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Greg, 6months

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Greg at 6months.  He’s a stylin’ lil dude!  He showed up after church in his bowtie (I’m kicking myself for not getting shots of that tie!!) & he brought this awesome fedora, too!  He’s awfully cute in just a diaper & a smile though!!!…. and he had about a million of the best smiles, ever!

Thanks to mom & dad for bearing with my “makeshift studio” until I can get a real one.  But we could only grab so many in the cold before Greg would have turned to a cute-cicle.

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Derek & Kate

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I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun at a session before!!  We hiked (trudged!!) through the snow, up & down hills, went sledding, toasted their engagement with some cocoa AND they invited me along to check out their summer 2016 wedding venue!

Derek & Kate were really up for anything.  They came home (Derek’s home) from Michigan to shoot their engagement photos & luckily we had great weather for it!  I chalkboard painted those mugs especially for their session (adorbs!) & Kate added her artistry!

I cannot wait for their wedding because I KNOW it’s going to be SO MUCH FUN!!!!

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Severson Wedding… & engagement

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I’ll throw in a couple of shots from their engagement session & then a bunch from their wedding… all in one post.

Funny Story- Angela contacted me from my website to inquire about their wedding date.  We emailed back & forth a few times, set up a date for their engagement session.  It wasn’t until a few days before, that we discovered her fiancé Jon & I graduated high school together.  So we had great chemistry right from the beginning.

I’ll also add that they looked mighty fabulous on their wedding day (the whole wedding party actually) after having spent the evening before at a rock concert (that I regret not going to, myself).  You guys ALL ROCK!seversonEblogboard seversonblogboard seversonblogboard2

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Zink Wedding

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I have such a girlcrush on this bride.  I love her hair and I love her tattoos and I LOVE her smile!  I’m so thrilled they chose me to be there for their wedding day.  It was a lot of fun and live bands are awesome!

The first little story board happened when one of the cute little girls at the wedding found a frog & stuck it in a jar.  The frog-prince story popped up in my head.  Clare & Erik were happy to humor me.  hahaha.

Ceremony/Reception Venue – Pedretti Party Barn/Vernon Vineyards

Cake – Laura’s Baking Delights

Band – Altered Vision Band

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Greg, Newborn Session

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I went out to visit Greg & his parents at their beautiful country home.  He will have lots of room to grow up exploring & it seems like he is all set up to love tractors like his daddy.  gregblogboard gregblogboard2

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Miles, One Year

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This little cutie was SO AMAZING for his first year photos.  It was chilly, I tell you & this little man was just a trooper & gave me his best smiles!  No fussing & not too shy of the camera.  I think I could smooch on his cheeks all day long if he were my snuggle bug.  :)  Love the squishyface on the bottom of the collage.

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Ajango-Lager Wedding

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Kelsey & Mike really put their own personalities into their wedding day.  It was vintage and geeky and wonderful.

Here are some of the vendors that I know contributed to their day:

Hair – Styles by Geo

Make up – Angie’s Exclusive Beauty Bar

Ceremony – Christ Episcopal Church

Reception – La Crosse Country Club

Lodging/Getting ready – Bentley Wheeler Bed & Breakfast

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Brown Wedding

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This couple got married on the land they were surveying when they first met.  They have a beautiful story together & I think they had the perfect day for their wedding in the most meaningful place with all their close family & friends.

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Chitwood Wedding

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This has been my biggest wedding party, to date.  This lovely wedding ceremony at the Black River Beach house was followed by a reception at Stoney Creek Inn, Onalaska, WI.  The bridesmaids had the fun idea to make a “C” for Chitwood out of their bouquets- one of my favorite shots of the day! :)

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Jandt family

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These folks are so fun!  We were neighbors for about 12 years.  As our kids grew up together & often played, we also became friends.  They’ve recently moved away from the neighborhood, but we stay in touch.  My son came along on this session so he could hang out with the kids.  I think we all had a good time playing in the beautiful fall leaves!!!

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Athena

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She’s such a doll.  I always have fun with this busy gal.  If you follow the blog, you’ve seen her before.  She’s getting prettier every day… and so big!

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D’metri – Class of 2016

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Mister D’metri.  He obviously loves his basketball…. and swords.  And I’m all about doing some interesting photos!  We had a good time!

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Jibben Wedding

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I have to say, this was one of the most unique weddings that I’ve been a part of.  Not only did they host the ceremony AND reception in their own back yard, the groom planned and prepared the whole meal (with a few extra grill cooks of course)!  I made sure to include a photo of Tom in his Groom/Chef coat.  They also made sure the kids were entertained with plenty of games and SNOW CONES!  What a great idea on such a hot Fourth of July wedding!

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Wheeler Wedding

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I’ve known this bride for many years.  I spent more time at her house than my own, sometimes.  Her daughter & I were besties throughout high school.  I’m thrilled to see her so happy.  They shared their day with their kids & grandkids at the Waterfront Restaurant after their vows at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Onalaska, WI.

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Kozelek Wedding

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This was a very lovely, intimate gathering of immediate family to witness their vows.  I’m so glad I got to be a part of their day.  It was my first wedding of 2015, in March, so the weather wasn’t warm by any means.  They toughed it out for some outdoor photos, though!! :)

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The Stout Twins

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Mom & I brainstormed ideas for a few months prior to their joint-session.  We wanted to do something fun with the two of them together.  Being that the color run has been so popular, I thought maybe some paint-powder throwing would be a good time.  Here are their “normal” photos & also a few of their paint fun.  They even managed to get me.  By the way, the stuff tastes awful! 😉hunterblogboard alexisblogboard

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  1. Sheila says: It was so hard to narrow these down! You did an amazing job Sarah! Thank you! on 01.3.16 @ 8:52 am

I take pictures. WORD.

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Facebook shows a history of things you’ve posted “on this day” since you began facebooking.
Today, it showed me that September 2008 is when I began my business- when I first started accepting money for taking photos of people outside my family.
As I reflect on that…..  I think that it seems like forever and so fast at the same time.  I think about the families who I’ve photographed once and the families who’ve come back many times.  I think about all my wedding couples and how I cried at every single one whether it was a vow or a father-daughter dance or a speech.   I remember how I struggled to get into a groove with weddings, thinking after several of them that I’d just give up weddings all together (I’m glad I didn’t).   I wish I could count all the hours that I’ve spent in front of the computer… wait, no I don’t.  I think about how much my style has changed over those 7 years.  And I think about all the areas that still need improvement.
I think about the friends I’ve made through this adventure:  clients & other photographers.
And I think about how supportive my family & friends have always been.  Especially when I’ve struggled & been frustrated & cried & wanted to quit… but also when I felt really proud & excited.  And they would encourage me…. even to the point of making this a full-time gig, someday.
So I just wanted to thank you ALL for the past 7 years.  I hope that I can continue to improve myself & help you capture the memories & milestones of your lives for a LONG LONG time!!  :)
Thank you guys… thank you thank you thank you.

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Conley Wedding 2014

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Location:  Holmen, WI

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Mc Bride Wedding 2014

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Location:  Gladbrook, IA

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Walter Wedding 2014

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Location:  Pettibone Resort, La Crosse, WI  blogboardwalter

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Fuentes Wedding 2014

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Location:  Pedretti Party Barn, Viroqua, WIblogboardfuentes1 blogboardfuentes2

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Willey Wedding 2014

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Location:  Pettibone Resort, La Crosse, WI  blogboardwilley1 blogboardwilley2

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Dall-Winther Wedding 2014

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Location:  The Pump House, La Crosse, WI

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My first stitchfix

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I’ve been wanting to try out stitchfix for a little over a year….just never pulled the trigger. My friend Lindsey (see her website here) just started setting up fixes for them as a part time gig. So that was the final push I needed. I was in!!
I had my style profile filled out long ago, so I reviewed it & set my fix date. Stitchfix works like this: you choose all your preferences, schedule when you want it…. Once you get it, you choose the items to keep & return the rest in a prepaid mailbag. Since you pay $20 to set up the initial fix, you have a $20 credit toward your keepers & they’ll charge you the balance for the items you put in your closet :)
You get a discount if you keep all 5. And make sure you provide good feedback for future fixes!!

What agony waiting for my FIX!!! 😉

For me, it was pretty awesome knowing that Lindsey already had a good idea of my style AND my body.

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I tried my clothes on right away when it came-my afternoon off work!!!!!

I’m not really crazy about dangly earrings. Since I don’t wear them much at all, I decided to pass on these even though they’re REALLY cute.

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Then there was this dress. If anyone knows me…. You know I’m all about purple!!! Please excuse my leg bruises. I have rough dogs. Nuff said.

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I think it’s a keeper, myself…

Then this black cardigan. I love the way the fabric hangs. I’m really thinking of keeping this one :)

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I’m not a superfan of Orange. But I did really like this long tunic top & cami. What do you think????

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This photo also shows the skinny jeans Lindsey chose for me. I think I have pointy hips. I’m crazy-self-conscious about my body. But I’m gonna ask Jake’s opinion if they stay or go 😉

Another nice thing about my fix is that the items come with these style cards to help you decide how to wear your picks!!!

