In Loving Memory

When they cleaned out her room she still had my business card tucked into her mirror. I debated on how to share this, but ultimately this blog felt perfect because as you will read in my remarks below my Nana was the first person to ever invest in my business. I was honored to deliver this at her funeral, and I felt it the lessons were a good reminder for us all.

Thank you all for joining us today as we celebrate the life of Susan Thompson Uphoff. For the last 3 decades I’ve had the honor of calling her Nana.

We had a special thing. We were the best of buddies ‘till her final breath and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Dying means you lived, and I remain incredibly grateful that life was with us.

Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing my Nana knew almost instantly what she held most dear. Her family.

I can go back to that “perfect napping sofa” on Staffershire rd. , laying in her lap while she read me the Secret Garden. I can still smell her Christmas tree cookies baking. I can see her smile while she curled her hair in the mirror, as I sat on her bathroom floor painting my nails.

Memories of her driving me to physical therapy almost every single day - even when she decided that driving wasn’t the safest activity for her to be doing. The day she helped me buy my first camera, that allowed me to start a career to which I’d spend the next decade freezing memories for people a 7th of a second at a time.

I’ve been reflecting on our time together and a few themes run throughout.

  • At the end of the day all you have is your good name, so use it well, stay true to it and never lose sight of how important it is.

  • Your house is a HOME. Greet all your guests with a warm hospitality, create a space they feel welcome. Use your table to bring people together of differing mind and spirit. Create a space of refuge for all who enter your home.

  • You can be a lot of things in this world, and you should always work to be the best version of yourself, but just don’t ever let that stop you from being grateful. She challenged every one of us to embody this value. She was always so grateful to be able to share a meal with you, enjoy a conversation, exchange an email or give a hand-written card.

A last lesson through these final days with my nana have taught me is that a life well lived will bring those you love back together one final time as they say goodbye...to remember the good times, the tough times, the lessons, but most of all...the love.

I leave you with a challenge as my Nana was always good at doing the same with me. I challenge you to think about ways you can embody these lessons in your own life. Ways you can keep your integrity high, make your house a HOME - for ALL who seek its comfort, and for ways to live a life in gratitude.

Thank you. Thank you for being here, thank you for being you, and for being part of our family’s story.

‘Cause no matter how much time goes by
And no matter how much I grow up
For worse or for better, from now ‘til forever
I’ll always remember you young... ♥️✨
— Thomas Rhett

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.Bookends.

Before your read all of this, I SOLEMNLY (and gratefully) promise to take family portraits until I am physically unable to hold a camera. Watching your family grow is something I will NEVER ever give up because I love it so much! ♥️

I cried when I shot this photo Saturday, taking it all in. I’ll cherish this moment in time forever.

I cried when I shot this photo Saturday, taking it all in. I’ll cherish this moment in time forever.

.Bookends.

They start a journey and they end one. I was sitting in my car preparing to shoot my last wedding this past Saturday and I was reminiscing about a girl who was pep talking herself all those years ago - my very first wedding. Some might wonder why I’m making a public announcement, but here’s the thing I need closure. I needed to look back on this journey and know that I saw it to its completion. I see it as a sign of great strength to recognize a dream and to be able to adapt that dream to the changing moments of life.  

It feels bittersweet to say goodbye to something that’s been such a HUGE part of my life. While saying goodbye isn’t easy on me, in fact this time last fall I was preparing a blog post announcing my last wedding, but something kept whispering to me that it wasn’t the right time.

I felt a tug on my heart that said “ you got this, one last time.”

I grew up behind a camera. Every shot made me a better person. I’ve learned more in the last 8 years than I’ve learned my entire life. You taught me to love hard and to cherish every single minute of life. To laugh to keep from crying, and that loving those around you will far surpass any stress a wedding day could bring. You taught me I had more strength than I ever dreamed possible. Most of all, you taught me that having a dream and working hard for that is something worth RISKING IT ALL!

My hope for YOU is that you recognize a DREAM inside you and you have the COURAGE to give it all of yourself..It’s your dream. There’s no right or wrong. Just don’t hold back.

I gave shooting weddings ALL OF ME. It’s something I’m extremely proud of. II look back at these years, with hundreds of wedding days, and I have NO regrets because I know in my heart I gave it my best.

Know that I carry every minute, every shot, every smile - all of it, in my heart forever.

Lastly, THANK YOU from the bottom to my heart for helping to make my dreams come true. I am forever grateful for the people I have met and the places I have been. I look forward to watching your families grow over the years!! 😘

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Sweet Annoucmenet ♥️

so much fun capturing this very sweet announcement! ♥️ 

Amy + Danny - Wedding

What a GORGEOUS wedding day yesterday at the Preston Woodall House in Benson, which you MUST go visit its such a cool place! Congratulations Amy + Danny! 

Venue: Preston Woodall House

DJ Company Or Band: ShanSound Entertainment, LLC - 252-289-1876

Videographer: none

Wedding Planner : Nick Ammons - onsite coordinator 

Cake: Sweet Dreams Bakery

Flowers: Jeffrey's Florist, Ltd. 

Dress: David's Bridal

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