What's Keeping Kevin Occupied

Posted by posted by Kevin Barber Saturday, November 29, 2008 at

I thought I'd write about a couple projects I've been working on lately - since I haven't had a whole lot of new stuff coming up onto the blog lately.

First, we had several events that we photographed in the past month - the Valley Church Thanksgiving baby dedication was on November 9th. We enjoy serving our church with providing photography for the dedications because we know how difficult it can be to take good photographs during a church service like this. In addition to candid portraits during the dedication, we also setup our lights and background for some formal portraits after each service.

The Saturday following the dedication, we photographed the EMC Insurance company's holiday party where we created portraits for over 70 individuals, couples, and groups! We were able to have a really nice setup there - Lots of room at HyVee Hall... here's a look at what our setup looked like.

We were able to show our new gallery wrap canvas from the Olesen's on-location sesssion at the Omaha Zoo in June and some of our other favorite products. We got a lot of positive comments on our guestbook engagement album and memory book.

In addition to the sorting, editing, e-mailing, and ordering with those events, I still managed to do some record-breaking (in terms of time to complete) web design for Valley Church's upcoming Christmas with Friends event. I was able to try out a few things I've been wanting to try for a while with web design. The site features a photo gallery of last year's event (guess whose photos I used), Music from the CD, Scenes of Christmas, that Valley produced a year or two ago, and an e-mail invitation feature.

Speaking of Christmas With Friends, if you have the chance, I do highly recommend attending. It is a great way to get into the mood for Christmas (the holiday, not the shopping experience)... and its free!

While the snowflakes were falling last week, we also managed to squeeze in a really fun engagement photography session (a blog post about that is upcoming) on-location in West Des Moines with some really fun locations like Valley Junction.

After my satisfaction with the church website, I had sufficient motivation to finally start coding the new Barber Photography website. Here's a sneak peek at what will be coming out in the relatively near future. I still have quite a bit of work to do on it, so all you get at this point is a picture of what it'll (hopefully) look like :-)

As you can see, we'll be adding our new logo (designed by our good friend, Heather Haxton) to the site and I'm hoping to be incorportating the blog into the site as well, to have a consitant look and feel between the blog and website.

OK, I'm putting myself back to work now!

Happy 1 Year Anniversary, Matt and Stephanie!

Posted by posted by Kindra Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at

Can you believe it's already been a year? Thank you so much for choosing us to be your wedding photographers. Thanks for sharing those special places that you enjoyed growing up, Stephanie, so we could capture them on your wedding day. We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating your anniversary.

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Charlotte's Grins and Giggles Session Post 2

Posted by posted by Kindra Friday, November 21, 2008 at

I love this one of Sarah and Charlotte. It just shows the love they have for each other.

This is one of our favorites of the family. It's so cute how it looks like Charlotte's saying "I'm here!". She has so many cute expressions. I also love the color of the leaves in the background.

Charlotte is making everyone laugh again. Such a cutie!

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Charlotte's Grins and Giggles Club Session

Posted by posted by Kindra Monday, November 17, 2008 at

We met Andy and Sarah earlier this year through photographing baby dedications at our church. We instantly fell in love with their daughter, Charlotte. She's a very sweet, easy going baby.

Charotte joined our baby club, the Grins and Giggles Club. This allows her to come in for 6 sessions in the next 2 years and have a beautiful album in the end showing how she's grown during that time and all her cute expressions. This portrait is one of Kevin and mine's favorite from the day and it was one of the first ones we took. Her blue eyes are so adorable! I think she may end up being a supermodel someday because this was literally our first or second portrait of the day and Charlotte was charming us. She's a natural in front of the camera.

Here is another one of our favorites. Charlotte almost looks like a little doll here. So cute! We will be posting more portraits of Charlotte, Sarah and Andy within the next week so keep checking back!

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