“Photography to me is about capturing people as their best selves. Having a consult and finding out what matters to them. Is there a dream there to fulfill such as a particular place or time period etc.  Or is the dream to simply look and feel beautiful in photos. I also love capturing those ever-evolving relationships that matter so much in life. Showing those loving ties, personalities, emotion, beauty, connection. I want people to be excited when they see their photos, like through the roof excited because they are finally “seeing” what they really look like…amazing and beautiful. During the shoot people have repeatedly told me how comfortable they felt, no worries about weight etc crept in. They had fun and enjoyed themselves. Part of why they feel at ease because I tell them what they need to do to look stunning every step of the way. A models job is to work their body, that’s what they do, the other 90% of us have no idea how to do that, that’s what I am here for. Beyond that, being photographed by me is a real meaningful boost to one’s self-esteem. You will walk away feeling better about yourself, inside and out. It just happens that way.”  -DeAnn Payne


“I’m not gonna lie, I was incredibly nervous about for this photo shoot. I even thought about calling it off once or twice. I have never felt photogenic in my life. In family pictures, I can always hide behind my adorable kids, but this was just me. Nowhere to run nowhere to hide. However, DeAnn made me feel beautiful. Like a model really. As soon as I saw the pictures I was shocked at how beautiful I looked. My husband loved them too. It was totally worth all the stress because, in the end, I knew I was beautiful and no one could tell me any different.” -Jenae

“DeAnn has been talking to me about taking my picture for years.  I always agreed that we should get together and do it, and thought it would be great, but I never had any follow through and my mind would review a list of reasons why I shouldn’t do it/it wouldn’t work. I will share with you my concerns so you can see how lame they were (or how un-lame they were but how she put me at ease!)

It took me a long time to admit this was probably the biggest reason, but I never made myself a priority. There was always something else that was more important than taking pictures of me. Mom is always the last on the list of people and things that need attending to, am I right? (I mean, really, how self-indulgent, right?). There are far more important things to get done than pictures of mom!!! Maybe deep down there was a part of me that was just self-conscious of how those pictures would turn out – that they would reveal I truly was a frumpy mother of 5 that was nothing of the stunning girl that met a young man at a dance 14 years ago. (I’m not a spring chicken as I approach 40, and the baby weight has left its mark.  Let’s just say I also had my “white highlights” taken out of my hair the week before these pictures were taken!)

I was always intimidated by the creativity for the service project, and how we would be able to do something that would fill the amount of time required. The grass is always greener, including the grass on the side of the fence that is someone else’s service project that is way cooler and more philanthropic than mine would be. That was a big issue because…

In politically correct terms, I would be called extremely “practical” or “frugal”.  I think I almost choked when I heard what professional photos would run for.  I figured for that price I could tolerate my 13 mega pixel camera phone.  I was amazed at the breadth of difference between the two!

I had literally NO IDEA how complicated it is to take an AMAZING picture. Through a series of conversations, observation over the last several years, and having her take my pictures, I was blown away by how many things have to be worked out: lighting, equipment, location, body positioning, the difference jewelry can make, etc etc!!!  (I felt ridiculous with some of the poses or things she had me do, but those were some of the best pictures!

SHOCKED. SPEECHLESS. AMAZED. That is how I felt when she showed me the pictures.  It was a perfect mix of “Is that me?” and “I can’t believe how good I look!” to “Do I actually look like that??” I can see why DeAnn quotes that every woman should have one good picture of herself that makes her feel like a woman” (and I will add “not just a mom of 5 kids!”). My husbands comment when he saw it said it all:  “Wow!!!! Ouch, I think I just burned myself while looking at her because she is so hot!”

Ultimately DeAnn has a combination of talent, skill, experience, equipment, and creativity that won me over. :0)

Yes, I realize how lame my excuses are, so I am not sure why it took me so long to let her take my picture!!  Probably because I didn’t think they would turn out so amazing.  Now I am totally motivated to have her take pics of my kids and the family!” – Carla

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