September 2, 2014

  • Mentoring Session: Tomato Pie Cafe: Lititz, PA

    Rachel Rachel Rachel

    I’m so glad to have met you- I’m so honored to have been able to be a part of your photography life if only for a tiny tiny bit. This girl has got talent. I am so excited to see where she goes in her career. She is just starting out- working hard to build her dreams. Babysitting by day plus being a mother is not easy… I admire you so much, Rachel. Do not give up! You are well on your way to being successful. Rachel and I met on a beautiful summer night in the Wi-Fi room which i had never entered before. It’s cozy. Has my favorite hint of orange  style. And a balcony. Perfect for us. =)

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    Rachel wanted to learn to shoot in manual mode and also to go over the how to of weddings.

    I brought documents for her to look over and also emailed her a copy of the ones i use. She can tweak those to make them her own. She is also planning to follow Di Images on a wedding day of her choice… I’m hoping to take her to Goggle-works, Reading in November for assistant and second shooter, Julie’s wedding! Nikon & Canon-two opposing forces to be reckoned with in the photographer’s world. I don’t know Nikon cameras at all. But i know people who shoot with them and the settings and results are the same (it’s a matter of knowing how to find them :/ ). Rachel knew her camera inside and out and learned in a jiffy. Follow her on facebook @EllieBelly Photography- I love her work and i can see great talent in what she has going on =) Can’t wait to see you again, Rachel!! -Diane

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August 22, 2014

  • Tristan & Julie: Engaged

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    Ah Julie Julie Julie. What can i even say that portrays how excited i am about your boyfriend, your engagement, and your wedding?  In THAT order !! When someone you know falls in love and finds “the one” there is like this certain aaaahhhh moment. I met Julie about two years ago when she requested a mentoring session with me. I loved her talent and asked her to come on board as a second shooter and assistant for Di Images. She also does her own photography (Check out Jae.elle. Photography) – she is talented- she is pretty- and she is getting married ! =)

    Enter Tristan. He is from a whole ‘nother state. A southern one. He is a gentleman. He is kind. He is perfect for Julie.

    These guys were so fun to photograph!

    Tristan: (to julie) “How is my hair?”

    Him answering his own question: “Still red?”

    I may have totally misinterpreted the whole thing but it made me laugh. =)

    Julie & Tristan brought all of their own props and together we came up with this:

    Thanks to Silla for helping out!!

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    Love the detail/color combo here.

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    They fit together so well.

    And then we changed locations and, just for a few shots, they wanted to give a shout out to their favorite team! O yeah! And also….. Thank goodness. They get to cheer for the same side!

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    And then the props came out!

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    They are just so cute.

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    And then we went to the ice cream shop for just a few more shots.

    And waited for the Polaroid photos to develop. It really worked!

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    Love these two shots by Silla!

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    Yes, we are very excited for the wedding day of Tristan & Julie!!

    And then, here’s us! Just for fun.

    “Selfies”-(the new version)

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    I always love working with you, Silla =) So pretty.

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                                                                     -Diane

August 20, 2014

  • Beautiful Family.

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    Two little girls. Lots of giggles hugs and kisses. A mom and a dad.

    Is part of what it takes to make this little family. A lot of love and i’m sure a lot of grace.

    Sisters. Opposite as night and day. Loving each other to pieces. Little Puppy Copper helped to keep things fun and smiley.

    Cute as can be. Sometimes smiling. Sometimes not. Twirling in the sunshine. Perfect in every way!

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    xo- Diane

     

     

July 23, 2014

  • Jethro & Amber : Lititz, PA

    June 21, 2014

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    Jethro & Amber. An adorable couple. Their story is easy- They have known each other all of their lives and it’s hard

    to remember where it all started =) how sweet. To marry someone you went through grade school with.

    This day was easy, full of love and laughter and lots of busy activity. Amber comes from a large family and it seemed

    like she found a way to involve all the nieces and nephews (that could walk) and also Jethro’s brothers.

    The reception was full of crazy fun details most of which were handmade.

    This is their day. And it was so good.

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    The bride’s dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses were made by my mom.

    The groom’s mom did all the flowers.

    That would include the bride & bridesmaids’ bouquets, the wildflower centerpieces, and also the bridal table centerpiece.

    She told me before she did them to remember that she isn’t an expert but I would say she is pretty close!

    -Amber

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    My favorite thing about this wedding (besides all the DIY details) is this idea. Above left:

    Amber & Jethro had 2 of the little guys dismiss the guests isle by isle. So dear.

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    The reception entrance: The groom himself made the arch.

