My favorite little person turned one! And I am still feeling all kinds of feelings about it.
I have been photographing Mason since he was still in his mommy's belly. Being there the moment he was born was one of the best moments of my entire career as a photographer so far.
He and his family moved last year, but they have come home to visit every three months and I get my Mason-fix and we snap some shots <3 The year flew by so quickly, and I am in disbelief that he is this big already. I couldn't think of a better way to share his cake smash with you all, then to show you how he's grown over the year. I love this little guy so much.... Happy Birthday Mason!
And I will leave you with some of my favorite shots from his Cake Smash. Best time I've had with Mason yet!
So I've had an amazing month! It's been nothing short of exciting around here and I am utterly blown away by the response that my LEO photo project has gotten! The project has gained national attention and I am beyond honored that it was featured on PoliceOne. ICYMI, here's the link:
Calendar sales will officially be made available in the first few weeks of September. They will be available for purchase here on my website. I am currently working with a few people on designing and perfecting the layout as I finish up photos that will be included in it. These will be 16 month calendars and, as I told you all before, all proceeds will be donated to C.O.P.S.- Concerns of Police Survivors, an organization I admire greatly that held a special place in my Father In Law's heart. You can check out more information about what they do at their website:
And now seems like as good a time as any to announce the new name for the project! Drum roll please, for those of you who have been waiting patiently to hear.....
I give you, the "Thin Blue Life Project". The name was actually shared with me by one of my friends who intended to use it originally for a blog. But she felt it fit this project and offered it to me. I wish I could claim that I was the clever mind behind it, but alas, I was not. ;)
Don't stop checking back! There are many, many more photos to come through the summer and fall! I am putting my whole heart and soul into these, and I am so thankful that they are touching so many people and bringing so much joy. That was the entire goal from the start.
Well. I've had a pretty fantastic week, how about you guys? ;)
It's been a whirlwind for me. The LEO Project has really taken off and it appears to be catching on across the nation! You have no idea how happy that makes me. <3 I am overjoyed to see the positive recognition officers all over are starting to receive with similar photos!
I figured now would be a good time to announce my plans for this project for the end of the year. This fall, I will be offering a calendar with selected images from the project (with permission from participants and their agencies for the shot, of course). Proceeds from the sales of the calendars will be donated to C.O.P.S- Concerns of Police Survivors. It took me a bit to figure out how I wanted to donate the profits. Upon going through my Father in Law's things the other day, I found quite a bit of articles and framed photos he had supporting the organization. And I remembered him speaking about them when he was alive. In his spirit, I would also like to support this cause. You can visit their webpage and learn more about what they do by clicking on the link attached below. I have not lost any friends or family in the line of duty, but it still really hits home to me. I would love to be able to support the families that have experienced the tragedy of losing their officer any way that I can.
Please keep watching for more info through the summer months on this. I will be offering pre-orders and start a sign-up for notifications on the progress of the calendar over the next few months.
I am so proud to be a part of the Law Enforcement family in my area. I have been crying tears of joy on a daily basis this week because of all the love and support you all have shown. Truly one of the best weeks of my life <3
So, I'll admit I suck at keeping the blog updated. But I'm up late, and feel like sharing, so here goes! ;)
I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am that winter is gone! Blame the Arizona in my blood, but I am not a fan of the cold. Snow is pretty, but I am so ready for flowers and sunshine and spending all day everyday outside. BUT! It was a glorious season of romantic engagement sessions for me for the last couple of months! And I will never complain about that! SO many brides-to-be in that gorgeous winter light with all that snow on the ground...I am still sighing happily looking at the photos from this winter :)
I worked a lot with the local law enforcement agencies in town over the winter too. I'm super proud of the fact that I did the staff photos for both the Bloomington Police Department as well as the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in 2015. One of the most rewarding tasks of my career thus far! I made so many new friends in the process, and in turn, ended up photographing quite a few new families for Christmas and then some. I've been asked back to both agencies numerous times now for various photo jobs, and my work has started popping up all over their social media outlets as well as their websites. I'm not ashamed to admit how proud I am of that. lol
As I mentioned in my previous blog, I also started my LEO photo project. You will be seeing more photos over the next few months of some of the officers I know and care for. These people are dear friends of mine, and my main goal is for everyone to see them for the wonderful people that they are, and not just "cops".
I don't think I could've picked a better subject lol Brittany pulled out all the stops and went for it with this one. Myself, her, and her fiance were laughing so hard as I shot these that we had tears in our eyes! Best time I have ever had working and probably the most epic photos I've ever taken. I don't know that I can top this!
Lastly this winter, I aged a little. I turned 34 this year, and I am happily settled into my 30's at this point. Or at least that's what I'm gonna keep telling myself ;) Why is that important? It's not. But I like to think that every year I age is another year of wisdom and blessings under my belt, and another reason to be thankful. I have so many people in my life right now that this job has given to me, and I love every single one of you with all my heart and soul.
