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Cora : One Year Portraits

This is another sweet little honey’s first year photo shoot.  I was so excited to have little Cora in the studio because her mommy is a dear friend and she’s totally laid back so I knew if I had an idea or outfit/prop combo I had in mind I knew she’d be down with whatever I had planned.

For Cora I made a special little flower to clip to a headband that coordinated perfect with my DIY chenille pastel flag bunting.  I have a bunch of these cute lace petti-rompers that are super stretchy and actually seem quite comfy for the little girls to wear at my studio… and they’re just so stinkin’ cute!!!

Since her mommy’s family is HUGE Nebraska Cornhusker fans, we ALWAYS have to do some cute pictures with red & white and so she had brought along this cute little cheerleader outfit and we had a ball with it.  We also did some with a football (I didn’t post since I already had so many favorites to share … but they were very fun!)

Luckily, Cora was totally fine with changing outfits because we had two more in mind.  A sweet, classic cotton dress that she seemed to love.  Check out the adorable pics of her on the angora rug grabbing her feet.  *sigh* I swoon when babes grab their little footsies.

Lastly a festive pink alpine sweater that her momma likes pairing with this cute gray polka dot bow.  I love her matching pink suede snow boots!  Need to find a pair my size!

Enjoy!
Rebecca

 

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Emilie : One Year Old

This little honey was featured on the blog as a newborn a while back and I never got around to sharing her one year session on the blog. It turned out so cute I just had to share it, even if I am a bit behind in doing so!

A little FYI tidbit: Emilie’s mom gives the best massages! If you ever want to book one, she’s the person to call! Now, she’s based right out of her home in Freeborn, MN and has a beautiful, professional massage therapy business. Here’s a link to her facebook page if you’re interested.

We started the session with some family portraits, and then did lots with just Emilie.  They are serious farmers and love their John Deere tractors so we HAD to get one on the pedal tractor in the cute pink tutu.  Her mommy got the cute personalized chalkboard designed through a shop on Etsy and I can’t remember the name of it, but if you want, I can find that out for you.  Or you could just do a search and you can find lots of options, if you’re planning a birthday party soon.

Wouldn’t it be fun to get one of those made each year (well, at least the first 5 or 6 years) and then display them all at a high school graduation party?  So fun!

Enjoy!
Rebecca

 

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Henry’s First Birthday

I had a blast last Sunday when we celebrated my youngest son’s birthday. I was so excited to debut my long awaited gold and black “King Henry” themed party! Everything looked amazing. After the party, we did a little photo shoot in the studio just to round things out with the bottom tier of the cake and then it was ‘splish, spash’ into the tub! For a fun bath after the cake eating. These images are the perfect compliment to the laundry basket pictures I took of Collin when he was about this age. (I’ll show these pictures in the next post I write)

The party decor featured a gold fringe curtain with his monthly portraits hung from gold rope and clipped with black clothespins, black tablecloths with gold ribbons down the center and gold and black star balloons.  There was a cute chalkboard printable I framed that was free online here, and some chipboard letters spelling “one” from Hobby Lobby were perfect accents. I painted the backs of some cheap plastic plates gold for a fancier look and tied gold plastic silverware inside black napkins tied with gold ribbon.  A bunting with little gold flags hung from the counter and fireplace.  The cake was proudly displayed after all the work that I put into modifying it from the version created by my local bakery.  I actually ended up picking off most of the detailing she had done, piped on some pre-made Wilton black frosting and hand-painted the trim with metallic gold airbrush food coloring.  Whew! LOL!  Next time I think I’ll just make my own.  We also had cupcakes with little flags for our guests since Henry got to have the whole top layer for himself to smash into and I saved the bottom for our studio session.

I made a bib with black faux fur I had on hand and decorated it and a black t-shirt I purchased with a #1 cut from gold painted fabric.  I also made a crown out of the same gold fabric and lined it with felt to make it more sturdy and Henry wore it like the little king he is!  So glad he liked it.  He seemed to really enjoy the whole party.  I think I’ll have my hands full with this little guy as he gets older!
Enjoy!
Rebecca
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Little Ruthie : 2 Years Old : Child Portrait Session

I have a confession to make… I’m not perfect. I’m not a perfect person, and I’m not a perfect photographer. I’ve made my share of mistakes (which I skillfully correct and have never ended in a disgruntled customer, I am happy to say!) and there are definitely aspects of my business and photography skills that I’d like to improve upon… but I have to say, I think I have one thing nailed…

I’m awesome at creating works of art with my photography that make you FEEL something!

