Hello, it’s me…

So, I figure it’s time to introduce myself and let all of you get to know me.

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I’m Dixie. A coffee loving, God fearing, lineman admiring, laundry conquering, wine drinking, camera carrying, country music adoring, hound chasing, horse riding, make-up wearing, tough mama! Whoa, that’s a lot…and just a tidbit. So, lets start at the beginning.

 

I’m an Arizona native, born in the small town of Miami to a copper miner & nursing student. At age 9 my dad died in an accident at the mine. A couple years later my mom remarried and we then moved to Higley, which is now Gilbert. I attended and graduated Queen Creek Schools, Go Bulldogs!!  Small town growing-up was a pure privilege! As a young teen I spent most of my free time feeding & doctoring cattle with my step-dad Mike. Old timer traditions run deep in our family. Traditions that my own family has carried on. We hunt, fish, raise beef & laying chickens, we say yes ma’am and no sir and always say grace. At 19 I married my high school sweetheart and moved to Arizona City. By 26 I was a mother of three beautiful girls, and living in Coolidge. Flash forward five years and here I am, living back on my childhood street, married for nearly 12 years and chasing our dreams.

So now you’re probably wondering where photography comes in…

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I’ve always loved photographs. At about the age of 10, my moms friend Geri took this amazing photo of my mom standing on the edge of some large boulders and I distinctly remember the way I loved that photograph. It inspired me. I would steal my mom’s camera and pose my stuffed animals. As I got older, I moved on to posing my family and friends. During college I took photography as an elective, and then convinced my husband I needed a new point & shoot, haha point & shoot! After our first daughter was born I just couldn’t see leaving my sweet baby with a stranger or at a daycare, so I became a stay at home mom. Thirteen months later we became a family of four! CRAZY, I know! It was about this time that I decided I needed something to do, I mean more than changing diapers & chasing babies. I bought a DSRL crop sensor camera and started begging all my family & friends to let me take pictures of them. Poor peeps. Lol. I never gave up. After our third daughter arrived I took some time off and found that I just couldn’t stop thinking that I could do this, and be great. I started literally at the bottom & worked my way up and I’m still climbing!  I saved my money and upgraded to a professional camera, went to workshops & watched YouTube like it was going out of style! I’m proud of my work & the growth I’ve made and will continue to make. I don’t think one can ever stop learning. I’m passionate about babies & families, and love delivering photos that will forever be cherished. Our home has a dedicated studio space, its my mom cave! I work from home 80% of the time and love being able to be with my girls and be at home when my husband comes strolling in from a long day of work. Speaking of my husband…

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Say hello to my main squeeze! Ryan is a lineman and houndsmen but most of all an amazing husband & father. He has always been my biggest support & advocate. He is my best friend, and I truly mean that. We aren’t your average couple, instead of date nights we have hunting trips & trail rides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our daughters are a perfect little blend of the two of us. They are tough, but kind. They are tomboys, but love to dress-up. Girls&Flicka2014-17They would rather brush a horse than their own hair! No joke. I don’t know how many times I ask every morning if they have brushed their hair, but it’s definitely more then I can count on one hand. I have big dreams for these kids & sincerely believe they will move mountains.

Here we are!

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Fact break down:

Camera- Nikon D800

Favorite Lens- 50mm & 85mm

Lighting- Studio & Natural (Studio lights for work done in studio & natural lighting everywhere else!)

 

photo credits: (1) My bestie Megan, edited by me. Thanks Meg! Megan has a great local antiques business, check it out here. (2) Behind the scenes iPhone photo taken by my good friend & fellow photog Sarah Atkinson of Moments Defined Photography. (3) Moments Defined Photography, 2012. (4) Dixie Landrum Photography, 2014. (5) My client & friend, Tylar Kemper snapped this for me when I finished doing her own family session. She co-ownes an amazing goats milk soap company, Millies Homemade Soaps & Lotions, find her Etsy shop here.