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Jen + Adam

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Jen + Adam

I don’t think Jen + Adam had any idea what Life would throw them on their wedding day. I had the privilege of being there as an associate photographer on their ridiculously hot day. So hot, in fact, I had to go home prior to the reception due to heat stroke! On their wedding day blog post, I talked about their ability to be flexible in the face of adversity with the weather and their outdoor wedding venue. I’m not sure there’s a proper word in the dictionary for the kind of flexibility in adversity that Jen + Adam walked through a short few years ago.

You’ll notice there’s a little bear in most of their family photos. Jen was pregnant with their third child and went in for their 20 week ultrasound when the lab tech had to bring the doctor in. Which, for most who have been in this situation before know, that’s not a good thing. The doctor informed Jen & Adam that their baby would not survive outside of the womb because of defects with her kidneys and urinary tract: Potter’s Syndrome. They named their baby girl, Sawyer and went to Build-A-Bear to commemorate her with the recording of Sawyer’s heartbeat in hand. Build-A-Bear implanted the heartbeat recording into Sawyer-Bear and will replace any battery whenever necessary. Thankfully, Jen & Adam were able to have a fourth, perfectly healthy daughter after Sawyer, but her imprint will always be with their family and in these photos with the matching dress that Jen made for her. (I’ll pause here with the story while you go grab some kleenex…)

Having narrowly missed the rain drops (you can kind of see them falling in the photos below), the clouds parted like a sweet miracle and we just let the girls run and get the wiggles out for a bit:

Jen + Adam: It is an incredible honor to help document your family at this stage of your lives. I am so pleased the rain held off, the girls did phenomenally well and I’m thankful for the opportunity to cross paths again. Thank you for having me and I wish you the best of summers and transition to the school year-no matter what the Lord has in store for your career path!

Blessings,

Carrie

PS You can view the rest of our time together HERE.

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The Holle Family

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The Holle Family

This is a session at least two years in the waiting! Mel gifted her parents a family session not knowing that their worlds would be topsy turvy in the best of ways with two weddings and they’d be getting family photos on those special days. Fast forward to this particular morning and with a baby on the way (congrats Mel!) it was time to get it done!

Mel, Deb et al: Thank you so much for having me and waiting such a long time for it to all come together! I wish you the best of luck on the addition to your family and hope everything goes swimmingly well!

Blessings,

Carrie

PS You can view the rest of our time together HERE.

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Amanda + Trevor

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Amanda + Trevor

Whew! June is almost over and these sessions happened awhile back so I’m catching up! Amanda & Trevor have become sweet friends ever since their first session with me when their oldest was turning 1. Graham is now 5, going on 6 and a third Little Boy is on the way (due on Loch’s bday, no less!) We squeezed in a short maternity/family session because ice cream was waiting for us at home as a reward and play time with our kids. Here are some of the best that we captured of Amanda, Trevor, Graham, Blaine (born a month before Loch) and Baby!

We let the boys play on the playground with Laidy & Loch for a job well done and caught a few of just Amanda with Trevor:

Trevor & Amanda, You guys are awesome! I’m so thankful we’re friends and that our kids are growing up together. I’m also really excited to meet Baby #3-you guys have a pretty great “clone stamp” with your boys, so I’m sure this one will be just as adorable and full of cheeks!

Best on his arrival and becoming a family of 5!!
Carrie

PS You can view the rest of our session together HERE.

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Melissa + Ryan ( + Ava)

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Melissa + Ryan ( + Ava)

I review ages of the children I photograph while on their session together. And my jaw was continually on the floor that Amelia is now 5, Jaxon is now 10 (on the day of our shoot!) and Ava, their beloved mini-schnauzer (who’s not so mini) is now 12. And being a not-so-mini 12 yr old schnauzer, Melissa wanted lots of photos of their family’s best friend. When I first photographed Ava, she was a bouncy, rambunctious 4-ish year old puppy and not only did I run after her, but I was running after Jaxon who had just learned how to run. Now, both Jaxon & Ava have calmed their approach to my camera and Ava is blind. Blessedly, she was totally sedentary for our photos and we worked our posing around her-she totally was the belle of this ball and rocked it. The ones that she is in (and the header photo for this post) are probably my favorite of her (and her human siblings) ever!

Amelia, our youngest human on the shoot, was entirely ready to show off her pearly whites and either held my hand, gave me high-5s or hugs throughout the shoot. It was such a blessing! I can totally imagine Amelia’s & Jaxon’s senior sessions in the years to come!

We added Ava to the mix and these are, by far, my favorites. :) She may be blind, but for a split second her eyes saw my camera and locked on me! The only challenge was when we went to take some walking photos, she was a little gun-shy about walking in new territory, so Melissa and Ryan carried her.

We gave our schnauzer model a job well done back rub and gave her a break while we did just a few of everyone without her in the picture. Hopefully, she’s in the family’s proverbial picture for many years to come though!

Melissa & Ryan, have I seriously been photographing your sweet babes for the last 8-ish years?! How is that possible!? It is such a blessing to me to watch Jaxon grow up to a pre-teen (gasp!) and see Amelia totally at ease in her skin with folks (me) she doesn’t see every day. In short: ya done good!!! You are a joy in my life and I’m so thankful to be along for the ride with your family!

