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Jessica & Adam | Aquarium Wedding

This was an incredibly special wedding for me and not just because it took place in the Shark Tunnel at the amazing Henry Doorly Zoo located in Omaha, Nebraska. Because let’s be honest, how often is that actually going to happen? This wedding was special for a whole different set of reasons. This wedding was my sister’s (but if you want to be technical I suppose you can call her my sister-in-law) and I had the honor of photographing every unforgettable moment from start to finish.The wedding was intimate with only family and a few close friends. The bride’s brother was even ordained just for the special day.

The couple did a special knot tying ceremony for the people not able to view the actual wedding ceremony.

And I think it’s safe to say the groom did an excellent job picking out a cake that fit the couple perfectly! I mean how often do you get to see a Futurama cake at a wedding?

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Laci & Derrick | Maternity

To say that this lovely couple was up for anything is an understatement. For starters, they are the first couple (or anyone for that matter) that I have ever been able to talk into a sunrise session let alone a sunrise session in the middle of a South Dakota Winter. Second,  I’d like to say that we woke up to an unseasonably warm day that December but that wouldn’t be anywhere near the truth. It ended up being somewhere around -27 degrees Fahrenheit that day and I think the second coldest day that winter.

They were troopers though! fighting through the cold looking fierce and in love the entire time. I, on the other hand, came dressed to climb Mt. Everest wearing a hodge-podge of things I found in both mine and my husbands closet. We stopped intermittently for breaks to ensure that nobody got frost bite and that we could capture everything they desired.

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Fundraiser for the Arts

If there is one thing that I am completely certain of it’s the fact that without Art classes throughout my academic years I don’t know where I would be. Art provided me with a safe outlet. It was the one thing I felt like I could use to truly express myself and who I was during one of the more difficult periods of my life.
So when I was approached about doing a Holiday Photo Booth at the Hudson Library Fundraiser as a way for people to take quick and affordable photos for their Holiday cards I saw it as the perfect opportunity to give back to a community that I have grown to love. Many of my clients turned friends live in rural South Dakota. Small communities that lack funds for programs such as art and the money they do have in the budget certainly doesn’t leave room for extras. So when I was asked to participate I did it under the stipulation that all of the funds would be used to help further art education at the local elementary and high school.

The day flew by and I had a great time getting to know everyone that stopped in to have their photo taken or just to see what was going on. Through the support of the surrounding communities, we were able to raise $145.00 that was used to help purchase a slab roller that will be used when teaching ceramics. This is definitely something I want to continue going into the future. If you or anyone you know has a cause that could benefit from a photo booth fundraiser please fill out my contact form and let me know!

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Brendtro | Extended Family

It’s easy for me to admit that one of my favorite parts about being a photographer are the relationships that I develop with people. I have the privilege and honor of watching kids grow, documenting family milestones, life changes, fun moments, anything and everything you can think of. But when I get to meet all of your family and watch the love, kindness, and absolute joy that unfolds, well that’s simply amazing.

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DeBruin | Family

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