Saturday, November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday


Of course I'm excited to release my Small Business Saturday deals a little earlier to my blog followers than to my Facebook page followers! Just another perk of keeping up with me on different platforms other that just Facebook ;)

So, check out these amazing specials and contact me for more information!




And now that you've seen the awesome specials, check out what supporting a small business could do for our country! You're not helping a corporation pay for lavish trips but instead you're helping a small business owner pay for food on their table. I know I'm spending the extra $10 and having most of my gifts made locally, I challenge you to do the same!





Email: kelseyhomolka@hotmail.com

Phone: (402) 826-9245

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Senior - Quentin Slama

I've known the family Slama for as far back as I can remember! Being asked to do Quentin's senior pictures was exciting for me as I've known all the kids since I went to school with them.


I was actually really good friends with Quentin's older sister Sam through high school, I was a year above his brother Dillon and I knew that they had a younger brother, Quentin, but I really didn't know a whole lot about him since there was such a huge age gap between us.

That means I just needed to get to know Quentin at his session!

I remember the first time we got together he was full of smiles, full of laughter, full of life. One of the first questions he asked me was if I enjoyed what I was doing. Uh, of course! Then I asked him about college and we were talking about his plans but what I got next, I never expected. He flipped the question and asked ME what I went to college for. I quickly answered I have two college degrees, an Ag Degree and also an Insurance Degree. He's smart on the draw, because his reply, well you're not using either. Yes, that's totally true I couldn't disagree with it. So he smiles and tells his mom that I'm not using my degrees so it really doesn't matter if he gets one right?! See! This kids smart I tell ya.

After that, we clicked. We laughed the entire session. I can distinctly recall heading out to their farm and he was always trying to freak me out by the pond, (I hate frogs) so he was always throwing rocks around. Silly, hilarious guy!

Thank you again Quentin, and the entire Slama family for allowing me to capture such precious memories. Your family is extremely strong and I am so blessed to have gotten to know you guys throughout the years.


To order prints from this session go to my website and click on the event Senior - Quentin Slama. There are also many new products that are recently listed on the website so make sure to look around, you just might find something special and unique! Keep in mind we can also create customized invitations, holiday cards and poster collages as well.

To book a Senior Session of your own CLICK HERE to see what's all included and learn more about what to expect or visit the Pricing Tab for several other session options.

Lessons Learned: Expect the unexpected and just roll with it! At one point we had his cat jump up into the tree and lay down and practically pose himself! I laughed incredibly hard and I was there to capture it. Of course you have to throw those pictures into the final edits because they're so candid and funny!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Senior - Danielle Erickson

Getting a phone call asking if this is Dirt Road Photography was hands down my favorite milestone in my business! It was the first time I had someone contact me and ask by that name when I answered the phone! Super exciting stuff :)


When Danielle contacted me and was interested in a session out here on the farm I was excited. I've never had a senior from Lincoln want to come out and have fun here on the farm so I knew the girl had to be fun from the start.

We talked about what she wanted from her session, all of the specific stylized ideas we both had and the overall theme and I knew this was going to be fun. A country girl who wasn't scared of getting dirty and ready to embrace the great outdoors was my kinda gal! What I was surprised about when she arrived was that she was absolutely stunning. Gorgeous and so kind is a perfect personality along with a smile that can knock anyone out? Sounds perfect to me!!

I was really wanting to go outside of my comfort thing and try new poses and Danielle was all about it! I seriously loved how ok she was with trying lots of fun stuff. At one point, she decided she wanted to even climb a tree!? I agreed but made her promise to be extra careful. ;)

Thank you again Danielle, you're totally awesome and I'm so grateful you taught me more about cheering and how sports teams work in Lincoln schools. You're an amazing woman and I cannot wait to continue to follow your journey, good luck in your future plans and continue to keep smiling. You're beautiful!


To order prints from this session go to my website and click on the event Senior - Danielle Erickson. There are also many new products that are recently listed on the website so make sure to look around, you just might find something special and unique! Keep in mind we can also create customized invitations, holiday cards and poster collages as well.

To book a Senior Session of your own CLICK HERE to see what's all included and learn more about what to expect or visit the Pricing Tab for several other session options.

Be ready to just go! Stop focusing on specific poses and just roll with it. If something looks unnatural just scrap it and move on. Sometimes the best photos are the unplanned and unposed ones! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Six Months - Makayla Aleece

I love that I get to watch Miss Makayla grow and capture her milestone months!


When Jill asked if I'd be willing to do Makayla's six month shots I was not only thrilled but also excited to think that she loved my work enough to ask me to continue to do Makayla's shots and get to catch up on how the family is doing!

Just in the past three months the little cutie has learned to sit up, is learning to be more patient and loves to play with mirrors! We've also learned that she is now wanting to be more independent and doesn't like laying down if others are playing around her.

Since I've known Jill and the boys before I even really knew them (our dad's played in polka bands together before we were even born!) it's always nice seeing what they're up to. I absolutely adore her style and LOVE her house, I may just hire her to come decorate for me someday ;)

Thank you again John and Jill for allowing me to capture these precious details that your little girl will soon grow out of. It's just so much fun catching up and watching her grow. She's such a smart and happy little girl!


