January 19th, 2011 , Posted in Just Because, Uncategorized, Wedding, engagement, family, senior

Hey, Heeeeeey! So excited to share what I have been working on REALLY hard for the past number of weeks.

My BRAND NEW website and blog!

Visit my NEW BLOG here!


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Let’s Go.

January 3rd, 2011 , Posted in Just Because


I love this time of the year. It’s a gift from God. Like He is giving me a fresh, unmarked year to run with. It’s an opportunity to look at the past year and ask what was good…what was not good…and how can I learn from that? It’s an opportunity to leave the past behind with it’s good, bad, and ugly and look ahead at the next 365 days. It’s an opportunity to plan, set goals, and dream big. This past year has been a big year. Good things…such as a brand, new baby. But this past year has also been a really tough year…for several reasons. I have learned A LOT about myself through it all.

Today I am feeling excited for 2011. Hopeful. Ready. Settled.

“Dear God…here’s my hand. Let’s go.” =)

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  1. Ruthiey wrote: I love the picture! (01/03/11, 1:53 pm)

  2. Ann wrote: i'm coming with you!! love this picture. love you even more. (01/05/11, 9:21 am)

  3. Elaina wrote: FREEDOM!!! Love this pic(: (01/12/11, 4:05 pm)

Merry Christmas!

December 24th, 2010 , Posted in Uncategorized


The front of our Christmas card…I love this photo taken be Sanderson Images because well,  it summarizes my life right now!=)

Wishing you the most magical, wonderful, special, blessed Christmas ever. Amen!

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  1. Jenny wrote: your family picture is so cute i want to pinch it! i love your taste and you creativity and your obvious love for your family... keep blessing us with your "stuff"-- love your blog... :) (01/02/11, 4:07 pm)

Feeling a little…

December 23rd, 2010 , Posted in Just Because

Feeling a little crafty! =)


Craftiness and the inspiration to do it comes and goes for me. But I was feeling inspired so I decided to use it while it was there. So instead of spending my pennies on fancy ribbon and sparkly wrapping paper from Target, I stopped in at the local Salvation Army. I have low tolerance for that place. I need to keep my visit short and to the point. I wish the rows and bins didn’t overwhelm me because I know there are full of buried treasures. And I am always a little jealous when others find designer boots there for, you know…five bucks. =) So I went right to the curtain aisle and fabric bins and found what I was looking for….fabric bits and ribbon. Combined that with brown paper wrapping paper and I was feeling all Martha Stewarty. Ha. Maybe not totally Christmasy, but it will do the job. crafty

Anyway, I am loving a break from craziness this month. Yeah, there is always lots to do as the holidays get in full swing. But not having any shoots for November and December has allowed me to do little projects like this. It feels nice. Kinda feels like a spa day for my brain. =)

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  1. Janet Oberholtzer wrote: Love it! Thanks for the inspiration ... I need to wrap gifts today and tomorrow. Now instead of buying paper/ribbon/etc. I'm going to dig in my box of fabric scraps leftover from other projects. (12/23/10, 8:52 am)

  2. Becky wrote: Absolutely delightful...LOVE it!!! (12/23/10, 9:13 am)

  3. Rosanne wrote: I am loving these! Have a blessed christmas! (12/23/10, 10:57 am)

  4. Angel wrote: LOOOOOOOVE it! (of course) You have a way about you........ (12/23/10, 1:37 pm)

  5. Mel Koehler wrote: Love it! (12/23/10, 2:07 pm)

  6. diane miller wrote: this idea is timeless. i agree with your army theory. i love it for one second and then hate it the rest of the time. could not agree more. thank you for the gift and card. you sure do know what i like to spend my money on!!! thank you thank you thank you (12/23/10, 5:46 pm)

  7. Ann wrote: a spa day for your brain? wow. nice! i'd like to get me one of those. :) the gifts were, of course, lovely. (12/27/10, 7:44 am)

It’s Friday!

December 17th, 2010 , Posted in senior

It’s Friday! Yaaay.


A few photos of Erin that were taken waaaaay back in the spring. In the warm breeze and open grass. Mmmm.

I kinda loved her bracelets….most of them handmade. They were so uniquely her.



Pretty eyes? Indeed.


Have a wonderful ‘the last weekend before Christmas’ weekend.

