a photoblog journey


Lots of Smiles Closer! Catching up…

Happy summer!  Time to catch up… I have been bad about blogging the photos I’ve been shooting to help raise funds for Justin and Meredith to bring home our niece, Mia.  I’ll share a few from a couple sessions from this summer!  I really enjoy getting to visit with the families and also step outside of my normal job/duties to shoot photos. 🙂

Talk about the cutest expressions!  Little Gracey Krauth, our friends Chris & Karen’s daughter, is the sweetest 6 month old!  I have the privilege of taking photos for Gracey’s 3, 6, 9 and 12 month milestones.  It’s amazing how much she has changed in just 3 months and I can’t wait for the next stage!  Enjoy this sweet smile…

I first worked with the wonderful Stavnes family back in October.  Their family is passionate about adoption and orphan care and family!  Their adorable son, Elijah, was adopted from Ethiopia.  I had a large group to work with that afternoon for sure… Amy’s brother’s family and also her Mom and Dad all came out for a big family shoot.  In addition to trying to round up 6 kids and 6 adults to all simultaneously look at the camera, I also did individual family shots of each.  Enjoy a few of the favorites…


One Smile Closer :: Jill + Joe

A dear friend of mine thought of such a sweet idea… to help contribute to the One Smile Closer adoption campaign and also give her friend a wonderful baby/maternity gift at the same time! (Thanks, Megan!)  That’s how I met Jill & Joe. : )

Jill is quickly approaching her due date, yet she was such a trooper to brave the elements and meet me outside for the afternoon.  These two are such a sweet couple, and I’m excited for them and this new adventure that they’ll soon embark upon!  Congratulations y’all!  Here are a few of my favs…

One Smile Closer :: Forest + Bonnie

Talk about an adorable couple!  These two have been married for 10 years and they share such a fun and unique connection with each other.  They both share the same love of flying and are currently pilots!  They added their lovable pup, Cooper, to the family earlier this year, and it was a joy to spend the afternoon snapping some lovely photos of them all.  You guys are the best!

Thanks to you two for the donation towards the One Smile Closer campaign to help bring home our niece, Mia Grace, from Ehtiopia!

Here are a few of my favorites from the day: