Where are you from & where do you live?
Born in Memphis, grew up in small town (West Plains) Missouri, spent 20 years in St. Louis and took the leap in 2012 to Orange Beach
What's your life like (who & what do you love)?
Photography and Graphic Design. My work IS my life. I love being able to capture an image that makes someone happy. to truly be appreciated gives me more joy than a paycheck. If I can help someone in need, I always try to if I can. I love being on and near the water, kayaking in the summer. I am very close to my Mom, she is my best friend. I have a beautiful and spunky 2 1/2 year old granddaughter that I love, but don't get to see or spend time with as much as I would like.
What you've learned from life? (advice that might offer more clarity or make life easier or better for someone else)
Be grateful for everything you have. Even if you think you should have more, there is always someone in way worse shape than you are so be thankful. There is no room or reason to hate another person. If you can't love something, leave it alone.
You can't judge a person until you have walked a mile in their shoes. And you never can.
God, Grant me Serenity to accept the things I can not change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.
What is your dream vacation?
A remote island. Bucket list would be to get to see Key West, the Virgin Islands, or the Bahamas. I would love to go snorkeling in the pretty blue waters.
What is your dream project (s) or long range goal(s)? (can be personal, community, business, philanthropic)
Creative photography projects! I love working with people to make their visions come to life. In the back of my mind, I am always thinking about marketing. How to get creative shots that would provide marketing material in the future.
Dream projects: Program that provides free Sr. Photos for girls who wouldn't be able to afford it otherwise. Giving them something to feel good about this scary time of life. Product photography. Helping businesses provide good content for social media and marketing. (Sunrise OBA Yoga for example. Military Family photography: Working with Operation ReConnect to provide family photos for their military families relaxing upon return from deployment. Eventually, I see myself moving more in to the graphic design and marketing field as I get older and unable to hit the beaches every night.
What business do you own or operate or support?
Owner: C-Shelz Photography
Supporter of: The Orange Beach Community Website (Administrator and Group Moderator, Flora-bama (special events)
Events: Big Beach Marathon (supporting the Zoo) Frank Brown International Songwriter's (supporting the music community)
What are your strengths(if your just too humble to say, then think about what other people have told you you're great at or that they love about you)
Photography - capturing events and personalities in a photo.
Favorite Podcasts, Books, Training Etc.
Andy Andrews; Lysa TerKeurst