Thursday, December 2, 2010

Handsome Dude

Meet an amazing kid. I teach piano, this is one of my students. He cracks me up with an amazing sense of humor. A month or so ago he turned 12, a milestone in the Mormon religion, and received the Aaronic Priesthood. We captured this important time of his life. That smile melts! Watch out Mom!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thirteen Reasons to Brave the Cold

I met with this family last weekend. I serve with lovely lady in the photo above in the Primary at our church. This motley crew is their family. It was beyond cold that day, later on we had freezing sleet and rain! I was sweating the details during this photoshoot. The lighting was terrible, very dim and gray. I put my camera to the limits bumping up the ISO to cra-zay levels. Excuse the graininess. We were only outside less than 40 minutes. For 13 folks that is amazing! Course, there were too many photos to choose from, check out their complete album by clicking on the Franken link on the right-hand sidebar. So much fun you guys! Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Brrrr! It was super cold during this session. Justin was out deer hunting while I stayed snug at home, until venturing out for an hour. I met this cute family out near their farm North of Sidney. They had a perfect row of colorful trees to break up the gray monotones. I loved that the youngest gal wanted photos with her prize hen. Can you tell we were all cold? The red noses are a pretty good indicator!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Close Call

Goodness! These two boys are so adorable. Big brother was so attentive to little brother. The little guy was not so keen about me, even after a pack of smarties he nearly teared up everytime I got near. No real smiles from him...maybe next time. I was excited about my new crocheted flat cap, a vintage car, and an old abandoned lot; vision completion. A couple hours after this photoshoot we received about 4 inches of heavy snow. I was sweating bullets knowing that little kids don't like the cold much. I think this was the shortest photoshoot at 25 minutes. It was cold, getting dark fast, and the baby was not so happy. Short does not equal lack of images! This turned out to be a favorite. My photo loader is acting up so check out their web album for more photos!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Phew! This little slugger put me through my paces. His parents are athletes in the greatest sense of the word, baseball? Yep, a family passion. I hauled about 3/4 of my studio over to this little man's home for his photoshoot. I was so excited after walking in to see a large south facing sliding door letting in some soft gorgeous light. I took over the kitchen table, ripped up the room temp to a balmy 85 and went to work. I had to work fast because this little guy was feisty and not very sleepy. Two or three hours later I was satisfied with my captures. So perfect! My favorite set was the white outfit which belonged to his grandfather when he was a wee little one. I loved the sense of family ties that portrait entails. Welcome to the world little slugger!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

5 lbs of Itty Bitty

Wow! I am in love with this little lady! She was amazing, slept nearly the entire session. At birth she weighed about 5 two weeks she was still oh so tiny. She allowed me to try out some fun poses. Little Miss A brought along her two proud older brothers. Anyone else feeling baby hungry after seeing these? LOL!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Cool Old Couch

An old couch. Lusting after the idea for ages. My amazing friend found one for me and let me practice on her family. Her kiddos are so cute. The sweet, little firecracker is my daughter's best friend. She usually NEVER smiles for my camera, this time ice cream bribes worked. We had some fun times with these goofy folks. Say Cheese! if you dare.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Grove of Yellow Trees

I've searched for over a month for some autumn trees. Monday I located a perfect spot, probably the only stand of trees in a 20 mile radius. A couple days later...a photo shoot. I commend the mom of this family on picking the perfect color scheme for this setting. We met at 9 am to rush through this shoot due to pending rain. The last couple frames were in the rain. I love the diffused light an overcast day offers, combined with some moisture in the air to deepen colors, phew, I was in heaven. These kiddos are very well-behaved. They let me boss them around. My son was in the baby backpack acting as the perfect attention getter. Well, he is pretty darn cute.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Lovely Autumn

Autumn is the perfect time for family photos. The amazing mixture of reds, yellows, gold, orange, and green make a perfect palette for a photo...or two. I do miss the Utah mountain aspen trees and explosion of color, however, even Nebraska has little spots here and there full of color. I spotted this location a couple weeks ago scouting for some fall color. It seemed to fit this family's personality. Aren't they amazing? We had a fun time trying out new poses and ideas. Check out their web album for more photos.