kassy...here she is!


i've known kassy for about 7 years.

her sister and my daughter are kind of besties :).

i've adored this girl from afar, as long as london has been friends with her sister, natalia.

but this year, i had had the pleasure of having kassy in my CLICK group, and getting to know her on a much greater foundation. 

kassy is da' BOMB.


she is the sweetest, 

most sincere,

hardest working, 

most lovable, 

homecoming queen!!!!!,

and friend ever.

this girl, i love from head to toe.

here is a sample of her winter session.

MUCH MUCH more to come from our kassy!

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btw, winter sessions are SO MUCH FUN!!!!

we were freezing, (temp was in the the low 30's), but it had our adrenaline going, and we were moving and shooting quick.  the cold almost heightens our experience!!! :)

here's more!

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can't wait to show you more...i adore this girl entirely!!


want to learn photography? CLASSES ANNOUNCED!

it's a brand new year, and we are all set with exciting new events, shoots, and ways for us to connect!

here is the schedule of upcoming events in january!


TIME: 6-7:30 



due to available studio space,



did you just get a new  camera?  

or are you wanting to understand the camera that you have even more?  

if so, this class is for you!

this is an entry level class that will help you with "all those buttons," what they mean, and what you need to know about them.   

this class covers the basics of your camera, without making you navigate all of the confusing camera lingo of your manual.  

you will need to have a DSLR for this class (Or in non camera talk - a camera that you can take the lens off and on!)

only 10 spots available for this class.





COST: $40
(due to class interest, your spot must be reserved with a full payment, and is non-refundable)

ready to book?

reserve your spot here:


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now that you know the basics, you have the tools to begin learning to shoot in manual.

joelle will walk you through the process of understanding the exposure triangle, understanding f/stops, depth of field, and what lenses to use for what project you are shooting. 


you will need to have a DSLR for this class (Or in non camera talk - a camera that you can take the lens off and on!)

only 10 spots available for this class.





COST: $40
(due to class interest, your spot must be reserved with a full payment, and is non-refundable)

ready to book?

reserve your spot here:

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are you, or do you have a teen that loves photography?

this is your chance to invest in that specific interest.

this workshop will walk us around to some joelle's favorite shooting spots, and will teach your teen photography tricks tomato their images stand out from the crowd.

this workshop focuses on industry basics, so is great for your 13-18 year old, no matter what level photography they are at, OR what camera they are using (even an phone camera!)

only 10 spots available for this class.



TIME: 10AM - 12 PM



COST: $30
(due to class interest, your spot must be reserved with a full payment, and is non-refundable)

ready to book?

reserve your spot here:


hope to see you at one or all of these fun activities!

text or email with any questions:



a miracle story

a miracle story...at christmas.

the sentiments of my heart are swirling more and more as christmas comes closer. 

there are so many personal things that create the emotional roll, and there are some that are business and personal together. 

this is one of them...

actually, it's a christmas miracle story if you will. 

i'd love to share it with you. 


back when our kids were young, for many years, charlie and i led worship every sunday at our church.  

we would take friday night to practice at the church then have a date night after.  

every single friday.

at the time, we had this family that lived next door to us with 4 girls at home. 

the 12 year old, gretchen, came to us one day with a handwritten resume offering her babysitting services. 

at the time, jordy was still a baby.  

and so it started, that gretchen would come and help with the kids while i got stuff done around the house.  not long after, she started to babysit for us every friday night (and more!). 

gretchen became an extension of our family, and we treasured her so much that we would not tell people who our babysitter was because we wanted to keep her for ourselves!

years passed, and as the children in her family grew, it came time for her family to move. 

we lost touch for a few years. 

this summer, her mom contacted me about a special project. 

after raising 5 girls to adulthood, gretchen's parents decided to open their home to foster children. 

they adopted their son nathaniel this summer and i was able to be there to capture the special moments of that day.  it was so moving!

nathaniel had two little sisters that the holes family wanted to give their name to as well, and to take them as their very own. 

that special day happened last week. 

there aren't words to describe what you see as a child becomes part of a family. 

there aren't emotions wide enough to express how a heart bursts seeing unconditional love, and a family gathering these children, their painful little pasts, and handing those kids love and a happy future. 

accepted, wanted, adored - a place to belong...

the only way to express it, is my camera. 

and it is an honor to share that with you. 

all my love holes family. 

i'm still crying. :) 





blame it on the tinsel and the sentimental...

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its strange what you remember isn't it?


one of my strongest christmas memories is of our tree. 

it's funny, i never remember decorating it, although i know i did because we have pictures of me doing so.  

i only remember the finished product.  

an ornament stuffed tree, and tinsel. 

so much tinsel.


i hated that tinsel.

i thought it was cheesy. 

i loved sitting around the tree, and the lights and the "feeling" but i thought i knew more about decorating a tree.

probably because i was young and thought i was much more sophisticated than my “older” mom, in fashion and taste. 



in the early years of marriage, and even with our children, i had the “styled” tree.

it was the tree i SHOPPED for. 

i dreamed up the vision and executed it. 

it was glorious.


the kids got older, and i kept my perfect tree.

i got them a tree for all of their homemade decorations and the ones that they were getting to save. 

