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Tom and Jess

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I’ve always expressed my love for second shooting. no pressure… just wild creativity.

Erin Stoll asked me to shoot with her on Jess + Tom’s wedding in Seward a couple weeks ago and I got really excited because A. I’d never shot with her before and B. our styles are very different. She is traditional and begins shooting at 9am! I’m more artistic and casual and usually don’t get there until a few hours before the ceremony. But I think that’s the best recipe… Jess and Tom now have a huge variety in their image collection and we got to mix it up.


Sure… the second shooter often gets stuck with the hum-drum tasks:  shooting flowers, shooting rings… cups and ice. (#friends)

but I kinda like it. more second shooting please!

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perhaps my favorite shot of the day. I love the contrast and her stunning timelessness.

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they were ADORABLE at their first look. like little giggly 7 yr olds.

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KarlaDecember 4, 2013 - 8:00 pm

The bride is beautiful. The lighting and the color is gorgeous in the outdoor photos.


hope you’re all enjoying these last nice days before winter comes tomorrow!

we Wahooligans are extra happy because tonight is our downtown lighting ceremony… it happens every year. Shopkeepers open late and the people of the town gather on main street Who-ville style and see the tree light up. There’s singing and hand-holding and general merriment.

card game shenanigans with Jameson and Emily.

my aunt and uncle dressed alike. unplanned. #cute

put out winter decorations on Friday… no tree this year due to Mr. Arrow.


God gave us a pretty sunset on Sunday…

took 2 SCLP dogs to the state pen yesterday am!

they graduate in 9 weeks… ‘second chance pups’

the prisoners train them to be awesome and some may even go on to additional training in Minnesota to learn unique skills to aid Veterans. (they even train them to wake up their owner if they have night terrors. can you believe it!!)

dogs are amazing creatures.

have a happy first week of December, all!

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It’s cold… all I feel like doing is cooking, eating, sleeping, snuggling the new puppy, and enjoying some spirits. exercising is totally off my list (but I plan to start running again soon to take advantage of our civic center membership) but know what IS on my list?? ARIZONA in JANUARY!! for a photography conference and to see my aunt and uncle. Can’t wait!!

my friend Sarah finally came back from CHINA! She got me such a beautiful scarf. we had coffee and scones to celebrate.

successfully got Deb hooked on Orange is the new Black.

so glad things are slowing down enough to bring back our binge watching rituals.

stupid continuing ed BS.  yawn.

the neighbor dog to put it lightly: has looked better. poor hank. he’d a really liked a slurp of my merlot, I’m sure.

Arrow’s first long car trip (to Lincoln if you can call that ‘long’)

i hug myself every time i discover something delicious and ready made in the freezer. I was a smart girl to make all that soup from our squash surplus in August. it was mm mmmm good.

puppy shots. he fell asleep in the waiting room.

God: please let him stay this mellow.

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Happy Friday!

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happy Friday!!

This is my last big weekend push for sessions… I’m ready for a break to be honest. As are all my other photographer friends!

cheers, fellow PPNers! Let’s go out with a bang!

May our shutters be quick and our creativity be thriving.

pictured here: the sweet and adorable Simeon family

(on a very very cold and windy morning…but you wouldn’t know it)

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EmilyNovember 22, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Yay! Love the Simeons! Such a gorgeous family inside and out!

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today I feel odd. not necessarily overwhelmed… but more like joy mixed with frustration mixed with the constant feeling that I need to remember to do something. I think it’s because Ryan’s gone hunting and I’m in charge of running the house. (like it’s SO difficult… we’ re only 2 people) but little things like picking up dog poo and getting the mail… remember to take the trash to the curb… and loading the dishwasher— all the little multiple tasks that we both just do when they need done. I don’t know… just seems like a lot since it’s just me. just annoying. haha  I think I’ll have popcorn for supper and watch a chick flick tonight.

because i can.

and the dogs can’t object because they can’t talk.

we love arrow to PIECES.

twin dermatology appointments… and a fun, unexpected date day.

Thursday was a workday, obviously. All I seemed to capture this day was a blurry pic of the PPN newsletters. SO glad these little dudes made it out the door already. seemed like delay after delay. i’m really proud of this issue, though! have a skeleton outline for the Feb issue, too.

