Thursday, November 24, 2016

Small Business Saturday 2016 // Dirt Road Photography // Session Discounts

What a fun time of year! I always like to give my clients an opportunity to get HUGE discounts on session fees so this is the one time I offer discounts. Every year I have so many amazing clients and this is the one way I can thank them by discounting their session fees for booking next year. I'll start out with leaving the "list" of updated info so you can see how many discounts are left and will list a little more info below.

60% OFF SESSION FEE - Bobby Swanson
60% OFF SESSION FEE - Angie Pribyl
60% OFF SESSION FEE - Talicia Schweitzer
60% OFF SESSION FEE - Heather Slama
60% OFF SESSION FEE - Kim Theobald
60% OFF SESSION FEE - Lyllenne Trauger
50% OFF SESSION FEE - Maggie Bruss
50% OFF SESSION FEE - Becky Anderson
50% OFF SESSION FEE - Xochitl Boughtin
50% OFF SESSION FEE - Jill Muff
50% OFF SESSION FEE - Jenny Meints
40% OFF SESSION FEE - Kili Krauter
40% OFF SESSION FEE - Chelsea Lane
40% OFF SESSION FEE - Jill Sand
40% OFF SESSION FEE - Sian Linhart
25% OFF SESSION FEE - Jennifer Swanson
25% OFF SESSION FEE - Jenna Rezabek


Eeek! So excited to fill these spots up! Here some info:

The discounts will be on a first come first serve basis and will be priced according to the 2016 pricing structure. *All prints/products will be based upon the current 2017 pricing structure at the time of viewing session* I will create an invoice to send your way and you have the option to pay your invoice via credit card or check/cash payment by 11/30/16. All session fees must have at least HALF of the session fee paid before the end of the year in order to retain the pricing given with these discounts. If it is not halfway paid off you will be subject to regular pricing, the amount you've already paid will be applied to the current pricing at the time of booking. Only one session discount per person allowed to ensure others can get some awesome discounts as well. All offers and discounts end on 11/30/16.

Wanna get a head start and work on setting a specific date for the session you just booked? Head over to the Dirt Road Photography Booking Calendar and check it out!

So there's all the info! Let me know if you have questions and let's getcha on the books! Thanks again for supporting small business' like mine, we really do appreciate the extra support! :)

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Nebraska Photographer, Nebraska Newborn Photographer, Nebraska Family Photographer, Nebraska Senior Photographer, Nebraska Child Photographer, Wilber Nebraska, Dorchester Nebraska, Crete Nebraska, Friend Nebraska, DeWitt Nebraska, Plymouth Nebraska
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To book a session please contact us!

Dirt Road Photography
910 County Road 1500
Dorchester, NE 68343
Website: Dirt Road Photography
Email: kelseynerud@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 826-9245

Thursday, November 10, 2016

- Kid's Christmas Mini's 2016 -

I cannot believe it's time to think of Christmas but I want to give you plenty of time to print and share your kiddos' pictures with friends and family so it's time to get it scheduled!

I'm running the mini's exactly like last year so it should be pretty familiar with those who participated last year. I will have some props on hand for the smaller kiddos who aren't quite sitting as well as lots of things for them to play with.



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I will be updating and editing the original link with openings as they fill.



1:00 - Caldwell's
2:00 - OPEN
3:00 - OPEN
4:00 - OPEN
5:00 - OPEN
6:00 - OPEN

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Here's the low down on the basic info for ya: 

November 20th - This is the only day I will be running the mini session special pricing.

45 Minute Sessions - I will run the sessions in 45 minute increments to allow time to prep for the next kiddos to arrive. There are two options of set-ups so make sure to bring your favorite holiday outfits as well as some jammies to get snuggly in while snacking on some cookies.

5 Digital Download Images - Your session fee includes FIVE digital files for you to download off of the website once the session is complete. I will also include extra files you're welcome to upgrade and purchase but they will not be included in your session fee.

