The Bump {mini maternity event}

Are you due in October, November, or December? Know someone who is? Contact me today @ candid.contrast.photo@gmail.com to book your custom newborn session & receive a FREE mini maternity session including digital files! I can’t wait to hear from you.:)

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Session Openings:

4:00

4:30

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5:30

6:00

Family Farm Fun {extended family}

If I’m not mistaken, I believe Georgia & Jeff said they’ve been married 39 years. Jeff definitely smiled the biggest when I had him look at his lovely wife. It was awesome to see. My daughter was with me as I went through this session & she said, “They must be so proud that they started such a beautiful family.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.  <3 <3

Family Tree <3 <3
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{Cousins} These kids were a blast right from the beginning.:)
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I’ve photographed these two before, and they are so sweet & photogenic. Loved seeing them again.
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Zeke & Ellie were so cute! Big brother is only 15 and was taller than me!
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Couch in a field! Check that off this photographer’s bucket list. Done and done!
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{Sisters} <3
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Love that they switched to overalls at the end to keep with the farm theme.:)
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July 3, 2014 - 09:13

Jenny Larson - Love all the pics! Especially love the ones with kids in overalls! Awesome!

Chelsey + Matt {married}

Chelsey & Matt celebrated their first anniversary this weekend! Time to blog their beautiful day? I think so! I was so happy when they chose me to document their wedding. I have known both of them for awhile & was so honored to be their photographer.

Fast forward to late September, I found out I was pregnant and due 3 DAYS after their wedding. It was time to make some decisions. I knew I didn’t want to sit out for their big day if there was any way possible I could do it. I also knew there was a huge possibility I would be in the hospital at that time! I talked with them & we decided the second shooter for their wedding (I include a second shooter in every wedding collection) would be upgraded to first shooter if I went into labor. We then hired a third shooter, who would be upgraded to second shooter in the event I couldn’t be there. I want to say a HUGE thank you to my second shooter, Amanda, from Amanda McLeod Photography, and my third shooter, Sarah, from Sarah Sunstrom Photography. I couldn’t have done it without you ladies. You rocked it and put my mind at ease!:)When the big day came, all three of us were there to capture the wonderful day. (Check out the end of this post for behind the scenes shots!)

From getting ready in the morning, to the last dances we captured that night, it was a gorgeous day! Chelsey & Matt were surrounded by a large bridal party and a ton of family and friends. They were both beaming the entire day, and it was a joy to witness it!

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This was a favorite moment of mine, when one of Matt’s sister saw Chelsey in her dress for the first time.:)I love when two families already care so much for each other, and the wedding day is just making it extra official.
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Chelsey & her sister:)
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Little man found a great hiding spot to play some games while the girls were being… girly.;)
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Eeeeek! I love a first look! Especially when the groom is as excited & nervous as Matt was.:)So cute!
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This photo was Chelsey’s idea and I adore it. <3
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Hair & MakeUp: Oasis Salon | Bellevue, IA

Bride’s Getting Ready Location: St. Joseph’s Church | Bellevue, IA

Ceremony: St. Joseph’s Church | Bellevue, IA

Reception: Horizon Hall | Bellevue, IA

Floral: Hand Pickd {just for you} | East Dubuque, IL

Music: BMW Entertainment | Dubuque, IA

Video: Vue Media Inc. | Bellevue, IA

Now for the behind the scenes shots! I never do this many, but for one BIG obvious reason, I just had to!;)

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Amanda & Sarah!! So thankful for these girls!! Couldn’t have don’t it without them. Gotta love that groomsman photo bomb too. haha! (That’s my almost brother-in-law by the way, I kind of have to claim him…);)
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Makin’ it work even in the rain!:)
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Spring is Here! {what to wear}

Our Easter Mini Sessions are only one week away! I’m so excited to see all of the little ones & watch their excitement over the sweet baby animals.:)Definitely hoping for good weather, lets keep our fingers crossed people!

In the meantime I want to share some sunshine-y outfit ideas for your Easter Mini or next Spring session. I’m a big fan of bright colors since, lets just be honest, it’s still pretty brown out there!

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Happy Birthday Cyrus! {1st birthday party}

Cyrus’s birthday bash was so much fun! I love the mustache & bow-tie theme his Mom Brittney came up with. This party has me inspired to plan my own little one’s first birthday. If you are inspired, & want to know more about how Brittney put the party together you can see her sources & tips at the bottom of this post! Thanks so much for sharing Brittney!:)

First off, the cake/cupcake table was a wonderful focal point in the party decor. I absolutely LOVE how she used newspaper as a background. The newspaper actually extends off of the left of the table to create a photo-booth area, bonus!

