cecilia & maia

A perfect, dream session!  You might know by now my color palette choices for pictures.  Or, maybe you don’t, but this is it!

These girls.  Next to my own, they are my heart.  I’ve been their “auntie” since birth and their mother is like a sister to me.  Any chance I get to take their pictures (which is difficult with schedules), I jump at it!

It was another hot, buggy, Nebraska afternoon.  The sun was very high in the sky and the three of us just were not enjoying the session at the original spot chosen.  So I recommended the floral shop for the backdrop and to get out of the sun.  They thought it was a great idea and were looking forward to seeing all of the flowers.

I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect dress for them to wear if I had been planning it all along.  The colors were just tre’s magnifique!

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savannah | newborn

You know that your baby is going to be beautiful before she is even born when you have chosen the name Savannah.

I was very anxious for this angel to be born so that I could get in her sweet, girly room and have some fresh baby snuggles in between shots.  She tried to give me some push back on the whole photo shoot thing, but I still sneaked in some shots in between her fussy moments.  Her big brother tried the same thing on me when I did his newborn shots a few years ago.  Sadly, he won the first battle but I came back later and got some good shots of him as well.  It must be the camera!  Right?

And what about that hair?!

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freburg family

I think I can honestly say that this is my first family session that hasn’t involved small children.  I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to handle it, but it only took a few minutes to get into the swing of things.  The dogs helped out a lot!  It was like corralling toddlers so there wasn’t too big of a difference.  😉

I’ve known the Freburgs for quite a while now, but have never really interacted with their sons much.  I learned very quickly that they are a fun family.  And the daughters-in-law (one to be) fit in perfectly!

Thank you, Freburgs, for allowing me into your evening for a few hours even though it pushed into your dinner and you had to eat late.

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julie & Z

This beautiful mama is a very dear friend of mine.  When she asked me to take a few maternity shots I quickly jumped at the chance.  She already has a brood of five boys and is now expecting boy number six!   Still as beautiful as she was with baby number one and always glowing.  Sounds like a crazy household (and it is) but it is also a very warm, loving household.

When I mentioned to Julie that I would like to take a couple of shots in the abandoned yard next to hers among the dandelions, she chuckled.  It’s not something you normally do as the wife of a landscape business owner.  But hey!  You only live once, right?  Also, I love dandelions and as the photographer I get to call the shots.  Good thing she loves me.

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what to wear? | spring

Are you putting off your little one’s or family pictures because of the weather?  Maybe it’s because you’re waiting to lose those last few pounds or get a base tan.  Or…. is it because you don’t know what to wear?  Maybe you don’t even know where to begin with putting together outfits for your family.  Let me help! If you want assistance, I would be more than happy to aid in that.  Or, start here.  If you choose within this color palette, you can’t go wrong.

Mom, always choose your outfit first.  Then work down through the kiddos and add your husband last.  Trust me!  It works best and in the end you will love your images because you feel good about yourself.  Don’t put it off any longer!

If you want to wear bright colors, please reserve those for your accessories.  Lighter colors are always best for you to shine.  And don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns.  Mixing patterns and colors can make or break your images.   Again, if it’s a struggle for you, please shoot me some of what you might be thinking and I will be more than happy to help.

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neither cold nor wind…

All I wanted was a short session with my kids because it has been five years since I last took their pictures as siblings.  Every year I do a family session and individuals but not always siblings.  So I thought, “Perfect!  They will all be home for Easter so why not do one then?”

The last couple of weeks we have had some very beautiful days off and on.  Temps in the 60’s and 70’s.  Everyone knows that Easter weekend is supposed to be sunny and warm.  Right?  Well, not this weekend.  I had planned these pictures for yesterday and it was really my only chance but the weather was less that ideal.  Initially it was cloudy and felt quite cold but then the sun came out and warmed things up every-so-slightly.  Still, with 20 mph winds, the high 30’s seemed a lot colder.  I almost called it off in a fit of frustration.  But I’m so glad I didn’t because though I only got a handful of shots, they turned out as beautifully as I had hoped.

Of course, we had to drive 10 miles out of town to a friend’s house in hopes of finding some reprieve from the wind, which we did.  Funny, once the wind was blocked it was actually quite beautiful.  And then we woke up to a couple of inches of snow this morning.  I guess there is always something positive you can find even in the cool, windy days.