First senior shoot....CHECK! I have to admit that it was just a little different from the family sessions I'm used to:). For one, I didn't have to shoot like a mad woman to get that perfect shot! I am so used to shooting super fast (to capture those sweet but quick toddlers:) that I actually felt a little lost ...& well, slow! You mean, I only have to pose one person & just a few clicks of my finger will get the perfect shot?!! I really ended up enjoying the change in pace & the new challenge of posing a senior boy!
I am also very glad that Ben's mom, Laurie, asked me to take Ben's senior pictures in the first place. Being my first senior shoot, I had NOTHING to show her but my work with families. It really took a leap of faith for her to book me & I'm sooooo grateful she did!
While I didn't know Laurie & Ben prior to this day; I'm hoping that we created just a few memories within the shoot itself! I know I will remember several details from the day!
~ There was a dog blessing in progress at the same location. (I had never even heard of this before:)
~ It ended up raining on us!
~ I lost my phone on a bridge. (Why not?)
I have to add that Ben ended up being quite the natural poser! I know he wasn't that comfortable at the beginning (how many guys are?); but by the end, he had it down. And as much as this might embarrass Ben, telling him to look at his mom was silly enough to bring out his best smiles & laughs!!
Enough, enough....enjoy some shots of this handsome SENIOR!
Laurie & Ben decided to take the pictures on St. Francis' campus! Geesh, I think the last time I was there was...oh... maybe 20 years ago for a basketball camp?! I love walking around any college campus to see their beautiful buildings & history. Bass Mansion caught my eye right away. It's just huge & gorgeous! We were able to shoot in several areas around the mansion. While most of the pictures you wouldn't even notice we're next to the building, there are a few that really capture the beauty of the whole house!! **Laurie also informed me that they do tours during the holiday seasons!
Sometimes a model (he'll love me calling him that:) has to be a little uncomfortable to get a great shot! I love this picture as we were battling the rain & some fell in his eye!
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Thank you Laurie for entrusting me to capture some senior memories for Ben & your family!! And Ben, thanks for being a trooper through the rain!! I had a blast meeting & working with you both! I pray that you LOVE these pictures for many many years to come!!
With a mass of consecutive shoots that weekend & the work of editing in between; it seems like forever ago that I took pictures of the Dyer family! I really enjoyed relooking & working with them more closely! It was a gorgeous, great day to interact with the whole Dyer family!
Part of the fun (at least for me) is scoping out new sites for upcoming shoots. So far, I have yet to go to the same place twice! After driving past MANY times; I finally decided that Blue Cast Springs would be a neat place to take pictures of the Dyer family. Honestly, I had never been back on the trails; I was just interested in the trees out towards the road! In the past year, more hype has been surrounding this historic site. I, for one, was excited to hear & read about something interesting from around this area. Check out their site to learn more about this fascinating piece of history. And then, go take your family on a hike through their trails!
I had the privilege of coaching a winter volleyball league with Teresa last winter! I was more than excited when she asked me to take pictures for her family! After meeting the rest of the Dyer crew (who traveled from all corners of the state!); we headed back towards the trails. I had to shoot fast to keep up with those little ones! They were active & definitely kept us all on our toes:)! That's part of what will make this a fun & memorable shoot!
While I didn't get a large variety of whole group shots, I hope that I made up for it with our little break-out sessions!
Look at these adorable faces!! Oldest...to youngest!
Thank you, Dyers, for allowing me to snap some shots of your beautiful family! I hope that this year's photos will be ones that you remember for years to come!!
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Throughout this shoot, I caught myself still wanting to call Amanda, Pud!! While I know she doesn't mind, it just feels more right to call her 'Amanda' now that we're all grown up:) For the longest time though, the exact opposite was true. Knowing her through basketball camps growing up, and then high school; I don't think I ever called Pud, Amanda (let alone even know that was her name until high school:)!!
So anyways, Amanda contacted me after doing my first official shoot with my friend's kids. Her exact comment was, "What do you think about getting 5 kids to take pictures this good?!!?" My immediate thought: Let's do this!! So come 'game day', I snapped away on my camera like a mad woman (way more than I needed to). I think I was nervous about owning up to those words & getting those perfect shots! I've also never done an immediate family this big. Well, no need. Her children were absolutely PERFECT. Seriously, they were the most well behaved & cutest posers ever!
