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Chey Photography is a full-service luxury portrait studio. I coordinate every detail from the initial consultation all the way to the final wall portrait installation, making the process of getting really beautiful portraits of you and your family a super simple process. All you have to do is contact me to get started! I cannot wait to create the heirloom products that will capture your family's legacy and help decorate your home with love!

Leaving a Legacy

· April 22, 2020 · 7:27 pm · couples, family, personal, Uncategorized, , ,

“You never know how much time you have left…” It’s one of those sayings we always hear, but have you really thought about it as it pertains to your life? I’ve often enjoyed talking with my grandfather about photography, and he’s always been so supportive and interested in my career. This past Christmas I gifted my grandparents a portrait session & product credit. I wanted to make sure this wasn’t just a certificate that gets lost in a drawer, so when I planned a visit to see my family again after Christmas (despite my short availability and not knowing if it would be “perfect” …recovering perfectionist, aspiring good-enoughist here), we scheduled the shoot & planned it out. We decided the best backdrop for these portraits of Granny & Papa would be at “The Old House.” My parents, grandparents, and several other family members all live close to this house where my great grandparents once lived. I remember being a kid & “helping” paint the new doors as they refinished this very old structure to be the new setting of many family get-togethers. The past few years have been riddled with many hospital stays for my grandparents, and one of the ongoing issues has been Granny’s Alzheimer’s. The weekend I took their portraits, they were doing great, and Granny seemed very lucid when we ate lunch together. A few hours later when we started the session, I could tell she was tired and having a much harder time. In the next day or two, she was in the hospital with pneumonia. Several of her visitors got sick soon after leaving the hospital, & my mom told me it would probably be better if I didn’t go, especially since I’d have the kids with me. Not too long after that, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Granny was not tested for the virus (it wasn’t prevalent in that area at the time), but she went home to recover & is definitely hanging in there. Luckily my story has a happy ending as they are doing well right now… but I just kept thinking, “I’m SO thankful I was able to do their portraits before all of this happened!!!!” It was literally the last moment that I could have possibly photographed them for the foreseeable future! Papa told me during the shoot that he couldn’t remember the last time he’d had his portrait taken, and he was so glad I was the one doing them. I’m so grateful I was able to document this precious couple and the enduring love they have for one another. It was truly a fun experience, and once I send them these matted fine art prints, it will be a memory they can physically look back on & pass down for generations to come. I know I’m a teeny bit biased, but I really do have one the best jobs on the planet. 🥰

Matted and Coated Fine Art Prints for my Grandparents

I know many of us have been lucky enough to have some extra time to reflect on the important things in life. What has that been for you? What has been one thing you’ve been able to do lately that you normally wouldn’t have done before this pandemic? I would love to hear about all the connections!

McClerren Newborn & Family Portraits, Sharpsburg Studio

· June 7, 2018 · 2:33 pm · babies, family, newborn

I’d like to introduce you to this sweet family who came in for a newborn/family session shortly after we moved into our new space!  Eric is quite possibly one of the sweetest, most patient dads I’ve ever met!  I could tell their daughter was already aware of this– she would just stare at him wide awake anytime he was near!  Congratulations Sarah & Eric on your sweet bundle of joy!!  I can tell you are already such great parents!

 

Home Sweet Home

· June 6, 2018 · 3:46 pm · personal

Hello all!  If you’ve followed me on Facebook, then you know a little about how difficult the past couple of years have been for me.  I’m not saying any of this to get anyone to feel sorry for me; I’m just catching anyone up that has wondered why I’ve been so bad about updating my blog, haha!  Dealing with miscarriage after miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy, and then finally having a healthy baby boy who had to see several specialists for them all just to tell us they had no idea why he was breathing as if he was hyperventilating all day/every day, but hang tight because something terrible could happen at any moment… it was a little stressful, to say the least.  When my son turned three months old, my husband had the idea to sell what I considered my dream house.  I thought we’d be in that house in Senoia until we retired, but God had other plans for us.  Different people handle things differently, but it has felt like I was unable to come up for air until recently.  I’m so happy to say that I am finally settling into our new normal.  My daughter is four, and she surprises me every day with how incredibly sweet, caring, & intuitive a child can possibly be.  My son is now 18 months, and while he is attached to me at the hip anytime I’m present preventing me from getting anything done– he is healthy, handsome, and still super giggly!  We laugh a lot in our home!  My husband has been at his new job for a year now, and I still think he’s the luckiest person I know (in a kind-of-annoying-way, haha).  We sold our home in Senoia, moved to a rental in Grantville, and are now in our new home in Sharpsburg where we are almost done finishing a space to have a full indoor studio & preview area for my clients!  (See a snippet of the studio in progress below!)  We have beautiful pecan trees on the property where I am planning to do more fairy sessions.  There’s also lots of space where we will work on planting more greenery, flowers, & building several outdoor photographic backdrops.  It’s kind of unbelievable for me!  I’ve had to learn that it’s okay to dream big, and let God bless us in ways I didn’t even think possible.  That may sound odd, but I was constantly thinking, “No, that’s too much.  We don’t need that.”  Well, here we are, and I know God is teaching me to trust Him no matter what.  I’d also like to brag on my husband who really was the one pushing to make all of this possible.  He dreams big, he supports me in whatever I want to do even when I doubt myself, and he continues to be my rock and best friend… thanks, Hubby!

If you were one of my clients during the past couple years– I apologize for not sharing your images and stories as much as I should have!  I have some super cute weddings & families I will be sharing in the coming days and months.  You are all so special to me and the reason I get to do what I love!

If you’re in Newnan, Peachtree City, Senoia, or Sharpsburg, come visit and have your portrait done!  We are five minutes from all of those places!!

Until next time!  -Chey