To order prints from this session go to my website and click on the event Family - The Muff's. There are also many new products that are recently listed on the website so make sure to look around, you just might find something special and unique! Keep in mind we can also create customized invitations, holiday cards and poster collages as well.

To book a Baby Session of your own CLICK HERE to see what's all included and learn more about what to expect or visit the Pricing Tab for several other session options.

The lesson learned was to make sure to bring your best friend as your secret weapon to help the little's smile! We could not for the life of us get Makayla to have fun and laugh about all the crazy fun we were having but the minute Maureen got there she was all about the smiles and charm! Also, funny faces are 110% proved to get smiles. You may look crazy but you can be guaranteed a few smiles :)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Birthday Bash Blow-Out!

Happy birthday to myself! Today, September 28th, is my birthday! I'm so excited to celebrate it that I'm sharing my special day with you guys. I'm giving away discounts and deals galore for you guys to use! Check out the following information to find out what you guys can get:


Pretty cool stuff right?! So, what are you waiting for!? Come party it up with me, no need to bring me a present. Just booking a session or cashing in on some cheap prints is cool enough for me!

*Discount does not apply to mini sessions booked, offer cannot be combined with other offers or sales. These discounts must be used before the end of 2015. All sessions scheduled are required to give a down payment in order to reserve their date. If down payment is not received within one week of booking you will forfeit your date you reserved.*

PS- Message me and mention Dolly Parton to get a FREE 8x10 photo of your choice just for reading this post and booking your future session :) HBD to ME!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Senior - Alyssa Blaha


Goooo big green! Yes, that's my favorite team to cheer for, once a Wolverine, always a Wolverine! So when I had a call asking to photograph a fellow team green girl I was all about that session!


Something extra special I offered all my seniors this year is the opportunity to have TWO dates for pictures. It's more of an insurance plan for me to make sure everything turns out amazing but it's also a way for the seniors to kind of get comfortable their first session and then really shine for their second session. I really enjoyed getting to know Alyssa, her sister and her mom on that cloudy afternoon.

One thing I love about my WC seniors is to ask them how the school has changed. I like learning how our school system has improved and what lucky privileges they get compared to the silly rules they had when I was in school. (The no hoody's rule still bothers me to this day!) Alyssa informed me of some neat things they've come up with, I mean, getting your phones in class is just downright sweet right?!

It was so nice getting to know you, and I love hearing about how track stars work it! I'm totally not a shot or disc thrower, running was my thing. So thanks for being patient with me and explaining how it all worked. I love learning these things I promise!



To order prints from this session go to my website and click on the event Senior - Alyssa Blaha. There are also many new products that are recently listed on the website so make sure to look around, you just might find something special and unique! Keep in mind we can also create customized invitations, holiday cards and poster collages as well.

To book a Senior Session of your own CLICK HERE to see what's all included and learn more about what to expect or visit the Pricing Tab for several other session options.

I guess learning is all about trying new things. I loved trying some new techniques on sunsets but I hated how they turned up. That's exactly why I offered all of my seniors a second shoot, to give me time to really practice and to give them an opportunity to find other poses or ideas that they like. Lesson learned, always shoot what you're comfortable with and then try shooting something new. It gives you some things to work with if you botch your experiments!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Newborn - Brock Thomas

- Brock Newborn Session -

All of my friends know I love baby time. I just love cuddling with freshly new to the world little ones. It's both a good and bad curse that I have... 


When I was approached about giving James and Amanda a gift certificate for maternity and newborn pictures I was excited! I'd be able to catch up with two people I don't get to see too often and I'd also get to meet their newest family member.

When they came over and we started getting Brock prepped for his session it was exciting to hear that labor and delivery went smooth for them. Little Mister Brock arrived without complications and daddy and mommy were more than excited to welcome him weighing in just at 9 lbs. 7 oz. and was 21.5 inches long. Such a precious bundle who did amazing for his newborn pictures! I kid you not, that little guy slept through it all, waking up once towards the end for a snack from momma before knocking back out. It was amazing just how perfect he was the entire time!



To order prints from this session go to my website and click on the event Newborn - Brock Thomas. There are also many new products that are recently listed on the website so make sure to look around, you just might find something special and unique! Keep in mind we can also create customized invitations, holiday cards and poster collages as well.

To book a Newborn Session of your own CLICK HERE to see what's all included and learn more about what to expect or visit the Pricing Tab for several other session options.

This session was one of my first newborn sessions all on my own and I was overly nervous about it. I knew I've helped with several newborn sessions but it was all me in charge and taking the shots. I'd say we did great with them though. I've learned to get your goodies prepped before the session, another thing I learned was a lot about lighting. Always make sure you have his head facing towards your light source. Saves a lot of time post processing if you do it right to begin with ;)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Boudoir - Jodi Morton

Want to know what's even more exciting then taking photos? Taking photos of a friend that's a return client!!


This past year I was approached by a good friend from high school asking if I'd be interested in trying out some boudoir style session. I of course jumped at it! It sounded fun PLUS I got to have a catch up date with someone I hadn't seen in awhile.