Friday Deb and I attempted to go to the outlet malls in Gretna.

On opening day.

We. are. stupid.

The traffic director guy gave us advice, which we took, and shopped elsewhere. Including Found & Flora for their holiday open house! SOOOO cute. Felt like Christmas is coming for sure.

…but it’s not here yet! I’m not sure if we should rake these leaves in our yard or not… new sod and all. Will it wreck it? advice? any tips? maybe the rotting leaves all winter will be good fertilizer for it.

or maybe I’m just saying that because lazy.

lazy sunday on the couch.

so we don’t have anyone in our house that can fit into this (except for maybe Arrow in a couple months) but I HAD to get it. It’s new old stock from 1940′s. Kat at Found & Flora picked a hardware store in some dinky town in Nebraska that had closed and basically left everything as it was. How cool are these jammies?! I got the one with the best butt flap. Cute winter decoration, nonetheless.

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sticking with black

It’s been 3 months since our 12 year old little Toby Bear went to live with Jesus. I still think of him every day… after he died in his bed, we had him cremated and he came back to us in this cute little box. We haven’t yet decided if he’ll live in the dining room or if we’ll bury him in the yard in spring. But one thing we do know is that Tyson (our 7 yr old black lab) is NOT only-child material. Toby was Mr. Bossypants, mind you, but all of September and October, Tyson just moped around, looking sad, and generally older. And we had no plans to get another dog. But then the universe told us otherwise.

Tina, the rescue dog (who looked a strange amount like a female Toby) came in knocked up. She had 8 puppies of all different colors and fur texture. Although the pet population is out of control and we like NOT to have 8 extra dogs to find homes for, it’s exciting to have such tiny little puppies around to entertain us. They were SO ADORABLE. But we refrained from getting attached. They were all adopted by the time they were 8 weeks old…. all but one black one.


See, Toby and Tyson were both black clearance puppies when we adopted them, too.

Universe sign No. 1.

When the 7 adopted puppies were old enough to leave the rescue, we put black baby puppy in with his Mama so he wouldn’t feel alone. And when Tina went in for her spay, we took him to our house to spend the night so he wouldn’t feel alone. But then Tina got adopted, too. : (   …and baby puppy was really alone. So we brought him home for just one more night (against Ryan’s wishes). Although he was adorable and Tyson was falling in love with him, we were able to drop him back off at the rescue and continue about our busy lives.

But then a rescue volunteer went and named baby puppy:  Si.

(my initials)

Universe sign No. 2.

And then another volunteer said this, and I quote:

‘if this were my dog, I’d name him Toby.’

That did it for Ryan and he came to live with us.

the end.

my photography friends Mona + Sarah thought of the name ‘Arrow’ because of his chest marking looking like an Indian Arrowhead. And our neighbor Ashley calls him ‘Rowey

he loves shoes, especially my grey felt boots.

he loves to chew string.

he hasn’t had an accident in 3 days!

but his butt toots stink really bad.

semi-big paws… but his mama wasn’t over 45 lbs, so we’ll see.

he’s so sweet and still smells like puppy.

Tyson loves him most. He is finally behaving like the big brother lab we all knew he could be (since Toby made him his bitch).

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Crystal WiebeeNovember 18, 2013 - 10:40 pm

I am so happy for you and excited that I actually got to meet the little Arrow – before he made it all the way through Ryan’s heart.

Liz MayfieldNovember 18, 2013 - 10:44 pm

He is SO SWEET!!! Congrats! :)

MeganNovember 18, 2013 - 11:46 pm

I love love love this story! The name Arrow has a very special place in my heart. My boyfriend is a tribal officer on a reservation in Northeast Nebraska. He found a dog shot by an arrow and got him to the rescue right away. They were pretty sure Arrow was going to lose his leg, but thanks to an amazing rescue group in Sioux City Arrow kept his leg and found a forever home! So here is to hoping all Arrows live happily forever and ever! Thank you for rescuing this sweet puppy!

DeboraNovember 19, 2013 - 12:30 am

Such a beautiful story. Arrow is a very lucky boy!
Thanks for adopting from SCLP.