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.

What's in a name?

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