5 Tips for Running a Successful Business

Lessons from My Dad, Jon Lutz I grew up in a small town right next to a funeral home – just a blacktop driveway between us. If I peered out my curtains, I could see the front porch from my bedroom window and the Batesville casket truck pulling up out back. It was a different…

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Combining a Senior Shoot with Family Photos

The Vandenbergs I had so much fun photographing the Vandenberg family! Their senior Kayla wanted a session with me, but it had also been a while since they had family photos . . . so we combined the two! Kayla is a volunteer at Prophetstown State Park, so we designed their session around that special…

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My Process: From Inquiry to Reveal!

What’s a photo session with me like? Wonder what the process is like from inquiry to reveal? Well, grab a cup of tea and let me share with you for a few minutes!  First, the process has changed a little bit since I first started. In March, I redesigned my business to give my clients…

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8 Tips for Designing your Senior Portraits

Jenny’s Senior Shoot I love collaborating with seniors, and that was certainly the case with Jenny.  Jenny scheduled her senior photos with me, and then during her virtual consultation we designed a session that she had been dreaming about. She knew what she wanted and what she didn’t want, but she also left room for…

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Siya’s Senior Portraits

Plus 3 Wardrobe Tips to Add Variety to Your Photos Spring is a beautiful time for senior photos. Trees are dressed in their prettiest blooms of white, pinks, and yellows. Tulips and daffodils adorn green landscapes. Temperatures are starting to warm. Most importantly, it’s time to bring out those pretty spring dresses. That’s just what…

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Spring Break in the Smokies

Last month we packed up our van, said goodbye to our two Golden Retrievers, and made our way to Wears Valley, Tennessee. For the second year in a row, we headed to Great Smoky Mountains National Park for spring break. This time it would be even more special with my parents meeting us there. If…

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Preserving Wild Spaces

When it comes to visiting my favorite National Parks out West, I would say I’m . . . intense.  Up at 4:50 a.m. I have a routine down by the third day. Camera batteries charged? Check. Reading glasses? Check. Jacket? Check. Memory cards? Check. Larabar for later? Check. With the checklist complete, my camera bag…

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Too Old to Be A Photographer?

I often feel out of place in the portrait photography field.   Am I too old? Should I show my face more like the younger photographers do? Should I wear a cool floppy hat? Hold a coffee mug? Should my kids be in my stories? Do I have to do TikTok? Should my photos be…

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Photographing Snowy Swans

Plus 5(ish) Tips for Wildlife Photography Each year as winter approaches and temperatures sink, I get nervous I won’t be able to find birds and wildlife to photograph. Most of this December and January I came up empty handed at my usual spots. I did get lucky enough to shoot short-eared owls, muskrats, nuthatches, and…

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A Look Ahead from February

Hi, everyone! I wanted to take a moment to look ahead and fill you in on some photography plans.  I’m heading into my fourth season of photographing seniors, families, and businesses, and even though it’s cold right now, I’m looking forward to spring flowers, golden sunsets, and fall colors that await us in 2022. This…

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