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Joey is the type of guy who lives for the outdoors. He's been a bowhunter and a fisherman since the age of five. He also loves to camp and go rambling around the countryside on his 4-wheeler. This is a kid who is action-packed!

Joey is also a very thoughtful and hard-working young man. He's caring, responsible, and knows what he wants in life. Having grown up in the farming community of Alton, MO, and being  involved in the FFA, he knows what it means to make a living with your own two hands. Joey knows that he wants to become a welder after graduation. He wants to build things. 

Joey is soft-spoken, and a little on the shy side, so we spent the first ten or fifteen minutes just walking and talking about all the things he's into before I even brought the camera out. He was most excited to do the archery segment of his session, so we saved it for last to catch the absolute best light. 

Joey even brought a box full of shed antlers he had found in the woods as props for his session. I told him I was a little jealous, and he told me to just go for a hike in January or February, and I should find all kinds! (I'm keeping that in mind.)

Joey is a cool kid. It's refreshing to see young people who are still into things that just can't be experienced in front of a screen. I really enjoyed hanging out with him, meeting his family, and talking about his senior year. 

Senior portrait sessions should reflect your personality, your favorite activities, and your character. They should portray you in a way that is truly who you are!

Thanks Joey, Amanda, and Freda for a wonderful afternoon!


Crystal Moody: Artist

Crystal and I met online a year or so ago via Twitter. (I love Twitter - it's where all the cool people hang out!) She is a blogger, photographer, artist, and the mastermind behind the burgeoning Year of Creative Habits (YOCH) community. Her blog and Instagram feed are a visual delight - her photography collages often include her daily paintings, her healthy and gorgeous meals, and the tools of her trade.

In preparation for her exhibition at Obelisk for the March 6th First Friday, Crystal emailed me a couple weeks ago about a studio session to highlight her newly reorganized workspace and creative process. I love doing lifestyle sessions, so it was a real treat for me!

Her studio is an integral part of her family's home, and it is filled with the most wonderful light. Crystal homeschools her two children in the same space, and I can only imagine how learning in such a beautiful environment encourages creative thought. It was her daughter's unrestrained creativity that inspired Crystal to begin A Year of Creative Habits, and the online community has grown tremendously since it began during December of 2013. 

Crystal is all about inspiring other artists to grow and nourish their ideas into fruition. She writes honestly about her own struggles and triumphs as an artist, and encourages others to share their work online with the hashtag #yearofcreativehabits 

These are Crystal's rules for participating in Year Of  Creative Habits:

  • Choose one creative habit.
  • Do it everyday.
  • Share my effort/progress with others.
  • Reflect and make changes along the way.

Crystal is also passionate about animal rescue. She contributes a painting of a local rescue dog every Thursday - #Fursday - to her blog and IG account to raise awareness and help find forever homes for these dogs. It's such a unique way to give back, and I really admire her desire to help these animals.

Watching an artist at work is fascinating for me. Since my medium is photography, I am truly inspired by people who can paint and draw, especially as quickly and elegantly as Crystal. She makes her art seem effortless. She's also humble about her talents, and embraces minimalism in her work and lifestyle.  It was so nice to finally meet her IRL! 

Working with creative friends makes my heart happy. 

Thanks for inviting me to your studio, Crystal! 

If you're local to Springfield, come see Crystal and her work at Obelisk on March 6th during Artwalk, or check out and get inspired to start your own #yearofcreativehabits