Augusta, Georgia Photographer: Birdie Lane & Co by Araka Walker

What an exciting day! Eight months ago I was still in the Air Force and began my first photography course.  My job was very rewarding, but to be honest, it was emotionally taxing. By God's grace I'm happy to have made that transition to being invited into the lives of others on their happiest days and capturing their joyous moments. With each genuine laugh I photograph I can feel my spirit heal a little more. I absolutely love it and I'm honored, just floored that this is my job now! 

Hi my name is Araka and I like to pretend this how I sit on park benches. Photo by Lin Rae Photography, Pittsburgh PA. If you are located up that way check her out! She's the sweetest! 

Hi my name is Araka and I like to pretend this how I sit on park benches. Photo by Lin Rae Photography, Pittsburgh PA. If you are located up that way check her out! She's the sweetest! 

 

I am originally from the Pittsburgh, PA region and like to travel home often; if you're from those parts, don't hesitate reach out! So naturally I'm a Steelers fan and I'm pleased to find many from Steeler's Nation here in the South! But hey, I'm not here to make enemies. We are a divided house, my husband is a Broncos fan, so all NFL teams welcome here in Birdie Lane & Co family.

My other loves include: 

- Starbucks. All my close friends know my gold card is already good through like 2025. I might sound proud of that, but I can assure you... my husband is NOT . Soy latte at kid temp (because I'm impatient when it comes to drinking my lattes) or iced coffee - weather depending! 

-Blush/Peach Pink. Literally the only color I know to buy. I don't know whether I need help or I'm just fine as I am because it's very easy to match this way. Mmm.. I think I'll just stay in denial.

-Traveling. I used to have a severe case of wanderlust. I traveled to Spain, France, Greece, and Turkey before joining the military. I joined thinking I could travel the world! But alas, I got stationed in Georgia my entire career. God had bigger better plans for that season in my life! 

-Stationary. This leads to the other side of Birdie Lane & Co, calligraphy! (launching this Fall) But stationary goods make my heart pitter patter and all the heart eye emojis. Technology is great, but there's something irreplaceable about putting pen to paper and sending it to a loved one.

My Cultivate What Matters goal journal, accessory by Madyson & Marie, and Paper Mate Flair markers 

My Cultivate What Matters goal journal, accessory by Madyson & Marie, and Paper Mate Flair markers 

My biggest loves are my faith, my family, and my friends.  All the love in the world and my heart goes out to them. God is so good. My husband Nathaniel is so incredible, sweet, & supportive. How I landed a guy like that only God knows! #marriedup  My baby girl Noelle, she is always smiling and laughing. She's the biggest extrovert you'll ever met. Noelle loves everyone and "longs to be where the people are". How do two introverts raise an extrovert? Seriously if you have advice send it my way! 

My ray of sunshine I was telling you about :) 

My ray of sunshine I was telling you about :) 

Thank you for reading my VERY FIRST blog post and being a part of this journey with me!