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Name: Leann
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I Heart Faces - Joy

Anne Ruthmann is an amazing wedding photographer. She's got a huge heart, and an even bigger laugh! We've known eachother for a few years, and last year we went out to lunch one day. I grabbed this shot of her at our lunch table:


Emily and Ian are full of joy too -- I'd been working on my natural light posing and given them a little "assignment". Ian was to whisper into Emily's ear, and then Emily was to turn and whisper into Ian's ear. I got some excellent shots before the kids couldn't restrain themselves and the whole session dissolved into gales of giggles!

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These two images have "joy" all over them -- even thinking back at the memories I get a huge silly grin on my face! So I'm entering them in this week's "I Heart Faces" contest -- hopefully my blog viewers will click the button above and visit all the other joyful faces too!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I Heart Faces! Grownups.

This summer, I shot Caleb and Micah's wedding with Candace Haase. Micah's grandpa was so fun -- every time I tried to get a nice image of him, he'd do something silly.


Finally at the reception I just gave in and took some super silly pictures of Grandpa because honestly, if he's a silly guy, why not have silly pictures of him?

I've entered him at the
blog -- go and see all the beautiful faces there!


Saturday, January 17, 2009

New website and LifeSpring Couple Of The Month

Congratulations to Betsy and Kyle, who are LifeSpring's Wedding Couple of the month for January!

With the new website, we're able to feature a new couple, family, or person every month -- and this month it's Betsy and Kyle.

Go visit our newly remodeled site at

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Home for Christmas...

On the weekend of December 19, 20, and 21, David and I made a very special trip. A trip Home for Christmas... We packed our bags and headed down to Marion Indiana to shoot one of my two big shows that have become something of a tradition for me.

What shows? You must be new to the blog -- let me fill you in!

The Community School of the Arts in Marion is one of the most amazing Arts schools ever, in part because of the talent of the kids, and in part because of the incredible drive and passion of Mark Fauser. Veteran director Leslie Hendricks has called Mark "Our Dreamer", and it's true. Only a dreamer could bring Hollywood *and* Broadway to a tiny town and bring us all Home for Christmas.

Written by Mark Fauser, the show featured actors Michael DeLuise (yes, that DeLuise!) and Daniel Roebuck, as well as a cast of over 100 students from the CSA. Ticket holders viewed the talents of world class ice skater Jennifer Seybold, and appearances by Frosty the Snowman, Santa, Rudolph, God, the Devil, and a skewer full of chipmunks (roasting on an open fire, no less!) John D'Aquino even had a cameo role via video link from heaven Hollywood.

Here are a few storyboards to give you just a tiny taste of what the show was like:

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I'll never tire of the amazing talent of the Marion Community School of the Arts -- I can't wait to go back this summer for the iDance show!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Stephanie and Kyle's wedding 10-25-2008

This weekend, I shot Stephanie and Kyle's wedding in Chicago with Gilbert Boucher -- it was a lovely cool, crisp day, with clear skies, just perfect for a wedding!

Here are some of my favorite images:


The couple is going to Jamaica (Sandals resort) on their honeymoon -- they're going to have a lovely time, I just know it!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Jaime and Joe 10-18-2008

Joe and Jaime's wedding day was beautiful and sunny -- a nice, crisp fall day. The leaves had turned a lovely shade of orange to match the color scheme the couple had chosen.

Jaime's bridesmaids were all dressed in chocolate brown strapless dresses with champagne satin sashes, and they carried bouquets of fall colored flowers bound with chocolate colored ribbons. Joe's groomsmen wore black tuxedos with chocolate colored ties... see a pattern here? LOL it was gorgeous!

The mass featured people important in Joe and Jaime's lives -- the priest had known Joe so long, he'd even baptized Joe as an infant! Music was provided by a string quartet and organ (so elegant) and each detail was very personal to the bride and groom.

Here are some previews from Joe and Jaime's wedding:


Best wishes to the two of you!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

LifeSpring Website

Well, it's that time again -- time to freshen up the website and get everything tucked in for the fall season!

If you check the site right now ( you'll find just the splash page and a slideshow (worth the wait to watch!) but soon you'll be able to see our completely re-designed site!

Leann & David