Recently I had the chance to photograph a real life superhero named Will. You would never guess that behind his courageous smile how much he has truly been through already. To have a better understanding I asked his mom, the wonderful Janice (owner of Panache) to briefly sum up Will’s battle:

“Will has Eosinophilic Esophagitis and also has an undiagnosed genetic disorder. He has a feeding tube/pump and survives on Neocate Jr. (a specialized formula).When he is having an especially hard time, he can not even tolerate his tube feedings. That means no food. None. Not even formula. That has lasted as long as a week at a time. During these times, he throws up a lot or has dry heaves, has constant leg spasms, has a bleeding esophagus, and other mysterious ailiments. I stopped counting his surgeries after 12 surgeries and he is always sick, always. He has a hard time sleeping. He has a restricted airway.He also can not control his body temperature. All of this started for Will when he was 3 weeks old and had his first surgery.”  That is why, Janice is hosting  “The 2nd Annual Prom for Eosinophilic Disorders Presents the BOOTLEGGERS BALL!” to help raise money for the CURED Foundation to help fund research into Eosinophilic Disorders.

Reading that I honestly can’t imagine how hard it is on not only him, but his entire family. So mark it on your calendar to come help rasie money, but for today let’s celebrate the true Superhero….Will.

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When planning a wedding there are so many things to think about; cake, venue, dress…etc. The list goes on and on. Normally there are checklist on the internet, in books, and in magazines that walk you through and help you plan your wedding in an organized manner. However, one detail that gets over looked many times is hours leading up until the wedding. I’ve put together my own little checklist for you to keep in mind.

*Get your hair and makeup professional done! You may be amazing at doing your own, but why worry about a thing like that on the day of? Wouldn’t you rather sit in a chair, relax, and just enjoy being pampered?! I’ve seen it to many times where the bride is rushing around because she did someone else’s hair and short changed herself on time. Trust me ladies, pay for someone to professional do it for you. The nice thing is most professionals have a trial run, so you can work out all the kinks before the big day.

*Do you or your photographer have an emergency kit handy before the ceremony? I can’t tell you how many times a groomsmen loses a button, the bride needs a bobby pin, or one of the Mom’s need scissors to cut a tag off. It’s best to prepare and not even have to use the kit, than try to rush to solve problem.

*Where are you getting ready? If you’ve hired a professional photographer to come out before the ceremony to snap that gorgeous picture of your dress before the wedding–is the location even pretty? We try our best to work with the location you have chose, but if you decide to get ready in a basement it will most likely look like you got ready in a basement. If budget allows, consider getting ready at a hotel or someplace that is unique and charming.

*Keep all your wedding items (shoes, jewelry, flowers…etc) in one area. That way, when your photographer needs an item they don’t have to bug you or your bridesmaids to try and track it down. The nice thing is that you can pack your wedding items weeks before the big day!

*If you know you are going to be nervous–have a drink. I’m not saying get drunk before the wedding, but having a glass of champagne with your bridesmaid’s may make you slow down and become more calm. Plus, toasting with your girls always makes for a great photo.

*Does someone know how to help you into you dress? As obvious as it might seem I’ve had to help bridesmaids bustle, lace up the corset back, or just help the bride step into the dress. If possible, have a bridesmaid attend a dress fitting, that way they can practice before the big day.

*Last, but not least, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. It’s shortly before you walk down the aisle, and I know that this is exciting but also nerve racking. Take a deep breath and just know that if you’ve followed the previous steps there should be nothing to worry about now.

A happy bride is one that has planned a prepared, don’t wait till it’s to late to start organizing your big day.

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As spring approaches (very slowly), I can’t help but already miss winter a little bit. Yes, crazy as that may be, it is one of my favorite seasons to photograph in! So when Colleen and Chris wanted to get their engagement photos done in the winter I jumped on it! We found a quaint location nestled in the woods, surrounded by bare trees and clean white snow. Colleen and Chris brought along a couple games to play–and I’m so happy they did! It was the perfect touch to their adorable engagement session. To top it off at the end of the session they let the snow fly! Who doesn’t love a good snowball fight after all. I could go on and on about these two, but I’d rather just show you. Enjoy!

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It’s all about the details is the best advice we can give to our clients! Not only do the details truly tell more about you two as a couple (and your style) it is also amazing for us as photographers. All the little details help us tell the story of your day in the wedding album! And every time we get published onto online wedding blogs they need/want a plethora of details to show as inspiration for future brides.

The nice thing about details is that you do not have to break the bank when stylizing your wedding. Some of our favorite celebrations have had handmade items, antique touches, wildflower bouquets, and so much more! On our Pinterest board “I want to marry these ideas!” we like to show inspiration ranging from very elaborate to handmade! Big or small details–we love them all!

Looking for a few simple ways to add details?

*For an outdoor wedding make a sign that says, “I do’s” pointed towards the ceremony location.

*Bring an invitaion, rsvp card, and envelope along to be photographed

*Have an interactive dessert area for your guest such as a s’more station, sundae bar, or candy buffet.

*Rather than just a guest sign in book, have your guest leave their mark on something like this!

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About twenty minutes outside of the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas is a quiet, adorable neighborhood where the Roberts live. Last summer they gladly moved out to sunny Las Vegas, NV for James’ duties in the Air Force. The neighborhood the moved to looked like it was off of a Hollywood movie set; adorable little “main” street with delicious restaurants, a park with all a kid could ever want (including movies on the lawn), and the gorgeous backdrop of the desert mountains. It truly was a perfect location for their family shoot.
We’ve had the privelage of photographing this lovely family since Ellisha was first pregnant with their son. It’s truly been an honor to have captured so many of their big life moments when the lived in the U.P. and now with the opportunity to photograph them in Nevada! They have so much love for one another and we couldn’t be more happy to be able to do a session while visiting town. Here’s a look into the fun session that is the Roberts Family!

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