May 29, 2011

milestone #27: shoot my first wedding!

Everyone has milestones in their life. Some are bigger than others. First bath, first tooth, first step, first day of school, first lost tooth, first crush, first time driving a car….you name it. It’s the same for a photographer. (Well, almost. You usually don’t have to doting parents there taking roll after roll of film to document, ’cause, well, you’re the one taking all the pictures. (; and, we’re in the digital stage. btw. not film. (; )

I’ve had my share of typical “firsts” and now I’m learning as a photographer how to handle the new, exciting and sometimes scary firsts coming my way! First ‘real’ digital camera (2008? I think. gosh, my memory is bad.), first blog post, first senior shoot….family shoot…kidlet photos….etc. I still have many more “firsts” to come, but a few weekends ago I had a very exciting first: a wedding! I’ve heard what many esteemed photographers have said about wedding photography. Jasmine Star says that it is one of the hardest things in the photography world, so it was safe to say that I went in to this nervously. But, I did it out of love and with all of who I am, gave it everything I have and know, and it went pretty smoothly–despite the constant rain outside and un-idea photography conditions inside for portraits. (:

Now: enjoy Kevin & Rachel’s wedding day!


love always!


May 16, 2011

Gonna get down on…Saturday!

Prom, prom, prom! Its what consumes the thoughts of most high school juniors and seniors. (: “My” high school had their prom last weekend and I was asked to get some pre-prom photos for some friends. It was so much fun to see everyone all dressed up in their fancy-smancy dresses and tuxes…and even a few masks! The theme was Masquerade, and some of the gals picked up adorable masks while they were down in New Orleans over Spring Break for the Chorus trip.

the rest are up on facebook!

love, love, love,


May 15, 2011

Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think // So don’t blink.

Hello blogosphere!

I’ve been super busy these last few weeks, one of the reasons being finals. And guess what?! I’ve finished my freshman year of college! Wow! I still can’t believe it. Not to mention I’ve been busy at work and taking photos for various events and occasions, so it doesn’t feel like summer quite yet. (the fact that Iowa has decided after three days of being in the 80’s and 90’s that it wanted more rain and 50 degree weather has something to do with that, too!)

Anyyyhow. One of these fun shoots I did finals week was up at UNI, the local university. One of my closest high school friends is attending there, and she and her roommate wanted to do a quick photoshoot before their move-out date. What a fun idea, right!? Here’s what happens when you give 3 college freshman…errr, sophomores?!….half an hour, a college campus, and a sprinkling of rain!

That’s it for now. (; Check out more of the photos from Vanessa & Courtney’s Roomie shoot on my facebook page!

Love, love, love,


May 4, 2011

April showers bring May flowers;)

I am so excited that it is finally warming up, and the sun is out and shining again! (it rained here for at least a week. Felt like I would neeeeever see the sun again! I’m sure you know how I felt. Blech.) Thanks to the good ol’ sunshine that is out now, our flowers are out in full bloom, soaking up the warmth, and they are a very welcome sight! I went out to get some photos of them in their prime, and stumbled apon some pretty little violets poking up between the cracks in our brick walkway. As my sweet friend Rachel pointed to me, it is so amazing that God can take something so mundane and dead and inanimate, even, and prove His majesty and power by giving something so dainty and beautiful life. Right there, among the “dead” stuff.

and it goes even farther than that! We, as sinful people, are just as dirty and dead. But God sees our potential. Even though we’re stuck in a not-so-glamerous place, be it physically or spiritually or any other way, He sees our potential. And if we just reach up the the Son, and drink up the Living Water…He can change us into something beautiful!

He’s pretty amazing, huh? (:

April 19, 2011

Lake Red Rock (personal)

Life is full of beauty. Notice it.

Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces.

Smell the rain, and feel the wind.

Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.

-Ashley Smith

and so, that’s what I did this weekend.:)

April 12, 2011

“where are the fishes?”

This little man is as adorable as he is active! I know his babysitter, and as a gift for his parents (he’s almost 2!) she decided to get some photos taken of him. Not a bad idea! (Photo sessions make great gifts, seriously! And mother’s day is coming up here….) (; Ooooops! I’m getting off topic. Gabe was super active once he warmed up to me & my ‘big’ camera. It made it a challenge to capture some photos of him that weren’t blurry, but a fun challenge at that!  I think that we made it work, and had fun. Just a little bit.;)



April 10, 2011

Sneak Peak!