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    Tea Bags/Name Tags: My sister and mom put them all together.

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    I also really likes the tea bag/ name tag idea. People come up with the most creative and cute ideas.

    I also love all the colors incorporated. Very subtle – and perfect. A little touch of blue everywhere.

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    Flowers on the bridal table:

    Amber’s little nephew made the wooden box that the flowers were in out of some old barn boards.

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    Cheesecakes: Family helped me make them.

    Food: Big Johns Catering

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    And then there was an ice cream bar at the end of the day.

    The whole day was so good. =) Thanks for having us to your special day, Jethro & Amber,

    we loved it! A big shout out to my assistants, Julie & Lorene. Thanks, Ladies.

    -Diane

July 22, 2014

  • The Glick Family

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    This family. And these 2. What a beautiful couple.

    As most of you know, Carol is bravely fighting her battle with cancer.

    She wanted to take photos while she still felt good.

    She was worried about her boys cooperating as any mom would.

    I thought they did a great job – And they look so handsome.

    Her motherly advice was, “Smile so i can see it in your eyes!”

    I love it. Beautiful family.

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    The boys look so grown up here :)

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    We had so much fun and then the thunderstorm took over!

    - Diane

July 15, 2014

  • Mentoring Session : Ephrata Library

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    With this young lady.

    I love the colors and the architecture around this building so when Sari asked

    for a mentoring session with me i jumped at the chance to try it out.

    Sari is shooting with a Canon Rebel T3-

    She wanted to learn how to shoot in manual-

    Again we started with ISO settings.

    Aperture & then Exposure.

    We talked about focal points and lighting options.

    We had SO MUCH FUN.

    Each mentoring session is 2 hours-

    One- on- One, for you to learn whatever it is that i already know (hopefully)  =)

    We get out our pens and pencils and notepads and we talk shop….

    And take pictures and draw diagrams until we are sure the concept has hit home.

    There is so much to learn with photography. The sooner you get started, The better!

    Here are a few lighting exercise examples:

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    Top: Lighting behind subject and totally blocked out by the roofing.

    Bottom Left: Camera pulled back and a tiny bit of sun left in to filter through the image.

    Bottom Right: Closer to the Image again and tilted towards the sun to get that sun flare we love!

    (notice the faint sun ring top & bottom?)

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    Bottom Left: Total Shade.

    Bottom Right: Complete Sunshine (Shadow is cut off the Image but you can tell where the sun is by the building shading)

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    Top: Complete Shade Again.

    Bottom Left: Complete Sun Directly behind subject.

    Bottom Right: ( i don’t remember but i think she was in the shade )

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    Top: Sun coming from the left and blocked by the wall. Love this shot!

    Bottom: Just had to get “LIBRARY” on one photo.

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    Top: Moving your subject away from the background creates color but focuses your attention on the personality of the subject rather than the surroundings. I loved the purple, green, and yellow colors at this building.

    Bottom: Who decided that tiered blocked out green trimmed window panels were just what this library needed? =)

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    Top: Complete sunshine again. I liked the bike rack. Also here we were talking about cutting out clutter from your photos.

    There was a car parked directly to my right and to the left was a huge dumpster and more cars and clutter.

    I could have removed a few pipes and wires still but decided to let them be.

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    Focal points may just be my favorite thing.

    Beautiful lavender.

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    We used my rings as the subject and i didn’t notice till now that the stone matches the lavender in these photos.

    It changes from blue to purple and here it fits right in with the purple!

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    All of these images were taken with a 50mm L series lens on a Canon 5D Mark III.

    ISO was 250. Aperture settings for details photos were 1.2 and for Sari’s photos were 2.8.

    I encouraged Sari to study the light on other photos she sees.

    I’m still doing that everywhere i go. Which direction is the shade and where is that sunshine?!!!

    Sari was a quick learner, i could tell she loves cameras and everything that goes with them.

    I viewed some of her previous photos and she sure is talented.

    Clients who are part of a mentoring session get first dibs to help Di Images out with weddings and photo sessions in the future ;)

    It’s the best learning tool there is.

    Have a great week! -Diane

July 9, 2014

  • Lavon & Kelly Wedding : Myerstown, PA

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    Lavon and Kelly’s wedding day started out very rainy. Very. I arrived in Myerstown early enough to drive around and find outdoor porches with large enough overhangs for the whole bridal party. I wanted to be prepared. You see, the week of her wedding, this bride had to have surgery. She didn’t need any more surprises. Knowing Kelly, only a little bit, i knew that she would not let the rain get in the way of her beautiful day. The rain stopped just in time for pictures. And the whole day turned out perfect!

