I am a photographer of all things fabulous and beautiful, based in the Quad Cities. Greatest. Job. Ever. I love my super-cute farmboy husband, my babies, rescuing animals, high heels (I'm 4'11"), Diet Coke, expensive denim, makeup blogs, Nashville and Pier 1. Random, I know. :)
OK, Y’ALL! Our two September brides are THE COOLEST chicas ever! Lindsay gets married next weekend, on the 22nd, and Tiffany get married the following weekend, on the 29th. Their grooms are pretty rockin’, too, so this is going to be a seriously FABULOUS MONTH of wedding photography. Yay!
I posted Lindsay and Cale’s engagement session earlier this summer and now it’s time for Tiffany and Bradley!
It’s no secret that I’m dyingggg to be southern or at the very minimum, move there, live there forever and acquire an accent. Southerners make me happy, so when this adorable Southern Belle and her fiancé booked us for their wedding, MY LIFE IMPROVED like 100%!
When we were first emailing about her big day, she said she loves antiques and vintage stuff, that her wedding as going to be all ‘period’ items and very detail intensive and that (OMG) her invites were actually Hatch Show Prints. I was like, “Wait. WHAT!?!? Nooooo wayyyy!!!” (Hatch is in Nashville). After hearing even more details such as the bouquets and boutonnieres (I will keep those details a secret for now), programs and menus, I immediately decided this was my perfect wedding and I really wish she had planned our entire wedding for us. HA!!
Needless to say, I am THRILLED for her, for him and for us to be part of their big day! Being from Bowling Green, she promises her family will be saying things like, “y’all and Yankees.” I am hoping they will adopt me and my new residence will soon be in Kentucky :) :)
Their wedding is in about 12 days :). I was going out of town when I finished editing their engagement session, so I decided to save my FB’ing and blog post until right before the wedding to get everyone pumped about these AMAZING details. She brought some little sneak peeks of their wedding day decor to the session and some adorable signs. LOVE!!! Here are just a few of my favorites from their e-pics:
Haha…love it. American Gothic meets Lollipops:
So much fun!! Love these two!! :)
Check back soon for September wedding pics of Lindsay & Cale and Tiffany & Bradley. I can’t wait!
Have a wonderful week, y’all. xoxo.
One of my favorite little friends, Parker, turned nine months! He’s such a little sweetheart and I really think he’s starting to pose for the camera :) Love him!!
Fun pics on the farm… :)
His sweet mama, Amber, is really good about planning different family outfits for his sessions. So cute!!
OMG, how AAAAADORABLLLLE ARE ALL OF THESE!? I’M SO IN LOVE!!!
LOVE ‘EM ALL! :) I have so many favorites of him but this is my favorite session so far :) He has such a little personality and it is so fun seeing him! His one-year birthday is just around the corner so we will see what we come up with for those! :) Amber and Tom, thanks so much for bringing him out! :)
Posted in Photography on September 13, 2012
When my lovely friend Cindy asked me to photograph her parents’ 50th anniversary pics, I was so thrilled!! They are the sweetest and most ADORABLE couple EVER!!! I have known her parents for a longggg time since Cindy and I played flutes together all through school (again I say, FLUTES ARE AWWWWESOME)! :)
We decided on her parents’ house since they have lived in it their entire marriage. I asked them when exactly they moved in. She said they moved in the fall after they married. He agreed and said, “Remember, it was Thanksgiving weekend?” And.they.laughed and agreed, remembering it!! Ahhh!! LOVE.
I asked if they had a wedding picture, so she brought one down to show me. How beautiful is this…seriously!? They still look the same and I love-love-LOVE it!!!
Their corsage and boutonniere to wear to their anniversary dinner. Cindy and I thought it would be cute to take pics of it like it was prom…and it was ;)
They wanted big family pics with the house:
Then, they had the perfect photography backdrop in their backyard – a cute little shed. Here are a few of the family pics!
