A legacy. It’s when you leave something of yourself behind after you leave a place. We all leave a legacy, but does what we leave behind truly matter to anyone other than ourselves? Until my dad passed away last September, I really didn’t have a clue what it was to leave a legacy. Since his passing however, I am reminded everyday of what he left behind. It was he who instilled in me, at a very early age, a love for all things agriculture. When I could barely walk, he would take me to check cows, and of course, he bought me my first pair of boots. As the years passed by, my sister and I helped dad with all kinds of jobs on the farm, and when he started growing chickens commercially, he really put us to work. The thing I remember most about my dad was he was always working. At one time I remember him having three jobs: the chicken farm, his feed sales job, and his seat of the school board. Although he was a busy man, he always made time for us. It was his love for agriculture that inspired me to do a lot of the things that have brought me to where I am today. My dad’s legacy is one of love for family, for agriculture, and for hard work: things I cherish every day.
- Adobe Creative Suit
- My fur-child – Tuff
- A tall glass of sweet tea
- Anything monogrammed
- …And the southern way of life
My name is Emily Hayles and I’m a Southern girl born and raised in a small town in north-central Alabama. I grew up on our family farm where we produced cattle and grew chickens commercially. My passion for photography began in high school with a point-and-click camera that my dad bought me. It was he who truly realized my potential for photography and pushed me to learn and grow in that field. After graduating from high school, I followed in my father’s footsteps to Auburn University, where he, who obviously knew me so well, helped me choose Agricultural Communications as my major. While at Auburn, I worked on campus for Auburn Photographic Services and the Ag Economics Department. I came to see that I could use my photography and photo editing skills in new ways, and I also fell in love with graphic design. As my skills improved, my dad and I would sometimes collaborate on design projects for his work with a local feed milling operation. It was through the work with him that I knew I was headed in the right direction.
Since graduating from Auburn, I have worked in the field of agricultural marketing and design. My work lead me to the realization that I could help many businesses and farmers here in the Southeast, hence the birth of Southern Legacy. In an ever-changing business world, small farmers and businesses are finding that they need to rely on more modern modes of advertising to promote their products and services. That’s where I can really help. No job is too big or too small. My business is designed to help businesses to reach their full potential through print, digital, and social media. Like my dad, I find hard work to be a very rewarding experience, and I can’t wait to help you start leaving your legacy.