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Including a personal note from my awesome stylist!!!! I highly recommend requesting Lindsey as your stylist when you decide you want to get stitchfix in the mail like me!!!!!
She did great! This could get addicting! Hehehe

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Getting married?!?!?! Hey, so am I!!!!

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Let’s just say I’m having a wedding sale so I can share the love with other brides cuz I’m getting UBER excited for my own wedding in 2015!!!!  YEY!!!!

The other reason I’m doing the sale is because I’m kind of “re-launching” the new look of Vinspired Photography.  I have a new blog-style, a new website look, & I’ll soon have some very different availability & I’ll be opening up more time for weddings!!!

So here’s the details.  It’s an early booking discount, so you’ve gotta get the deposit paid by the deadlines listed:

If you still have a 2014 wedding coming up & haven’t hired a photographer, book by Sept 1 & I’ll give you $500 off the digital package price.

If you are planning a 2015 wedding & book by Oct 1, 2014 I’ll give you $400 off the digital package price & if you book by Dec 1, 2014 I’ll give you $200 off the digital package price.

Please see the wedding details link for more information on the digital package.  Please email me if you have any additional questions:  vins@vinspiredphotography.com

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Exciting updates coming soon!!!!

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Exciting updates!!!!

MANY of my clients are frustrated when ordering from my website.
“I don’t understand how to use the shopping cart”
“if I close the window, my cart doesn’t save”
“I can’t view your website from my iphone/ipad”
Big sad face. :(

All of those issues will be fixed when I upgrade to my NEW website!!!! J
In addition you’ll also see some of these FUN NEW FEATURES!!!!
*cart will store your favorites, not just the items you’ve saved for future ordering!
*pin your favorite gallery images to Pinterest!!!
*you can view the website AND shopping cart from your apple devices!
*& more fun elements to play around with!

New look! New logo! And other big, exciting announcements,
COMING SOON!!!!!

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2014 Pricing changes

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Hello Friends!!!!  I wanted to take this cold weather season (my “downtime”) to update some of my business pricing.

I have changed things just a wee little bit.  My session fee for portrait pricing was $40/hour in 2013.  And I typically invoiced that when my clients would order their photos.  My session fee isn’t technically changing, it is just rolled into a new package model.  Don’t be scared!!! I still have an aversion to “packages” so I made it REALLY simple.  You aren’t locked into anything you don’t want.  Same as always!!  I am just putting a print credit in with the session.  Honestly, it just motivates you get those photos ordered sooner because I hate to think that you’re having photos of your kids that aren’t getting displayed :)  I took into consideration what my clients order, on average.  So I’m not putting anything out of anyone’s reach, either!!!! :)

I also wanted to take this opportunity to share a few pieces of news with you!!!

A) I have had a TON more wedding inquiries this year than ever before.  This is exciting for me especially because I’ve really struggled with whether or not I wanted to keep offering weddings at all.  If you’re interested in viewing my wedding style, please click here for link to the blogs which have wedding/engagement-related photos.  What it means for my family portrait clients is that I won’t have as much time for the small sessions if you book at the last minute.  I would definitely encourage you to book as soon as possible to make sure I can fit you in.

B)  I’m super excited to be working with Coulee Parenting Connection this year to put together some cover art for their back to school issue.  You should definitely be watching for it!!!!

C)  I’ll be planning my own wedding for 2015.  So as that gets closer, I’ll be devoting less time to my business until I’ve got that all taken care of :)  I’m having a great time planning already!!!!

 

LASTLY to kick off my new 2014 pricing model AND to further encourage you to get your sessions booked in advance, I’ve decided to offer a discount to anyone who gets on my calendar before the end of March.  $10 off if you email me to set up a date.  If you prepay for your session before the end of March as well, I’ll give you $40 off (that’s the full session fee for free, folks!!!).

Here is where you’ll find all the good info on the new session pricing.  I’ll be hearing from you soon, I hope…  Remember, I’m putting a strict limit on how many sessions I take per month since I’ve taken on so many extra weddings! :)  What an exciting year 2014 is going to be!!!!

 

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  1. Kim Totsch-Gomoll says: How exciting for you! Congrats on the wedding planning! Sounds like a wonderful and busy year ahead. Does this mean you are doing photography full time now?! on 02.12.14 @ 5:26 pm

  2. Sarah says: Nope, I still work full time at Gundersen too :) on 02.12.14 @ 8:07 pm

Sweet Freja

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And to wrap up the 12 days of blogs….  I saved my favorite girl for last.  She’s the sweetest little thing.  So adorable that I’m going to put the contest graphic at the bottom of this blog post & start right in with the ooh-aawwww pictures 😉  I get to be the honorary auntie & spoil her a bunch.  :D…..

 

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  1. Heather Ladwig says: Megan, she is absolutely beautiful! on 11.24.13 @ 9:13 pm

  2. Lindsey PS says: Oh gosh, how I lurv baby feet photos! What a sweetie! on 11.24.13 @ 9:23 pm

  3. Kristi Leis says: What a sweetie! Love all the photos. Too cute to pick just one. on 11.24.13 @ 11:24 pm

Johnson Family

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This blog is still under the contest!!!  Please comment, share, & win a 2014 session!!! 😀

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…..I went out to this little family’s land where they’ve been building their new house.  We hopped on the 4wheelers & looked all around their land…  trails in the bluff…  their own little valley for their house to snuggle into.  It’s a very exciting time for them.  I also work with Sarah & we went to school together as well.  We’ve known each other for a long time.  :)  I love hearing about the progress on their house…. so excited for them!!!

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  1. Lindsey PS says: Wow, what a great area for a home! And that is a good looking family! on 11.24.13 @ 9:41 pm

  2. Kristi Leis says: Very cool pictures. Love the outdoor pics you do! on 11.24.13 @ 11:25 pm

Zach – Onalaska High School Class of 2014

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And back to the 12 blogs.  Sorry if you missed me.  I was lying on the couch recovering from some mystery pneumonia.  Then life got busy again.  But let’s get this blog contest back under way so we can choose a winner, sound good? :)

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…..So this is Mister Zach.  I’ve been friends with Zach’s mom for lotsa years.  He was a good sport… took my direction well…  and the photos turned out pretty well for the guy who wasn’t really all that excited to have them taken in the first place 😉  Boys can be difficult like that.  They’re either into the pictures or they’re not.  He’s such a great kid…. helps his mom…  & gets awesome grades.

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  1. Sheila says: My favorite is the photo between the 2 buildings with that lovely smile! on 11.20.13 @ 4:38 pm

  2. Lindsey PS says: Great photos! He looks so adult already! And I agree with Sheila, I lurv the one between the buildings! on 11.20.13 @ 7:31 pm

Larson Family

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….BONUS ENTRY!!!!  Share a link to my VinspiredPhotography facebook page within the next 24 hours & get 2 extra entries.  Remember, just a general page share…  you have until Sunday at 7:45 to share… aaaaand GOOO!! :)

Probably the best dad ever!  And Emma is the sweetest girl.  I just love all of Josh’s stories about Emma.  You can tell that she is his WHOLE WORLD!

We made this session pretty quick so that we could run over to have HutHot for dinner.  Although we weren’t sure we were welcomed back because the time before, we almost set the restaurant on fire with the blue gel goo that comes with the s’mores dessert.  hahhaah

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  1. Lindsey PS says: Oh, these are so nice! What a gorgeous girl! on 11.9.13 @ 7:49 pm

  2. Sheila says: Love the one in the tall grass. Great pictures, cute family! The bunny is cute too... :) on 11.9.13 @ 8:41 pm

  3. Tia Davis says: Beautiful father daughter moments..... :) on 11.10.13 @ 6:04 pm

Totsch-Gomoll Wedding

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…..Here’s another wedding at which I had an absolute blast taking photos.  I got to Norskedalen before the bride & groom.  I hadn’t been there since gradeschool…. but I won’t tell you how many years ago that was….  we’ll just say it’s been a LONG time.  The groundskeeper was about to lock up all the homesteads so I walked around with him & got his personally guided tour.  He was amazing & informative & I learned why I have a special place in my heart for my blue kitchen.  It’s a Norwegian thing.

Kim & Tim have a wonderful, well-bahaved little one.  His name is Parker & he’s a furbaby.  He was also the most important ring bearer ever!!!  All their special touches made this a great day.  Family traveled for miles to witness this special wedding.

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  1. Kristi says: Beautiful wedding! Love the last picture of them with their dog. Such a cool photo shoot! on 11.8.13 @ 7:36 am

  2. Lindsey PS says: What a gorgeous area to have photos done. It works so well with that red hair she has, and I lurv how it plays off the bridesmaids' dresses! on 11.8.13 @ 9:14 am

  3. Sheila says: Love the bridal party on the porch pic and the one of the happy couple on the bridge and the one in the woods on the rock with the fur baby! :) on 11.8.13 @ 7:05 pm

Emma – Mound Westonka High School Class of 2014

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…..My Miss Emma.  You’ve probably seen her on here before.  I’m a gusher about what a great kid she is…  what a wonderful young woman she’s becoming. But for now, I’ll just let you see how gorgeous she is.  The girl who doesnt even have a clue how beautiful she is inside & out.

