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so….currently my studio looks like this:

(wow… I should REALLY think about watering that plant…)


and this is the inspiration getting me through……

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Photography career is a little sleepy this time of year always… it’s a great opportunity to do the following activities:

  • spend less time at the computer and more time with Violet
  • spruce up my spaces and make them exciting to be in 2016
  • re-frame studio samples
  • deep clean
  • touch up paint
  • plan my marketing strategies for the year
  • watch Downton Abbey
  • drink red wine after Violet goes to bed


I hope winter is finding you all cozy!

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The thing about family is that it’s a real, living, breathing, ever-changing thing. It’s number 1 on our minds. It’s number 1 on our list of priorities. It’s why we work. It’s who we love most. My heart sings every time I get the honor to capture one of these family-thingies. And sooooo not for the money. To provide a family with the one true thing that lasts in this world. Photography is a gift.

This is especially true when a game-changer happens.

The Jones family is no stranger to game-changers and their family photo shoot happened at a very special time in their lives. Not only does Papa Scott have Parkinson’s disease, but ONE DAY after this shoot, little Matthew (the blonde one) was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Every moment they have together is a blessing.

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Parkinson’s is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that has caused some rigidity in Scott’s facial muscles. His smile is only evident with real honest-to-goodness emotion.

You can see here… he was feelin’ it.

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The best view comes after the hardest climb.

Thank you, Jones family, for letting me capture you.

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Sweet little Hannah is such a sweet, pretty thing. So worth the wait.

This home was missing a little girl. Her big brother Grant would agree. He just swarms the girls ALL. day. long.

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I’ll be out of the office January 13-18 for a leadership conference in Nashville!

….where we’ll probably have no fun at all.


I’ve had so many opportunities to go there, I’m so excited to finally check it out!

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GRANDPARENTS: So easy to operate, even a child can do it.

This is what life’s all about. Thank you Heidi and Lyle for allowing me inside your lives and beautiful home. Your fun-loving spirits are contagious and I love watching you with your grandchildren. <3

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When we’re not hanging out with each other, we’re hanging out with this family.

I first met Debora a year after we lived in Wahoo. Sheila introduced us in the back of her car on our way to Fremont to feed the homeless. I knew right away that we’d be close. She began SCLP out of her garage and, well, I always had great intentions of volunteering at the rescue (don’t we ALL?) but A. thought it’d make me sad because I’d fee sorry for the animals (which is SO just a blatant lie we tell ourselves) and B. just didn’t know how to start. After that day in Fremont, I set up a time to meet Deb down at the rescue to learn the ropes and have been a steady volunteer ever since. My life is truly changed by this woman and I think she’s just the cat’s meow.

Glen is married to Deb. He likes to hang out and knows a lot about a lot. He’s my go-to guy with random questions and he usually knows the answer or gives a good perspective on things.

and Miss Tiana. A petite little thing with a big heart. She is Violet’s birthday twin and we’ve really enjoyed watching her mature the past few years. She’s a junior at Wahoo public and has been my pretty little model a couple times. We’re in the middle of a project now and we’re just having fun with it. She always something funny to say.

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Hello, 2016!

You’re new, exciting, and cold so far.

Let’s start with what’s new…..

  • NEW PRICING! A completely different session structure that I think you’ll just LOVE. Something for everyone! If you want a session this year, just shoot me an email or text and I’ll share the new pricing guides. Whether you want a full session or just a 20 minute mini, I’m your girl. Family, Baby, Senior, and Wedding pricing are all brand new.
  • SHOOTING MORE during the week. Weekends are becoming more sacred now that we’re a family of 3. Weekday sessions will be predominately what I offer in 2016.
  • SUMMER CABIN! We’re constructing a new summer cabin in Southeast Nebraska and hope to rent it out by the week/weekend on occasion. It’s going to kick a lot of butt, so you’ll want to check in here for updates.

What’s exciting right now…..

  • I’m going to geek out and say I’m excited to streamline my workflow. This means pairing down my production to the bare essentials to allow more time for other fun projects. Including a little studio re-do! I timed my schedule just right to be void of any studio sessions on the schedule to allow for a little construction. I’m even going to try to tackle a project involving giant power saws myself. Gulp.
  • I’m having eyeball surgery on Friday!!! Yup. Lasik. The best Christmas gift I could ever ask for. So in case I go blind, my week is focused on getting all my editing and year-end crap done before Friday. My deadline is tight, but it’s a good goal. What would you spend your [potential] last day of sight doing?? Eeeeee  Ok. Starting to get nervous. I should spend it staring at our little girl’s face all day. Isn’t she cute?!??
  • But really, I can’t complain. As I file away all my client sessions from 2015, I have so much to be thankful for. Many new and many returning clients. You butter my bread, guys! Thank you so much for a wonderful year and let’s make 2016 joyful and as stress-free as possible!
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Scroll through to see Michelle and Adam’s colorful home… with the new addition of baby Ryder! You can just feel the love. Isn’t their home fun for Christmas?? Makes me want to do more next year…. I just get so lazy. Happy New Year!!!

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container inspiration: Found & Flora

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So I really really wanted a real tree this year, but our crazy schedule just didn’t allow for it. Sooooo we have a GIANT artificial one. This sucker is HUGE. Took Ryan and I all our strength to haul him from the basement. I got him free from the end of Sheila’s driveway last year. And it’s pretty sad that the only decorations we now own (from an impulse garage sale sweep last Summer) are my childhood ornaments with my photo on them. Clearance shopping here we come! Remind me….  because I’ll totally get lazy after Christmas and/or forget.

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Violet LOVES her books. holiday home 21 holiday home 22 holiday home 23 holiday home 24 holiday home 25 holiday home 26 holiday home 27 holiday home 28 holiday home 29

So I hope everyone has a Very MERRY CHIRSTMAS! I’m looking forward to taking 4 days off. I’m seriously going to not check social media or email until Monday.

Try, that is.

  • December 23, 2015 - 8:36 pm

    Sheila - Love. Love. Love. Love everything about this post. And I love you. And Ryan. And Baby Violet. And Arrow.ReplyCancel

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