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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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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Portfolio : {Family Portraits}

My friend Michelle knew she’d have a lot of their family in town for her son’s graduation, so she contacted me to take some family portraits.  It was a very sunny day, but with all of the rain we’ve been getting lately, I was just glad it wasn’t raining!  The two youngest kiddos did so well!  It can feel stressful being the parent of a small child for large family photo sessions.  Maybe they aren’t looking right at the camera in every photo… and maybe they aren’t smiling when they are.  But they are in the photos and a part of the memories.  And we still got some good photos!  Another obstacle was the wind!  I made sure to take plenty of photos and we occasionally took quick breaks to smooth out hair or tuck it behind ears.  Because we were working with a large group and small children, we decided to stay put in one location (in front of a gorgeously green tree in their yard) to make it easier to transition between photos and to maximize our limited time before the younger kids hit their limit.  And of course there were leftover graduation cupcakes to enjoy at the end!

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Inspiration :: The Difference :: Annie Leibovitz

When a news story is released, words can only go so far.

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Having someone like Annie Leibovitz photographing this story just makes sense.  And this picture will become iconic.  A mark of our country taking a large step toward embracing those that have struggled to step out into the sun and say, “This is me.  This is who I am.”

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Annie Leibovitz has a style that is bold and often dream-like.  Her black and white portraits are captivating.  Her work is definitely inspirational.  And that’s why I say it makes sense for her to be the photographer to help announce the arrival of Caitlyn Jenner.

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