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  1. Jane says: Absolutely beautiful!! Of course, I gush more than the photographer, but I AM her mom! on 11.7.13 @ 8:43 am

  2. Sheila says: What a gorgeous smile! The picture on top, where she leaning back is my favorite. She looks like "yea, I got this." on 11.7.13 @ 4:33 pm

  3. Kristi says: So pretty!! Love this photo shoot. She really should be a model. So hard to pick just one picture. on 11.7.13 @ 4:33 pm

  4. sarah says: she is super super gorgeous. she's way too modest to be a model though.... although she would probably ROCK at it. especially if she got to model nerdy things... like starwars, doctorwho clothing. hahahha on 11.7.13 @ 4:40 pm

  5. Lindsey PS says: She looks so gorgeous! She has got the best smile! Lurv that she accessorizes with scarves, too! on 11.8.13 @ 9:11 am

  6. Kirsten says: She's All Grown Up! First AndLast On The Left Are In Atie on 11.21.13 @ 9:06 pm

Kaatz Family

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…..Another one of my regular fall families….  I just love these girls!!!  I’d take them all home with me.  This year Mom decided that Shefelbine’s Apple Orchard (mom’s side of the family runs it) was going to be the perfect place for photos.  And she was SO RIGHT!  We had a great time… we ate the yummiest apples… It’s so beautiful up there.  And I even went back a few weeks later & picked my own.  They’re the best!!!

 

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  1. Melissa Kaatz says: Love my girls & their beautiful photos by Sarah! on 11.7.13 @ 2:05 am

  2. Allene Horton says: Love my daughter and her beautiful girls! on 11.7.13 @ 3:11 am

  3. Kristi says: OH my goodness!! Those girls are sooooo cute! I can't pick just one picture as my favorite! They are all so good! GREAT photo shoot! on 11.7.13 @ 2:35 pm

  4. Sheila says: Adorable kids and great setting! I like the one of all three girls in between the trees. Beautiful eyes on all 3! on 11.7.13 @ 4:35 pm

  5. Lindsey PS says: What adorable little girls. Also am LOVING the apples! on 11.8.13 @ 9:09 am

Logan – Sparta High School Class of 2014

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…..I have seen three brothers graduate from this family.  Shane, Ryan, & now Logan….  all the boys love their 4wheelers.  And all the boys have a photo in a leather jacket at mom’s request.  :)

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  1. Lindsey PS says: I lurv the first photo with the sun peeking through the trees. Looks like a really fun shoot! Lots of fun motor toys! on 11.5.13 @ 3:06 pm

  2. Kristi says: LOVE the 4-wheeler pic. And the leather jacket pic is pretty darn cool! Great photo shoot! on 11.5.13 @ 3:18 pm

Håkansson Wedding

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…..I’m a lucky girl…  I get to travel to Sweden now & then to see my mother.  This time, I also got to photograph my step brother’s wedding.  It was a good time with immediate family & their closest friends.  Simple, beautiful, intimate, and fun! :)

Magnus & Jennie have tattoos of each others names AND their wedding rings have each others names on them as well.  Love it!!!

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  1. Kristi says: Oh my goodness! What a cute couple! The very first picture of them on the bridge is my favorite! What a beautiful setting!! on 11.4.13 @ 11:54 pm

  2. Sheila says: I love the bridge one too!! I just love love and I can see that this couple is in love!! How special of a gift to be able to capture that in a single shot!!! on 11.5.13 @ 3:49 am

  3. Lindsey PS says: The bridge is a gorgeous photo!! I hope they get that one blown up and put in a prominent spot in their home! I also love the red house background. on 11.5.13 @ 3:04 pm

  4. Heather says: Wow! Beautiful! I especially love the picture of the bride and groom "skipping"! How fun! on 11.5.13 @ 5:08 pm

  5. Marie says: I love the skipping picture. They have such great animated expressions on their faces. :) on 11.6.13 @ 12:29 am

Fee – Ladwig Family

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Day THREE of the 12 days of blogging contest!!  Get those entries in 😉

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Round 3 of family photos for my classmates Jason & Heather…  First time it was just the two of them & their girls.  Then Jason’s parents & sister’s family.  This time Heather’s parents & brother.  Kinsey has come a long way from not wanting her picture taken!  And Heather coordinates a good-looking family set! :)

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  1. Kristi says: All of these pictures are so good. This last picture though is my favorite. Awesome colors! on 11.5.13 @ 12:54 am

  2. Sheila says: Great location for family shots. I love the last one with the girls on the branch. I also love the great coordinating outfits. Everyone looks great! on 11.5.13 @ 3:46 am

  3. Lindsey PS says: These are so fun! Love the little girls in their bright colors!! on 11.5.13 @ 3:03 pm

  4. Heather says: Sarah...you are so talented! We LOVE doing our family photos and capturing these awesome moments in time with you! My Mom spotted this tree by the green on hole #9 at Coulee and we ended up walking around the course and finding other gems! Thanks for your thought on the bridge...loves those photos too! on 11.5.13 @ 5:04 pm

  5. Heather says: And, yes, you are right...Kinsey has come along way since the first session with you...the one that needed a re-take due to a lot of sass by that little girl! Haha! on 11.5.13 @ 5:06 pm

  6. Kirsten says: love The Bright Colored Clothes, Instead Of The Standard Neutrals on 11.21.13 @ 8:53 pm

Alex – Holmen High School Class of 2014

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Don’t forget…  12 days of blogging contest….  😀

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  1. Sheila says: They all look great, but my favorite is the one with her hand on her hip and the trees in the background. What a lovely smile and pretty young lady. :) on 11.2.13 @ 5:37 pm

  2. Kristi says: The very first picture just really caught my eye! She has such beautiful blue eyes! The pictures with her and the car are really cool too. Very nice job on all the pictures. on 11.2.13 @ 6:41 pm

  3. Lindsey PS says: What a fun shoot! You can tell you know this girl knows what she is all about! on 11.5.13 @ 3:02 pm

Davis Wedding

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This is the first day of the 12 days of blogging.  Be sure to remember the contest & the check out the crazy love below :)

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I’ll tell you the secret to AMAZING WEDDING PHOTOS…..

It’s you.  An amazing venue totally helps…. but your own attitude toward your wedding photos is the most important.  You MUST set aside the time alone with your photographer to get the shots that you’ll want to frame or put into your wedding album.  Those photos don’t make themselves!!!  YOU DO!

This wedding is a fantastic example.  I met with Tia before the wedding…  she told me… SHOWED ME exactly what she wanted.  We took time together to create the moments that she was looking for.  The first look set up…  the ring shots (if you havent noticed, I LOVE THOSE)… the intimate couples portrait shots…  we even took the cake shots outside where the light was fabulous.  Every detail of the day was perfect (okay but it was hotter than most can tolerate haha).  The setting was perfect.  Their interactions were perfect… well yeah… they’re IN LOVE!!!!! :)

Please enjoy these photos.  It is in the handful of my favorite weddings, EVER!  (which is why I had an enormously difficult time trying to narrow down my favorites for this post)

If you’re interested in this fantastic venue for your wedding… or just to go for a wine tasting/tour, please visit the Villa Bellezza website!! :)

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  1. Tia Davis says: I cannot say enough about how wonderful it was to work with Sarah! From the first email all the way thru the wedding night.... she was a dream to work with. Very professional, obviously talented... and so much fun!!! Not to mention how she goes above and beyond what you expect from a photographer.... tying the bow on my dress perfectly and even helping Troy pull the burrs off the bottom of my dress after walking thru the vineyard!! She captured every moment that I wanted, plus hundreds of others that I was not even aware that I wanted........ Thank you Sarah for making these magical memories that Troy and I will have forever!! :) on 11.1.13 @ 12:58 pm

  2. Kristi says: These are such beautiful pictures! Sarah you did an outstanding job! The venue is beautiful. Congratulations to this family! I have way to many favorite pictures in this collection. The vineyard pictures are beautiful. The bride sitting on the old chair...LOVE it. on 11.1.13 @ 2:13 pm

  3. Lindsey PS says: Wow, what a gorgeous couple! They look like they really enjoyed their special day, and I am so gald they have such gorgeous mementos! on 11.1.13 @ 6:30 pm

  4. Sheila says: I love the picture of the happy coupe in front of the big doors. So romantic!!! They all look great, what fabulous memories of their wedding day! on 11.2.13 @ 5:41 pm

  5. Heather says: LOVE the rings in the glass...what a unique and clever idea! on 11.5.13 @ 5:09 pm

The 12 days of blog posts….

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When I realized, today, that I am 12 blog posts behind… AND that I have no idea how it got to be days away from November ALREADY…. I decided that I was going to tie in my 12 blogs to the holiday season (you know… 12 days of Christmas…  blah blah blah?).

I’ve got seniors, families, weddings that all need blogging.  So, starting Nov 1, I’ll post a blog a day until I’m caught up.  The fun part for YOU is that you get to participate in a CONTEST!  woohoo!

Pretty easy… follow this graphic.  I’ll post this graphic on all the 12 days of blogs so you know it’s a participating blog post!!

I’ll keep track of entries & randomly choose a winner at the end.  You can participate every day for 12 days.  The 3rd entry method gets you TWO entries and you can refer as many friends as you want!  Link to my facebook page is below the search field.