Okay, okay...on with the shoot & to see some stinking cute pictures!
I told you those little ones could pose:) They totally nailed 'hands on your hips'!
I wanted to do a picture where Amanda was off to the side just relaxing while Brooks wass being bombarded by the kids!! I LOVE how this turned out:) **It looks like they're missing a kid here, but she's in the back & believe me, all 5 did their job well!!
And finally... a few pictures of sweet little Cora who just turned ONE!! Isn't she adorable?!!
While I could easily keep posting more of their pictures here on the blog, I'll save them for the Rohr's GALLERY!!
Thank you Amanda for asking & believing in me to take pictures of your adorable family! I had fun capturing their cuteness!
Welcome to fall shoots where (I guess) unpredictably cold & breezy weather is a must! At least those Moore kids & grandkids are used to it from their last shoot! ** I think that's your last shoot for the year...unless you want to get together next weekend:)
When Linda asked me to take pictures of her and Mike's families back at the cabin Mike built; I honestly thought is was going to be a tree fort of some sort. I was very surprised about the size and coolness of it! This was no tree fort! And, Mike built it! Yes, super cool! I can tell this family has already made some life-long memories back here!! With a bonfire going, chili on the generator-powered cooker, and a huge gorilla to boot; how couldn't you have a great time?! Shooting back here was the perfect site for them!
These first pictures showcase their outdoor sides for sure!
I was initially worried that all you would see were legs & heads from all the camo, but I'd say they turned out pretty well!!
Shooting grand-kids with grandparents is probably my favorite when doing extended families. Always so unpredictable & fun! P.S. Everyone needs a gorilla in their woods!!
And finally, a few candid shots to capture what life normally looks like when they are hanging out back here.
Thank you Linda for allowing me to experience a slice of the Moore cabin in the woods!! I hope you enjoy your pictures for a lifetime!
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Last year, I briefly ran into Sally at Central Lutheran School! Ironically, this is where most of our connection from the past resides. Sally and I were in the same class (of '97) & played sports together at Central, and I really hadn't seen her since. To my pleasant surprise, Sally contacted me on Facebook to take her family portraits!! Of course, I would LOVE to!
We met downtown, and I was blown away by the trees in Headwaters Park! The leaves were surprisingly very vibrant and beautiful. Being just the beginning of fall, most trees around hadn't turned yet.
Immediately, I was very excited about the first shots taken!
Adorable Martin was the peek-a-boo king!
I'm so glad I could meet Sally's lovely family!
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to take your family pictures. I pray that you enjoy them now &....years to come!
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Due to a busy shoot schedule over the past few weeks, I haven't been able to work on pictures from the Corcoran shoot. I have to say...it's been so fun going back and looking at them! I fell in love with their pictures all over again!
I really enjoyed the opportunity to head up to Hamilton to the Corcoran residence! First off, it is absolutely gorgeous! We tried to figure out why I hadn't been there before?? I worked with Megan at Ober, and several times they had people over. Somehow, I was never able to make it. On another side note, when Jeremy asked which of my teacher friends I was talking about, I described Megan by actually describing her husband, Dave. ME: "You know, he's the one who was the entertainer at our Ober Christmas parties. The one who sang! That is Megan's husband!" JEREMY: "Yep, I know who." :)
Anyways, their home is definitely a place for Dave & Megan to entertain...and a BEAUTIFUL place to take pictures! I feel like I could have done 10 different shoots there!
Much to my surprise and benefit, the sun was hitting the trees just perfectly for a beautiful background. And I'm LOVING the results!
These next shots of mom with her kiddos are priceless!! Like I told Megan, how many times are moms actually out from behind the camera and IN the pictures? Being a mom myself, these just melt my heart!
10 years ago, Dave & Megan said 'I DO!' right here at their house! After a lot of remodeling, having 2 beautiful children, &....life, I'd say they're doing pretty great! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!