Since this wasn't our first go around with boudoir pictures I'd say were were both waaay more comfortable with the entire thing. Getting a little daring and wanting to try some new things! I love getting outside of my norm sessions and doing something different, new and erotic! Jodi is a Pure Romance lady so she knows it's fun to get outside of your bubble, I think her facial expressions during this session is what really set it apart from other sessions I've worked with.

Thank you again Jodi for trusting me with such a personal session! You're amazing girl and I totally vote on GIRL POWER! You don't need a man in your life to do something special for yourself. You deserve and and I'm so proud of you for always wanting to do these fun sessions! Love ya! 

Although I don't advertise that I do boudoir style shoots I will do them if requested. Jodi was the first one I've ever tried and I honestly did enjoy doing it. There's something about getting to hang out with other ladies and helping to empower them and make them feel beautiful that I truly enjoy!



To order prints from this session go to my website and click on the event Boudoir - Jodi Morton. To see prices of other items you can order please click on my pricing tab located at the top of the blog.

Lesson's learned in this shoot is that angles matter the most! You don't have to be 95 lbs. to be gorgeous, you just need a photographer that knows how to look at you and realize that you are beautiful. That photog needs to be willing to try all sorts of poses to perfect the shot and make the client feel stunning.

Maternity - Stephanie Boal


Have I told you that I love referrals!? Yes!! Stephanie is actually a referral from a return client that I've been blessed to work with over the past few years and I couldn't be more excited to do these two girls' pictures together on the same day!


Meet Stephanie!

She's just gorgeous! And for being almost nine months pregnant I'd have to say she's rocking a beautiful bump! When she jumped out of the car and we were finished with introductions I had to take a step back and admire just how skinny she was for being almost ready for baby to be here.

The thing that I thought was extremely unique about this session is that mama was so proud of her baby J already. She was just bragging the lil guy up and I couldn't get enough! I love learning about each baby, how mommy's been doing her pregnancy and future plans for their littles.

Congratulations again Stephanie, I had a blast at your session. I learned so many fun things about you and I love hearing about your career goals. I was thrilled to see your little J born and I love seeing updates as he continues to grow!



To order prints from this session go to my website and click on the event Maternity - Stephanie Boal. To see prices of other items you can order please click on my pricing tab located at the top of the blog.

I think the lesson in this session was really just focus on posing. I was excited to have someone willing to go outside their comfort zone to try out some fun shots and she was a slam dunk when it came to facial expressions.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Mini Session - Makayla Muff


How did I get so far behind on blogging about all of my awesome sessions over the past month!? Time to kick it in gear and fill you guys in on how these sessions have been going!


I've known the Muff's forever. I actually can't really tell you a "how we met" story because my dad and Jill's dad have played in polka bands together since before I was born! I've known her two older boys, Austin and Connor since they were born and have even watched the boys a few times. Their entire family is just so kind, I couldn't imagine anyone with smiles on their faces all the time like them. So when Jill asked me to take some pictures for Makayla's three month milestone I was of course excited to meet their little princess and catch up with Jill. 

When I arrived Makayla decided that she wasn't really up for pictures and just wanted to be held. She wasn't sure why she wanted to be fussy just knew she wasn't feeling too great. We tried a few shots, but she really didn't want to smile and pose. Instead she was more interested in mommy!

Eventually she warmed up and we got a few great shots of her. Big brothers helped out and assured her that if she smiled great without whining there would be a few candy treats at the end. (Not sure she was assured but they tried to help right?!) The boys did great, it was fun seeing them and watching them work together. The giggles make the entire session worth it!!

I'm excited to watch little Makayla grow, her three months session was a blast. Seeing this little chunk is such a joy and anytime I get to cuddle a baby is a win in my books :)



To order prints from this session go to my website and click on the event Family - The Muff's. To see prices of other items you can order please click on my pricing tab located at the top of the blog.

I learned that sometimes kiddos don't necessarily understand posing lingo and sometimes you have to just grab a limb and roll them to where you want. Although the big brothers were excited for some candy they lost sight of the fact that they needed to smile and sit a certain way. With a little bribing and promises of candy and video games we got the boys set up to help sister smile.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Family - The Andelt's

What a session! These young boys I was forewarned might not be enthused about photos and may give me a run for my money when it goes to getting some smiles out of them...


WRONG!

These boys warmed up within ten minutes and were full of laughter and joy! It always amazes me walking into each session how unprepared I feel but once I pull out the camera I remind myself that it'll be fun and I'm doing what I love. Working with four young men ages ranging from grade school to a teenager (practically more mature than some college kids) makes me realize that you can't use the same tactics you would on a family session.

Oh and I'm sure if you ask the boys what was the funniest part of the session they'll tell you me trying to remember their names! It's true! I mean look at them, all so similar in facial features and all tall and skinny! How could you keep them straight?! But, if memory recalls I think I can get them pretty close!

Oldest to youngest goes: Zayne, Ames, Hayes and Clay.

