Vail Photography Associate
World, meet Debbie!! We are SUPER proud to call Debbie our associate photographer, and the newest member of the Vail team!!
I laugh...really loud and I have trademark dimples that let everyone know when I'm happy.
I'm a food lover. I love planning trips, and where we will eat on those trips. New Orleans is by far my favorite city, my husband and I think we may have been meant to live there....maybe someday we will. St. Patrick's Day and Mardi Gras are my favorite holidays. I home school my daughter, and I run my business.
I am a MOM first...everything else second.
I CrossFit, and compete in weightlifting and kettlebell competitions...I'm told I have an awesome "squat" but I have yet to figure out how that helps my business...hmmmm. I went to college to be a marine biologist, then I decided I wanted to be a Mom more.
I thought I would be Jacques Cousteau when I grew up.
I read...A LOT.... it's a problem I have no intention of fixing. I was a veterinary assistant, that's how I met my husband, he's a large animal vet.
I wholeheartedly believe that God called me to be a photographer. I wonder everyday if I am making him proud of me when I am doing it. I strive very hard to make the answer a yes!!
Debbie's Photography Journey....
I’m a late bloomer. It took many years and many ventures to finally find photography. Or rather...I think it found me.
I guess it really all started in junior high when I learned to develop film and became one of the schools newspaper’s photographers. I enjoyed taking photos and wasn’t all that bad, but it wasn’t my love yet.
Moving forward about 10 years....I graduated high school, enlisted in the Army, became a veterinary assistant, and then move back home. Now what? I decided to invest in some camera gear (still film mind you) and learn to take better photos. Mostly by trial and error but I took a few workshops and bought books to help me out. There was no world wide web support then!
Give that another 6 years or so and then I became a mom. The birth of my daughter is what really brought it home for me. I wanted to capture her...her growth...our life together. That’s when I finally realized that those moments are short lived and I had the power to capture them and hold them close. My daughter was born in 2003, the first day of spring and that’s my real starting point in my love for photography.
I have a hard time deciding what my favorite thing to shoot is. We are all such diverse creatures and I truly love to see it all. Couples in love, committing themselves to each other. Women who become Moms for the first time. Bringing brand new humans into the studio to capture those tiny little fingers, toes, and squishy faces. Meeting high school seniors on the cusp of such a major life change. That time when they’re meant
to decide what they want to do with their lives (as if you only have right then). Watching a woman transform herself with wardrobe, make up and hairstyling for a portrait shoot just for her...to reaffirm why she’s here. Why she can still love herself. That she is still beautiful...always. To go full circle through all of life’s wonderful moments. That’s the nitty gritty I guess. I enjoy seeing it all. What connects us. Why we should respect and honor each other because we all have such similar stories. It’s worth capturing. Worth remembering.
My style is simple. Not too flashy. I try to use natural light whenever possible but I’m not limited by it. Using external lighting is a tool and when necessary, I can use it. I’m a talker. I can usually make anyone laugh while making them feel comfortable in front of the camera. I won’t make you do anything you don’t want to...but, I may ask once I’ve earned your confidence. You may just be surprised that you’ll do it. I’m also all about the details. At weddings...it’s critical and totally in my wheelhouse.