Here is Cindy and her super-cute familia. :) I love how Brooklyn poses for the camera :) Work it, girlfriend!
LOVE => THESE 50 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PICS:
OK, so we were talking about the ladder leaning on the shed. They all started talking about how the ladder had probably been there almost the entire fifty years, too, AND how they had used it to paint every room in the house. Then, they started looking at the various colors talking about which color was used and where, and how the pink was the pink used in Cindy’s room, etc. In other words, I had to take a pic of the ladder after that conversation, so here it is: ;)
And finally, how adorable are they…
Thank you so, so much for having me! I can only HOPE that Kurt and I are blessed enough to celebrate 50 years! AND I so hope we are as sweet as these two lovebirds are to each other and laugh as much as they do. My heart is happier having photographed this, so thanks to all of the Reinart’s and to Cindy for asking me to be a part of it all.
Happy (Almost) Weekend! You should go give your loved ones some x’s and o’s ;)
Much love to all,
Posted in Photography on September 6, 2012
…[but my friends make fun of me for]:
A: Gas Stations, omg. I really cannot drive without a fountain pop in my car. If the trip is over
ten five minutes, I really need to stop and get one. If they have Diet Mt. Dew or Diet Coke on draft, happy birthday to me!! Ghetto fabulous, omg! If the trip is over a couple hours, I will probably need to stop (again) and get one or more of the following:
My girl Tracy periodically drops me a Salted Nut Roll in the mail to be funny. No matter how many times she does it, I am never expecting it. Haha! She says you have to be 90 years old to love nut rolls but I’ve loved these babies for like 25 years. Oh well, fountain pop and salted nut rolls = lovvve.
B: Walgreens! I hate nothing more than grocery stores or Wal-Mart, so I will gladly pay an extra $5.75 for a super-small bottle of laundry detergent if it means not having to walk into Hy-Vee. Walgreens is awesome :) Where else can you get greeting cards, bandaids, highlighters, a Halloween costume, Tide and Advil within like 26 square feet?! Occasionally, my friend Kate will ask if I’m seriously still shopping at Walgreens. Why yes, yes I am. Maybe I’ll stop there tomorrow… Ha!
C: Red Lipstick. They have been trying to cut me off for years. Occasionally, I still break it out :)
Wow, this has nothing to do with photography. :) LOTS and lots of photos to share coming soon! It’s so much easier to blog randomness since I type around 27,000 words per minute.
Mucho love to you all!
Photos courtesy of Google Images ;)
Posted in Random on September 3, 2012
Finally sitting on my deck :)
It really truly honestly IS as quiet as it looks :) :)
Much love to everyone!! Xoxo!
Posted in Random on September 2, 2012
By “that time,” I mean “Build-A-Bear Time.” Yay…not. You mamas feel my pain.
My credit card has had about a four year reprieve from that joint since Belle a) had too many of those bears to even count, b) never EVER played with them anyway, and c) outgrew asking to go.
BUT, like the crazy people we are, Belle and I let Will talk us into it today. I was happy because he was so excited to “Build a Alvin.” Ha.
He liked it but kept trying to convince the girl to let him get INTO the stuffing machine. Omg. And he’s not really the type to take no for an answer. Yikes. And then he wanted to put two hearts in instead of one, which was just weird.
The good news is that Will built the $15 Alvin and was ready to roll out!?! Belle always roped me out of about $100 in bear clothes. She did try to convince me Alvin needed pajamas, slippers, sunglasses and a giant car but Will wasn’t hearing it so neither was I. She is such a good big sis <3
Here's a pic taken prior to him trying to weasel his way into the machine. My baby <3 <3
Here is Alvin with his giant cardboard house:
How sad it is that I have not blogged SINCE APRIL!? For real!? Blogging is my favorite past-time next to shopping, matchmaking (I’m super successful at matchmaking…trust me on this one)…and going to sweet photo retreats.
