Wednesday, April 21, 2010

How I love the little ones

When I started out in photography as a kid it was just me, a disposable camera and lots of snapshots of friends. Then later at the newspaper I got hooked on photojournalism and that style of photography. I loved capturing those moments of raw emotion and being in the right place at the right time, seeing glimpses of a moment and capturing it to represent an entire ideal.

Lately I have shifted my focus a bit and have been able to capture Gods most precious gifts. I have been able to hold in my hands the newest members of mankind. They are so sweet. Keep in mind, the sweetness is a facade many times. I have been peed on, pooped on, spit up on, scratched, sucked and kicked... all by babies younger than 3 weeks old, but you would never know by the photos.

With spring here, there seems to be a new batch of babies to photograph, and I have been so blessed to be chosen to photograph many of these little miracles.

On top of that it is also PCS season and several of my favorite, long-time clients are leaving and came to me one last time to take photos of their children and families.

So, here are some of my most recent shoots. Thank you to all the mommies who have let me cuddle your babies and who have stood back even though I know you often thought "What is that woman doing with my baby?"

Also to the Bessmers, Bigelows and the Camejos - I am going to miss you all so much!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Winter Photo Fun

After taking a big break over the winter I am getting back in my photo groove. I am not a fan of taking studio photos, but I have been forced to, thanks to the wonderful German weather we have been having. The good news is it has also forced me to get better at artifical lighting and I am now looking into getting some strobes for my studio upstairs, but I can't wait until I can just focus on outdoor shoots. But for now, here is a look at some of the photos I have done over the last couple of months.

Monday, June 22, 2009

VOTE for RHYNLI! She is cute and needs your love!

I thought it would be fun to see how this turns out. How much traffic my blog gets, as well as how many people think this photo is cute enough to vote on. Come on. It will be an adventure - and I will know you really like me!

I Love the Lambs

There are so many people PCSing and ETSing and that means many old friends are leaving for their next adveture, and many new families are coming here for an adventure of their own. I have been blessed to know and work with the Lamb family over the last 3 years, and just days before they PCSed to the states I took their family photos. What a blessing.

I love taking photos of women who just see themselves as a "mom" and forget that they are a women, and they are beautiful. At the end of the photoshoot I asked Ami to let me take some photos of just her. She looks gorgeous in this photo. I am so glad she is my beautiful friend.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Keukenhof Gardens

A couple weeks ago we were able to travel to the Netherlands to see the Keukenhof Gardens and the Corrie Ten Boom house. The flowers were so beautiful and the Ten Boom home was completely inspiring.

Wounded Warrior Cruise

Saturday I went to the Wounded Warrior Cruise, where a friend of mine, Jim Beebe, organized several great automobiles and some wounded warriors to offer a day of fun and cars. I was only going to snap a few photos, but hours later I ended up leaving. I had 6 gigs of photos and a horrible sunburn, but it was a good day. Here are some of the photos from that day.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ready for School

I haven't taken a class in anything since my first college courses back in 1997, but that is changing now. I have decided that I am not nearly as good as I would like to be when it comes to taking photos and I need all of the help I can get, so I enrolled in a highly accredited photography school. It has been fun, but I am so nervous that I will do poorly that I haven't submitted any assignments yet. The aspects of portrait photography and lighting are very different from what I have been trained in - photojournalism. Anyway, here is one of my assignments where I was supposed to show motion. Also, here are some photos I children I have done recently.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Baby Taylors 1 year Pix

Last week I got to do some neat photos of one-year old Taylor. This was fun because I have photographed her since birth. She was such a doll. I found this hat and thought it would be a fun addition to the shoot, and it did!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The difference one year can make

A few weeks ago I had a chance to do some maternity photos and some toddler photos. I tried some new editing skills on the photos, so I thought I would post them here. My friend, Jessica, in the maternity photos has asked me to be her labor coach and to also take photos of the delivery since her hubby is deployed. I am way excited as I may get a call at any time. I will post photos when I get them. Then with the little girl... well she cried most of the time so I figured I would just work with that and the photos turned out very well.

a cropped shot of Lenore

I liked the lightness and color here

Her eyes were so beautiful in this one, and I liked the soft edit.

Jessica's hubby is deployed and so since she is having a little boy, the shoes added to the whole look.

I really like this photo, the flag, the saturation, the softness. A fun photo to play with.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Terrin Family

This was a photoshoot I did for my friends, the Terrins. The dad had deployed to Iraq that morning and I wanted to do something nice for the mom and her two kids. It turned out well and I am sure Dad will have something nice to reflect on throughout his deployment.

I love this photo. It is just one of those photos that when you click the shutter, you know you have a great one.

A cute picture of the big sister. Just captured that moment.

Mom was just playing with her baby boy. Simple love.