Friday, February 28, 2014

Finding the Right Wedding Photographer for You {Part 4: Products}

Will you want to display your engagement portraits at your wedding?  Perhaps you would love for your guests to sign their names and write their warm wishes in a custom guest book?  How will you display your amazing images after your wedding day?  Do you want to create a stunning gallery on your walls so you will always be reminded of the joy and beauty of your wedding?  Would having a custom designed album to tell your wedding day story be something you would always treasure?  These are important things to consider when hiring your photographer.  Ask to see examples of your photographer's products.  Look through their albums.  Feel the materials they use.  Look at their layouts.  See examples of their guest books.  View a gallery display.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Life of a Photographer's Child {Just For Fun}

The saying is that the "cobbler's children have no shoes," and I've often heard it said that photographer's children have no portraits.  This is definitely not the case in my family.  My children have been in front of the lens since day one.  I think of anyone in the world, a photographer should understand the importance of capturing their children.  I have, at times, had to bribe my children to go along with my crazy photo plans.  I am thankful that they put up with me and my camera.  :)  I love being able to look back through the photos and see how much they have changed, even if they're just candid moments at the park.  My kids look at me like I'm a little crazy when I get all sappy over a picture of them, but I'm sure one day they'll appreciate having the memories immortalized in images.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Adria {Two Years Old}

Adria was recently in the studio for her two year birthday session.  I love her Minnie Mouse theme.  Her mom is the crocheting wonder that is Cassidy's Crochet Creations.  She made Adria's adorable Minnie hat and slippers.  Seriously, it doesn't get much cuter than this. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Finding the Right Wedding Photographer for You {Part 3: Services}

It is important to think about what you want from your photographer.  What are your expectations?  Wedding photography services vary greatly from photographer to photographer. Do the photographers you are looking at offer packages or do you build your own wedding day coverage?  If they offer packages, can you customize them to fit your wedding dreams?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Laurelin & Gabrielle {Snow Session}

I loved photographing the fun, though chilly, "Frozen" session I did with my youngest.  So, I decided since the snow as falling again, I'd take both my girls out behind our house for a fun session in the snow.  This was again, another very brief shoot.  We were outside probably eight minutes tops, but I adore how the photos turned out.  I think the girls had fun too.  There were quite a few silly giggles shared during the session.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Senior Models 2015

It's that time of year again.  Crazily enough, junior year is over half way through and it's time to start thinking about senior portraits.  We are looking for some energetic and outgoing students from the class of 2015 to be our newest Senior Models.  This is an amazing opportunity to not only earn free great products, but also the be the trend setter for your graduating class.  Check out more about our Senior Model Program here!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Finding the Right Wedding Photographer for You {Part 2: Personality}

Once you have narrowed down your selections of photographers to the ones whose photographic style fits your wedding dreams, it is important to select a photographer whose personality matches yours.  You want to work with someone with whom you get along.  You will be spending many hours on one of the most important day of your lives with this person.  They will be by your side during the laughter, happy tears, and quiet moments on your wedding day.  You want to feel comfortable with them.  If you feel at ease with your photographer, you will look more relaxed and natural while in front of their lens.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Frozen {Inspired Session}

My daughters are in love with obsessed with Disney's "Frozen."  They both know the lyrics to "Let it Go" and "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" by heart and I'm pretty sure one or the other has been sung at least once a day since they saw the movie.  I have to say, I loved it to.  Not only great music and a cute story, but I loved that the "love story" was really about the unconditional love the two sisters had for each other.  Being a mother of two little girls, this melted my heart. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Jayden {One Year Old}

Recently, Little Miss Jayden came into the studio for her birthday session.  So adorable!  She was such a busy and curious little one, fascinated by our cat, Rose, who likes to supervise sessions.  She had fun with the red box in our studio, using it as a drum for a while and spending some time hanging out in it.  It was a lot of fun working with this little cutie.  Happy birthday, Jayden!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Finding the Right Wedding Photographer for You {Part 1: Photographic Style}

Now, it may seem obvious that you should check out a photographer's work before contacting them to photograph your wedding day.  This is so essential.  There are many wonderful photographers in the market with a wide variety of photographic styles.  It is important you select the photographer who's style fits your vision of your wedding day.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Complimentary Guest Book {Book Before March 1}

As our gift to you, weddings booked between now and March 1 will receive a complimentary guest book, a $300 value!  Guest books are a stunning way to display your engagement portraits and create a keepsake from your wedding.  Instead of the traditional guest book, where guests fill in their names and addresses, guests are welcome to write notes and well wishes.  The guest books are 8x8 lay-flat albums, with sturdy pages and the option of leather, fabric or a beautiful image-wrapped cover.

 2014 wedding dates are limited, so contact us to schedule your consultation today! 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Angela & Karla {Wedding}

In August of last year, I assisted Greg Frieden Photography in capturing this beautiful wedding.  The event was held at the Celebration Farms Timber Frame Barn, and the setting was beautiful.  To make the day no less than perfect, was the love these two had for each other.  It was such a joy to photograph their interactions.  Some of my favorite pictures from the day are the ones of them dancing in the trees.  Their expressions say it all.

Monday, February 3, 2014

322 EN CO {Dining Out}

 I am the proud wife of a soldier.  My husband serves in the US Army Reserves and has serve two tours in the Middle East.  I am so fortunate that the unit my husband serves in is wonderful.  They recently held a formal Dining Out.  The Dining Out was held at the ever beautiful Hotel Winnesheik in Decorah.  During the social hour and following the meal, I volunteered my time to photograph the couples in attendance.  It is rare to see our soldiers in their dress uniforms, as most often they are in their regular camouflage, so it is a wonderful opportunity to get a beautiful portrait together.  I truly enjoyed the event and was honored to photograph the couples.  While I'm not terribly used to being on the other side of the camera, I could not miss this opportunity to have a portrait with my husband.  A thank you to my father-in-law, who is also a retired soldier from the unit, for being willing to capture a portrait of me and my soldier.  I cannot wait to put this portrait up in my home.