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finally… we’re in love!
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fear is a tough one. isn’t it?
i recently listened to a really interesting sermon by my church — newspring. wow, do you need to listen to it… no matter who you are… sometimes we feel like our fears are illegitimate. but they aren’t. nothing is too small for God’s eyes and sometimes we don’t realize that. i pulled the quote above out of clayton king’s text. its amazing how sometimes you just need to listen to something… and God just shows you exactly how to overcome whatever that obstacle may be. here’s the truth: nothing is impossible with God. he’s always there, ready and waiting for you to talk to him.
why do I write on this topic today? i got a phone call yesterday, that could completely change my workflow, schedule, the people i know and work with, and quite frankly everything. as i told one of my friends about it, he said … “have you prayed about it?” my answer was no, i didn’t think, i just answered. was this what i should have done? nope. [queen of yes] decided to just shoot. but backup, i listened to this sermon, and prayed. prayed that if it was meant for me, His way would be known. so does this apply to you? maybe. but maybe not right now. maybe you’re going through something you don’t know how to get out of. maybe you don’t understand. maybe some series of events are happening that is just confusing you. maybe you just took your first breath of fresh air … you just got back on top. no matter what, praise Jesus. if you put your faith first, you won’t have fear. you’ll punch it in the face.
stay tuned… a blog on a few fears in my life God’s showed me how to punch in the face …
wahoooo! friday smileday is back. i’ve been missing it, a lot
here’s what i’m into right now… and a few reason i’m smiling / fav links around the web:
hello sunshine + friday!
hello sense of accomplishment
hello hubby comes home tomorrow!
hello one week until our trip to virginia!
hello one week until i see several of my besties and have an awesome time!
hello LOTS of photo editing to be completed today.
hello clean house.
hello awesome time with my sister, too much fun
hello fun linkies around the web:
favorite go to for presh shoes
hello SALLLLLEEE coupons in my mailbox
one of my favorite blogger’s apartment tour
and… what’s up with me right now!
wearing: just got these from target. cant wait for pretty weather to wear them!
loving: my loft chartreuse sweater. i may or may not wear it with everything.
swooning: the artist paints the most beautiful whimsical dainty paintings… and combines such awesome textures with them. when her shop opens back up i’ll be finding a girlie print for myself
reading: lara casey nails it every time. love her words and what God’s done through her. so inspiring. i’m there!
listening: kimbra – love the upbeat techno feel.
how’s this for love?
this sweet couple was such an amazing duo to photograph. not that i want my job to be easier, but seriously? this isn’t work for me.
we got to hang out at our old church, with lots of smiles and laughter until we were crying. the lake was beautiful, the breeze was perfect. these two are perfect for each other – they definitely make each other complete. we just wont talk about that crazy water moccasin that we say and bolted away from… won’t forget that one! can’t wait to capture katy in her sweet white dress in a few months – for now enjoy their love!
image to impact got the privilege of photographing sweet kaylee, at three weeks old. she’s such a happy baby, squirming and just making her first time parents so proud. kaylee was the sweetest thing, being a perfect little model for our photos. we’re beyond thrilled to be able to photograph such a precious time of life! enjoy the photos below… and more to come soon!
its about time that image to impact is back blogging huh?
about time, lots of changes that have happened here, and i’m going to be updating you all in due time, i promise!
so, just wanted to share this PRESH session with you – two boys – and lots of cute smiles. i had so much fun photographing these cute little faces. more to come after the grandparents get photos for mothers day!
