Thursday, September 8, 2016

A Beautiful Heart


Every baby is a miracle, but it was my personal joy to snuggle brave little Kate. She is a baby that I have prayed for and petitioned the Lord on her behalf, and to hold her in my arms and take pictures of her adoring family was one of those special moments in time that you tuck away into your heart. 

















Tuesday, August 30, 2016

valuable

In many ways I lead a small, but valuable life. It is unlikely (although I'm more than happy to keep the option open!) that you will ever see my name on a list of top grossing photography businesses in the metro area. But that is ok with me, because of you. My clients friends.

Through something that can only be described as grace, you trust me with your greatest treasures: the ones you love, your most memorable days, and even those incredibly special and intimate moments of new life, sweet blessings before you walk down the isle, tear-filled gift exchanges from the heart, and so much more.

This has been a special week of pictures (more to come) but one of the reasons is because of this sweet family. Knowing that Jill's loves pictures and places a high value on them, I really wanted to make sure it was perfect for her. As expected, they showed up looking beautiful (and handsome) and being sweet as ever.

Here's a little peek of our fun!



If you are interested in booking a session this fall don't wait! Session slots are filling quickly. I also currently have a limited number of mini sessions available. Click here to find out more!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fall and Christmas Mini Session Announcement!

It almost my absolute favorite time of year; autumn! I love everything about it. The crisp nights, fresh apples, chili in the crockpot, days at the pumpkin patch, football, and family photo season!

We are currently booking both Full and Mini sessions this fall! What’s the difference, you ask?

Full sessions are perfect for updating your family's gallery because:
-      Starting with a consultation, we talk through what you love doing together, where you are most comfortable, and how you envision your session.
-      Next we pick a time and location together and custom fit your session just for you, including ideas for outfits if you’d like! Have an idea? Tell me about it!
-      The session length is flexible and relaxed with time to play and re-energize the family with snacks if needed.

These are perfect for documenting activities your family likes to do together, updating group and individual photos, and creating unique and memorable pictures. Full sessions start at $450.

 Mini sessions* are fabulous because:
-      You get a quick updated picture to send off to Grandma or use for Christmas cards
-      Dates, locations and sets are pre-planned.
-      All you need to do is show up ready to smile and have some fun.

Mini Sessions times are limited to 20 minutes and are $175.

This year I am offering 3 days to choose from.  November's date* will be more Holiday/winter themed.

SEPTEMBER 17
**DATE CHANGE - OCTOBER 22
NOVEMBER 12 - ALMOST FULL



Available Dates
*Pictures will be back in time for Christmas Cards

*Mini sessions are only offered 1-2 times per year and appointments are limited. Book now to reserve your spot!



Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Friend for Life

There are some people in life that from the moment you meet, you know you'll be lifelong friends.

That wasn't the case with Jessica.

Jessica and I met when I was 14 years old at a summer missionary training camp. I thought she was adorable, fun loving, adventurous and great friend material.

She couldn't stand me.

Thankfully I knew nothing of that, and the next year at the same camp when I found out who my roommates were, I was excited! You guessed it - Jessica. Her feelings as you can imagine, weren't quite on the same level, but that year as roommates we had so much fun together that it launched us into not only friends, but sisters on some level.

Seriously.

Like Sisters.

She starting going on family vacation with us.

We continued to go to camp together, but then branched out to working with inner city youth at a camp in Michigan, piling into an overloaded back seat and driving through to visit family in South Carolina, spent many nights sleeping over at each other's houses, survived manual transmission driving lessons, prepped for big celebrations like home school banquets and graduation parties, and she was at my side the day I married my sweetheart.

We have walked beside each other through falling in love, hearts broken, wanting babies, having babies, family hardships, and so many other moments.

I'm thrilled that we are now celebrating another momentous event- the celebration of a new life!

Jessica is radiant.








Love ya girl and can't wait to meet your little sweetheart. 


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Hope

While every session touches my heart in a certain way, there are some that strike very close to home.

I haven't talked about it here much, but for the majority of our 15 year marriage, Anthony and I have struggled with infertility.

Even though I know that every baby is precious, when I found out I was pregnant with both my babies it seemed extra special. Throughout the long wait in-between Tucker and Adeline, I felt like God pointed me to these verses.

Romans 5:2-5
2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.


I think what I am trying to say is that often when we have to sit in the expanse of waiting, it makes the answer even more precious to us.

When I saw this picture it evoked an emotion in me. Maybe no one else will see it the same, but when I saw it there were elements that felt like my journey. 

Much of the time we were going through infertility we didn't know anyone else that had/currently struggled. We felt so alone and distant. 

Even though there was bits of light (hope) that shined through, there is a sense of darkness surrounding even my memory of those years.


