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Life in Loud | Week18

See you later 2013, I have learned so much and hope to learn even more in 2014!

โ€œI hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.โ€
โ€• Neil Gaiman

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BirdsDream Design 2013 | Iowa City, Iowa

2013 has been Quite a year! I have had many past clients return, lots of fun new clients, shot some Beautiful weddings, my work has been published, broke my leg, and my oldest child started Kindergarten! I am so so blessed by all the support I receive from my community, friends, fans and family. Words cannot express how continually grateful I am for everyone and everything.

I really feel like I grew as an artist. I found my style, even though I am Always working on perfecting it and getting exactly where I want to be. I grew as a business owner, learned a lot of valuable business owner lessons. Made some wonderful relationships with clients, and continued to grow with past clients that have so wonderfully believed in me since day one.

I put together some memorable shots from 2013. It is always impossible for me for picks actual favorites because I truly love session I do with you all. So I just grabbed some goodies to share with you all of my own kiddos and you and yours. (I posted wedding highlights on another post that be found here)

Thank you so much 2013, you were Wonderful! I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!!

So sit back and relax and Enjoy!! xoxo

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Life in Loud Week 17

This weeks theme is about my kiddos.

I have been SO busy this past year, especially this fall. The other night my youngest Owen said to me “Mom can you pleasssse take some time off work so you can spend more time with me and Aiden?” Needless to say my heart melted a bit. It has become a lot more apparent that my work because I have been so busy (which I am extremely blessed and grateful for) but after 76 sessions and 9 weddings this year, my work has come first and my family has been put on the back burner as second. It has gotten me thinking a lot about 2014 and some changes I really want to make. I will pace myself and learn that is ok to say no once and awhile. I am only going to take limited sessions and weddings each month and plan on setting better “working hours” While you work from home it hard to shut off work but I am really going to try to set specific times for work and home time. I hope my clients that I love and appreciate so much will be understanding of this in 2014 because I want to continue to capture wonderful moments for Everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

It feels really great to take some time for myself and my family this holiday break and I am really looking forward to having a blast with the boys. To kick off our break we went out in some snow and had some fun and of Course took some cute photos! Enjoy!! xoxo

โ€œWe’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.โ€ ~Bill Watterson

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Favorites of 2013 | Weddings (Iowa City, Iowa)

I was super lucky enough to have some Ah-mazing brides and groom’s this year and got to be a part of some super fun and fabulous weddings. I broke my leg in the summer and had to finish almost All my weddings casted and even did some in a wheelchair! But I wouldn’t have traded it for anything in the world. I got to witness so much serious and intense love.

Couples of 2013, I hope you have the most wonderful life together. Enjoy each other and all that life has to bring you. Can’t wait to see you all when you start having Babies!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I could never really pick my favorites and if I included All the images I am in love with from all my weddings, we’d be here All day! So Here are just some highlights of some of the weddings I have gotten to be a part of, Enjoy!! xoxoxo

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Life In Loud week 16

Last Spring I stumbled onto some Double Exposure images on Flickr and immediately I fell in love! I did a lot of research on how to achieve this look in camera.

I started by doing a portrait in each season (I have Winter, Fall and Summer so far) and have made a few more that have never made it to photoshop to be edited. But my personal project this winter to master this effect in my camera and hopefully create some really cool art pieces. I just Love the double exposures so wish me luck and please enjoy some of the ones I have done so far! xoxoxo

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Summer

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A couple more random ones..

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Baby Bridget Newborn Lifestyle Session (Iowa City, Iowa)

Oh my goodness I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this session and love this family! When Laura contacted me to do possibly do a newborn session I knew I liked her before I even met her. When I got to go to their home Laura and her husband were just as sweet as can be and Bridget is Just perfectly perfect!! I can’t wait to see them again and Enjoy!! xoxo

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Posey’s 1 year! (child session, Iowa City Iowa)

When April contacted me to do Posey’s one year session I was over the moon excited! Posey is the Sweetest Cutest little gal around and she gets it from her awesome mama! April sang every song ever and danced like crazy to keep Posey happy and smiling it was awesome and well worth it. I love the pics!

Enjoy!! xoxo

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