Friday, September 30, 2011

day 606 | mr & mrs harmon

introducing mr & mrs josh & mindy harmon.  a perfect fall day - complete with fall wind!  however, nothing stopped them from smiling!  there was even a visit from their little dog - gunner!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

day 605 | alex

back on the editing track - for today anyway.  i am also charging batteries like something fierce.  i have 48 rechargeable batteries and they are all magically dead at the same time.  how does this happen?  well half of them are on the charger - the rest get switched in the morning.  bring on the weddings! 

and this is alex - one of my seniors from last week.  i love overcast skies.  fall is my favorite season.  perfect weather (well minus the rain - and the wind) and perfect lighting!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

day 604 | editing break

today i took a break from editing.  it was well-deserved.  i'm almost caught up.  so far, i only have one wedding, one newborn, and two seniors to edit.  of course, i'm also going into five weddings in the next fifteen days.  maybe i should have rethought that break!  ah well - look at these two.  they're practicing for dancing with the stars!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

day 603 | the litchfields

remember last friday when i said i was in love with this sessions?  well i still am!  today i had the chance to sit down and finish editing and i had such a hard time figuring out my favorites.  i think i have it narrowed down to these three.  this couple was so amazing to work with!  i can't wait to meet their newborn! 

Monday, September 26, 2011

day 602 | chase

can you tell that i've been editing like CRAZY?!  lots of new faces on the blog these last two weeks.  and more to come.  just a matter of getting caught up.  this is chase!  he's going to be ONE.  it took awhile for him to warm up this session - but once we let him outside, he started smiling right away!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

day 601 | kicks

had an adorable maternity shoot with melissa who is awaiting the arrival of miss lilly.  i am adoring these shoes!  and all i can think of is the song by foster the people called pumped up kicks. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

day 599 | new life

i love fall.  i'll admit, this session was cold and it was rainy (in fact, at one point we were contemplating whether we should just quit or dodge the raindrops).  this mom-to-be just hung right in there and we ended up with some GORGEOUS shots.  there will be more to blog about - i promise!  especially if i ever get caught up on editing :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

day 598 | sleep

when tyson and i were trying to decide whether or not we wanted to have kids (which seems like eons ago), we made our list of pros and cons.  one of the biggest pros was that our kids would have family - lots and lots of family.  i grew up as an only child and my family (everyone besides my parents and my grandparents) lived over six hours away.  that being said - my family is pretty large - and even though we didn't live close to the majority of them, they still had a big influence on my life.  tyson had the same experience - only he had a lot more relatives that lived close by.  realizing that my parents were getting older, and our grandparents were getting older - that's partly why we chose to have kids when we did.  we wanted our kids to experience as much family as they could so when they got older - that's what their memories were.  thankfully, both of our kids have had more family experiences than any two little kids could ever ask for.  when our children were born - they had ELEVEN living grandparents.  that number dwindled to nine and yesterday, that number dwindled to eight.

my grandma hasn't quite been the same for years since they diagnosed her with alzheimer's.  in fact, not long before i got married, i remember getting in a huge argument with her because she was driving on the wrong side of the road and she was absolutely SURE she was driving on the right side of the road.  needless to say it was the last time i rode with her because she WAS driving on the wrong side of the road.  so although my grandma and i haven't necessarily been close over the course of the last decade - the one thing i'm thankful for is the time she got to spend with my kids.  when she couldn't remember anything else - she could remember their names and her face lit up when they came in the room.  they would fight over who got to tell her about what was going on their life first - and i'm thankful they both got to tell her about their first days of school.  after all, who gets to go to school and say you have nine living grandparents (and they're all biological grandparents!).

although you always wish there was more time - the fact that her life ended in absolute peace is all anyone can really ask for.  goodbye grandma!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

day 597 | rock the dress

 there are two types of bridal sessions you can do AFTER your wedding .... one - trash the dress.  a trash the dress session is where you go and completely "trash" your dress.  you get dirty - you could get wet - the chances are - you won't be using that dress again.  two - rock the dress.  a rock the dress session is where you have the best of intentions in not "ruining" your dress - but it will most likely get a little dirty!  thank goodness for awesome cleaners :)  jill definitely rocked her dress!  (and in this top picture - i kind of see an isla fisher look-a-like)!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

day 596 | aidan

running behind - again.  ah well - what's seven sessions?!?  haha.  i'm enrolled in a photoshop class right now - which isn't a big deal - except rather than taking the full course over a couple of week - i did the week long course which is 11-6 every single day this week.  not a big deal - except you all know my focus levels.  by about 12:30 - i'm done listening and tuned out.  oops!  today aidan came to visit me - he's an absolute doll.