When we found out we were pregnant, we could barely believe it. There was so many moments reflecting on both what we had been through as well as our unbelievable joy to be expecting a baby.



We could not be more excited for Luke and Heather and cannot wait to share their joy when they welcome their sweet little girl.






Friday, July 8, 2016

You Give me Fever

Even though I have a smallish baby currently, snuggling sweet baby Salem was about enough to give me baby fever all over again. Salem rocked his newborn session. He was so sleepy and calm and beautiful. If every baby was like this I would do this all day long every day.


Thanks for all the snuggles, Salem! 


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Gutzmann

Quinn and Nate are one of the sweetest couples you will ever meet. In many ways they are perfect examples of the old adage "opposites attract" but they embrace their differences beautifully. Quinn is bubbling over with life, while Nate quietly comes along beside gently caring for those around him. Family surrounded them with lots of love and laughter and the celebration had me smiling all day long, just grateful to be a part of it all. Quinn is the queen of details; everything was in place from matching monogrammed tank tops for the bridal party to the most amazing transformation of hometown gym that I have ever seen! Grandpa and Grandma came for a first look that was so emotionally beautiful it had us all tearing up, then Grandpa took Quinn to the church in his beautifully restored pickup he picked because it was the same year as the one he met his beautiful bride. The flower girl and ring bearers provided so many adorable moments and giggles. All in all it was a textbook example of a perfect day.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Desiree's Quincenanera

This weekend I had the honor of photographing my first ever Quinceanera! Even though the weather was HOT, it was wonderful. Desiree is a beautiful girl inside and out, and there is no question that her family loves her and each other dearly.

Here is a little sneak peek!



Thank you Nancy for allowing me to be a part of your special day!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Documenting Life

I love it when I get to follow a client along life's journeys. Every milestone feels a bit personal to me along the way, and being trusted to document those milestones is a joy, as well as a responsibility I take seriously.

Being able to take Jen's maternity pictures was a gift. I've taken Jen's pictures before there was Steve. Then, when he (literally!) came into the picture I got to take their engagement pictures and celebrate with them on their wedding day. If felt only natural to share in their joy of bringing a new little life into the world.






Tuesday, September 8, 2015

An answered prayer

Last night I got the opportunity to document a miracle! This sweet little one is an answer to so many many prayers, and I couldn't be happier for her little family.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Family

This has been a busy year of changes for my sister's family, and with all the changes comes lots of pictures. So far we've gotten to take maternity pictures, newborn pictures, and now family pictures. Here is the happy little family all together.

M is soooo protective of W. I tried to get her to let him stay with me, but she was adamantly against that idea. In fact, she was so upset about the idea that I had to quickly change the subject! It is clear that she is thrilled with the addition.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

The baby girl is having a baby boy!

My baby sister is an adorable pregnant mama, don't you think? I was so excited to shoot her maternity pictures last night. She is 39 weeks pregnant, so we have been worrying a little about the baby coming before the pictures, but like a good little boy he waited for us. Some friends of Tom and Katie's allowed us to use their beautiful farm in northeast Nebraska and the weather and light cooperated beautifully. There were so many great pictures of Katie and Miss M, so I had to narrow it down and just share a few, but I hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Family

It is no secret that I enjoy taking pictures. What you may not know is that I also love people-watching. It's really one of my favorite past-times. Humans do funny things. However, family-watching is my absolute favorite. Family interactions bring so much more emotion to the table than just watching people at the mall. Seriously - three words - King of Queens. Need I say more? Really, when you think about it, many popular shows on TV are all about families and their reactions to life together.


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I love when families start to giggle together. You know, that little giggle that starts and then ripples through the rest of the crew.
I love the ornery moments.
I love when I can catch on film the true personalities.
I especially love the tender moments.

This family gave me all my favorites all in one shoot. Tender love, waves of giggles, and a little bit of ornery for good measure.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Documenting Family

I often hear people say some member of their family would like pictures (usually mom) but they just hate the process of trying to coordinate everyone's outfits, locations, nap schedules, work demands etc. Couple that with the empty promises we tell ourselves of losing 10 lbs, looking 10 years younger and finding the perfect outfit, and family pictures can be hard to schedule.

Believe me, I completely understand! I am right there with you.

That is why when a beautiful family like this one goes to all the effort to make a photo session happen, I really appreciate it. I love documenting their love for each other, funny interactions they have, the special way they can make each other smile, their inside jokes, and how they know right where the ticklish spots are to get the biggest belly laughs. I am so grateful that they let me in on their special family moments so I could freeze time for that instant.


Thanks for trusting me with your family memories. I can't wait to do it again.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

V Family

The first time I met this family was the night I took their pictures, but I knew already they were kind and generous people. Tiffany came my way after a charity benefit and silent auction for http://www.littlegiantsfoundation.org/ to help Emily.

