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1st Bridal Fair at Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs

This past Saturday was the first-ever Bridal Fair put on by Cherokee Casino in Siloam Springs. It was the first show I had ever heard of that was free for brides AND vendors. They just contacted the vendors they wanted and asked them to come. I am glad I was one of the selected vendors, because I think the show was a success and a good start for future bridal events at the facility. If you have not been inside the casino, it is truly spectacular. The outside is very pretty with huge stained glass windows and a waterfall. And when you walk inside, it feels like you just jumped a few states over to Nevada! I had lots of fun, despite still trying to get over a sinus infection, and met several new (to me) vendors and lots of brides-to-be.

One of the vendors, Adonis Salon, was doing free hair styling at their booth. I could not pass that up, so I had my mom watch the booth, and got my hair done. I had forgotten how spiffy getting a fancy hairdo can make you feel!

Blast from the past carriages was in the booth across from mine, and brought their "mascot" who rides in the carriages with them to many events. I was using my little pocket camera and could not get a pic without eye-glare, but I still wanted to post the image because he is a cute doggie!

My mom took this picture of me showing off my albums and books. The wrought-iron benches are a real pain to haul to a show, but a nice seating area really encourages people to sit and browse.

After the fair was over, we ate at Flint Creek Steakhouse inside the casino. A few months ago I won a certificate for dinner for 2 at a networking event and finally got around to using it. The food was awesome, and we had enough leftovers for another full meal. I was going to take pictures of the very nicely plated food, but when it got to the table, I just started eating and forgot all about pictures! 🙂

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Happy Valentines Day

Thuy & Aaron

In honor of Valentines Day, I thought I would post an image from the engagement session I did this week. This image is so sweet, it will fit the bill nicely. The portraits were taken in the lobby of the Doubletree hotel in Bentonville. The staff there are very nice to let me shoot there, and I have used the location several times when the weather is not cooperating. Thuy and Aaron will be married in April at Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista.


First Portrait Session in the new studio

This morning I got to use my new studio space for the first time. I had a very cute and energetic 4-year-old  subject who is working on building his modeling portfolio. We will be doing another session this coming week. Here are a few of my favorites so far:

His mom calls this outfit his "summer in the Hamptons look" :)

His mom calls this his "summer in the Hamptons look" 🙂

We needed seasonal looks, so we started with winter. What a great smile!

Looking cool for school in his denim jacket.