making winter our friend

With the winter storm I had some unexpected time off and was finally able to photograph our kids.

After our electricity resumed, the excitement and adventure of the power outage had faded, the driveway plowed (& plow fixed,) trees freed from the snow that weighed them down, photos of the damage taken, snow angels made, and a few naps taken we headed out for some photos-finally—the kids birthdays were only in September! But, better late than never!

My sister, who also hasn’t taken time to get her engagement photos also took advantage of the snow.

Grace, who I have photographed every season of the year made it in for her first snow portraits.

Get your photos done early this year and don’t stress about it during the busy fall and holiday season.

Here is our house after the storm with trees leaning against it

Here is our front yard winter wonderland.

Here is one of my favorite trees, thankfully after knocking the snow off of it’s branches it has somewhat “bounced back.” I am hoping for a full recovery!

Our “plow” died right in the middle of the lane, here is Jim holding the broken part. Our efforts to get to electricity were made a bit more difficult by this road block. lol

Tatum’s snow angel

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Omaha Love

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I was inspired to share an engagement session & some secret tips.
A few Engagement session tips (these can be applied to all sessions):

  1. Coordinate your outfits…if you are dressy then he should be dressy too.
  2. You don’t have to steer away from color and patterns…again, just make sure you compliment each other
  3. If you do want to wear a color or pattern that stands out then think about what colors you want on the walls of your home or on your save the date/wedding programs (this can be applied to families/couples planning their annual holiday card…
  4. Brainstorm locations and props that are “you.” What do you like to do together, how did you meet? where was your first date? Same principal can be applied to families wanting to capture fun unique photos. HAVE FUN and be yourself!

Here is an engagement session from the Old Market in Omaha, Nebraska
I have always been drawn to graffiti, and using chalk to create personal graffiti for clients is a fun way to incorporate special days, words…into photos

Downtown Omaha is a great backdrop!


Love

For one of the bridal shows we recently did we teamed up with Blooms & Bouquets to creatively use our Lincoln Letters in wedding decor.
Lincoln Letters is my brand of letter art that I (and my children) discover & shoot in the scenery of Lincoln.
Jim and I also love to look for letters at weddings and custom make a meaningful word for our bride & groom out of letters we discover on their wedding day.
We made the word “LOVE” in greyscale to match the yellow & grey theme I wanted to go with our Bridal Fair Booth and to inspire my sister for her grey & yellow wedding.
I now have the vases on my mantle over a month after the show, I have removed the dead flowers…but amazingly the yellow & grey “balls” still look perfect
These letters would be perfect to spell out your new last name on the head table in the vases that typically hold the bridesmaids’ bouquets (if your new name isn’t too long)…it is wedding decor that you can use in your home after the wedding day!

Letter Art

A year in the making

Newborn in parents' hands

Newborn in parents' hands


Welcome to the world little one

Husker Newborn

3 Moths, we photographed this December 23rd, 2011…the night of a blizzard.

Husker Newborn

3 Months at Christmas

3 Months at Christmas


6 months-studio, I love her big brown eyes!
6 months in studio

6 months in studio


9 months in our ivy field next to the studio
9 months in our "ivy field"

9 months in our "ivy field"


Turning one!
One Year

One Year

Eating my cake too

"Eating my cake too"


I love shooting anything with people! But I have to say, shooting babies is so fun & since we aren’t having any more babies I love living vicariously thru my clients and watching & documenting their sweet babies grow up and seeing their personalities develop over the first year! Bebe collections are the best way to document your baby growing up, from your growing belly to your growing baby…you get a year of sessions in the studio or at a location of your choice and the copyrights to all the sessions! If you have other children you can bring them too and get their photos taken at the same time so that you don’t have to schedule and pay for separate sessions for them also…anything to make other fellow busy parents’ lives easier…

Props

Here are some photos to inspire you to get creative with your next session!
I can’t wait to brainstorm with you & see what we come up with to create unique and fun photos for you this year!
Just look at a few of my creative clients from this year:


This picture is from an engagement session for some fun lovin’ chess players

Besides Chess they also love coffee too….they had these mugs custom made for them….I love ideas that you can use for your photos and then still use in your home
To help you brainstorm:
What do you love? Show it in your photos. What do you want to buy for your home & life…can you use it in photos? –a chair, a sign, a prop, a chalkboard …..

Thank you to all military members and their families!
Did you know that Sullivan Photography gives 10% off to all weddings, sessions & products….we are so thankful for your service!
This bride & her brother (in picture) served in Iraq at the same time-we wanted to honor & show that in a wedding day photo.

These words are cute in photos and it would be cute in your home too…bring “I Do” out every Valentines Day for decoration to remind you of the day you said “I do.” This idea can be incorporated into any type of photos….

What season are you getting married? What are your wedding colors? How can you incorporate this into your wedding?
You can apply this idea to your high school senior portraits and family/baby pictures….
Just think about what colors you want on your walls in your home or a fun prop for your child to bring to your next portrait session….