“Remember that creating a successful marriage is like farming; you have to start over again every morning.” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I think that this wedding was one of the most splendid weddings I’ve ever seen! First, because it was a marriage of two amazing people whose love and friendship radiates out from them infecting all those they come into contact with. And second because it was planned and put together with great loving care by the grooms themselves.  Every aspect of the day, the ceremony, the details was handmade, homegrown, or infused with meaning and tradition.  Greg and Travis grew, raised, or made many of the details of their day from the vest Greg knitted to the butter on the bread and the honey in the desserts.  It was a true delight to document every aspect of it.  And it was especially fun to try out a new medium–Super 8 movie film!

Padget Wedding

Filmed on Kodak 500T Super 8 film by Jen Golay www.mydailylifephotography.com

These images were created with a Contax 645, a Pentax 645, a Nikon f100, a Nikon D700, and a Canon 5D MarkIII along with Portra 400, TriX 400, and Delta 3200.  The film was created with a Canon 514xl Super 8 camera and Kodak 500T film.

“Love recognises no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” ~Maya Angelou

It’s been ages since I’ve had the chance to photograph a couple in love, so when Greg and Travis asked me to photograph their engagement and wedding, I was excited for the opportunity.  I loved how much thought, creativity, and love that they have put into planning their wedding. Fortunately, we were enable to incorporate some of their creativity and meaningful planning into their engagement session.  Travis and Greg are growing and raising all of the food for their wedding dinner, so we decided to shoot their session in their garden. Greg keeps chickens for eggs and Travis keeps bees for honey.  They both tend the garden raising produce and flowers.  And Greg is knitting a Fair Isle vest and a pair of socks to be worn for the ceremony.  Other meaninful touches to the session included Travis’s grandfather’s overalls and a family heirloom piece of lace. I love how they have put so much meaning and love into their preparations for the wedding and their portraits.  We had a beautiful session, and their wedding will be a beautiful event!

I created these images with my Contax 645, Nikon f100, Portra 400, and Portra 800.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Gabbi was supposed to be part of the Natural Beauty Project 2.0 two years ago, but we could never make our schedules work.  When I learned that she’d had a challenging year last year, I offered to do a Natural Beauty Project session blended with a senior session.  Even though we shot on one of the hottest days of the year, we still had fun.  I love Gabbi’s strong and resiliant spirit!

I created these images with my Contax 645, Nikon f100 and Lensbaby Velvet 56, Pentax 67 and Cinelux 110, and Kodak Portra 400.

“Urban farming is not only possible, it is curcial.” ~Richard Attais

I have been on a journey to fix my health for the last three and a half years. Part of that journey has involved sourcing organic, whole foods that are processed as little as possible.  I am a member of a local CSA Central Iowa Organics, I shop at the Des Moines Farmer’s Market and I purchase meat diectly from a local farmer.  However, when I can support a friend who raises chickens in her own back yard by purchasing my eggs from her, it makes eating healthy a little more fun.  Tricia is an energetic entrepreneur and founder of The Vintage and Made Fair. Raising chickens is a fun side venture for her family that teaches her kids animal husbandry, responsibility, and a little business.  What a great learning opportunity for them and a healthy eating opportunity for me!

I created these images with my Nikon f100, Kodak Gold 200, Kodak Max 400, and Kodak Portra 400.

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” ~Barbara Kingsolver

Motherhood is hard.  Pregnancy is hard.  I know because I speak from experience.  But some people make it all look easy and beautiful–even when it’s hard for them, too.  My beautiful friend Jacci is one such mom.  Sometimes I think that the struggle makes the outcome all the more sweet.  And Jacci’s kids are some of the sweetest kids around.  They will make sure the newest little guy is smothered in love.  I think it’s that love that makes the mother-to-be so beautiful.

I created these images with my Contax 645, Pentax 67 and Cinelux 110, and Kodak Portra 400.