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the past few years, my taste has changed. 


call me old.

call me sentimental.

call me nostalgic. 


but i’m hooked. 


i go through those homemade and mounds of decorations that we have accumulated over the years, and the treasure is ALL MINE, as i hang , and loop, and remember. 


i pile them all on. 

you can never have too many memories…

or class.

so i merge them both. :)


and this year i added tinsel.


my kids hate it. 

i don’t care. 


that tinsel sparkles and shows off the trove of treasures that weigh down the boughs of my tall pine (the tree - it’s fake...but tall pine sounded better ::)


i’m sure my kids wish for a simpler, more stylish tree.

yes, they have poked fun at me. 

but i don’t care. 


my bountiful, sparkling tree holds the tangible treasures of my heart in the most beautiful way. 


one day i'm sure they will see it all. 

it’s strange what you remember isn’t it? :) 



coming out of the dark...restored - a THANKFUL heart - personal

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i knew that i would feel when it was a time to speak. 


for i spoke so much in the darkest places of my life, that when light came, i found it difficult to mutter a word.


strange right?


i remember telling someone close to me about why i was speaking in the pain i was going through.  

i was explaining that i am so transparent, that i felt had to explain where i was in my life. 

hiding, looking different.  not speaking. the tears.  so so many tears. 


i also remember explaining that if i spoke truthfulness in my pain, then others would see the truthfulness in my joy. 

i KNEW the joy would come again. 

not because i necessarily believed it myself, but because many people close to me, prayed and believed it for me. 


in complete raw honesty, for over a year…i was completely gone. 

weeks, months, erased. 

looking back i think the whole sadness was emerging for about 3 years, but for the last year or more, it was PRESENT.  all the time. 


i can’t explain all the pain. 

why, what or where it came from. 

of course, i know a lot of what it was, now. 

but overall looking back, it was a multitude of circumstances, trials and relationships. 


i could go on to explain a lot of them, but truly, it is not necessary. 

however,  i will highlight the most important. 

i lost 2 fathers to cancer within ten years. 

2 very different fathers…who loved me very differently, in their own ways. 

but the latest loss, included the pain of watching my mom, and my own children and siblings (extended), be hurt as well. 


let me tell you this…

you can have all the Jesus you can have.

loss still hurts beyond hurt. 

it’s what you learn and do with it, is what is most important. 


age and profession. 

this is big. 

i’m 43 now…

my children no longer NEED me (for bathing, food, care in and out of the day)…

it changes things. 

besides transportation, they can fend for their own. 

not that my love and guidance isn’t extremely important, but your focus as a parent changes…


and work. 

this is huge.

i had come to a point in my life that the only thing i felt “good” for, was my work. 

and when i became hurt by people who i thought loved  my work…when my work, became more like shopping than an experience and viewpoint i would give to people, i became lost. 

lost and unworthy.


in addition, all of this caused family issues…to say the least.


my world in all areas - it was falling apart. 


a dear client who became a friend, saw my state. 

she begged me to be admitted for help.

after weeks in bed, unable to exist, my husband also urged me. 


i sought counsel in a very, very dear man, who had known me over 20 years ago, again in a place of life that i was lost in. 

he so gently, cautiously, and with godly wisdom, helped to lead me out of the black hole that i never knew could be so deep or enveloping. 



a year later…

losses, gains, reflections and realities have been presented to my life. 


my friends, it has been the most difficult time that i have ever endured.

it was such hard work!

not for any glory of my own, but to be real, i want to send the message that getting better, it just does not happen.  

changes, reflection, and work must happen for it to occur. 


can i profess humbly but proudly that i have applied these to my life?

YES! and FINALLY, today, i am changed!


i smile…from my heart. 

i smile with joy.

i cry…even more than ever before. 

but i cry with empathy, understanding and gratefulness that words cannot dare to express.

i mourn and grieve, because losing people you love SUCKS. 

and it hurts, and its takes time to get through it, understand it, and to come to terms with it. 

and i rejoice…maybe a bit early…

for there is so much more work to do…

but the joy i have been given back, i cannot hold back the rejoicing it brings to my soul.

and the joy gives me strength to continue on. 


i understand. 

i look differently. 

where in my 20’s grief took me to the extreme skinny stage (oh a plus in the suffering! :)), in my 40’s, i battle a bad thyroid and am puffy, heavier than i have ever been before (seriously Jesus…couldn’t you have given me skinny in all of this??)) :)

i hate it. 

but i will work the outside now to change too. 


i understand.

through this time, i have spoken, reacted and acted differently. 

to be truthful, even with the pain, i believe it has been the most honest time of my life…

seeing people and relationships for what they truly are, not for what i wanted or pretend them to be. 


i get it. 

i cannot get the time back with my kids or family (or business!), that my sadness kept me, from being present.

or when it kept me from being the person i always was or tried to be. 

the times i couldn’t listen.  the times that i could not be there.

i cannot get it back. 

i regret that, but not for long. 

because i have a chance now to here - all of me. 


today marks 17 years married to the man that kissed my hand and forehead before he would ever kiss my lips. 

the day i said "i do" to the man who had prayed for me to be his wife. 

it marks the day that i said “i do” to a life that held so much prosperity and promise. 

it is the day that i kissed my husband in front of friends and family, in the home that we reside in today, and that i knew that my life would never be the same. 


it sure hasn’t been!


but today also marks the day that i can say... 

“i’m back.  i am better.  i am loved.  and i have so so much to offer to this world, that it better watch out.”


my motto for 25 years has been…”Lord, never let my my pain be lost in vain.”


friends, it hasn’t.


this girl is back.

she is blessed.

and she is grateful. 


happy anniversary charlie. 

happy thanksgiving my dear friends.

and thank you to my Jesus, my Lord, provider and restorer of all things. 

Blessed be His name.