|Life Through the Lens||
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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 that 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!
Need to update your website photo? Spring is a great time to do just that. A little 'golden hour' light and some spring flowers make for a lovely image or two.
Meet the Sheneman family. In March, I wanted to engage more of my Facebook fans so I gave away a free family session for April. This is the really fun family randomly drawn to win; unfortunately, the only time everyone could be in the same state for the session was at noon (the ideal time being golden hour, which is up to a couple hours after sunrise or the hour before sunset). In early April the trees had just started blooming, so there really was not a lot of shade (or warmth), but they had fun anyway! It was good to see you all together again!!
Meet Penelope, a five month old standard poodle. She was growing so quickly that her human mom wanted her to have some pictures before she outgrew her mardi gras outfit she made just for her! She's such a cutie!