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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

"I Do."

Today was the day they planned for over a year.  It was perfect in every way.  The weather was beautiful.  Their friends and family were present as they became husband and wife. It was on the grounds of the elegant North Oak Country Club that this couple expressed their love for each other and exchanged vows.  The bride and groom set aside time following the wedding ceremony for just the two of them.  Since they chose not see each other before the ceremony, it was their special time together.  It wasn't hard to capture the deep affection they have for one another.  Congratulations to both of you!!

Could this bride be any more gorgeous?

Just a stunning couple...

I am loving the sun flare...and what a perfect sunset for sun flare!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

This is a fun one!

What a great way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon with this fun couple that are currently living thousands of miles apart from each other!  They had a week to spend together this summer and were able to fit in a romantic little photo shoot.  These two were fantastic letting me try some new poses.  Since this gal is a longtime friend of mine, we had fun catching up with lots of laughs.  Our friendship began 25 years ago - yikes, that makes us sound old.  We even captured some special shots of their little puppy;  what a cutie!  Great to see you guys!!  Here you go with your sneak peek!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I Love Farms!

I am so excited about this project I can hardly stand it!  I have to admit - I have an infatuation with old farms.  I adore large historic barns with all their character.  I've always been drawn to the countryside landscape.  As I drive past farmlands with barns and silos...it’s just picturesque to me.  I snap the photo in my head and promise someday to use an actual camera to capture the view. 
 I have no idea why I have a such a fondness for old farms.  I always have.  I remember being 10 years old begging my parents to move us out to the country so we could live on a farm and have horses!  Sadly, that never happened.
Now that I live in Woodbury.....a town that was once farmland... I am amazed how many gorgeous old barns are still standing.  Of course, I notice and admire them all.  They are each so unique and hold their own story from the past.
You can imagine my excitement when I found myself listening to Inez Oehlke (91 years young) speak of growing up in Woodbury and raising her family on the farm that sits at Co. Rd. 19 and Bailey Road!  Mrs. Oehlke resided in the darling white farmhouse for over 70 years!  It had belonged to her husband's parents before that.  She and her husband raised two children on their dairy farm as well as had a pasture full of Tennessee Walker horses.  Now, why couldn’t they have been my parents so I could have fulfilled my dream of living on a farm with horses?  lol.  
I grew up knowing my own grandparents were raised on farms in the early 1900's and maybe my love of old farms is a way to bring me closer to that time in history and imagine what it was like for them.  There is a photograph or two of both of my grandparents when they were young living in the country.  Sadly, I haven't found one of the farm itself.  That is one thing I wish I had more of - photographs of the farms that belonged to my great-grandparents.  I would treasure photographs like that.
Now that the Oehlke's farmhouse and land belong to a neighboring church, I couldn't help but feel Mrs. Oehlke should have photographs that could be passed down to her family some day.  Images of the white farmhouse, barns and stables can be treasured by future generations .  I offered to capture some unique photos like the ones I wish I had from my own grandparents' farms.   This week I felt like a kid in a candy store walking around the farm capturing the gorgeous country views and a little piece of the Oehlke family's history.  I’m excited to share a few of my favorites:  

Meet sweet Mrs. Oehlke who showed me around the farm this week.

Mrs. Oehlke and her grandson, who also lived in the home and shared tons of memories with me.  The whole experience was so cool!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Stunning HS Senior: Class of 2012

I loved meeting this HS Senior!  She is absolutely stunning.  The camera loved her and her beautiful eyes!  And yes, those eyelashes are the real deal and just amazing!  I swear she could be a model....so natural in front of the camera!  We had a blast during her session and I had a hard time deciding on just a few images for her sneak peek...but here they are!  I cannot wait to process the rest of your images!!! 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Gorgeous family!

What a perfect evening for a summer photo shoot!  I knew this family's session would be a fun one!  Not only are they gorgeous, but they are so sweet and such wonderful neighbors.  And the girls are awesome... my kids would agree as these girls have been their babysitters for years!  This is a special summer for them as they get ready to send their oldest off to college in a few weeks (we will sure miss her!!).  Thank you for the opportunity to capture your family!!  Enjoy your sneak peek! 

This one looks more like three sisters than a mother and her daughters!!