Thursday, September 8, 2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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
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!
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Thursday, August 11, 2016
This year I am offering 3 days to choose from. November's date* will be more Holiday/winter themed.
**DATE CHANGE - OCTOBER 22
NOVEMBER 12 - ALMOST FULL
*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
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.
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.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
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.
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.
Friday, July 8, 2016
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.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
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Monday, June 13, 2016
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!
Posted by Julie at 4:36 PM
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
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.
Posted by Julie at 11:34 PM
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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.
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Monday, June 29, 2015
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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.
Posted by Julie at 10:03 AM
Thursday, July 3, 2014
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!
Posted by Julie at 2:13 PM
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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.
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.
Posted by Julie at 2:02 PM
Monday, October 21, 2013
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.
Posted by Julie at 10:19 PM
Thursday, September 19, 2013
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!
Posted by Julie at 7:21 AM
Monday, September 16, 2013
Congratulations Austin and Adrienne!
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Monday, May 20, 2013
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!
Posted by Julie at 10:24 PM
Thursday, March 21, 2013
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 email@example.com or by phone at 402.719.0405 .
Posted by Julie at 1:43 PM
Sunday, February 17, 2013
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.
Posted by Julie at 8:05 PM
Monday, November 19, 2012
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!
Posted by Julie at 2:22 PM
Thursday, November 8, 2012
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!
Posted by Julie at 10:02 PM
Thursday, November 1, 2012
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?
Posted by Julie at 10:06 PM
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?
Posted by Julie at 1:18 PM