For practice, I’ll let you snatch up some entries right away today for anyone paying attention…. but just one.  leave a comment on this blog post & you get your headstart entry.  Then the gates open on Nov 1 to grab as many entries as you’d like!!!!!

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  1. Lindsey PS says: Yay! I'm paying attention! Lurv a contest! on 10.30.13 @ 1:54 am

  2. Melissa says: count me in :) on 10.30.13 @ 6:17 pm

  3. Kristi says: NEED new pictures!! Count me in on this contest! on 10.30.13 @ 8:19 pm

Christmas 2013 cards

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You’ve been waiting for some new card designs, right??  Well…  you’ve still got all the old standbys to choose from!!!  These here  & here & of course these here.  But I got some new ones, too!!!  :)    These templates are very versatile.  I can change elements, layouts, colors, move things, remove things…. fun stuff!!!!

A note on other blogs….  I am very busy at the moment & the last thing I usually catch up on are blogs.  I have seniors, family sessions, & weddings all on deck for blog posts.  I need to get caught up on a few things first… but they ARE coming.  no worries!!!  <3

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baby “lucy”

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Jessie & Bill have a very secret name picked out for their baby-on-the-way.  They aren’t telling anyone EXCEPT ME!!!!  hahaha  I have pictures of their name & they’ll have to do a special name reveal after the baby arrives.  Until then, we call her baby Lucy at work.  Jessie & I have worked together for almost 10 years.

We shot their maternity photos on a private little beach area of their family’s land.  It was the perfect location for this outdoorsy couple & the evening couldn’t have been nicer.  It even felt good to wade in the water & get a sand-pedi.  :)baardseth1 baardseth2

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More adventures in “planks of meat”

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A couple weeks ago, I posted a breading recipe that I used on my “plywood chicken” planks. We actually got waaaaay more plywood beef than we did chicken.

I’ve done some experimenting with it: if you put it on the grill or in the pan still frozen, it retains its basic square plank shape & you can cook it & eat it like a steak. If you thaw it out, it crumbles to meat pieces which creates tons of possibilities. I’ve made fajitas with it, tacos, used it in place of ground beef in other recipes & last night I used it for beef stroganoff.

I found this recipe on Pinterest. I took a screen shot for easy reference but made a few changes. Obviously I used the philly chip steaks (that’s what they’re actually called) but I used more than a lb. I also added a generous amount of Worcestershire sauce. And instead of regular cream of mushroom soup, I used golden mushroom soup.  I did NOT add additional mushrooms because *I* don’t like them.  Sorry Jake.  It didn’t need additional salt & pepper, in my opinion.  I don’t usually add a ton of that to anything.
It turned out really yummy & Jake loved it!! We had it with corn on the cob which I made in the oven!!!!! :). Yum

If you’re doing corn on the cob in the oven, you leave the husks on.  I soaked mine in the sink prior to baking them right on the rack at 350 for 30-40 mins.  PERFECT.

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Stacy & her beautiful girls

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Here’s another one of my classmates.  Maybe it was 6 or 7 years ago that we graduated (her kids are older, see?).  hahaha  Darn it all…. we’re getting old 😉

Stacy chose our location.  It was soooo beautiful & I kept finding sweet little spots for photos.  and the light was just GORGEOUS!

Her girls were great & incredibly photogenic.  I confess that I wanted to steal their beautiful long eyelashes!!!

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Not a baby, anymore!!

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Athena is a year old now.  Not a baby, anymore!  It has been fun to watch her grow through all her stages, even though she still is not a fan of looking at the camera 😉

I think my son has come along to all of her sessions because she just seems so fascinated by him.  He makes the goofy faces for her.  I think he wants a little sister or brother to play with.  Since that’s not going to happen, he’ll have to start baby sitting when he’s old enough.

It was a shame that our session ended with a tumble that resulted in biting her lip.  Poor thing.  She was not very happy.  athena3

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Liam’s family

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Mandy & I graduated together.  I think it was like 2 or 3 years ago 😉 hahahah

She just moved back here & had this cute little chubberwubber boy, Liam.  She is also expecting a baby girl.  I can’t wait to meet her.

We got together for a few photos.. Liam wasn’t much of a smiler til the end, but he was a good boy!! mandy1 He just likes to chill cuz he’s independent like that. 😉

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Little Miss Madisyn

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A bunchabuncha years ago, I dated this guy for a few months.  While that didn’t work out, I met a couple of great friends because of that short relationship.

Mark & Joslyn are such a sweet couple.  They were only dating when I first met them, but then they got engaged… and married….  and NOW they’ve had their first baby!!  I love seeing my *cough, ahem* younger friends experience all these milestones.  They’re going to be fabulous parents & I know Daddy is already wrapped around his babygirl’s little finger :)

 

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Hoverdogs

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A friend of mine asked me to come take pet portraits at an event to raise money for their area humane society.  I was set up in a building that was being used for a flyball demonstration.  If you’ve never seen flyball, it is really something to watch!!!  While I wasn’t busy taking pet portraits, I was taking action shots of these amazing pooches.  I’m not much of an action photographer & I don’t normally take photos of pets either.  So I was really outside my box for that day.

A basic rundown of flyball from an observers point of view:  you get your dogs all jazzed up to go get their ball at the end of the course.  It’s a 3dog, timed relay, if I remember correctly.  So one pooch runs the hurdles, smashes into the springboard that releases their ball in the hole.  and they take the ball back through the hurdles so the next dog can run.  If they lose their ball, they lose points.

Here are some funny action shots as well as a couple of portraits for the posey pups. :)

I love their flying ears & how some of them look like they’re hovering in mid air hahahahah

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Plywood chicken

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Being a truck driver has its perks!! My fiancé brought home several cases of meat a few weeks ago. The receiver didn’t want them because the forklift driver damaged the boxes.
So one of the things we got were “planks” of shredded chicken that restaurants use for things like chicken-Philly sandwiches & such.
I have been trying to think of something creative to do with them when I got distracted by my friend’s suggestion of simply breading them.

Thought I’d better write down what I did before I forgot. :). Sorry there’s no photo but this was yummy anyway & you can use the breading on normal pieces of chicken or pork chops…. Whatever

Just to remind you, I eyeball everything so there are no measurements…. Just add whatever fits your tastes.

First I poured some Italian style breadcrumbs into a breading dish. Then I added various amounts of the following: onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, & a little salt&pepper.
Then I went to the garden & got fresh herbs: rosemary, thyme, & oregano. Chopped those up finely & added to the powder mix.
Finally, I coated the chicken with reduced fat mayo (NOT miracle whip) & then covered in the breading. They were still frozen when I put them in the oven. These chicken planks (we also got “plank steaks” too…. Same idea) fall apart when you thaw them. Which made them into fabulous fajitas last weekend!!!!!

Bonus recipe: berries were cheap today at the store. For a dip, I used my fresh mint from the garden. & some chopped crystallized ginger & mixed that with lowfat Greek vanilla yogurt. Yum yum.

Have I mentioned that my herb garden is shortly going to grow arms & attack me??? It’s insane. Need herbs? Come get them from me before you buy at the store!!!! For real.

Ok…. This is a photo blog. Here’s a picture of my dog eating ME.

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iPhone-ography

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I post photos occasionally (ok, more than occasionally) that I’ve taken with my iPhone & edited with apps.

Somehow, I’ve scratched my lens to heck. Sometimes it creates interesting effects ;). Sometimes it ruins my images. Oh well.

So here are some I’m particularly fond of. You CAN definitely purchase these for your own walls. I’m even open to donating these to benefits or to display in local businesses. :)

From top to bottom: tunnel from Sweden to Denmark (original photo taken by my mom); cass street bridge; backyard peony; violet macro.

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Test post from my phone

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Just giving the WordPress iPhone app a test. With a test pic :)

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New Product: Silk Photopaper

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Silk photo paper is amazing!  I personally love it, but everyone has different tastes.
If I would describe silk photopaper to you, I’d say that it has a very unique texture.  I love to touch it and it does NOT fingerprint!!!  It also gives the photo a very matte look.  My normal photopaper is called “lustre” finish.  It isn’t glossy but it isn’t completely matte.  I prefer this “lustre” to a true glossy.  You can see the silk texture in this photo.  Remember that this is a super close up image to show the texture, but in person it is a bit more subtle.
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I decided to see what some past clients thought of the silk paper.  I asked them these questions followed by their answers.

Do you like the enclosed sample of silk photo paper?   [88%] Yes!!  [12%] no, I prefer glossy

What do you like about silk photo paper?  [63%] texture  [38%] matte finish  [88%] no finger printing

What products would you be most likely to order on silk paper?  [50%] paper prints  [25%] proofbooks  [50%] larger, ready to hang, mounted prints (frameless)  [%]other______

Would you pay a small, extra fee for upgraded silk paper?  [75%] yes  [25%] no

Comments:  “really do prefer the glossy finish”  “I love the finish & with 2 kiddos the ‘no finger-printing’!!”

