We all know about Flashback Friday, and I even quite enjoy seeing all the old photos! However, since there is nothing exactly vintage about my "flashback" work, I'll share some randomness with you instead. After all, it is my middle name..
I'll never forget the first time someone called me "random." I was an adult, and while I am always ready to roll with the punches, it was a bit startling. I honestly had no idea what that meant, but this person assured me it was a compliment. And that is how I have embraced it. Normal is boring. Being "odd and unpredictable in an amusing way" (quoting from the dictionary) is definitely more my style. Call me crazy, but I like being random.
Did you know I have done some graphic work? It's fun!
Here are a few images I have taken over the past few weeks... They also contain my new logo :)
And finally, a flash back to some of my favorite images of all time...
Have a blessed weekend <3
Who doesn't LOVE babies!? Especially cute pictures of adorable babies! Well thanks to the generous giveaways of Cute As A Button and Ash Nicole we have some new baby photo props! Since I believe in paying it forward, I am currently giving away a newborn session! Newborns are any children under 1 year, and you will be given printing rights to all 20 of the edited photos on your disc. enter to win now through May 1st! Winner will be announced on my blog (here) on May 2nd!
Don't have a baby? You can win it and give it to someone who does! This will be an in home, lifestyle shoot so that means I come to you. Only asking two things:
1. The location is within a reasonable distance of my home bases of Avoca, WI, Westfield, WI and Saint Charles, IL (places I travel to frequently.)
2. The photo session must be completed by January 31st 2015. (Want to give mommies due in 2014 a fair chance.)
Have a question about the giveaway? Leave a comment here and I'll be happy to answer it!
Looking forward to the adorableness!!
Last Saturday morning dawned gloomy and chilly. Not a good day for outdoor sports according to my weather app, but just right for some engagement photos. I have a special respect for my clients who take my advice on what time of day to shoot, and 7am on a Saturday makes these two love birds official troopers in my book!
Kalie is an agronomist and Zach is a farmer who are planning their September 2014 wedding in rural Wisconsin. Definitely my kind of people :)
Weather in Wisconsin is C.R.A.Z.Y. I don't mean the cute, dessert before dinner crazy, but the "get me a straight jacket" crazy. It never fails. 60 degrees and raining one day, then 25 degrees and snowing the next. Like this past weekend was. Not to mention the week before last our village had 3 grass fire due to the dry conditions.
We know it will be this way, however we citizens never cease to be amazed. And flip out. Fresh snow= weather rant day on Facebook, and it means Nicole will be seen in her yard taking pictures when she lets the dog out. Most likely in some awkward position trying to catch the sun just right. Clockwork I tell you, mad-hatter clock work!
I tell you this because I find it all particularly amusing, and it means I get to share more photos with you. Aren't you lucky! You have also noticed that this is entitled Vol. 1. Just like there will be more rants, there will be more weather and more photos. Come back again soon ;)
Iced over trees on a quiet back road.
The quick springing grass knows it will have victory over the paralyzing snow. It just has to make it one more day....
Germinated sunflower seeds making a valiant effort!
Bring on the Spring!
My grandfather has been passed away over a year now. I was 24 at the time and have an abundant number of memories of and with him. One of these, or many depending on how you add it up, involve birds. He taught me how to identify many species by look and sound, what to feed them and even a bit on habitats and bird houses. The Audubon Field Guides he gave us were some of my favorite books growing up, I could spend hours paging through and learning about flowers, plants, animals and birds. I'll admit trees were not my favorite, but I tried. I never did tell him about the hours I spent hunting down edible plants and tasting them. I'd like to think he would have gotten a good laugh out of it, and maybe been a little proud. I distinctly remember him being proud of me for two things- getting my hollyhocks to grow larger than he had ever been able to and when I could identify the bird he pointed out to me. He is the reason I know the difference between an egret, a heron, and a crane. It was a part of my childhood that I shall treasure, and hopefully pass on to any children in my life.
On a recent trip to visit my Grandmother, we spent the majority of our time watching the birds out the patio doors of the house she and Grandpa built. We, of course, couldn't remember and identify the array of sparrow species like Grandpa could, but it was an enjoyable way to reminisce still.
The Red-Winged Black bird was the first bid Grandpa taught me to identify when we took our walks around the pond.
Chickadees, named for their distinct call, are one of the non-migratory birds we enjoy all year long.
Mourning Doves are graceful a shy.
Whereas the Grackle is loud and bold.
The male cardinal is scoping out the Safflower seeds and sunflower seed hearts.
Adding to the festivities are the comical grey squirrels and the chipmunks. They've grown quite fat on their free smorgasbord when Grandpa gave up fending them off.
