About

Hello, I’m Paige…

I’m embracing my new season of life as a grandmother to Bowen and Brady. They call me ‘Hippie’ and I love the days I spend with them.  Recently I’ve been transitioning into my dream life of travel and living in my RV.

I’m inspired by all things natural and free. Simple things like my grandma’s handmade quilts and walks in the woods are my keys to peace and happiness. I have this hippie nature and haven’t discovered exactly where in my family line I may have inherited this although born into the sixties, I likely found much influence frequently running behind my teenage siblings.  I’m inspired by my Indian heritage in many ways  thus the long braids which continue to grow at a phenomenal rate just like that of my late grandmother who wore her hair in braids well into her nineties. She was very much a quiet spirit spending her days gardening and sitting on her porch with bible in hand. I think of her most often and allow those memories to influence my way of living. I love the woods and forests. I love hiking, traveling, camping and music festivals. I like loose people with good vibes. And most of all, I love the Lord, who has gifted me with an abundance of creativity.

I’m amazed at creation and enjoy shooting in natural locations where I often ask my clients to lean close and to just love on one another . To just be, to engage one another and to cast aside the thought of a so called session.  Instead we find ourselves enjoying a delightful snippet of life together. And from those moments comes authenticity. My sessions are often an adventure for many and at the end of the day we leave one another spent physically and with newfound friendship. These type days always make me feel life a little deeper and give me a fresh sense of God’s purpose in my life.

It’s my joy and honor to capture that with you and yours.

Paige

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 I feel a lot of joy tonight from having shared all my good spots on the river with @rustycagedesigns and family! I walk these banks so much, always noticing this good spot and that good spot. Makes me smile looking at my friend sitting right there!   Connection. We’re all pilgrims here
 No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door: the purpose of light is to create more light, to open people's eyes, to reveal the marvels around. Paulo Coelho  #donthideyourlight  When I arrived at #thesmithfarm the four of them were standing on the porch to greet me. I smiled as I was driving through their little dirt lane into the woods and again when the woods opened up to their new home. All of it so warm and inviting. Thinking of it this morning, tears well up. I don’t know if it’s a blessing or a curse to be so sensitive . But when I recognize deep abiding blessings, I speak it to my people because they may not know while living it. It may be ordinary to them. But this is not. It’s precious and it’s a gift.
 Congratulations @jaywfun & @katiecauley !!  Maybe because I said, let’s shoot Ila Kate & her kitty first  His name is Blizzard. They found him at Dairy Queen ! #thesmithfarm
 He asked her to be his wife out in a field by his favorite tree , one that stood alone except for a beautiful lively cedar growing right beside its foundation. Separate yet roots growing deeply together. This is marriage. I always hope to capture the seed planted beneath the soil in a way that may be a true gauge for their growing love through the coming years. So, for a moment, I just #focusfromtheheart and my eyes watch for the seed to break wide open. Yes❤️  Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all. . I’m thankful my phone keeps up with my memories lol because I would surely forget so much good stuff... like this day with her and even { hope } sometimes. I love these
 So, after seven years, he says , if your name isn’t Hippie Bickerstaff, what is your name  Also, I’m wrapping up this holiday week by hiding in the woods this evening on a farm way out in the country and capturing someone’s life about to change. It never ceases to amaze me that I’m the only witness privy to these moments. The hiding in the woods thing is a little weird though. Do you think I should wear an orange vest ? 🤔  I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. . Paradoxically I learned this from the very water I love. The very same waters that swiftly rose and destroyed my every personal possession, is the very waters I sit beside this morning meditating on contentment. #livingwater #streamsinthedesert #ineedholywater #flashbackfriday

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