Everyone seemed to like that silk paper doesn’t leave finger prints.  There are definitely still some people who prefer the lustre or glossy finish, so I won’t be moving to silk photopaper exclusively.  It will just be an option in the shopping cart when you order prints.  It seems as though the most popular application for silk photopaper is prints & larger mounts according to the questionnaire.  It is available on any size print, and also on mountings such as magnets, standouts, & in proofbooks.

Thank you SO MUCH to those of you who participated in my questionnaire.  The option to order SILK photopaper is now available in the gallery shopping cart!!! 😀

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…but this is NOT a foodblog

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I post recipes here & there….. but this is NOT a foodblog.

It’s easier for me to share recipes with a bunch of friends on my blog than it is to keep emailing it to people.  they can just see it here whenever they need it.  Also some of my recipes link back to pinterest.

Speaking of…  The Strawberry Yogurt bundt cake that I made last weekend was a pinterest recipe.  It can be found here.  & it was oh so yummy.  I don’t recommend putting the glaze on the whole cake.  just by the piece UNLESS you’re going to eat it all at once (party, potluck, etc).  Cuz it’s a very moist cake all on its own, so it gets that funny moisty sticky cake ishy if it sits too long.

And today I posted this photo on Facebook of the “salsa” I made today.  I went to visit another area photographer who was doing a themed shoot that I wanted to model for.  I love a day to get dolled up with hair & make up done by professionals.  & then flaunt it like I’m a runway model.  YUP. Anyways, True was a fabulous hostess with food out for us.  This is some pretty awesome salsa.  Least I dig it.

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The ingredients are ALL eyeballed.  So it’s all what you like in the recipe.

  • 1can of garbanzo beans (chick peas)
  • 1can of black eyed peas
  • frozen corn
  • chopped onion (used about half an onion)
  • chopped jalepeno (I used 2)
  • diced tomatoes (I used 2)
  • bunch of chopped cilantro
  • and Zesty Italian dressing – amount depends on how juicy you want your salsa
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Once in a while, I get domestic….

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Ah the quest for good spaghetti sauce.  I’m happy with lots of different sauces, but Jake the picky one, just wants Prego.  Can I brand drop on my blog?  Anyways, I am not so much a fan.  He complains about the tastelessness of  brand A.   I’ve tried several & I always doctor them up with extra spices.  Or that Brand B is watery & doesn’t stick to the noodles.  Or the meat soaked up all the Brand C sauce & there’s not enough….  I’ve heard it all.

So I made my own.  Which I think turned out pretty amazing.  And he ate 2 helpings at dinner & 2 helpings of leftovers the following day.  Sooooo it can’t be that bad.

Now the problem is trying to share my recipe because I don’t measure or record anything.  So you can have your own little kitchen science experiment.  I can’t imagine it would explode or anything…. so how can you go wrong???

I’ll give you some ingredients & sizes of things that I actually know.

Sarah’s Spaghetti Sauce

I used one of those ginormous cans of crushed tomatoes from Sam’s Club.  It was big.  I’ll have to edit this later to give you the exact size if you need it.  I also used 3 cans of diced tomatoes.  and 1 can of tomato paste.  I chopped 2 onions & added a pile of yummy garlic.  I sauteed those in the pan with butter before I added the sauce/tomatoes.  I also added those mystery herbs pictured.  Just kidding… if you don’t know what they are (Basil, Oregano, Thyme).  I don’t know how much, sorry.  I added salt & pepper & also brown sugar.  a bunch of that.  It depends on how sweet you want it.  I pretty much cooked it most of the day cuz I had to have it boiling and it took forever for my jar-water to boil…. I probably cooked the snot out of my poor little onions… but all the flavors should have had plenty of time to sink in. 😉

I did not put meat in.  I will brown it fresh when I’m ready to use a jar.  (again, sorry that my iphone lens is scratchy…. I havent replaced it yet)

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A Superduper Special Deal on Organic Bloom Frames EXCLUSIVE to Vinspired Photography!!!

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Wow!  That was a long blog-title.  But I’m so incredibly excited to be able to offer this!!!

Last week, I sent an email to the folks at The Organic Bloom.  They have sales for vendors once in a while, but they typically only last a couple of days which isn’t enough time for me to pass that information onto my clients & gather an order to place in time.

My email, simply, was that I would love to have more notice of sales so that my clients & I can take better advantage.  Their response, <<OKAY!  Let’s try an experiment!!!>>  Yippeeeeee!!  This is an experiment EXCLUSIVELY for Vinspired Photography so I’m hoping to show them that it is worth it.  Please help me out!

How do you help?  Take advantage of this super amazing deal.  Since *I* LOOOOVE BOGO deals (Buy One-Get One), that’s what I asked them to do for me.  They are giving me a special code to use when I place YOUR group order.  The Organic Bloom has very strict policies about publishing price lists online because every market charges different prices, so you’ll have to get in touch with me for pricing.  These frames are available in ANY size, but in order to do a BOGO, you’ll have to order 2 of the same sizes, I believe.  They can be different colors & styles if you wish.

You do NOT have to be a current client of mine.  You do NOT have to frame one of my photos.  You can order these for yourself, friends/family, gifts….  If you have a photo in mind that you want to frame & aren’t sure if the colors will match, I have color swatches that you can look at in person!! :)  If you just want a frame for a future photo, we can decide on something neutral for you, too!!!  Please shoot me any questions.

Below you will find a few fun examples that I’ve made up from my client photos (and photos from my iphone of displays).  Here is a link to my previous blog where you will find color samples & style samples so you can choose your favorites.

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Greenbeans with a twist

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If you’ve read some of my other food-related blog posts, you have seen me complain about what a picky eater my fiance is.  He doesn’t seem to like anything.  But if he cleans his plate, goes for more, & asks for the leftovers to take in his truck….  it’s GOTTA be a hit!!!

WHAT?!?!!?  He liked it????  I didn’t think he’d eat it because he is not a fan of anything remotely like asian food.  I made it anyways, without saying anything.  *I* like it so picky eaters be darned!  To my surprise, my redneck likes it!!!  I thought I’d share this recipe.  It is simple.  And it is not mine.  I got it from my friend Kelly YEARS ago.  I don’t know for sure if it is HER recipe or just something she found elsewhere, but it’s good.  And a yummy change to plain ol greenbeans. 

[[Greenbeans without a special recipe name that I know of]]

1-1/2 lbs of green beans

3T soy sauce

1t sugar

1T sesame oil

minced garlic, to taste-I use the stuff from the squeezy bottle

i like to play with the amounts in my recipes until they are how I like them.  I probably add quite a bit more sugar than is called for.  You put all of this in a wok or suitably-sized sautee pan & cook it til it’s to your desired tenderness.

Enjoy!!!!  Feed it to your whole family… Pretty sure everyone would like it if Jake does!!!! 😀

 

*please note:  Today I deleted 25 pages of spam comments.  If you have commented anywhere on my blog since 4/18/13 & you don’t see your comment, I apologize for accidentally sending it to spam.  :(  Let me know & I can search for it.

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Headshot Spotlight: Ryan

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Ryan Hartkopf

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Ryan is Lead Technician at Orange Computer Solutions in La Crosse, where he has been working since 2011. He has been repairing computers since middle school and has a degree in Network Systems Administration. He aims to be the best at what he does by combining knowledge, efficiency, honesty, and genuine care for his customers.

A local folk musician, Ryan primarily plays guitar and harmonica, but has been working on putting his voice to use as a jazz vocalist.
He also enjoys all outdoor activities, especially bike trips, hiking in the bluffs, and slacklining.

[[note:  Ryan came over as a guinea pig so I could have a few more male headshots.  He hammed it up for me… so here’s his series.  He’s so much fun!]]

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Headshot Spotlight: Lindsey

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Lindsey is my very close, personal friend.  I highly reccommend that you check out her blog.  She makes me giggle!!!

Lindsey Peterson-Smiley
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Full Time Cubicle Dweller
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This is Mrs. Lindsey Peterson-Smiley. She is the wanna-be fashionista author of the blog LikeItOrLurvIt. She also has a full time job at Best Vendors, where she deals with food cart operators for major retailers.  Who knew that was even a job?
She enjoys finding great deals online, as well as showing off great accessories and wonderful beauty products.  She also is an independent mark. cosmetic representative.  That means more beauty and accessories! 
In her spare time she plays outside with her kids and her dogs.  Summertime means softball, playing and coaching, and playing bean bags.  Winter means way too much bad reality TV.

If you like finding new looks, sales, or another human being embarrassing herself on the internet, check out her blog! http://www.likeitorlurvit.com/!

 

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Headshot Spotlight: KICKOFF!!

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I had a bit of an idea.  I’ve been doing a fair number of headshots recently.  It’s not really the meat & potatoes of my business…. but it has been a fun little thing to do during the winter.  I currently don’t have a studio, so winter sessions are hard to come by for a girl who just does this in her spare time.  Plus for some reason, people are afraid of the cold 😉

So I’m thinking, “What can I do for these folks who ask me to take their headshots?”  Their photos just go up in a gallery on facebook or a bulk post on my blog.  But you don’t know who they are or what they do….  They’re just a nameless face.  But I want you to know who they are & how fabulous they are.  They represent businesses you could be interested in & organizations that you may enjoy participating in or supporting.  Some of them might be bloggers who write about things that would entertain & inspire you.

