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    Hi, my name is Amy. I am a wife to my hard working husband, mommy to three beautiful kids, and I am an artist. I am a pretty simple person, and I am working hard to share God's beauty through photography and art. Thanks for visiting my blog. Here you will find lots of images, and my own daily musings about life. :)

Final Friday Artist Joyce Shupe

I had the pleasure of meeting Joyce, an artist and retired 1st grade teacher the other day. She is going to be featuring some of her beautiful art in the Final Friday Art walk on Friday August 31,(just a few days away!) in my studio with two other amazing artisit. Joyce is a very talented artist, and I enjoyed looking at her paintings, and seeing her pottery studio on her and her husbands rural oasis.  Her home and land are just beautiful.  I enjoyed picking some peaches and apples from her orchard with my daughter as we chatted.  I sent Joyce some questions about herself to answer as well so you could get to know her too before coming to see her beautiful work this Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Q:  Describe yourself in 3 sentences.

I am multi-faceted and deeply sensitive. I love making something beautiful from nothing. I love growing and watching others grow.

Q: When did you first discover your love for art?

I think it all began with my first box of crayons. Art has always enriched my life and in turn made my world brighter.

Q: Favorite medium to work in?

The last two years I have enjoyed painting with acrylics. I also love working on the potter’s wheel.

Q: Who is your favorite artist (living or dead)?


Q: What type of work will you show at Final Fridays Art Walk? 

I will show landscapes and floral paintings. I have one portrait of a homeless man I met in the mountains.

Q: What inspires you most these days?


Q:  What do you do to replenish your creativity?

I love galleries.

Favorite color?Color is like food for me, somedays I yearn for cranberry red as it is so exciting. Yet I love the deep Colbalt blues. Like I say I am multi-faceted and it depends on the day.
Favorite music to create to? Instrumental Music
Hobbies? Gardening, Quilting, cooking
Favorite movie? Forrest Gump
Where would you go, if you could travel anywhere in the world? The English countryside.

I loved Joyce’s property so much I asked if I could do a session there that I had lined up for the week.  She let me and was so kind to give my clients some bags to take home some fruit from her orchard.  It was a special session I am sure the family I photographed will remember always.

Thanks Joyce for giving me this peak into your life and creative ventures.  I haven’t known you long, but it feels like we have been friends for awhile now!


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August 27, 2012 - 12:13 PM - Joyce has an eye for beauty and truth, and heart full of compassion and love. She is one of Holton’s great treasures. She has generously shared her talents with many.

A Tribute

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give your rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden light.
Matthew 11:28-30

There are no words to express my sorrow for the Caviness family. The love you see here, in these images, wasn’t posed and the smiles weren’t forced. All I ask is that you pray for God to comfort their hearts as they morn their loss of a wife, mommy, daughter, and friend.


My chains are gone, I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) lyrics
Chris Tomlin

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August 19, 2012 - 10:52 AM

Susan Rollins - Beautiful Amy!

Charlotte 6 years old

This week has been major in this little girls life.  Charlotte lost her first official loose tooth, rode her bike with out training wheels, and is heading to first grade on Thursday.  She just seems to be trying to grow up too fast!

Lately our family has been going through lots of crazy business and change.  It isn’t bad, it’s good stuff.  I can’t really say much yet though… soon I hope!

Anyway, my juggling has gotten harder lately.  There are too many things going on in my mind and life and I need to keep a manageable workload before I fall to far behind.  This fall I won’t be taking on more then a couple more sessions.  September is already pretty booked and October is getting there as well.  I can’t add much to that at this time. Just an FYI… fall is my busiest season for photography, and I can’t be too busy this year. {I am bummed, but this is just how it has to be.} If you are needing a session for a newborn or are part of the Cherish Collection, call me, but if you can wait until early winter, or even spring I would appreciate your business at those times.  If you are on the books, no worries!  You have a session.

Anyway, on to some photos.  I was completely stressed out and instead of running a couple miles to clear my mind like I should have, I decided I needed to be creative and go take some pictures.  Charlotte just had a birthday so I needed to photograph her anyway.  I wouldn’t take a regular client to this location they would freak out… it is on some land we own, and every time we drive by this crazy wood pile all I can think about is photographing it so I finally did.  I made sure that there weren’t any snakes and I set Charlotte in a very sturdy spot among the limbs.  It doesn’t look safe, but where I have her it actually is just fine.  I sat on it, bounced, and hit it with a stick a few times.  She was in a bad mood and didn’t really want to take pictures {she is usually so willing!!!}, BUT her mood was actually perfect for this location. {lucky me… LOL}  These dead trees wouldn’t look right with bubbly happy child so I kinda let her work the natural pout she had going for her.  I decided I need to do this at least once a month… just shoot for me, and get creative with my locations and editing.  It helps me to think outside the box, experiment with my tools, and it stretches me as an artist.  

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Cherish Collection 6 months – Leslie

Leslie is such a happy baby!  That wide toothless grin, and those bright blue eyes made me smile her entire session.  She is stinkin’ cute!  I kinda wanted to take her home with me… Babies change so much this first year.  You can see Leslie as a beautiful Newborn here. Tara and Lloyd are such awesome parents to this precious little girl.  I can’t wait to sit down with them to view the rest of these images.

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Taylor Family!

I love this little family! Rebekah {the mommy} is my cousin and her smile and laugh have always made me happy.  Her kids are super cute, and I enjoyed photographing her growing family for her.  I photographed Rebekah and Kyles wedding a few years ago and it seems so crazy that their family has doubled since then.  Summer {baby girl} wasn’t too into her cake smash, but I love the images anyway. I can’t wait to share the rest of these at their viewing session with them.

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