Monday, December 14, 2009

Turning one!

I had the wonderful privledge of doing a family session and a one year old session for some of my favorite people today. Little Mr. "N" is growing so fast. Everytime I see him he has changed and is doing all kinds of new tricks.

Last time I took his pictures, he was one of the fastest crawlers I have ever seen! This time he is starting to walk!

One thing that hasn't changed are the wide range of expressions that he shows on his face! Animation of the highest order!

Mom and Dad and I had such a blast doing this session. "N" kept us on our toes and laughing the entire time.

Here are a couple of one year old "N"!

From huge smiles and laughter to completely sober and back again! A wild ride of expressions and so totally worth it!!!

Thanks "J", "A", and little "N" for spending part of the day with me and providing me with some great memories and a lot of laughter!
Watch for your gallery and be won't be easy to choose!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A Wedding for Ashley and Tom

I had the wonderful opportunity on Saturday to help Kelly from Forever Photography capture this great couple on their special day.
I love winter weddings! There is something about the chill in the air and the vibrant colors that show up during this season. Ashley and Tom had amazing decor at their wedding.The ceremony took place at Central Reformed Church. Everything was so beautiful and the details were wonderful.
Not to be outdone in beauty was the bride herself! Ashley had an amazing dress and looked absolutely stunning on her special day!

Tom not only looked handsome in his tux but let me tell you...the guy can sing!! They started the ceremony with him singing such a touching song to his bride.

                                                   I had so much fun capturing ring shots!

More rings!

Last one!

The reception was held at Bradbury Hall! It was truely a blast!

This was a couple who are so obviously in love!
Congratulations Tom and Ashley!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Way to Much Fun

I scheduled a senior session with Nathaniel a little while back and am finally getting a chance to blog it. There is so much good stuff to go through it is hard to know where to start. When we scheduled the first time we decided to reschedule do to high winds and wet conditions. The second time we tried, we got some great stuff before the dark gray clouds came rolling in and sucked all the light out of the sky! We did get some cool stuff on the new playing field at the high school before that happened though.

Nathaniel plays goalie for the varsity soccer team.

He also plays football!

We barely got finished on the field when the light was gone and there was no way we could move to our other locations. We decided to move the rest of the session to later in the week. Boy, was I glad we did!
Nathaniel and his mom had a killer location picked out for the rest of his senior shoot. Even though the leaves were off the trees it was beautiful out in the timber.

We braved pricker weeds, uncooperative trees,and a bit of a walk to get these but I am so glad we did!

I had a wonderful time taking these, laughed alot, and can't wait to get your gallery up so you can see more!

Oh, I should mention an apology to the deer hunter who gave up, climbed down from his deer stand and went home, after we bounded through the woods with all our laughter (and the family dog). Really sorry about that, Doug.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A Fun Family

I had the fun opportunity to do a family session for a fellow photog and friend of mine. T and K are loyal Hawkeye fans and so are their kids so we tried our best to get the session done before the kick-off this past Saturday.

Not only did I get to hang out with their three kids but they brought along the very loved family dogs for the session as well.  The dogs didn't do to bad unless they were distracted by the flocks of geese landing on the lake. Let me tell you, I have never heard so much honking in my life as I heard from the masses of geese that day!

I was super impressed by "A" and the care he showed for his younger siblings. He was very sweet with his little sister during our time together.

Somebody is a Daddy's girl!

Thanks for the great morning guys and sorry that the Hawks didn't have the miracle finish we were all hoping for. I'll let you know when the gallery is up!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Chris and Stephanie

I had the wonderful opportunity to second shoot/assist Kelly of Forever Photography with Chris and Stephanie's wedding on Saturday. The ceremony was held in St. Mary's beautiful new church in Pella. Talk about a photographers dream! Open and full of windows, you couldn't have asked for more! We moved on into downtown Pella for some fun shots after the ceremony.

Ring shots are so cool!

Chris and Stephanie are a beautiful couple. They both had such ready smiles (even though the weather was very windy and quite cool!

One more picture to show off how truely in love this great couple is!

Thanks so much Chris and Stephanie for allowing me to help capture your special day!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

"K's" Senior Session

 I had a blast taking senior pictures for this gorgeous young lady! With an amazing wardrobe and a smile that didn't stop, she was up for anything! Standing barefoot in a creek? No problem!

                                                         Sitting on the train tracks?

What about standing in the middle of the street? 