If you enjoyed these pictures, you have to check out more in their GALLERY!!
Thank you Dave & Megan for inviting me to your home to take pictures of your amazing family!!
There is a first for everything... and it was DEFINITELY a first for me to take a picture involving 19 people! And with most firsts, there is often a lot to be learned. That. I certainly did. Managing 19 people was surprisingly the easy part for me! It was getting used to some new camera settings while juggling framing, focusing issues, oh....and the wind, that was a new and fun experience for me!
Now....I go way back with this family to some elementary school memories (let's just say the names Jake and Charlie:). Then, more recently... coaching club volleyball, teaching Sunday school class, church, and so on. I'm grateful for the comfort and trust that goes along with knowing them! Being comfortable and natural (on both of our ends) really helped in producing some great shots!
And to top it off, it doesn't hurt that they're a darn good looking group!
These next couple of shots just flat out make me smile! While I'm definitely going to get those posed shots for a family; I have to admit, those candid shots that really show YOU are BY FAR my favorite!!! Here are just some that I am enjoying...and YES this family has some serious fun!
Thank you Nancy for asking me to come capture some memories for your family! Despite the awkwardly windy & cold night; I feel we came away with some winner shots!! I hope you can enjoy these pictures for years to come!
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One of the reasons I bought a professional camera is because I knew how unpredictable MY baby/toddler could be! Not every day is roses, and he often turned on the crying and drama when I brought my camera around. I knew it might take several takes or days to get the pictures I wanted of him. So when little Asher didn't care for my camera either, I understood....completely!! I didn't want to put the pressure of having a 'perfect' shoot that day. So Renee and I decided on another date to finish up Asher's 1 year pictures. My goal as a photographer is to make sure my clients are happy with their pictures!! Funny enough, when we were able to get back together (another day there was a torrential downpour & we had to cancel); I had to bring my son, Jameson. We thought it would work well in that Camden and him would play while we finished with Asher. Sure enough, my son decided to be the one who had a meltdown because....well I was taking pictures of someone else!! Asher, on the other hand, was a gem and we got some great shots!!
In honor of little ones, I had to add this first picture. I feel that these pictures can be just as great as the perfect smiley ones! Why not remember this moment?....& be able to have a good laugh in the future:)
I love these next candid shots... just, you know, hanging out in the yard holding balloons! I mean, who doesn't do this on a random Sunday?!!
A little brotherly love!! BTW...Camden was cracking me up before I fully stepped through the door!!
And here's to Asher turning 1!! What a cutie!
Even though we had a few hiccups, I hope that you guys LOVE your pictures!! Thank you for being patient with the wait time.
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Taking pictures at a more professional level has been a joy for many reasons! One of the top reasons: catching up with friends that I haven't seen (in person....not just through Facebook) in a long time!! Keisha, being one of these people! I loved being able to take Emme's 6 month pictures, some family pictures, .... & simply just getting to interact with her cute little family!
When Keisha mentioned taking the pictures at Parkview Park, I got excited about all the possible places throughout the park that would make for a beautiful background (mostly involving being on the ground)! WELL...we got a little surprise! It was the most humid morning so the ground was already damp. We thought, 'okay. we can deal with a little damp. We'll take pictures on the bridge, then come back in the grass when it's a little drier'! Well of course....the sprinkler system then decided to soak MUCH of the park! So that being said, we found a few dry spots; & it just shows that the subject creates the cuteness!
Emme was too adorable to shoot!!
I love these next shots with big sis, Jules!! She does such a good job with Emme!
I think there's no better way to finish this post then with a fabulous family picture!
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Love this family...& LOVED taking their pictures last week!! Jenna and Marcus are close friends of ours; and their boys, well, I get the privilege to watch them once a week!! Therefore, it was extra special to do this shoot and interact with them as friends and as babysitter!
I could go on and on about how easy this shoot was; how adorable they all are.....but I don't think I need to say anything more...I'll just let the pictures do all the talking!
I like the progression of these next 2 photos! To me, this is truly the life of a mom with boys!
And finally,.... Cohen turns 1!!! Here are some shots of this adorable little dude!
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