John – Class of 2020 – Linn-Mar High School

John was the first senior I photographed in the Linn-Mar gym and we created some awesome images! He was up for anything and that always works well!

I’ve had such good luck with guys this year – so cooperative and really nice guys!

Basketball is a big part of John’s life so let’s start with some of those images:

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After photographing in the gym and the locker room we headed outside – luckily the weather was perfect!

Who knew there were so many fantastic places right on the Linn-Mar campus for senior images?

Loved his bow tie!

We ended up the session with this gray hoodie. John was fantastic with his serious look!

If you are looking for a senior experience that is unique and fun – check out the TruYou Photography website for more information.

TruYou is currently offering a fantastic special. If you plan to book in 2020 – you donw’t want to miss out on this incredible deal. You can find details here: Black Friday/Cyber Monday Special! This expires TOMORROW!

Be sure to check out TruYou on the website, facebook and instagram.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mariellen

 

A Little Bit of Magic – Marion, IA kids photography

It takes a little bit of imagination to pretend there is a dinosaur (or two) hanging out in the forest with you but these kids pulled it off magically (you’ve probably already figured out the dinosaurs aren’t real, correct?).

First up I’m going to share some of Aaron – he was fantastic at playing pretend! He had SO much fun and was thrilled when he saw the images and he was walking next to a dinosaur in the forest!

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This little guy had quite a lot of fun too. He’s only three – but he still knows how to use his imagination. Carter enjoyed his day with the dinosaurs. These are friendly dinosaurs – so he wasn’t in any danger (in case you were worried!). His birthday this year was Dinosaur-themed so he had several posters framed to display!

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And how fun are the following images of Josh and his sister Ashlyn. There was a lot of laughter that day and they were impressive with their acting skills!

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I’ll be offering these fantasy sessions again in 2020: Dinosaurs, Woodland Fairies, Princesses. Maybe even Mermaids? And also – Dragons? What do you think? Good idea?

Make sure to watch the TruYou Facebook page and Instagram for more information in the spring! These are limited edition (only offered a certain month) and you do NOT want to miss out!

Be sure to check out TruYou on the website, facebook and instagram.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mariellen

Jenna – Class of 2020 – Liberty High School

Jenna’s senior session was in June and we had PERFECT weather! First we started at the Cedar Rapids Library. There are a ton of nooks and crannies in the library, with beautiful window light. So it is fun to photograph in there!

And you know – there are also a ton of BOOKS (if you’re into that kind of thing). Check it out soon. It is beautiful!

These are two of my favorite images. Sometimes – black and white just says it best!

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Here are a few more taken outside the library. Love the red sculpture!

Then we headed down the alley and found some perfect locations!

Because Jenna had opted for the Urban/Country combo session she was able to have an entire new look the next evening for her country portion (notice the cute curls!)

These were taken in Squaw Creek Park – one of my favorite parks to photograph in! You can find so many unique locations.

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I mean C’MON – she is gorgeous!

Wow! – more images at Squaw Creek Park. Love this color on her!

Jenna is also on my TruYou Teen Team this year and we have had a lot of fun! I recently talked her into posing for an “Ice Queen” shoot and she killed it! I’ll be entering that image in competition so I won’t be able to share it for a LONG time! But trust me – the wait will be worth it.

If you are interested in joining the TruYou Teen Team next year ask her all about it! And keep a look out for information sometime in January 2020.

Jenna has big plans for her future and I can’t wait to see her succeed! I have no doubt she is going to do great things!

If you are still looking for a senior photographer for this year – I’d love for you to give me a call! There are still some openings in September, October and November. If you know Jenna she can give you a special discount. Just ask!

Be sure to check out TruYou on the website, facebook and instagram.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mariellen

Frustrated – That’s How I Feel Sometimes!

No – I’m not frustrated with my life. I’m not frustrated that it had been raining non-stop in Iowa for I-can’t-even-count-how-many days! I’m not frustrated that after the rain finally stop the giant gnats and mosquitoes started swarming! I’m not frustrated with my inability to cook a good meal most days or even my inability to keep the weeds out of my garden. I’m not even frustrated with the mess I have in my office (although I should be!)

What frustrates me more than anything — people who don’t understand the importance of family photos. Good quality family photos. We have no idea what life is going to bring us. No idea if we will still be standing tomorrow. No idea if someone we love will be gone before we expected it.

So gosh darn it – get some family photos taken. And family means all kinds of things – Mom and Baby, Husband and Wife, Mom and Kids, etc. — You don’t even have to hire me! But you really should hire a professional. The images you create on your phone are pretty wonderful — but they aren’t good enough for the importance of documenting the love of your family.

I’m challenging you – 2019 is the year you prioritize your spending – skip an extra few restaurant meals, skip a few shopping trips, skip a few margaritas (ha!) — and spend that extra $$ on family photos. Photos that you – the MOM – are in!

And then get them printed BIG so you can hang them on your wall, walk by them every day, and think about all of the love you share.

You won’t regret it.


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And just in case you don’t think I take this seriously for MY family – here are a few of us (I’m the short one!). These were taken by my very good friend Alley Tish of Marie Grace Photography. If you live in the Sigourney area – you should probably go check out her website!

Thanks for listening. I hope someone out there takes this seriously and schedules your family session soon (with ANY photographer – it doesn’t have to be me!).

Be sure to check out TruYou on the website, facebook and instagram.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mariellen