Sunday, August 31, 2008

Just a quick one from this weekend...

My sister was here for the weekend for our combined class reunion. So...all the cousins got some QT in...and here's one shot of the 3 three boys on Friday night rigth before sunset. They were all born within 6 months of each other and are "best buds" according to each of them! They love each other so much; it's always fun to see them play together.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Sneak Peek...Quincinera!

I used to teach this girl swimming lessons when she was about 5 or 6! It's hard to believe she's 15...and so beautiful! Her family is very special to our family so I was honored to take her Sweet 15 pictures. I loved her dress and had fun getting some shots for them!!!

Enjoy your peek!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sneak Peek...

Yesterday, this sweet Momma-to-be came over for some belly shots. She was a little nervous about showing her belly but I think she (and her belly) are beautiful! Enjoy your sneak peek!

Sneak Peek...Fancy at TWO!

This is my neice and she thinks she's the next Fancy Nancy! I was so glad my sister wanted to do some pictures in her dress-up outfits. She's just too stinkin' cute!

Miss J is 6 days younger than my Maddie. The girls play together pretty well considering they are both the biggest 2-year-old Divas you've ever met. Maddie likes to make J jealous by going to J's mom and sitting in her lap. Then she just looks at J waiting for her reaction...which can either be completely ignoring it or tears. It's kind of cute! I think J and Maddie are going to be always be best friends. I love that our kids have their cousins so close in age.

Enjoy little Miss J!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Another Senior Slideshow

I posted Kelli's slideshow last night...go here to see her session!! Thanks Kelli!! Good luck with your senior year...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Senior Sneak Peek

Miss O and I wandered all over Dodge City yesterday afternoon finding new and different locations. It was a little humid with all our recent rains so we had to take a time-out for Sonic, but we had so much fun. We did come back here and do some studio but I've only just started to work on the session so these are just a few from the beginning. I may share a few more later in the week but this week is going to be BUSY! I have a 2 year-old, a Sweet 15, and a maternity! Look for more fun sneak peeks this week!!!

Thanks Miss O...had a blast and hope you love your sneak peek.

Friday, August 22, 2008


Brooke Jantz!!!!!!!!!!!! My new home on the web! I have been working on this most of the summer and am so excited to finally unveil it to all of you. Many of you have already seen it, either by accident (forgetting the blogspot tyring to get to here!) or because I've sent you there for your gallery. But it has been a work in progress for so long. It's still got some new things coming, but I finally got to shoot my cover model! And the site is coming together. So why not show it off!

I will continue to blog a few times a week as it is much easier to update the blog. Plus, the blog is more interactive. But the website will be where you can view all my galleries of my best work, where I'll post galleries for clients, the spot with all the info when you book a session, and a few extra perks I can only do on the website.

I just put up a slideshow of my Cover Model and hope you will check it out. She was a dream to shoot! She's got the photography bug, too, so she had lots of fantastic ideas and really worked the camera. She said she got lots of ideas from watching America's Next Top Model.

I'm already starting to book Christmas sessions so next week I plan to announce my Christmas specials here on the blog. Stay tuned....

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hot Momma Search!

Normally if you're pregnant in August, the main thing you complain about is the heat. (I've done it twice...believe me, I know about the heat in August when you are pregnant.) But I don't think any pregnant ladies are complaining about the weather right now. Still...I want to find some HOT Mommas for my portfolio!!

If you are between your 34-38th week (or will be soon!), and want to get some captures of this magical time (I know, by 38 weeks you are thinking it's a little less magical), contact me now! The session is FREE!!! It will take around one hour and include studio and on-location shots (weather permitting). If you book your newborn session with me (to take place within two weeks after birth), you will also receive 50% off that session fee.

Don't wait! Let's see some bellies!!! I can only offer this special through September 20 (though the session can take place through the end of October).

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Maddie is TWO!

By almost 2 weeks now...and I've finally gotten some pictures of her. I've decided two-year olds are the hardest! And your OWN two-year old is the worst! LOL! But it's still fun and a challenge to find a way to get them to have fun and get some good shots. I ended up giving her handfuls of Cinnamon Toast Crunch to keep her occupied...which she promptly shoved the entire handful in her mouth! So...we have several like this where her mouth looks stuffed. Nice. I'm going to try for some more outdoor shots...if it ever stops raining! (Not that I'm complaining!) Here's a couple from our shoot last week. Fun times!