Photo Print Release - A photo print release is included in your digital download so you can print your images anywhere but I recommend you purchase prints through a quality print lab to ensure the beautiful pictures you paid for can live up to their full potential.

Three Children Maximum - With limited space for these indoors we are trying to keep it simple and fun. Thanks for understanding :)

So there it is! Ready to book your session yet?! Hurry before they fill up!


*Should weather cause issues (slick/icy roads or a magical blizzard) I will notify everyone as soon as possible for the reschedule date. I will not be giving a full refund to those who cannot make the reschedule date work, but you will receive a partial refund.


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Nebraska Photographer, Nebraska Newborn Photographer, Nebraska Family Photographer, Nebraska Senior Photographer, Nebraska Child Photographer, Wilber Nebraska, Dorchester Nebraska, Crete Nebraska, Friend Nebraska, DeWitt Nebraska, Plymouth Nebraska
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To book a session please contact us!

Dirt Road Photography
910 County Road 1500
Dorchester, NE 68343
Website: Dirt Road Photography
Email: kelseynerud@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 826-9245

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Newborn Session // Devanie Linn // Nebraska Photographer


I adore squishy babies soooo much! This little girl was so fantastic and did great for her session!


I love when parents show up with ideas and gifts from others to include in their sessions. Little Devanie is deffinately loved and cared about and I can tell that mommy and daddy are so in love with her. I cannot wait to share this first year with them and I am beyond excited to watch her grow and change. I have a hunch her hair will grow quickly too ;)


Thanks you Warning's and I cannot wait to see you guys again shortly :)

To view images from their session please visit their link!

Want to get a discounted session? Contact them to ask her about a referral discount!

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Nebraska Photographer, Nebraska Newborn Photographer, Nebraska Family Photographer, Nebraska Senior Photographer, Nebraska Child Photographer, Wilber Nebraska, Dorchester Nebraska, Crete Nebraska, Friend Nebraska, DeWitt Nebraska, Plymouth Nebraska
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To book a session please contact us!
Dirt Road Photography
910 County Road 1500
Dorchester, NE 68343
Email: kelseynerud@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 826-9245

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Transformation Tuesday - Haeley

I love my seniors! Seriously, hands down my absolute favorite to photograph!


Haeley is gorgeous the way she is so it didn't take much on my end but as you can tell I lightened her up a bit, smoothed her skin out a little and pulled some shadows off of her. Perfection!

Lens: 85mm - ISO: 250 - Aperature: f/1.8 - Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec


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Nebraska Photographer, Nebraska Newborn Photographer, Nebraska Family Photographer, Nebraska Senior Photographer, Nebraska Child Photographer, Wilber Nebraska, Dorchester Nebraska, Crete Nebraska, Friend Nebraska, DeWitt Nebraska, Plymouth Nebraska
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To book a session please contact us!
Dirt Road Photography
910 County Road 1500
Dorchester, NE 68343
Email: kelseynerud@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 826-9245

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Senior Session // Tyra Mollhoff // Nebraska Photographer


Eeek I loooove senior girls. They're so much fun to chit chat all things girly with! Plus, they love a good social media shout out as much as the next girl ;) Tyra was so beautiful and getting to know her was so much fun. She's fearless and ready for my weird requests with posing.


Tyra was so kind, she came with some amazing outfit choices and I was so excited that she wanted some of the same fun, colorful country shots that I had in mind. She was so sweet and super stylish. Her mom came and we chatted about all the fun experiences with volleyball. I loved hearing how their season is going and I can't wait to follow her and hopefully hear about a successful season this year!


Thanks again Tyra for coming down from Lincoln to the farm. It was so much fun hanging out with you and you are such a kind person! Good luck this year with volleyball!


To view images from their session please visit their link!

Want to get a discounted session? Contact the Tyra to ask her about a referral discount!