"K" was truely fabulous to work with. Her mom and I came up with ideas and locations and she rocked them all! You can clearly see from her wardrobe that she has a great sense of style and fashion...and then there are the overalls. Let me tell you a little about the overalls. They belong to her grandpa. He has worked many long days on the farm in them. They are his signature piece of clothing when he is working. "K" loves her grandpa and he loves her so it only seemed fitting that she honor him a little in her senior session. Now that is a young lady with a beautiful heart!

She went from an old pair of overalls to this amazing dress and she was stunning in both!


We had the best time getting her session done but I have to admit that one thing went wrong ...
we lost the light and had to stop before I was ready to call it a day!

Thanks "K" for what was the most fun I have had in a while!

Little MIss L

                     I did a little mini-session earlier this week for a sweet four month old.

This pretty girl is Miss "L". I traveled to her house with a specific purpose in mind. Her mom wanted to recreate a photo that she had taken of both her older children. Now "L" was full of smiles and gurgles until the camera was pointed in her direction. She would turn her head like a shy 12 year old who didn't want her picture taken only to turn back towards me and flash that smile again.

Miss "L" has the most amazing blue eyes! Even in the black and white pictures you can see how gorgeous and shiny they are.

I had a wonderful time trying to recreate that special image! Of coarse it makes it even better when taking the pictures goes hand in hand with spending a little time with a great family.

For now, here's one more image of this beautiful little girl!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Catherine and Pat

I assisted/second shot for Kelly of Forever Photography at this amazing wedding last Saturday. The ceremony was held at the St. Mary's Church in Oskaloosa with the reception following at the Legion.

We had such a good time with this couple! They are so much in love and you don't have to be around them for more than a couple of minutes for that to be clear. Here are a few photos from their special day.

                                                                            Ring shot!

The beautiful bride!

                                      A little football between the ceremony and the reception!

The Mr. and Mrs. during their first dance together as a married couple!

Thanks so much Catherine and Pat for letting me share your day with you! Wishing you all the best in your new life together!

Friday, September 25, 2009

A Fun Family Session

We waited three weeks to see rain. Spent days with dust blowing everywhere. Wouldn't you know it, the day of this family session we finally got rain!

We were not to be deterred though. I set out to the family's house in the country loaded with garbage bags to put down under the blankets on the ground. The rain held off till the session was over and in spite of ending up a little damp we were none the worse for wear and ended up with some great shots.

The kids did great with some help from  a friendly and patient farm kitten.

This little princess was more than happy to stop and pose for me!

M & S, I had a great time with your family! Hope you enjoy you sneak peek! I'll let you know when your gallery is up!

Bridal Session with Sarah

Several of us had the very cool experience of shooting a bridal session with Sarah. She is a bride from a wedding that I assisted/second shot earlier this summer with  Kelly from Forever Photography. Kelly, Dana (another photographer) and I got together with Sarah for some fun shots of her in her wedding gown.

Sarah had professional makeup done by Racheal Ebelsheiser. Her hair was professionally done by Abby Bowker. Both Racheal and Abby are with Expressions Hair Studio and their work was stunning and flawless!! Sarah's beautiful flowers were done by Hy-Vee Floral. All of these things came together on a sunny day to make for some amazing photos!

Sarah was willing to try anything we asked of her and has a natural way in front of the camera and below are several shots showing the fun we had.

A huge thanks to Sarah, Racheal, Abby, Dana, and Hy-Vee Floral. A special thanks to Kelly from Forever Photography who made this day come together. It was truely the combination of everyone's efforts that made this day so fun and amazing!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tricia and Garrett

I had the wonderful opportunity to second shoot/assist Kelly of Forever Photography with Tricia and Garrett's wedding at the First Presbyterian Church. Tricia and Garrett are such a fun couple! Everyone had a wonderful time and we got some unbelievable pictures.

Here are some of the shots from the day!

Ring shots!!!

more rings

Who would have thought an alley could look this cool?!

The reception was held at the Legion and we spent time rocking out with great food, music and wonderful people!

Congrats Tricia and Garrett!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Cute as can be!!

I had a session with nine month old baby "N". He was a hoot! He was not sure how much he cared for my camera but we still managed to get some great stuff!

A couple of things you should know about this little guy. He is animated! He truly never gave me the same look twice. I have never seen a baby with so many different expressions...absolutely hysterical. "N" has personality to spare!

Oh, and the cute is that? This is one of my favorites cause it reminds me of my own son at that age. He doesn't do it anymore but it is a sweet memory for me of his babyhood.

I get the joy of taking his one year old pics in a few months and I can't wait. Little ones change so fast and I am excited to see him change and grow!  Thanks for the fun, "N"!