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Mr. Grant is 1, too!

My favorite little neighbor, Baby Grant, is no longer a baby. : ( Sadness!!! Like Caroline (see yesterday’s post), Grant has been coming to see me every three months. Grant was one of my first newborn clients, too. : ) I can’t believe he’s already a one-year old!

I’ve loved chatting with his mama every few months and meeting for pics. He is not too much younger than Will, so we always talk about how they will be sneaking out of the house together when they’re in high school to go to pasture parties. Ha! They better not…we will catch them for sure.

This time, we went to his great-grandparents farm for his one-year photos. He even brought his new John Deere wagon!

Their farm has a awesome old schoolhouse that I love to use for seniors, so we thought it would be cute to take Grant there and also do some updated family photos.

He has a lot of expressions, so we are always cracking up at him!

Here is Grant in his Socrates pose:

And, we all know I LOVVVVE LOVE LOVE them all but I’ll end with my very three favorites from the session:

Brittany and Eric, thank you so much for bringing Grant to me for all of his photos over the past twelve months! Hope to see you guys again soon!

Mucho love!
Ann : )

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Miss Caroline Turned 1!

Love all of my baby clients! Everyone says time goes by so fast seeing your own little ones grow up and sadly, that is true! It’s also true when you only see certain little bambinos every three months!

Miss Caroline was one of my first babies in the studio last winter for her three months pics and now she recently finished up her baby package! She must have been studying my website because for her one-year photos, she arrived at the studio wanting more serious and grown-up looking pics. More of a Vogue-style this time, she was thinking…I love it. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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But she soon got more smiley for us and decided to be super-sweet happy self:

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: ) That bottom one is toooo cuuuute. I love the expression!

I love summer pics. OCCASIONALLY/RARELY/ONCE IN AWHILE, I have the perfect photo with the perfect outfit with the perfect lighting to make me want to use an action or an overlay, and this is one of those times… (More on summer-inspired Photoshop actions later…I’m sooooo long overdue to post something photography-related for my photographer friends on my post-processing).

So sweet <3

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And now, for two of my favorites:

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And here’s Miss Caroline with two of HER favorites:

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Thank you soooo very much to Betsy and Andy for bring her to me all of these times over the past year! I will soooo miss seeing this ADORABLE little princess and her “happy dance” every three months. Please keep me posted on how she is doing : )

Mucho love to you all!! ~ Ann

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T$’s Family :)

Some of you may remember when I had the accounting J-O-B and used to travel all the time, before I moved to the farm and started doing photography. I will admit I was able to go work in some amazing places with only the very coolest of cats. I had some of the most HILARIOUS times with my co-workers, including this girl! Here’s a sweet pic of Tracy (T$) and I in Argentina. Circa Fall 2004:

At the time we started traveling together for work in 04, she had just started dating Steve. One fabulous wedding and seven years later (OMG, I cannot believe it’s been that long!!!), here they are with their beyond GORGEOUS family…

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’ve always wanted a sister. So it makes me soooo happy these girls, Anna and Molly, will always have each other…

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…and their new lil’ sista, Baby Tessa!

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I can only imagine all the fun these little gals will have growing up together. I hope Tracy and Steve have a hugggge room filled with princess dresses and tea party accessories. Soooooo cuuuuute.

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In closing, here is what Baby Tessa thinks of August photo shoots:

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Hahaha! Absolutely love her!

T$ and Steve, thanks so much for bringing the dolls out to the farm to see us! It was so much fun! xoxo!

Mucho love,
A$

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Dan and Cheril’s Hawaiian Wedding <3

Kurt and I are SOOOO fortunate to have traveled to Hawaii for the AMAZING wedding of Dan and Cheril. Many from the Quad Cities know and love Dan…he’s the greatest. He’s truly like a brother to everyone he meets. We were all THRILLED when Dan met Cheril after moving to Hawaii and when they announced their engagement!

Their wedding day was perfect, romantic, joyful and everything all weddings should be. And, from early morning until the end of the night, everything was absolutely lovely, including the bride!! I adore vintage jewelry and recognized the pearls as antiques right away. I asked Cheril and she explained they were her grandmother’s. <3 Love <3

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Cheril and Dan opted to do a first look in a gorgeous Waikiki park. I’ll save those images for them to share…except this one (I can’t resist).

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Since we had some time before the ceremony, we were able to do all of the bride and groom photos before we headed to the site. LOVE LOVE LOVE ALL OF THEM SOOO MUCH!!

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And how sweet is this? We were even able to make time to go to the very spot Dan proposed to Cheril overlooking the ocean. <3 Aloha, Paradise! I still can't believe people are lucky enough to actually LIVE here. This is only about ten minutes from their house!

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Their ourdoor ceremony was heartfelt and tear-FILLED, thanks to them writing their own super-sweet vows. Guests sat in perfect rows of little white chairs and the ceremony took place under a large tree with long strings of hanging flowers.