If I have recently taken your headshot & you want to be spotlighted, PLEASE let me know & we’ll post about you.  If you want a future headshot done, I’ll definitely get a spotlight up for you!! (unless you’re shy, of course… we don’t HAVE to…. but whyNOT?) 😉

You should see an example of how it’ll look….So let’s just start with my assistant, Nova.  Feel free to use the below as a general template for YOUR SPOTLIGHT!

Nova Kernan
PuppyBusiness, playtime coordinator & lover
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Facebook.com/novakernan
linkedin.com/Nova-123
www.nova.com/puppyontheweb

This is Miss Nova Kernan. She is a crazy rednose pitbull who wants to meet you.
She plays all day by flipping her toys into the air & tossing her bed around the room….. then after she’s good & riled up, she’ll race around the house like something is gonna get her. Some of her favorite foods:  carrots, any kinda meat, & peanut butter.  The thing she loves most about her job as photography assistant is kissing people while they’re getting their photos taken.  Everyone pretty much comes over to say hi to her, ya know.  haha
In her spare time she barks at things that she has accidentally knocked over with a toy.  She thinks they are out to get her.  Especially bananas rocking back & forth on the table.
Her goals in life include creating smellier gas than her daddy, bruising her “brother” Calvin, taking up 3/4 of the bed, & going outside to pee 76 times a day.
Feel free to come over & play.  She is a vicious lover. 😉

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April already?

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Hope you all had a wonderful Easter.  Is spring here YET?!??!?!

This winter has lasted waaay longer than any of us like.  I’m ready to get back outside & take pictures in the green grass…  pictures with blooming fruit trees & other colorful flowers!

I need so badly to get out of the house (…and maybe go for a ride on the motorcycle, too).

Just wanted to put up a blogpost to remind you of the pricing changes that I made at the end of last year.  Lots of information can be downloaded in .pdf format, here.  Give those .pdf’s a second to load.  They’ll pop up, I promise :)

Remember that all family, baby/children, engagement/couples, maternity sessions are billed at $40/hour for traditional sessions where you want to purchase prints.  If you prefer to have all your images on a disc for these sessions, the pricing for 10 digital images (with rights to print) is $300 or $500 if you want all session images.  Digital packages include the session fee.

Pricing for Seniors is now $100/hour.  That means YOU choose how many hours… how many locations… and how many outfits!!!  This pricing is for the traditional session for purchasing prints.

And if you read back to my blog earlier this year, you’ll remember that I’m taking a little wedding-hiatus.  I will be happy to do a bridal portrait session and I ALWAYS LOVE engagement sessions too!!!
Bridal portraits are priced at $350 for up to 2 hours of shooting at a location of your choice.  If you want to purchase this session on your wedding date in lieu of longer wedding coverage, the price is $400.  You will receive a photo album with a bridal session.

Hopefully spring is right around the corner…. cuz I’m taking my motorcycle test this month & I’m a baby about riding in the cold!!! :)

See you soon for a session!!!

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Athena & company

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I did a quick little session with Athena in February.  I really can’t wait for spring & outdoor sessions.  I am really glad that I have a 4WD truck in the winter though, or I’d have never made it to Athena’s session.  CRAZY hill…. and snow.  ish!

I did Athena’s session during a family gathering.  She has a little cousin Henry who kinda stole the show a little.  😉  While posing for some pictures, Henry had a little accident.  I’ll tell ya what, I’ve never seen a baby projectile poop before.  I must remember to thank my son for never doing that to me. 😀  Mom was embarrassed, though…. and it was really no big issue.  Henry relaxed afterwards & we got some cute shots of him.  Athena’s daddy had photos taken in a little sailor suit when he was a baby, so Grama wanted some of Athena to match :)  Such cuter patooters.

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Mississippi Valley Mayhem 2013

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I enjoy working with the roller derby team here in La Crosse.  They are such fun to photograph!!!!  Here are some updates for 2013.

You can see the MVM shots from 2012 if you like, too :)

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  1. Tricia says: These are awesome! I miss Derby, my only question is why are you not doing it! You seem perfect for it! on 03.22.13 @ 8:15 pm

  2. VinspiredBlog says: I'm a rotten skater. The most uncoordinated, klutz, ever. My face (and my butt, knees, elbows, etc) would spend more time on the track than my skates.... on 03.26.13 @ 9:04 pm

Headshot Compilation

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When I started taking portraits, I didn’t figure that “boring ol headshots” would ever be in my repertoire. Sure, I love a good single portrait within a session. I like the natural environments, though….
I think I am a little traumatized by my experiences with yearbook pictures as a child. The company that always did ours (this is all before Lifetouch & the like) had a photographer who would call us silly names & tell us to say creepy things. Or some teacher would try to comb my hair before the photo thereby unleashing the frizz that my curls were hiding that day. GREAT! Now I have triangle hair…. And OOOOOH the boring light blue background screen… and the awkward, uncomfortable poses that he manipulated us into… “okay chin down… turn…. tilt your head that way… a little more… mooooooooooooooooooooooore…” ow.

So I think a lot of people still associate that experience with having headshots taken today. But it doesn’t have to be like that. You can be sassy or flirty or very business-serious. It’s all up to you & your style. Accessorize or bring a job-related prop. We’ll work it. I’ll even play comedienne to get you relaxed 😀

Check out some headshots, below & contact me for pricing if you’re interested. YES, I’ll give special pricing to large groups.

 

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news for 2013

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I am taking this time in 2013 to announce some changes to my business.

LESS IN YOUR FACE
You won’t see a lot of promotions.  I’ll still be here, taking clients as they inquire.  And I’ll be maintaining my blog & updating photos.  I’ll still do what I do, just a scaled back approach to promotions & marketing.  So you may think I’ve disappeared, but I haven’t!!!!

BENEFIT DONATIONS

I’ve created a photo album on the Vinspired facebook page called “the not-so 365.”  Originally I was going to do an iPhone 365 project, but unfortunately it has taken a backseat to the rest of life.  The intention remains the same & I intend to add to it as I go:  the photos in this album will be used as my benefit donations.  It gives the winner of a silent auction or raffle something tangible.  The benefit coordinator/requestor will choose the print & I will have it printed & mounted.  In addition, I may add a gift certificate for a portrait session if appropriate.  The most recent event I donated to was for a breast cancer patient.  I created a special piece of art with a pink ribbon for that event.

WEDDINGS
The biggest change is that I’ve decided not to do weddings at this time.  There are many reasons for this decision & if you’re personally interested, we can chat about it.  If you’ve had me in mind for your wedding prior to this announcement, we can get together & either work something out or I can make some suggestions for some truly great artists.  I may choose to do weddings again in the future, so it never hurts to ask 😀
I still LOVE to work with couples, so please consider me for engagement sessions & non-wedding day-bridal portraits.  So those will stay in my repertoire.

FUTURE PLANS
Gotta thank my fiancé Jake for being super supportive of my studio dreams & keeping it in mind as we look for a new house.  I still plan to set up a studio space when I’ve moved.  In the meantime, I will accommodate sessions as I have in the past.

To my fabulous clients:  THANK YOU for the friendships.  I’ve been blessed to work with you all & have always appreciated your choosing me amongst all the photographers in the area.  I plan to continue to be here for you in the future.  So no worries!

Hope you all have a fantastic 2013.  I can’t believe how fast 2012 FLEW BY!!!!

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Headshots, Fall 2012

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Some a little serious. Some a little more fun. I personally love a sassy headshot. Here are a few I did during my headshot special. :)


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  1. Lindsey PS says: I wish I was closer, I could use one! on 01.25.13 @ 2:49 pm

Calvin’s Corner… a first post

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My name is Calvin and I’m going to be doing some book reviews on this blog.  I love to read so when my mom (the photographer) asked me to do some book reviews, I just said, “OK, sounds like fun.”  And it is!  Here is my first book review…

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

It is part one of the Inheritance Cycle and it is about a boy who finds a dragon egg while hunting.  When I read Eragon a couple years ago I loved it.  I thought it was very exciting and kept me turning the pages.  My favorite part was when Brom sensed the hatching of the egg.  It does not matter the gender who reads this.  It is very fun and exciting.  I would recommend this book for ages 9 to how ever old you are.  If you love dragons, medieval times and fantasy all at the same time, you’ll love this book.

 

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a pinterest review

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Review 1:  here’s something that I thought looked YUMMY and EASY.

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I never exactly follow a recipe, so I threw some SILK vanilla almond milk into my blender… probably shy of a cup. Added a good sized banana & a handful of strawberries. VROOM. Then I ran it through my ice cream maker for about 20 mins. I wanted it a little firmer, so I let it sit in the freezer while I ran an errand.

RESULTS?

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So it LOOKS like icecream, right? I am asking myself why this recipe didn’t call for any sweetener!!!! Like I know it’s supposed to be all healthy & low calorie. If you just drink a 1/3C of almond milk, you’re only getting 30 calories & that’s fab. But this wasnt creamy. And it was more like unsweetened frozen fruit. It needed something. I swirled a little splenda into my scoop after it was soft & it tasted MUCH better. So if you try a variation of this “ice cream” I suggest adding whatever kind of sweetener suits your fancy (sugar, splenda, stevia, whatever).

