Matthews, NC: Twenty-six

Today I am twenty-six years old.

For many years, I have felt as if I were constantly reaching for change, never satisfied with my environment. Something about my station could always be improved with an adjustment, whether it be different education, career, or relationship. I recall feeling defeated often as many shifts were merely horizontal, failing to provide lasting fulfillment.

During my 25th year, I finally accepted that regardless of the job I worked, I would always rather be creating art with my camera. I’ve worked as a retail sales floor rep, a barista, and a dental assistant; however, none of these roles are as personally rewarding as being a photographer! I realized that to live whole-heartedly, I needed to withdraw from my sensible healthcare job and pursue photography -a prospect simultaneously thrilling and intimidating.

I truly feel that I am finally living my ideal life. I am blessed with a wonderful spouse who is the most supportive partner I can imagine. I have the opportunity invest a large portion of my energy in photography, for which I am grateful! For the first time in my life, the desire for change is notably absent from my mind.

My aim is that in my 26th year I continue to develop my photography skills, improving in both technique and experience. Vincent Van Gogh said, “As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.” Therefore I will pursue progress, one step at a time!

-Liz K.

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Mooresville, NC: Adopt a Dog from ARRF

The Atlantic Rottweiler Rescue Foundation is a non-profit dog rescue organization run by dedicated + passionate volunteers. At the Mooresville facility, the stray, surrendered, or former shelter dogs are rehabilitated and cared for until a compatible family is found for permanent placement.

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The rescue’s loyal staff provide everything for the current residents, offering endless attention and affection.

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My husband and I adopted our rottweiler, Quorra, almost a year ago from ARRF. Through the process I was impressed not only with small operation, but also the quality of care that the volunteers provide for the dogs awaiting their new homes. For this reason, creating portraits of the rescue’s current residents to help them get adopted is a passion project for me!

Are you looking to add a furry friend to your family? Below are some of the dogs currently available for adoption!

Penny – loving + gentle Rottweiler

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Atlas – energetic + affectionate Rottweiler mix puppy

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China – gentle + sweet Rottweiler

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June – active + friendly Rottweiler

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Damon – intelligent + handsome Rottweiler

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The Atlantic Rottweiler Rescue doesn’t just host Rottweilers!

Charlie – loveable + mild Catahoula Leopard dog

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Crawford -energetic + cuddly lab mix

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Nash – active + friendly Pitbull puppy

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Gypsy – cheerful + energetic Alapaha Blue Blood bulldog

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Kaya – energetic + sweet Pitbull

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All photography made with my Canon 5d III camera and Tamron 24-70mm lens.

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– Elizabeth A.

To adopt your new best friend, visit:ย

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Matthews, NC: Spring Family Portrait Session

On a mild April evening, I met a local family at one of my favorite public parks in Matthews. McAlpine Creek Park includes a picturesque lake, sprawling fields, and modest forests; these features make this park a fantastic family photography session location!

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Dandelion puffs dotted the meadows, delighting the girls!

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To book a family portrait session of your own, click “contact” on the upper right and send me a message!

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-Elizabeth A.

*All photography created with my Canon 5d III and Canon 85mm lens.*

Local Business Highlight: Blue Water Marine Products in Monroe, NC

Blue Water Marine Products is a small business in Monroe, NC. Family-owned and operated for more than 25 years, the local company designs and produces custom T-Tops for east coast boat-owners and boat dealerships alike.

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The T-top’s frame is designed to fit snugly around the boat’s console; the hand-sewn canvas provides shade from the bright sun. Each T-top is hand-welded for strength with anodized aluminum before being polished and painted.

T-top designs by Blue Water Marine Products often include practical additions like fishing rod holders (see below)!

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Bobby Atkinson, son of business owner Robert Atkinson, has served as Blue Water Marine Products’ full-time production manager for the past 7 years. His job additionally involves T-top design, sales, marketing, and deliveries.

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Bobby is passionate about meeting and exceeding his customers’ expectations.

โ€œ[I love] being able to create exactly what customer envisioned. There is nothing more rewarding than having the customer drive up when the boat is on the lot -they are so excited. That does it for me!โ€

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Choosing a custom-designed T-top through Blue Water Marine Products over a stock one is beneficial for customers who want a strong, durable T-top made with the best materials available. However, the greatest advantage in working with the Atkinson family is their integrity.

“We are honest, we are experienced, [and] we offer value in our products because of the quality of materials we use. Our workmanship is good and we stand behind our work.โ€

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All photography created with my Canon 5d Mark III camera and Tamron 24-70mm lens.

– Elizabeth A.

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