PPI Winter Convention

February 27th, 2013

I had so much and the Professional Photographers of Iowa Winter Convention the beginning of the month!  Members have the opportunity to witness amazing speakers/photographers during this 5-day convention – the best in the country!  I was thrilled when I placed 3rd in the illustrative category!  This print placed a merit that will go towards earning my masters degree with the Professional Photographers of America.

An Angel

February 23rd, 2013

Have you ever seen a more beautiful angel? 🙂  I had so much fun trying some new lighting techniques with this beautiful woman, today!  Cannot wait to work on more amazing images of this special lady!

Engagement Congratulations!

February 17th, 2013

A few years ago, I had the privilege of taking senior pictures of these 2 amazing students.  They possessed beautiful spirit about them.  They were happy, and kind, and just incredible individuals.  This beautiful couple just became engaged and I could not be happier for them and their families!  Blessings to you, Janice & Damian!  Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together!

Happy Birthday!

January 22nd, 2013

This darling lady is one of the busiest women I have ever met!  She volunteers at multiple venues, including the hospital.  She has a bubbly personality and keeps busy with her bridge friends, working at HyVee, working on her family’s geneology and helping whenever and wherever she is needed.   Happy 80th Birthday, Diane!  Wishing you many blessings in the coming year!  🙂

Merry Christmas!

December 23rd, 2012

What a crazy time this has been!  Wrapping presents, finishing Christmas cards for others, as well as our own, completing last minute portrait gifts….  Whew!  in the midst of a busy season, I want to thank all of you for your interest and support of my business!  From our family to yours, have a most Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Christmas Lights

December 14th, 2012

I love Christmas lights!  As much as I like them, one would think that my house would be covered with them this time of year.  Alas, it is not.  I have had enough back/neck/spine issues through the years, therefore I am not getting up on a ladder and on the roof to conquer such a mission.  My husband said to me when we got married, “You aren’t going to be one of those people who wants to put lights on the house, are you?”  I have never pushed the issue – pick and choose your battles, I say.  Tonight, after pointing out a house to my daugher that had the most beautiful lights, she exclaimed, “I am going to have my house COVERED in lights someday!  My house is going to be the house with so many lights, that everyone around will drive past my home, just to see them!”  I look foward to that day!  Until then, I am going to enjoy my tiny pot with spruce tip and twinkling lights outside my door – even just a little Christmas twinkle around my home makes me happy!  🙂

A Little Crush

November 26th, 2012

I witnessed the sweetest moment from a client this weekend.  I am in the process of changing out the art on my studio walls.  One of the most recent portraits to grace my studio is this picture of a beautiful high school senior.  As a four-year old was passing this image on his way out the door this weekend, he leaned over and gave her a big kiss.  It was SO incredibly precious!  While I would like to think in was the beauty of the image that struck this lad, I am more inclined to believe it was the beauty of this senior!  🙂

Tonight, I was reading a post on facebook from a fellow photographer.  She was talking about restoring some old pictures for a client and she brought up a point that I have stressed to my clients before, but deserves attention again.  How many photos have you printed lately?  Are they backed up on a disk or have you even gotten that far?   Computers are known to break down on occasion and I know of more than one person that has completely lost a prized possession that can never be replaced, a piece of their history – their pictures.  Let’s pretend that all of your pictures are off of your computer and safely backed up on disks.  What happens if the disk is corrupt and the files can’t be retrieved?  Or if the files are never printed, what happens when 20 years from now, forms of data storage for a computer have changed and you don’t have the equipment to download the files anymore?  Never underestimate the importance of printing out your pictures.  If at all possible, take time to have your pictures printed for your personal enjoyment and to have something to pass down to your family.  It’s an investment you will never regret making.

My Most Prized Possession

October 13th, 2012

Today, I was listening to the news and heard about a family that had lost their home after a fire.  The first thing that the dad said was, “I can no longer flip through the photo album and enjoy our pictures.”  And the statement made me think, through my photography, I have the privilege of creating art – arguably a family’s most valuable possession.  Next to my family, my pictures of my family are most prized to me!


October 12th, 2012

I cannot believe how the time has flown!  We are well into the fall season!  My days have been busy continuing to work on senior pictures,  and creating beautiful family portraits, as well.   A couple of weeks ago, I spent 3 weeks at a photography workshop in Des Moines.  This workshop covered something I have been in the process of creating for my studio  – I am SO excited to reveal this to you in an upcoming post!  Stay tuned for exciting news coming soon!

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