Meeting in the Middle | {Hoover Family Sneak Peek}

First of all, the Hoover family is pretty awesome! Jessica got in touch with me a few weeks ago to set up a session for her family since they would all be together. A rarity now that the kids are all grown up! In fact, the baby of the family graduates high school today, he’s the reason for the special occasion. They literally came from both sides of the country - California to Florida and a couple places in-between to meet in the midwest and see their brother graduate. Isn’t that awesome?! I just love that!

I’ve always been kind of envious of big families with lots of siblings and they are exactly why! All the different personalities and relationships make for some entertaining times, always a shoulder to lean on and lots of love to go around. I’d be willing to bet mom and dad would say there’s never been a dull moment raising 5 kids! And now they’ve happily welcomed 4 more people into their family with open arms.

We fought the bugs and dodged the impending thunderstorms at the BIckelhaupt Arboretum in Clinton, IA and I’d say we won! However, this was a huge reminder to stock my mom van with an array of bug spray! Thankfully, the Hoover family is full of troopers who took it on like champs and didn’t let it get in the way of capturing some wonderful memories together. I really loved pulling each couple and the graduate aside for their own little mini session. It’s fun to get to know everyone and it helps me immensely to remember names when I have a few minutes to talk to everyone! They also had some fantastic ideas of their own and I’m glad we got to incorporate them into the session! All in all, it was a great family session, but even more importantly, I hope they truly enjoy every moment all being together again this weekend!

Catherine & Mike are Getting Married!

I am getting so excited! Catherine and Mike will be tying the knot in just a little over two weeks! These two were absolutely amazing during their engagement session last Fall. I barely had to give them any direction and they nailed their poses every. single. time. I can’t even believe how many amazing shots we got in the fifteen minutes we were together. That’s right, 15 MINUTES! It was a cold day (nothing like today though, thank goodness), and instead of rescheduling, they decided to just grin and bear it. You can’t even tell they were actually freezing. Now here’s to hoping it warms up just a little bit for their February Winter wedding!  

5 Things to Do if it's Raining on Picture Day

With the weather being so icky lately, I've been getting this question a lot! “What happens if it rains on my session date?” Definitely a fair question and the cause of lot of unnecessary anxiety. So to ease your mind on the impending weather, here are 5 things you can do in case of rain!

1.    Reschedule
I know it’s no fun to be all excited for your photo shoot and then see in the forecast that rain is in the cards. But the great thing about a session versus a wedding or scheduled event is that you can usually reschedule! Bad weather is considered an “act of God” and it is totally acceptable to ask for a new date. 

But if rescheduling isn’t possible and you’re looking for other ideas, read on!

 

2.    Bring Clear Umbrellas 
Seriously these are the cutest in pictures! As long as the rain isn’t crazy hard or storms are brewing, you can definitely get away with just bringing along umbrellas. Often there will be breaks in the rain where you can take some shots without and while it’s raining, use the umbrellas. I got one for my kids on Amazon.com and last I checked they had them at Target!  

3.    Choose a Location with Shelters 
To go along with the last one, if the rain isn’t too bad, just finding a place with roof options is helpful. Use the tables for some cute shots while you’re in the shelter and just pop in and out as the rain comes and goes. If you’re local to me (Clinton, IA) I know Eagle Point Park is a great option for this! In the Quad Cities, Van der Veer Park (Davenport, IA) has an indoor garden area. Or maybe you have a place of your own in mind like a cool garage or pretty gazebo!

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4.    Bring it Inside 
Lifestyle sessions in your home are absolutely wonderful! I love them. They are so real and genuine and tell another part of your story. There are endless possibilities when it comes to in-home sessions. And we can always pop outside if there’s a break in the rain. 

5.    Embrace It 
Wet hair don’t care! Have fun with it, dance in the rain, take your shoes off and live it up! Your rainy day session could be the perfect opportunity for fun and unique shots that no one else has! 

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There you have it! No reason to worry about the rain. If there are thunderstorms or it’s downpouring, rescheduling is going to be your best option. It won’t only be wet but also dark and with that much lack of light, your photos probably won’t turn out the way you want them to. But if it’s a light rain and just a bit cloudy, you now have several options to consider so you can still rock your rainy day shoot! 

Ready to book a session, rain or shine?! Contact Me so we can talk about scheduling your photo shoot!