There. After a little self-depreciation, I’m boasting a bit. LOL! Bear with me though… I have a point I’d like to make sure I get across.

Now, most people hire me thinking they want a nice picture of their child, looking at the camera and smiling. I get that! (I mean, I understand that… but I guess I also mean that I get plenty of those to pick from)
I love those smiling portraits too! I’ll print one as an 8×10, 11×14, (or 16×20 if I’m feeling frisky) for my wall at home…

But it’s the images where my son isn’t looking, and often times, not even smiling that grab me: Make me stop & stare. I find myself studying his fine features that I adore so much… his soft hair, his long lashes… sigh.

THOSE are the ones that I wouldn’t dare put on my wall any smaller than a 16×20 and tempt me to order that 24×30 that I think just might be perfect!

I have found, repeatedly that I capture at least one of these grab-you-by-the-heartstrings-type of emotional images, that I throw into the proofs and hope that my customers are brave enough to step out of the box and order.

This mom is definitely one of those customers who always steps up to the plate and orders the images that are “non-traditional” and charged with emotion. Often times, we settle on the ones that make us laugh, that communicate the “realness” of life with four healthy children.

Here are some of my favorite images from our last session with little Ruthie who is growing up, and graduated from the “baby plan” and is now 2 years old!
Enjoy!
Becca

This first one just gets to me…
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5 Reasons To Buy Holiday Cards from your Photographer

So you did it! You hired a professional to take your family portraits! And you knew you wanted to use the images on your Christmas cards, but you’re thinking maybe you could save a little extra money if you order them yourself through one of the many online printing sites out there??? I’d encourage you to think again and read on.

Here are 5 good great reasons to let your pro photog take care of your holiday cards for you.

1) Saving time – This is a huge one! Chances are, you’re a parent (usually the mom gets charged with this duty) and you can literally spend hours online looking at different sites and designs. The options are endless… and as much as you might feel a bit limited when you look at your own photographer’s spread of a dozen or so samples, it’s really much easier to choose from 12 amazing designs than it is from 2,000 sort-of-good ones. Because heaven knows, once you find one you like… you’re going to want to customize it.

2) One-of-a-kind – Another key benefit! Who wants their card to be pretty much EXACTLY the same as hundreds, maybe even thousands of other peoples??? Not me. I love the idea that I have created the card designs I sell at Rebecca Lynne Photography from scratch or used bits and pieces of different templates I’ve purchased to make designs tailored specifically to showcase the images chose by my client for their card.

3) The Price is Right – When you first look at your photographer’s price list and compare it to an online site, it is probably going to be significantly more… but once you start spending all that time perfecting the limited options for customization you realize this isn’t such a cheap option after all! The sites are notorious for having the base-line price to grab your attention, but then as you finalize your order with a design on the back, your own quantity, paper options, envelopes and finishing touches they add-on and add-on to the price until it rivals that of the professional’s.

4) Showing off your portraits – Why on earth did you spend all that time and money coordinating outfits, dragging your reluctant family members and narrowing down the beautiful proofs to your top 10 favorites, only to pay a little extra to use ONE for your holiday card? If you get your card through your photographer, they often have designs that showcase 3-4 images at no additional cost. They want you to share the more standard image AND the fun ones because they want all your friends to know how much you loved your experience at their studio.

5) One less thing to worry about – Who doesn’t enjoy letting someone take a weight off their shoulders? Honestly, it’s fun browsing the card options for about the first 15-20 minutes, but after that it seriously turns into a chore. Having someone who will say, “Don’t worry, I’ll create a design you will love, proof read it all, send you a preview, AND if you see anything that needs changing I will take care of that for you, too! Plus, I will order them and have them ready in time for you to mail to all your family and friends.” Now that, is worth every penny!

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Designs from a professional photographer – Rebecca Lynne Photography

Thanks for reading! Best of luck with the task of sending holiday cards.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Rebecca Houg


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High quality paper, great designs, and amazing customer service.