Now would be a good time to mention how much I loved the officiant. I introduced myself and politely asked the [dreaded] question, “Is there anything you wouldn’t like us to do during the ceremony?” (all the while praying he didn’t tell me to stay away from the altar area). “Yes,” he said sternly, leaning in closely. “Don’t miss anything!” he said with a HUUUGE smile. Soooo cute! I’m still laughing about it! LOVVVVE HIM!

Also, thanks to my own husband for capturing these fab images of Cheril and her parents. I literally shrieked with joy when I saw them after we got back to Iowa! Kurt hangs at the back of the ceremony site while I chill it out in the altar area with the groom to get some reaction shots.

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We have sooo many gorgeous ceremony photos but here are just some of my favorites.

The reception was so much fun! During our visit, Cheril was telling us that the Hawaiian culture is all about giving back. So if you take something from the land, give something back. They used earth-friendly themes throughout their adorable wedding and reception details. I thought it was such a cute idea.

And you could just feel the joy throughout the entire day and night; they are both loved so much by everyone.

AND, they even had fire dancers from the Polynesian Cultural Center! Awesome!

I will have more posts on our many Hawaiian adventures soon, but for now I wanted to share the gorgeous photos from their big day. I couldn’t imagine a lovelier couple or a more beautiful wedding day. We’re all sooooo happy for you!

Congrats to Dan and Cheril!! Thanks for having us be a part of it all! xoxo!

Much love,
Ann & Kurt

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HAPPPPPY ANNIVERSARRRRRIES TO ME!

I am celebrating not one but TWO anniversaries this week!

HAPPY THIRD ANNIVERSARY to the greatest husband in the world! Love this farmboy DEARLY (!!!). Can’t believe it’s been three years since our big barn dance!!

I’m still working on getting Kurt to commit to having a barn dance / anniversary party every year with a band, food, bar, Honky Tonk lemonades and dance floor.

It’s so funny how much our lives have changed in the years since we met (6 (omg) Eldridge Days ago…:)). My BFF’s were convinced we needed to meet since he was the perfect John Deere combine-driving farmboy and I had this “fabulous job” at John Deere. Ha. I like to tell him it was the ultimate bait and switch : ) He loves me. Fortunately.

Which brings me to my next point…

Happy one year away from the Corporate World to moi! Thank God!! I mean, YAYYY! Thanks to all of my friends, followers, clients, clients who’ve become friends/better friends/best friends, family, etc that have supported and encouraged me this ENTIRE year. You’re beyond amazing and I’m so thankful for ALL of you! Love you so much!

And a big thank you to my lovely husband who lets me stay home with our little guy and spend all his money figure out “necessary” ways to invest in the business. All of my fabulous equipment and training hasn’t come cheap. As in whatsoever. And we all know Kurt guards his wallet like a junk yard dog… You’re the best, babe. Love ya!

Finally, I believe all anniversaries should be spent out of town. Therefore, I’ll be spending these huge milestones in Maui and Oahu, Hawaii. OMG, I cannot wait! We are taking Kurt’s beloved iPad so I’ll be posting from there ; )

Love to all!! xoxo!
Ann

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LOVVVESSS AND HATTTESSS

Hola! It’s been so long since my last LOVVVVESSS/HATTTTESS update, I thought I’d post one :)

Love #1
iPads. OK, I admit I (kind of) made fun of Kurt for getting one. “When I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong…” I was convinced he’d rather just have a new laptop. Now I lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve the thing and I will diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiie if I don’t get one in the very near future. I love the guy dearly but two things we don’t share: closets and electronics. He keeps his things wayyy too neat and tidy. ME + (my own) iPad = LOVE!

Love #2
Now & Laters. They are soooo good. LOVE!

Love #3
Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray. Someone with extensive good product knowledge told me to acquire this last year! I always meant to but kept forgetting. Mistake! Now I bought some and I looooovvvvvve it!!!!! It is supposed to (and actually does!) make your hair LOOK like you just swam in the ocean. LOVE!

Hate #1
The road construction on 53rd. OMG, it’s bad (for Iowa)!

Hate #2
Packing! I always wait until the last minute and then forget stuff. Kurt’s already packed of course. Maybe I will post a photo of his suitcase for fun : ) Remember in Sleeping With The Enemy when Julie Roberts opens the cabinet and all of the cans are in order, labels out. It’s pretty much just.like.that. : )

Hate #3
Twitter post-Casey Anthony trial. It’s so boring now!

Hope everyone is having a great week! Mucho love to all!!
Ann : )

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Happy Birthday #3, Nolan!

Mr. Nolan celebrated his third birthday at the beginning of June!  I was so sad I couldn’t attend his party, as I was participating in an intense lighting workshop out of town.  :(

Nolan LOVVVVES trains.  Loves!  His lovely mama is sweet enough to often take him to the train yard in Rock Island to watch the trains.  She had the idea to do his three-year pics there and I, of course, am absolutely DYING OVER THEM!!

Here they are :)

Thanks so much, Merissa and Nolan!  xoxo!!  ~Ann

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