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today, march 26th would have been my grandma’s 81st birthday.
today is gorgeous. its sunny, and i start to smell spring. its still a bit chilly, but spring like, just how grandma loved.
grandma loved to watch me dance. she loved to dance herself. she was a fantastic and devoted square dancer, even after she lost her partner 6 years ago – my grandpa.
grandma always loved flowers, tulips, color, and pretty smells of spring. she loved my decorations and my hydrangeas at my wedding, hung on the cross. she gave me a gorgeous hydrangea plant for christmas this past year, and i’m thankful for that. she remembered it was my favorite from my wedding. grandma is now with the angels now, smelling sweet smells of flowers, spring, the crisp air, and square dancing with grandpa – what my brother and i did with them growing up. she’s happy now, not suffering from cancer, or allergies or any health related problems. i’m so thankful to have known such a sweet, southern lady. happy birthday dear grandma
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its been a really long time since i’ve posted. BUT. things are changing around here. for the GOOD. GODS GOOD.
i’m so thankful to be experiencing the life that i am.
let me back up for a while.
in our household, everything was always so fast-paced. i’ve always been that designer/photographer that gets projects done ASAP. if an email came in, i responded sometimes within seconds. projects, within minutes. it was always about how much i could do in a day = my productivity level. how many people i could call back, answer emails to, how much i could clean, spend time with my husband… list just goes on. i wanted to be the best and most efficiant designer/photographer/artist i could. but then as hard as i tried, something always slipped my mind. i was doing too much. everybody was telling me that, i just never realized it on my own until my life and health spun out of control. i got migranes, a lot of them. became sick, got mono. more headaches. more sleepless nights.
something had to change. i couldn’t pin it but i felt like i had to start somewhere. << back up — i’m trying to be as savvy as i can with technology. but when it comes to planning, you simply just can’t. >> i got a covey. this one, actually. i’m in love yall. and i couldn’t do life without this crazy thing now! hurry. and go get one
then… i started really focus on reading some new blogs and enjoying my time even more instead of rushing. rushing has really put a damper on my mind. it scatters everything and confuses you. it makes you not in the moment and really pushes you to the next moment, instead of enjoying where you are. in the now.
then, a friend of mine and i were talking about living in the now. how we need to. how God wants us to. he wants us to have JOY now. PEACE now. why rush through to the next thing… wait… what just happened? case in point.
then, i started reading this book. thoroughly enjoying it. explains how life tends to pass us by with new technology and life as designers. then, i read this post. << not to mention, her blog is wonderful. lovely photos and really insightful posts, especially in her be free, lace series. >>
then it hit me. i have to live in the now.
my simplicity goals include:
now that i’ve got these out in the open, i’m happy to feel like my life is becoming much more simple. i enjoy it. i feel better… and i’m headache free for 17 days! wahoo!
have you ever had trouble with these things? please share… i know we’re not alone!
so – over here we’ve been really busy. its hard to keep up with clients – share blogs – tweet – FB – and blog, oh, and work!
but anyways, we’re happy to share some progress with our cool new client: Poppingtons Popcorn in Greenville, SC.
image to impact worked with their current branding, to create a new brand that was more upscale, color appropriate, and easier to read. we came up with the new logo design, refined Mr. Poppington, and worked with printers to create new packaging and label designs in house.
their new website has been launched and we are happy to say that Image to Impact’s photography is the feature here
So, head on down to check out all of what we’ve been working on for the past several weeks!
a few images of the site are below:
i know the subject of this blog post seems so overrated. its not. who REALLY takes the time to slow down and embrace the now?
i’ve learned lately over the past few weeks i’m going to fast. i don’t enjoy the now, i’m just ready for the next step, running to it in a sense. i tend to take husband time / family / friend time for granted, worrying about what i have to do next. how is this for a lifestyle? its not.
having that january 2013 (to date) has been image to impact’s most successful month, I realized (thanks mr. ruff) that I should slow down, and celebrate my success. I will. to a tune of some new flats. its all about enjoying what God put you here for… celebrating the small stuff – on the way.
current crush // ampersands.
in the form of art / paintings / diy / jewelry
I know its been a white since I’ve posted, but I didn’t want to forget to highlight one of my favorite new things!
Beija Flor is a company local to Greenville, SC and they specialize in amazingly flattering jeans. Their jeans are custom fitted to women – where women can’t find what works for them. They have strategic pockets, higher in the back, and overall flattering! I had the amazing opportunity to photograph an event in December for them – and I’m more than honored to be able to say that I own a pair of the ankle jeans – which are perfect for this short girl! I’ve washed them many times – they have kept their color, shape and awesomeness! So happy to be a proud owner! Look below of some of their features of their denim salon!
