Authentic You Photography Blog

January 19, 2011


Filed under: Just Because, Uncategorized, Wedding, engagement, family, senior — Char @ 9:08 am

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!


April 26, 2010


Filed under: family — Char @ 11:35 am

Family photos in an orchard?

Yes, please. I have been wanting to shoot in an orchard for some time and was so excited for the opportunity when Mary June lined it all up.

Let me introduce you to Patrick & Mary June and their lovely family…


This family is spontaneous…always have been. In fact, Patrick and Mary June dated five weeks before he popped the question. Twelve weeks later, they were married.

It has been that way ever since… living life by the seat of their pants. Life is short, why not live it with all you got?

Mary June expressed her passion for life and her family so well, so in her words….

“I LOVE glam, but gotta get my “boots” dirty now then to. High heels and cowgirl boots…I would live in them if life allowed. Love me a good sweaty rodeo but not anymore than a high class restaurant. I love people and hope that those who come in contact with me see my Maker through me. My passion is that woman would know they are beautiful because of who created them…that they can embrace their beauty instead of letting the enemy destroy them with lies.

Patrick is very “BIG” in everything he does. You meet him once and you remember him and I’m not just saying that cuz I am his wife. Smile. He knows how to get what he wants and has a gift of convincing others that what he believes or has, they need! He claims when he first saw me, he said I was the girl he was going to marry. Eleven months later he did. Our date night may be shooting target or getting all gussied up and going out. Either way, give me a night with my hubs and my love tank is full for awhile!”


“Portia is the oldest. She is a ‘cut and dry’, no fuss kind girl. Let her climb trees higher than the boys with her bare feet and braids and she’s as cool as a cucumber. But pink is still her favorite color. She is very, very competitive. When I was training for my marathon, she was worried that I was not running to win!”

“Bridget is the baby. We just call her ‘Pistol” and she has the curls to go with it. She’s got spirit and I can’t wait to see what life has for her. She tries hard to keep up with the rest of the littles. But she can put a doll to sleep in no time…she rocks and sings like there is no tomorrow.”



“Will is full throttle 100% of the time. Either he is very happy and strumming on his guitar or as mad as a hornet. He is all about justice. From little up, when there was someone who he thought had been mistreated (even Daddy)…he took it upon himself to correct the evil he witnessed. He’s very passionate and it’s so cute when ‘hugs and kisses’ are the mood, but not so much when it’s the ‘punchin fist’ mood.”

“Ben is the quiet, cuddly one. He has the craziest sense of humor with the best ‘one-liners’ ever. He loves to come up with jokes to see me left in stitches. He comes alive outside in the woods and has the biggest imagination out there. He comes in with dead snakes and lots of stories.”

“So we have four fairly high-strung little ones. I am not sure where they got it, since their parents still have theirs. Smile. We love to go camping, to the shore, and all fight for ‘date night’ with Patrick. We live for the weekends when Daddy is home and we can all let loose. As the kids get older, we have a dream of renting a villa in Europe for a year and seeing it all at once. Hey, why not dream big! Oh my, I could go on and on about my little crew…love them bunches and am blessed beyond words. God has been so good to us and we give Him all the credit.”


Mary June made the girls outfits and the boys shirts in the photos above!




I typically love and prefer color, but somehow the orchard setting created great black and white photos.

It has a story, but to sum it up….Patrick surprised Mary June with this tattoo….her name name across his arm….




Another set of outfits….we ran out of light before we could get all the kids in the second outfits.


Quite often I walk away from a shoot blessed. This was one of those times….I felt blessed just by meeting and working with this family.

Happy Monday to you.

April 15, 2010


Filed under: family — Char @ 11:07 am

His name is Liam and he was quite the character with bright, happy eyes.


This photo was taken on his family’s pretty farm and the wheelbarrow happened to be there.

Hey, it had a flat tire but was still perfect for this shot.

April 10, 2010


Filed under: family — Char @ 9:20 am

Together is good. We all love to feel “together”.


