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Baby Bump

It is hard to believe that it has already been a month since I posted the last picture…things have changed a bit don’t you think???

Here is me at 22 weeks…only 18 weeks to go!

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Margaret Dorsett Ransonette

I’m your mom’s new from the airplane.
You look very much like your mom, in the face that is! My daughter in law is expecting the first of Nov. Your adorable!


you’re BEAUTIFUL!! :)

Stella is getting bigger!

Brandi Hawkins

awwwwwwwwwwww SO SO SO cute! I miss you guys lots!

Kristin Schmucker

We miss you too!

Deborah Z. Parker

yay, congrats:):)!

My Random Life #5

It’s Thursday….Jeremy and I were just talking about how much this week has flown by. I know that if this week flew by, the next will for sure. Tonight Jeremy’s mom will be coming into town and staying at our place until Saturday and then on Sunday, my Mom will be coming in until Thursday…it will be a ton of fun…and I will probably  need a big nap next week.

Speaking of big naps…I have learned that pregnancy makes you more tired. Today while doing some cleaning around the house in preparation for the houseguests and decided to lay down for “just a few minutes”, over an hour later, Jeremy had to come wake me up. I guess I should enjoy my sleep before little miss Stella Grace gets here…lol

I am working on the most fabulous bridal session right now…such a stunning bride. Can’t wait to share all of these gorgeous photos with you in a few weeks when she is a married woman!

Jeremy and I will be taking my mom to Ikea this week…and if you have read my blog recently you know that I think Ikea is better than Disney World. It is going to be a ton of fun, and I can’t wait to see what treasures we will bring home.

Jeremy has been such a trooper with all of the baby shopping that we have been doing. I must admit, I have learned the secret to him being a happy shopper…find anything that references how much our little girl loves her daddy and it is going in the cart. He just can’t resist all the “I love my Daddy” and “Daddy’s little princess” outfits out there…good to know for those long shopping days.

Was that random enough??? Putting up the gorgeous ring shot from the above mentioned bridal session…more to come soon. :)


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Ikea is like Disney World! I could stay there all day. Hope you find lots of goodies :)

Very beautiful ring picture!

There is nothing like a nap! Enjoy it!

I can see Jeremy being that way :) This makes me smile :) Ikea is a wonderful place to go shopping! Worse comes to worse feed him some of their wonderful meatballs! :D

Why I do what I do…

Every once in a while I need a reminder of the reasons that I do what I do. Of course, I do what I do because I love photographing weddings and I love seeing people in love and ready to commit their lives to one another. God has blessed me so much with what I really believe is the greatest job in the world, and I am so thankful that I get to do what I love every day.

Over the past few weeks, I have been getting a little reminder of another reason that I love being a wedding photographer. Everytime I log onto Facebook I see a little status update letting me know who has changed their profile picture. Nothing makes me happier then to look through those little thumbnails and recognize photos that I have taken at engagement sessions and weddings. It makes me smile everytime I see it. I remember the thrill of putting my own wedding photos on Facebook for friends to see and the joy of my mom and sisters with Jeremy and I huddled around a laptop looking at our wedding photos for the first time.

I am a wedding photographer because I love love, and because I want others to feel the joy I felt the first time I looked through our wedding photos. Thank you to all of my clients…I am honored that you have allowed me to be a part of your wedding day…I do what I do because of you.

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I love how the sun is barely gleaming over the dune… got to love that word “dune”

Shooting in Manual

I often have aspiring photographers email me asking for advice on getting into photography, buying equipment, and going pro. I try to answer as many questions on the blog as possible, so that I can refer photographers to these blog posts.

No matter what questions I get from aspiring photographers, there is always one thing that I mention in every email. If you have emailed me a question you already know what I am going to say. I always come back to shooting in manual. If you want to be a professional photographer I believe that it is key that you learn to shoot in manual. Of course, this is just my opinion, but I can say that I have learned from experience.

A year and a half ago when I got my brand new camera on Christmas eve, I knew I wanted to be a photographer and I had no idea how to work my new camera. I admit, I put it on program mode and snapped pictures on Christmas day…but I didn’t stay there. For a few months as I started building my portfolio I left it on P mode because that was all I knew, but I kept reading and practicing. Then I made a switch as I was learning more and switched to Aperture Priority mode. AV mode gave me more control and helped me learn more about camera settings, but it was not the end. It was just a stepping stone to getting to where I needed to be.

Finally about 6 months after I began shooting I made the switch to shooting in manual. It has made all the difference. Shooting in manual gives the photographer the control, changing light no longer scares me because I have practiced and have taught myself how to deal with all types of light. I have read and practiced and taught myself so that I am confident that my camera is not smarter than me. I have learned how to make my photos turn out the way that I want them too.

So how do you get there? PRACTICE!!! Shoot in all lighting situations from all angles. Shoot in direct sun, shoot backlight, shoot side light. Bribe your spouse or bff with some Starbucks and ask them to model for you in every lighting situation possible. Take your time and learn to see light and to know exactly what to do when you encounter a “problem”. The more you practice the better you will feel about any situation you will ever encounter on a shoot or at a wedding. If I can do it, you can too! Take control of your photos and your future and let me know if you ever have any questions…I am always available to help!


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Earlier this year, I switched back and forth from program to manual mode. Finally, I made myself leave the p mode comfort zone and do it all manual. The only way to go!

I remember the first time I switched to manual too. It was scary, but now it instills confidence in the photographer to know that they can get a good shot given ANY lighting situation. You no longer need to rely on photoshop to fix your problems, you can learn to do it right the first time. In manual mode.

I’ve had to teach myself to shoot in manual. Now that I have learned to do it, it makes a world of difference!! Thanks for the tips Kristin!

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My Random Life #4

It’s Thursday…and it has been an awesome week! Here is a recap!

I am so happy that we have been getting into a routine which defintely helps me to be more reproductive, which in turn helps me to blog more, though I miss Jeremy a ton when he is gone, the return to a routine has been welcome.

Monday was our two year anniversary, and it was such an amazing day. Jeremy got the day off work so we were able to just spend time together and think back over the past two years and all of the wonderful things that have taken place. We went out to dinner and then went to see The Green Lantern in 3D. It was a ton of fun just to hang out together. Jeremy wrote the sweetest blog post ever, complete with lots of pictures of our two years being married and you can read it here. I am so lucky! Jeremy brought me home gorgeous yellow flowers becasue recently we have been celebrating the fact that we aren’t just husband and wife, but best friends.

Crazy people that we are we also celebrated our anniversary by making homemade papaya and egg white facials…such an adventure. We were laughing so hard, especially when the door bell rang…luckily the Fed Ex man left the package on the porch, because there was no way were coming out to the door. I regret to inform you that no photos were taken to document this event, but I am pleased to inform you that we now have incredibly silky skin.

Cooking more was one of my July goals, and it has been going great. I am currently working on meal planning a month in advance to stay organized and help with grocery shopping. If you have any amazing recipes…send them my way. I also made a new recipe this week for Churros. Churros were something that we had while we were in Mexico for a missions trip last year and we became a bit addicted during our two weeks. The churros that I made were shapped like little balls and rolled in cinnamon suger and were almost as delicious as the ones we had from street vendors in Mexico!

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Those churros look delicious and I’m loving your fed ex + facials story! Too funny!