exterior-004Exterior-005Exterior-006 Here’s a little before and after of the space before unloading…. isn’t that just an amazing transformation. The front half…. Studio-IMG_4323-LRThe building was built in 1922 and has been vacant for well over a decade. We kept as much of the original floors as we could and we were thrilled with the work of the restorers.  Studio-IMG_4918The back half…

Studio-LRIMG956003StudioLR-IMG957594 Hope to see you at the Open House for the inside studio tour. {Hugs}