Ok I cheated a little and had to look up spelling on Zayne but other than that I swear I had them somewhat memorized! I'm just hoping they're in the right order ;) 



What I learned this session is that the most important thing I learned from this session is not anything related to posing or the session in general. But more so related to post process editing. I totally feel as if I had all of the images over exposed or blown out while shooting. Luckily I shoot in RAW so I could recover the entire session but next time I need to pay more attention to that detail. Saves a lot of post processing time on my end ;)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Family - The Brown's

The best types of photo sessions are the ones where I get to meet new people and talk to the kids and everything goes as planned. Explain the farm a little more to the kiddos and get a couple candid shots out of all of them. This family, was a perfect example of why I love doing what I do.


I was excited to see the Brown family pull into my driveway and out popped two little kiddos eager to run around the farm and meet all the little animals we have. Little sister was stuck in her car seat and since she's not quite mobile yet she didn't have the chance to go visit the farm like her old siblings got to. The two oldest that had the chance to check out the cows were more than thrilled to go hang out with them, asking simple questions and giddy with excitement how they moved around the pen getting drinks and eating some grass.

I think that dad's favorite part about the entire session is that he brought along his baby, THE car. I felt honored when he said it was the first time that cars ever seen gravel. I mean seriously, how important am I that he's willing to bring it out on dusty dirty roads?! It was super fun trying to find creative ways to take pictures of this classic car!

I think the sweetest moment was when big brother was waiting while we took a few pictures of mom and dad and all he wanted to do was lay in the tall grass and just stare at the sky. I'm not kidding he was just content and loving all the nature surrounding him. He didn't have a care in the world and didn't mind his sisters whining or trying to get his attention.

This session was an absolute blast and I love getting to know each and every client on an individual basis. Each member of the family I made a point to get to know them and find out more about them. Each personality shines through and the fact that they matched and looked gorgeous just made my day!! Thank you Brown family for allowing me to capture your precious growing family. I am looking forward to working with you again in the future and continuing to watch your family grow!


To order prints from this session go to my website and click on the event Family - The Brown's. To see prices of other items you can order please click on my pricing tab located at the top of the blog.

This session I learned that 30+ mph wind just isn't fun. I realize that some wind can be fun but fighting the wind just isn't the thing to do with a baby who isn't fond of it. The poor lil lady just hated it the entire session and there wasn't much we could do. Luckily mom and dad were extremely understanding and we got what we could out of them. Everyone did great and the two older ones LOVED digging on the dirt road making piles and getting dirty!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Family - The Olson's

On that Saturday afternoon we choose to shoot it was extremely breezy (gusts up to 30 mph) but we decided we're doing this and stuck to our guns knowing we wanted to do some fun family pictures.


I've known Amanda and Andrew since before high school. I can remember their son, Sawyer, being born and I have watched their family grow ever since. With Amanda being a fellow photographer I walked into this session being majorly nervous hoping (and praying) that she would love my work enough to approve of it.

We started out with just Andrew and Amanda getting some fun pictures done before we got the kids and added them into the mix. The kids were awesome! Sawyer, Sydnee, and Owen were all perfect, they smiled on que, they hugged and giggled together and overall enjoyed spending time out on the farm together!

I was totally impressed with how well the kiddos got along. There was no fighting, not arguing and all three of them helped each other out to climb on the tractors and other fun farm jungle gym items. I think the highlight of the shoot for the kiddos was watching little brother Owen jump on big brother and sissy's backs. He was shrieking with laughter and his older siblings giggled under the weight of him. So picture perfect for them!


To order prints from this session go to my website and click on the event Family - The Olson's. To see prices of other items you can order please click on my pricing tab located at the top of the blog.

This session I learned to always promise candy to get awesome smiles! Although the kids did great, I did get a few "super" smiles after I promised a sucker or two for them. Also, make sure to carry around an extra blankie or two for hanging out in the grassy areas on the farm. Sometimes the mud and muck can look yucky on someone's bottom in pictures!


Friday, May 2, 2014

-Giveaway Winners-


I'm so excited to finally announce the winners of my giveaway!

Last night I was getting the winners drawn and checking to make sure all entries that were won were real and I couldn't be more excited for those who won. Each and every lady deserved their prize, they've all been there to encourage me through my journey into the photography world and I'm so excited to work with them again on the prizes they've won.

So, I'm sure you're ready to find out who won right?!

---CONGRATULATIONS---

Alright, so let me break it down and show you who won what...

Amanda Olson receive's the "first prize" of a FREE Session of Choice!

Jodi Morton receive's the "second prize" of a Half-Off Session of Choice!

Nicole Hoesche receive's the "third prize" of $30 in Print Credit off her next session!

Ladies I'm so happy for you and cannot wait to work with you. Please contact me so we can work the final details out about your prizes. Keep in mind here are the contest rules that were posted "Winner's must redeem their prizes before the end of July 2014. Winners cannot combine offers with other giveaways or specials. One winner per household. The winners of the free and half priced sessions will still need to pay for their cd's if they choose get print rights. The print products can only be redeemed on future sessions, ones that are already booked will not count towards these offers."

I truly believe in the power of giving back and paying it forward and I really hope to inspire others to do so as well. I hope you've tried to do the same. Another thing I ask is that the winners find their own personal way to give back to others around them. Nothing warms the heart more than seeing the gratitude you give to someone else.

And, to show you guys there was no cheating going on I'll go ahead and re-add the actual giveaway into the post that way it shows that some random minion inside my computer made the final decision on the winners ;)


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring Has Sprung

It's my favorite time of the year! The time of the year when I get to finally get outside and do what I love the most. Spend time with nature!


