|Life Through the Lens||
It was such an honor for me when I was asked to do this "different" kind of senior session. So what do you do when you find yourself faced with life transitions that separate you from those you have been so close to since you were little? Well, these ladies decided that a photo shoot at their favorite place was in order.
This was so much fun. Church camp offers opportunities in background that cannot typically be found anywhere else. Thank you ladies for allowing me to do this for you. In 10 or 15 years, you should do this again and recreate some of the same fun poses ;) Good luck to you all in your college pursuits (Katy and Alex), and Brittany have a wonderful senior year!
Have you ever attended a wedding at Ambruster Great Hall? This is such a unique place and is close to everything! Here is a link to check out their site if you are looking for a wedding venue: http://www.ambrustergreathall.com/
The bride and her bridesmaids got ready at Ambruster and could spread out. While the bride was having her hair done......
she insisted the bridesmaids go have some pictures :)
It's all in the details!!
The Bridal Party
My awesome second shooter captured this amazing image at Union Station!
Thank you Dustin & Yolanda for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful day!! Thanks to the awesome bridal party for all of the fun too!!
In our digital world, it is rare to have people ordering prints or albums and that is really a shame. You have your session and get your CD of images and they go to die in storage on your computer.
In June I had the pleasure of photographing another couple on their wedding day (I hope to blog more about the details tomorrow). This was the first bride I had who ordered an album, and I received it yesterday. I cannot wait to deliver it to her along with her canvases next week, but while I had it in my possession I had to take some pictures. The quality is outstanding and I received it a week after I ordered it!
Every bride and groom should have an album from their wedding day! If you want to know what to give the special couple, help them out with their photography needs!
Are you a senior or do you have a senior graduating in 2015? Do you (or your child) love having pictures taken? Check out a great way to save some money on senior pictures by hovering over the "All About Seniors" tab to the left and clicking on "Class of 2015 Ambassador Application". To see my portfolio of senior pictures, click on the "All About Seniors" tab. Time is running out to be considered for an ambassador this year, so hurry!
Engagement sessions are a wonderful way to get to know couples. I have been fortunate to get to know some really fantastic couples. Deanna and Nick are no exception. In their case though, I had the opportunity to photograph them during a wedding in which Deanna was a bridesmaid. I am so excited to photograph their November wedding!
These two are so fun to watch together and the love is nearly palpable, even on a dance floor after a pretty busy 12 hours prior in helping good friends celebrate their wedding.
The reception traditions: First dance, father/daughter, mother/son, cake, garter/bouquet toss and toasts!
The father of the groom could really 'cut a rug'. Not only was it fun to watch, but I could tell by the smile on the bride's face that she was having fun too!
This was such a fun shot. While my second shooter was with the groom and groomsmen before the ceremony, she prepped them and had these guys think about what they were gonna do. I think they both turned out fantastic!!
That first birthday is such a milestone! If they are not already walking, they will be soon and it seems like you notice changes daily! This little one was so expressive and she already knows what she wants (to climb anything and everything) and what she doesn't want (hats on her head). Such a happy and beautiful little one!
In 2005 our home changed dramatically. As the parents of an only child, high school graduation and the whole college "send off" is fraught with the unknown. We know in our heads this is the beginning of something wonderful, but our hearts may not quite be ready to let go of that "child". We were fortunate that the chosen college was only an hour and a half away. We could visit but a drop in kind of experience would not be likely; much to our son's peace of mind, as you can imagine. About two months into that first semester we loaded up the truck with the grill and croquet set and headed off to visit our son at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. The response was surprising and turned into a tradition for us.
The first year it was just the guys in his suite who participated (at least to the extent of dressing up). The second year it was the ladies turn. Since then, and we only missed one year as I can recall, we have joined forces. Last year we started adopting a theme so that everyone had a general idea of what to wear.
The image below is my absolute favorite from the day, I think! There were so many good costumes and moments captured from our 1920's theme. Below is the shoe shine boy and cigarette girl. My only regret is not taking this shot inside with a green screen so that an appropriate 20's background could have been added.
Our group has grown over the years, but as it is with college friends, people are pretty spread out and cannot always make it.
I take a lot of senior pictures, so if you are reading this and are apprehensive about sending your child off to college, embrace the new chapter, do something you've never done before. If all else fails, food always draws a crowd of poor, starving college students........grilling kabobs is the only thing that never changes in what was dubbed the "Upright Young Gents & Ladies Club".
Congratulations Rachel! When you told me you wanted to be a nurse, I thought it was coincidence that the Rachel I did senior pictures for two weeks earlier also wanted to be a nurse. I look at you two and you could be related! The similarities are remarkable, and you two grew up together at St. John. Thank you for allowing me to share in this wonderful moment in time, you are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside.
Such a go-getter, this girl. She is going to make a great nurse! Congratulations, Rachel, it was so much fun getting to know you!