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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!