Re-Introducing Me


photo by corrie childers

Three weeks ago I began my senior year of college and my third month as a wife.

That is a really simple sentence that I am still trying to wrap my brain around. I started blogging and pursuing photography as a business during my freshman year — my first semester at Harding. Even though going back to some of those first blog posts makes me cringe a little bit, some things have not changed. On the other hand, some things have changed a lot in the past three years. I have been involved in a lot of things, met a lot of people and been a lot of places, so, as I begin the process of revamping my website, catching up on blog content and getting ready for the real world, here is a re-introduction to me. And, yes, I am singing the song by Nick Jonas in my head as I write this. 

In the past three years I have continued to grow as a photographer, journalist, friend, and wife. Yes, you did read that right — wife. Two months ago I married my high school sweetheart and best friend, Alex. We are happily settled into a small apartment at Harding, we live on the same street as the new ice cream place in town and we successfully overcame our first major catastrophe — a flooded apartment — so I would say things are going pretty well. 

Freshmen year I was working as a section editor for the Petit Jean yearbook on Harding's Student Publications staff, scheduling a few senior and family photoshoots here and there and getting to know people around campus. I am now the editor-in-chief of the 95th volume of the Petit Jean yearbook, have lost count of the number of wedding I have been able to shoot this year (thank you, Grace Starr) and have made lifelong friendships here at Harding while maintaining the special ones from home and high school as well. 

Through all the changes, I have continued to aspire to work in editorial, niche magazine publication and/or become a full-time photographer with an emphasis on weddings and all the things that come with them. Working for The Magnolia Journal is currently my unrealistic dream job, and I still keep myself busy on a daily basis. But this year as I experience my first year of marriage and my last year of college, I plan to make this one count and record it for others to read now but also but myself to read in years to come. 

Thanks for reading.