Shelby and Jake approached me a couple of months ago about their November wedding! I just HAPPENED to have that date open and after meeting her at the consultation I knew we would be a perfect match! When planning her engagement session she wanted to have the location be a place that was meaningful for the both of them so their first location was one of the firehouses that her fiance volunteers for and the second location was their family farm! Firetrucks, cows, chickens, ducks, sheep, kittens and the like were all involved making this engagement session one of the most memorable ones for sure! Enjoy some of my favorites from their session!
After moving to Lincoln, Illinois in 2016, Rachel was one of the first people I met! She worked in the nursery at Lincoln Christian Church and my child was THAT CHILD. The one who screamed and was inconsolable. But Rachel was one of her caretakers and she was absolutely amazing! She was dating Ridge at that time too but in 2018 they made their love official when he asked her to marry him! They decided that a May 2019 wedding would be perfect! Rachel planned this wedding WHILE SHE WAS IN NURSING SCHOOL! Isn’t she amazing!?! And not just that… she planned it from far away! Anyone who has planned a wedding knows that this is NOT an easy task! But she did it with grace and poise as she does with all things!
Rachel and Ridge! Your day was beautiful and so are both of you! You two are so full of love for each other and for God! You know that their marriage isn’t about you! You know that your marriage serves a bigger purpose and it’s these kinds of marriages that end up changing the world. It was such an honor to photograph the start of your life together!
Florist - Linda berg - firstname.lastname@example.org
DJ - Nick Davis
Hair - Grace Stephenson - Evolve salon
Makeup - Adri Doolin
Tuxes - Men's warehouse
Dresses - David's Bridal
Rings - Helzberg Diamonds
So it’s time to book that yearly photo session for your family! Once you have a photographer there is still another VERY important decision to make before the photo taking even starts! In this email I'm going to teach you how to STOP thinking like a client and START thinking like a photographer when it comes to photo sessions!
The first and most important factor of booking your session is the time of the session. This is a really tricky subject. I’m a mama to three littles so I totally understand wanting happy kids in photos! Truly! But if you want your session at 2:30 pm in the middle of a beautiful field and you want even skin tones, that bright and airy feel, and a perfectly lit photo... you might be asking your photographer to do superhuman things.
By scheduling your session for less than optimal hours! If you want photos in a field with your kids and you playing in the tall grass… that CANNOT happen between the hours of 9 a.m.-5pm. Sometimes even earlier or later depending on the time of year! UNLESS it’s overcast, a downtown session, or a location that provides us with LOTS of shade late-morning, mid-day, and sometimes even late-afternoon sessions are NOT great!
You might say… “well that’s crazy! You should be able to take photos anytime anywhere and have them look awesome!” While we photographers try to do this for sure (we're certainly forced to on wedding days) there is something important for you to remember. Light is hands down THE MOST IMPORTANT factor when it comes to getting gorgeous, timeless, bright and airy portraits. And if you are telling me that you want to stand in front of some magnolia trees with beautiful flowers that provide no shade whatsoever at high noon. I’m going to be honest and tell you that you might be a little disappointed! Because although that backdrop is beautiful, what makes a photo beautiful is light. And if you want the style of photograph you see me post on facebook, instagram, or my website…
the time of your session matters…. LIKE A LOT!
In my new course Momtography 101, I have a whole entire module on Light that has 9 different lessons talking in depth about why light matters, what light to avoid, what light to look for, and my very own SECRET SAUCE for how I get my photos to have that bright and airy look (Hint: it’s not editing). But that's not all, we also chat about how to choose the right backgrounds and why it matters, tackling indoor light and I even include behind the scenes videos of me IN REAL LIFE demonstrating these things! That’s right… actual footage of me walking around in various locations showing you what light I’m avoiding and why, what kind of light i’m looking for and when i’ve found it! And the same thing inside my home!
Lessons covering good light, bad light, how to photograph movement, the one lens moms MUST-HAVE, how to shoot in manual, how to get beautiful pictures straight out of camera, getting bright and beautiful pictures INSIDE, what to do when your pictures are too bright, too dark, or too blurry, how to organize and store those THOUSANDS of photos you are hoarding and SO MUCH MORE!
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Jessica and Kaleb recently had their engagement session for their upcoming wedding in October! This adorable couple has been together for 7 years and first met on the dating app: tinder. It’s so funny how more and more couples are meeting online these days! :) These two lovebirds definitely know how to have a good time and were full of laughter despite that fact that their session basically took place in a pig pen (see the image at the bottom of the page for reference). They kept their spirits high and their love was evident! I absolutely cannot wait for this October wedding! It’s going to be PERFECT!
20 Gift Ideas
just for dads
So, I don’t know if any of you have heard of Gary Chapmans, “The Five Love Languages,” but its basically a book talking about how there are five basic ways people communicate and like to receive love. Well, long story short. One of my main love language’s is GIFTS! I LOVE giving gifts to those I love. But not just any gift, the PERFECT gift. Like when you see an ad for it online or in a store and your just like OMG this would be perfect for this person! :) However, not all people love gifts. My husband for example always says that the best gift I could give him is not spending money on a gift…. BLAHHHHH…. #nofun! :)
Anyway, because of my love of gifts! I have created yet another gift-giving blog post but this time… just for dads! Click the buttons below each photo to learn more about each item or purchase it! Enjoy!
For the Dad who loves coffee
Driftaway Coffee Subscription- 3 months only $50!
for the dad who can grill
this deluxe grill set for only $32
for the dad who can rock
the rise & fall of rockstars only $15
For the dad who loves to camp
This amazing hammock only $25-35 (pending on color)
for the dad who’s always tinkering with things
this tool is a spork, knife, fire flint, peeler, can opener, bottle opener, pry bar, box cutter, cord cutter, and flathead screwdriver and only $50
for the dad who’s a health nut
no blender in the world can stand against this one only $68
for the diy dad
this magnetic wristband allows him to keep those tools at his fingertips for only $10
for the budget-minded dad
this nest smart thermostat will keep his money right where he likes it, in his pocket! Only $200
for the dad who likes travel
get this airbnb giftcard on amazon- range $25+
this cork globe to mark his travels only $30
FOR THE DAD WHO LOVES CARS
driveshare.com allows you to rent a car for a day! Amazing opportunity to drive those cars he dreams of owning!
for the dad who loves his facial hair
beard shampoo and conditioner
for the dad who loves video games
He’ll love this vintage Atari Shirt
for the dad who loves the finer things
He will definitely fancy these scotch infused toothpicks
for the dad who loves beer
need I say more!?!
for the dad who loves to read
these book darts are great for keeping his place in all the different books he is reading! Plus they can be used to mark important thoughts that he can come back to later!
for the dads who love board games
Start with Settlers of Catan and then move your way to Scythe if you have a REAL board game enthusiast!
for the hipster dad
this foodie cook book is something he will surely love
for the dad who loves jokes
For the musical Dad