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Looking Back at the Summer’s Farmer’s Markets

With┬átemperatures dipping into the frigid digits, I thought it’d be time to showcase some of my favorite images from one of my favorite summer activities. I have to take the memories of the warm, happy season where I can get them, right?

One of my favorite things to do in new cities is explore their Farmer’s Markets. Not only does it give me a chance to see the city on a more micro scale, but I get the chance to support some of the smaller businesses in the area, usually pick up some coffee from the smaller cafes in town, and learn more about the community itself. When shopping at my local markets, it gives me a way to learn more about some of the healthy living initiatives the community is doing, and, of course, I can get produce straight from local farmers. Plus, for whatever reason, most markets now have a cupcake vendor – and it’s hard to turn down a delicious cupcake on after a relaxed walk through the markets.

Even if you’re not much for the markets, you have to admit that the atmosphere and lovely colors can take you straight back to the nice, relaxing weekend days of summer!

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Also posted in Outdoors

Happy Halloween!

Wishing a happy Halloween to anyone who chooses to celebrate it. Please make sure to enjoy it responsibly and while respecting others. While I’m not a huge fan of wearing costumes, my love for this “spooky” holiday comes in the form of baking. There’s no other time of year where I can make edible brains or candy-decorated treats without them fitting in quite so well!

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Happy Halloween, and I hope it’s a good entrance into the upcoming holiday season for you and your families!

Getting to Know Little Puppy Kilo!

Some of my favorite photos of my pets are from when I was a child and they were still little, adorable puffballs in the form of kittens. My parents gave my sister and I kittens when we were still in preschool, and during that Christmas, they captured quite a few candid snapshots of us on those disposable cameras that had to be taken to the local film store to be developed.

While I ended up taking quite a few photos of my childhood pets over the years, most of them showcase my favorite furry friends in their adult years as full-grown animals. While it still captured some of my favorite moments (like knocking over a Christmas tree or an ill-fated adventure into a full kitchen sink), none of those photos show the adorable cuteness that baby animals are known for. As new pets are only babies for a short period of their lifespan, if you want to be able to look back on those few bonding months, getting good photos of your new furry friend is important.

While you can always take your own photos, I also offer pet photography in Iowa. I’m in love with animals – especially baby animals – and I’m happy to help you capture the joy and bond that you have with your pets.

Last week, my parents adopted a new puppy – and of course, I couldn’t wait to take my DSLR over to steal some captured moments of puppy life. Enjoy!

Cedar Falls Iowa Pet Photographer

 

Cedar Falls Iowa Pet Photographer

 

Cedar Falls Iowa Pet Photographer

 

Cedar Falls Iowa Pet Photographer

 

Cedar Falls Iowa Pet Photographer

 

Cedar Falls Iowa Pet Photographer

 

Cedar Falls Iowa Pet Photographer

Also posted in Sessions

Winner of the Annual Iowa Aviation Photography Competition!

If you get to hang around me when I don’t have a camera in front of my face, you’ll know that I absolutely fell in love with aviation. Much like my love of baby animals, though, I still tend to keep that Nikon in front of me when I’m hanging around these gorgeous flying machines.

Throughout the year, I enjoy taking photos of airplanes and my flying adventures. I also enjoy sharing those photos with others. That’s why, by the time the end of the year rolls around, I have a large collection of aviation photos. Much like last year, I submitted some of my favorites to the Annual Department of Transportation Aviation competition – and like last year, I won this year as well!

Check out the winners:

1st Place in General Aviation
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1st Place in Military Aircraft
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1st Place in Skydiving
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2nd Place in Modern Aircraft
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2nd Place in Most Creative
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2nd Place in Fly-ins & Airshows
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I also received:
3rd Place in Ground-To-Air
3rd Place in Agricultural Aviation
3rd Place in Warbirds
Provisional First in Fly-Ins & Airshows

Winner at the Dr. E.H. Stumme Art Show!

Once in awhile, I get the chance to submit some of my work to various competitions. Not only does this give me a chance to meet some of the other local artists and photographers in the area, but it really allows me a good “excuse” to sort through my collection and figure out what some of my favorite shots are. On some occasions, I had forgotten that I’d taken some of the shots at all!

This past month was one of those times where I had the chance to enter some of my work into a competition. The Denver, IA library was having an art show, and I took the time to mount and frame two of my favorite aviary photos for entrance into the show. It was great to be able to see everyone’s work and to have my work displayed for the full week leading up to the artist’s appreciation evening.

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I was ecstatic to find that one of my entries, “Summertime Swan-ness” won 2nd place at the Dr. E.H. Stumme art show over at the Denver, IA library.

I’m excited to add another award to my display. I’m looking forward to taking some good photos to enter in next year’s competition.

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