Little Reese : Newborn Boy Portrait Session

A lot of people seem to think I must have the most ideal life, being self-employed. Especially when I announced we’d be having another son and they all seemed to think I would be taking as much time off as I wanted… to just snuggle at home with my new bundle of joy.
Reality is a much different thing. LOL!
Reality is that I was working on paperwork and tax reports the week I got home from the hospital. And reality is that although my dear, dear customers who totally respect my time and honor me by asking who I would recommend they have take their portraits while I enjoy some much deserved maternity leave…well, I just can’t have someone else taking their portraits, now, can I??? 🙂
I just love them too much, and I want both of their son’s first year of portraits to be taken by yours truly so when they hang on their wall in the family gallery they look totally cohesive.
To tell the truth, I was a bit nervous. It had only been two weeks since our son, Henry, was born and so I had some legit concerns about this little newborn thinking I was his lunch ticket. (If you know what I mean!)
Luckily, he must like his own mama’s scent more than mine, so after battling his hunger cravings for an hour or so he FINALLY submitted to those heavy, heavy eyelids!
Success!
Needless to say, I also love these first images we caught with mom and dad when he was still awake.
Enjoy!
Becca
P.S. I’m pretty sure you all know I wouldn’t be photographing right now if I didn’t absolutely love doing this. I just want to make sure it didn’t sound like I was complaining because I was very thankful I had scheduled the session. It was actually a relief to have a couple hours away from Henry and feel like a regular person and not a mombie (mom/zombie) LOL!
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A new year, new ideas! And a sweet little newborn!

2014 is going to be a year of BIG and LITTLE changes! I’m so excited to re-draft my business plan like I try to do every couple years.

I am always one to set both business and personal goals at the beginning of a new year, but I know that this year … with the arrival of the newest member of our family expected to arrive any day (the 18th is my due date) I need to be evaluating priorities and creating a new vision of our ideal life… photography business included!

I LOVE my photography business. Self employment definitely has it’s ups and downs, but even at the low moments I still know it’s what’s best for me and our family … and I still have that gut feeling that it’s a gift the Lord blessed me with I need to continue to share with others.

Thankfully, with my gift, I’ve continued to attract the most amazing customers of whom I’m so grateful for. No complaints here! Keep referring me to your friends and family. That’s the only way I can continue to use this gift to support our growing family.

A few of the upcoming changes you can expect to enhance your experience at Rebecca Lynne Photography:

– I will offer some “collections” this upcoming year and embrace the idea of including digital files with some of those collections. (Of course, there will still be the a la carte offerings)

– I will be offering 5-7 pm weekday photo sessions which should actually work better with my clients work/sports practice schedules. I am making this change to delay the need for full time daycare for at least the first 6-9 months of our new little one’s life. Depending on how well this works, I may just keep it this way.

– Prices will only increase very slightly (which I need to do every year to fend off the increasing costs of production) but there will be some amazing new products included in the collections to tempt my customers into investing in the products they have always wanted but maybe didn’t feel they could justify purchasing before, and save them money on things they “had” to invest a large portion of their budget into before the collections (aka gift prints for family members).

– I hope to do more in-home ordering sessions (which will now be called the “Session Premiere”) when it’s more convenient for the customer. This will allow me to see the walls they would like to decorate with the images we created.

– I will be adding in more personal touches throughout the process from the first phone call, to the photo session, as well as the session premiere and the order presentation. My ultimate goal being to take the whole experience to a new level of luxury and make my customers (who are mainly moms) feel pampered.

All in all, I want to continue to set myself and my business apart from those newbies and part-timers who we all know are out there trying to lure people in with free and discounted sessions.

Most moms (and some dads) know how much time goes into preparing for the photo session… researching for the perfect photographer, coordinating schedules, gathering outfits and scouring Pinterest and other sites for inspiration. A pretty big investment of time that is worth just as much as the money invested in new outfits… but one that is so rewarding when you have a beautiful work of art (aka family/senior/child’s portrait) to hang in the perfect place in your home and enjoy every time you look at it.

My goal will be to make sure you know just how much I appreciate all of that and help you understand that it would be the ultimate DIS-service to you if I were to just hand you a CD or ask you to download the files yourself from the internet and figure out on your own what to do with them from there… when we both know I can provide you with so much more than that.

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If you’ve made it through this text-heavy post I figured you needed to be rewarded with some beautiful images I recently had the privilege of capturing for one of my wedding clients from 2012. They just welcomed this little miracle, Jace, into their family. I’m so genuinely happy for them. I believe babies are the best gifts we receive in our lives (be it our own children, grandchildren, nieces/nephews, friend’s children), and to be blessed with such a happy & healthy little boy … well, it just about doesn’t get any better than that!
Enjoy!
Becca

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I’m back! And with a cutie-patootie to boot!

