Here are a few images from the art show that took place Saturday evening. The event was held at The Branch and featured six artists besides myself. You can check out The Branch’s facebook page here. It’s a really cool space in downtown Valparaiso where they hold weekly Bible studies, host live performances from local and touring artists, and the occasional art show. It was hosted by an old friend, Rebekah Podgorski, and her sister Ruth Bloch. Rebekah has a sweet blog and also has a talent for craftiness as you’ll see in some of the refreshment table decor. This was my first art show since college. I was a tad bit nervous, but it all went really well. Nathan and I worked pretty hard on creating a display that matched my business identity and I love how it turned out. Almost all of my prints were printed by borterwagner photography, who I do design and retouching for. A big thanks to all of those who helped, contributed, and stopped by to support us local artists. If you’re interested in purchasing any of my art work, check out my etsy shop.






There’s a new item in the etsy store! Perfect for this hot weather!

This is the second part to Georgia’s session. After the sun had gone down, we did some testing indoors with lighting. While I prefer natural lighting, I think this turned out pretty and dramatic with a slight vintage flare. Some have commented that it reminds them of the old hollywood glamour, and I would have to agree.

I love the retouching aspect to photography and how amazingly different an image can look with different retouching and processing. The last two images show the same image cropped and processed two different ways. Both stunning but with very different feels. See part one of the student session here .


My cousin Georgia is a graphic design student at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania. I always love when she visits. Georgia is not only my cousin but a dear friend. We’ve written letters for years and still do. I can’t help but love getting letters in the mail. And I think she does too. Besides sharing a love for design, and camping in Manistee, we both love mocha’s from Temple News Agency in LaPorte. No visit is complete without a trip to our favorite coffee shop.


We headed out one evening to get some natural light portraits of her. Isn’t she lovely?!

Even though I have a preference for natural light, we also managed to take a few lighted portraits of her. Keep checking back, part II is coming soon!

Summer is the perfect time for family portraits. Remember your summer with an on location family portrait session! I’d love to capture your family in your element, whether on the beach, the backyard or some other pretty location.