I loved every minute of our session together. The kids were so sweet with each other, quick to smile, and playful. One of my favorite things is when kids have their own posing ideas. Sometimes those end up being my favorite pictures!

Anyway, enough chatter from me. Enjoy the sneak peek!

Monday, September 16, 2013

I Do - Austin and Adrienne

One of the special things about being a photographer is when I get to photograph people close to me. I am so blessed to get to share in Austin and Adrienne's wedding. They are so great together and I love seeing young love and getting that special feeling that it is just going to grow and grow for years to come.


Adrienne was a bride that was always thinking of those around her on her wedding day. Absolutely beautiful inside and out. There were many special moments throughout the day that she went the extra mile to thank those she loves and build memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.

Congratulations Austin and Adrienne!








Monday, May 20, 2013

Carnival Fun

One of my goals for the year is to keep the creative fire alive. Sometimes life can get routine so this year when the carnival came to town I knew it was time for a fun personal challenge - family pictures at the carnival!

This sweet and adorable family was amazing. They were willing to go with this non-traditional idea and they rocked it! These are the moments I adore my job.







Thursday, March 21, 2013

Superhero Mini Sessions!

so much has happened recently and I am so excited! I just got back from WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Professionals International). I feel inspired and energized to take more pictures of your adorable kiddos!

In light of that, one of my most popular pictures has been of my son as Clark Kent. I believe that every child is a super hero in their own way. I love seeing their little personalities come out and encouraging each child's strengths. In light of that, I am opening a limited number of slots to take pictures of your little Hero!

Sessions will fill up quickly, so contact me soon by email at notesforjulie@gmail.com or by phone at 402.719.0405 .

Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Pep Talk

Blogging is one of my passions. I love having an outlet to share my joys, ideas, dreams, lessons, and thoughts with anyone patient enough to listen. It is a way to connect with other people that have similar passions, un-clutter my brain and transfer my ideas to paper, then hopefully to reality.

However, as often happens, life becomes busy, and "the squeaky wheel gets the grease" as my grandmother would say. In other words, what ever the next deadline is becomes the priority.

I wouldn't really call this a new years resolution, but rather a re-assessment of priorities, and making my goals become a reality. This year I hope to spend more time blogging, journaling, scrapbooking and writing my legacy one day at a time.
I hope to play more.
I hope to remember each day to ask myself if what I am working on is worth trading a day of my life for.
I hope to keep the creative fire alive to make absolutely beautiful works of art through photography; art that shares an emotion that doesn't need to be said, because when you look at the picture you just feel it.
I hope to inspire people to follow their dreams, even when they are hard.
I hope to give back more and support great causes.
I hope to have more fun! To laugh and dance like no one is watching. (You should know this is a big one. There is a reason you have never seen me dance!)
I hope to get in the picture more. I am not comfortable in front of the camera at all, but I preach a message of "Your children love you just how you are and want a beautiful picture of you." I want to listen to my own sermon and get tons of pictures of Tucker and I together without worrying about losing 10 lbs before getting in the picture.

In my goal of making this happen, I think I could use a pep talk (and I suspect you could use one too!) So, sit back, watch, be inspired, laugh, and then go make your dreams a reality.



Monday, November 19, 2012

Katie and Justin

I loved being able to be a part of Katie and Justin's love story. I've known Katie since she was a cute little brown-eyed girl. It was amazing to be able to photograph her now that she is a gorgeous brown-eyed lady. It may be redundant to continually say how much fun I have at each session, and how that one is my "favorite" but it is true. Each session is as different as the love story behind it, but like a love story, each one is incredible and special. I am looking forward to more photography fun with Katie and Justin in just a few months. Love ya guys!





Congratulations!
 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mike and Breanna

Today I had the chance to photograph such a gorgeous couple in the most perfect weather and sunlight you could imagine. I know I say this about every photoshoot (maybe I have ADD) but engaged couples are my favorite. Check it out for yourself!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Dan and Amy

Amy was one of the first people I met when my husband and I started attending our church. I am so thankful for her friendship and was honored to hang out with their cute little family. Aren't they beautiful together?


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wow, time is flying! Can anyone else believe that it is almost November?

 I know I say this repeatedly, but fall is my absolute favorite. I love the weather, food, holidays, decorations, colors, symbolism and traditions. I also adore photographing in the fall. There is something about the brown fields that not only signifies the harvest and God's abundant provision, but the neutral brown just look great in pictures.

 This cute little family is one of my neighbors and Tucker adores going to their property to play. Kids love being on the farm, don't they? As their mommy and I talked about pictures, we decided to just photograph them on their property and let them relax in their own environment. It turned out great! They were happy to give me a "tour" of the farm as I happily snapped away pictures and they showed me some great locations along the way for backgrounds. Helps when you have such cute subjects, don't you think?






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