Hi Beautiful one

When you look at an image what do you notice? How does it make you feel? Do you remember what made you smile like that? Aren't you glad you spent the time? Don't you feel beautiful? Welcome. Look around. Imagine how an image can capture laughter, confidence, love, emotion. What would your image look like?

Sunday, September 30, 2012

What's important to you?

I am often struck by the stories I hear from people about their experiences when they have their picture taken or about their fears of having them taken. So many times they had a horrid experience. It didn't matter how the images turned out all they remembered was how bad their children were, how long it took, how stressed out they were, how they had to drag their hubby there...the list could go on and on.

 Then they take some of the images they got and blow them up big and put them on their walls and send to family. hum.... I guess since I have the advantage of taking lots of pictures I want my kids and family as real as they can be and having fun.

My daughter illustrates my point perfectly. I took and image of my three kids last summer at my parent's house. My youngest was just under a year and just hard to keep still or have look at the camera! We tried for three nights to get an image of the three of them. So by the third night this mama was pretty stressed. My 4 year old was not happy at all and while she was looking and had an ok "face" on you could still tell she wasn't herself. But I liked the picture and I had a picture frame that I wanted to use so I blew this image up to a 24x30. Every morning at breakfast she would look at that picture and tell me how sad she was in that picture. Yes it was a nice image.... but not of a nice time.

Don't we want pictures were our family is real, inviting, personal, intimate, and authentic? I do. I would take an image of my child any day covered in dirt and wearing jeans with holes over a perfectly matched outfit from J Crew (which by the way I really do love their stuff....) looking and smiling at the camera all the while sitting still with their hands perfectly on their waist.

I photograph my family being family. I think this is what I have been looking for in my images and work. I am drawn to soft feminine touches, I am drawn to authentic moments. I am drawn to home (no matter how imperfect), and I am drawn to simple. If I am going to take the time to do work... I want it to be meaningful. The image is just the memory. I want to look at beautiful memories that make me smile, make me pause, and make me turn to my child or husband and go "remember when this happened?"

My style isn't for everyone... but if you want to allow yourself to be you and to allow me to show you how perfect you, your kids, and family is just the way they are I would be delighted. This does mean you have do leave the stress behind, stop pinning all of these awesome family poses on pinterest, and realize that the image you love the most of your family is not one where everyone is looking at the camera. Can you do that? Because if you can and are willing to really just relax you will have a wonderful time and beautiful images to remember it by.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

For Today

For today I will be soft. I will be soft with my words. I will be soft with my thoughts. I will remember that life can be simple. I will remember that everyday is a gift. I will embrace beauty. I will embrace uniqueness. For today I will do these things. And tomorrow I will do them again.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The kids we love

When I decided to start shooting mainly women it was because of an image I took of a mama and her two girls. She was hugging on one of her babies that was hurt. I realized in that embrace how important seeing yourself love on your babies is for you soul. Hug your kids and hug them often.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

One frame: A memory

Moments are fleeting. Our memories are imperfect. Sometimes an image captures that feeling.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Through my eyes

“It's about a girl who is on the cusp of becoming someone.. A girl who may not know what she wants right now, and she may not know who she is right now, but who deserves the chance to find out.”
Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

May my daughter continue to be unique. She deserves to grow up and be herself.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Sweet Senior

So you can look at my work and see how much I like to photograph women and feminine touches. This senior was so perfect. She came ready with great outfits and accessories and was ready for anything. We went to this great old vintage apartment that was perfect for this shoot. She rocked everything about it! Hair and make by Aaryss at Image Makers in Colby, KS

Saturday, September 15, 2012

One frame: Sweetness

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Afternoon time

I don't know about your house but there is a time almost every afternoon where the girls are quietly working or napping. Today Ansley was working while Charlotte slept. Charlotte woke up full of smiles though! There is something so peaceful about this time with the sun shining in and making everything bright and relaxed.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Senior Part II

I shot a part of Karly's shoot in film.. a new obsession. Finally after weeks of waiting here are some of her film shots.

I have some beautiful friends

I love that I have friends who are confident and beautiful. I also love that they will come over to my house and let me play! Lisa is pretty extraordinary. Not only did she look great but she did so while entertaining many kittens who kept attacking her and dealing with my two loose pigs who surprised us when we were in some taller grass! Needless to say she is awesome.    

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Young Love

I love engagements! Such a fun time for any couple. The planning, the details, the excitement! This couple was so beautiful. They were up for my crazy ideas and that always makes for the best images!