I love walking around the farm and finding the beauty of all the many bushes and plants that continue to grow each year. It reminds me of new beginnings and how everything has the opportunity to start fresh and grow even stronger and more beautiful!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pay It Forward + ((GIVEAWAY TIME))


First off I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting Dirt Road Photography. You are not only receiving quality photography but you're also supporting a small business that is supplying food on my table. The amazing thing about owning a small business is being able to really connect with your clients and really focus on giving them a personalized service.

Secondly, today is National Pay It Forward Day! WooHoo that means we can all give a little extra to make someone else's day go a little smoother. Even when you have nothing to give even a hug or some words of encouragement to a friend is considered paying it forward!

But the giveaway isn't it!! I'm also going to do a pay it forward incentive as well!! For every person that books a session now through the end of May and tells me that you've referred them you get $10 in print credits! Yes, $10 to spend on your session for prints or any other products online! That can include invitations, or even cell phone cases!! If you have FIVE referrals you get a FREE MINI SESSION as a thank you for putting my name out there.

One more way for me to pay it forward...

If you're a local photographer in the area and you're looking to have pictures taken of yourself for marketing purposes, I'm willing to choose three of you and take the pictures for free! We all work together and this is my way of thanking you for your encouragement and support. The only thing I ask is that you pay it forward and offer the same thing to three new photographers. I know this business is tough so why not get together and talk about the in's and out's of running a business!! Contact me for more information if you're interested.

Man I absolutely love giving back to those who have helped me! With all of the ways to "win" there is no excuse for you not booking a session soon! :)





Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for everything you guys have done for me. Whether it be words of encouragement when I'm feeling like my work "isn't good enough" or sharing my work for others, or even just simply telling me you love my work and are inspired by it. You positive words are what keeps me going and I'm so blessed to be giving back to you guys.

Now for the nitty gritty of the giveaway's. Winner's must redeem their prizes before the end of July 2014. Winners cannot combine offers with other giveaways or specials. One winner per household. The winners of the free and half priced sessions will still need to pay for their cd's if they choose get print rights. The print products can only be redeemed on future sessions, ones that are already booked will not count towards these offers.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Brothers - Parker & Carson

I've known Nicole forever, we went to neighboring high schools, we both were in FFA together, we both choose to go to the same college for the same degree. We've just kind of grown up together in a sense. So when she contacted me about taking photos of her two little cuties I of course said yes without hesitation and was excited for a little catch-up time with her as well.


I can remember when Mr. Parker was just born and how I adorned him and just holding him as a baby was so precious. He was extremely calm and just content being held. I remember talking to her about life and how hectic it was for us both. How we were so similar yet so different in so many ways. I was always there to listen in times of stress and although she might not have known it I was always checking in on her making sure she was alright.

I don't have as many memories of little mister Carson but knowing him now I can tell he's going to be a little stinker! He's so laid back and observant while his brother does the talking for both of them. He likes to watch all the many farm animals and while taking pictures will just walk up to the fence and just stare at them. So full of life and wanting to play with the kitty instead of worry about silly pictures.

These two boys were so much fun to hang out with and I'm so excited to continue to watch them grow. They're going to be giving mommy a run for her money soon I have a hunch! ;)


To order prints from this session go to my website and click on the event Brothers - Parker & Carson. To see prices of other items you can order please click on my pricing tab located at the top of the blog.

Something new I'd like to add to the blog is something new I've learned from each session. I love to let you guys, my potential clients, know how I'm evolving and what I'm doing to become a better photographer so this should be great to acknowledge not only what I took away from the session but also to help show you guys there's never a peak of "knowing everything." 

This session I've learned to always bring extra candy for those "bargain with the littles" moments. While we never had major issues with Carson sometimes Parker needed an extra little boost of bribing. If mommy made a silly face it normally worked but sometimes he needed a reminder of why he wins if he smiles. I think it's time to stock up on the Easter candy once it goes on sale after Easter!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

-Senior Ambassador Program-

Calling all seniors! This could be an amazing opportunity to get your senior pictures done for an amazing discount!! Read the following for more details:


Also keep in mind that I will be offering this to several seniors if I have an abundance of interest. 

I love giving back and this is another way that I will be giving back to my local communities. If you know of someone that is in need of pictures or cannot afford a full session this is a great way for them to get quality pictures done at a fraction of the cost of the bigger photography companies.

Please feel free to share this with anyone that may have interest!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

--Solar Eclispe--

Last night something beautiful happened. A solar eclipse was in the sky and I pulled out my camera and decided to give it my all and capture a few shots. I've been really wanting to broaden my horizon and try new types of photography so this was the perfect event to give it a go.

They said the optimal time to view it was around 2 am and I wasn't really planning on being up that late but at 1 am I can stand up and say that it looked gorgeous!!

This will be the first of four lunar eclipse's happening over the next year and a half. And the full eclipse will only appear for about 75 minutes total. Eclipses occur when the moon, the Earth and the sun are in an almost straight alignment. Another fun fact, lunar eclipses are actually fairly common happening every 2-3 years while the solar eclipses are more rare.

