Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

As I said in a previous post, we had some family visit over Thanksgiving and we took them to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, also known as the St. Louis Arch.  I’ve been there several times before but this was my first time back since purchasing my new lens earlier this year.  I was really looking forward to photographing the memorial grounds in ways I hadn’t thought of before.  When you’re a photographer it seems like over time your “eye” (how you envision a photograph before you take it) becomes less conventional and starts to see things in a more creative light.  Or at least that’s what my photographer eye has been doing.

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Nathan and Elisabeth

I had a great time on my little Wisconsin trip this past weekend.  I taught my Grandad how to text a smiley face, experienced what college dorm life is like when I visited my friend Amanda at Concordia University Wisconsin, and took some cute photos with my friend Elisabeth and her husband Nathan.  I didn’t take as many photos during the weekend like I thought I would.  Actually, the ones below are the only photos I took the entire weekend.  We were too busy having fun to really take any others.  :)

Nathan and Elisabeth have been married for nearly a year.  Elisabeth had asked me if I could photograph their wedding but at the time I wasn’t sure if I would be up to the challenge.  We’ve been wanting to do photos together for the longest time and on Sunday afternoon we finally made it happen while we walked all over the college campus.

Nathan and Elisabeth know the campus pretty well because they are both Concordia University Wisconsin alumni but they were interested to see the remodeling changes that have happened since they graduated.  I had never been on the campus before so it was all very new to me.  Elisabeth told me about the adventures she and Nathan had on campus and Nathan and I perused the library books while Elisabeth chatted with the library director.  We took photos down by Lake Michigan (because of where the sun was we couldn’t really get a good shot with the lake in the background) and in one of the courtyards on campus.  We all had a great time and I’m looking forward to seeing them again the next time I visit Wisconsin.

Amanda’s Blog: Renewing My Strength: Thoughts on God’s Word in my life.

Elisabeth’s Blog: Wedded Bliss and Cupcakes: Chronicles of a young homemaker.

Concordia University Wisconsin

To Fort Wayne and Back

I had a really great time visiting my sister and her husband this month.  :)  Spending the majority of your time taking care of a 2-month old and an 18-month old (my nephew and a little boy my sister is babysitting) might not sound like fun for some people, but I enjoyed it very much.  I also helped Sarah and Adam with dinner, housework, finished crocheting Isaac’s blanket, and crocheted a teapot cozy.

My brother-in-law is in his fourth year of study at Concordia Theological Seminary after which he will hopefully receive his first pastoral call.  We went to a couple social functions at the seminary while I was there (a picnic, a play date, etc.) and had a little picnic of our own by the lake on campus.

Of course I took pictures of my little nephew while I was visiting.  He’s such a cute guy.  :)

In a previous post I said that I’m currently in the process of reworking my photography game plan.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to develop an additional source of income. Right now I’m pulling together my resume so I can find a nanny position.  I’ve always enjoyed working with kids and I think being a nanny will be a good fit for me.  I will still be pursuing photography, but it will become more of a side thing, a secondary source of income.  If you hear of any nanny opportunities around Edwardsville, IL or St. Louis, MO, it would be great if you could let me know.  :)


Here’s that next blog post I promised y’all!  :)

So a little about myself?  I’m a native Texan who currently lives in Southern-ish Illinois.  I was home schooled from Kindergarten all the way through high school.  Lewis and Clark Community College is where I studied for my photography certificate.  For the past four years I’ve been working at my church’s daycare.

Photography isn’t my only artistic outlet.  I also sew, write, and dabble with drawing and painting.  I like a lot of different music and movies.  I can’t pick just one band or genre.  Same thing with flowers; they’re all so beautiful!

And now a little about my business:  For now it’s just me, myself, and I.  All the blogging, shooting, editing, and business stuff is done by yours truly.  It’s too early to tell if I’ll have a business partner or expand in some other way in the future, but at this point anything is possible.  :)

All my work is done to its absolute best; I don’t slack off.  But just like with any job, I’m constantly learning new things as I move forward.  I hope to give you the most comfortable photo shoot experience and wonderful images possible.

A note about e-mailing me:  All e-mails sent to the Yahoo account listed here and on my Facebook page are being re-routed to my personal Gmail account.  I’ll continue listing the Yahoo e-mail as my contact until I’ve used up all my business cards and can print new ones with the Gmail address on them.

To finish off this post, here are some photos I snapped during a recent weekend trip to Wheaton.  Enjoy!  :)