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    Thanks for stopping by! I started my business in 2007 shortly after the birth of my daughter, it felt like time was slipping away like a thief in the night. There were so many moments I wanted to hold on to. For me, photography isn't about a staged moment with manufactured, on cue smiles. It's about freezing time to capture a feeling in a fleeting moment. I've found that behind my camera I could see life unfolding and it seemed magical. And I Ioved it. My camera is a conduit of my quest for beauty and connections that I want to preserve. Years from now I want to remember how I felt, provoking emotions and memories that have long past... and I think you will too. I pour my heart and soul into each session. Everyone has a unique story to tell, and I would be honored to tell yours. This is my art and passion, I can't imagine doing anything else. I'm inspired by films, music, and fashion. Amy Poehler is my alter ego. Life is weird, unpredictable, adventurous, sentimental, and so much fun! It's quite a ride... let's go somewhere.

    I encourage all potential clients to shop around. Compare photographer portfolios. There are a ton of photographers out there- one for every budget. See what you like... and what you don't. Photography isn't a brand, it's about finding someone that connects with you... a shared vision and style. Anyone can take a picture, especially with technology today. Not everyone can tell a story.

    Here I share personal projects, client work, amongst other things that inspire me. I try to blog at least once a week. So come back soon!

    Technical details: I am a film and digital photographer incorporating video in all of my sessions. I want you to truly have the finest experience and the greatest memories. Film creates a look that cannot be digitally replicated, digital is perfect for immediate gratification, and video tells a story of its own. I attend several workshops throughout the year all across the country with the industry's top photographers from around the world because I truly believe there is always more to learn, especially in this ever-changing industry... this keeps me inspired and humbled, while giving you the very best.

Recipe for Content | Bloomington Child Photographer

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of sunshine (yes, I shot these in FULL sun!)

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2 cups of  love with a dash of cheeky

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2 tablespoons of “standing all on your own” …and liking it

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3 cups of courage

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1 songbird (singing praise for the gorgeous day)

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1 set of butterfly wings to carry you through the unknown.  Lifting your spirit on days you are tired, crabby, and fed up; adding color when the world seems bleak; wings that are proof that you survived: weak and small–transforming blossoming into the person you are meant to be.  Beating the odds, proving everyone wrong….fighting….for your childhood– someday…ready to run through the fields, ride your bike, and play hide-n-seek with your brother and sister.  Blanketing your family with your beautiful soul.

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***Stir all of the above ingredients until you feel happy and blessed.  Repeat if needed.

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On days like today, I am so glad to have the freedom to take off, with Ella and camera in tow.  Getting lost behind my camera– being in control of what I see and my surroundings.  Editing out the *ugly* of the day, seeing the world through my lens.  Filtered and focused–truly magical.  Taking a time out….to truly* focus* on what matters.  Living, breathing, appreciating, and loving.


Giving

AppleEShe is always giving….a quality in her that I absolutely adore. xx

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The weather here has been absolutely gorgeous.  Spring’s surprise visit– sunshine and a warmish breeze that beckons us outside to relish in it.  When are gifted days like this, I reflect and appreciate that little things that make my life so full.  Mady’s gorgeous blond tufts grazing the air (as she runs to keep up with the neighbor kids); Chase’s surreal imagination; Ella’s giggles…and the progress she has made with walking (strength building).  Gentle reminders of what makes life so grand.

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about *life*…choosing to fill my life with doing what I love…spending my precious time with those who love me, support me, and accept me– flaws and all.  With all the scares we have had with Ella, I see things from a different perspective.  Rather than trying to please everyone, and make things perfect (often a one-sided effort)…I am choosing to let go.  Letting go of grief, disappointment, anger and sadness….embracing the love; instead of asking why– accepting the answers…or lack thereof.  Appreciating the wonderfulness that blankets my life.  Friends who are my family–when family fails.  The kindness can bring me to tears.  Gosh I am so thankful…beyond words. The duality of life of suppose.  I have so many dreams for my children.  I hope that they realize how special they are.  I hope that they fight for their bonds.  Standup for each other–against the odds.  Always do right by one another. Let’s face it, life can be cruel…no matter how sweet, thoughtful, and generous you are.  Good people are out there…they are life’s wildflowers.  You have to search for them...endlessly on this journey.  When you find them, water them with love, send them sunshine: in any form (a phone call, a special email, a helping hand, etc.).  They will love you right back. Today, I share pictures of my youngest wildflower.  She is a wildflower, indeed.  So charismatic and sweet…full of life and love.  So strong…whatever her future holds, she will handle it with grace, pizzazz, and her unfailing charm.  Today, baby girl, I water your soul with the food of life –that is my love…you will never…never know how much I love you–it’s a magical love. I love all my kids this way…Todd, too.  But, just for today…I share Ella.  Please pray for her…so she will walk someday…be strong…inside and out.  I know in my heart that she will be fine, no matter what the outcome is.  It’s this tough journey through the unknown that is so difficult.  Today, I thank Bobbie, Jane, Doreen…Takla & Kris…. I love you.  You two have been such a good friends to me.  Who would have thought?!  Each of you are amazing.  Blessed…this I know.

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I’ll wrap this up by sharing something that touched me…so deeply.  (A sweet poem I found in our doctor’s office.)  Words of wisdom to parents everywhere:

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.

If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.

If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.

If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.

If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.

If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.

If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.

If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.

If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.

If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.

If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.

If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.

If children live with fairness, they learn justice.

If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.

If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.

If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

Happy Friday.

~j

cup of *JOy*

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My latest read.

A fun color for my little “Alices”.  {Susan, we just had to have our own.}  Especially since they will not be seeing the movie anytime soon.  Too scary!

I’m in love with this style so much that I made my own.  (After spending $70 on 2 from a vendor out west. Oh well.)  Aren’t they lovely?!

Had dinner with a sweet couple Saturday night.  Can you believe he lives here?  Awesome to be in the presence of amazing, jaw-dropping talent.

Buy these— you won’t regret it.  The fit…awesome.

Pinch me!!!  Anthro is launching a wedding brand – dresses, shoes, jewelry, invitations…the whole shebang.  I want a do-over. No fair.

This guy has vision.  I love his perspective.  Not sure how I feel about the out-of-focus trend.  ??

The catalog is out…I want it all.  Loving the circus theme…I may have to borrow this.

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Megan + TJ | Bloomington Engagement Photographer

It’s no secret…I am eclectic…with everything. Clothes, music, movies, books, decor, food…kind of unpredictable.  Out there…but…not too far, if that makes sense.  I like different.  I LOVE bold and crazy….non-traditional.  I think Megan and TJ figured that out within the first few minutes of our session.  They had a few good laughs watching me…on the ground…with trash and other alley critters.  Anything for the shot…that’s my mantra. I am not afraid to get dirty or wet— even if you are.  🙂

I plowed through this session’s editing in one sitting…I could not stop…’til I was finished.  There’s the OCD again…this time working in my favor, rather than against me. Here are several…to share.  I am thrilled to shoot their wedding this August. Enjoy….

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Bond4What’s an engagement session without a kiss….just one….:)

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Bond19This one makes me laugh aloud…sorry Megan! 🙂

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~j

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Be back soon with a special (I’m thinking ahead to Easter and Mother’s Day)….. and my cup of *JOy* post (it’s Monday already?!).

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