Welcome to the New & Improved Blog!

The last two years have flown by sooooooooo quickly and I've been busy, REAL busy. Starting out in 2011, I didn't have a clear vision of what Miss Motley Photography would bring to a world overflowing with creative photographers (both professional & amateur). As a new business, I did the only thing I knew to do, what everyone else was doing. I shot everything, meticulously edited everything and devoted hours to little things that were not helping my business grow. I was working 2-3 jobs at a time and devoting my "leftover time" to my business. I was not fully giving it all of me. I was serving everyone else's needs over my own and stifling my and my businesses growth. And more than anything, I always had a feeling in the pit of my gut that by offering what every other photographer offered, I was not servicing my clients to the fullest. 

In 2014, I started doing some soul searching; I started asking myself the difficult questions. Why should I devote my time to taking photos? Why is this important? How does this enrich the world around me? What makes my work different from others? Over these last two years as I have watched my clients weep during their viewing appointments I've come to realize something very important. What I have the opportunity to do with each session is to shine a light on my client's greatest blessings: their loved ones. In the midst of the busyness, the storms, and the difficulties that life brings, I am able to freeze time and capture the essence of their love and affection for one another and to help them remember just how blessed and fortunate they are to have one another--- and that is powerful. 

It was with that new found understanding and purpose, that I completely revamped Miss Motley Photography. I've taken the time to grow, develop and hone my craft and my business knowledge so I can provide my clients with a more personalized experience. I've moved beyond just taking "pretty pictures". I now strive to create portraits that are clean. fresh. and moving. I want viewers to feel connected with the stories that I am telling through the images displayed. That is what I'm seeking to share with the world and what I seek to accomplish here on this blog.  

Austin Lo'ren | Chicago Headshots

There was never a dull moment growing up with my cousin Lauren.  From running through the house playing tag,  getting in trouble for breaking something, to putting on dance performances for our entire family during the holidays-- we always had a blast together.  Lauren was the dancer in our family. She was always bouncing around, flipping and bustin' moves.  I, on the other hand, was what I like to call "rhythmically-challanged".  I had no rhythm, no coordination, and no confidence to try to perform in front of anyone.  But it never failed, every holiday season Lauren would choreograph a dance, force me learn it and make the entire family sit down and watch.  I'd be behind her stumbling over my feet and butchering all the steps she spent hours teaching me and she'd be grooving right along.  I've never met a person who loved to dance as much as she does, it just comes naturally for her.  She was destined to dance.

Lauren, I am so honored to be apart of your journey and to be able to capture these shots for you.  I wish you much success in all your endeavors.  When you make it big, don't you forget about us little people. Lol. 

Love ya girlie! :)  

Brooke | Chicago's Premier Family Photographer

It is always such a pleasure to photograph the children of my old high school classmates.  Not only am I able to catch up with old friends, but I love being able to see how their children resemble them.  

Well today's princess is a replica of her mother, and it was such a pleasure to meet her for the first time! 

Best wishes on all your future endeavors, Little Miss Brooke!! 

Pam Tyus Headshots | Chicago's Premier Family Photographer

The other day my cousin, Pamela Tyus, called me up saying that she needed a few professional headshots for her portfolio.  So I packed up my equipment and headed to Chicago, IL.  What was meant to be an hour and a half photoshoot turned into 8 hours of styling, shooting, snacking and much needed laughter.  I don't think I've ever laughed harder in my entire life!!! It was definitely an abs workout! Lol.  Here's a sneak peek of a few of my favs from her session, well the ones can be released to the public ;-)  I had a great time Pam!  I wish you much success in all your endeavors!! *MUAH*

Congratulations to my dear friend Keila | Chicago's Premier Family Photographer

Today’s post is a tribute to a good friend of mine- my old college roommate, Keila Harris.  While I primarily specialize in newborn photography through Miss Motley Photography, every now and then I will do a few head-shots for aspiring young professionals.  Keila was such a trooper during this shoot as it was quite rainy and gloomy outside.  Luckily, she and her beautiful natural mane participated with me despite the moisture and cloudiness.  It’s always a joy to have Keila in front of my camera.  Her energy is so contagious!!  She brings out the best in me, and my art.

Join me in honoring this sweet young lady as she completes her

Masters in Business Administration with a focus in Management and Marketing.  Kudos to you, Keila, for all of your hard work and perseverance!  I know you will do great things in this life.  Just promise me you wont forget us little people once you finally arrive ;-)  

Congratulations Roomie!!  I’m so proud!