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Senior portraits on pretty fall day

Saturday was a beautiful fall day! The leaves were bright, it was warm and not raining (a nice change of pace for this fall). I was very happy to take advantage of that to do some senior portraits in Rogers. We started at Lake Atlanta, then moved to a small city park that had a spectacular tree shedding bright orange and yellow leaves. Here are a few images from the shoot:

It was just barely warm enough for this dress! This is not the obvious fall foliage shot, but the trees add a nice reflection to the water.

It was just barely warm enough for this dress! This is not the obvious fall foliage shot, but the trees add a nice reflection to the water.

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This is why I love shooting on-location! It would take a lot of effort to make a background this pretty in a studio.

This is why I love shooting on-location! It would take a lot of effort to make a background this pretty in a studio.

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Amanda and Craig’s Wedding

Amanda and Craig were married at Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista, AR on October 11th. It was pretty chilly for this time of year with temps hovering in the low 50s and a very overcast sky. But that didn’t dampen any spirits, and everything went very well. The reception was at Shrimpman’s Yacht Club in Bella Vista. It was my first time shooting there and it is very pretty. The view off the deck over Loch Lommond is very nice, and the food was good, too. As is tradition, here are a few images while I work through the rest:

A beautiful ceremony at Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista.

A beautiful ceremony at Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista.

The bride's niece getting all gussied up.

The bride's niece getting all gussied up.

The chilly weather was not going to stop us from getting the nice outdoor portrait shots.

The chilly weather was not going to stop us from getting the nice outdoor portrait shots.

This beautiful cake was a collaboration between Harps and Shirley's Flowers.

This beautiful cake was a collaboration between Harps and Shirley's Flowers.

This shot was done on the deck overlooking the lake at Shrimpman's yacht club. I took a little fussing around in photoshop to pull out some color in the sky, but the results were worth it!

This shot was done on the deck overlooking the lake at Shrimpman's yacht club. I took a little fussing around in photoshop to pull out some color in the sky, but the results were worth it!


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Studio Renovation Update

The never-ending home renovation project rolls on. It takes such a long time to do anything when you are doing it yourself! The new bathroom/changing room attached to the studio is almost done! It is looking really good. Paint is on the walls and the trim should be up in a few days. The actual studio space has a ways to go, but I am hoping to have it up and running by early November for doing Christmas portraits. I will post pictures when it is all done and pretty!


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Democrat Gazette Fall Bridal Fair

Whew! What a weekend – bikes, blues and BBQ was in town, and West Fork had its annual festival, and the Fall Bridal Fair was at the Hammond Center. The bridal fair was very nice, lots of really neat booths and vendors. I picked a spot across from the Harps cake display area because I know people are drawn to the cool cakes. But I was also next to the table where they were giving out samples and I had more than a few of their fantastic “cake balls”.  My booth was between my friends at Destinations Travel and a very nice woman with the Pratt Place Inn and Barn. I only had a chance to snap a few pictures before the fair, owing to the fact that I got distracted by a magician with Dancenhance Entertainment before I made it all the way around the hall. I will put more images up on my Steely Joe Facebook Page. A big “Thank You” to my mom who came up from Little Rock to help out and to Ladybug floral who provided the flowers for my booth. I think the event went well and excited about all the new contacts I made!

My photography booth. My mom took the picture - she comes and helps me out at Bridal Fairs but likes to mostly stay behind the scenes.

My photography booth. My mom took the picture - she comes and helps me out at Bridal Fairs but likes to mostly stay behind the scenes.

A very pretty table by Festivities Events.

A very pretty table by Festivities Events.

These boquets from Shirley's Flowers were used in the fashion show and were even prettier in real life!

These boquets from Shirley's Flowers were used in the fashion show and were even prettier in real life!

Mmmm...moss balls for supper! An odd trend I see cropping up in tablescapes - moss balls are everywhere. In vases, in stacks, on pillars and even on these place settings from Eventures!

Mmmm...moss balls for supper! An odd trend I see cropping up in decorating - moss balls are everywhere. In vases, in stacks, on pillars and even on these place settings from Eventures!