September 3, 2015

Colleen and Cory's Blackhills Wedding

This couple has been such a joy to work with and get to know. The groom is oh so handsome, and the bride, full of beauty with the most gorgeous eyes I've ever seen! It was such an honor to get to be their wedding photographer for their big day in the Blackhills of South Dakota.

Here's a snippet of their wedding day.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Blackhills Receptions & Rentals
Florist: Spring Creek Designs
Cake Artist: The Rolling Cupcake (Cupcakes were super yummy! Makes my mouth water just thinking about them!)
DJ: Powerhouse DJ

September 2, 2015

How often do you need custom photography?

Ultimately, that is your choice. For more clients, they will choose to document more of their children as they are smaller and then milestones as they get older. Babies and toddlers change so rapidly that they need to be photographed more than the tween and teens. We suggest a newborn, 7 month (or when they are sitting), and one year session for their first year. Then we move on to yearly portrait sessions. Once they are seniors in high school, this is typically the last time you really get to have them photographed until their wedding.

You may decide on more per year to update the family portrait. Keep in mind that these are the special portraits that will document their life and they will have as keepsakes forever.

Next week: How do you take care of your portraits?

September 1, 2015

Corbin's 7-month Baby Plan Portrait Session

Corbin is back for his 7-month baby plan portrait session and oh boy did we have fun with this big guy! Corbin made us work a little harder to get him warmed up to the studio and to my assistant and I, but it was totally worth it! Corbin has such cute expressions and big smiles. It was hard to pick just a few photographs to show off on the blog.

Outfits and props for baby planners are provided by Jenny Lee's Photography. If you have a baby and would like to photograph his milestones, fill out the contact form on the website There's also a link below this blog post.

August 29, 2015

Elizabeth and Charlie are Expecting a Baby Girl

Elizabeth and Charlie are such a perfect couple! They were so easy going and relaxed in front of the camera. Renee, my assistant, and I enjoyed every minute with this couple for their maternity session and we can't wait to meet their baby girl! It was so hard to narrow down my favorites.

August 26, 2015

What should you wear?

The answer would depend on many factors such as weather, location, emotion, message and purpose of the portrait. We suggest to our clients that we want to focus on the face and emotion of the portrait for years to come. We don't want our clients to dress in a manner that distracts from that as a general rule. We tell our clients that long sleeves, darker jewel tones (navy, hunter green, charcoal) and similar colors work the best as a general rule. We try to stay away from black and white as well as distracting patterns or mismatched groupings if at all possible. Try to make the family look great together, but not uniforms. However, you know that any rule can always be broken! Make sure it is something somewhat comfortable. We don't want to be constantly adjusting your outfit. Check your accessories - look polished, but not overdone! Makeup should be daily wear to slightly heavier. Definitely check your nails and toes if they will be showing or your shoes and socks. Don't get your haircut or colored the week of your portrait.

Of course, most clients want to know what is slimming and it is exactly what we suggest as our general rule. Darker colors recede and make thing appear smaller. Clothing is only one of the elements that makes the final image. Custom photographers have studied a great deal on posing and that can really make or break your perception of the final image.

Next week: How often do you need custom photography?

August 25, 2015

Find the Frames that fit your Unique Style

From Classic to Colorful to Charming

Traditional Yet Modern

Let your images speak for themselves with frames in classic black, silver, gold, or dark or light woodworks. These frames are perfect for family and wedding portraits. Pair them with black and white images and white matting for a formal presentation. Add class to any setting with the clean, crisp look of our traditional frames.

A Pop of Color

Are you looking for something fun? These fun shaped and colored frames come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. These frames bring a fresh look into any room, especially kids rooms, nurseries, and living rooms. Mix and match colors and shapes in a wall collage for more fun!

Shabby Chic

Add a rustic charm to your images with Toffee Crunch, Rum Raisin, or Barnwood Frames. These frames bring character and warmth into the home. Pair them with vintage-themed weddings, outdoor family sessions, picturesque scenery, and any image that's a little bit country! Mix with other frames in a display to add dimension and even more charm!

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