Sunday, December 26, 2010

Heather's Baby Bump - Proofs Are Ready!

I wanted to get these done before little Parker arrives, it sounds like it won't be very long.  This was my first maternity session......I look forward to many more!  Oh....Baby Parker you are welcome anytime - everyone is ready for you!

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Skinner & Klaas....take a sneak peek!

What a cool idea.....Sisters Lydia & Staci had - they did a session of just the 4 kids for their parents as a surprise for Christmas!  They had to be sneaky since we did the session at their parents house, but it all worked out with a lot of phone calls & a curious mom - I swear she knew you girls were up to something!!!  She'll know soon enough & I'm sure she'll love them.

There were 4 kiddos - Sam, Colby, Britlynn & Gavin!  It was a good time!  Lydia & was nice catching up with you - Staci....I say if you find something you love, go for it - it will truly change your view on things.  Enjoy the sneak peek.

I'm excited that tonight I booked my second wedding for 2011......The first one is New Years Day....yes, in one week!  I'm stoked & have a lot of picture viewing to do....I do have a ton of ideas but want to have my first Wedding Session be amazing for Sue & Don!  I appreciate the referral, Miss Abby!  You just earned yourself a FREE 8x10!  Thank you!

I'm almost done with Heather's Baby Bump pictures & I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of Parker (probably not nearly as much as his mama, though)

Those of you who know me, know that I just love love love quotes - so I found one yesterday that just so applies to me right now
"We all need someone who gives us the courage to be who we we're meant to be"

A huge thank you for everyone who has believed in me & told me to go for it - I couldnt be more happy with my choice & the way things are working out!

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Everyone Have a Very Merry CHRISTmas!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Austin & Ella....Proofs are Ready!!

Finally......Austin & Ella's Winter Wonderland Proofs are ready from a few weeks ago!!  I'll keep this short because I promised the gallery about an hour ago :) This was a fun session & I got a lot of good ones of these cuties - a few of my favs are them making snow angels & how precious is the one of Ella with her Mommy!  I just love this one too.....
I look forward to doing some Spring or Summer Pictures with them....I can  imagine lil Ella in a sundress cute as a button.....posing!  It'll be fun!


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Happy Christmas Week to everyone!  

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Miss Kinsey's Proof's are Ready!

What a cutie lil Miss Kinsey all got that from my 1st blog about the session with her!  She was full of life & Energy - Going through & selecting the proofs allowed me to relive the session & it just made me smile. 

She had surgery today - hope you get better soon lil Missy......I'm sure the Dr prescribed lots of Popsicles, Pudding & Jell-o, or atleast I hope they did for you and mommy both :)  Here are just a  few more of my favs from our session.  Enjoy!!

This is Super Precious to me too!!!

I just have a feeling that Mommy & Daddy have seen this face before....It seriously makes me laugh! Isn't she the cutest!

I'm still taking appointments for Winter Wonderland pictures & I do on locations sessions - your choice!  I have a lot in the works!  A lot of change is in the works to allow me to focus a little deeper on photography - my real passion!  I love learning & have been learning a ton with each session, Thank you everyone!

Austin & Ella's session will be posted next......then More Belly Pictures of Heather & Baby Parker will be joining us I will head to the hospital for a little time with this new bundle. 

I have 2 sessions this weekend, with the Skinners (& her sis' kiddos) and The Big '1' Birthday Boy, Jacob, who we joke is going to be my Son-in-law someday (just love that lil ham :) )

I am finally done with Christmas Cards!  I have the process down for next year.....Yay!!!  You're gonna love the designs available.

Also, Now available......Gift Certificates for sessions & those that want to buy prints - it's perfect because your loved ones can choose which pose they like best.  It will make a great Christmas Gift!

Taking New Appointments for:

*Family  *Newborn  * Maternity  *Children  *Senior  *Winter Wonderland  *Boudoir  * Engagement  *Wedding  *Commercial


Canvas/Gallery Prints  - Coffee Table Leather Bound Books - Proof Books - Holiday Cards - Birth Announcements - Graduation Cards - Save The Date & Other Wedding & Design - Business Cards - Thank you Cards - Birthday & Special Day Invites - Packages + much more!

Feel free to contact me directly:

Phone: 319.269.2480

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sneak Peek - Heather's Baby Bump!!

My first Maternity Session!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am so happy I was asked to capture this moment in Heather's life & the upcoming arrival of Baby Parker!  Pregnancy in general is truly beautiful & it looks fabulous on her! She is 36 weeks and all belly.....she is still so tiny as you can tell from these shots.  She was super patient with me as I tried all sorts of different poses & she still can move extremely well for being so prego!  Thanks again Heather, it was also nice catching up!  I hope you enjoy the sneak peek.....  You look great, girl!

