Meet the Photographer

My name is Dana and I live in Owasso, OK with my handsome husband and 6 children.

Since this is the About Me section, let me tell you a little about ME.  I  love to laugh!  I love to hang out with my family, invite my friends over to kick off their shoes and climb up on my couch and relax and have a great chat with me.  I love my church, I love working with the teenagers in Sunday School, and I love being a counselor with them at Faith Week every summer.  I am still possibly afraid of the dark, have an odd aversion to tomatoes while loving tomato sauce, and I am terrified of spiders.  Bad.  Really bad.

I am a strong believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and I am nothing without Him.  I enjoy my Quiet times everyday, and I’m on my 3rd time through the entire Bible in a year.   And I am a normal woman just trying to find her place in the world and fulfill the plans Christ has for me.  And possibly one of these days, I’ll be comfortable in my own skin.

So there you go….here is the official photography answer though:

I bought my first DSLR camera in 2007.  I have been an artist, mostly oils and charcoals, for many years, but after my children came, I didn’t have the time for it like I had had before.  After my daughter was born in 2005, I began my interest in photography.  Photography gave me that almost instant gratification that painting used to give me but I no longer had time for, and it became my creative outlet.

I’ve done the whole “professional photographer” thing with a few clients here and there, but God has set me on a new journey, and I believe it is my purpose for this stage of my life.  We became foster parents in April of 2011 and in August 2011, our first foster children were placed in our home.  Photography quickly took a back seat.  We were placed with a sibling group of 3 children:  a beautiful 4 year old little girl, a very scared 2 year old little boy with extreme food/environmental allergies, eczema, and asthma, and then the most adorable baby boy you have ever seen (his story is here:  http://www.newson6.com/story/21487678/tulsa-mother-sentenced-to-20-years-for-abusing-infant-son), but abuse left him with at least 2 skull fractures, poor vision, and epilepsy.  Now, 18 months later, they are now my own beautiful, amazing, resilient children!  God has blessed us more than I could ever say.

But, having 6 children now (17 years down to 22 months), 2 of them with special needs, “professional photographer” now becomes full time mom.  I will never give up being a photographer, but it is mostly for my own creative outlet.  And I have been known to call up a friend and drag them to some big open field somewhere or throwing a cape over a child’s head and heading outside in the snow.   But, I know that God is not finished with our family yet.  Being a foster parent and adoptive mom has changed my life.   Now, I volunteer at the Laura Dester Children’s Shelter and transport children/teens back and forth to church.

Photography is definitely not gone.  I am always shooting new things and learning new styles and techniques.  I also enjoy teaching photography whenever I can!  And, like I mentioned before, I still love to photograph, still love being creative, but now, it’s for me and not for the money.  Keep watching the page though for new photos!  And one day, the kids will be older…but for now, they need me.