    This is their story and this is the photos of their wedding day.

    The first time Lavon and I exchanged words was in a little college cafeteria in Lancaster.  We were in our first semester of nursing school.  The room moved about with a bustle and blur as we paused to learn each other’s names.  And that was all for a few months, until a small group, a study group, of friends emerged from the mass of faces. This group of 5 included both Lavon and I. Being the studious type myself, this seemed like a grand idea. And grand it was until, as our friend Noah put it, “there was always an elephant in the room.”  So one day after class, we paused again, not to learn each other’s names this time, but to search God’s heart. 
     
    12.12.12 we nervously enjoyed our first date.  One year later, he asked me to be his wife, in the form of a hand written song.  Our wedding day has since come and gone.  Our love though, is designed to last forever. All we can say is, “by His grace”.  God’s timing and grace in our lives brought us to today. There is still enough for tomorrow. And we are most certainly glad:) 
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    These two are so sweet together.
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    During the reception we had some time to take some photos outside with the sun setting behind us.
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    “This is my sister in law. You go find your own.” =)
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    Thanks to Kathleen for helping me out! xo- Diane
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    Dress: made by myself
    Shoes: crochet flip flops from Payless
    Bridesmaids dresses: from JoAnn Fabrics, made uniquely by the girls themselves
    Groom/Groomsmen: shirts-Boscovs, pants- American Eagle

    Flowers: Mary Hernley & Dorinda Heisey

    Caterers: Big John’s Catering

July 8, 2014

  • Mentoring Session: On The Farm…

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    …With Courtney and her mom, Sherry.

    Courtney is 12. She just had a birthday.

    I am in awe of young kids that know technology at such a young age.

    What a great head start she will have and how lucky!

    They own a Canon Rebel T3 and wanted to learn the basics.

    We went over ISO settings. My camera goes up to 25600.

    The above image shows you how i forgot to turn it back down – ooooooops.  =)

    They learned how to shoot in manual and we went over things like:

    aperture.

    exposure.

    focal point.

    white balance.

    shooting in pure sunlight

    and lighting directions.

    Here’s a few i took (after i turned that ISO back down)

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    This is the pure sunlight/ and also focal points from center to bottom and then top.

    Don’t you just love the free range chickens?

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    Harsh lighting vrs soft lighting.

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    Digital Cameras are a great learning tool. They took turns trying out the different settings as we went along.

    How lucky is she to be learning this with her mom?

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    Each mentoring session includes free questions via email Facebook and phone calls =)

    I like sharing what i learned from others.

    Contact me to find out more! lOVE – Diane

    PS. tonight we have an actual photo shoot on the farm – Check back soon for some more very real blue eyed beautifulness !

June 30, 2014

  • I want you to meet: From Southern Lancaster County, PA

    A cousin of mine.

    I feel like the less i say the better as to not take away from her story just as it is.

    She is beautiful and courageous.

    Here she is – The article she wrote for me and a quote to start off with.

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    “It always amazes me to think that every house on every street is full of so many stories; so many

    triumphs and tragedies, and all we see are yards and driveways.” –Glenn Close

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    I like stories with tension to resolve, truth to uncover, and explanations for the unexplainable. I love

    real-life stories, also, where things are unpredictable… but it took a while for me to become comfortable

    with my own story.

    This particular part of my story started in August 2003 when I went to a Lancaster City hospital for

    vaccinations. I had just graduated from high school that spring and the whole world lay before me to be

    explored, experienced, and embraced. On this hot, humid day I was getting 5 vaccinations in preparation

    for a long-dreamed-of-missions trip to India.

    About 12 hours after receiving these 5 vaccination’s my body began to react violently. I started to shake

    and felt incredibly cold. I was chilled to the bone despite the oppressive heat of August. As the minutes

    and hours passed I experienced symptoms I had never felt in my life – the feeling of being sunburnt from

    head to toe and a migraine – along with flu-like symptoms of fever and nausea. The next day and a half

    is still only a blur in my memory. When I finally pulled through the worst I crawled – not walked – out of

    my bedroom.

    My body seemed to really bounce back after the odd reaction. At that time no doctor or nurse looked

    deeper into what caused the reaction or wanted to take responsibility for my case. I was able to go on

    that mission’s trip to India and both the reaction to the vaccines, and that day in August, were pushed

    into the back ground as I bounded forward in life.

    But odd symptoms kept cropping up over the next year. Many caring people filled with get-well-tips

    and answers told me to try this, take that, and go there. We began to run test after test but each one

    returned negative. One doctor finally pulled my mom aside and asked her if we have a history of mental

    illness in our family; he was strongly suggesting that my pain was merely in my head.

