Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Meet Jaco

We went all the way to Phoenix, AZ to pick up our new puppy last weekend. My friend raises goldens in San Diego and agreed to meet us in Phoenix. What a trip! Three kids, a new puppy, and mom and dad trying to see every cactus in Arizona...made for an interesting drive home! But we love Jaco and are so happy to have him home on the farm. He seems to love it here, despite the 12 degrees that greeted him when we got home. He's got some built-in warmth though, so he doesn't seem to mind! He and Molly were fast friends and they have done great together. I think Jaco is teaching Molly how to be calm. He is the epitome of a Golden Retriever. The kids adore him...he fits right in here in Kansas!

I brought Jaco into the studio this morning hoping to get some better pics than I've gotten so far. Turns out...although he's good with "down" and "sit"...he's not so good with the "stay" yet. But he did pretty complaints here. I can't even get a shot of Molly in studio!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sneak Peek {Family Photographer} Brooke Jantz Photography

I had the pleasure of working with my former pastor's wife and daughters yesterday. They moved to our church when I was in high school and he ended up doing our wedding. Their family holds a special place in my heart! I got to do the younger daughter's senior pics last spring and was excited to be able to shoot their family. Yesterday was supposed to be the whole family but their son couldn't make it in the end so we just did a Mother-Daughter session. It turned out to be one of the most fun sessions I've done! It helps that Mom and Daughters have such a wonderful, loving relationship. And they were fun! Thanks ladies...hope you enjoy your sneak peek (and hope you can see it from California Mom!).

Monday, December 29, 2008

Sneak Peek! {Newborn Photographer} Brooke Jantz Photography

I was so ready to get back into the swing of things around here! This morning I had two sessions, one of which was this beautiful girl! I have several new and exciting announcements and specials coming up so keep an eye on the blog this, I'll have another sneak peek of my other session from this morning and some new puppy pics! If you've been missing your dose of updates to the blog...the wait is over!!

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What a year...

I have truly been blessed this past year in my new venture. I have reconnected with old friends, met many new ones, and shared current friends' joys...all through the blessing of photography. I am honored to have captured so many memories for so many families...I am striving to continue improving and growing as a photographer and as a person to be able to grow this business to its potential. I am excited to see what the new year brings...but first, a recap of the last year. Thank you to everyone who has trusted me with your precious memories...

Here is a video of most of my time behind the camera this year...(if I missed you I apologize...I tried to get everyone.)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sneak Peek...One last session before Christmas

This is officially my last session before taking a "vacation" for a couple of weeks to get through the Christmas season and enjoy the time with my family! I was excited to shoot this beautiful family, though, and was happy the snow didn't get in the way of our plans today. These boys are beyond adorable...but sitting in front of the camera isn't their favorite thing to do! We got some smiles out of them anyway and had fun trying to find new ways to get their attention. Here are just a few quick ones I pulled off early to give Mom this sneak peek...more to come in the gallery!

I'll have announcements up later this week concerning the closing of the studio and when I'll reopen. I'm taking appointments now for January...check the blog soon for a special I'll be doing in January!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Sneak Peek...My neice and nephew!

Well, we were supposed to do this on Wednesday but my nephew threw up just before they were supposed to come over. So...we nixed it. We tried this morning but now my neice wasn't feeling too hot though we didn't really realize it til pictures were almost over. She was kind of in that mood where you couldn't tell if she was just being ornery or really didn't feel well. Turns out she didn't feel well. Hopefully it will be short-lived like it was for her brother. Poor momma can't take much more! These two just told us last weekend they are going to have a new baby brother or sister in their house next May. Let me tell one is more excited than I am as it guarantees me a baby to point my camera toward! :) Here are just two quick ones from this morning...even though J was kinda pouty, it made an adorable picture!

Monday, December 1, 2008

A sweet little slideshow...

Check out the slideshow of Mr. A here

Litte "A", his birth mom, and his parents have been a big inspiration to me. I feel like I'm surrounded by adoption stories...from my sister-in-law being adopted 2.5 decades ago to my cousin's adoption of her sweet little girl just a few weeks after my youngest was born. I also have a couple of friends in the process of adopting from across the world. But on the heels of Mr. A's adoption, I have found myself wanting to give to these families.

In honor of choosing adoption, I will provide any adopting family one free family session any time in the first year after the adoption is final. It will include a DVD of a slideshow similar to A's slideshow and a discount on prints. I will be limited to one or two sessions for this per month. If you are interested or know someone who might be, email me at