I'm definetly looking forward to getting the call telling me you're on your way to the hospital - Can hardly wait to Capture his Newborn Session & for you to meet this lil boy!  Once you experience it, you'll realize why no one can quite describe it :)

Looking forward to this week & weekend for a session with The Skinner's kiddos + Birthday Boy Jacob!!!! & My brother, Skylar staying with us on Saturday!

Oh.....& thanks everyone for the birthday wishes!  You all rock & made my day with the flooding of messages!

Make it a great week & stay warm!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Awwwww Winter Wonderland (Part 2) - Sneak Peek of My New buddy & Cutie Pie Kinsey!

Part 2!!!!!!!!!!!!  Miss Kinsey

It's finally here.....SNOW!!!!  Some of us loving it, others who dread it - bottom line is that we live in Iowa & every year it comes & I am suuuuper Excited for more of it!!!  You've got to admit it does make everything beautiful, especially those first few hours!!!

I got my first two Snow Sessions booked on Friday as I watched the weather, anticipating the flurries! It finally came & what a perfect weekend to do was Clear Lake's Annual Christmas By The Lake - which in itself is Awesome!

After my session with Austin & Ella, I went on to meet up with the Newly 3 year old Cutie Pie Kinsey & her Mommy & Daddy!  She is a Super Smartie with an awesome Imagination (I love that about kids!!!) She loooooves Dora - so we were def on an Adventure Downtown Clear Lake and with Christmas By The Lake going on, we had plenty to do. 

It didn't take her long to warm up to me & we just had fun running, swingin, checking out the park & of course, we were searching for Jaguar! Don't ya just love this hat?!?

We went into the VF to warm up our buns a bit & her Mommy had brought a Christmas Dress + there was a Beautiful Tree up, which was an awesome addition to the session!  This is def going on some of my Christmas Card Advertisements in the future, well this & about every other picture I have gone through so far!  She is soooooo cute & smart - She says when we were talking about Christmas, the tree & presents - she says, "Feliz Navidad" which just made me giggle - At that point I said, I cannot wait to blog about her!!  I knew I would have plenty to say + it was nice catching up with Whitney, getting to know her Daddy & meet her Nina.

From there, her Daddy went outside & grabbed the John Deere sweatshirt (Go Green!!!!!) so we could get a few pictures in that too! These are some of my absolute favorites of the session.....You'll see why..... this sweatshirt & her lil Monkey hat were a Perfect combo!

I truly cannot wait for my next session with her & love the idea of doing it on Daddy's Farm this Spring or Summer! 

Thank you Whitney for also taking a few of my cards & agreeing to recommend me to others looking for a photographer especially for weddings & events (+ you'll get a free 8x10 for every referral, which is a total Bonus). 

If anyone needs help with Wedding or Event Planning - Contact Whitney with Blissful Events @!  

Enjoy & Comment away - cant wait to share the rest of these with you and your family!

Awwwww Winter Wonderland (Part 1) - Sneak Peek of Austin & Ella

It's finally here.....SNOW!!!!  Some of us loving it, others who dread it - bottom line is that we live in Iowa & every year it comes & I am suuuuper Excited for more of it!!!  You've got to admit it does make everything beautiful, especially those first few hours!!!

I got my first two Snow Sessions booked on Friday as I watched the weather, anticipating the flurries! It finally came & what a perfect weekend to do was Clear Lake's Annual Christmas By The Lake - which in itself is Awesome!

First I met up with Austin, Ella & Mama Lynn - Ella LOVES the camera & from the moment she saw I had it in my hands she pulled off her hat & gave me example after example of that dimpled smile of hers!  She was so excited to see Santa (so, even though he wasn't in his house for our session, there was a statue of Santa that she just had to have her pic with), pet the "goats" & ride the trolley!  We took a lil break to warm up at Cabin Coffee with some Hot Chocolate & then back outside we went!

Big Brother, Austin wasn't loving the camera, but thankfully I have a fast finger & my style is perfect for a kid like Austin, I caught a snowball fight & some pretty sweet Snow Angel's!!!  I think Lynn also bribed $2 for 5 shots!! & parents, if it works - lets do it!!!!  :) I also bought a bag full of candy before I went out! Candy = Bribery + good pictures :)

Best of all we had FUN!!  It was great catching up with you Lynn & thanks for your patience, it seemed like I ran into someone I knew every where we went!!! I'm glad I got to do this session for you! 

Ohhhhh & just a lil something extra - Before I headed out I snapped a few pictures of Xander sledding down the hill behind our house - that's going to be so fun this winter!!  I cant believe how big and Independent he's getting- he's been asking today about going back out, so.....friends in Wave - if you need a mini sledding hill next snowfall - The Wilson household is open for Hot Chocolate after :) We would love to have you over!

Sneak Peek of my new lil buddy Kinsey.....coming up shortly!!!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Baby Blake's Proofs are ready!

The proofs for my New nephew Blake are finally done!!!  With having Mono, I've been a little behind with....ummm Everything :)  Enjoy...He is such a cutie! I'm sure he has grown a ton just since these were taken. Here are two of my favorites in addition to the sneak peek I posted last week!!

