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.

My core values that bleed into every aspect of my business are joy, quality, kindness, authenticity, and hard work. My mission is to empower people to live a full authentic life of joy.

Hello! Thanks for stopping by! Let me tell you more about my heart & passion & quirks that make me- ME.

I empower people by helping them feel confident, joyful, beautiful, and alive through my photography experience and small business workshops, websites, and consulting. 

I am 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.

I am a mother, wife, entrepreneur, and educator.

I founded Fully Alive Photography in 2006 as a film photographer to help others feel fully alive and get past the fear of being behind the camera. I have transitioned into digital because I love the fast paced ability as a wedding, lifestyle, and branding photographer, yet I still feature the whimsical soft feel of film.

I teach manual photography courses at the Desert Botanical Garden and offer a variety of education, courses, workshops for the rising entrepreneur including my LAUNCH course, website designs, branding, and custom consulting with my other company Finding Joy Consulting.

I'm tracy Ann

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Finding Joy Consulting

Learn More about me, My business, and My WHY 

I have been married to my best friend, Nate, for 14 years. He is really a lot of fun to be around, full of personality, imagination, wisdom and just the right amount of humor. He is also your second shooter when you book a wedding! 

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. 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! 


LOVE WINS AND JESUS KNEW LOVE LIKE NO OTHER. His example of love over and over again rescues me. God became human in order to spread love and break the distance between us and him. 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, giving a voice to the oppressed -women, children, homeless, and all races & tribes. 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. 

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 am proud and glad to celebrate people of all sexual orientations, every pronoun, religious beliefs, and race. Truly ALL walks of life are welcome & loved here.



okay so I love all the things!

I love reading! Mostly young adult post-apocalyptic fiction books. Some personal development books too.

Podcasts & Audio Books... because I have ADD. And listening is KEY for learning. If you want to know what I'm listening to or reading shoot me an email!

Playing my ukulele, roller skating, doing puzzles, and even playing animal crossing, cozy grove, and stardew valley on the nintendo switch takes much of my free time.

Reading, Fun, LearninG, Ukuleles & Roller Skates


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.



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



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... 



simply a few of my favorite things


Hair Bows


Women Owned Businesses

Supporting Local

Delicious & 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!


I'm very active on Instagram and post daily with recent work, life, travels, thoughts, and all the things that inspire me daily.