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    Welcome to our blog!  This is where we will be posting sneak peaks from spending time with our clients, little goodies we come across to help with planning your wedding or shoot and personal tidbits about our life.

    Life is joyful, messy, hilarious, awkward, big and everything in between...and that's what we love. We love to tell the story of your life as it is, because that's what will matter at your 50th wedding anniversary. Weddings aren't about dresses, bow ties, and mason jars...they're about you and your best friend since 4th grade; they're about your dad walking his baby down the isle; they're about grooms crying in public for the first time since elementary school. They're about life...a big life...and that's the good stuff.

    Drop by often, sit back with a good cup o' Joe and enjoy!

Oh this girl.  I could photograph her. All. Day.  I hope the world is ready for this one- she is smart too.  She plays volleyball, softball, is heavily involved in DECA and also a student athletic trainer!  She’s definitely going places:)Here are her thoughts on her session:

I had an amazing time spending my day doing my senior shoot! Janine is so easy to work with and has some of the best ideas! Hanging out with her all day made taking my senior pictures so much fun!

If you haven’t booked your senior photos yet- we would love to do them.  Give us a holler.  www.jmstudiosseniors.com

I met Alaina and Doug the first time on a skype call.  This isn’t uncommon as we get lots of couples who are planning their weddings from out of town.  Throughout the planning process I learned that they were quirky, incredibly sweet, and absolutely hilarious.  I knew we were going to have a great day.

They were planning a destination wedding all the way from Wyoming to Omaha!  They figured everyone in their family would have to travel somewhere so why not choose a central location.  Alaina and Doug planned a gorgeous outdoor ceremony at the Jocelyn Art Museum and celebration with their closest family and friends.  My favorite moments of the day included the bridesmaids hanging out doing Madlibs, groomsmen getting straight shaved, and just seeing the love their family and friends had for each other.

Bridal hair/makeup: Garbos Midtown

Groomsmen shave: Beard and Mane (which apparently have a no chicks allowed rule. . . that I was happy to break)

Flowers: Flowers for Special Occasions

Ceremony/Reception: Joslyn Art Musuem

 

I was listening to a storytelling podcast this morning before I wrote this blog that was bizarrely about mourning lost ones.  Kate Braestrup said it best, “Walk fearlessly into the house of mourning.  Grief is just love squaring up to its oldest enemy.”

I was contacted by my dear friend Molly a while back about documenting the memorial funeral of her passed grandfather who had been in the U.S. Air Force in World War II.  I knew this was a sensitive and unique opportunity and I was honored to have been asked and trusted with such a life event.  I tell all of my wedding couples that there are two times in your life that everyone you love is in the same room as you…your wedding and your funeral.  I spend every weekend at weddings, and spending a Saturday at a funeral really brought this home for me.  I’ve never experienced a funeral as a photographer, just a family member and a friend.  I didn’t quite know what to expect…but I went into it with an open heart, and an open mind looking for a story to tell.

Molly has been in the U.S. Army for 10 years and took upon the duty of giving the American Flag away to her grandmother.  What a special, proud moment this was.  Not only for Molly, but for her family and her daughter.  It’s amazing to watch your friend present this gift in uniform…but amazing to watch her family be so proud of her taking on this responsibility.  One of the moments I’ll never forget is overhearing Molly explain to her daughter what the folded flag means and why she would be giving it away to her grandma.  Hearing her explain so softly and so delicately for her to understand…and watching her daughter listen so carefully.  It choked me up.

While there was much grief to observe and feel on this day, there were so many other feelings to go along with it.  Family brought together to remember someone dear, special, and monumental; laughs over memories; quiet thoughts of moving forward without a loved one.

To the Lewis and Diller families…thank you for trusting me with this life event.  This was a special day and I am completely honored to have been a part of it.

As I said at the beginning, Kate Braestup said it best, “Walk fearlessly into the house of mourning.  Grief is just love squaring up to its oldest enemy.”

McKenzie

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  • July 24, 2015 - 8:22 pm

    Cathy Lewis - What can I say? Mac, these are absolutely incredible and I feel so blessed to have this captured in this way. You do such an awesome job and I am so proud of you and your work. Of course you made me sob all the way through, but that is because you did such a great job. Also what you have written on your blogs is so thoughtful and endearing. We love the memories you have given to us.

Guys.  Liam is here.

Regan and Mariah are 2 of my favorite people of all time…they were married in Steamboat, Colorado a few short years ago and then welcomed this sweet little one into the world 2 weeks ago.  I’m smitten with them and LOVED seeing them as fresh, out of the box parents at the hospital.

Welcome little buddy…you’re gonna be smothered with love forever.

McKenzie

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