Authentic You Photography Blog

July 20, 2010

Dan & Laura

Filed under: engagement — Char @ 6:35 am

These guys were so fun to work with…

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Laura says, “Dan is my best friend and love of my life. He is strong, caring, a great leader…and I think really funny. He always makes me smile and somehow, makes me a better person. He is an amzing man that I never want to be without. What can I say…I think he is incredible!”

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Dan says, “Laura is awesome. She is carefree, easy-going, likes to have fun, and loves God. She helps me let loose and go a little crazy. I love her goofy personlaity.

She is strong willed and independent. And I love her eyes. =)”

They both plan on pursuing their education…Laura in Occupational Therapy and Dan in Counseling/Clinical Psychology.

They are planning their big day for August. Unfortunately I was not able to be part of their day. =( I know it will be a beautiful day.

Thanks Dan and Laura…you guys are great!

Stop here to see their slide show.

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June 15, 2010

Aaron & Tiffany

Filed under: engagement — Char @ 1:53 pm

“She’s my princess.”

“He loves me for me….and that is all I need for the rest of my life. “

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She says, “Aaron is outgoing and kind. Because of this he knows people everywhere we go, everywhere. He is a hard worker and has the biggest heart.”

Tiffany is more reserved and sees the world in black and white. She is content with a cup of tea and a good book.

They love spending time together…..outdoors, cooking, talking about their days and life.

Everybody knew it before they did. They teased Tiffany that Aaron had a crush on her. It started with him giving her little gifts, going out of his way to talk to her, and then dinner invitations. She turned him down for a year. Finally she agreed and four months later she agreed to forever.

Aaron and Tiffany are planning their big day for New Years Eve!

The engagement session was on Aaron’s home farm.

See their slide show here.

All the very best to Aaron and Tiffany!

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So playful. Love this!

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May 26, 2010

Zac & Brittany

Filed under: engagement — Char @ 11:50 am

Two people happy to be in love. A grassy field. Rain that help off.

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Brittany loves that Zac is always up for a good time.

But his serious side melts her heart…this is when they dream about their future together.

Zac loves that Brittany is his girl and loves everything about her…her kindness, her honesty, and her willingness to give to others.

Zac and Brittany delight in playing with their son Owen, taking walks, watching movies, and enjoying fine food…pizza and wings.

Stop here to see their slide show.

The absolute best the Zac and Brittany!

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Brittany was a natural in front of the camera…she will be a gorgeous bride.

Zac and Brittany are planning a beautiful wedding…unfortunately it did not work out for me to be part of their day. =(

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April 22, 2010

Derrick & Joanna

Filed under: engagement — Char @ 1:30 pm

Hey folks…..Derrick and Joanna are looking forward to this fall. Weddings plans are being made!

Joanna asked if I would take their engagement photos. I was more than happy…

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Because the wedding is in the fall, Joanna wanted a shoot that has fall colors.

She did a great job with this.  The location she choose included a quaint church, an old barn, and an overgrown meadow.

The wedding colors…orange, yellow, and brown were brought in with the flowers and outfits.

Joanna warned me that Derrick doesn’t love having his pictures taken. He endured. Smile.

Joanna is….well, just as sweet as can be.

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The motto for their wedding is “The best is yet to come.”

All the best to Derrick and Joanna as they continue planning their big day.

See their slide show here.

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The sunlight worked with us perfectly!

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April 19, 2010

Matt & Jennie

Filed under: engagement — Char @ 5:22 pm

On the farm, on the farm…

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What a better way to meet than showing cows at the country fair?!!

Today Jennie loves that he can make her smile even when with all her might, she wants to be mad at him.

Matt loves that he can talk about anything with his girl. He is happiest when she is by his side and loves that they share the same interests and goals.

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Side by side is best, after all.

It may be working on the farm, showing cows, hanging with family and friends, or line-dancing with their boots on foot!

And they can’t wait to spend the rest of their lives side by side!

Looking forward to their big day. As kind as can be..I know they will be a pleasure to work with.

Stop here to see their slide show.

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Jennie will be an adorable bride!

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I saw this shot on Gehman Photography a while back….couldn’t resist doing it here.

The muddy boots, the old truck, Jennie’s home farm meadow….this is them and loving it!