Elaine and her granddaughters are life buddies.

Today Elaine is fighting for her health. They are sticking together. Determined. They wanted photos to remember.

I felt blessed to meet these fine ladies.

‘Tis spring. ‘Tis Saturday. Yippee. Have a wonderful weekend!

February 19, 2010


Filed under: family — Char @ 7:31 am

Just because these brothers are handsome and because I like the light, and really…because I wanted to say “Happy Friday”…

Let me share a few photos.

Meet Matt…


And little brother Jake…


And big brother Jared.


These photos were taken last fall on this family’s beautiful farm.

Super weekend to you!

January 14, 2010


Filed under: Kiddos, family — Char @ 5:46 am

I think her coat is quite perfect.

It was a gift from Grandma, I believe. It was not a planned part of the outfits, but turned out to be some of the fave shots.


Allie and Sophie are best sisters.


The whole family and one of their selected “bestest” shots.


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….


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…


Love this shot…



Laughter is perfection…





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.





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

December 31, 2009

My Family…

Filed under: family — Char @ 5:59 am

In the case you did not receive one in the mail,

our Christmas card…


I had fun with it. Wanted something with “pop” and character. I get a vision of the feel I am going for…

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Willing participants as long as it feels like fun!

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Love all my boys.

And Happy New Year to you! Smile.

December 29, 2009


Filed under: family — Char @ 5:36 am

Family near and dear…

I loved taking pics of this family. You see, they are truly family of mine.

So that means I brought my family along for the shoot and dinner afterwords was part of the deal!

Let me share a few…

Jere and Denise and of course the new addition, Carly.




Colby. Yes, my boys know that Colby is pretty much the coolest dude ever. Colby does it….they do it. End of story.

We love Colby!



Kris and her beautiful family.

My memories of Kris go way back to sleeping over at Grandma’s house in the big, blue spare room to swapping bubble gum at the cabin. Today she is a dear friend of mine.

Kris, Matt, Bryant , Brooke, and baby on the way!


Curt and Janessa and new baby boy, Carter.


I met with them a different day to get a few of baby Carter. Love all his hair!


I loved the way their Christmas card turned out…I don’t think they will mind if I share it.


In addition to Mom and Dad of this family, who were there also…this is the Zimmerman family.

These guys have been a big part of our lives and have given so much. They are awesome.

December 18, 2009

A few photos and ramblings…

Filed under: Just Because, family — Char @ 6:42 am

It’s always fun to photograph friends…

Beautiful Natalie.

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Her pretty mother is Coleen from Capture This Photography.

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Had to include Isaac’s grin…

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The rambling part…

Help-Portrait is defined as “A movement of photographers who are using their time, equipment, and expertise to give back to those that are less fortunate.” Basically it involved four steps: find somebody in need, take their portrait, print their portrait, and deliver it to them. On December 12th this happened at locations all over the world.

When invited last minute by Carrie from Cairtree Photography to take part in Help-Portrait at Water Street Mission, I couldn’t get it off my mind. Details fell in place and I was able to jump in.

Yeah, it made me appreciate how blessed I really am. I take for granted that my basic needs are always there. But even more so, I realized again how quickly my world becomes centered on my world.

I mean, my computer seems to think I enjoy watching the little beach ball spinning as it processes…grrrrr.  The traffic was awful….made us late for our nice dinner out. Hmmm, flats or boot…flats or boots….I can never decide. The lines at the mall were out of this World…they really should do something different. Why does my four year old always spill his cereal right after the kitchen floor is cleaned? And that four dollar latte was waaaay to sweet.

Yeah, it made me realize how quickly my tiny world can consume me…there is so much more.

I love Carrie’s thought…a camera should never be used for taking, only giving.

As I had the opportunity to work with those less fortunate, I walked away blessed.

The photographer’s working at Water Street Mission:


It is Friday and snow is in the forecast and we are going to start wrapping gifts today. Smile! Happy weekend.

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