Hope everyone had a great summer! I am sooo sad it’s over! Having a bambino, I haven’t spent much time on the deck this year of record temps. Suckkkyyy. I am all about the 100 degree days with 100% humidity, however. Hence, the reason I need a pool post-haste.
Let’s kick this baby off with a little throwback to my old blog by sharing some LOVESSSS AND HATTTTESSSS:
#1: Speaking of the pool, I have Kurt whittled down from, “You’re out of your #*&^ing mind if you think I’m buying you a pool…” to an annoyed “Yeah, a pool would be nice but…[insert excuses I’m not trying to hear].” I think this is MUY BUENO progress! Yay for pool parties!
#2: Skinny jeans. Horrifyingly, I’m like three years (or four?) behind this trend but I jumped on the bandwagon this spring and became obsessed. I hear boot cut is back in style, which is probably for the best. Holla!
#3: Reba (the show) and also Ebay. OMG, it’s soooo hilarious. I know this sounds insane. Lifetime decided to cancel it in the a.m., so I promptly went on Ebay and ordered all 6 seasons. Now, it’s non-stop Reba whenever you want around here.
#1: Fitnessless on the Farm. Hello, with three kids, I don’t even have time to put ice in my Diet Coke. And we all know how much I love the Diet Coke. I’ve been slacking on my gym time for like four months due to these kids asking me for something every .35 seconds. This needs to change because I really miss chatting with my peeps at the gym (amongst other reasons). ha!
#2: WHY is every single road I take under construction? I mean, seriously every.single.one?!?! I am not a great driver anyway so weaving in and out of barricades is not my insurance company’s idea of a good time.
#3: Late summer => Box Elder Bugs! GROSS!!!!! I don’t mind the
japanese beetles ladybugs but the box elders need to have a little visit from Babe’s Pest Control. I do feel badly about this but those things creep me out majora!! *shudders*
Much love to you all! xo!
Posted in Photography on April 5, 2012
OH MY GOSH! Happy Easter Weekend, everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful time hunting eggs, eating chocolate bunnies and spending time with your families. :)
Whenever I’m laying low online, you can bet your SLR I’m editing like crazy. L.O.V.E. being busy with my studio work this year! I have LOTS of fabulouso sessions to blog but let’s start with my fave little friend, George. OMG, I still can’t get over his adorableness! Every time I see him he just gets cuter and cuter and cuter!
His sweet mama, Megan, brought him to the studio for his 18 months. He is definitely on the run since his one-year photos last fall :)
Megan thought to bring George’s present from his uncle, a handmade John Deere tractor. It was awesome and the perfect prop. His uncle needs to start making and selling these things immediately.
Here are some of my favorites of Mr. George. OMG I love him:
Thanks so much to Megan for bringing Mr. G out to see me again :) :)
There will be more blogs SOON with some of my favorite families, kiddos, a wedding, a newborn and a maternity session! xoxo!
I was so excited to see my verrrry favvvvorite little fashionista, Miss Caroline in the studio! If you think it’s crazy to be jealous of a one year old’s wardrobe, you haven’t spent much time with this little chica. :) I am really wishing they made her outfits in my size, especially that outfit with the little blue skirt!
As always, she was beyond adorable, super sweeeeeet and full of personality!
Thanks so much to her fabulous parents, Betsy and Andy, for bringing her! Have a fantastic summer and I hope to see you all again this fall!! xoxo!
Happy Monday and Happy Spring Break to those on it. Belle is excited to have a week off of school but is already missing her friends…probably because Will won’t stop following her around! :)
Oh.my.gosh…the most BEAUTIFUL family came to visit me in the studio the other weekend!
Katherine (love this name for a girl!) and Alex were absolute dolls. A couple of these photos I could literally stare at alll dayyy longgg. :) Gorgeous!
We were even lucky enough to get in a family photo and one of just the girls. :) Next time we will have to do one of just the boys to match it.
As always here are my faves…love.love.love.in love.:
Thanks so much to Karen and Steve for bringing everyone out to the studio! Hope you have an amazing summer and that I see you again soon!