Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Small smiles...

There is a certain smile that only lovers share.  Smiles come in all sorts...ear-to-ear for your funny Uncle, 
tight and catching back tears for the Grandma that you haven't seen in forever, 
easy and genuine for that friend you see often.  

Then there are those smiles that only you can read on your mates face.  The smile that says "I love you" and leaves a shimmer in your eye.  The one that says "I know exactly how you feel".  Some linger, some beckon, some speak volumes.  To the one you love dearest there is no better feeling than communicating with a smile.  

Janie and Heath have those smiles.  

You see them pull at the sides of their mouth and give them the ability to say very little when moments call for quiet.  By the end of the night I could see them in Janie's eyes and I could  tell these two were "it".

The girls got ready all together at a local salon and then traveled to the church to dress.

Since it was so burrrr cold outside we decided to do Janie's photos in the chapel.  After all the bride's hair and make-up is of upmost importance!  Lucky for us we had some great options and Janie knew how to work the camera.

We photographed Heath at his home.  The guys all joined him around the pool table and some college football to prep for his big day.  Everyone looked very handsome and was eager to start the day.

The church was so inviting.  It was managed by an older married couple that greeted us like we were in their home.  Everyone felt welcome and warmed by the gathering in this chapel.

I love a dip for the first kiss!!! Nothing better in my opinion!!!

The wedding party danced down the aisle to Stuck on You by Sugarland.  It was impossible for me not to shake my booty right along with them...snap, shake, snap, shake, repeat! :  )

You have to look closely, but I love how Heath and Janie are framed in the small area of light stealing a second kiss after becoming husband and wife!

The sun had set shortly before the ceremony began so we continued portraits in the church and then departed for the party.

Thank you Janie and Heath for including me on your wonderful winter day.  I wish you all the best and I know in my heart that there are many years of joy to come for the two of you.

Winter Wonderland...

Winter Wonderland is one of my favorite holiday terms.  Out of the big book of holiday words and phrases it is the one that continues to represent all of the things that make this season so cherished.

I recently had the great pleasure to photograph Janie and Heath on their Winter Wonderland day.  Janie wished for snow on her December day and although it held of until the late evening, and although it made getting to Kansas City to depart for their honeymoon a bit more tricky, she got snow.  It was blustery and ice cold, so there are no snow portraits, but snow makes for lovely memories.  People cuddle a little tighter, linger a little longer, and believe in the magic of Christmas a little more.

There was not a whole lot of sunlight during the day, but luckily enough it peeked out for about 3 minutes to light up this gorgous dress.

The shorter veil lined with lace was Janie's mother's veil when she was married.  Janie paired it with the longer veil for a dramatic and modern touch.  It was truly beautiful.

 A cute little Christmas ornament on their tree at home...

(I don't know if you can tell, because this photo is pretty small, but Heath's ring is on the snowman groom and Janie's ring is on the ornament's string.)

There are many more to come soon....

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Doerre Girls at home...

Stacy was a bit hesitant, like most Moms out there, about having the girl's portraits done in her home.  We had a long phone chat and planned the whole thing out.  Once I got there everything seemed like planned spontaneity.  Kayla, Ashleigh and I were able to play, take snack breaks, and most importantly capture photos in the places that matter to a family the most.  

The backdrops are personal and meaningful - the family tree, 

Grandma's handmade tree skirt, 

and Ashleigh's new big girl bed.  

These photos will now always live within your home and I think that is a pretty special thing. 

"Little girls are made of daisies and butterflies and soft kitty cat purrs
And all the precious memories of times that once were.

Little girls are made of angel's wings and giggles and a firefly's glow
And all the happy feelings, deep inside, that we all know.

Little girls are made of cinnamon and bubbles and fancy white pearls
And snowflakes and rainbows and ballerina twirls.

Little girls are made of sunshine and cupcakes and fresh morning dew,
And these are the reasons, little one, why everyone loves you."

Thank you Kayla and Ashleigh...I had fun at your house.  I have a feeling Santa will be fulfilling all of those Christmas wishes for you! :  )