I realize that I’ve been whole-heartedly neglecting my blog and I think it all started when I was re-creating my website. I just didn’t have time do do both… and then it snowballed and I wondered if blogging was worth the time investment, like it used to be.
I am ashamed to admit that yes, it is worth the time. It forces me to have some fresh content out there on the world wide web. And I’m sorry to have neglected all my blog readers… although it wouldn’t hurt any to leave some comments at the end of a post you enjoyed, just so I know you care! (hint, hint!)
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So today I’m bringing you some lovely images from Eve’s 1 year portrait / cake smash session. She is the sweetest little girl in pink, pink and more pink!
I’ve gotta hand it to her. It’s definitely her color.
And be sure to check out her perfectly, perfected model pout. Priceless!
Enjoy!
Becca
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Our Big News : Baby Houg Due in February!

In early August we were happy to announce to our families and close friends, and a few weeks later, to all our other friends via Facebook that we are expecting a baby in February 2013!

How we did it was a really fun idea… but more on that later… I’d like to share more about our joy for this newest addition to the Houg family…

Our son, Collin, who will be 6 years old by the time the baby arrives, is beyond excited. He is the sweetest and asks to hug the baby (aka: my tummy) all the time. He also says the sweetest dinner prayers… “God is great, God is good, and we thank him for our baby and pray that you help the baby grow strong, Amen.”

If that doesn’t melt your heart, I don’t know what will! I have been feeling great, all things considered. I’ll admit, being pregnant at 32 is definitely different than being pregnant at 26 years old! LOL! Plus having a little boy that comes home from school and wants me to get up and go play soccer outside instead of being able to put my feet up or take a nap whenever I feel like it, might be making a difference too!

But it’s all good! I can’t complain for a second. I’m unbelievably excited to be a mom to a new little baby. It took me a while to be ready… but managing my business, working behind the scenes for my husband, and building a new home can kind of put a bit of a damper on the ability to catch baby fever.

We announced our pregnancy to everyone using a clever shirt I’d seen on Pinterest a while ago that the gal had made herself with a plain white t-shirt and fabric paint. I decided I didn’t have time to monkey with painting a t-shirt, plus I’m a perfectionist when it comes to those things so if there was one letter not quite right it would have bugged me every time I looked at it.

So, I designed and ordered a shirt online through Zazzle.com and it was pretty easy. The product arrived fairly quickly and was screen printed to perfection!
I decided to offer the design on their site for other expecting parents to order.

Here’s the link in case you’re interested. I’ll admit, I earn a little credit for each shirt sold which is pretty cool.

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Look at other Pregnancy T-Shirts at zazzle.com

And here’s the pictures I took of Collin wearing the shirt…

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Oh, and while I was at it, I designed another shirt he loves that says “Soon-to-be Big Brother” he loves. You can check that one out too!


Little Eve – 6 Month Baby Portraits

Another fun session with this little beauty and her mommy. I just love getting booked for the whole first year of a baby’s portraits because I know I’ll be able to see that customer again and again and see their child grow up and really get a strong grasp of their personal taste and style. By the one year session, I can almost predict what they’ll order and lots of moms and dads let me take the wheel and steer them in the direction I know they’ll love in terms of wall portraits or framed collage prints.
I hope you love these images from Eve’s six month session as much as I do. The half-way point for baby’s first year… if you’d like to see her newborn portraits, click here.
Enjoy!
Becca
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Kris + Katie : Wedding Photography

