Portfolio:: Denis & Ashley :: Engagement Portraits

I’m lucky enough to be related to this gem of a human being and I’m so excited for her and her  fiance, Denis to tie the knot this summer!  They were kind enough to think of me as a photographer for their engagement photos!  It was super cold outside, so we just snapped a couple quickly.  We plan to take some more once it’s warmer outside.  There is a “where’s Kiera” photo, so see if you can find their small white dog in one of the photos.  Here are a few of my favorites from our session today before we ran inside to warm up with warm beverages!

Portfolio: Winter Wonderland Family Portraits

Pam reached out to me to see if I could come out for a quick family photo session.  The temps had recently dropped but we finally got our snow before Christmas!  They had some family visiting from warm Texas, so we worked as quickly as we could, taking a few breaks to warm up.  Everyone did such a great job of “pretending not to be cold,” as I jokingly encouraged them to.  It’s tough to pretend you’re not cold!!

It’s always fun working with Pam and her family–you may recognize them from a few sessions we’ve done in the past!  Always a huge compliment to be asked to come back for more photos!  I love the shipping crate we used as a prop and the shipping container we used as a backdrop–really fun texture!  Here are a few sneak peeks from their session:

 

Portfolio :: Kim & The Crew :: Part Four :: {Family Portraits}

Living out in the middle of nowhere can sometimes be a little frustrating.  But easily the majority of the time I love it out here.  Except when I’m trying to upload photos to my blog and our s-l-o-w internet connection just isn’t having it.  It took much longer than it should have to upload the last several posts.  Still in that same boat, but had to update!  Below are the final set of sneak peeks from the beautiful autumn afternoon spent with Kim and her family.  Now that it’s so cold, it’s kind of nice to reminisce about warmer days…

Merry Christmas!

One of my biggest personal projects each year is our family Christmas Card photo.  So many logistics come into play… setting the timer, finding the perfect setting, getting Lady to sit and wait while I run around like a crazy person, and convincing my husband to do it again every year. haha  This year we were elbow deep in projects at home and were both pretty tired and sweaty, BUT GOLDEN HOUR STARTED and I knew from the weather forecast that the leaves that were a vibrant golden yellow on our Maple Tree would be falling very soon.  So I corralled my family into the house and insisted we quickly change into something and run back outside to snap a quick photo.  We got it done and I love it!  Here is this year’s photo:

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!  Cheers to the coming New year!

Portfolio :: Kim & The Crew :: Part One :: {Family Portraits}

Kim asked me to come out for an afternoon filled with family portraits.  Fall in the Midwest can be so unpredictable and I’ve been crossing my fingers for the last few weeks that the weather would cooperate!  We got a VERY sunny afternoon with weather in the mid-50’s.  So thankful!  And I’m really happy with the warm glow the sun provided in the photos.

Side note: As I go through my final sort of the photos and type out this post, Sunday Night Football is on and I am so annoyed by that song. haha you know the song, right?  “Waitin All Day for Sunday Night!” ugh.  I love a good game of football, but that song can go.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite images from the larger group photos we took.  I’m splitting this into at least 3 posts, I think., because I’m running into my usual problem of having a hard time narrowing down my favorites to just a handful.  So watch out for a few more posts in the coming weeks!