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December 15th, 2010 , Posted in Just Because, Kiddos

There is something about this photo that I love. For one thing, this is what I see Riley doing all the time. Second, this photo is brimming with enthusiasm. Third, I love how wide this was shot capturing the big building in the background and the sidewalk in the foreground. It would look so great blown up as a HUGE gallery wrap and hung on his bedroom wall.


This is one of many photos taken by Sanderson Images a few weeks ago. So fun! They are wonderful. I love meeting and working with other photographers. I always learn. John and Kim’s shooting style is so different from me. I loved this. I walked away inspired to step outside of what I have become comfortable with. For one, shoot wide to give variety. I adore my 50mm/F1.2 lens. Becasue of this, I tend to shoot with it almost all the time. Now I have my eyes set on the 35mm/F1.4 lens. =) Second, invite craziness. Because life is a bit crazy and this results in full of life photos. =) And full of life photos is always my goal.

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  1. Mel Koehler wrote: "like." :) (12/15/10, 9:18 pm)

  2. Lori wrote: would be beautiful in a huge gallery wrap, for sure! (12/16/10, 8:59 am)

Jason and Hilary

December 10th, 2010 , Posted in engagement

“I love you to the moon… and back.”

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It all began at a party with mutual friends. It was raining. The kinda knew each other, but not really. He thought she was beautiful. She laughed at his jokes and thought him to be quite charming. They shared her umbrella. A red umbrella. And underneath that red umbrella a story began.

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He was smitten. He secured her phone number from her friend and called her the very next day.  It was love. Three months later he gave her a kiss. It was true love.

Jason planned this shoot as a surprise for Hilary. But this was only a small part of the plan. You see, he had a gorgeous rock burning a hole in his pocket. Proposal was on his mind.

The proposal happened in the morning and the shoot was planned for the afternoon. =)

As we emailed back and forth planning the details, I asked Jason to tell me a little about themselves so we could plan the shoot to reflect them. He said it so perfectly…

“She is gorgeous, yet so humble. She is kind, and has a heart for people. Her smile is beautiful. She has a passion for God. A love that is unconditional. And she definitely makes me want to be a better person. She is going to Zambia in January to help the undeserved, on her return she will graduate in the spring with her BS in nursing. I would have to say that her 3 most favorite things in the world are… napping, Nutella, and running hugs. Her favorite color is mustardy yellow. She loves fall and especially Christmas!! She started listening to Christmas music in October. She loves anything pumpkin.”

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“If I’m able to come home or see her on the weekend we mostly have to study, but when we have time -  going for a walk, having a picnic, taking a nap in the park with lots of blankets, campfires, sitting outside under the sunset, wood stove fires in winter, playing in the snow and hot coco. She loves mittens, scarfs, and pea coats. Shopping every chance she gets… but never buys anything:) She won’t let me buy her anything…. I do anyway. Her face and gratitude is always priceless. She loves little surprises and little gifts. She never takes me from granted. I love our little inside jokes that no one else gets. I think she is hilarious even when she is not trying to be. I love laughing together. Sometimes we would rather do nothing than anything at all. She loves taking pictures. She would prefer a little cafe’ over a fancy restaurant any day. She love snuggling on the couch with a hot cup of coffee and a good book.

Her favorite saying is …I love you to the moon… and back.”

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“I love her more than anything in this world and I’ve been waiting for this day since I first saw her.”

How’s that for romantic?!! =)

Loved meeting and working with these guys. See their slide show here.

Jason and Hilary…you are beautiful together!


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  1. Ann wrote: so beautiful! so romantic! love them all!! (12/10/10, 12:32 pm)

  2. Hilary wrote: Thanks so much Char!! These photos are wonderful! I think they capture us perfectly. :) (12/10/10, 3:48 pm)

  3. Katie wrote: =] Such an adorable story and couple. And I'm such a fan of this tall grasses stuff, Char! (12/10/10, 4:22 pm)

  4. Mel Koehler wrote: These are perfect in every way! :) (12/10/10, 9:22 pm)

  5. Jana Barkman wrote: This is absolutely priceless, sweet, genuine & beautiful!! Love their God-focus! Great job capturing both the physical and emotional aspects of their story! So inspiring! (12/10/10, 10:00 pm)

  6. Heather Hoffman wrote: This love story is sooo God WRitten.....such a sweet story! :) Blessings to you both .....may your marriage be a joy and example to many. Congrats! :) (12/10/10, 11:03 pm)