Also – check their website out here: Beija Flor
sorry guys -
just wanted to keep you posted.
i had a little minor setback last week and i’m just able to get back in the loop.
i’m down a hand – but working on getting back to 100%!
i had trigger finger surgery last week, so therefore i can’t hold, twist, or pull any weight with my left hand.
God knew what he was doing. If this was on my right hand, I couldn’t photograph pictures or design!
So, below is the damage, and I hope to be up and running soon
God knows I needed sleep and rest.
this morning while i was drinking some pumpkin coffee and watching kelly & michael, i came across the new redesign for seagrams. although i love ginger (on my sushi), i’ve never loved ginger ale. i guess i correlated it with being sick as a child.
anyways, seagrams has been rebranded!
don’t you love the new design? its killer and so much more clean. i
think i might try it again
crest was simplified to a simple stroke; below.
simple, refreshing, and not cluttered.
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this morning, while i was attending a networking event, my dear friend spoke about being stressed, and changing our mindset from being stressed, to destressed. how in the world could i do that?
she then outlined 6 things that would be the kick-in-your-booty turning points and will allow you to turn the other direction.
so, lets just start with what inspires us. just mentally block out one thing.
for me, its nature.
jesus. i can’t tell you anything else..
but, i will say, surrender and all good things will come. God will bless you more than you can possibly imagine.
I’m a very raw person, and when it comes to my business, I haven’t shared much about my growth, or my personal beliefs, or how I’ve gotten to be where I am now. I think its time. I think its time to be 100% raw with all my blog readers. I know you all need inspiration here and there, and if you’re looking for a sign, this is IT!
It’s October 2012. Back up a year and about seven months.
I was working for an advertising firm, specializing in promotional photography and branding creation for our clients. i had joy, happiness, lots of growth, and a little bit of my soul that was lost. confused, and not really sure if it was for me. i had no control of my schedule, being exhausted from such long hours of work. i had to be on my game 100% of the time. no time for rest or break and I didn’t feel like that’s what God wanted for my life. I didn’t feel like pressure should be put on me to perform my daily abilities to a T every single day. With that being said, I understand why I was put there. I was put there for a specific reason and to achieve greatness. To be a mentor and a happy face to put along with a not-so happy situation. I was put there to be put on edge and tested. Tested in many ways – ways that I now know are not normal. Ways that leaded to destruction – migranes, health issues, insomnia, overwhelming stress, and a hatred for life. Depression.
If I haven’t deterred you yet, I kinda think we need to be friends. Like yall – for serious. Not many people know that I dealt with depression. Most people see me and i’m always happy, excited and running with a zest in my life, but i wasn’t at this time.
I finally realized that God’s plan for me was not to be in despair, to be depressed, or sick with migranes that lasted up to two weeks, sending me to the emergency room, and debilitating me from doing my days work. I prayed and prayed and prayed, that if this situation and “job” wasn’t for me, get me out.
He did. I would have never known how to do it myself. I’m such a people pleaser, somebody who trusts everything everybody says, and a faithful woman of God. That’s where the difference came. I can’t be faithful if I’m not listening to what God is telling me through my health and sickness. Its then when I decided to choose another route for my life. A route for happiness and success. A route that made me a happy wife when I came home. A route that has deleted migranes from my history. A route that follows Jesus Christ.
Since my journey as a full-time business owner has began, God has blessed me more than I could imagine. I once prayed, “Lord if this is meant to be, overwhelm me with work.” All who know me, knows He did! It’s amazing what happens when you surrender 100% of your life. Not just your sunday mornings and you’re tithes when you feel like. I’m talking about your marriage, your job, your career, your family struggles, everything. And in His time, all comes together. I’m overwhelmed with joy, and can’t tell you how much i LOVE my
job career & LIFE.
