Behind the Camera

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”

Hey there, it’s me again!

Oh. Well, considering I haven’t really introduced myself yet, it’s no wonder that sentence is rather useless. So let’s change that!

You can mosey on over to my about page to get an overview, but I figured that if you’ve stuck around this long you might want a bit more insight into who I am and why I chose to make Sollie Studios. And since we talked a bit about the future last week, this week we can look back for a bit.

I was born in Texas, but we moved when I was around 4, so I have no idea what it was like. (There’s a vague memory of a tree stump my friend and I played Barbie on, but other than that,zilch.) We lived in Gallatin briefly before settling in Smyrna, where I grew up. In 2006, I began at Middle Tennessee State University. The plan was to double major in Psychology and Theatre Arts and go for a master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapy.

Fast forward four years later, and life had other plans for me. Due to health issues, I was taking some time off school when my friend called me in a panic. His band had been offered a chance to compete in a “battle of the bands” concert, but they didn’t have any promotional materials put together! Acting quickly, I made a few calls, borrowed my brother in law’s camera, took them to the park, and found out that I *really* loved photography.


I began delving into the photographic world, bought a bit more advanced camera, and began to really get out there and practice (mostly on my friend’s band, my children, and my poor cat), and then started working with a few other bands and families. Eventually I decided to go to the International Academy of Design and Technology to further my opportunities. Six years later, here I am!

I founded Sollie Studios out of my desire to provide high quality images to everyone. I believe that photographs are tangible memories, a way to remember when the moment is passed, and a way to keep emotion strong even when it’s been days, weeks, years since it was taken. I really believe that so many people think they aren’t photogenic when they are, and I believe that too many people regret the fact that they don’t have evidence of a time in their life that has faded. I know I do. I don’t want anyone else to feel that.

In addition to being a photographer and business owner, I also love to write! I’ve attempted to write novels, but it’s slow going, so in the meantime I thought I’d blog! I’ve attempted NaNoWriMo several times, but never succeeded yet, though I know I will sooner or later. Maybe…

I’m married to Stephen, and we’ve been together since 2006. We have three little boys and two cats. We both come from decent sized families, and each holiday gathering is definitely a lesson in organization, I can tell you that! If we got both of our families together for a road trip, we would have to take at least a mini bus. I like to joke that that most of my friends live out of town, so now I have no excuse not to travel! (Yes, that was a way-too-subtle hint that I’m available for destination photography… ;) )

I really do read every email and comment, so please, feel free to get in touch with me, whether it’s through email or facebook or in the comments.

Zeus, a cat

black cat named Icarus

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