My brother-in-law, Kris, got on April 13th to the loveliest gal. Her name is Katie and her mom owns Addie’s Floral in Albert Lea, Minnesota. So I knew their wedding flowers were going to be beautiful for sure!
(Funny fact: I chose Addie for my wedding flowers when I got married to Andy over 10 years ago!)
After quite a bit of thought over having an outdoor wedding at their place in a rustic barn setting, wedding was held in Albert Lea, MN at the Methodist Church. Which was a good thing because there was quite the crowd for this beautiful couple!
I had the honor of being chose as their photographer, Andy was an usher, and our son, Collin was ring bearer! He looked so handsome in his suit!!! I was so excited to see him and Andy all dressed up for the wedding.
I’ll admit there are quite a few extra pictures of Collin mixed in the proofs.
*insert guilty grin*
After the wedding, the couple stopped at Pub 69 in Twin Lakes for a quick drink before heading to Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, IA for the reception.
I was thrilled with their reception choice. #1 because it’s a very photogenic venue inside. #2 the food is awesome and served very fast! #3 it’s only 7 miles from my studio/home!
(Another fun fact: My younger brother also had his wedding reception there.)
They had me take portraits from “getting ready” until their first dance and the father-daughter/mother-son dance. Which is just right for designing a storybook wedding album. I can’t wait to get to work on it! Although I must say, I’m going to be a little jealous since my own wedding portraits aren’t this good!
Enjoy!
Becca
P.S. I apologize (sort of) for sharing so many images. Usually I can narrow it down a bit more, but it’s hard when it’s your own family!!!

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Annabel : 6 Months Portrait Session

My sweet niece was in the studio on Palm Sunday after our family dinner to celebrate the Easter holiday. I was so happy to finally have her in my studio since Eric and Melissa live 6 hours away in Sheyboygan, WI and with us just finishing up our new house and them with a baby and full-time jobs that require some weekends, evenings and holidays… I don’t get to see them near as much as I’d like… let alone get to photograph them when they are home since they’re usually spreading their limited time between the grandparents.
I must admit, my little niece is a stunner. She has these big blue eyes that look right into your heart! And if she’s not smiling, she’s just got this laid-back relaxed expression… I know she must have some fussy times, but I haven’t witnessed anything yet to suggest she’ll be a little drama queen.
Fingers crossed that she loves her Auntie Becca as much as I love her!
So back to the session… Melissa had a cute outfit on her when they arrived. The black and white zebra print dress and bright coral cardigan seemed to call for a simple background so we just used the white wall. I had to work a bit in the beginning for those smiles. She seemed confused that her daddy was acting like such a maroon. 😉 LOL! KIDDING!!! Love you bro!
The next outfit was my favorite! A vivid purple lacy top. We didn’t have a matching bottom so we just used a white diaper cover I had on hand and sat her so we couldn’t really see it anyway.
I love the way the purple and teal coordinate with the gray background and it all showcases her gorgeous porcelain skin and makes her eyes pop!
They also had a fun, more casual pink and lime green number that we paired with a super soft rug I have. She was giving me lots of smiles still, but reaching her limit. I could see her eyes getting a little sleepy.
So we quick switched her into a pettiromper I had wanted to photograph her in with a cute little baby sized bed and some pearls to top it all off. So precious!
Enjoy!
Becca
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Brooklyn : One Year Old : Child Portrait Session

If you’re a follower of my blog, I’m sure you’ll recognize this sweet face!  It’s little baby Brooklyn, looking all grown up at her first birthday portrait session!

I adore my customers who come for newborn portraits and sign up for “Baby’s First Year” because I get to develop such a close relationship with them and hear all about the trials and triumphs of their child’s first twelve months.  (And often times the years following.)

This session we captured some in a little black corduroy dress with Brooklyn by her first pumpkin since her birthday is close to Halloween.  

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Then we changed her into a cute Iowa State cheerleader outfit and did some with daddy and played in the leaves.  Don’t you just love how the red and yellow work with the fall colors?

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Next, we went inside and did a couple more outfits and ended with the insanely fun birthday cake images.  A friend of theirs made this huge cupcake for Brooklyn’s portrait session and I love how the colors go so well with the little onesie her mom picked out and then I added the cute little leg warmers with the polka dots to tie it all together.  

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Enjoy!

Becca

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Casey : Senior Portraits : Northwood-Kensett High School

This lovely lady was in one of my very first family portraits I took “professionally”. I had a Canon 35mm film SLR (the EOS Rebel X) and I only had an on-camera flash, and we did it at her grandparent’s home just a few miles from my studio. It was a classic family portrait by the fireplace. Everyone in their Sunday best.

I remember how adorable her older brother looked in his winter sweater, and I already photographed his senior portraits in 2009, and now he’s been asking about wedding portraits (crazy, right?) … but right now it’s Casey’s turn in the limelight.

She was this sweet, shy little girl, and now she’s transformed into this lovely young woman and it makes me so proud to know that after all these years, they still feel like my photography is their favorite.

