Friday, December 30, 2011

Laughing Out Loud

I am very fortunate to have clients that I really truly enjoy! I love getting to know each family better during their sessions. This family...well, this family is one of those families that makes me laugh out loud!

From the moment they walked in the door, there were hugs and jokes and silliness! It was almost hard to concentrate on my job cause I was to busy laughing!

The "F" family enjoys each other and enjoys life. It is plain to see how much they love each other and the family is a delight!

The two daughters are sweet, and stunningly beautiful. They were full of smiles for each other and for the camera!

I love the shot below! The moment I took it I just knew it would be this wonderful!

We wanted to take advantage of the great December weather by trying a some shots outside. Due to some frigid wind, we didn't get as many as we hoped but we managed to laugh our way through a few.

Thank you so much "F" family for including me in this wonderful day! I enjoyed spending time with you all and helping you capture images of your family!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Daddy's Mini Me

It doesn't seem like that long ago I was taking maternity pictures for this great family.  I was so thrilled when they let me know that sweet little "L" was born.

He was the perfect little subject. He let us pose him and dress him and use different props with hardly a peep at all.

I love that even though he was a big baby of nearly ten pounds he was still quite bendable.

This sweet baby boy looks just like his daddy! It is shocking to me how much they look the same. I have known "A" nearly his whole life and I am thrilled that he and his beautiful wife "J" are now parents to this wonderful son! While I enjoyed watching this fun couple as they were expecting the birth of "L" , it is really fabulous to see them as parents. "J" and "A" just beamed with pride over their wonderful blessing!
Thank you for letting me spend some time today to capture the tiny details of "L" and your life as a family of three.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Time Flies

"N" was three months old the first time I took his pictures. Chubby, and blue eyed and tiny. This is the sixth session I have had with him and it always amazes how much he changes. I love looking back through the old sessions!

His blue eyes have changed to brown, the chub has been replaced with the lankiness of a young boy, but the smile still looks the same!

Now when "N" and his mom come to see me they bring his beautiful sister "H" with them! She is an incredibly happy baby. I adore her chubby cheeks and the gorgeous red hair!

At six months, she is barely starting to sit up but she was delighted to hold that position for as long as she could. The two of them together are just about as cute as can be!

"N" is smart as a whip and loves to be silly. I so enjoyed his company during our session.

He looked so GQ in his little outfit. Of coarse, "N" can go from sober to a silly smile in a few short seconds.

I love the fact that "N" is such a sweet big brother to little "H". He giggles through the drool and the clothes pulling and even the near strangling that took place during one shot!

And "H", though she is to young right now to really know, will adore her older brother! Through the teasing, the brotherly torture, and the over-protectiveness that comes with brothers, she will adore him!

I can't wait to keep watching them grow.  Thanks "A" for bringing them to play with me!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Living History

I got to spend a day a while back with my daughter's class at Living History Farms. I had not been in years and really looked forward to getting a chance to  take my camera and see how it all looked through my lens.

The print shop was full of interesting patterns, textures and shapes. While I really enjoyed listening to the lady explaining all about the process I was happy to be able to listen and explore at the same time.

It was great to not only see the farms from the perspective of the kids but through the one lens I allowed my self to bring.

 It was a beautiful day out and the windmill was screaming for a few photos.

I would love to go back to visit someday when I have with more time. I look forward to seeing what else I can find as I wander through the farm.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Beauty in the Breaking

This is the house that was down the road from where I lived the first 15 years of my life. The house of my uncle, aunt, and eight cousins. I have fabulous memories of my time spent in this house and on the farm it sits on.

The banister was perfect for sliding down when Aunt "M" wasn't looking, the porch was great for playing games, the yard had the best hill that made playing "crack the whip" not only fun, but a little dangerous.

I had my first taste of eggnog in this house ( and hated it). I tried my best to ignore the finer points of chicken butchering when it took place on the front yard. I baled hay...lots of hay in the fields around it.

Our house sat on the hill opposite of this one and my mom and my aunt would routinely yell from the porches when it was time for us to come home. Both farm yards were full of places to explore and adventures to be had. The six of my siblings and the eight cousins meant there was never a lack of people to have the adventures with.

It had been years since I have been down the road that leads to the two houses that were the backdrop for so much of my youth. I hadn't even thought about them for awhile. My old house is a home again but the brick home that my uncles family lived in has been vacant for many, many years. Then I got a call saying that arsonists had set  this house on fire. There was a pit in my stomach, a sinking feeling.

A couple days after the fire I went to see what was left. The grass was still smoldering in some areas. It was sobering to see only a shell left of the house that had been the source of so many fun times and good memories for me.
As I looked around I began to notice that there were things of beauty in what was a home at one time. There was a pattern to the double brick walls. The color of the crushed glass against the soot covered bricks. The simple beauty of the old square nails that had held the now charred wood together.

I can not change the fact that the house which was the source of so many memories for me is now just a burned out shell. I can choose how I see what is left of it. In all of life there can be a beauty in the breaking, in the refining, in the changing.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pure Joy!

I love what I do! No matter how many sessions I get to shoot they are never the same! If you throw in families like this one and it is easy to see why I think I have the best job in the world.

I have known "A" the gorgeous mama to this group for several years. She and her husband "T" are such wonderful, giving, happy people.

They are such a fun couple and watching them in action with their four beautiful kiddos is a neat experience. I know what it is to have many littles this close in age and let me tell you they keep you on your toes!

These are four great kids! I love the different personalities. It was a little like a field trip for me. There were leaves and sticks to check out, flowers to find and pick, caterpillars to capture, and all of it was done with the joy of children!

With all these little, energy-filled, wiggly bodies and inquisitive minds we had our fair share of chuckles, and readjusting of positions but we did manage to get some sweet shots of this great family!

I love the hazy, faded end of summer color on the above picture.

And just because silhouettes are so much fun to do...

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Bump

I had the wonderful privilege of doing a  maternity session with "A" and "J" to celebrate the upcoming birth of their first blessing! I enjoyed every minute of my time with them.

I am thrilled  for them to be expecting a baby and can't wait to see them as parents!
We fought the wind for most of the session but there were times it was to our advantage. I love the slightly tousled look in the above shot!
We hit several different locations looking for different textures and colors. The trees are just starting to show  off for us!

One of the best parts of the whole evening was watching these two with each other. It is so evident that they are in love. "J" clearly adores "A" and it is obvious that "A" cherishes his wife!
Had to catch a little flare to go with the fall colors.

What is a session without adding some humor in the mix!

I had so much fun with this couple. They are about as kind, caring and fun as any couple you will ever meet!

We did a few shots at the end that took advantage of the wind and did a great job of showing off this precious bump!

Thanks for the fun evening... for not laughing at me and my weird shooting positions when I am trying to get the angle I want... and for being willing to trek through dirt, weeds, and fields to get to these wonderful locations!

A Day of Great Shots

"T" and I met up in Pella to get started on his senior session! First up were some shots on the football field. He is a very talented young man, with a huge variety of interests and I had been looking forward to this session for weeks.

                        It is a joy to work with such a happy, talented, fun loving young man!
                      "T" never really balked at any of my ideas and had some things he wanted to try.

When he showed up with his guitars I knew we had to try for some sun flare in this great location!

I have so many terrific images to sort through from this session. Thanks for hanging out with me "T"! I will post your gallery soon!