Make it a great week Everyone!!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sneak Peek of my New Nephew Blake!!

Welcome to the world lil Blakey Boy & congraties to my little sister Ashley on this precious bundle.  This was my first newborn session & everything I read on it taking typically from 2-4 hours was right on!  The baby is the boss & all in their timing!  He is so alert (even though you can't tell from the ones I'm posting) & really wasn't up for having his lil butt uncovered, in fact he didnt want to be uncovered at all......  but we still got some good ones.  Enjoy the few pictures that I got done today. 

I love love love Baby toes! 

Thanks for having me over & feeding me a brownie (Sue) They were fabulous & Hope you guys had a good Family Thanksgiving!  I would love that recipe :) 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Usher Family......Proofs are Ready!!!!!

This was an overall great shoot, edit & process.  It was a lot of fun just viewing the pictures over and over again....which all of my sessions have been, but I learned a ton from this session & it got me brainstorming a lot on what steps I want to take next!  I like what I'm doing, it's fun, relaxing & Just feels right!
Ushers, Enjoy your proofs..... theres not a lot I can say about the photos, they speak for themselves!  I wasn't aware of how many overall great shots until I got into viewing & you are a very photogenic family!! Comment away :) Thanks again for allowing me to capture that Sunday with you guys!

Packages are posted under Pricing & I will also be designing Christmas Cards for those of you that are interested.  I'll be offering an overall discount for those that place an order for prints + Christmas Cards!!! Just contact me directly for details.

Thanks for following!  Make it a great week! 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

See Family - Your Proofs are ready!

See Fam - Your Proofs are ready!!!!

Each of these 4 kiddos were cute as ever.......Lil N is a such a ham, as you will see, we got tons of shots of him, he smiled on cue everytime, the one below is amazing of his eyes, the sun hit his face just right, isnt he adoable?!?!?!  The other kiddos were great too & as fast as Lil Missy M was, we got some great ones of her too! 

Thanks again Nate & Kristi for letting me share this photo session with you....hope you enjoy the gallery, you have a beautiful family!  Feel free to pass along & share! Here are two more photos that I absolutely adore from this session!

For everyone that has already gotten their pictures taken, super sorry for the delay, but package pricing will be uploaded very soon.   I will also have Christmas Card designs uploaded, there will be a lot of different design ideas available.  Thanks for your patience, belief and support!! 

I am very excited to do my very first newborn session with my new nephew, Blake (I have loads of ideas!!!!!!)  Also am going to do my very first Maternity shoot with the Kayce & Justin Scott in January.....I already have so many ideas for that as well. Thanks for helping me get in practice with something new, Promise - I'll make it worth your while :)

I will start "Winter Wonderland" Photos as soon as the snow starts falling (which I'm assuming will be soon).  If anyone is interested, just let me know.  I have brainstormed & will be working on a studio at the house for now.....then we'll see where that leads me!  

If all of you followers have any other ideas, just send me a message.  I'm definetly open to suggestions & love new ideas!! Thanks again, friends!~

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sneak Peek - Usher Family!! & a lil extra of my Buddy, Baby Boy J!

What a Fun Shoot I had today with the Usher Family of 5 - so glad Rick (Dad of the fam) made it even though he had a ton going on.  After you see the results from the session, I think you will believe it was worth your time!  We met in Downtown Wave (probably my most fav place to do sessions....for now anyway!)  We got started immediately because we were watching the clock...but just because we were on a time schedule meant nothing about the shots I captured, because they speak for themselves.

It took the boys just a bit to warm up to me, but once they did, they had a blast & were asking for more pictures.  They wanted to climb or jump up on something, we got a few of those shots too!  I just love boys.....what they say about boys is true & I'm finding that they are fun to photograph too!!!

Miss Hunter had no problem at all warming up to me- in fact, she was posing the fam for me & my camera loved her as much as she loved it!!!! Thanks Hunter - your pictures show how absolutely beautiful & photogenic you are!!!  You will see from the pictures just how much she & her mom look alike, they look more like sisters than mother and daughter!

Thanks for letting me be a lil part of a memory made today!  You will have a lifetime to cherish these photos of your wonderful family!

I also got to watch Sophia Girls lil buddy - Baby Boy J today while his Mommy & Daddy went for a Harley Ride for their Anniversary - Happy 1 Year, you two lovebirds!!  Even though Sophia didnt wake up to hang out with him...Q, Xander & I did & he is a seriously such a cutie...just look!!!!  I had to take the one really up close - just look at those BIG Brown Eyes.  I dont know how mommy, daddy, or well....anyone will ever say 'No' to this lil sweetheart!  As cute as he is, hes a very good boy too!  Thanks for sharing him with us today.  I am already looking forward to taking his 1 year pics & capturing him dive into some birthday cake & making a huge mess!!

Thanks for following & have a fabulous week!