So, thank you to all my dedicated readers. I hope you that you will pray for me as I learn to organize my business, my life, and my career. Blogging i PROMISE will become more regular. I think God’s put so much in my life, I can’t help but to share His GOOD NEWS!
I’ve got some happy photos to show you of a space that was amazing to photograph!
Crystal G Studios is on Lois Ave in the Pendleton Street Arts District on the Far West End of Greenville, SC.
She’s got lovely designer jewelry, her own makeup and skincare line, and even a room for wedding and event makeup, including false lashes!
Please check out her facebook page!
i think this post says everything i’m feeling right now.
i am where i needed to be.God gives us many clues, sometimes we look at them completely confused, sometimes with excitement, sometimes with neglect.
But then there’s times, when the time is right.
The time is right to focus on myself.
To learn and grow as an artist.
To become who God intended me to be.
Without a doubt, I am. I know I’m in the right place.
I’ve got peace in my heart that I’ve never had before.
Confidence, assurance, and the LOVE of Jesus Christ.I know I’m happy, and I can’t wait to share it with others.
So, if this is the sign you’re looking for, go for it.
It’s time.It’s time to move to what you know is right for your will.
Its time to move on to what brings you job and keeps you going.
Just a sample of what I spent two days on!
I’m excited to be working with the DoubleTree by Hilton. They have lots of fun projects that I get to provide art direction and branding design for. This campaign will be used for those looking for an upgrade to the “road warrior” lifestyle. Those, looking for a nicer upgrade to a standard hotel for their weekly trips. There will also be a button for the staff, as well as flyers handed out in each hotel room.
If that’s not enough, make sure you head on down to Colombo’s lounge. Designing their ads to go outside the elevators make me want to go down and eat! What a fun place to connect!
yes yes i am! i’ve got lots of fun things to share!
i’m going HERE tomorrow wahooooooooooooo!
really excited to be helping out with this organization!
this weekend is booked with lots of art, meeting new artist tonight, and friends lunch tomorrow!
i can’t wait, i’m excited about everything! what are you excited about?
overwhelmed and rad sorry for the lack of blogging my dear friends!i’ve been here, and there, and full of migranes, and fatigue, and joy and sunshine.i can’t put into words how happy i am. my business is going fabulously (is that a word?)and i’m so thankful.this week has been so great, from photoshoots, to editing, to designing tshirts, to meeting new potential clients, to drinking lots and lots of caffeine (and my first pumpkin spice latte!)so thank you, thank you, as you wait patiently to read more blog posts. get excited, i’m not lying, you’re getting a friday smileday tomorrow! wahooo!here’s to another great, busy, exciting week! :)
i can’t harp on this enough.
one of my best friends visited yesterday.
we talked and talked and talked, and reminisced.
she doesn’t live near me anymore. but it doesn’t ever seem like we’re apart.we constantly text and keep in touch,
and its like nothing’s ever changed.
we’ve experienced some crazy things, great and bad.but
i’ll always be there for her, no matter what.i tell her what she doesn’t want to her and hope that it will make her a better person.
i’ll always be there for my best friends.
i’m so thankful i have them.
love you james.
its time again, its been an amazing, challenging, sleep deprived, busy, successful week!
here’s a few links from around the web that i’ve enjoyed this week.
i think this schedule will be implemented in my house.
dog shaming. i’ve been crying for hours.
hello fun! print your own instagram pix. ps: are you following me? @imagetoimpact
a coupon, score!
down to business. great & challenging ideas for your indie business.
really looking forward to studying the word!
going to a worldwide craft night, here. tonight. i’m stoked.
real simple organizing for left brain vs. right brain.
i love learning about the handmade market.
design editor. ahhh.
LOVE this simple blog design.
cute, cute blog.
i’ll be posting pics of the etsy craft fair tonight, can’t wait!
have an awesome weekend!
this week. its craziness. barely keeping my eyes open with espresso, music and passion for my job.craziness. loving it. its all worth it, because i love my clients.just a little behind though, so look for a friday smileday this week.much love to you all!