Category Archives: Life

I have had the incredible honor of working with Ashley (as well as her family) for many sessions over the years! Everything from senior pictures, a sister session for their parents for Christmas, family pictures, real estate pictures for her mom, and now retiring fair queen pictures. This is the part of photography I love. Lately,…

We’ve been a bit silent over the past week or so on social media, our blog, and so on. Here’s a birth story… A week ago Monday, October 17, we had just been at my sister’s house for a meal celebrating my dad’s birthday. As we were leaving, Natasha said she was feeling tightening or…

I think after I turned 17, birthdays really weren’t anything crazy for me. They were just another day. In fact, ever since I was 18, I’ve done some kind of work on my birthday. After starting with photography, I would try and book a wedding on my birthday (or at least the weekend right around that…

I got to welcome in my niece this week and what better way to do so than to bring my camera and take some pictures. 🙂 Plus I love challenging myself to get great pictures even if the area may not be the best, and let’s be real, a hospital room is not the prettiest…

Every photographer faces it, we do so much work photographing other people as part of our job and we lose touch with the reason we got started. Maybe you started photographing kids and then transitioned to weddings and haven’t photographed many kids in years. Maybe it was wildlife photography and because it didn’t bring you…

If you follow my Facebook at all, I just recently posted a status at how I felt like a failure as a photographer because I don’t do many personal projects. I shoot so many weddings, seniors, families, and other portrait sessions for others, but very little for myself, and that doesn’t make much sense to…

It’s bridal show time, which means it’s prime time for wedding planning! And there’s no better way to have access to so many wedding vendors. From decoration, to catering, music, photographers and everything in-between, they are all there. As a vendor it’s obviously a great way to gain exposure with so many couples, but it’s…

When I first started photography it was my dream to photograph the X Games. After graduation high school, I realize this dream was about as possible as my dream to play in the NBA. After a year of photography and graphic design I decided my best route would be to just get into business and…

I’m sure many of us have heard this saying whether it’s been in academics, sports, jobs, personal goals, etc. This is a saying I try to remember all the time especially when growing a business. I never want to get in that rut as a photographer, nay as a person, where I get comfortable with…

I can’t believe it’s already been just over a week since the 2012 Thelma Keller Convention Center Bridal Expo in Effingham, IL took place! I absolutely love this show because the Convention Center is just a great place for wedding receptions and because there are SO many brides that come through. I was blown away…

So as some of you might know, my birthday was August 29, and I joked with some saying that I celebrate my birthday just about like a celebrity would. How’s that, you might ask? Well, it lasted about a week long, we went to multiple cities, the only thing missing was a six-digit price tag…

Oh June temperatures, where have you gone? What an AMAZING month we had last month as far as temperature is concerned. Last year my sister got married in June and we literally got one picture taken outside before we gave up the idea of doing outdoor pictures. The heat index that particular Saturday was over…

Is this weather just the best ever?! The sun is out, it’s 60-70s outside, and everything is becoming green and colorful! Not only is the surrounding environment taking off, but weddings are beginning to take off, the studio is nearly finished, and I can now mow my grass!! Yes, I have been looking so forward…

I decided this week I’d do a completely off the wall post that has nothing to do with photography. 🙂 Hence the reason (again) for naming Friday blogs; Random Fridays. Let me give you some backstory before we get to today. Natasha and I have had a dog, Gracie, for about a year now. She…

The past couple days have not only been COLD, but they have been wet. It’s funny because every year where I am, we seem to always just miss the ice storm, it either goes north or south of us and yet never seems to affect this area. While we have not obviously seen the worst…

There’s a reason I call these Random Fridays, primarily so I can discuss whatever I want, and it’s totally fine because it’s Random. 🙂 Studio Construction has kind of been on hold for a while with all the expos of this month, but now that the expos are behind we will continue with the construction…

After a busy month of preparation, construction, and miles traveled, the bridal expos are now behind. Two weeks ago I had the Keller Convention Center bridal expo in Effingham. In preparation for it, I had planned on being on an outside booth, then three weeks before the expo I get my layout only to find…

I’ve done a blog post similar to this call Back To My Roots, however this one is a tad different. I was going through a lot of my older pictures from back in the day to revamp my “about me” page on my website. I came across a handful of CDs with a lot of…

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