It just humbles me so much, knowing I’m able to share this gift I’ve been given (professionally) for over a decade now with families. To have that kind of history with a client is surely a gift itself.

For Casey’s senior session, we took some cute indoor portraits and then moved outside to take some images with her gun. I have a great tree house that looks like a log cabin way in back, that I don’t bring many customers to, but it seemed like it would be perfect for the portraits we were trying to create.

On the way back, Casey spotted the cute kittens we had running around by the barn. They are very tame since I have a little boy that loves to play with them and she scooped one up and cuddled it close and with my lightning fast reflexes, I went “click” that was one of my favorite images from the entire session.

Enjoy!
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Santa is coming to town!

Well, he stopped by the studio early, so snuggle with this little angel I photographed today! Can’t wait to share more, but you won’t be hearing too much out of me for the next week. Have a great holiday and I’ll have plenty to share when I return for the New Year!
Enjoy,
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Eve Rose : Newborn Session

Ahhhh, sweet, sweet baby! I can smell her fresh little, cozy milky goodness just looking at these pictures.

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I love newborns! Boys or girls, doesn’t matter. Oh, but this little sweetheart, Eve, was just a doll. And it’s always fun to add a flowers and bonnets on little girls.

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I loved her parents, they were such a treat! She’s their first baby and they are just GA GA over her! I laughed so much watching them! I’m sure I was the same exact way when Collin was brand new.
There is just so much love in these images. I hope you’re feeling it too.
Enjoy!
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Renner Cole : Newborn Portrait Session

This adorable little bundle of joy is the newest addition to Megan and Ryan’s family… a couple that I photographed their wedding in 2010.

This picture makes me laugh because Renner looks like he’s thinking “God, you gave me THESE two for my parents???” LOL!
Teasing, teasing!!!
I was very excited when she told me they wanted to come back for Renner’s newborn session. I just loved working with both of them in the past.
Renner was 13 days old when we took these and he fell asleep like an angel!

I still love seeing the newborns in these cute little hats with the long stocking tail… so sweet! And in my little bed, it’s perfection!

Enjoy!
Becca

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Sam : LeRoy-Ostrander High School : Senior Portraits

This young lady was a lot of fun for me to photograph because I felt like I knew her a little better than most of the seniors I take portraits of.
She wrote to me earlier in the summer, asking if I’d mentor her for one of her senior projects where she shadows someone in a career she’s interested in. Of course, I was happy to help and we met a couple different times… I gave her my best to get a “Big Picture” of what it’s like to be a portrait photographer… and the many aspects of my job.
She also go to shadow me on a fun family photo shoot and see me in action.
I love helping young people pursue their passion. We all need to find out what it is that we really love to do, and then figure out how to use that to create a service that will bring us the fulfillment we long for in our careers!!! (Okay, off my soap box) 🙂
So, since Sam here, loves photography, she wanted to do some images with her camera… a nice little number, I must say!
But my vision, to create something a little more artistic… I had her wear one of her dresses and I borrowed her a cute vintage Kodak camera I adore, and go stand in the long grass… I just feel like the picture tells me a story. Maybe it’s a little bit of fantasy, but it’s so cute if you ask me!

She also talked her dad into retrieving their t-top Camaro from their cabin to pose with… I loved, loved that look! Since it was an older model, having her wear her letterman jacket gives the images a retro feel.

Can you tell I love that vintage look???
She had some other cute outfits too, you’ll have to check out in the slideshow below.
Enjoy!
Becca

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Cassie + Jason : Wedding Portraits

Well, today I’m supposed to be uploading some more images to my site for people to view their proofs, but it’s temporarily down because I had to make a simple hosting change. … long story.
Anyhow, so I had a minute to stop and think about what I COULD upload… and I remembered I hadn’t blogged for a little while!
So here you go! Some gorgeous wedding images from a recent wedding held in Scarville, Iowa.
The bride was looking fetching in her amazing dress, and I loved the vintage-looking jewelry she purchased from Etsy.
I enjoyed working with this crazy wedding party. I’d shot some of the guys before in another wedding … so they all felt pretty comfortable being themselves around me.

After the ceremony, they rode in a bus and stopped at the park in Fertile, Iowa. There, the water was much lower than usual since it’s been pretty dry this year. Lucky for us, it allowed the wedding party to stand out in front of the waterfall created by the dam.