    By the 2 year mark I was not only officially sick but my immune system was also crashing. I was being

    diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Adrenal Fatigue, Lyme Disease, and a myriad of other diagnosis.

    I have always been a dreamer. I have dreamed a thousand dreams that died a thousand deaths. Now I

    was being forced to learn to live with pain and the limitations my compromised health presented. For

    the first five years, or more, I kept giving things up as my condition seemed to slowly worsen. Every

    low point seemed to get a little lower. I stopped drawing. I finally even asked my brothers to pack up

    the remains of my art studio. My life-long dream of living in India was put on the shelf. And when I

    tried learning to play the Ukulele I soon hung that up when the more complicated chords proved to be

    impossible to play with swollen, arthritic joints.

    I learned so much about God, and about myself, in the past 10 years that I finally was able to embrace

    my pain as a gift. I learned that my self-worth doesn’t come from what I can do but from who I am in

    Jesus. I learned how to live life slowly enjoying moments instead of always looking forward to the next

    big event. I learned to let go… most of the time. I learned that that as nice as it is to have things “nice”

    my perfectionistic tendencies could be the death of me. Though I don’t always feel confident in my

    ability to face whatever my future holds I am always confident that I can cling tightly to the hands of

    The One who holds my future. I learned to laugh loudly and to laugh often. And it really is true what the

    great philosophers have said that the more deeply you allow yourself to experience your pain the more

    deeply you will be able to experience joy.

    I’d be lying if I led you to believe this journey has made a saint out of me. You can ask the people who

    live with me and they will assure you I am still quite human. Many days I just made it through by the

    grace of God. I could only laugh because I had already cried till my eyes were dry. I could only smile

    because I had chosen to find joy in something outside of myself. I could only keep on going because I

    knew that this here-and-now-life was merely a prelude to my Real Life in Heaven. And some days I only

    hung on because people were praying for me.

    This has been the longest journey ever in which I have changed so much I barely recognize myself. Pain

    has a way of making a person rethink everything they previously thought they knew. These days my

    lows are not so dramatic and low, and my highs keep getting better. I do still live with daily pain and

    take pain medication. And though it took many, many years till I finally found a doctor who recognized

    what actually happened the day I reacted to those vaccinations – and began to take steps toward

    dealing with heavy metal toxicity that caused the reaction in the first place – I am still on a bumpy,

    painful journey of healing. The many previous diagnosis that were given to me are slowly disappearing.

    Every year holds fresh hope and more healing. Except for a few swollen joints in my hands, and an

    occasional limp in my walk, I can appear “normal” to the public eye. But my life isn’t quite normal and

    pain is still my daily companion.

    Right now I am waiting to hear back from the Paracelsus Klinik Lustmuhle in St. Gallin, Switzerland. I

    am not sure exactly what the correspondence will include but they have received my complete medical

    history, my current diagnosis, and my state-side doctor’s suggested treatment. I believe the e-mail will

    confirm if they can help me, how long I would need to stay in Switzerland, and what their treatment

    plan would cost. I have done my research and my doctor has been observing this Klinik for years. This

    particular Klinik opened over 50 years ago, and while some of the procedures they specialize in are

    now available in the States everything State-side is still dubbed research. I feel confident that this Klinik

    would offer me what I need to take my health to a whole new level. I also hope to be able to reduce – or

    even eliminate – my pain and have medical assistance to come off the narcotics I am currently taking to

    manage it. I don’t have a clue where all the $$ will come from to pay for this trip but that is where I have

    to move forward praying, believing, and trusting.

    In all my wild dreaming I never dreamt of traveling to Switzerland. I am still learning that God is full

    of surprises, and delights in delighting His children. And so, as I wait to hear from the small country of

    Switzerland I have been immersing myself in all things Swiss. I went from knowing nothing to actually

    feeling like I am getting a feel for Switzerland. I really was/am ignorant about this beautiful little country

    that is light-years head of the US in the medical field. It is absolutely fascinating! This little land-locked

    country of 8,136,700 people has four official languages, a rich cultural history, and a library containing

    books dating back to the 9th century. There is so much more to Switzerland than its cheese and The Alps.

