Ever since I was a little girl I have had an appreciation for photography and a love of God's beautiful creation. I was very fortunate to be able to travel through most of the Western United States at a young age. My dad bought me a camera of my own to take pictures on our travels and my mom enrolled me in my first photography course when I was 10 years old. As a high school student, I was head photographer for the school yearbook and started enjoying photographing sports and candid moments. But most of my photography, until I married my wonderful husband and had children, was limited to landscapes and nature. Having my three beautiful children opened up a whole new area of photography for me. Portraits.

Capturing the essence of a person through their expressions and movements is an art. Pictures allow us to look back and remember all the little things. A smile, a laugh, how precious she looked at that exact instant, how he loved to get dirty. What an honor it is for you to entrust me with those moments.

My love of my God's beauty and my appreciation of portraiture marries to achieve my photographic style. I love to shoot outdoors with natural light. There is a "feel" in a picture that only comes in nature. It provides the more casual, relaxed look that I like to capture in photos. My favorite places are off the beaten path...mostly rural locations that have a raw feel to them. Most of my photography borderlines on candid because I don't like the stuffy, "sit here and turn your head like this" poses that we remember so fondly in our school days. In order to grasp the "essence of you" you need to be yourself and that comes through being natural.

I feel so blessed to do what I do. I truly love my job. Over the years, I've come to realize how special my profession is. I've worked with families with terminal illnesses or children that have extreme health issues and each image I can provide them is so precious. It brings joy and life even after this life here on earth is gone. It gives families memories. And in a small way, I feel like I become part of the families I work with. Nothing warms my heart more than one of my client's children running to me with open arms yelling "Miss Maywee!" And seeing them grow up each year is like watching my own children grow.

Life is so precious and fleeting. I hope I have the honor of capturing your priceless moments.

Maleigh Canon

Saved by the Grace of Jesus Christ
Aggie Class of '01