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Nebraska Photographer, Nebraska Newborn Photographer, Nebraska Family Photographer, Nebraska Senior Photographer, Nebraska Child Photographer, Wilber Nebraska, Dorchester Nebraska, Crete Nebraska, Friend Nebraska, DeWitt Nebraska, Plymouth Nebraska
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To book a session please contact us!
Dirt Road Photography
910 County Road 1500
Dorchester, NE 68343
Email: kelseynerud@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 826-9245

Monday, August 22, 2016

2016 Fall Family Mini Session

It's time to think about your fall family pictures already to ensure you'll save the date!!

I'm running the fall mini's exactly like last year so it should be pretty familiar with those who participated last year. I will have some props on hand for the smaller kiddos who aren't quite sitting or want a box to sit on as well as a few blankets for families to sit on.



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I will be updating and editing the original link with openings as they fill.



2:00 - OPEN
3:00 - Talicia Schweitzer
4:00 - Kili Krauter
5:00 - Kristen Palensky
6:00 - Kim Theobald

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Here's the low down on the basic info for ya: 

October 22nd - This is the only day I will be running the mini session special pricing.

45 Minute Sessions - I will run the sessions in 45 minute increments to allow time to prep for the next family to arrive. 

(24) 5"x7" Holiday Cards - The session fee will include 24 holiday cards of your choice! I will give you an album of templates to choose from and you submit the information you'd like, just another way to simplify your holiday season ;)

5 Digital Download Images - Your session fee includes FIVE digital files for you to download off of the website once the session is complete. I will also include extra files you're welcome to upgrade and purchase but they will not be included in your session fee.

Photo Print Release - A photo print release is included in your digital download so you can print your images anywhere but I recommend you purchase prints through a quality print lab to ensure the beautiful pictures you paid for can live up to their full potential.

Five Person Maximum - To ensure we can complete your session in a timely manner there is a five person maximum for your family. If there are additional family members it will be $10 per person. This is meant to be a mini session so please keep generation family sessions for a separate time.

So there it is! Ready to book your session yet?! Hurry before they fill up!

*Should weather cause issues I will notify everyone as soon as possible for the reschedule date. I will not be giving a full refund to those who cannot make the reschedule date work, but you will receive a partial refund.

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Nebraska Photographer, Nebraska Newborn Photographer, Nebraska Family Photographer, Nebraska Senior Photographer, Nebraska Child Photographer, Wilber Nebraska, Dorchester Nebraska, Crete Nebraska, Friend Nebraska, DeWitt Nebraska, Plymouth Nebraska
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To book a session please contact us!
Dirt Road Photography
10 County Road 1500
Dorchester, NE 68343
Website: Dirt Road Photography
Email: kelseynerud@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 826-9245

Fall Booking Calendar

I cannot believe that school is already starting and it's time for me to deflate my little kiddie pool! With school starting and the weather changing soon it will be harvest and my busiest season of the year. Between photo sessions with my favorite clients and sitting in the tractor/grain cart chasing around the hubby's combine it's definitely my most stressful time of year but it's also hands down my favorite time of the year.

With being busy comes sacrifice. After taking our little "MiniMoon" after our wedding we discussed my schedule and realized that it's just not practical for me to take on a full season of sessions along with trying to chase the boys around for 10+ hours a day all while trying to keep my sanity. So, for sanity sake we've chosen to back off me taking on sessions and focus on giving the clients that do book earlier a better experience.

I want to ensure my clients are getting their images back in a timely manner as well as getting quality work. To do this I need to focus on less quantity (of sessions) and more quality (of sessions).

So, with all that being said, please keep in mind my fall fills fast. Now isn't a bad time to start working on nailing a date down. We can absolutely schedule something and come closer to that date if we realize it won't work we can work on rescheduling.

Let's get your date set, your deposit down and get your family ready to have fun at their session!!

Here's a link to my DIRT ROAD PHOTOGRAPHY CALENDAR for you to check out and see what's open to book.