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Fun photo-booth props!
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A mustache journal for guests to write some words of wisdom for Cyrus.
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The lemonade table was super cute! I loved all of the details like the signage, mustache confetti, milk bottles, & paper straws.
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mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
The party favors were chocolate bow-ties & mustaches on a stick, made by Mom & Dad. To make them stand up she used crinkle paper inside of a suitcase.
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My little Alex was happy to help me test the light over by the cake table… she’s something else.:)Cyrus went on a wagon ride around the party to greet his guests, & Blake got to come along.
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I know he’s crying in that bottom left photo but it’s his party right? Plus seriously, even his little crying face is adorable!
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Snuggles with Great Grandma. <3
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The highchair belonged to Cyrus’s Dad when he was a baby. How great is that?! The red polka dot fabric did double duty by looking cute & also strapping Cyrus into the chair.
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Ice cream from Aunt Kim!
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mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
Like father, like son.:)
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mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
My little man Blake was being passed from person to person while I photographed the party, and he didn’t mind one bit!;)I think he was keeping his Uncle Dan entertained.:)
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Time for the cake smash! This is always my favorite part of any first birthday party.:)
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mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
I love how Cyrus just put his whole face into the cake at one point. Who needs hands? There are times I consider doing this, but I’m not sure I’m cute enough to get away with it.;)haha
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mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
A little sponge bath to get him ready for presents…
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I had to capture this little moment between my kiddos. <3
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This little sweetie was so excited to give Cyrus the homemade card he made for him. <3
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Time for presents!
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mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
The stick-on mustaches were such a blast! I really want to have them at Blake’s dinosaur themed party in May… I can tie that in right….;)
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Baby kisses!
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That’s me on the left with my littles + the birthday boy. I love seeing Cyrus & Blake together.:)They were actually due only about 2 weeks apart (Blake was born May 30th), but Cyrus arrived 9 weeks early, making his birthday February 21st. He’s obviously thriving & doing great! We are blessed to have him in the family, & it will be so fun watching the two boys grow up together.

Since Cyrus & Blake are second cousins they share the same awesome Great Grandma, who we lovingly refer to as Grambo. The photos of the 3 of them together will be cherished for a long time. <3

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mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
mustache first birthday party, Dubuque & Bellevue Iowa children's photographer, Candid Contrast Photography

Party Info:

Location:  Veterans Memorial Hall | Monticello, Iowa

Decorations:  I got many of my ideas from pictures posted with the paper products I purchased, but I tried to add my own twist by using items I had or that I would use again! For the cake table and photo booth area, I used old newspapers as a backdrop.  For cake plates, I used some plates I had made for my wedding.  I purchased the red suitcases (as a set of 3) off of Amazon and plan to use those in the birthday boy’s room!  I used photos of Cyrus from his first year of life to decorate the gift area.  For the drink table, I used “milk” bottles (actually old Starbuck Frappuccino bottles), that I had from a baby shower I hosted.  The red and white paper straws I purchased from PaperSource.  I used red with white polka dot fabric from JoAnn’s to make table runners.  The mustache napkins, confetti, wrapping paper, etc. was purchased at Hobby Lobby.

 Outfit:  Made by Cyrus’ Mom, who will soon be opening an Etsy store – Sowology.  She also created his birthday top hat!

Invitations and other paper products: Petite Party Studio on Etsy. I printed the items I purchased at the Monticello Express.

Favors:  Bow Tie and Mustache Candy- Made by Cyrus’ Mom. I purchased candy melt trays from Michaels and a variety of color candy melts.  I wrapped the Candy in Cellophane baggies and attached a favor tag I purchased in my party pack from Petite Party Studio!

Menu: Ham and Cheese Sliders, Macoroni and Corn, BLT Salad, and Grape Salad Made by Cyrus’ Mom

Cake: White Cake with Buttercream Frosting for the Birthday Boy.  White and Chocolate Cupcakes with buttercream frosting for the guest – made by Glamma Jill.  And of course we had soft-serve ice cream!

 Mom’s Rating: 5/5 Stars

 Mom’s Review:  “His party was perfect!!  We were surrounded by family and friends that had been there to support us from the rough pregnancy through his first year of life!  We had so much fun watching Cyrus interact with everyone, while enjoying great food and company!  We wouldn’t change a thing about his party!!” 

 Tips/Tricks: I started planning the party about a month ahead of time, and tried to stay organized, but also tried to be resourceful.  For example, I could have purchased the background paper for the cake table and photo booth area from PetiteParty Studio, but I hated the thought of printing it and throwing it away after the party, so we used newspaper and go the same affect!

 Favorite Moment: I loved watching everyone hold Cyrus and interact with him in the photo booth!  It was a great way for everyone to get to enjoy a few minutes with the birthday boy!!

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As you can see, Cyrus’s mustache bash was super fun for adults & kids alike. Have any questions or comments? Leave them below! To sign off I’ll leave you with a little family portrait. I will consider wearing a mustache to your session or event by special request only.;)

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March 25, 2014 - 15:17

admin - You’re welcome! Mom did a great job on it, & I’m so glad she was able to share! :)

March 19, 2014 - 10:50

Baby Shower Photo Booth Props - @ This is a great information it can help me, thanks for sharing.

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