Client Love

Talk about client apperciation...  I feel like what I am doing is so important and this is just an understatement. 

I got this posted to my facebook fan page yesterday by one of my clients, and when I read it this morning it brought tears to my eyes.  Photos are more than just a piece of paper, and they are priceless!   I am so honored to be able to capture memories for families all over!  To my clients... I love more than anything to see satisfaction, joy, happiness, and love, I try to create the best memories through my camera lens for you to keep and cherish. 

p.s. thanks for the link, W.H.  :)  

A letter on my door step. portraits are more than paper.

There will be no portrait photos in this post. This letter wasn’t mailed – it was at my doorstep when I got home a couple months ago. I read it, I cried, and read it again – probably a hundred times by now. It wasn’t easy to read – and honestly, as much as it validates what I do for a living – I wasn’t sure I was going to share it either. If you choose to read through the letter, you will know why I’ve finally chosen to share it.
July 2nd, 2011
Jeanine -
Today I am writing for a couple of reasons. I have some quiet time at the moment and need to get a couple of things off my mind. I will leave this for my husband to deliver to you when he is ready.
You photographed my wedding, you photographed my first pregnancy and my first baby. I contacted you awhile back to photograph my 2nd child and family. After getting prices and realizing I would want all of the pictures as we love your work – I decided against spending $500+ – which is what I normally spend for portraits and prints with you.. Please know it is not because I don’t value your amazing eye, or how much we love the experience.
That week that I decided to NOT do a session with you, this is how I spent some money.
On Sunday I called and cancelled our session. Monday I went out and got my hair cut ($39+tip), and colored ($65), Thursday I had my nails done ($24), my family went out to dinner at a somewhat expensive restaurant for no particular reason costing us $79 + tip. This was just 4 days since canceling our session, already totaling over $200 for un necessary things. My nails only lasted about 2 weeks, my hair is gone, and seven weeks passed when I got the phone call from our doctor. It was not something I expected and the cancer has spread very quickly. I will be leaving my husband, my 6 year old girl and my now 2 year old – not by choice. It is very hard for me to talk about it which is why I need to write you.
I watch your Facebook page and your posts about the value of a photo and if I could give back all of those things that I purchased this few weeks after I cancelled my session with you, knowing what I know now, and have that session, well… I would do it in a heartbeat.
Now my time is done and there are no more chances for me. The next time someone cancels a session – my wish is that you forward this letter to them. Time is fragile, it is gone before you know you had it. If you charged $200 for one print it wouldn’t be enough for what it is actually worth. I cringe to think that my priorities were a manicure over a memory to pass onto my babies and husband.
My love and thanks for what you have given us from past photos. I am so sorry that I did not see it as more than paper until now.
Karen L.

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Jasper & Thayne {Twins}

I love baby feet...  nevermind any fuzzies that were trying to interfere, they just show the real happenings of the twins session.  2 feet are great but 4 feet are even greater...

Jasper & Thayne are adorable 2 month old twin boys.  They are twins yes, but definitely have their own personalities and characteristics.  I have never gotten to do a black and white session before, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity!  Enjoy this little B&W sneek peek of these darling boys.

Jasper Ray

Thayne Robert


{Introducing} Ashtyn Lucille

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.  One is roots; the other, wings.
--Hodding Carter

Ashytn Lucille Settelmeyer!!!  What can I say besides how adorable, precious, beautiful, sweet, and breathtaking my adorable new little niece is?!  She was born on December 29th to her proud first time parents Chris & Cheri.  Enjoy this sweet little preview newborn session of Ashtyn ... 3 days new!!   


{Introducing} Benjamin Lee

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.   -- Joseph Addison

Introducing Benjamin Lee Bohan ~ 15 days new, and his proud 1st time parents Kendra & Jacob!

The Nelson's {Family}

I am actually really excited to show off this particular families photo session... due to the fact that they are a part of my family!  Arlene and Michael have the best looking little boys EVER, and they are SO well behaved!!  I loveeed capturing this family at their best, and 9 month old Brody is WALKING...

I even got to take a couple photos of Arlene and Michael while Brody sat next to me and ate rocks! 

Michael, Arlene, Conner & Brody Nelson!!!!