SUMMER SESSION TIMES

Happy Easter from the Sullivan crew in Superior!

I can’t believe in a little over a month school will be out! It’s time to start thinking about and planning summer!

I would love to the opportunity to see & shoot my Lincoln photo-families!  I have truly loved capturing your lives over the years and watching kids grow, babies be born & high school seniors graduate!  It brings joy to my heart!

My available times to photograph in Lincoln are:

  • Monday June 2 9:30-11:15, 5pm-7:30
  • Tuesday June 3 9:30-11:15, 5-6:15pm
  • Wednesday June 4 9:30-11:15 6-7:30pm
  • Thursday June 5 9:30-11:15
  • Sunday June 29 9am-6pm

PLEASE email me at jamysullivan@gmail.com or call/text me at 402.570.5298 to reserve your time. Sessions are 30 minutes plus CD of full resolution images of  your entire session for 175.00

This was the 1st year I did not do my annual Easter baby chick fundraiser.  But in the spirit of Easter and giving I am donating a portion of my summer sessions to a good friend and her husband. They did not ask me to donate to them, but having experienced 1st hand the toll that severe sickness can take on your finances and spirit, I wanted to give to them so they could do the extra things needed for mind, body and spirit for Chad to be as healthy as he can be. Their story is amazing, I hope you check out this link and are encouraged! http://vimeo.com/37856364

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

“Out here in the middle” the kids can walk to the store on summer mornings to get a gravel top donut, go to a movie by themselves, walk to Jim’s office on main street just blocks away, and make the local paper almost weekly.

To quote one of Jim’s and my favorite shows “The Middle,” the Mom says “Sometimes things don’t end up how you expect, sometimes they end exactly how you expect, and sometimes you are not ready to see how they end, you just want to hold out hope a little longer”

This quote adequately sums up our last few years that we took a break from writing holiday cards, mostly because it was hard to put into words our lives after the boat explosion.  2011 was a very broken year for our family as we dealt with the shock of the accident, the grief of loosing one of Jim’s best friends, Cory Adams, coupled with the sorrow of letting go of our hopeful adoption in Uganda. Also, during this time the disease I have fought for 20 years worsened.  We never expected that God’s answer to prayer for rest and healing would be to move us to Superior, NE~a bustling town of 2000 on the border of Kansas, right smack dab in the middle (of no where)  Superior has a great Vineyard (Superior Estates,) a lake 15 minutes away (Lovewell,) a cute main street, beautiful fields and sunsets, a DQ, bowling alley, skating rink, Shopko, and one of the the largest public pools in the state of Nebraska….we are also the Victorian capital.

Jim moved here in August 2012 with Edward Jones and instantly loved the people and the company, so the kids and I joined him in July of 2013~in that year apart God drastically changed our hearts towards living in a small town, though it was hard to leave friends and family, our home and also close the doors to my photography studio.  We also love our new 1889 Victorian home.  The kids still get sad when we leave Lincoln after visiting, but by the time we pull into our garage they run in with smiles, excited to be home and begin to immediately plan play dates with Superior friends.

WHAT BETTER THAN TO HAVE FRIENDS IN MANY PLACES?!

I joke that last year it was Jim commuting and that this year it is our entire family living out of a suitcase.  We are on the road a lot to shoot weddings and portrait sessions, visit friends and family, play sports and we’ve been lucky to travel a bit. This summer we went to Hawaii and to Iowa where we had a great time kayaking, jet skiing and making new Edward Jones friends in the region.  This fall we also joined 20 other members of Jim’s family in Orlando.  With that many people we hardly saw each other!  Tatum and I had a sweet and fun day at Disney~she still believes in the magic!  We also took Teghan & Tatum and a few nephews to snorkel with the manatees; it literally was one of the best days of my life~I am in LOVE with these gentle giants of the sea that swim up to you then roll over to get their bellies rubbed and kiss your snorkel mask and look at you with these small black eyes that just melt your heart!

Needless to say, things have not turned out as expected or planned, but the one thing we did expect was for God to always “show up” (actually Jim does a great job keeping us all grounded in faith that it will all be okay, I don’t always have simple faith~but my questions in the end bring me closer to Him.  God showed us His love in Manatee kisses, snorkeling with sea turtles, a surprise going away party for Teghan that brought me to tears to see how much love she has in her life, meals/prayers/love from friends and family during times of grief and healing, a front porch that is perfect for drinking a Moscow Mule or coffee, new friends and a new addition to our family, a 7 year old Golden Doodle.  Stanley also became my analogy for illustrating that God knows what we need better than we do. When Cory’s family asked us to adopt Stanley, I did NOT want a dog, but he is PERFECT for our family and we could not imagine our lives without the love he brings~and it was perfect timing to provide a companion during our year apart from Jim.

Teghan (11)-Loves volleyball, basketball, reading hours every day, and playing teacher.  Her bedroom is always neat and organized, she was selected for the leadership team at school and earned an iPhone because she is so responsible.

Owen (10)-Loves to play basketball and football. Was one of the varsity football water boys, he loves reading books like “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” and “Guinness Book of World Records,” and can recite many random facts.  He likes to try magic tricks, play Mindcraft on the computer and listen to music on his I-pod.  He is our extrovert who will talk to anyone

Tatum (7)-She always has a messy room, loves horseback riding, crafts~she creates things daily-probably hourly~ (in the collage photo you can see her building with rocks on a beach in Hawaii, painting and being my photography assistant.) She loves planning parties, snuggling mom and is always writing sweet notes to those she loves.

