Take a look at this little sunshine! I was just talking on the phone to McKenna’s Mom this afternoon, and I realized I never blogged my favorites from her session! So here they are!

I just love those sparkling blue eyes! McKenna is such a little sweetie with tons of personality!

McKenna is first cousins with, and almost exactly the same age as my sweet nephew Ezra! While it was lots of fun getting to know McKenna, I have to admit that after she and her Mom and Dad left that night, I got a little sad over missing Ezra who lives in Washington State. And not only Ezra, but all my nephews and nieces who all happen to live so far away. They are all so precious. Anyway, back to the adorable subject at hand! 🙂

I just LOVE the golden light we got for this portrait of McKenna!

Thanks, Althea and Kyle, for coming down from Rock Rapids to let me photograph McKenna!

Allyson Cheney - October 20, 2008 - 8:53 pm

oh my…..i LOVE everything about that last shot. the light….the setting….that awesome chair….and the sweet little girl! gorgeous work!!


Abby - October 20, 2008 - 9:39 pm

yes! the last one is awesome! i love the color, it reminds me of a van gogh painting or something. It’s good to see McKenna of coarse too. I can’t believe how big she’s gotten!!

Dustin Izatt - October 27, 2008 - 3:25 pm

These are so beautiful, but she is also a beautiful little girl!
Tiffany Izatt

Braden is the newest addition…

…to this beautiful family! Having three wonderful boys at home myself, I always smile to myself when a family of mostly girls gets a boy thrown into the mix! Not that girls are not spunky and lively, I know they are (I have one of those too!) but there is just something about boys being boys that is so active and FUN! And sometimes WILD!

Braden seems to be the perfect combination of sweetness and being all boy!

I will post a few nice images we got when they were over recently to get portraits made. Enjoy!

Siblings Braden, Jenna, Raya and Kylie

Braden and Raya sporting authentic outfits from their native country…China.

Jessica Kok - October 20, 2008 - 6:24 pm

Hurrah for updated blogs!! Loving everything, Vanessa!

If you have read my blog for very long…

…then you undoubtedly remember adorable Thatcher and Lily! On a lovely fall day not long ago they brought their parents along for some family portraits. If you live in Sioux County, you may wonder why Dad Adam looks so familiar. I’ll give you some hints–latte, great atmosphere, breakfast sandwiches, mocha, desserts, cappuccino, coffee…………….yes, you guessed it! Kim and Adam are owners of Butler’s Cafe and Coffee in Sioux Center! If you haven’t been there lately, call a friend and meet them there for lunch or coffee!

Here are some of my many favorites from their session:

The first Sioux County person who leaves a comment on this post gets a $10 gift card to Butler’s mailed to them! Make sure to email me your mailing address (info at vanessabartelsphoto dot com) so I can get it to you!

Jessica Kok - October 20, 2008 - 6:25 pm

wasn’t he just born???

JulieM - October 20, 2008 - 8:08 pm

I had to leave a comment as an ex sioux county girl — too bad I moved. I love all your work Vanessa!

Anonymous - October 20, 2008 - 10:48 pm

What a precious family! I have to say they are lookin’ so good. Great pics!

Anonymous - October 20, 2008 - 10:55 pm

Wow! These pics are FABULOUS! Love, love, love them! Great work, Vanessa! I wish I had known about you for my daughter's wedding in Sioux Falls this past Aug. Live & Learn.
Julia Dean (Kim's Aunt)

Shelby - October 20, 2008 - 11:07 pm

My sister and I absolutely love checking out your blog! Your pictures are so cute
Shelby Baker

Mini Sessions!

I have known for a few weeks that I wanted to do this on Nov 1, and have been just plain too busy to blog about it, but now it’s less than two weeks away and so I’d better get on the stick and give you the scoop!

These sessions are much shorter than my regular 1 ½ hour sessions, and would be perfect for one or two children, or a small family. There may be extra time after we get your main goal accomplished-say a family picture for Christmas cards-and then we can keep shooting until the session is over.

What: Short 20-25 minute sessions that start on the hour and half hour between 8:30am-2:30pm

Where: If the weather is nice, sessions will be outdoors here on the acreage. If not, sessions will be in the studio. Sessions will either be outside only for the entire 20 minute session, or if the weather does not cooperate, in studio only.

When: Saturday November 1 between 8:30am and 2:30pm

Cost: $10 session fee due when you arrive for your session. Contact me at (info at vanessabartelsphoto dot com) for print and image pricing details and specials!

After the session: 25-50 proof images will be available for viewing and ordering online for one week: from November 8-15. Orders must be placed and paid for by Nov 15 and will be delivered on Dec 6.

Let me know if you are interested!