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

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!


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

Beautiful weddings, even on cold days like today!

Katie & Tom’s Winter Wedding
Despite cold weather and snow, the day was nothing short of warm and spectacular

I am always looking for new ways to show off the bride’s dress–
Scoular Ballroom in Omaha, Nebraska had beautiful backdrops for the dress–I am not going to lie, hanging the dress from the chandelier made me a little nervous-I could just picture it all crashing to the floor…
Getting the dress up on all these locations was difficult too….good thing I had a tall basketball player groomsmen to hang the dress everywhere for me….I bet he was wishing he hadn’t shown up early…ha ha!

To show that this was a holiday wedding, I decided to shoot the garter on the Christmas tree, like a wedding ornament.

Cold weather did not keep us from venturing around downtown Omaha and the Old Market

Not the typical bridesmaids’ footwear, but who’s judging…it was COLD!

Old Market Fun….this was lots of fun for me because one of the groomsmen is my twin brother
and more fun…the groom, and 2 other groomsmen went to my high school and the flower girl for the day is my niece-(not in picture)

My twin brother, John Stallings and the Groom, Tom Jeffrey

Gene Leahy Mall, Omaha, NE

Downtown Omaha makes a great backdrop for a wedding day kiss!

We had to show off the holiday lights on Gene Leahy Mall

Stem Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska provided the flowers and decorations

I really loved the dramatic lighting of snow falling on the walls thru the ceremony and reception….it was absolutely beautfiul

After a day of I Do’s, traveling in a trolly, navigating snow in a wedding dress, mingling with friends and dancing…it’s time to call it a day.