    Besides currently researching Switzerland I love all things related to words and writing. Writing has

    become not only an outlet but also a way of processing My Story. I love spending time with my five

    favorite little girls: 4 nieces and 1 god-daughter. And my 4 nephews hold a very special place in my heart

    also. My sisters are best friends and biggest cheerleaders, and I hang out at their houses whenever I

    get a chance. Relationships are important to me and I try to spend as much time as I can with my family

    and friends when I am not in therapy or going to another doctor appointment. Music and laughter and

    counting-my-blessings has also been my go-to when pain tries to strangle the joy out of living.

    And so, here’s to encouraging you as you live out your story: let’s stop living life mechanically and

    choose to take the time to embrace the moments. Life is not about that next stage or the next chapter;

    life is NOW. Like every good story ours will also be filled with pain and joy, triumph and tragedy,

    confusion and clarity. But in embracing our stories, and handing the pen back to God, we can find

    meaning in it all and new purpose in what seems to be complete purposelessness.

    -Marita

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    Diane is talking again :) so as not to confuse you.

    Marita and i are not close in age. Not that it matters in real life but i say that to say that until i read this article it was a little fuzzy to me about how this part of her story started.  I remember the day (years ago) that i was introduced to her art studio. I was shocked. I had no idea the kind of talent she had. I don’t remember a single picture i looked at but i remember the feeling of wonder. Just the feeling from walking in and looking around. She HAS serious talent. I only saw it once. I’m dissapointed that she can’t use that talent anymore. Or that it is no longer hers. But she found a way to move past it. And develop other talents. Just as beautiful and just as strong. I WANT to be that. No one would ever ask for the kind of journey Marita is on. She is owning her life the whole way and i read her story over and over and over… Marita, I loved taking your photos. I love your creativity that you brought to the shoot. Past and Present is represented with no bitterness or pride. Only LOVE and a big big heart. Your story makes me smile and hurt at the same time and that is what life is made of.

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    Her baby goddaughter.

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    Her nieces.

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    I hope her story has inspired you, too. Happy Monday. -Diane

June 20, 2014

  • Styled Shoot: Greenhouse: Rothsville, PA

     

    A styled shoot. Something I had been thinking about for months.

    How? Which Style? (there are too many)

    When? Who to involve?

    I never asked myself why :) Just for fun i knew was the reason.

    No pressure. Just fun.

    I had 2 really big ideas- but you can’t do it all at once.

    So we met and chatted and tried to be as sensible as possible about our limitations :)

    And fun is exactly what happened.

    We pulled together our resources.

    Angie. Kathleen. Myself & Kelsey.

     This is what we came up with!

    The best part is that WE LOVED it.

    It didn’t matter if no one else appreciated all of our hard work  fun cause it was just for us.

    Greenhouses are breathtaking i think.

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    I thought this Purse Planter was a fabulous idea!

    This greenhouse is chuck full of unusual and beautiful ways to arrange flowers and plants.

    From fairy gardens to purses hung with moss- it’s endless.

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    We did eat and drink the props at the end. Let it up to Angie to come up with the most tasteful edibles :)

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    Here’s Angie and Kelsey having loads of fun. Every shot we took was surrounded by a sea of color and oxygen.

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    And this couple was perfect for the fit- don’t you think? We loved working with Mike & Kendra-

    They were easy.  And it seemed to us like they were having a good time, too!

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    And there were puppies!!! Adorable fluffy puppies.

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    I love all the hoses, plants, and empty containers everywhere.

    Imperfection can make a very natural setting.

    And the sun set was in our favor. This property is beautiful and has endless options.

    And here we are! Thanks to our model, Kendra, for snapping this for us.

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    And here are a few shots of the girls. They are beautiful, each one.

     Meet Kathleen. Upbeat. Committed. Heart of gold. She NEVER complains.

    It was just her birthday and she also just purchased a home.

    BRAVO! @ Essence Photography

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    Angie- I will never ever ever tire of working with you. Every time i see your name come up on my phone

    i smile. Because i know at the other end is someone who thinks like me. I Thank God for you! :)

    @ Angelique Photography

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    Kelsey is getting married this fall. She also has a lot of weddings to shoot this year so we are constantly sending

    her our best wishes ;) She has a quick smile- is sooo easy to talk to and is overflowing with talent.

    We can’t wait to see your beautiful wedding and in the mean time- good luck, kelsey!

    @ Kelsey Renee Photography

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    This styled shoot was prepared and paid for by all said photographers.

    The models and vendors received all images free of charge in return for their time and space.

    If you like something you see here you can ask me where it came from ( wink wink ) or visit this

    greenhouse website ( http://www.farmsteadflowers.com/)

    Don’t forget to check out and compare our styles and our work!

    Kelsey Renee Photography. Essence Photography. Angelique Photography.

    x0-Diane @ Di Images

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