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!

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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…

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!

Portfolio :: Mattson-Larsons :: Family Portraits

You may remember the sneak peeks from last week of Kohl’s senior portrait session.  We also snuck in some family portraits while I was there and I’m excited to share them with you.  Ben & Jenny live in a gorgeous home built in the 1950s that they have been working hard to renovate.  I love being able to capture people in their home and where they are most comfortable.

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Portfolio :: Kohl :: Senior Portraits

I did some professional head-shots for Kohl’s mother, Jenny.  I was thrilled when she asked me if I’d consider taking her son’s senior portraits!  Autumn is in full swing here in the midwest and the autumn colors did not disappoint while we were out and about taking photos.  I am always intrigued when I’m encouraged to bring my mud boots. I busted out my hiking boots and we adventured all over–near a dam, on a railroad bridge, into the woods, near the water… I love that this passion/hobby of mine gives me an excuse to go for a nice hike in the woods on a gorgeous day!  Kohl is hard to describe in just a few words–he is strong and brave but also has a tender heart.  He is a quick learner (catching on to some of my vague gestures and suggestions for poses and locations for portraits).  He loves the outdoors and hunts. I had fun working with him and Jenny on our adventure and got to see some new places I’d never been before.  Always fun!  And an excuse to face my fear of heights!  Here are some sneak peeks from his session…

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Portfolio :: Senior Portraits :: Andrew

Andrew was referred to me by a classmate, Danelle.  You may recall her sessions from recent updates I shared.  My primary form of advertising is word of mouth and I am grateful for every referral!

The weather Saturday was iffy at first–woke up to lots of fog!  I was nervous!  But I took a deep breath and waited patiently and sure enough by the time we were scheduled to meet the misty/foggy weather was gone and replaced by beautiful sunshine and light breezes.  Perfect weather for an outdoor session!  Andrew had scoped out some locations ahead of time (which I always appreciate when I’m going somewhere new).  He has a great eye!La Belle Estelle Photography-2 La Belle Estelle Photography BW-57 La Belle Estelle Photography-81 La Belle Estelle Photography BW-23La Belle Estelle Photography-42

This last image caught my eye when I was sorting and editing the photos.  I think it’s my favorite from the session.  If you’re wondering about his black fedora, maybe this line will give you a hint about the story behind the hat: “I am the one who knocks!”

Thank you, Andrew, for welcoming me into your home and neighborhood to take your portraits.  I hope you love them!