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April 13, 2010

Josh & Brynn

Filed under: engagement — Char @ 8:44 am

She says…

“I love how he can always make me smile no matter what life brings….we can be so goofy together. He supports me in everything I do. My heart skips a beat every time I see him…as if it was the first time we met.”

He says…

“What don’t I love about her!” Smile.

Josh and Brynn were so fun and easy to work with.

I was thrilled to document their love.

See their slide show here.

I love this first shot as I think it captures so much of their personalities. And the great boots…of course, we needed this shot.

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Making the city streets look good!

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Laughter is always perfect.

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Perfection together.

Excited for their wedding day this spring! It will be gorgeous, I know.

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March 26, 2010

Dathan and Jody

Filed under: engagement — Char @ 1:18 pm

So they met through friends. Jody remembers seeing him through the crowds and thinking….”Who is HE?!!”

And then he spotted her and was determined. She says he was certain they were meant to be and never gave up.

He says she makes him a better person. She loves that he never gives up.

So what make them happy? Being goofy. Never a dull moment. Laying under the stars. Bonfires. Just being side by side.

And of course, riding bike warm summer nights. Yup, they tell me this will definitely be part of their lives together.

Looking forward to their big day in June! I know it will be gorgeous.

Stop here to see their slide show.

Meet Dathan and Jody…

Love the goofiness caught in this first image…

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Thanks to Jolyn for working with me. This shot was her idea and I love how it turned out.

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Working the bike for me…

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I am thinking beautiful bride…for sure.

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I love laughter!

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Jody, you were so fun to photograph…

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Pretty sunlight…had to grab one at the end with the sun.

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Thanks Jody and Dathan. You guys are awesome!

February 23, 2010

Chuck & Valerie

Filed under: engagement — Char @ 3:04 pm

Let me tell you a little about Chuck and Valerie…

It was love at first sight….from the day they met, they knew it was going to be something more. She says. “I love Chuck’s sense of humor the most. He can always make me smile. He is very passionate and caring for those near him, is hardworking, goal orientated , and driven.” Valerie is in the third year of nursing school. Chuck was enlisted in the USMC for four years and served in Iraq. Currently he is working at home and eventually plans to go back to school. Any free time Valerie and Chuck have is spent together or with family and friends.

I met with Valerie and Chuck late in the fall in one of my favorite rural locations. Here is just a few photos we caught…

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So pretty and genuinely sweet as can be….

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January 11, 2010

Josh & Melissa

Filed under: engagement — Char @ 6:19 am

Passionate. Outgoing. Ambitious. Spontaneous. Go with the flow. Oh, and engaged.

Meet Josh and Melissa.

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She says “His laugh makes me smile. An unexpected visit from Josh makes my heart skips a beat. And I love how positive he is.”

Busy careers, hectic lifestyles, and they love that there is never a dull moment. Looking forward to forever.

These photos were taken before the cold temps hit on Melissa’s family’s beautiful horse farm.

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It was Melissa’s suggestion to use the blue tractor and I loved the idea.

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‘Tis Monday…bring it on! Have a super Monday.

January 4, 2010

Dena & Anthony

Filed under: engagement, family — Char @ 6:01 am

From the first click of the camera, it was clear these two were going to be fun and so easy to photograph. Quite obviously they were happy.

Happy to be alive. Happy to be together. Happy to be out in the cold and share hot cocoa afterward.

Which is why the photos….”To remember how happy we are in this stage of our marriage.”

Seven years together….

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He loves to make her laugh…it makes him smile. He loves her big, brown eyes.

She says, “I love to hear him laugh…and all the silly looks he gives to me, it make me giggle! He has a huge heart, a deep compassion, and a patience for people. I love him all the more for it.”

Being together is all that really matters. It might be riding bike, hiking, snowboarding, skiing, and helping others learn about God.

To sum it up, ” We are each other’s home, no matter where we may be.”

Meet this handsome couple, Anthony and Dena…

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Love this shot…

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Laughter is perfection…

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These photos were taken in early December just as one of our first snows were starting to fall. Yeah, it was cold…but Dena and Anthony were there to make the most of it and didn’t let the temps stop them.

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Dena and Anthony…thank-you for the privilege. Many, many more!

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