Friday, August 15, 2008

A few more of my new cover model!

I am supposed to be baking cupcakes right now (Emma's having a back-to-school cupcake party here at 4:30!!!) but I keep opening up photoshop to play with these pictures. The girls were just so awesome the other day...lots of ideas, energy, and just plain fun. I think it shows in their pictures.'s a few more of Miss S...her face will be gracing my website!!!

Where has the time gone?

Yesterday was a little strange for me. My daughter had her first day of First Grade. It was just a little surreal...she's not really old enough for that is she? *I'm* not really old enough for a first I? Really? How can I have a first grader when I remember first grade so vividly?

I remember I started drying my own hair with the hair dryer and, well, didn't do a great job at it. I remember my mom actually explaining to my teacher why my hair looked like "that". I remember Jed almost setting our class on fire by holding a piece of paper over a candle on the teacher's desk. I remember Mrs. Kaberlein's face like I just saw her the other day (wait! I did see her the other day in Target...that was fun to introduce Emma to *my* First grade teacher). I remember the class put on a skit for our parents...the story of the Tortoise and the Hare. I think I was the tortoise...or maybe I just wanted to be. I remember our reading group was Nathan, Connie, Jason, Travis and I. I remember getting in trouble for racing Jason to be first to finish our desk work. I remember Dictation...I can still smell that paper!

So how can my first born be ready for all of this? How is it possible when she was just my little baby not long ago? Sometimes Maddie gives me moments of dejavu...Emma was so much fun at that age. She loved Dora and Blue's Clues, she was my constant companion and rarely threw a fit. Now...she chases the boys on the playground, sings Camp Rock songs all over the house, and thinks I'm the biggest dork alive. Except when she got off the bus yesterday and gave me a big hug. And what was even sweeter was Maddie lighting up when she saw Emma and running over to her for a hug. She missed her big sis! Carter missed her too...I think he was kind of bored yesterday.

Enough of the memories! Here are some pictures from yesterday when Emma got on the bus. Notice the Jonas Brothers shirt? She's had this outfit picked out for the first day for a couple of weeks!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

My new Cover Model!

The winner of my cover model contest finally had time yesterday to come over and do her shoot. In winning the contest, she also won a free mini session for a friend. They came along together and we had a blast! We shot for about 4 hours both in studio and all around town. I found a couple of new locations right here in our little town! Who knew? These are just a handful I picked out late last night to edit...I'll share more when I have some time to work on them. I've decided these two don't ever take a bad shot though! :) Thanks was so much fun!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Another sneak peek!

This is my husband's nephew who will turn 4 in about 6 weeks. His mom wanted some pictures for invitations so here's a few to preview! It was a short and sweet session since the yucky bug was in our house that day. We'll get some more closer to his birthday!

Sneak Peek for the G family!

What a fun session this was! I love the sumemr-time feel we captured with these and hope they will treasure them. This is from the session the other night in my in-law's yard. Isn't it gorgeous! Obviously, we made it home from Colorado and had a great time. Enjoy your weekend!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

All the pretty flowers...

I had a session tonight with another beautiful family. It was an outdoor session in my mother-in-law's great yard. She has an amazing yard with lots of flowers and colors and she's generous enough to let me use it for shoots. I got there early tonight, so while I waited, I shot some of the flowers in bloom.

We are off to Colorado tomorrow for a day! Looking forward to just getting out of Kansas for a bit!!

Another sneak peek!

We have the sickies in our house today! YUCK! I hate it when my babies aren't feeling well. Yesterday it was Maddie and today it's Carter. Thankfully, it seems to be a short-lived bug so hopefully it will hold true and Carter will be out riding his bike again soon!

I've only proofed a handful from this session but every one has been great! Miss R knows how to work the camera! She requested the book shot and then i added a little to it. I've been in a Photoshop mood lately!

And I will be gone the next couple of days and then will be running like mad to get Maddie's birthday party put together on Friday and Saturday. I may "see" you on Friday...if not, see you next week!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Sneak Peek...The "A" Family

Ok, this family is so much fun!! I used to babysit for them and their son was the ring bearer for our wedding. It's so strange to see them all grown up...but I love the way they interact and how good and loving they all are together. And silly! We tried just about everything and ended up with some really neat shots. Plus, Miss R got her own little session...I'll be posting those tomorrow. She loves the camera!

Thanks, guys! I really had a lot of fun with you and hope you love your sneak peek!