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Nebraska Photographer, Nebraska Newborn Photographer, Nebraska Family Photographer, Nebraska Senior Photographer, Nebraska Child Photographer, Wilber Nebraska, Dorchester Nebraska, Crete Nebraska, Friend Nebraska, DeWitt Nebraska, Plymouth Nebraska
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To book a session please contact us!
Dirt Road Photography
10 County Road 1500
Dorchester, NE 68343
Website: Dirt Road PhotographyFacebook: Dirt Road PhotographyEmail: kelseynerud@gmail.com
Phone: (402) 826-9245

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cutest Kid Contest 2016


We've reached 1,500 "likes" on Facebook and to celebrate we're running a contest!
E-mail us your entries at kelseyhomolka@hotmail.com and follow the directions as listed.
The photo with the most votes/”likes” will receive a free mini session with five digital images included!
Accepting photo submissions from August 1st - 14th. 
Voting will be from August 15th - 29th.
Winner will be announced August 31st.


Contest Rules:
- Photo’s submitted cannot be taken by a professional photographer
- Free session does not apply to any booked or past sessions
- Previous contest winners cannot participte
- Free session applies to children or family session only
- A fee may apply for any winner with over five people
-Free session must be redeemed by December 31st, 2016
- Digital download five images and limited print release is included
- Winner has the option to upgrade the session to include a full session


Check back for more information and as always, thank you for always supporting us!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Generation Family Session // The Barnas' // Nebraska Photographer


Have you ever met a family that is so kind, compassionate and caring yet also straight up hilarious and so welcoming to yourself as well as your entire community? I didn't realize I had ever officially met them until I shot images of their family. That's when it hit me that I've been lucky enough to grow up with this family and they've surrounded our community with so many blessings!!


The Barnas family does so much for our community and I absolutely love celebrating new milestones with their family, from the grandkids' success to enjoying meeting their newest dynasty members this family is always so awesome. They're always so positive and they're always willing to lend a hand and be generous. I know they're great at rocking out to polka music and I've heard quite a few hilarious jokes from them as well. Always a good time when a Barnas is around!


Thanks Barnas crew for inviting me out to come organize the circus.  You guys are hilarious and I secretly wish I was part of your tribe so I could come watch Elf all the time! #adoptme


To view images from their session please visit their link!

Want to get a discounted session? Contact the Barnas' to ask them about a referral discount!

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Nebraska Photographer, Nebraska Newborn Photographer, Nebraska Family Photographer, Nebraska Senior Photographer, Nebraska Child Photographer, Wilber Nebraska, Dorchester Nebraska, Crete Nebraska, Friend Nebraska, DeWitt Nebraska, Plymouth Nebraska
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To book a session please contact us!
Dirt Road Photography
910 County Road 1500
Dorchester, NE 68343
Email: kelseyhomolka@hotmail.com
Phone: (402) 826-9245

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Transformation Tuesday - Amelia

Nothing is more precious than little Miss Amelia and her constant running around, dancing and laughing skills. This girl really knows how to rock it and have fun!! :)

As you can tell I did minimal work on her since she's almost darn near perfect the way she is. Touched up her little drools, lightened up the overall image and did a little sharpening. Simple yet finishes out the image to perfection!

Lens: 85mm - ISO: 200 - Aperature: f/1.8 - Shutter Speed: 1/640 sec

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Nebraska Photographer, Nebraska Newborn Photographer, Nebraska Family Photographer, Nebraska Senior Photographer, Nebraska Child Photographer, Wilber Nebraska, Dorchester Nebraska, Crete Nebraska, Friend Nebraska, DeWitt Nebraska, Plymouth Nebraska
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To book a session please contact us!
Dirt Road Photography
910 County Road 1500
Dorchester, NE 68343
Email: kelseyhomolka@hotmail.com
Phone: (402) 826-9245

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Maternity Session // Jeremy & Heather // Nebraska Photographer


It's baby time!! I am super excited to meet their little boy. He's been prayed for and much anticipated for years and now their little family will finally meet their baby.


