Baby B

Oh my goodness you guys! How adorable is this sweet family?

Bridget and Brent are getting ready to welcome baby boy number 4! Each big brother is so very excited and are really looking forward to holding their new brother within the next few weeks.

I had the pleasure of working with this sweet family back in November, when shooting my Christmas minis. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to work with them again, as this was a completely last minute thing that just so happened to work out perfectly!

What a beautiful family, each member starting with the letter B- which I can totally relate to, as my family entire family’s initials were KV. I love simple traditions like those. It makes things personal and bonded. I just can’t help it…

Anyway, here are these beautiful people and their sweet boys loving on their momma!

 

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Jordan’s Sneak Peek

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Back in November, I signed up for a mentoring session with Elizabeth Henson. Our original meeting date was during the “blizzard of 2018!!” We had a chance to meet, but not shoot! We finally got to get together this past weekend to finish up our session and photograph the amazing Jordan Venner together.

Jordan is so much fun to work with! Full of energy, willing to do anything you ask and she sure does know how to work it giiiirrrllll! Between her and Liz, we spent more time laughing than “working!”

These are just a few images of the 300ish that I took from yesterday afternoon. She is stunning and made my learning experience that much easier! Show this beauty some love! THANK YOU JORDAN! I can’t wait to share more after I’m done working through all of them! You can always find the latest and greatest on my Instagram page!

 

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Cake & Confetti

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We started out a little timid and unsure, but by the end we were ALL covered in cake and confetti…

Kaitlin (Piper’s mommy) wanted something similar to what big sister had… I warned her that we will more than likely shoot all of this in my garage..but “it would be great!” We exchanged several texts and screenshots to make the vision come alive, and the day of the shoot, we both combined forces to create this cake smash happen.

I used a rolling clothing rack to hold up the backdrop. I had ordered this gold backdrop from Amazon… and as much as I LOVE it, I now know I need to put something behind it to make it thicker and less see through. I safety pinned the hanging props onto the backdrop so that they would be the perfect height for a one-year-old. I used a disposable paper table cloth for the flooring (and confetti collector) and mom and dad provided the gold & pink balloons along with the cake, made with love by Piper’s sweet grandma!

I truly believe most things can be held together with a little bit of duct tape and safety pins… and that’s pretty much how this show went on!

Piper was nervous and overwhelmed all at the same time! I turned on some music to get the party started before they placed the cake in front of her. All she wanted to do was explore my garage full of 30 years worth of memories, my husbands beer brewing stash and my classroom stock pile. Then.. she found the jackpot of confetti and all bets were off. She was happy to follow that bag of shiny stuff anywhere, and I was so thankful because I was limited with framing….(remember the clothing rack)?

We ended up having a ton of fun, laughing at all of her facial expressions, especially her reaction to her cake, and we made a mess! I couldn’t have done it without her mom & dad there! They were both so patient and helpful in working with me through this whole process!

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This shoot will forever be one of my favorites because I got to work so closely with mom, dad and baby! It was so fun planning everything out, making a vision come alive and most of all, spending time with them! I still can’t believe these were taken in my garage!!!

Now to invest in a few more items, like a heater and a backing for my backdrop to start a new studio space… JUST KIDDING! (maybe????) Happy first birthday, sweet Piper!

 

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A day for creatives

This past Saturday, a few fellow photographers and I got together to soak up the rare sunshine on a slightly warm January afternoon. We absorbed each other’s energy, snapping shots of one another and getting some great behind the scenes shots. We laughed, we played and we created with fellow up & comings… and it was sincerely a breath of fresh air.

trying to “be someone” in such a competitive industry is so intimidating. Over this past month, I have really started investing in myself by joining this “mastermind movement;” if you will. Back in November I committed to a One on One with Mrs. Elizabeth Henson. Ever since then, it’s like another spark has been lit within me. I want this more than ever now, and after trying to do it myself and staying in my own lane for so long- it was time to branch out and learn from others, just like me!

Who knew there were other people out there that legitimately feel the exact same way as me about starting this career? From branding (or re-branding) everything to building websites, establishing goals & workflows all the while having time to actually LIVE… and WORK… it’s an even bigger commitment, but I am LOVING where I am at.

Being surrounded by so much love and creative energy gives me the drive that I need to continue on towards my goals. I am so excited to be working with such a strong group of women who are MORE than photographers and videographers- they are moms, and teachers and step moms and wives and girlfriends and they are finding their journey… just like me! I am so humbled to be among this inspiring wolf pack!

I am so very excited to share this journey and to look back on this post and smile. What an amazing experience this has been so far, and I can only imagine where this will all take us. 2018-01-22_0002Wolfpack (1 of 1)

December Highlights

Is it ever really too late to share your highlights from last month? I didn’t think so! I am not much of a blogger, but one of my 2018 business goals is to put up a least one blog post a month, reflecting on all the opportunities and beautiful memories from last month. I hope to be better about sharing my clients stories and showcasing their beautiful families. I am so lucky to have such loyal people in my life that keep coming back year after year and keep referring me to their friends. It is such a compliment to be able to do what I do, to be responsible for freezing such pivotal moments in time, all the while celebrating with everyone along the way.

 

These are almost all of my beautiful December 2017 sessions. Man oh man, December was a busy month and my heart is overflowing with pride. I LOVE when people contact me to take photos of their families when they are all able to be together. Photos were such a huge part of my childhood and I am so lucky to have all the memories I have because of the many rolls and rolls of film our family plowed through.

 

I can’t thank each person enough for making me love my job as a portrait photographer more and more! 2018-01-07_0001