Grandpa loved his birds. XO
L.O.V.E. How much fun it is to capture! You can really tell a couple who is truly in love by the little things. Sure the big gestures are wonderful, but the touch of a hand, a smile or a look- that is where I see love in these couples. Not all are married or engaged, but they are all in love <3
John and Jordan are two good friends, nay family, of mine that were married this year. While I was a guest and not their "official photographer" I couldn't resist breaking out the camera to capture the night! They've got moves and their Gangam Style dance was epic, not to mention in tune!
Bonus moment when John serenaded Jordan and there was not a dry eye to be found in the house!
Ashley and Alan are engaged and very excited for their wedding in June!
Cody and Mara have promised to love each other, and they are quite adorable together!
Young love is not to be discounted especially when it burns so strongly!
Jamie and Brandon
Willa and Brody
So many amazing couples! You can get giddy from drinking it all in!
Majestic, proud, glorious, noble, triumphant- just a few words used to describe the eagle. Whatever words you may use there is no doubt in the emotion and pride the animal invokes on the beholder.
Hope is no different. Her keen eyes and graceful flight awe-inspired a crowd of over 100 people this weekend as she was returned to the wild. The journey had been a hard on for her. In early January Hope was found weak and disoriented by Wautoma, WI resident Candy Bandt. Thankfully she was rescued in time! The staff at Raptor Educational Group Inc (REGI) were able to diagnose her aliment as lead poisoning and put her through the intense treatment to reverse it's affects. During the interim 2 months Hope's friends and supporters were able to raise $1900 towards her treatment and was donated directly to REGI.
After a delay due to extreme cold weather in the area, Hope was triumphantly released back into her wild territory on March 8th 2013. I was very thankful to have witnessed this event and behold the graceful swoop of eagle wings as Hope sailed off into the sunshine. It was a very brief moment, however it is one I shall not forget.
Everyone waited patiently for Hope's arrival.
Candy Bandt with DNR Warden Ben Mott, Veterinarian Kristina Mott, fellow benefactor Chip Hutler and REGI representatives Steve and Evie Fisher. Steve gave us an insightful speech on Hope and her rehabilitation before she was released.
Finally it was time, and Hope made her entrance.
After her crate was opened we waited with bated breath. The seconds felt like minutes. One quick peek, and then she was OFF!
Off into the wild where she belongs, however I do not feel she will be quickly forgotten. The community and collaboration Hope has inspired will have long lasting results. Thank you Candy for the invite, it was a pleasure to have taken part!
Since my website and blog have officially launched in 2014, I though I would spend some time re-capping 2013. Plus, the cabin fever is setting in from the long winter and looking at pictures of happy people in warm weather makes me happy too! Shining, smiling faces all around!
Just as much as I love photographing, I love seeing new places and new things! From Prairie du Chien and Boscobel, WI up to Oxford and Baraboo, WI this year. Parks I never knew existed, small family farms covered in dust and stories, and some amazing historical buildings. Not to mention, the glorious scenery that is our fair state! A little secret, I was not born in Wisconsin.. That being said, I'm pretty sure that makes my bias for this state un biased ;)
Thank you to all of my wonderful families of 2013! It is always a pleasure and you fill me with joy!
I'm really not much of a writer; especially about myself. Which is a bit ironic considering my love for all things lexicographical. Creativity does come in spurts however; and since it is not a spigot you can just turn on and off, I will use that as an excuse! In the essence of Dr. Spock, the beginning is a logical place to start and all good books begin with a prologue. Here is what I feel you need to know about me so we can become well acquainted :)
Photography is not something I am classically trained in. I did not painstakingly study it for years and become an expert. For me, photography is art, and art is something I feel. Don't get me wrong, you have to know what you are doing, but passion is my driving force. I've had some scoff at specific photos because they aren't "perfect" as deemed by a textbook. The persons in said photos however were overjoyed with them because they "caught the emotions and essence of the moment." I tell you this, not simply to "toot" my own horn, but to emphasize why I do this. It's not for the money or the fame- it's a love of the game!
Which brings me to another sensitive subject. If you don't like my work- that is okay! As an art form, my photos will not appeal to everyone. I have a specific style, as does any other person in the biz. It's just the truth and there is no shame in preferring one piece of art over another. If you are in the market for a photographer be sure to do your homework! Photos are not shirts you can take home and return if you don't like them. Check out their work; what you see is most likely what you will get. We should be as picky about this as we are about what we put on our sandwiches! (Go mayo!!)
The photos I would like to share with you today are not my best work, nor are they very high quality, they are however my firsts. First photos with my first digital camera. They remind me of where I started and how far I have come <3