Welcome to Take to Heart Images

For me photography is all about connecting and storytelling.

As a writer for many years, I’m most attracted to capturing images containing elements of a story that not only grab and hold my attention, but take up residence in my heart. I had the pleasure of experiencing this time and again during the years I lived as an American expatriate in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Far East. Now I get to engage in such at home in the Dallas area.

As the books on my bookshelves and home décor speak of eclectic tastes, so does my photography. I get just as excited over capturing laundry flapping in a breeze as a breathtaking landscape. I hone in on people scenes that express human emotions; strengths and frailties. Historical places and details speak to me of stories of old that still resonate. The right blend of textures and colors leave me feeling like a kid given a much asked for gift and in some way played a significant role in the story I envisioned when I captured them.

When it comes to my specialty portraits: head-shots, family, senior girl, and pet owners and pets, and capturing events, it's all about helping my client define and pull together the elements of the kind of story they want to tell through images. I start off with a questionnaire to better understand their specific needs and desires; to begin to get to know them. Then seek to develop an easygoing relationship with them through the exchange of emails, phone calls, and a pre-photo session meeting at the their home or place of business. My goal is to have the photo session itself feel like a play date for everyone involved, for that often leads to special candid moments and a gallery of keepsake photos.