Archives for the month of: October, 2011

Go big or go home…right? As if getting married & starting a new “real” job aren’t enough life changes for one year…I’m planning on adding lots of big changes to my photography as well.  Although I’ve been in love with photography for years & haven’t ever really slowed down when it comes to learning & practicing new techniques, over the past year I’ve been working REALLY hard to build my portfolio & gain experience (especially in areas that I didn’t have much experience previously).  All of this was in anticipation of the day that I launch my photography business for real.  Well my friends, that day is coming. 

Writing this post reminded me of the “word” I choose for 2012 as a kind of motto & idea to shape the year.  It was “dream” and this really has been an extension of that. The timing was right and for maybe one of the first times in my life I decided to take a deep breath, take the unexpected route and jump without truly knowing what’s below.

It’ll still be awhile yet since I’m gonna go ahead and mark “getting married” off my checklist first 🙂  But after that, watch out for lots of big changes. New name, new business, new website, new blog.  Just wanted you to hear it here first! Not all the details are complete (including pricing and policies) at this point – but if you’re interested in a session of any sort in 2012 please send me and email or message so we can talk more about what to expect/what’s upcoming/and most importantly get you on my calendar. 2012 is already starting to become a BUSY busy year already so please send me an email for more information as soon as possible. 

I’ll be booking a bit of everything for 2012 – babies, families, couples, weddings, you-name-it.   Also I’d love to give out a big THANK YOU to everyone who has read this blog, left comments, and encouraged me to keep going up to this point. I mean it when I say all your encouragement has kept me going in my creative slumps & has been so sweet & more than I could have ever expected! An especially HUGE shout-out to those who have acted as my models in the past few years – you all had so much trust and faith in my abilities before I had it in myself – Thank You from the bottom of my heart!!

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I had an opportunity recently to photograph the wedding of a very dear friend. It was incredible & I was so SO happy to spend the day clicking along while watching one of my oldest friends say I do!  Their wedding was at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri & it turned out to be the most beautiful day!  An incredible venue + beautiful weather + an awesome couple = epic wedding!!

First we went to the salon so Lys could get all gussied up

Then it was back to their condo to get on the dress. And what a dress it was!! It was completely perfect for Lyssa!

Catching these sweet moments is totally why I love doing this!

Don’t worry – I got a few of Cipi getting ready too!

Lyssa & Cipi decided to do a “first look” which not only was very sweet, but also gave us lots of time to do portraits before the wedding! win-win!

Love, Love, LOVE this next one!

This next photo is one of my favorites from the day – it’s just so dang happy!

Right after the ceremony the sun peaked out just a bit from behind the clouds & I got this shot! Another one of my favorites & one of the first photos after they said I do!

Lyssa & Cipi – I hope you love these photos! I loved being a part of your very special, big day! I wish you two many, many years of happiness!

Ok – so maybe I use the word “favorite” all the time….but this photo from tonight’s engagement session is my FAVORITE!!! I like it so much I had to post it as soon as I got home!

Hello super cute couple & GREAT dreamy fall light!

This session was so much fun! And really easy with a couple that cute 🙂  Can’t wait to share the rest soon!

It’s Trent’s turn to star on the blog. I know it’s another baby, but I warned you there’d be lots of newborn photos! I just couldn’t wait any longer to share these sweet little photos.  Trent was only 5 days old when I stopped by to take a few photos but he handled the photo session like a pro!

 

See he’s such a sweet, sleepy little thing!

There’s something about this next one that is just so completely relaxed & comfortable – I’m loving it!

This baby has one INCREDIBLE creative/crafty family. One of his Aunt’s whipped up this little hat and diaper cover for him…so cute!  There was no shortage of sweet hand-made props for this session! It was baby blankets/baby booties/stuffed animals galore!

We even got a few sweet photos with Mom & Dad. I was so happy to capture a few photos of the entire family! – Let me just pause here for a quick rant about family photos – it doesn’t matter if you don’t want your picture taken or if you don’t think you look your best or if your hair hasn’t been washed in days…take pictures with your kids.  Take them often. If you don’t like how you look – Oh well! Get over it! You don’t have to frame them or put them up in your house…but keep them, because they will mean more to your kids when the grow up then you realize.  It’s important to document your life as a family not just their life.  Just think – aren’t the photos of you with your parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles some of the most special you have?! They tell your life story & it’s important to have the physical reminder sometimes…ok rant over…

And ending with one of my favorites from the session.

Todd & Jess, thanks for putting up with me and all my stuff taking over your house for a morning. I had such a good time with you guys & your new little addition. Hope you love the photos & the reminder or how little  he was (as I’m sure he’s already doubled in size by now).

Time for another baby to be featured on the blog. You know, looking at newborn babies never gets old for me..hoping that you all agree otherwise you might be bored for a little while as that has been the majority of my shooting lately.  This little guy was not the most cooperative probably thanks to his little cold, poor sweet boy, but despite all that we still got a few great photos from his session…we even managed to get a few of his very handsome big brother.

This next shot is my ABSOLUTE most favorite…maybe like of all time (although I’ve been known to change my mind frequently…I REALLY like this one!)  There is just something about a sleeping baby in black & white!!

That photo should probably be printed REALLY big…juuuuust sayin’ that’s what I would do 🙂

Now…didn’t I tell you big brother was handsome! I also love the next photo…it just reminds me of sweet childhood innocence, plus he’s got incredible eye lashes…he’s gonna be a heartbreaker I think!

Thanks for letting me come hang out with your sweet family for a morning! It was so much fun & I can’t wait to see how these brothers grow up together.  I can tell already they are going to be sweet & VERY fun boys!!