The Slama's are so much fun, I've known their family for years and to get to catch up with Jeremy and Heather was such a treat. I loved hearing about their fertility story and how ready for their little boy. He's going to rock his little stuffed cow buddy and although I'm not into green tractors I love hearing they're raising a little farm boy!


Thanks again for inviting me into your lives to capture these precious memories. I am super excited to meet baby boy and cannot wait to continue to watch your family grow and change.


To view images from their session please visit their link!

Want to get a discounted session? Contact Jeremy & Heather to ask them about a referral discount!

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Nebraska Photographer, Nebraska Newborn Photographer, Nebraska Family Photographer, Nebraska Senior Photographer, Nebraska Child Photographer, Wilber Nebraska, Dorchester Nebraska, Crete Nebraska, Friend Nebraska, DeWitt Nebraska, Plymouth Nebraska
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To book a session please contact us!
Dirt Road Photography
910 County Road 1500
Dorchester, NE 68343
Email: kelseyhomolka@hotmail.com
Phone: (402) 826-9245

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Transformation Tuesday - Delaney

It's summer! The heat and is here! What a fun session with the Splichal girls a few weeks ago, it's hard to think we were almost chilly that evening.

Here's an image of Delaney. I did a little touch up by warming up the image overall, smoothing out her cuts on her knee and sharpening a little bit. It's awesome to see such a huge change on the outcome!

Lens: 85mm - ISO: 252 - Aperature: f/3.5 - Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec

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Nebraska Photographer, Nebraska Newborn Photographer, Nebraska Family Photographer, Nebraska Senior Photographer, Nebraska Child Photographer, Wilber Nebraska, Dorchester Nebraska, Crete Nebraska, Friend Nebraska, DeWitt Nebraska, Plymouth Nebraska
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To book a session please contact us!
Dirt Road Photography
910 County Road 1500
Dorchester, NE 68343
Email: kelseyhomolka@hotmail.com
Phone: (402) 826-9245

Friday, June 10, 2016

She Gave Me Life Back

Sometimes my job is a thankless job.

My job can be tough. I am self employed. That means I have to work hard and depend on myself to bring home an income to afford the basic things that are necessary in life. 

I work evenings. I sacrifice my social life in order to accommodate times for families that work best with their own schedules.

I hide in my office. I spend most days editing, blogging, and posting to social media. These are things that are required to run my business. I sometimes work late into the night to ensure that clients can get their images back in a timely manner.

I negotiate pricing. With photography not being a necessary service I quite often have clients request discounts or say I charge "too much". While this is just part of the territory with my job I would never barter with other service industries. I don't ask my hair stylist to give me a discount because my hair is thinner. 

I keep my prices reasonable. Although I get a lot of backlash from my fellow photographers I do not have my print prices marked nearly where they should be. I want to give my clients the opportunity to receive high quality products at a reasonable price. I have access to the top quality photo labs in the country and instead of making a huge profit I charge just over my purchasing price point.

These are all things that are truthful to my job territory. I'm not telling you because I dislike or resent the career I've chosen, I'm telling you because you need to see what photographers deal with on a daily basis. It's the cost of doing business and it's the job I would choose over and over again because I absolutely love it. 

I wouldn't take back any of the sleepless stressed nights struggling with thoughts about the financial side of it. I love it all and my job is totally worth it when I get emails like this from my clients:


You see, what Rachel didn't know when she sent me this email was the frustration I was facing. I've been feeling less than par, that my new 2016 session structure is a flop, that my work is "just ok" and that I'm not actually worth my value.  

Rachel gave me my confidence back. She reminded me about the most basic and simple reason I started this venture in photography.

She gave me life back.

It was at 10:20 this morning when I read her email that I realized that I've got this simple gift of giving families memories that last a lifetime.

I'm giving families memories. Memories they can cherish and keep of themselves getting together and just celebrating life. Laughing, singing, and playing together is something we often forget to do so when clients come to sessions it's a fantastic time to just relax and have fun together.