Now these shots were fun but I figured I'd break them down a little more for you camera loving moon enthusiasts in case you decide to get daring and go out and try creating these shots for yourself. Below I've listed the specs from my photos...

Details: 1270 ISO   -   f/5.6   -   1/4000 sec   -   200 mm 

The shot taken above is my favorite and reminds me of a shot I took last summer. I love the crisp look of the moon. If I zoom in on the picture I can see details of it but my poor lens wasn't having it so this was one of the only decent shots I got with detail. It's incredible to think that we've actually landed on that little "island away from home" and that it's even possible to launch ourselves that far!

Details: 2016 ISO   -   f/8   -   1/2 sec   -   55 mm 

The second shot that was taken above just goes to show that if you have a camera that has a higher ISO and you actually use it you'll sometimes get a little grainy. I purposefully grained it up a bit just to get more detail of the limbs but I loved it that way. I wanted to really get a fun shot of the limbs hanging out with the moon in the distance.

I was super excited for about 2:07 am to roll around because it was finally time for this dang eclipse to happen. I was noticing after the last shot that my camera was acting goofy and I was assuming it was the lens hoping that'd it's last for one last round of shots but sadly, my poor baby decided it'd had enough for the night and wanted to go to bed. (Oddly enough, I was ready for bed as well!)

Here's an example of what I was wanting to capture...

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It's gorgeous right?! And even though I don't have a picture to show you guys I can promise that it was worth the wait to see. I guess I can cross "see a solar eclipse" off my bucket list now! ;)

Oh, and on a very sad note... RIP 55-200mm 1.4 lens after tonight's little moon shoot it's decided it's seen it's better days and bit the dust. I'm not sure if my AF is going out on it or what but by the end of the night it wouldn't even attempt to focus. I'm assuming there's just too much dirt in it but I'm hoping to revive it by taking it in and having it looked at. Here's to hoping I don't have to bury my go-to farm lens!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

{{Spring Mini Session}}

It's finally time for me to tell you guys about the amazing Spring Mini Session's I have lined up and I'm super excited to share all of the details!

First off, here is the important deets:


And now for the fun part:

This session is totally all about having a blast and everyone laughing their pants off! I choose to do two different backdrops mainly because I wanted you guys to have options! I didn't want the boys stuck with a pink background and as much as I personally love the color blue, I didn't want all the cute little girls with their fun Easter dresses stuck on a blue backdrop if they didn't want it.

The props, they're totally optional! Yes, you can have the giant over sized bunny with you or if you're more into plain and simple you're welcome to use just the drop, no banners or other items needed. I wanted something kidish yet still to have a vintage feel to it so that's why I choose to go with the ones that are shown in the example photos. Just something unique for everyone to pick for their own style.

Book your sessions today and cash in on this great price for some updated pictures to give to family members!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Six Months Session - Maci

Oh my goodness what an alert and happy six month old!!


I have had the pleasure of working with little Miss Maci Mae since before she was even born! Yes, I took her photos waaay back when she was still in mommy's tummy. Daddy was already head over heals in love with her and was so proud back then and I'm sure dad is even more proud of her little smiling happy attitude now. I love it when clients love my work so much they continue to do business with me and come back for more pictures so for me this was just a fun shoot to do!

Every time I come over to take Maci's pictures it amazes me how content and happy she is. Not once did she boast a frown, nor did she ever whine that she was hungry or "tired" of taking pictures. This little dolly was a champion the entire time.

I'm really impressed with the amount of balance Maci has. She was proud as a peacock sitting all on her own. She was going through a bit of a teething stage so anything she could sink her teeth into were fair game in her eyes.

I quickly learned that Maci is easily distracted by her favorite aunt Chelsey. She was often looking at her play phone that would light up and her favorite little kitty would prance around distracting Maci to smile and giggle at that silly little cat. Anytime Maci saw mommy she would just grin and look away, then look back at mom. She really does adore her mommy!

Thank you so much Jeremy and Cami for allowing me to photograph your amazing family! I love watching Maci grow and catching up to see how the two of your are doing. It's awesome to see how great your family is doing and I'm so proud of the parents you two have become.


To order prints from this session go to my website and click on the event Family - The Rawson's. To see prices of other items you can order please click on my pricing tab located at the top of the blog.

Something new I'd like to add to the blog is something new I've learned from each session. I love to let you guys, my potential clients, know how I'm evolving and what I'm doing to become a better photographer so this should be great to acknowledge not only what I took away from the session but also to help show you guys there's never a peak of "knowing everything." 

This session I've learned to always bring a distraction for little ones. Maci did an amazing job but anytime mommy or auntie would move she'd glance over to see what they're up to! Perhaps a "new" toy would distract her long enough to be interested in what I'm up to?! Also, I've noticed that you need super strong tape to hold up backdrops if you don't bring your backdrop stand. I had a little issue with them not sticking but I didn't want to pull out the heavy duty tape because taking off paint didn't seem necessary. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Family - Tyler & Faith

I have been lucky enough to photography this family from day one and I love getting calls asking me to take more photographs of this ever changing family!


