Monday, December 7, 2009


Here's a preview of a senior photo session I had with Ilaria, an Italian foreign exchange student at Vinton-Shellsburg. Our original appointment turned out to be on a rainy day, so the shoot was rescheduled. The day of our rescheduled session was really cold, and it snowed! So appropriate for Ilaria though, being that she is a downhill competitive skier back in Italy! Ilaria was a trooper and stuck out the chilly weather to capture some amazing images. You can't even tell she's freezing! It was really difficult to choose just a few to share...what a beauty!

I added some texture to these the combination with the tracks and Ilaria's bright purple sweater!

Thanks Ilaria. I had so much fun at our session, and am so glad to have met you!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Kulish Family

I finally had the pleasure of photographing the Kulish family this past weekend. After trying to come up with a day for our session while working through this family's busy schedule (five kids will do that to you) and postponing our session due to sickness, we finally got our session in. Unfortunately, the day turned out to be very cold and very windy. We had to work fast to keep from freezing, but we did it. And I'm so glad we did! As the photos show, this family is a beautiful one, with such great style. I LOVE the colors they chose...their wardrobe selections really make the photos pop!

I really like the vintage feel of this next shot. Vintage, yet modern & urban...

Here's Sophie, nicknamed 'Konk' due to her accident prone tendencies. Dad had the great idea of writing her nickname on the ground with a broken piece of brick...

This little girl is the same age as my little girl. But if I were to try and take photos of Chloe on the cold day we had to work with for this session, she would have had nothing to do with it. Sophie, on the other hand, was a pro. Such a good girl, smiling through the chattering teeth and shivers!

If you've ever seen the work of graffiti artist Banksy, then this next image may look familiar. It's my interpretation of Banksy's 'Girl with a Balloon.' Yes, I'm a total art geek. But I just love his urban style.

Here's Banksy's original...

And my version...{Sophie wasn't even given direction on her pose. See what I'm saying, a complete pro! She must be a Banksy fan too.}

Thank you for letting me spend some time with your family. I hope you love the images we captured!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Matt & Taryn

I had the pleasure of taking engagement photos for Matt & Taryn, and let me tell you, they are such a cute couple! So happy, both always with big smiles on their faces. And so in love.

Although the forecast wasn't great for the day of our shoot, we escaped the rain and even had the sun poke through the clouds a few times.
Here are a few of the images from our session together. I hope you like them!

Save the Date...

Monday, November 16, 2009


Welcome to the new Sanders Photography & Design blog. I recently created this as a place to preview photos for clients, and to let you know about special promotions, etc. So instead of appearing on my family's blog site, you now have a place to call your own!

The Kettlers have the honor of being the first to grace this site :-) Mom & Dad mostly wanted to get some photos of their six-month-old son, Cylas, but we snuck in a few of them as well. What else can I say about Cylas but that he was adorable! The only trouble we had was getting the little guy to smile. Like mom said, he must not have gotten the memo to bring his smiles with him to the shoot and instead left them home. But we did catch him smiling a few times!

I hope you enjoy these photos Seth & Chelsea! Thanks for letting me take them for you!