"WONDER" BY HILLSONG WORSHIP

I am an Enneagram 1 addicted to capturing life + telling stories. It is a passion born in me as a little girl + a part of my brain that never shuts off!

I formally picked up a camera in 7th grade for the yearbook + never looked back. Fast forward to 2007 when I started a family blog, which God used along with a small seed of faith + a big dream in my heart, to launch a photography business in the Grapevine/Southlake market back in 2008. I have been enamored with documenting life ever since, both visually + with words. 

All the twists + turns of life have taken me from the big city to the country, from corporate marketing to boutique promotions agency life, from homeschooling my children for four years to launching a nonprofit with my husband + running a food pantry - God has used it all for good, to help me see Him + know Him more, to sharpen my eye, to enlarge my heart, to extend my compassion, to find Him in the midst of the rat-race of life + to help hone my gifts for a higher purpose that He can use for His glory!

Through it all, I find myself more inspired + more in love with documenting life. I find myself more impassioned to be a storyteller, to capture families + gatherings, life's heartbreaks + celebrations. There is truly joy to be found in each journey. I pray your time with me will help give you this gift of reflection - to see His joys + mercies present in your life + to simply remember each precious stage or event of life. 

 

This is my crew, my why + who helps inspire me to dream new dreams + see the world in new ways. I have been married for nearly 17 years to my Aggie college sweetheart (Class of 2002) + am mom to 3 kids. You will usually find us either gathered around a table, out on our extended family farm, lost in a good book, watching an inspiring movie, catching the latest episode of “Chef’s Table” + seeing as much of the world as we can.

 

As for my approach, I believe "details make the difference" + offer services ranging from both photography to styling, content creation, writing + marketing consulting. I am primarily an on-location natural light photographer based in the Brazos Valley but I am available for travel. 

While I specialize in children, families, high school and college seniors, engagement sessions + headshots, my experience and work ranges from that to commercial photography, food photography, as well as parties + events. At this time, I am not available for newborns or weddings.

I dream big, I love Jesus, I ask lots of questions + I love to blaze new trails. I thrive on the entire creative process + find such joy + inspiration in the fact that our God is the ultimate creator + giver of gifts. I pray that I will use the gifts He has given me to capture the light inside each of my clients that He put there - that I would capture the beautiful way that He sees you out in this beautiful world that He designed.

 

Anyone can pick up a nice camera these days + "point + shoot" but my heart + my aim is to artfully unearth + capture your beauty (or the beauty of a moment), that "thing" or that magic side that makes you come to life behind the lens. 

  

There are all sorts of stories that need to be told, documented, preserved, and I consider it a true joy, gift + privilege to partner with all of you to do just that.

“Photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see + everything to do with the way you see them.”
― Elliott Erwitt

 

Photo Credits: Audrey Spiars Photography, Images of Grace, plus thanks to a a self-timer/tripod outside of The Parthenon in Italy + a fellow tourist in Hawaii.

I SEE THE WORLD IN LIGHT

I SEE THE WORLD IN WONDER

I SEE THE WORLD IN LIFE

BURSTING IN LIVING COLOR

I SEE THE WORLD YOUR WAY 

AND I'M WALKING IN THE LIGHT.

"WONDER" BY HILLSONG

PHOTOGRAPHER, STYLIST, STORYTELLER + CONTENT CREATOR

© 2020 by Melissa Darst Photography