  7. Kathy (Grandma) Horst wrote: Beautiful photos and delightful story. Love for each other and for God equals a good recipe for a successful and happy marriage. May God guide and bless you always! (12/11/10, 3:54 pm)

  8. Aunt Amy wrote: Wow. Overwhelmed (to tears, of course) by the beautiful pictures, beautiful story and beautiful people. Love and best wishes to you both for what is starting out as a beautiful relationship. (12/11/10, 9:37 pm)

  9. Hilary wrote: Thank you so much everyone! We're so glad you like the pictures and we really appreciate your kind words. (12/12/10, 10:57 am)

  10. Susanna wrote: oh my goodness! The words of love and beautiful pictures are priceless! Stories like this warm my heart. Awesome job Char and congrats to the happy couple! (12/13/10, 9:53 am)

  11. Melanie wrote: Thanks for saying hi, Char! :) I enjoy your blog! And this ^ is a beautiful couple! (12/14/10, 12:10 pm)

  12. Mom and Dad wrote: Char, We Know both of these kids, Jason since he was a little boy, and helped us by working for us doing odd jobs. We were his youth group leaders. You have captured them so beautifully. Wonderful couple, and gorgeous pictures. As someone else said, "God plus true Christian love make a wonderful recipe for marriage." We know we are married 43 years. Best wishes to Jason and Hillary a GREAT couple. Awesome job (as usual) Char. (12/23/10, 7:41 am)


December 7th, 2010 , Posted in senior

“I like to ask questions and say things that everyone is thinking but to afraid to say aloud.”

“I think outside of the box and make myself think”.


“I’m a writer. At least I like to think of myself as one. I write about everything and anything.”


“Books, books, books. I love to read. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has to be in my top ten.

Books that make me think deeply and have the potential to change my perspective on things are my favorite.”


“I love all kinds of music, but especially underground bands, uncommon singers and types of music such as NeverShoutNever!, Holiday Parade and Sia.”


“My friends and family are such a huge part of my life. I don’t know what I would do without them. They keep me sane haha!”


Courtney plans to go to PITT to become an English Major and have a career in journalism.

Seriously, LOVED Courtney. Such a doll and a total sweetheart!




Courtney’s bestest came along for the shoot. Girlfriends rock!


I stumbled upon this gem of a door near the end of the shoot. Funny thing is I shot in this town many times in the past and never noticed it. Courtney’s cute black and white sweater and converses were the perfect contrast with the bright blue door. =)


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  1. Ann wrote: great post! i love the picture of the besties! a beautiful picture they will always treasure!! reminds me of a picture i have with my bestie from long long ago. who WERE those girls up in onterio??? smile. (12/07/10, 5:47 pm)

  2. Amanda wrote: My beautiful cousin! I saw these pictures on her site and HAD to check out yours. All of your pictures are wonderful :o) (01/23/11, 11:18 am)


December 3rd, 2010 , Posted in senior

Kaitlin, dear!


She is as sweet as can be. Loved the simplicity of her style…clean, simple solids.

These photos were taken on Kaitlin’s home farm on a warm September morning. Argh, miss the warm sunshine already!



Corn fields work!


And pretty light is always my favorite.


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  1. Ann wrote: so beautiful!! wow! (12/03/10, 2:35 pm)

  2. Mel Koehler wrote: very pretty! Love the last one! (12/03/10, 3:05 pm)

  3. Kris wrote: beautiful girl, i love the first one on the left! good job both of you! (12/04/10, 8:01 am)

  4. Verda wrote: Wow, I'm so honored that you enjoyed looking at my blog, since you're a rockin' photographer. :) I am still super amateur and mostly just shoot for my family. (12/04/10, 8:16 pm)


December 1st, 2010 , Posted in Kiddos

A little something adorable…


Sara is her name and she is a bundle of energy with beautiful eyes.=)


Gotta love the boots…




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  1. Verda wrote: The third picture just grabs me. I like how the pillars in the background lead away from her, and I like how she's sitting on one chair with one on either side. The lighting is spectacular too. Okay, so can you tell that I think it's awesome?! (12/02/10, 11:46 pm)

  2. Ann wrote: oh. my. goodness. what a dolly of a little girl! i love all of them! (12/03/10, 2:37 pm)

  3. Jennifer wrote: Thanks Char.....I just remembered why her cheeks look so big in all of these pictures! It was the keep her from crying! (12/03/10, 2:48 pm)

  4. Angel wrote: you is a real cutie ... great pics (12/07/10, 8:29 pm)