Monday Mar 7, 2011

The Bridges of Madison County | Des Moines Photographer

By | 2017-02-09T16:33:52+00:00 March 7th, 2011|Personal Insights|0 Comments

As a new resident to Iowa, one of the things on my “must see” list was to find and photograph the Bridges of Madison County, made famous by the book of the same name by Robert James Waller, and the corresponding feature film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.

One cold day in February, I found out that my husband would have a day off when the kids were going to be in school.  I convinced him to go with me to search for and photograph the bridges.  We drove out to Winterset, IA and stopped at the visitor’s center for a map.  We were able to get to 4 of the six bridges before we had to return to retrieve the kids from school.  Below is a small set of the images I captured.  I know they may seem cliché, but I like them none-the-less.  My husband and I had a great day together.  We both carried a camera, both had some really great shots, tried to stay warm, had lunch – and overall fun adventure.  The Bridges of Madison CountyWe are hoping to make it out to the last two bridges before we move again.  To see more images of the images I captured, be sure to visit my Flickr Gallery.  The bridges we visited were Hogback Bridge, Cedar Bridge, Holliwell Bridge, and Imes Bridge.  The two remaining are Roseman Bridge and Cutler-Donahoe Bridge.  You can read more about the bridges here.

Monday Jan 31, 2011

Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids | Des Moines Children’s Photographer

By | 2017-02-09T16:33:52+00:00 January 31st, 2011|Kids, Promos|1 Comment

A few years ago, the school photographer for my kids had offered personalized Valentine’s Day cards for the kids to give out during the Valentine’s Day party.  I thought it was a great idea, except for the part that it would use the standard school portrait, and the cards were not that exciting.  Every Valentine’s since then, I’ve promised myself that I was going to do a photoshoot with my kids, and make their Valentine’s Day cards.  This year, I finally did it.  What a great time, right?  The kids, my husband, and I went out to Centennial Park in Waukee yesterday, and spent less than 10 minutes shooting about 140 photos.  It was a balmy 20 degrees out, with overcast skies, and a snowflake falling here and there, and yet my kids were still game enough to take off their jackets for just those few minutes.  My wonderful husband came along to hold the reflector (which peeks into one of the outtakes below), but also to keep the kids laughing.  He is really SO much better at it than I am.   Actually, I think they laughed more for me than for him because I would tell my husband, “OK, make them laugh!” and the kids would just start laughing.  Seriously, he told one joke and then had nothing, but just the thought had the kids rolling.  Here are some of the outtakes of the shoot, and the final product of their cards which will be printed on wallet sized photos to be given out at school.

And the final products…

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