Hello! I am Diona, dee-OH-nə /diˈoʊnə/, and I’m so excited that you’re here! I’m wife to Chris, who can be found here, and mom to an awesome 6-year-old, GG.

I fell in love with photography at five years old.
I like to say that photography chose me and not the other way around. I still remember the joy that it gave me when I was very young and my mom would hand me her camera to take a picture. I got my first camera when I was still in the single digits and I will always remember it! However, my true camera is in my head. I see the images before I place the viewfinder up to my eye to take that shot. I always have. I cannot express the thrill of bringing those images to life, not just for me, but for everyone to see. Physically seeing the image that you envisioned – the colors, the emotions, the faces of the people staring back at you, it’s amazing and I wouldn’t trade what I do for anything!
 
I am a Christ Follower; I survive on prayer & coffee.
I grew up in a Pentecostal church that my great-grandmother helped build. I fully believe in a relationship over religion. Mutual respect is a thing more people should practice when it comes to religious beliefs in my opinion!  The coffee thing, weeell, I’m pretty much in love with coffee.
 
Traveling is in my blood – I have a gypsy soul.
I love traveling – car or plane, either way, I’m in! If I had it my way I’d go somewhere new every few months! Staying home all the time just gets boring! I love having a change of scenery!! Traveling is one of my top five favorite pastimes, so if you aren’t nearby you should still hit me up – I have a whole bucket list of places I want to photograph at!
 
My longest ongoing relationship is with books.
Yup, that’s right, books and I have been together for over 30 years! I was made fun of throughout school because I always had my nose in a book. I’d finish a test early, read a book, finish my work, read a book, do my homework, read a book, you get the picture! Some nights I wouldn’t even sleep because I was reading.
 
Southern-born & raised with some west coast living.
I was born in Southeastern Georgia and I lived there for 18 years.  At 18 I moved to central California where I lived for three years before moving back to Georgia. I moved to Northeastern Florida in 2010 and I’m still here.
 
Heat and humidity aren’t for me, give me northern summers.
My in-laws have a cabin in North Carolina, my parents have a second home in mid-northern Alabama, we have family in Tennessee and New York and I have a best friend in Wisconsin. Summers are filled with visiting them all whenever possible and sometimes making a trip back out to central and northern California. The weather during the summer is better almost anywhere away from the south, at least for me and mine!
 
I shoot most sessions outdoors, because – sunlight.
It’s my favorite type of light, need I say more!?!
 

Let’s go on an adventure!

 
 
Our Love Story
It’s simple, sweet and was a total whirlwind. We met online, the day I was deleting everyone online. I got a message from him. His dog was sick and we bonded over getting her better. We lived two hours apart. Almost two weeks, after chatting online and on skype, I was visiting a friend two hours north of me (four hours from him). A band I knew was going to be playing, he’d seen them before, so I half-heartedly invited him, thinking he would probably end up with my friend. He drove the whole four hours, in the summertime during a heatwave with no a/c, and we met for the first time. No more than 36 hours later he asked me to be his girl. Less than two months after that we were married.
After four years of marriage, we adopted our son, GG. He is the best thing to happen to either one of us and one day in the future we hope to add another little one to our family.
Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone, But still miraculously my own.
Never forget for a single minute, you didn’t grow under my heart but in it.
Yes, I will talk to you about adoption – ask me all your questions!
Let’s go grab a coffee and chat!! ☕