 

 

 

 

 

 

review 2:  crockpot recipes aren’t all they’re cracked up to be….

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Here’s the screenshot from pinterest again…. maybe you’ve seen it.

Well, I tried this for breakfast club & was definitely underwhelmed.  It seems very easy & like it would be pretty delicious.  #1 it was moosh.  #2 most of it stuck to the sides of the crockpot.  If you see the photo below, that is what remained after i scooped out the cooked portion.  #3 something was missing.  more sugar?  idk.  I added extra brown sugar when I ate it.  That made it tolerable, but I threw the rest away.

I followed the pinterest directions.  I put my items in & did not stir it (it specified not to).  I left it overnight.  the edges were cooked to the sides & some of it was still dry like it probably SHOULD have been stirred.

My personal opinion with this would be to just make your oatmeal by the container directions with some pieces of apple cut up into it.  then add the sugar &cinnamon at the end.  Maybe the oatmeal wouldn’t be so gluey then. :)

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Schneider Wedding

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Maybe went a little overboard on my favorite pictures… :) I really enjoyed this wedding. The details were perfect & we got to do a lot of fun things! The father-daughter dance made me cry… I have an enormous girlcrush on this bride.













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  1. Tricia says: WOW Sarah! I LOVE the colors in the church! How beautiful! on 01.28.13 @ 3:55 pm

  2. Theresa Becker says: I thought you did a great job. The pictures are awesome. on 01.31.13 @ 3:52 am

2012 Christmas Cards & a 2013 Calendar

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sharing a handful of Christmas cards from this year. Mostly, I just love the 2013 calendar, so if anyone is interested in one, let me know. Much better to look at than the boring one my work provides 😉


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Breakfast Club…

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….not the movie, friends!
If you’ve seen me mention Breakfast Club on facebook or stumbled across my Breakfast Club board on pinterest…. Maybe you’ve figured out it has nothing to do with the 80’s movie.

A couple of coworkers got talking one day about what foodies we are. We all love to cook so we started a weekly breakfast day.
We’ve done everything from quiche (or “eggpie” as my mom calls it) to something as simple as fruit with yogurt. There have been breakfast croissant sandwiches & a whole day devoted to different kinds of muffins: egg muffins, oatmeal muffins & normal sweet cakey muffins. Basically, these are all things I can’t make for my man at home because all he ever wants is “eggs-over easy, bacon & toast” or hashbrowns. Also pancakes. He doesn’t want his eggs baked in a crust or his eggs/hashbrowns/bacon all baked together in a dish. He doesn’t want weird cheese or oatmeal cups or anything like that. So breakfast club allows me to experiment with all the things that I think sound amazing but could never eat all alone.  Sometimes in a pinch, I have stopped at PaneraBread & picked up their super yummy egg soufflés.

One of our breakfast club members is a pseudo vegetarian (She will eat bacon from time to time). We try to make our breakfast items without meat. So if you go to my pinboard you might see a lot of meatless pins

Here’s a recipe I’d like to share. It is my mom’s “eggpie”
Disclaimer: My mom & I aren’t recipe people. We’re throw together cooks. Nothing is ever exactly the same as the last time we made it. So here’s my version of a recipe. I’m really not sure how you can screw it up, but if this recipe doesn’t work for you, then I apologize for not being a good recipe writer. :)  [in Jake’s defense, I made this for him last weekend & he ate it.  he said it would have been better without a crust, but HE DID EAT IT]

Basically, I took a frozen pie crust. Make your own if you like, but this saves me some time & I like it that way. Into the pie crust, you throw the things that make your mouth water. For me, those things are browned sausage, onions, & peppers. Then I grated my favorite Swedish Cheese: Präst. You can get this at your local IKEA. Otherwise use whatever cheese you dig. I used a lot. I didn’t measure. Maybe a cubic ton, I’m not sure. haha 

Then pour the following mixture over the junk in the crust: 3-4 beaten eggs plus 1/2C of half&half… salted, peppered, & seasoned to your personal taste (whatever herbs you like or something to spice it up).
Bake this at 400 on the bottom rack until it is done. I say 20-40 minutes, but really, you just have to watch it until you feel like the egg is not runny anymore (check it with a knife). The deeper your egg mixture, the longer it needs to cook to get the center done. :) OH YUM!egg3 egg1 egg2

[Also, my iphone camera has some major scratches on it.  oops sorry for the bad photos…getting it replaced]

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  1. Lindsey PS says: Looks delicious! Do you think it could be assembled the night before? Or would the crust get too soft? on 01.25.13 @ 2:47 pm

  2. VinspiredBlog says: I think the crust would soak up all the egg overnight. So yeah, my guess is a mushy result. on 01.28.13 @ 7:35 pm

Cullen/Sanborn

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Here’s a 2-family session plus siblings. :)
Little Zoe is such a trooper! She has had several surgeries & was recovering from one when we took these photos. We had to get her into position & then get her walker out of the shot. I think she’s all recovered now. She’s the sweetest thing, but you can SEE THAT!







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  1. Dawn says: Thanks Sarah. We had fun and the pictures turned out great!!! on 01.26.13 @ 1:25 am

Bunnell

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I always have such a hard time narrowing down photos from the Bunnell sessions. The girls are so beautiful & I LOVE shooting at their home with the beautiful barn & cornfield. Just wonderful & worth the drive for me :)




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Growing Family

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I always feel so honored to photograph this family. Starting when it was just 1….. then 2… and now 3 :) All beautiful girls.





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  1. Kim says: Awesome pictures of 3 awesome little girls!!! <3 on 02.3.13 @ 3:24 pm

Tomten

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There’s this beautiful park. They were married here. And now they make family memories here. :)



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shenanigans

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I work with Jen. I’ve been able to watch her girls grow since they were born. And of course I’ve met her crazy brother. That’s why this was the shenanigans session. Goofiness. :)





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extra pressure

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always extra pressure when you take photos of another photographer’s kids…. But they’re also used to being in front of the camera so they didn’t need any direction. :) These photos were taken just before Mr. Jared went off to the Airforce. Mama is SO PROUD! <3


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Foodie Friday

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If you know me you know I LOVE FOOD.  I am not too picky… I don’t eat seafood though.

But I just wanted to take a minute to link you up to some delicious things you can make this weekend.

My friend Lindsey (who is a much more entertaining writer than I am so check out her blog) turned me on to The Pioneer Woman before she got all “food tv-famous.”  So I’ve been experimenting with her recipes for a while.  Recently, while stuck on the couch with whatever plague my fiance gifted to me, I saw a few episodes of her show.  Most everything looks/sounds amazing to me, but I’d like to give my personal review after trying them.

I tried these BBQ Meatballs.  They really passed the test for my 10 year old son.  My fiance thought they were okay.  I loved them to pieces.  I never thought of using oatmeal in my meatballs instead of breadcrumbs… hhhmmm

Who doesn’t like cheesy potatoes?  Apparently Jake doesn’t.  But Calvin & I both thought these were amazing!!!

Then we tried this combo of Spicy Pop Pulled Pork & Coleslaw.  The pulled pork was delicious except that it was a little too spicy for Calvin (also he’s not a fan of coleslaw.  He gave it a shot though).  I only used 1-7oz can of the chilis in adobo sauce, too!  The combo eaten together made my mouth sing.  YUM!  The version of coleslaw on the food network has no jalepenos in it & I prefer it that way :)  PS!  I’m a cheater…. I used a bag of slaw mix.

Here’s the thing… I don’t think my fiance Jake has normal tastebuds.  He wasn’t a huge fan of these recipes.  He prefers meatloaf & baked potatoes.  I think he likes things boring 😉  I can trash on him a little bit cuz I don’t think he reads my blog.  haha

If you ask my folks (who sampled a few of the above too) & my kid… these definitely passed the DELICIOUS test.  I will make them again regardless of Jake’s preference because *I* need variety even if he doesn’t.

YEY Pioneer Woman!

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  1. Terry Watson says: Where did you get your blog layout from? I'd like to get one like it for my blog. on 01.18.13 @ 12:20 pm

  2. VinspiredBlog says: Restored 316 designs. There is a link to her site on the waaaay bottom of the page. Super customizable! And she's GREAT to work with!!! :) on 01.18.13 @ 2:38 pm

  3. Lindsey says: Next time.... Pictures of the recipes you made!! on 01.18.13 @ 2:50 pm

Athena

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Calvin came along on this session. He’s my baby whisperer. Actually he gets the giggles. Babies lurv him.

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Ryan, Sparta High School 2013

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  1. Tammy says: Woo hoo my nephew made the blog :) The pic of Ryan by his car is one of my favorites! Good job Sarah! Love you Ryan, Aunt Tammy on 01.17.13 @ 10:38 pm

BONUS BLOG: non-photography related blog days

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What do you guys think about random blogs?  I would like to periodically post something that has nothing to do with Vinspired Photography. 

A) would you stop by & read it?

B) what do you want to read ABOUT?

So far, I’ve entertained ideas such as “Foodie Friday”  “Nerdy News”… having guest bloggers, etc.

One time I could review pinterest projects/recipes, the next time I might give you websites to shop for something, & maybe the time after that write a book review.  I could even have my son guest blog & review HIS favorite books.

