Caia : Class of 2020

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Caia : Class of 2020

You know those random ideas you get in the middle of the night? The middle of your shower? or while you’re brushing your teeth? This shoot is one of them and it started with the question, “How can I get Caia in front of my camera? I would love for her to be a CKSenior.” Both she and her sister had taken my photography class at NHS and their mom is an elementary teacher in Laidy’s building. It seriously was a match made in heaven. My plan was hatched and I gave Jackie a call.

We agreed it’d be an educational shoot, a mini senior session since Caia already had had some taken while at camp as a counselor all summer. I would teach both girls about how I pose and work with a client and review with Cadyn composition, manual mode settings and all the other things we’d touched on in my photography class. These two girls, while sisters, are also the best of friends, so I really think they thoroughly enjoyed themselves in our brief time together. My only regret? We should’ve started earlier in the evening since our cloud cover took our sun away too soon. But Cadyn knocked it out of the park! All of these photos of Caia are her’s, while mine are the Behind the Scenes of Cadyn “shooting” Caia. What a blast!!

I can totally picture Caia being a Panther apparel model, can’t you?

We hustled to another side of downtown and really had to work on how to leverage the light left in the day since it was partly shaded by trees and buildings. (The one of Caia under the awning may be mine, but the rest of these are all Cadyn!)

On a last ditch effort to try something new and end my #CKSenior season with a bang, we went to the water feature by the Civic Center and in between bikers doing tricks through the water, we caught some great expressions from Caia:

Ladies: It was a pleasure-an absolute joy working with both of you! I love the questions you ask, your intentionality behind your actions and decisions, not to mention your style. (Can you come clothes shopping with me and help a girl out?!) :) Thanks so much for agreeing to this educational shoot and I hope you gained a lot out of it!

Blessings,

Mrs. Krupke

PS You can view Caia’s favorites and more Behind the Scenes HERE.

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Paige : Class of 2020

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Paige : Class of 2020

One of the last #CKSeniors for the Class of 2020, Paige hails from Ankeny and is a girl who doesn’t mince words. She means what she says and says what she means-no second guessing! I love the changes that I’ve made to my business this season in offering more products to clients on the back end after their session is complete. Our viewing consultation session after the photos have been taken? It’s super fun to hear the seniors and their parents ooooh and aahhhhh over the photos as we cull through them together! Some folks take quite a while to hone it down to their favorite 25ish. Not Paige! She knew what she liked right when she saw it and, more importantly, WHY. Talk about incredible feedback to me as a photographer! We had a blast and I loved shooting in familiar places but in a new way on this shoot:

Paige-your eyes are stunning!

I don’t shoot at Grey’s Lake often, but the golden light we saw was really hard to resist!

Paige-Congratulations on your senior year! I hope it’s everything you want it to be and more. All the best to you after graduation as well. Your sassy no-nonsense, clear cut approach to Life will take you far and I know you’ll laugh as you go!

Blessings,

Carrie

PS You can view Paige’s favorites HERE.

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Keli + Kyle

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Keli + Kyle

Oh, this family. I look back on the families I’ve been blessed to photograph and for many of them, their relationship with my camera started at their engagement session, then wedding, and now as their family has grown. Keli & Kyle are such salt-of-the-earth people. Kyle is the kind of servant that he helped carry my camera equipment on HIS wedding day! Keli’s flexibility is so wonderful and understanding of our family’s needs. In short, I love this family dearly and I’m so thankful I get to photograph them! Their littlest (Phin) was a hoot!! Enjoy his laughter that I’m sure you can hear through the photos!

A few of just Phin & big sis, Hannah:

Keli + Kyle: Thank you for allowing me the honor of photographing your family from its very beginnings. It is so special to me to play this role in your lives and thank you for the opportunity! We’ll be seeing more of each other as our family transitions to the Downtown location for our church and while changes are challenging, knowing I get to see more of you soothes the sting. Thank you for being wonderful people and God with arms on when I need it most.

You’re the best,

Carrie

PS You can view more of our time together HERE.

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Baby Shane : 3 weeks old

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Baby Shane : 3 weeks old

This was a shoot two weeks in the making. Baby Shane was found to have an infection shortly after birth that required a 14 day stint of antibiotics and a watchful eye in the hospital for that length of time as well. So, going into this newborn shoot, I knew we’d be more the lifestyle approach than the curl-up-in-all-sorts-of-poses shoot. And really, that is ok with me!

We started with Ben and his TWO kids first then gave Big Sis a breather to space out when her smiling duties would be. :)

We let Big Sis Ellie have a snack break with Ben while we did some of just Mama Jess & Shane-these might be my favorite of the whole afternoon-before finishing on the front step as a family of FOUR:

Jess + Ben: From your engagement photos, to your wedding day, from Ellie’s arrival to Shane’s, it’s been an honor to watch the story of your family unfold and I’m so thankful that you’ve chosen me to capture it all! It was such a relief to find out that Shane’s infection didn’t have long lasting effects and that, while delayed a bit and super stressful, he’s now home and healthy and utterly perfect. I can’t wait to see how Ellie dotes on “her baby” as the years progress!

Blessings & all the sleep you can manage,

Carrie

PS You can view more of our time together HERE.

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Savanna : Class of 2020

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Savanna : Class of 2020

This girl is going places. She does her homework on a topic and becomes an expert-she even referenced my senior magazine and when she did, her mom said she read it approximately four times! Savanna is taking just about every class this year as an AP or Honors course and was already fretting over how to fit in college visits with that rigorous a schedule before school started. We were, however, able to kick up our heels (literally & figuratively) during our time together and have a ball! I love that despite her hefty course load, we were able to capture some of her silly side and that those silly portraits became her & her mom’s favorites simply because “that’s our Savanna”. Enjoy!

A quick outfit change and we tried the same spot before hopping over to a new locale:

I think she had just swatted a bug away from her face in the photo above, or maybe it was something I said…Either way, these next several photos in the white lace dress that she plans to wear for graduation had us all enthralled and super ecstatic to see the final products!!! (And yes, this dress is to die for because it has POCKETS!)

Here comes the fun!

Savanna-I hope you have a wonderful senior year and I know you will figure out a way to do college visits in the midst of those tough classes. If your session is any indicator of how studious and prepared you are-naturally gifted in organization and administration-then I think you’ll be just fine! It was such a pleasure to work with you, select your favorites and produce items for you that you’ll treasure forever!

Enjoy the ride,

Carrie

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