This session I not only got to hang out with Faith and catch up on life but I also got to see Miss Lexi the puppy who is always full of energy and happy to find someone new to play with. I met Lexi back around Christmas 2013 and was thrilled to watch her grow since then.

Also, who could forget about Mister Jaxson?! I know I never do. ;) Mr. Jax is growing so much and I cannot believe that he's almost three months already. Look at how amazing his posture in on the photo on the right. He's practically sitting straight up all by himself it looks like.

The best part is, Tyler is Travis' brother which means I get to spend a lot of time with these guys and even better, Travis and Tyler's parents took us out for supper that evening. Spending half a day with the Nerud's can be stressful but it also means I get to spend time bonding with them and creating new memories with their family.

Tyler and Faith I am so proud of your little family and I'm so excited to continue to watch your family grow up. Jaxson is such a bundle of joy and Lexi is the perfect big sister to him. You guys are doing a great job being parents and I have no amount of doubt that Jaxson will grow into a handsome young man.


To order prints from this session go to my website and click on the event Family - Tyler & Faith. To see prices of other items you can order please click on my pricing tab located at the top of the blog.

Something new I'd like to add to the blog is something new I've learned from each session. I love to let you guys, my potential clients, know how I'm evolving and what I'm doing to become a better photographer so this should be great to acknowledge not only what I took away from the session but also to help show you guys there's never a peak of "knowing everything." 

So, this session I've learned it's crucial to make sure you watch what your aperture is set when shooting. I had mine bumped waaay down to around 2.4 and that's just too low for getting good non-blurry photos for the whole family. I should have bumped it up a bit more but according to my tiny screen on my camera it looked fine. Once I uploaded them onto my computer I could instantly tell that it wasn't. I learned that you always should trust your bring and not your screen.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lessons I've Learned...

I've decided that after every shoot I wanted to post one new thing I've learned. It's a way for me to take note on what I'm still learning and a way to give you guys a little insight on how I'm continuously growing and evolving. I want to grow and become a photographer and the only way I can do that is to take something new away from each session that I do.

Here are a few of my ever growing list of lessons:
  • First Birthday Jax Session: Always plan for the unexpected. Always expect things to not work out, if the wind is blowing while in the yard when you go out to the pasture it will be blowing worse. Be able to react and change up your plan at the drop of a hat, it'll make getting a one year old whose over due on her nap time smashing into her cake a little sooner.
  • One Month Jaxson SessionI've learned that you MUST have good lighting in order to get good shots. Notice how the one picture on the left is much more evenly lit than the one of the right? The lights were fading quickly at 5ish on a winter day and if you don't position the baby just perfectly you'll get major shadows as shown. Neither shot turned out worse than the other it was just the tiny details you pick up on and learn from after each session.
  • Tyler & Faith Session: I've learned it's crucial to make sure you watch what your aperture is set when shooting. I had mine bumped waaay down to around 2.4 and that's just too low for getting good non-blurry photos for the whole family. I should have bumped it up a bit more but according to my tiny screen on my camera it looked fine. Once I uploaded them onto my computer I could instantly tell that it wasn't. I learned that you always should trust your bring and not your screen.
  • Maci Six Month Session: I've learned to always bring a distraction for little ones. Maci did an amazing job but anytime mommy or auntie would move she'd glance over to see what they're up to! Perhaps a "new" toy would distract her long enough to be interested in what I'm up to?! Also, I've noticed that you need super strong tape to hold up backdrops if you don't bring your backdrop stand. I had a little issue with them not sticking but I didn't want to pull out the heavy duty tape because taking off paint didn't seem necessary. 
  • Brothers - Parker & Carson Session:  I've learned to always bring extra candy for those "bargain with the littles" moments. While we never had major issues with Carson sometimes Parker needed an extra little boost of bribing. If mommy made a silly face it normally worked but sometimes he needed a reminder of why he wins if he smiles. I think it's time to stock up on the Easter candy once it goes on sale after Easter!!
  • Family - The Olson's Session: This session I learned to always promise candy to get awesome smiles! Although the kids did great, I did get a few "super" smiles after I promised a sucker or two for them. Also, make sure to carry around an extra blankie or two for hanging out in the grassy areas on the farm. Sometimes the mud and muck can look yucky on someone's bottom in pictures!
  • Family - The Brown's Session: This session I learned that 30+ mph wind just isn't fun. I realize that some wind can be fun but fighting the wind just isn't the thing to do with a baby who isn't fond of it. The poor lil lady just hated it the entire session and there wasn't much we could do. Luckily mom and dad were extremely understanding and we got what we could out of them. Everyone did great and the two older ones LOVED digging on the dirt road making piles and getting dirty!
  • Family - The Andelt Boys' Session: What I learned this session is that the most important thing I learned from this session is not anything related to posing or the session in general. But more so related to post process editing. I totally feel as if I had all of the images over exposed or blown out while shooting. Luckily I shoot in RAW so I could recover the entire session but next time I need to pay more attention to that detail. Saves a lot of post processing time on my end ;)
  • Family - Makayla Three Month Session: I learned that sometimes kiddos don't necessarily understand posing lingo and sometimes you have to just grab a limb and roll them to where you want. Although the big brothers were excited for some candy they lost sight of the fact that they needed to smile and sit a certain way. With a little bribing and promises of candy and video games we got the boys set up to help sister smile.
  • Maternity - Stephanie Boal Session: I think the lesson in this session was really just focus on posing. I was excited to have someone willing to go outside their comfort zone to try out some fun shots and she was a slam dunk when it came to facial expressions.
  • Boudoir - Jodi Morton Session: Lesson's learned in this shoot is that angles matter the most! You don't have to be 95 lbs. to be gorgeous, you just need a photographer that knows how to look at you and realize that you are beautiful. That photog needs to be willing to try all sorts of poses to perfect the shot and make the client feel stunning.
  • Newborn - Brock Thomas Session: This session was one of my first newborn sessions all on my own and I was overly nervous about it. I knew I've helped with several newborn sessions but it was all me in charge and taking the shots. I'd say we did great with them though. I've learned to get your goodies prepped before the session, another thing I learned was a lot about lighting. Always make sure you have his head facing towards your light source. Saves a lot of time post processing if you do it right to begin with ;)
  • Senior - Alyssa Blaha Session: I guess learning is all about trying new things. I loved trying some new techniques on sunsets but I hated how they turned up. That's exactly why I offered all of my seniors a second shoot, to give me time to really practice and to give them an opportunity to find other poses or ideas that they like. Lesson learned, always shoot what you're comfortable with and then try shooting something new. It gives you some things to work with if you botch your experiments!
  • Family - Makayla Six Month Session: The lesson learned was to make sure to bring your best friend as your secret weapon to help the little's smile! We could not for the life of us get Makayla to have fun and laugh about all the crazy fun we were having but the minute Maureen got there she was all about the smiles and charm! Also, funny faces are 110% proved to get smiles. You may look crazy but you can be guaranteed a few smiles :)
  • Senior - Danielle Erickson Session: Be ready to just go! Stop focusing on specific poses and just roll with it. If something looks unnatural just scrap it and move on. Sometimes the best photos are the unplanned and unposed ones! 
  • Senior - Quentin Slama Session: Expect the unexpected and just roll with it! At one point we had his cat jump up into the tree and lay down and practically pose himself! I laughed incredibly hard and I was there to capture it. Of course you have to throw those pictures into the final edits because they're so candid and funny!   
  • Wilber Czech Queen - Julia Ourecky: Take the weather with a grain of salt and just show up. All day I worried about the weather ruining our plans and even tried rescheduling. Luckily we stuck with our plan (and in reality we just couldn't reschedule) and it all turned out just fine. We froze a little but we still got some beautiful pictures!
  • Maternity - The Caldwell's: Even if daddy isn't quite into pictures just ask for his trust that they'll look beautiful! He hated the flowers and scenery but the minute we showed up to the fire station his eyes lit up and suddenly picture taking was a fun process ;) 

