Portfolio :: A boy and His Dog {Family Portrait Photography}

Last week I shared my favorites from this family session.  This week, I’m sharing a few more that I just couldn’t bear to leave out…




Sometimes clients are afraid to include their pets because of the extra unpredictability.  As a dog lover, I am always up for the challenge!  And I’ve found including that furry family member often adds extra charm and sweetness to your photos.

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Portfolio :: Sunrise Summer Senior Session

My niece will be starting her senior year this fall, which is crazy to think about how time flies… I swear she was just a little kid.  She has grown up to be a beautiful, smart, and poised young woman.  I’m so proud of her and so honored to take her senior portraits.  We woke up with the sun and got these done while everyone else was sleeping….

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It is so hard to narrow even this handful of sneak peeks down to just one or two favorites.  She has always been so photogenic and was one of my very first subjects!  I took some photos of her and her older brother for my sister way back in the day as a surprise gift.  Anyway, if I had to pick just one, I think I’d pick the second to the last image.  That’s the one we kept coming back to when we were going through them on the lcd screen on my Nikon before I loaded them onto my computer.  Which one is your favorite?

Portfolio :: Rainy Day Family Portraits

From the archives….

A few summers ago I took photos for this sweet little family on their farm.  Tori found me through word of mouth and my facebook page.  I’ve since dropped facebook, but I would say my number one way of finding clients is through word of mouth and I kind of like it that way…  We ran into a few snags with it being a rainy day.  We opened as many light sources as possible in the barn and still got some good shots in the barn.  In one of the shots you see the happy couple holding a photo with a photo inside the photo–every year they take a new photo together and hold the photo from the prior year.  Kind of cool and a fun concept!  How cool with that look in ten+ years?!  The best shots (obviously) were outside.  My favorite shots are with the umbrellas–especially the very last one.  So much bright color and fun.







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Inspiration :: Selfish


This is old news, but Kim Kardashian West released a book of selfies.


Ellen set a record with a selfie.

The selfie is the modern day self portrait and I think its ability to be done with a smart phone has cheapened the art… or maybe cheapened isn’t the right word… lessened it?  Technology will not stop advancing… I wonder what the next form of selfie will be?

Here are a few of my favorite selfies from the last few years…

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It’s not so much that I like pictures of myself, but that when I see these photos I remember those moments and those happy times with the other people (or puppies) in the pictures.  And, yes, a few good hair days just need to be documented!  That’s just science.

Are selfies… selfish?  Do you take selfies?

Portfolio :: Roy & Kim {Couples Portraits}

Last week I shared some photos from the archives… here are some more! How embarrassing to be sitting on such great photos and not sharing them!  I’ve done Kim’s Christmas card photos in the past (1, 2), so I came to mind when she wanted to take some photos with her sweetie…


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Inspiration :: Coke in the Car Wash


images.duckduckgo.com1I saw this commercial the other day when I was catching up on my DVR and working on some photos.  I love going through the car wash!!  I don’t get to go very often, but I love it. Sometimes I’ll go on my lunch break or listen to so music while I go through… It’s very cathartic for me.  I love how this commercial was put together and how it speaks to the smallest most mundane parts of our life being capable of being the most interesting and fun.  What is a small/mundane thing in life that brings you joy?

Portfolio :: Jenny {Portrait Photography}

Jenny is a beam of sunshine who I have the privilege of working with at my day job.  She helps our members prepare for retirement, save for college, and manage their investments.  She wanted unique portraits done for some marketing materials. Here we go…

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