I cannot wait for flowers. I cannot wait for sunshine. And I cannot WAIT to see your smiling faces again this spring. Its going to be an amazing year! <3 <3 <3
If you know me, you know that I am all about supporting our Police Officers. I am friends with so many here in Indiana, as well as back home in Arizona. Ever since I was a little girl I was in love with the profession. I can remember my father taking me to the demonstrations at Reid Park in Tucson Arizona with K-9 Officers from around the state. I remember looking up at every officer that ever passed me in awe. That admiration grew as I got older. I be-friended many Tucson Police officers and Pima County Sheriff's Deputies as an adult. And one day, I found myself so captivated by the line of work that I applied for the Tucson Police Department. And I got in.
But, life changed, and it wasn't meant to be. But the love-affair I had with the profession stayed with me for almost a decade after that, even though I found myself unwillingly distanced from it all.
Then I moved to Bloomington, and my eyes were opened in a different way to the uniform. I was older and more mature, and a flood of police friends and their families once again entered my life. For the first time, I wasn't just associating them with the badge they wore. I knew these people on a deeper level. I have watched their children grow, I have watched them fall in love, I have even seen some of them face the most difficult periods of their lives. They all mean so much to me, and I have so much respect for them. Not ONLY because of their job, but because they are who they are underneath that uniform.
So one day recently, amidst all the hatred that currently infects our world against these amazing people, the idea occurred to me to start a photo project. One depicting these officers as the people I know. The ones everyone tends to forget they are, because they are so distracted by the badge and their perceptions of what an officer is. Human beings. Who feel. Who leave their families on a daily basis, always with the thought in the back of their minds that it could be the last time they say goodbye. I really hope you will all stay with me on this one, and see these people the way I do. They are all truly some of the best friends I have ever had in my lifetime, and I can't imagine not knowing them.
I started with an IMPD officer I have known for a long time now. I stood by his wife the day his military company came home. I've watched him leave for work and say goodbye to his children. They have been so important to me for so many years. And the way his little girl looks at him makes my heart happy. He is truly her hero. She doesn't refer to him as an officer when she talks about him,. She just calls him "Daddy". She doesn't associate the profession with anything other than "that's her daddy". If only we could all look at him and all his fellow officers the way she does.
I am a hopeless romantic. I believe with all my heart in love at first sight, soul mates and happily ever after. I have been overflowing with feels the last 2 months. I have photographed SO many couples that were glowing with adoration for each other that I pretty much went home humming Disney Princess songs to myself the rest of the day after all these shoots <3 <3 <3
December 19th started off my wedding and engagement season. I got to spend the day with Charity and Cameron (pictured above). Aren't the gorgeous? We met back last spring and hit it off instantly through our mutual love of all things Starbucks and Disney lol I couldn't WAIT for the big day!
Charity was a vision. I couldn't stop snapping portraits of her as she sat and waited for the ceremony to start. There was so much love in the dressing room filled with her bridesmaids and flower girls. Her father joined them before the ceremony to lead the ladies in a short prayer and the room was filled with so much peace and happiness and warmth that I got goosebumps.
She walked down the aisle of Beck Chapel to a full house and a beaming groom. After her father gave he away, she and Cameron locked hands and gazed at each other so deeply that I could see the tears starting all over the church. The brief service was filled with prayer and promises and sealed with a kiss and the two strolled happily back down the aisle officially as Mr. and Mrs. Heisler.
I stole them away before the reception for photos around the grounds at Beck Chapel, then headed to the Square and walked with them down Kirkwood. We finished at the Fountain square Ballroom before the sun set and they made their entrance to the celebration! The ballroom was decked out in Christmas and winter deco: candle light, twinkling lights, trees, even stockings to hang the cards in. My favorite part was the coffee bar. Every guest walked in to a mug with their name on it, chosen specifically for them. The buffet was a breakfast bar, and you bet this gal grabbed some waffles! Delicious and adorable!
There were tears during the toasts of both the best man and the maid of honor. It's amazing to hear the story of two people falling in love from the eyes of their closest friends. The couple read their handwritten vows to one another, shared their first dance, and lovingly smashed the cake in one another's face ;) Then we snuck away again to snag some photos under the lights on the Square, my absolute FAVORITE part about Bloomington during the holidays!
I am honored to have spent the day with these two. They filled my heart with such joy and I will forever remember their special day.
In case you didn't know, it's totally engagement season. I'm looking right at all you guys dragging your feet out there. This is the time of year where the question gets popped for Christmas, New Year, and Valentine's Day. And also the time of year where I take a boat-load of kissing photos. I'm totally ok with that. lol I got a flood of calls and messages between Christmas and New Year with the news: "He asked me!" I may or may not have squealed with excitement with a few of those girls.
Now, I'm a sucker for sparkle, and photographing rings is one of my faaaaaaavorite things to do. I love me some diamonds. <3 Ladies, if he got on one knee recently, call me. I will make him do alllll the cutesy pinterest poses with you. And he WILL like it, darn it. lol
I had SO many engagement shoots the last couple of months! But I'm gonna start with Allison and Jesse. And I am gonna start with them because they were literally two of my first clients ever 2 years ago. See. Here's them two years ago:
I love these two. I love their kids. I love them together. When Allison contacted me to tell me Jesse had proposed, she was for sure one of the ones I squealed for (ok so maybe I squealed for all of them but she got 'EEEEEEEEEE!!!' in text).