Monday, February 17, 2014

First Birthday - Jax

Alright, I'm gonna admit it right off the bat. I love little Jaxy sooo much and to be asked to do her first birthday pictures was an honor! A little back tracking to explain: Jax is my cousin, Missy's daughter. 

Simple? Ya, figured you'd get it. So, now that the connections are confirmed let's get to talking about this purple faced little chunk of cuteness shall we? 

Miss Jax is a little girl that I had never expected to fall in love with so quickly. For those who haven't already figured it out I have a baby-phobia. No, not really scared of babies, I actually love babies and want a billion of them for myself (until they're teens, then they go back to someone else) but more I have a fear of holding other people's kiddos due to me thinking I'll either: A- Hurt them, B- Make them cry, or C- both.

So, I'm not normally the person that walks up to you and asks to hold your baby. You must "pawn" your baby off on me before I'll willingly hold it. To wrap that ramble up I'll give you a quicker version of what's coming next.

Missy set Jax down when they got to my house and she walked right up to me and climbed into my arms. <<insert me bubbling and my warm heart jumping up and down>>


I was so excited that Jax warmed right up to me and I knew we'd have a fun session the rest of the day. We continued outside and did a little bit of family pictures with her and then changed her into some fun cake smash clothes. She's had a little experience with her cake smashing so she knew exactly what to do.

DIVE IN!

And that she did. She dived in so deep her little toes, her belly and her arms were absolutely covered in purple frosting and chocolate cake. In her defense, if I could get away with it, I'd totally do the same thing even at the age of 24!

I am so proud to be a cousin-aunt as I've dubbed myself and I am thrilled to get to watch Jax grow. I'm lucky to have such awesome family members and I'm more lucky to have such cute nieces ;)


To order prints from this session go to my website and click on the event Family - The Genslers. To see prices of other items you can order please click on my pricing tab located at the top of the blog.

Something new I'd like to add to the blog is something new I've learned from each session. I love to let you guys, my potential clients, know how I'm evolving and what I'm doing to become a better photographer so this should be great to acknowledge not only what I took away from the session but also to help show you guys there's never a peak of "knowing everything." So, this session I've learned that plan for the unexpected. Always expect things to not work out, if the wind is blowing while in the yard when you go out to the pasture it will be blowing worse. Be able to react and change up your plan at the drop of a hat, it'll make getting a one year old whose over due on her nap time smashing into her cake a little sooner.