Thursday, July 31, 2008

Kelsey's Senior Pictures in Studio

We did Kelsey's senior pictures downtown two weeks ago, and she came back to do more in the studio. We certainly got a different look in this session. Check out Kelsey's eyes. Wow!! Besides being very photogenic, Kelsey and her mom are so much fun to hang out with!

I went to another photography seminar two weeks ago and bought some new grunge software and album designing software. I've had a great time playing around with it. You can see one example on Kelsey's picture above. Check back for more to come...

Children's Casual Portraits

Check out these cute kids! They were both loaded with personality as well. Neither one was interested in sitting still, so I had fun chasing them around the house and yard. It was so hard for me not to laugh at their expressions and funny comments. "Out of the mouths of babes" is so true! I love making collages because they truly capture the kids' personalities and expressions that sometimes only parents can appreciate. I really appreciated these kids though.

Beach Portraits

My daughters and I just got back from a trip to the beach. We had great weather, great waves for floating, and lots of time to take pictures. If only my daughters would have been more cooperative! Check out their expressions of joy on the "worms and coffee" picture. If you get a magnifying glass, you can see them on the beach in the picture taken looking out from our motel (yes, MOTEL) window. I like the effect of looking through the screen and the dirty window. As a photographer, I get excited about all kinds of crazy things!
We have stayed at the Ocean Crest Motel at Oak Island, NC for quite a few years now. It's a nice family atmosphere, it has a pool, and it's right next to the pier. We went with some family who live in North Carolina, and it was wonderful to see them (and take lots of pictures of them too since they are more cooperative). I'll post some cute kids pictures soon.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Kelsey's Senior Pictures

Wow! I had a great photography weekend! Not only did I get to shoot a dream wedding downtown, but I also got to shoot senior pictures downtown. I had a great time shooting and editing these pictures! I love the tutu and suitcase that Kelsey brought with her! It started to rain, so I didn't get to do everything I had planned. When it started to down pour, we took some pictures under an awning. A man working in his wood shop asked us if we wanted to come inside to take some pictures, so we did. He had some beautiful cabinets that he was making. He was very friendly and very proud of his work (which he should have been). Check out some of these pictures with wild editing. There really are some nice "normal" pictures that I got as well. They will all be posted on my website tomorrow.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Niki and Nathan's Wedding

Wow! I had a great time yesterday shooting Niki and Nathan's wedding! I have been blessed with great clients, and Niki and Nathan were no exception. They are so much fun to be around, and they are so perfect for each other! It started out to be a rainy day, but we all prayed for beautiful weather, and we got it before the wedding started. Ask and you shall receive! Next time I'll have to remember to pray that the day runs according to schedule. Everything was running late, so I didn't have as much time to take pictures as I had planned. But I'm very excited about the time we did have and the fun places that we got to take pictures.

The reception was at the Scarritt Ballroom (see, which made for great pictures as well as a cool atmosphere. It is located at 8th & Grand downtown, so we had fun taking pictures outside in the cool weather as well.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures so far. It takes quite a while to go through all of the wedding pictures, so I'm sure I'll have more favorites. I should have all pictures posted on my website in 3-4 weeks. Enjoy this beautiful bride and all the pink!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

6 Month Old Precious Girl

I can't tell you how anxious I have been to post these pictures. (I'm a bit behind due to traveling back from Colorado on Monday and spending last night in the ER with my youngest daughter as well as hosting a drill team sleepover). I couldn't really decided which were my favorites. My husband and I disagree on which one of the two sleeping ones is the best. What do you think? You can check out more of her pictures in the Lonna album. This little girl was so much fun to photograph! She looks like a little China doll! She has such a sweet personality as well, and her parents are great! I have more ideas to do with her, so I can't wait for our next session!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Happy July 4th!

I hope that everyone had a fabulous 4th of July! My husband and I got to celebrate in Colorado with his son, daughter-in-law, and grandson. We haven't seen much of the mountains yet, but we're getting to see the little grandson a lot!

I've been fascinated by the flag displays and really appreciated the ones in Merriam, KS. The Fields for Freedom display ( was very cool. There were flags dedicated to individuals who have served our country. The specific names of people on the yellow ribbons really touched my heart. What a good reminder of how blessed we are to live in a country with so many freedoms and brave men and women who are willing to risk their lives for our freedoms. God bless America!

As my husband patiently waited for me to take pictures of these flags, he took one of me with his new little Canon. Then when we got to Colorado, I took a picture of our grandson with his patriotic outfit and flag.
I've only taken 936 pictures in the last two days (mostly of our grandson and his little friends). Don't worry--I'll only post a few. Check back soon for more of this handsome little guy and a precious little girl.