Much love and many love pats to Ava,

Carrie

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Behind the Scenes : 2018

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Behind the Scenes : 2018

At this time last year, we had no idea what 2018 had in store for us. We had vague ideas of possibilities, but New Year’s Day threw us for a loop and the first quarter of the year was absolutely nuts. Our capacities were stretched in ways we never would’ve imagined and my photography business was a routine that I really appreciated in the midst of the potential unknowns. This business has allowed me to invest in my retirement, our children’s college education, their Christian preschool education, and purchase airfare to see family. While at times, it seemed that I was spending time away from my family in order to save up to see my family, this business helped us squeak by on a tight budget to help me stay in the field of education with a long-standing hope that I’d be in a certified teaching position someday.

That hope has now been realized and I am so thankful for how my clients have supported me, been my cheerleaders and referred business to me to keep me going. They’ve been such an encouragement through challenging seasons and been so understanding when I’ve needed to take a step back for various reasons (maternity leave, this year’s teaching position being full time, to name a few). Our family would not be where we are today without you!!

As I look ahead to 2019 and all its possibilities, this past school year semester has shown me that the boundaries I’m placing on my business are the right course for our family. I dearly love my clients-turned-friends and friends-who-are-clients, so in order to best serve them and meet the needs of our family, I’m going to maintain the boundaries of shooting during the summer months and ease up during the school year. Next fall’s teaching position hasn’t been nailed down yet, but as that becomes more clear to us, I’ll know more if I can take on a limited number of sessions in the fall season.

Phew! All that being said, here’s a look back at 2018 behind the scenes!!!

The year started with a senior winter session on her farm with her horses and a few indoor sessions in our new home in March. This particular January morning with Katie’s horses required multiple layers in sub-zero temps, but Katie took them off for photos to show the outfit she wanted. We so appreciated her dad’s help with the horses so she could ride bareback! Dads are the best and made so many of my sessions this year happen! The next photo below is another Katie friend of mine and her sweet daughter turning one-Lorelei. Gotta love outtakes at baby sessions!

After taking an online course from the amazing Katelyn James on lighting, location and layout, I felt poised and ready to take on an otherwise gloomy April wedding for Jen & Jacob. With the help of my wonderful assistant, Sarah, a reflector and a beautiful bride & groom, we delivered photos that I was super proud of and didn’t at all reveal the cloudy/rainy day that it was!

A friend recommended this new spot for her summer session and I used it multiple times for other seniors and families-it worked out beautifully Leah, Thanks!!! Also, a game we can play as we look through these Behind the Scenes: how many times can you find my wind-up froggie bath toy in kids’ hands? I use it to get their attention to look at the camera, but many times, it ends up in their hands to keep them smiling!

We also used familiar places in new ways and again, Dads ruled the day to entertain and uplift spirits during the shoot, while the Moms prepped and wrangled logistics beforehand. :)

I also love how parents’ arms made quite a show during sessions this past summer. Whether it was to prop up a 6 month old and spot her or to offer a treat in between takes, or threaten a tickle to garner a smile, arms got a bunch of photos all their own! (PS Find the froggie?)

For Allie and her horse, Shady, hair-ography made an appearance and Shady made it a close competition for who is more difficult to wrangle: toddlers or a horse? lol :) Allie was a great sport throughout it all and she definitely earned a full spot on this Behind the Scenes post:

And anytime that a family of 16 arrives to their session ready to go and EARLY(!) they deserve a full spot on this post as well: (PS Can you spot the Arm of Comfort? See? Arms really made sessions happen this season!)

And, again, Moms for the win! Jenna’s mom snapped a shot of me climbed up on her car to get an elevated angle of Jenna in a gorgeous sunflower field. This was a new spot for me and we maximized our time there until the sun went down. And Ricci, Nick’s mom, was so helpful with a reflector as the sun went down on his session too. :) I’ve always had the tradition of the senior having a photo with the parent who attends their session with them…Nick’s session made me want to instate the tradition that I get a photo with the senior too!

I had to include this one because of Ella’s face! It’s such a great shot of her personality as she differentiates herself from her three older brothers. And, we were about 75% of the way done with their session at this point. . . oh, sweet, sweet children! :) Kelsey also caught a sweet moment of me with her two oldest—I have photographed her babies since they were in utero and to hold their hands while we’re walking during our session was such a special moment for me. Knowing that I’m their Family Photographer and that I’ve photographed their family from the beginning…..what a blessing!! The Hol’s session below those photos was done in freezing temps and their girls were such troopers. We wrapped their session in all of 15 minutes in the midst of breezy, chilly conditions. Way to go families!!

Lastly, some Behind the Scenes from the last wedding of the season: Christen & Chase’s day was probably the most beautiful day of October and I love helping a bride get ready for her day so much that Sarah, my trusty assistant, had to remind me to get out of the shot so I could take the shots! ;)

What a year 2018 has been! Every month, every session, every client and friend that made this season possible: THANK YOU! Thank you for being so understanding with the schedule and boundaries I needed to place in my life for my sanity and family. Thank you for your flexibility, compassion and camaraderie to make this year happen. You truly are the best a woman could ask for and you make me look forward to 2019 with such optimism and excitement for what our summer season has in store!

Now taking bookings for 2019 (that means YOU, Class of 2020!!!),

Happiest of New Years!!
Carrie

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