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Authentic Lifestyle Photography & creative direction &  Small Business empowerment| ARIZONA + WORLD WIDE

Behind the Lens

Who I am &
How That Infuses What I do

I value kindness above all else, and my mission is to empower people to live an authentic life of joy.

You are most likely on this page because maybe you want to know more about my heart, passion & quirks that make me- ME. Well, thanks! I'd love to share. Talking is favorite... no seriously, I'm a verbal processor. 

I am a mother, wife, entrepreneur but at heart I'm just a rural Illinois girl with a southwest heart, and I must confess I am a complete nerd about Harry Potter, puzzles, kittens, espresso, adventure, and tacos.

Hi! I'm tracy 

The Founder 
aka the human behind the brand

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I founded Fully Alive Photography in 2006 as a film photographer fresh out of university with a photography degree and a dream to rule the world. lol. Honestly my goal from day one was to simply help others feel fully alive and get past the fear of being behind the camera.

Make it fun,
make it life-giving.

I have transitioned into digital photography primarily as I love the fast paced ability of as a wedding, lifestyle, and branding photographer to capture every single moment and all the ones in between, yet even with most of my digital work, I still feature the soft whimsical feel of film... and occasionally I still break out my super fancy film for those that have the time. 




several brands

I founded Finding Joy Consulting in 2020 as I saw a great need emerge. People wanted to learn how to be an entrepreneur in a hands-on catered-to-their-needs way. There were too many people feeling totally lost and overwhelmed. So I had a dream to use my 15 years of experience to cut out the confusion and make life easier for others! My first offering "LAUNCH" was born, and from there I grew into an entire branding agency to empower people to live the life they wanted and find the missing peices to either launching, elevating, or rebranding thier business.

 I offer services from custom consulting, interactive courses/workshops, website building, media kits, graphic design, Lifestyle branding & product photography & creative content.

In 2021 I founded Fully Alive Events as a private, referral only subset service for my wedding clients who needed a little extra help! I already had all the skill, with hundreds of weddings under my belt, why not put those strategic skills to use & offer MORE!

my talented friend Nicole (who has an entire career as a wedding coordinator under her belt) ame on board as my lead coordinator and between her & I with my team of 4-6 staff we can pull off a pretty fantastic wedding!

As a dynamic duo we can come on board the month before to make your day run smooth with a day-of coordinating team, or we can start 9-6 months out and make your wedding dreams come to life!

My core values bleed into every aspect of my businesses...
KINDNESS
quality
authenticity
hard work
& healthy a dose of JOY

Let's Work Together!

my mission

My mission is to empower people to live a full Authentic life of joy and I will work extremely hard to help them do it!

Learn More about me, My business, and My WHY 

I married my adventure friend in 2007.  Nate has been my best friend ever since. There are highs & lows like all relationships but in general anyone that know's him know he is really fun to be around, full of personality, imagination, wisdom and just the right amount of humor. 

We have a little one around the house. Mateo is my miracle NICU baby that is now a little  boy. What joy he brings to my life and also frustration. haha. Mateo was diagnosed with full spectrum ADHD and being the mother of a nuero-diverse kid does come with it's fair share of challenges.  He is strong-willed and challenges me. This has built my patience and tolerance for insanity. He is a bundle of energy, which keeps me on my toes, he is kind and creative. The best combo of perfectly wild and cuddly. I’m more than excited to be here helping to shape the kind of man he will become.

We also have Japanese "daughters"! We are a host family for a homestay program. We host our daughters anywhere between 1 month to 1 year while they study at ASU. Missing them this year due to COVID but hoping they will be back soon! 


FAMILY

Okay so this one is REALLY hard to write on my website...because it can often cause division... but sadly faith was never meant to do that. It should do the opposite. People with faith should be the least judgmental, most loving, most kind, most excepting, and unfortunately they are usually the opposite. I hope to never become one of those statics. 

So if you care to read a little bit about why my faith is a big part of my brand story... read on friend...

Love Wins. 

And the REAL Jesus... well He knew love best.  His example of love over and over again rescues me. He's walk and stories and way show me who I want to be.

God became human and then was murdered brutally all in order to show us how to love, that we were loved, to break the distance between us, to break the ugly injustice, and tear down walls of religious division, Yeah, sure it sounds NUTS. Unbelievable... and maybe it is...But to ME...it's hope. It shows me how to love. 

Jesus came to give us LIFE and life to the full (hense "Fully Alive") So my faith and life is truly is guided by the radical example of the life of Jesus.
-Flipping tables against injustice, creating love where there was once hate, giving a voice to the oppressed -women, children, homeless, and all races & tribes. Let's just talk about how Jesus was turning the tides of sexism, classism, ageism, racism, and beyond, 

His message was freedom and equality and love-  and it was RADICAL for the time. 

I would be a fool to say I am not WHO I am because of him and his great love for me. He is the reason for my moral compass and every decision I make in my life.

All that being said you won't find me often at church these days, I can't find a church that lives out and actually preaches the gospel truth, one that isn't causing hate and toxic devision...

I don't talk about this much on my site, because I know the Christian faith has gotten a lot of things wrong over the years, and never want anyone to get the impression that I am in any way judgmental. I honestly don't believe that anyone has gotten it wrong. I support other faith systems or people who don't have faith at all. I support humanity and love. 

I am proud and glad to celebrate people of all sexual orientations, genders, religious beliefs, and race with nothing but love & respect. Truly ALL walks of life are welcome & loved here.

Unless maybe you are murdering people or kittens or something horrible... I have boundaries OKAY.

Faith

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okay so yes I said sleep routines... 

All my closest friends know I'm in bed by 9... always. And routine with my son starts at 7. No questions asked. I love my routine and I love my sleep! 

Favorites books that I read during this bedtime routine?  Mostly young adult post-apocalyptic fiction books. 

Podcasts & Audio Books... because I have ADHD. And listening is KEY for learning. If you want to know what I'm listening to or reading shoot me an email! But usually they are developmental. I like to learn! Up First by NPR, Short Wave NPR, Do You F*ing Mind, Fluster Clux, Goop, The Rob Cast, etc. 

Also I can be found... Playing my ukulele, roller skating, doing puzzles, and even playing something on nintendo switch takes much of my free time.

Reading,learning, sleep routines, Ukuleles & Roller Skates

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Okay. So gardening and dirt! Being outdoors and working with my hands, I love it! Yard work, gardening, building things. You can often find me building things like desks or shelves out of wood or adobe-ing a wall.

Dirt

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SERIOUSLY. I am all too in LOVE with the wonderful, magical, and adventurous story that unfolds before me. Story telling you guys! SO GOOD. 

NERDY NOTE: I am a Ravenclaw. I value structure, wisdom and personal development. I am a lover of administration and strategy …I’ll task the hell out of you if you come near me. (My husband has learned to stay away when I’m in work/task mode)

Harry Potter

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OKAY so I love too many things and I ran out of room. But it's still important to note a few other things I'm obsessed with... 


the list goes on... I love life. haha

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simply a few of my favorite things

Espresso 

Hair Bows 

A Good Outfit Situation

Women Owned Businesses

Supporting Local

Delicious but Healthy food  

and the list goes on....



about My Clients

My clients are looking for an authentic experience and colorful quality photography that captures their personality  and highlights their beauty

Does it sound like we would be a good fit? Contact me today!

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