Meet the Artist:
Ardea Photo's photographer is me, Andrea Moberly. I live on Indy's west side with my amazing husband of 13 years, Matt; 3 beautiful children, Eli, Anna, and Alex; and chubby little kitty, Stella. I love board games, chocolate, cool weather, hiking, crafting, reading, sweaters, coffee, long chats with friends and relaxing around a campfire; not necessarily in that order!
I was born and raised on the west side of Indianapolis in a small, once rural town. During my formative years of life I spent many hours immersed in nature. Whether it was taking walks in the woods with my mom and learning the different varieties of trees in the area; looking for mushrooms after a good April rain; or whiling away an afternoon building rafts with my siblings out of sycamore bark and moss to send down the creek in the back yard; my love for the natural world and a desire to capture its beauty is what drove me to pursue photography. I had cheap little cameras as a child, and I would try in vain to photograph a scene the way I saw it in my head. Unfortunately, I was never able to make it happen, and my passion and desire for photography waned. I really didn't dabble in photography again until I became a mother in 2003. It was then, watching my children age before my eyes, that I turned my attention to capturing all the details of their quickly changing personalities. And, again, as I embarked on the adventure of becoming a small business owner in 2005 I found photography to be an excellent marketing and sales tool. In 2009 I began to take photography seriously: buying proper equipment, getting trained in how to use my gear, and practicing (a lot!). As time has gone on I am finally able to capture the world as I see it. My desire is to show everyone I come into contact with that, from the smallest detail to the big picture, there is beauty all around us.
Why Ardea? What does it mean? Its actually quite simple. My favorite of all God's creations is the Great Blue Heron. I love their grace, quiet beauty, and strength. To me they are a symbol of hope; and hope is what I want to share with everyone I meet. So when I began to search for just the right name for my photography business I knew they would factor in somehow. The word Ardea refers to the genus of the Great Heron. I love the simplicity and melody of the word. When I stumbled upon it, Ardea Photo was born!
*Photo credit for photo of Andrea goes to Micah Bell Photography