Hey ya’ll, it’s nice to “meet” you! I’m so honored that you’re here on my page! Below you can find a few facts about me, Diona Reneé. 

→ Wife to Chris and mom to a wild little 6 year old boy.
→ She fell in love with photography when she was 5 y/o
→ She is a Christ Follower; she survives on prayer & coffee.

→ Traveling is in her blood – she has a gypsy soul.
→ Her longest ongoing relationship is with books.
→ Southern-born & raised with some west coast living.

If you’re still reading I’m going to assume that you would like to know me better personally, not as the business owner! This is for those of you who want to know more about the small pieces that make me who I am.  Well, here it goes… I’m a complete contradiction. Is that to cliché?

I am a romantic at hear, but was jaded by the world in my twenties. I am still navigating what that looks like for the former little girl with the idea of a knight in shining armor that she would one day meet. I still love love! I dream BIG but get so anxious over rejection and failure that tr to keep my feet on the ground instead of my head in the clouds. I love socializing, but I can come off as very awkward and standoffish until I warm up to new people. 

I’m an enneagram type 4, The Individualist. At their best, Fours are extremely creative, compassionate and self-aware.  Fours create thought-provoking and groundbreaking works of art that shift perspectives toward the greater good. They’re recognized as idea synthesizers who can help others rethink what art should be.

 

Who’s that behind the camera lens?

I began capturing images on film when I was still in Elementary school. My first camera was a blue 80s Le Clic 110. Throughout school, I was that kid that always carried around a camera. I got it honest, my mom never went anywhere without her camera, so in a huge way she’s the reason I developed a love of imagery. I still can’t believe that my parents paid for all of that film to be developed for so many years! I took some very random photos back then!

Nowadays when I pick up my camera, I strive to create emotional images that tell a story and showcase the beauty of both the people in the images and the world around them. I believe in real moments and the kind of images that remind you of the joy of those simple moments. Finding a photographer is more than just hiring someone that holds a camera and snaps pictures. Photography is about carefully crafting and capturing those special moments in time. The ups and even downs in your life; your story, are all intertwined and beautiful. They make you who you are and I would love to help you capture them! Your story, the love that you share with your family and/or significant other, it’s all beautiful (and magical). I cannot wait to capture that, in its entirety, in images that you will treasure for years to come. I believe in the real moments – the ones that consist of heartfelt conversations and random bursts of laughter. The unscripted moments, not just the victory days, but also the struggles. Your photo session is a wonderful time to capture it all, raw and real. 

♥ Diona & Chris ♥

Our love story is simple, sweet and a total whirlwind. It happened pretty quickly, we met online and in less than two months we were married! I was 27, he was 25. Here we are almost 12 years later and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

♥ Our Little Family ♥
We couldn’t have biological children, but that didn’t stop us from having the family we dreamed of. On the morning of April 25, 2014, at 9:58 our son,  Gregory, took his first breath outside of the womb. For 13 years I had struggled with infertility and I was ecstatic – this little 7lb, 5oz, dark-haired angel was the answer to all of my prayers. I was terrified because his birth mother still had three days to change her mind if she wanted to, I knew I would be crushed (possibly beyond repair) if that ended up happening. Lastly, I was heartbroken for his birth mother. If she didn’t change her mind she was giving up the most precious little human I had ever laid eyes on. I couldn’t even imagine that kind of pain.