Monday, September 19, 2011

day 595 | headshots

we had the privilege of working with bandbox to create some headshots for their sales team.  the nice thing about headshots is that they only take about 5-10 minutes to do - and you get the rights to use them for your business (which means business cards / brochures / advertising / etc). 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

day 594 | weston

i met this little guy at a wedding a couple of months ago.  he was all smiles then and although he wasn't ALL smiles on friday - we still got a few smiles out of him! :) 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

day 593 | trent heart sarah

i had the pleasure of shooting trent & sarah's wedding today.  this wedding was AH-MAZING!  of course, i would expect nothing less!!  i cannot stress enough how important first meetings are with your photographer.  we met trent and sarah not long after they were engaged.  our meetings continued through the year, including several photo sessions with the gorgeous daughter rosina.  when i walked into the wedding on saturday - i felt like i was there with friends - making my job a whole lot easier! the day just flowed perfectly.

i haven't had a chance to go through the hundreds of pictures we took - however, this one caught my eye.  it was so cute because pastor forgot to say "you may kiss the bride" - so right before they walked up the aisle - they were able to sneak in a quick kiss!

Friday, September 16, 2011

day 592 | rock the dress

i had SIX sessions today.  yes, six.  plus i have been sick with an ear infection all week.  so although i couldn't hear at any of my sessions - i had a blast!  my favorite kind of sessions are rock the dress sessions .... of course, i love doing weddings - but i specifically like when you're not worried about getting your dress a little dirty :)  meet jill - she got married a couple of months ago.  a friend of mine (NORA) shot the wedding and i had the pleasure of doing our first "un-photo booth" ... basically we came in, sat up lights, and told people to smile (it worked!).  nora does an AMAZING job and she's super friendly - so i recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer!!  jill was just helping us out on some modeling we are doing for our website - so she volunteered to get her dress dirty again :) 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

day 591 | tough guy

last one of this session before i put it away!  did i mention how much fun this session was?!?  climbing on the train tunnel / snowmobiles / dirtbikes / lens flares ... yeah, i'm pretty excited! :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

day 589 | us

i've been told i never put pictures of us up - so today's picture of the day - US

Monday, September 12, 2011

day 588 | coolest job in the world

i was just informed by my children that i have the COOLEST job in the world!  and then they proceeded to tell austin how cool he was.  :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

day 587 | kids party

i'm only running a week behind in posting some pictures from the kids party.  here's the majority of the kids - some are missing from the picture - but the majority are there.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

day 584 | grand march

finally getting caught up on my wedding editing.  perfect - bring on wedding season :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

day 583 | last day :(

today is gabby's last day :(
she's has been with us ever since we got married - and she's what got me thru moving to tomah. every up and down.  today's definitely a down :(

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

day 581 | wedding dress

spent most of memorial day cleaning house and then ended up spending the rest of it taking my grandma to the hospital in la crosse.  they still aren't sure what's going on ... so only time will tell.  i have my week set up to finish editing this beautiful wedding! 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

day 580 | sparkler

had the annual kids party today!  it was a blast!  after party was fun too until this little man got burnt on his sparkler :(

Saturday, September 3, 2011

day 579 | babies

we have all kinds of babies lately.  tiny babies - like our 7 day old ... and bigger babies - like our 6 month old repeat customer!  our pricing is almost updated AND my genius husband (he's standing here making me say that part) figured out a way to give our repeat customers an AWESOME deal!  stay tuned for your newsletter coming on tuesday!!! :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

day 578 | 4hrs 23mins

do you know how much can be accomplished in 4hrs 23mins?!?  a ton!!!!!!!  i am slowly getting caught up :)  so here's a few previews of what i've done lately.  macey had her baby - aiden.  isn't he a doll?!?  senior - tyler.  and 4m old baby ryan - another doll i had the pleasure of shooting!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

day 577 | first day of school

today went much smoother than i could have ever imagined (especially after the nervous breakdown we had to deal with last year)!  but a year makes all the difference! :)  tegan woke up, got ready, ate breakfast, and ran out the door.  we got to school and he asked me to walk him in - proceeded by the lip starting to quiver and then he asked me if he could just homeschool.  BUT - as soon as got him to his room he ran right in and started talking to his friends .... so i took advantage of that and snuck out the door!

tatum doesn't get picked up until 11:30am - and she was sooooooo excited!  the day started with her running around the house yelling excitedly "I AM DOING TO SCHOOL TODAY!!!"  the excitement continued right out to waiting for the bus.  the bus pulled up, she went running and jumped right on, and although she seemed a little nervous at that point - she kept right on smiling!  whew - complete success!