I can’t wait to hear what you guys think…  leave me some comments!!! :)

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  1. Brian says: I read them regardless, but yes variety is always fun. Food stuff is always interesting and you are already a nerd, so you have experience on that side of it. :) on 01.16.13 @ 4:22 pm

Hanson Wedding

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There were so many little details about this wedding that I loved because they were already planted in my head as ideas that I loved & wanted to use. So hopefully when my wedding rolls around, they don’t think I’m copy catting. Lots of fun & geekery! Just the way I like it!



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Chrisinger Wedding

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A super fun engagement session with a beautiful vintage truck (IN LOVE) & a wedding complete with farm animals.






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a long overdue update

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2012 was busy for me. It was quite enough to keep up with life in general after I edited & posted photos from my sessions. My blog really took the back seat over the 2nd half of the year.
So I am going to be posting a session a day until I’m all caught up.
Thank you ALL for being super patient & such amazing, understanding friends!
I hope 2013 is fantastic for you :)

Sarah’s year in review
*Mom visited TWICE
*Got engaged
*Best friend had her first baby <3<3 *Got a puppy (who has expensive taste in unauthorized chew toys) *Did some traveling around on the new motorcycle *went to some ballgames with my son. (sorry, I don't post pictures of my son here anymore... or really updates, only my personal facebook friends get those :)
I'm sure there's a ton more that I haven't thought of..... But here's some snapshots 😀




YES! I think I look more tired than baby girl!

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Pretty sure he gets his endless desire to create from his mom 😉

Any guesses as to what piece of geekness he’s crafted here?

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  1. Aunty says: It's a hover board! Just like Marty McFly in Back to the Future 2! on 01.16.13 @ 12:58 am

Samantha, Holmen High School 2013

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  1. Ginger says: Love the pics Samantha! Fun loving and beautiful! on 09.18.12 @ 3:04 am

  2. Carrie Bergum says: Sarah, have any of your seniors from Holmen given you the website to upload their senior choice for the yearbook? We are doing an online thing this year. Trying to avoid as many hard copies as possible. If you need it, please send me a message at the above email. By the way, your work is gorgeous. Carrie on 09.18.12 @ 3:08 am

Eryn, Holmen High School 2013

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  1. Tammy says: You are beautiful Eryn! Wonderful pics guys! on 09.18.12 @ 2:32 am

  2. Ginger says: Wow! My little girl has grown into a beautiful young lady! So many great pics to choose from. Thanks Sarah! on 09.18.12 @ 2:56 am

Autumn, Sparta High School 2013

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  1. Tammy says: That's my girl ... well, both of my girls in 1 of the pics :) As usual, awesome job Sarah! It's so hard to choose what pics to enlarge! on 09.18.12 @ 2:30 am

  2. Ginger says: Great pics Autumn! Love the multicolored socks! :0) on 09.18.12 @ 3:01 am

Travis, Onalaska High School 2013

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Jeff & Brittany

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I think engagement sessions are valuable for a few reasons. One of them is so that the couple gets to know the photographer better.
If you choose me as your wedding photographer, you’re going to have to put up with me all day long. I’ll be the most present, annoying, in your face person the whole day. I’ll be asking you to tell me what you want, but I’ll also be giving you some directions too.
Engagement sessions are a chance for the couple to get a feel for how the photographer will want them to pose…. and also a sense of each others personalities.
It is of particular importance to those “camera shy” couples. I think after we got a sense of each other & they got over their nervousness, we came home with several great shots of their coupleness 😉


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Families

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Since I am a little behind in blogging, I am going to group-blog again. I’m going to put a few of my families in this blog from some summer sessions. It sure is cold today (I dont think it broke 60degrees)… so looking back on these sessions makes me feel all warm again! :)
These are all some great families!!! :)












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Han & Leia <3

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Sometimes I’m a little slow on the draw….
This amazingly adorable couple show up for their engagement session with signs. As a photographer, signs are a pretty normal prop nowadays. I don’t even think much about them 😉
But being a StarWars fan, I should have caught this one right away. I edited right through them…. still not using my brain apparently. Until someone commented on the photo on Facebook. and then I smacked myself right in the face. so it hurt.

Aside from my head not being screwed on, this was an amazing session. I had a terrible time trying to narrow down the photos for this post.

I also have to thank them so incredibly much for being patient with me. This was actually a rescheduled session date because we all showed up for the original engagement session & my camera (which was working fine previously) stopped working. Talk about feeling like a big jerk, here. So glad they didn’t give up on me. I can’t wait for their wedding!!!!! :)





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  1. Casey says: Great set! These guys are awesome. on 09.19.12 @ 12:20 am

My Emma

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well, she’s not mine-mine.
She’s my cousin/Goddaughter.
and she’s a SUPER good kid. and she’s incredibly intelligent. and gorgeous.
Only she doesn’t know any of those things.
She’s also a geek. Not the biggest geek I know… Cal is pretty much that…. and I’m probably 2nd… but Emma’s an awesomely geeky 3rd place.
This was an impromptu session after she’d tagged along on a senior shoot with me earlier. We just pulled over at a place I wanted to try & she suffered through my whims & craziness.


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Derby Girls… & Guys

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I also haven’t had a chance to blog the fun shots I took for the Mississippi Valley Mayhem. These kids were obviously a LOT of fun… as you can SEE! :)




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  1. Mississippi Valley Mayhem 2013 « Vinspired Photography Blog says: [...] can see the MVM shots from 2012 if you like, [...] on 03.22.13 @ 6:37 pm

Dear Friends, my belated apologies.

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I know you guys probably think I am doing NOTHING over here. Actually… I’ve been working all along & just been too darn busy (lazy?) to post on the blog.
Let me apologize to all the following sessions who are now all combined into this one blog post. I still love you…. I hope you still love me.
The reasons (excuses) that I have not blogged:
*My boyfriend bought a motorcycle. I’m sorry…. But it saps my motivation to blog every single time 😉
*I am working out more at the YMCA. Health is important right?
*Doctor Who. He is a major problem. My son & I are a little addicted to that show. In fact, I believe that my son thinks he IS Doctor Who.
*Baseball games…. I like to go to Loggers games with my family once in a while. Be glad that I haven’t purchased a season ticket along side my family so I have to go to ALL the games like they do 😉

So here you are…. several months worth of sessions that I’ve been too “busy” to blog.




















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cute cute valentines!

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OKAY, so I know you’re *probably* not going to give all your child’s classmates a valentine with their beaming face on it. Not to mention that they WANT to send the hello kitty, starwars, superhero, glittery valentines that they get at the store.
However, my absolute faaaaaavorite template designer in the universe, Tina, comes out with these fabulous designs. I don’t really care what it is, it sucks me in like a big black hole of “here’s my monies, now gimme the pretties.”
So I’d say that 90% of my card designs are from her brilliant lil brain. I also don’t know her AT ALL except for emails as a client/vendor & reading her fb page, but I can tell that she is just a super nice person as well. I just get that FEELING…. Ya know?
Okay… back to valentines. I love these. I want to make things out of them. And just in CASE there’s someone out there who wants custom photo valentines (they’d actually be super adorbs to give to family), I’m just gonna put it out there for you folks. Also for you to drool over her eye candy.
And to be honest, I can pull elements of these out & move stuff around. Her templates are incredibly versatile & customizable. I LOVE to play with them. <3 I can use them for "save the dates" & such as well. So feast your eyes on these cutie patooties!

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frames to match your unique family moments!

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I’m excited to be offering Organic Bloom frames!!!
They’re fabulously FUN!!! In the pictures below, you’ll see the styles that you can choose as well as all the beautiful colors. IF there is a color you need to match to something in your home & you dont see its exact match… you can request any Benjamin Moore color & The Organic Bloom will make it custom for you at no charge!!

Let me know if you’re interested & I can give you a price list on these.
Come see them in person at the Family Fun Expo!! Onalaska Omni Center. Sunday March 25th!

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coats on… coats off

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It was cold. We had coats on & off the whole time. So please forgive us if we look a little chilly. bbrrr
I loved hearing this couple’s great story when I delivered their prints recently. It gives me some hope…. :)


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family, kids, love

why not purple?

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someone told me once that redheads couldn’t wear JUST ANY color. Apparently purple was supposed to be off limits as well as things such as pink. I guess it “clashes.” I never bought into that, though.
Here is a cute little head of red in a purple tutu who says it’s totally cool to wear whatever you love.

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babies, kids

boot buddies

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Ella & I are like this *crosses fingers*… cuz we both have AWESOME cowgirl boots. I was jealous that hers are pink tho. She was maybe a little shy at first, but by the end, she grabbed my hand & we walked together. I was ready to pack her up in my car & take her home. But look at her…. who wouldn’t want to? She’s like adorableness in a bottle.





ps… i still feel bad that I didn’t notice dad’s jacket on the fence. DOH

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family, kids

a mom

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Jackie has an enormous heart. She has five kids & she does it all alone. I’m pretty sure I’d be crazy.
Four boys & one girl. And that lone girl is SUCH A GIRL!!!! I just loved how she posed for me that day. Like she was a runway model. :)

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