Hey Y’all! My name is Gabrielle, I’m 29, and am married to a wonderful, Tall Texan named John Barrett Watson. We have been married 4 years and have two children, Arabella Rose and Daniel Barrett.
My growing up years were in the Piney Woods of Georgia with my 8 siblings. Daddy is a preacher, Mama is a mama, teacher, midwife and fabulous cook. When I got married, I moved to Lubbock, Texas – a place I’d never have moved to if it weren’t for this strappin’ fella right here.
The quest in photography began when I was really young – I think around 10, when I’d buy disposable cameras and use any loose change I could to develop the photos. When I was about 15 a cousin gave me a film camera which I used to capture the home life around me that I found endearing and worth preserving. There was a constant thread through my teenage/high school years of finding photography as a way of preserving, adding flavor to life, even processing my thoughts and feelings, and telling stories.
In 2011, my older Brother Christopher took me on an outing. We ambled down old dirt roads, stopped in at a diner deep in the heart of the South, and we got a plate of soul food, collard greens, fried okra, cornbread and beans. It was a drizzly day and cool; we found a deserted building where we sat on the front porch and ate our lunch. He told me about a gift he wanted to give me – the gift of starting my own business. Until that time I’d never imagined owning my own business, but he told me he wanted to gift me with everything it took to get started. Since that time, I’ve learned as I go, building little by little this business that’s dear to my heart.
Firefly isn’t about finding perfectly photogenic people. In fact, 80% of the people I photograph think they’re horrible in front of a camera and are uncomfortable at first. As I enter a session with you, it’s my goal to make you feel comfortable. I want you to find pleasure in spending time capturing memories and relationships that you’re investing your life in. I want the beauty of family, love, marriage and children to shine through these photos, reminding you that life is a gift worth living, and worth living well. Firefly is about Capturing the beauty of life, and telling your story. Your life, your relationships, dreams and people important to you, all piece together your story. They are a testament to God’s goodness, and to the inherent beauty He has woven in the gift of life He’s given us. My ultimate goal is for my photos to reflect His design, mercy, joy, peace and kindness that I see every day in people like you. Thank you for stopping by, and I cannot wait to have the chance to tell Your Story and Capture Your Glow.