Allow me to introduce Mr. and Mrs. Baker of Springfield, MO. This lovely couple decided on romantic Eureka Springs for their wedding destination. They are a fun couple, Samantha a bit more reserved and Mikel a funny outgoing individual. Together they balance eachother and the love they showed during this celebration was undeniable!Read More
This weekend I received a call from a family who had a photoshoot scheduled. It was unfortunate that the hired photography had to cancel due to an emergency. However, EUREKA! They found me. I am so happy that did as this was one of the kindest families I have shot. They were down to earth, fun, and just plain, well......wonderful. Here are a few sneak peaks of the Barger family.
Sometime it seems we lose our priorities, or time passes before we know. Our life becomes a blur. At that moment it is important to take a moment to focus. What is going on? Are you satisfied? Are you looking for something more? Even in my busy hectic world, I wanted to do something where I could use my skills to make a difference. I started the Girlfriends Project that you find on Facebook, but was looking for more. So I decided on Susane's Seniors. I called some local high schools and I am offering to do senior portraits for free. They have to meet certain criteria to ensure the finanacial needs are true. So my focus is to give back and use my skills and passion to do so. This has given me a clear vision on what I need to do.
Is life a blur?
I had the honor of photographing this dear sweet couple. The met over a camp fire with mutual acquaintances. Neither was going to go that night, but they both did. And know they said I do. Congratulations Rebecca and Darrell! It was truly my pleasure!
I am an early bird. Mornings are "my" time. They are quiet and serene, just me and the birds as the day begins. I enjoy my cup of java in solitude and treasure the moment. It is my time of meditation, my time of awareness, my time of mindfulness. So many ideas come into my head as I process what my day is going to look like. I know some are early birds and some are night owls. Which are you? Be sure to relish YOUR time!
Just a girl
A little Thai girl going about her business.
I had the priviledge of photographing Royce and Bethany's wedding this weekend. While it was a small intimate wedding, it was packed full of love. You could see it in their eyes and confirmed with the conversations we had together. Their support of eachother and unconditional acceptance was awe inspiring. Thank you Royce and Bethany, you were totally awesome to work with!
Love is patient, love is kind.....
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
I always have my camera and I am trying new angles, or practicing low light, it is like anything, you always need to be practicing your craft. So while I am in between shoots, my grandchildren are my favorite subjects. And even they have stories to tell. Ava loves the camera, it is easy to capture her and practice. My other grandchildren, not so much! But I love sneaking in a few shots of them as well, it truly tells their personalities.
Capturing images of my granddaughter.
Emily and Dylan had a beautiful intimate ceremony. Just the two of them, here is their story.
This was an intimate wedding with just Emily & Dylan. Witnessing their interaction together, having eachother there was enough. I was listening to them read their vows to eachother while photographing them and you knew this was a love that will last a lifetime. They complimented eachother in so many ways. Emily looked at Dylan and without saying a word, he was by her side to help her as we moved around capturing their images. I was in awe of the unspoken words between them more then the spoken words. They are true soul mates and I feel fortunate to have been able to capture their vows to eachother.
When meeting with clients, I often hear I am not photogenic. In fact, I hear myself saying this! What do I say to this? NONSENSE! Why? Because we are all unique and beautiful. I kow for myself I don't have much of a chin, through learning about posing, I now what to do with my head to create more of a chin line. No photoshop, just tweaking how I stand.
The same with how I stand, yes I am getting up there in age and my waist seems to be enjoying my mid life years by keeping these few pounds on (stubbornly so as well!) so I just changed where I place my hands on my waist, and VIAOLA! The waist appears slimmer.
This is how I pose my clients. I want you to look your best and look at your photos and now they are you. Not overly photoshopped, not looking like plastic or an alien, but the beautiful soul that your are!
I snapped this photo of my grandson and so many quotes came to mind, but here is the quote I added. Be yourself, afterall everyone else is taken!
I am not sure about you, but I love abandoned buildings. You know, if these walls could talk, what would they say. Well since I hope a wall never talks to me, I imagine the stories. Yep, I am off daydreaming about who might of lived thereor what kind of business may have been there. Well tomorrow I was invited to photo walk to an abandoned amusement park. It has been raining so I am sure it will be dark and dreary. I think this could only add to the photos. I will post some of the shots I get in the next day or two - unless we get totally rained out.
I have been focusing looking at tones and colors in my photography and post processing. I love how this turned out of my grandson. He does not like his picture taken - he is too cool for this now. So I just let them be them and capture it.
It was a lovely beach, the weather was perfect. It could not have been a more amazing day. Even more so that two people very much in love we about to commit to eachother. The destination, Iberstar Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
This couple is as down to earth as you can imagine. They wanted a very simple but yet well documented wedding. Barefoot on the beach, a lovely song they sang together during the ceremony, their own personal vows to each other. I know every wedding is beautiful, but this wedding was BEAUTIFUL!
Laura and Zach, it was an honor to be your photographer and welcomed by your friends and family.
Olivia is the dearest, kindest beautiful soul. She is a tom boy yet she has this natural beauty about her that shines through. Olivia was truly a joy to work with and was willing climb fences (hence the tom boy), step in ponds with crawdad's on an already chilly day and ride an old bike that barely had brakes. We had so much fun. Olivia, the world is your oyster, embrace it and hold onto it.
Who doesn't love weddings? Each one that I photograph I find myself feeling humbled to be there. After all in my job they are complete strangers, right? Not so! When I first meet a couple I take the time to not only find out about what they wanted photographed, but to get to know them. So I ask questions, like what kind of music do you like? Travis likes country, Taylor likes hip hop. Ok, so this is getting interesting. I asked them each what they loved most about their partner, Travis said he loves Taylor's sassy personality, Taylor's looked at Travis and said his compassion. Travis and Taylor are a lot of fun. They are very down to earth and were so easy going. This is exactly how they wanted to wedding to be remembered, I think this was accomplished!