Tuesday, February 22, 2011

{Sneak Peek} Shane & Jenna's Engagement Portraits

I am one blessed photographer!

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to photograph this beautiful couple. They will be getting married this spring & although I won't be photographing their actual wedding (because I'll be in it), I was super excited to be able to create their engagement session.

Congrats you two!!

Not only did we get together for their engagement photos, but Shane has a couple adorable little ones, so we did a few family portraits as well.

Can't wait to see you & show you the whole set. You guys are just too cute!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Looking for faces

That's right!! I'm looking for a few new faces. Brand new baby faces that is.

Are you expecting a sweet bundle of joy this spring or early summer?  If you are, or know someone who is & would like to get a free portrait session (with model release) and a few other goodies. 
 Please e-mail me for more details & a short 'application'.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My Life: Photos

I spent some time this week making out a blog schedule.  As part of my 'Growth' project I thought it would be great to have some recurring themes/posts. A couple of Sundays every month, I'm just going to post some 'snapshots' of things going on in my life.
This past week being girly birthday week, I've over-run this thing with family snapshots.

So I've decided to share the most recent family portraits, which are actually from our holiday session. It was a quick session that I did myself. Let me tell you, taking portraits of your own family is difficult, especially when you're supposed to be part of the subject matter as well.  I was beyond thrilled with the images I captured of the kids, especially Grace, she's a tough on to get natural photos of.

Hope you have a blessed week, it's another busy one around here.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Another Birthday Girl!!

This time it's Happy Birthday to the little Bean!!

2 years ago, I got to experience the joy of another little bundle of love. GraceE joined our family today & we're so blessed. She is a ball of fire & keeps everyone on their toes (literally, because you never know when you'll be run over, ran into or otherwise beat up, yup, she's the middle child & exhibits every characteristic you've ever read of middle children). She's got a soft side though, under her Wild Women, Evil Kanevil exterior. Sweet as sugar, which just happens to be her favorite side dish (if only we indulged her every wish). 

Here's a look back at the last couple of years:

Happy Birth Day Baby Girl:
 First Mommy Portraits:
 A drama queen from the start:
Happy 1st birthday, celebrated with piggie tails & pretty cake:
 (are you seeing a trend yet?!? Notice the unruley hair & wild eyes, haha)

And more recently, through year 2:

 See, still into the over reactive drama:

Yes, that's an I'm pretending to pout & trying super hard not to smile face.
 Happy Birthday, Crazy GraceE Bean!!  We Love you!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Thursdays Top 10

It's been a while since I've done a T's 10.
Today I'm linking you up to 10 websites &/or blogs you should check out.

1. Facebook--become a fan here.  It's a great social networking tool. I look forward to 'seeing' you all there.

2. Sweet Shoppe Designs -- some of THE best digital scrapbooking designers make this their home, an amazing communtiy & inspiring gallery.

3. Pinterest -- a gigantic melting pot of inspiration & ideas, this will suck you in.
 You can follow or repin gorgeous photos like this, think of it as a huge 'clipboard for magazine clippings & inspiration you'd find IRL.

This is NOT my photo, I am not taking credit, nor claiming it in any way. It is very beautiful & inspiring though. Original photo was pinned from: 
http://curbly.com/diy-maven/posts/4901-easy-citus-slices-flower-arrangement and it appears to originally be from BHG.

4. Pandora -- nothing like customized 'radio' stations to make the hours tick off a little sweeter.

5. A Bowl Full of Lemons -- this blog makes you want to clean something out & make it look pretty.

6. Make It & Love it -- I'm currently in love with crafty blogs, they go right along with my brainstorm.

7. Sweetest Kitchen -- another favorite thing to search, recipes. I love trying new recipes. This one has some goodies.

8. Etsy -- all the handmade, vintage goodness you could lay eyes on. Oh. my. Goodness. I could spend a lot of money here.

9. Blogger -- I check in here several times a day, following other bloggers. I also run both my Photo Blog (you're already here)  & Scrap blog from here.

10. Amanda Pratt Photography -- of course, how could I run a Top 10 websites & not send you on over there.  I'll be updating the Portfolio pages in the next couple of days, this will be one of the new additions there.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Happy Birthday to my Little Bug

I can not believe how fast the last 4 years have gone.

Today, my little Anna Bugs, turns 4 years old. It can't be, it just can't be!?! Not only is she having a birthday, but she's also growing into quite the little sassy lady. Goodness, teenage years are going to be... a trial for sure.
 She is changing & becoming more of a 'kid' and out of the toddler/little kid stage. It's a happy & sad time. She's a great helper & when she's not throwing her attitude around she's so much fun.
Here's a little look through the years:

Little Miss'  BirthDay:
 And her first 'portrait':

For her first birthday:
 Every princess must enjoy pink & purple cake on their birthday:

And at 2 years old:
 then there was 3, with a special lunch date & very first flowers from daddy:

& now she's growing up...4 (going on 19):

Happy Birthday my little Cowgirl!!!  We love you.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Just a Minute Monday

I thought this would be a fun little post to have once a month or so, we'll see how it works out. Writing a post in less than 1 minute.

I'm excited to see what the rest of this month has in store for me. So far there's been some growth!! Yay, for focus!

Here is a photo that I took in-between moving locations on Saturday afternoon. On our way from lakeside to the entrance we came across a herd of deer, not just any herd though...it was 6 bucks. 

This was my favorite capture. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

{Sneak Peek} Scharer Family, Montague, Portrait Photographer

I'm back tonight with a sneak peek !!
I've been super busy this weekend working on several different projects, I was hoping to get this up earlier today, but time escaped me & it's a little bit later than I had hoped.

I am so excited to show off this session. This session was beautiful, I know, it's winter & everything is drab, but that didn't stop us from getting some amazing images.

Nadia won a session over on my Facebook Fan page, celebrating the New Year. If you're not a fan already, I highly recommend it, you never know when a special or session opportunity will arise.

Isn't this the cutest.thing. ever!?!  I love this!

 Finally captured that sweet & shy smile. Sometimes it takes a little silly stuff & lots of playing (& work), but its so worth it. I just love capturing the little people (and their parents too). They are precious.

Thank you guys for a wonderful session. I'll be seeing you soon, can't wait to show you your entire proof set.