Soooo pretty!

Then, it was time to head to the reception! They did a great job decorating the Ventura Community Center for the event!

I loved the little touches Cassie added to personalize the reception location. And who wouldn’t love this cake topper! High Five!!!

Enjoy!
Becca

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Schlaak Family : Family Portrait Session

You’ll probably recognize this adorable family if you’ve been reading my blog for over a year now. These boy’s mama has been diligent about having their annual portraits taken ever since she discovered my studio and fell in love with my work.

I have to say, I fell in love with them too! I love these guys. The boys, Aiden and Ryan are sooo sweet. Just rumble, tumble, healthy little boys. And the family as a whole, they just have that young, fun-loving personality that I adore.

This year we decided to try out the long grass by the pond and I must say it looks darn good considering we had bright, open skies. Then, later we traveled to another location I have and did some with the steel siding on the shed and the old doorway.

I captured some really funny facial expressions of the boys, ones that I’ve seen on their faces over the years so I know it’s very “Aiden” and “Ryan” of them… if you know what I mean.

I am thinking a 9 opening collage of square images would be perfect to use these in.
I’m pretty sure their mama’s going to want to strangle me because I uploaded a gallery of about 100 images! YIKES! Normally, I am able to keep theirs below 80, but the extra 9 face shots of each boy added up.
I’m thinking it will be hard for her to “eliminate” any of them since they’re all so cute! But that’s what the multi-opening collages and proof books are for.

I only wish I had the time to design coffee table books because that would be a fun thing to create from a session like this.
Enjoy!
Rebecca
P.S. If the slideshow below shows up kind of “wonky” I apologize… I’m trying to figure out why I haven’t been able to get them to work lately.

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Abbi : Mason City HS : Senior Portraits

It’s been so crazy around the studio the last few weeks, with high school seniors stopping by almost every day. Between the photo shoots and the ordering appts… the time just flies by!
I feel so blessed this year. I’ve been meeting some amazing high school seniors and their families. Abbi here was one of the latest. She blew me away with her personality. She’s beautiful, inside and out… but she really knocked my socks off when she posed in her cheerleading and danceline outfits.

Maybe it helps that Mason City’s colors are the same as my old highschool colors, but I LOVE their uniforms! Marketing research proves that red, black and white are the most effective attention grabbing colors. And I agree, whole heartedly.

But back to Abbi’s sweet jumping skills… isn’t she amazing! LOVE THIS! We definitely need to do some kind of multi-opening collage with these. They are just TOO good to just simply be in the proof book or a wallet sized print.

I also loved all of Abbi’s other outfits. Seriously, if I could fit in her clothes, I would have done a reprints/wardrobe swap! heheee. Not sure how thrilled my husband would be about that idea. 😉

Of course, we had to do the images in the field of flowers… this time I loaded up my big orange chair. Definitely a favorite garage sale find! The girls laughed as I drove it down my driveway on my ATV. LOL! They even took my picture.
(I believe you can’t take yourself too seriously! Show your personality and don’t worry so much about impressing people. They should love you for who you really are.)
Enjoy!
Becca



Ashley : Mason City HS : Senior Portraits

Yup, I’m back! With another beautiful senior girl to share. I just loved working with Ashley and her mom.
They also brought along Ashley’s doggie, Morkie… isn’t he the cutest???

And her sister came along for a few sibling shots. They are both so gorgeous! I love the funny expressions, myself!

It’s always hard to narrow down the images when you have so many good ones, but I’m always able to get it down to about 6 or 7 of each outfit usually. Then, the family gets the hard choice of picking from the best of the best for their reprint order.
It’s a rough job, but somebody’s gotta do it. 😉 *wink!*
Enjoy,
Becca



Samantha : Mason City HS : Senior Portraits

This sweetheart came to my studio a couple weeks ago for her senior portraits and was independent enough to make the journey all by herself!
We had a great time hanging out. I am always more relaxed without an “audience” watching me work… but I don’t mind it when people bring their mom and a friend/sibiling. It’s always fun!!!

This session, we didn’t travel too far for outdoor images… Samantha’s mom requested a few portraits of her reading a book, as that’s what she often sees her daughter doing, and I had the PERFECT tree to lay her under. What do you think???


Sam also had several cute outfits, and I added my own touch to the first one with this summery fedora I had bought and she knew how to rock it!

Enjoy!
Becca