Location, Location, Location!

Alright, so maybe that title is a little more fitting for real estate, but in today's post I'd like to share with you my favorite places to shoot and where I hope to shoot in the future.

Nine Eagles State Park

One thing to know about me is that I'm a country girl. I lived in the Des Moines area for about five years and although it was wonderful to live 10 minutes from the nearest Target, I always looked forward to the weekends where my husband and I would escape back to our hometown to visit our family. 

Nine Eagles State Park is a location that holds a special place in my heart. Ever since I can remember, Nine Eagles was our go-to swimming location in the summers and walking place in the autumn and winter. In the summers, I remember watching the sun set as we were in the lake and trying to make use of every drop of sunshine. I remember the games my sisters and I used to play in the lake, and I'm forever grateful to my parents for allowing us so much time outside as young children.

Nine Eagles is one of my favorite places to photograph my family because it means so much to us and has become, in a sense, a part of who we are. Our environment shapes who we are.

 My dad, Francis, with a piece of ice from the semi-frozen Nine Eagles Lake.

My dad, Francis, with a piece of ice from the semi-frozen Nine Eagles Lake.

My Home / Your Home

My husband and I own a home in the country just as you enter Missouri. It's really a beautiful location, and when the sunset is just right, there's a certain point where it casts a lighting so beautiful, it's as if we're in a painting. Someday, I hope to capture it on camera but for now I'm content to enjoy it in the moment. I really enjoy capturing still life, nature, and portrait photos of my family and friends at my home. It's a great place for winding down and capturing people when they are most at ease.

Home should be where we are the most comfortable, and I prefer my subjects to be as comfortable as possible when we're at a shoot. What better place than at home? So, wherever you consider home, I am happy to travel. The best photos come when the subjects are comfortable, and that's my ultimate goal.

 Brother and sister from a shoot that I did in October. This photo was taken in their pasture/timber area and they were  so  at ease. It made for an excellent photo experience!

Brother and sister from a shoot that I did in October. This photo was taken in their pasture/timber area and they were so at ease. It made for an excellent photo experience!

One Last Thing

You've read now about the places that I love to shoot.  However, I know that any type of growth is best nurtured outside of our comfort zone, and I am working everyday to improve. If you are interested in shooting in an urban location or at any type of event, please let me know. I'm all about learning from new experiences!

If you could have a photo session done anywhere in the world, where would it be?