I'm capturing beauty. Most people don't like the way they look. I try to boost their confidence and improve their love of themselves. Everyone deserves to feel pretty and if getting dressed up and standing in front of my camera doesn't help, photoshop does the rest. ;)

I'm documenting life. How we're living, dressing and what we're doing today will be a drastic change in one hundred years so to document our lifestyles now is very important to share with our kids. Think back to your grandparents, I bet they can tell you stories about driving with horses or using outhouses. With technology everything changes and it's important to document those changes.

I'm making an impact. I'm doing everything in my power to make an impact in people's lives. To share compassion, caring and kindness.


So as I opened this email and began reading, I noticed tears rolling down my cheeks. Her words impacted me and made me feel human again. Made me feel like I was doing something good for others. I love meeting and getting to know the families I serve. To watch the kids grow and learn. To specialize each and every session and give back to the families. What Rachel gave back to me were just ordinary words. Words thanking me for doing what I love. She gave me hope that I'm changing people, maybe a small change. But I'm making an impact on other people and that's my goal here on this earth.

So next time you get family pictures taken, THANK your photographer. Thank them for the countless hours behind the lens, sitting in front of their computer, taking workshops and learning. Your images may float around on social media for a few years but if you take the time to print them, those pictures will last hundreds of years for your future family to cherish.

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Nebraska Photographer, Nebraska Newborn Photographer, Nebraska Family Photographer, Nebraska Senior Photographer, Nebraska Child Photographer, Wilber Nebraska, Dorchester Nebraska, Crete Nebraska, Friend Nebraska, DeWitt Nebraska, Plymouth Nebraska
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To book a session please contact us!
Dirt Road Photography
910 County Road 1500
Dorchester, NE 68343
Email: kelseyhomolka@hotmail.com
Phone: (402) 826-9245


*Image credited to Tuesdays Together group members. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Transformation Tuesday - First Birthday Maddox

It's Tuesday again already?! Hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!

Here's an image from Maddox's First Birthday Session. The lighting was quite off so I had to go in and correct it as well as sharpen some goodies. Hope you enjoy seeing the transformation!

Lens: 35mm - ISO: 126 - Aperature: f/2.2 - Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec

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Nebraska Photographer, Nebraska Newborn Photographer, Nebraska Family Photographer, Nebraska Senior Photographer, Nebraska Child Photographer, Wilber Nebraska, Dorchester Nebraska, Crete Nebraska, Friend Nebraska, DeWitt Nebraska, Plymouth Nebraska
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To book a session please contact us!
Dirt Road Photography
910 County Road 1500
Dorchester, NE 68343
Email: kelseyhomolka@hotmail.com
Phone: (402) 826-9245

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Engagement Session // Calvin & Brittany // Nebraska Photographer


Eeek! Nothing is more fun than getting to know a new couple and chit chat about how their wedding planning is going! Beyond jeally that they're doing a destination wedding and willingly offered to go with and bring my camera ;)


Watching love blossom is so special and watching these two bloom into a in marriage is so exciting. They're so kind and gentle towards each other. So much love and compassion is shared. I love that they're full of laughter and truly inspire each other to work together and create a life. It's been an absolute joy getting to know them and I'm so happy that they asked me to capture their engagement pictures. When you have a gorgie couple to work with, it makes my job that much easier ;)


Thanks again Calvin and Brittany for inviting me to come socialize and learn more about your relationship. You guys are totally amazing and I'm so grateful that I got to hang out with you guys :)


To view images from their session please visit their link!

Want to get a discounted session? Contact Calvin and Brittany to ask them about a referral discount!

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Nebraska Photographer, Nebraska Newborn Photographer, Nebraska Family Photographer, Nebraska Senior Photographer, Nebraska Child Photographer, Wilber Nebraska, Dorchester Nebraska, Crete Nebraska, Friend Nebraska, DeWitt Nebraska, Plymouth Nebraska
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To book a session please contact us!
Dirt Road Photography
910 County Road 1500
Dorchester, NE 68343
Email: kelseyhomolka@hotmail.com
Phone: (402) 826-9245