We wanted snow for the shoot. But we were totally skeptical it was gonna happen because Indiana is redonk with weather and we had a 60 degree month of December. BUT, the snow came! And we wrangled up a meeting overnight and made magic happen. In fact, they are now the subjects of my all-time favorite couple shot.
Check out this moment. Did you sigh and say "omg that's so romantic"? I did.
I am thrilled for these two. And I am SO happy we made these photos happen. I can't wait for the wedding!
I know Keli and Dustin through a ton of mutual friends. And I love it when a couple shows up for a shoot and I don't have to TELL them to touch each other lol These two had no issues holding on to each other. Man they are cute. It was coooooold that day and Keli still looked adorable without bundling up. I'd hate her if I didn't like her so much. She is gorgeous, and Dustin is an absolute sweetheart! They belong together. Their love story is a good one, but I'm not gonna tell it ;) We walked the Square and stopped at the spot where he popped the question. And the results are yet another round of magic. I am SO amped to photograph their wedding this fall! <3
I just met Chelsey and Kris not long ago. But Kris went to high school with my husband and we ended up knowing alot of the same people from Worthington. When I first started talking to Chelsey I was really hoping to work with her because she has such a great personality. Doesn't hurt that she's gorgeous too. ;) We set up a date and, again, another couple that hoped for snow with me. The weather must love me and my clients, because lo and behold, it snowed 4 inches that morning! So we dared the 22 degree, cloudy shoot in ankle-deep snow with red noses and fingers and ears, and had a blast! She has handmade the CUTEST props!
Yet again, another fall wedding that I am now eagerly awaiting! It's going to be SO beautiful! This is another one of my all-time favorite engagement shoots. I am really starting to get attached to doing these. I love hearing the love stories, and the proposal stories, and watching the way the couples look at each other the whole shoot. I am such a mushy person. I eat this stuff up.
I love my job.
Well, guys. We made it through another year. And man was 2015 epic! I don't know about y'all, but I couldn't have asked for a better year. So many fantastic moments in the books. Now that the Christmas deco is safely and reluctantly put away (I seriously get hard-core post-Christmas blues when the tree comes down lol), it's time to focus on what the new year has to offer. And the opportunities are so exciting and vast that I am giddy with excitement!
I am growing this year. New equipment, new studio set-ups, and (fingers crossed) the possibility of a new studio location. I am expanding my knowledge and skills this year with tons of photography work shops and courses. I am forever working on being the best that I can be in everything that I do, and my promise to you is that you will always love the images I present to you.
I am also increasing my workload. I have finally transitioned to full time with this gig and I am DELIGHTED to be working with even more of you and on a more frequent basis!
I will also be offering photo print packages as an option now with your delivered galleries. I am finally happy and settled with a printer that I trust and adore, and I am eager to share them with you all as well. The prints and canvases on my wall that I have done with them are gorgeous! You are going to love them just as much as I do!
I've got a big project coming up that I am working on for myself during my vacation time (yeah, I know. It's not a vaca if you're working lol) and I can't wait to share it with you all. It's very special to me and I hope you guys are gonna love it as much as I do. <3
I have so many of you I am looking forward to spending time with already this year! So many of you have turned into such dear friends of mine that I can't wait to wake up and get to work everyday :)
2016 is going to be incredible...
Is she nuts? It's not even Thanksgiving yet. Yes, I am. Just a tad ;) About Christmas, that is. I seriously go full-blown Buddy the Elf this time of year. NO. My tree is NOT up yet, but it so will be the day after Thanksgiving lol
Here, this will help. I am doing a rustic set-up again this year. Think natural looking elements. Plain wrapping paper, twine, burlap, deep reds and greens, aging wood...
I did this so you can wear anything you want and you will not clash. You like patterns? Wear em! Flannel? Yes please! Flannel is my fav!
Laney dared a rainy day with me for one of the coolest shoots I've ever done. This one will forever have a special place in my heart. So thankful for the opportunity to spend time with this beautiful, talented young woman and her boys. I have missed my own horses for years and this made my soul happy. Blessed to know her family and talk to her mom frequently now <3
Ok, so I LOVE neutrals in fall photos. Why? You stand out! The eye is automatically drawn to you because you differ so greatly from your surroundings. Yes, I know you are excited about those beautiful orange trees behind you. I promise they are still there and everyone will still gasp at how beautiful they are! But I want everyone to notice those beautiful smiles and faces first :) Also, I can't think I've a single person I've ever met that doesn't look good in neutrals. Oh, and side note: I did not take this pic. Credit to good ole' Pinterest for the image ;)
Let's talk patterns. As you can see by my little twins friends on the left, Isla and Wylder, they are totally OK! Coordinating patterns are super fun and bring a lot of character to your photos! Not sure if they coordinate? Feel free to run them by me! I'm always available to help out my clients with wardrobe questions! Mind you, I'm not an "expert", but I'm for sure not afraid to tell you "please don't wear that Hawaiian shirt to your fall photos" lol