Jim-Still catfishes, coaches basketball for the kids, loves his job and clients and makes great meals for our family!  & by the fact that he only gets one line in this letter you can tell he still likes to keep it simple!

Jamy~I still love shooting weddings & sessions, just not as many. I play in a bell choir which I would never have expected to do, but I am having fun making new friends and trying to keep up!  My health has improved greatly due to lots of rest, a husband that takes great care of me and lets me sleep in most mornings while he takes the kids to school and goes to work, a great Dr in colorado and by changing what our family eats.  On my journey of healing I have become passionate about food healing our bodies: this is much to our kids’ dismay, who long for gluten and sugar!

Our family highlights from the last 3 years: our zip line, rope swing, trampoline and campfire at our old Lincoln house, visiting Jim’s brother in Oregon, other trips to see friends and family, game nights, Jamy’s sister’s wedding in which we all had a role, new friends, and Tatum started school last year (I cried the whole summer leading up to it!)

We never expected this to be our story, but have learned that the unexpected is what God writes and that “the best stories are the ones that end with a kid.” (another quote from the Middle)

We wish you much LOVE, LAUGHTER and good health this year!

Love, the Sullivans

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

[slideshow]

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….

2011 Family Photos

Stallings Family Photos
Here is a glimpse into what my own family photos look like (Ok, so I haven’t officially taken my kid photos for 2011)
We always take a big Stallings family photo every year…I did manage to take a few snapshots of my 3 kids, but in the craziness of 10 kids & 8 adults to
photograph (including myself) I thought to myself, I just need to get everyone else photographed because I can just photograph my own kids at anytime….oops.
And to answer the question I always get: “Who takes pictures when you’re in the photo?”
Well, the great thing about being a photographer is I have lots of photographer friends; we take turns shooting each others’ families. This year, I took the photos, then Jim hopped out of the photo and I hopped in and smiled; with the magic of photoshop I appeared with the family. We’ve done this many years for Jim’s and my extended family photos…this year posed one big obstacle…a big POND between us and the group…lots of running!
After this session we all headed to Culvers for lunch together—ice cream cones is always a great treat after photos and I am not above bribing my nieces and nephews…well any one for that matter if that is what it takes to get people excited for photos.
STALLINGS GRANDKIDS-2011

Front of my Mom & Dad’s new year card…the whole Stallings crew!

Teghan-age 9


Her cousin Porter (Margaret’s middle) 5 weeks older than Teghan

Griffin-Margaret’s oldest

Margaret’s clan of boys

Brycin, John (my twin brother’s) oldest

Sometimes when I am just metering the camera and no one realizes I am shooting is when I get the truest most natural shots
This is John’s family

John’s youngest, Tripp. Out of all the Stallings grandkids, he is the funniest!—he keeps us all laughing!
& the little stinker has always preferred Jim over me–he can’t get enough of his Uncle Jim!

John’s family photos are out on our acreage where our studio is


Piper-2 days older than Tatum

Tatum & Piper in our studio—Tatum isn’t dressed for photos…Tatum just likes to assist me when I am photographing other kids…especially her cousins!

Of course, in true kid fashion…when it is cold out our kids dress for summer (& don’t wear shoes)—look at how dirty the bottom of her feet are!

The big announcement…

Kids may start out shy….but just give them a moment to warm up and they will start being themselves
Don’t pressure them and voila we will start having fun & dancing even!

And the big announcement! This family is a bebe collection family & now I am so lucky, I get to shoot another bebe collection!
CONGRATS! I can’t wait to capture another first year!!
Even if you don’t have a big announcement, there are so many props and things to do to incorporate your family’s personality into your portraits. I will help you think out of the box….call me to brainstorm your next session:O)

I do-Me too

New Years Eve Weekend Wedding

City girl marries country boy

This is the father of the bride’s Bible. She had the ring bearer use this aged & well worn Bible as their ring pillow. I thought it was a perfect way to have her Dad in her service & a great reminder that he was with her watching down from heaven.

The bride and groom had a saying:
“I Do, Me Too”


After they started dating, their relationship became long distance so they logged many hours on their cell phones talking. I wanted to incorporate their love that was established over many phone conversations into their wedding day images

Above is part of their beautiful wedding cake, below are some very cute forks they served each other cake with….again, with their saying of : “I Do, Me Too”

Here is “LOVE” created out of their personalized reception decorations. I had to flip the Christmas tree centerpieces on their side to make the E. But voila…LOVE from details
cake: Char, dresses: Bridal Gown Outlet, Flowers: Petal Creations, Tuxes: Savvy Formalwear

Wedding Album design

We work with a fabulous designer that custom designs EVERY single wedding album to fit our clients design style…from simple & clean lines to flourishes and photos that fade out. Clients get to preview their album and make the changes they desire to get the high end heirloom album of their dreams!  These albums will be past down for generations as artwork that represents their family history.  Here are a few pages from one of our wedding albums- a spread is actually 12×24 inches…so it can’t fit in my blog….so some images are cut off–these are the images that spread across 2 pages in our flush mount album.  The first image is the actual cover of the album!–Wow digital has changed photography and what is available to clients-if you can dream it, we can make it happen!