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The Truth About Shared Light | Quad Cities Wedding and Family Photographer

So, I've had the same logo since I started out (SIX years ago!). Yeah, I thought it was time to upgrade, too! I contacted a dear gal Mariah Danielsen (check her out- Wander Design Co!) who went right to work coming up with the new look for Shared Light! It was really cool to be on this side of things and see how designers work! This is the Moodboard that she developed and I feel like it speaks so much to my work! Natural, honest, moody, simple, and I give it my all!

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From here, we emailed and chatted and worked (amazingly well together, by the way!) to come up with the new look for Shared Light. Aaaaaaaaand, here it is! 

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I love it. I love the sunburst feel and I love the raw, natural look! It's a different route than I thought I would have taken, but I'm so glad Mariah was so creative and pushed me to think outside the box!

So, what does Shared Light mean?

'Scuze me while I get all metaphorical up on my soap box for a minute. I am a photographer, business owner, marketer, the list goes on and on. But I consider myself above all an artist and story teller. While I learned story telling from the stage before I learned how to tell stories with images, there are a lot of bits that cross over. Like, what's the point in putting on a play if no one comes to see it? Think about it- the actors studying the piece don't need to perform for themselves- they need an active audience to hear and see the story. Likewise, what does an image matter if no one sees it? Images are meant to be seen, meant to tell a story and meant to make an impact on the viewer. So, wether it's telling the story of Hamlet, Blanche Dubois, your newborn or your family of 5, we are making art to show to someone. 

How do we see performers on stage or the subjects in a photo? The answer is pretty basic. Light. The light from an ellipsoidal, the light from a candle, the light from a soft box, the light from the sun. It's all light. To observe a story or image, we (if even for a moment) share the light of the subject. When I started out in this business, I knew I wanted to be a story teller. I knew I wanted to share the light with my subjects and viewers in order to make an impact. 

And, well, that's it. I want to share in the light we're provided to tell some stories. 

I know. It's kinda out there. And if nothing else, I can say that I was just young when I started this business and was feeling *super* artistic having just come from undergrad. Although, I hope I never fully outgrow that sense of idealism. Then what's the fun?!

Thanks for indulging me :)

The Truth About The Sex | Quad Cities Family and Wedding Photographer

So. Whaddya think? Is baby two a BOY or GIRL?

Last chance to cast your vote.

Boy? Girl?

Did you vote? Welp, you're probably wrong. Especially if you've been listening to me prattle on about what I think it is!

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That's right ya'll! We're having another BOY!

To say we were both shocked to see his boy parts on the ultrasound is an understatement. we were both just so expecting it to be a girl! In fact, we had been calling him a 'her' for a few weeks. The tech even started to call him a her during the scan! I was just so.sure. Then again, I was certain Charlie was a girl, too. So much for Mother's Intuition I guess ;)

But man, everything about this pregnancy has been different. My sensitivity to sugars such as lactose, glucose and fructose has been heightened to an uncomfortable level leaving me with a lot of digestive issues. I'm bigger than I was before at this time, my hips are already starting to hurt, I haven't been sleeping since about 7 weeks, my back is already aching, my energy won't seem to bounce back from the first trimester- I mean EVERYTHING is different. Really, for all intents and purposes, my pregnancy with Charlie was s.m.o.o.t.h. and then here comes his brother with a BAM. I know others have much worse pregnancy issues so I shouldn't complain too much, but I WAS JUST SO SURE!

Don't get me wrong, we are crazy excited for another boy! I was just so psyched for a girl that even now, as I write 'boy' and 'brother' I'm still a little surprised! I was even doing all those things you're totally NOT supposed to do before you know the sex (you know, shopping for adorable head wraps, leg warmers and 'nevertheless she persisted' onesies) because I was relying on my 'Intuition'. But this baby didn't just fool me and Daniel- almost everyone thought it was girl. I even did an Instagram poll and 88% of responders thought it was a girl!

So, that's that! Baby boy number two is on the way! I can't wait to meet him and I can't wait to introduce him to you all <3 <3