Had a fun shoot with this little fella last week….can you tell he likes to run? (;

April 7, 2011

late-night, thursday kind of thoughts.

I’ve been stressing a lot lately.


As I’m sure you’re aware, stress is a part of life, and it is not fun. However,  it is possible to put more stress than necessary upon yourself. Which just so happens to be what I’ve been doing. I have a lot coming up this summer, and I’m so excited about it! But I am also out-of-my-wits nervous about it.  Making lists. Worrying. Searching the entire contents of blogs for potential help…stressing.

Thanks to this stress, I’ve started breaking out and I’ve had a headache all afternoon. (of course, eating a just a package a little debbie’s for lunch doesn’t help, either.) And I was starting to get upset with myself. Kinda going crazy. Not so good, you know?

And I realized something. I’ve got my priorities all wrong. It’s not about me. Nope. Nothing is. The world, this business, even my life. It’s about Someone much greater.

I’d allowed myself to forget that. Worry and uncertanty had crept in the back door, because I’d left it open for that when I had started to focus on these worries. on me.

So. I’m taking a step back. I’m trusting that God will provide for my needs, I’m giving Him these exciting but scary situations, and I’m going to set my priorities back where they belong. On glorifying Jesus with my life. Knowing Him, and helping to make His Name known.

Because that is what this life, all life, is all about.

March 23, 2011

my winterish ‘spring break’ {personal}

I can’t wait to share some up-and-coming engagements and weddings that I’ve been booking for this spring and summer! But you’ll just have to wait…. (; I’ve been busy with school and work lately, and with iowa winters, most people tend to wait until it warms back up to schedule their shoots. It can get pretty nasty outside, so I completely understand. (although: I’m perfectly up to shooting outdoors in the winter if my clients want to brave the cold & snow.)

I guess that it’s pretty obvious that I love winter and snow, considering that I went to Colorado last week during my spring break, and not some warm, sunny beach on the coast. What can I say? I was raised that way! Since my family moved to the States when I was 6 1/2, I’ve not gone skiing in Colorado only twice (I think). And I’ve been skiing since I was 4! Let’s just say it’s a pretty major part of my life. In the, I-only-ski-once-a-year kind of way.

This year I wasn’t expecting to get to skiing, for multiple reasons. One: I’m in college and working a part time job, and it’s difficult to ask off a lot of time, because it’s a local small biz. Two: My family wasn’t planning on going. MAJOR problem there. (My dad was working, and my little sister and mom were going on the tri-annual high school choir trip.) Three: I’d planned on spending some quality time with all my friends who were coming home from out of town colleges.

Then, I heard that a group from the Navigators at our local university had plans to go out to Colorado over break. To Ski. Sign me up! I got the info, turned in the papers and money, and was up at 5am Saturday morning, March 12, to head out west.

It was such a blast. I only knew one of the leaders and his family (I actually just blogged his little boys a few posts ago) and my Bible study leader, Betsy. And I ended up making lots of great friends, spending time praising God in His marvelous creation, working (dining and housekeeping. dining is soo much better.) and skiing for 3 days:) It was such a wonderful break from my very predictable schedule of school, work, and homework. And if you’ve never gone skiing in Colorado–GO! It’s the best of times:)


(p.s.:these were all taken on my point&shoot, because I didn’t want to worry about my ‘baby’ up on the mountain!)

we went up to the top of the mountain, right before they shut the lift down. it was windyyyy!


March 4, 2011

inspiration comes in many forms.

today it comes in the form of my brand new, fresh off the press, J.Crew Catalogue! Ohhhh it is a beautiful thing. (: If you don’t get it, and you love looking at fresh fashion, and gorgeous clothes, and stunning models, than J.Crew is for you! (Notice I said looking…and not always buying. But if you have the funds, go for it! Or buy me something. (; I only have 2 items from J.Crew’s clearance…but I do love what I have!)  Enough talking, though. Take a peek at this simple yet detailed catalogue. (:

and last but not least: the men’s section. ahhhh. my future husband has got to be classy and dress like a j.crew model…at least once in a while. (;

[all images taken from google, unless otherwise cited.]