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Amy + Chris will be tying the knot in just a couple weeks!

They both live in Nebraska so this was the first chance we got to document their engagement session.

I couldn’t WAIT!

If I could think of one word to describe these two, it would be FUN! They are so completely in love and I could instantly see their connection.

Amy choose the Waterfront in Tempe as their location and it was perfect for them.

And here are some ‘behind the scenes’ images that show how FUN and silly these two are! Can’t wait for their wedding in a couple weeks :)

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I am SO very excited to be making another WI summer trip. Obviously WI is special to me because it is my ‘home’, but it’s also special to SKP. It was in WI that I had my first ever paid shoot almost 3 years ago.

My WI clients are so special to me and I can’t wait to come for another round of photo shoots this summer.

Unlike summers of the past, this will be my ONLY trip out. 11 days. That’s it. So make sure you get your session on the books right away.

This year I will be offering the following sessions:


-Beauty Boudoir

-High school senior portraits


Can’t wait to see your lovely WI faces in 7 weeks :) xo stacy

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No matter how good my intentions are, sometimes I still find myself in my pjs at 4pm. Dang it!

On a better note, the Bachelorette starts tonight! What what! I’m sure I have a bit of a problem because I have been counting down the days. Perhaps an intervention is necessary??

Anyone else have a ‘potty dance’? You know, the ‘dance’ you do when you have to pee really bad but don’t want to stop what you’re doing to go. I have perfected the seated potty dance. There are so many times throughout my workday that I’m on a roll; whether I be editing or blogging and I don’t want to get out of my groove so I potty dance it up. Then I realize that I’m acting like a 4 year old and I break from what I’m doing. If you’ll excuse me…. ;)

Let me take a second to just say. Guacamole is awesome. That is all.

Did I mention I’m feeling a bit random today?!? But then again, that’s kinda how I am everyday. The other day I said to Joe, “Wouldn’t it be cool if dogs could laugh? I bet Faith would think I’m funny!”

These are the things that go through me head….

Happy Monday my friends!!!

xo stacy

  • May 17, 2012 - 10:01 pm

    Carmen - Hi Stacy,

    I’ve been silently creeping your blog for a little while, and I figured it’s time I introduce myself, ha! I saw your pictures of Nicole Gunderson’s family (Fox River is my home church… Wisconsin is my home too, but I currently live in IL). Anyways, I looooooove your photography and blog posts, especially the random ones! You inspired me to start blogging last fall… I created a youtube video blog, you can check it out here: (warning: it can lead to procrastination! :)) Well I hope you have a great week and maybe I’ll even get a chance to sometime see you around WI.


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I love when a couple wants to showcase a snippet of their lives through their engagement session.

When Kori+Mike lived in Phoenix, they often would stroll through the streets of downtown, hop of the lightrail and catch a show.

So when it came time to pick a location for the shoot, they opted to relive those moments through their e-sesh. And I LOVED the idea!

We met them in downtown Phoenix at their old stomping grounds and had an absolute BLAST during their e-sesh.

And the best part? They caught a show afterward…just like old times.

Kori+Mike, we can’t wait for your beautiful Chino Valley wedding this fall! xo stacy

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It’s that awkward moment when you’re walking hand and hand with your hubby and realize you just exclaimed “I’m not cheating!” while passing busy restaurants with several onlookers. Let me explain :). Joe + I just started the Dave Ramsey Total Money Makeover about a month ago. I can’t tell you how much we are LOVING it and the progress we are making in becoming debt free. One of the first things we needed to do was make a budget. A very strict budget. While making our budget we decided that we each would get x amount per month ‘play money’. To make things more interesting, we often poke fun at each other challenging one another to see who can spend less. Yea, we’re dorks. I get it! Anyways, as we were leaving happy hour on Friday Joe jokingly accused me of ‘cheating’ on our budget which I then responded quite loudly with ‘I’m not cheating!!’. We both immediately realized how awkward that could be if taken out of context! Leave it to me to embarrass up in public. :)

I’m embarrassed. I never thought of us as complete nerds. Borderline nerds, sure, but we never wanted to cross the line into ‘complete nerd’ status. We got awfully close to crossing the line during the 6 seasons of LOST (which I still consider the BEST show of all time btw). But a few weeks ago, I’m afraid that line was crossed and we are now officially complete nerds. Are you ready for this? We started watching Battlestar Galactica. And we LOVE it! Oh dear heavens, what is happening to us?!

I have a new BFF: ACV. That’s Apple Cider Vinegar for all of you aren’t as close with ACV as I am ;). A few days ago I got on a clean eating kick and now I am sprinkling ACV anywhere I can. On broccoli. In my water. In quinoa. In Joe’s water (shhhh don’t tell him!). I was worried that I might not like the taste, but now I’m kind of obsessed. A glass of water with 2 tsp of ACV, a dash of cinnamon, squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of stevia. Mmmmm mmm mmm! Guess that must be my Exercise and Wellness degree bringing itself to the surface!

  • May 7, 2012 - 3:56 pm

    Christina Clark - I LOVE Apple Cider Vinegar too! Smells a little funky but it’s really great stuff. I mix it with my powder face mask and it’s amazing (!!

    I’m going to try the water combo you suggested…sounds interesting! :)


  • May 7, 2012 - 8:58 pm

    Jen - Christina, I do that too with a clay mask and it’s so much better than plain water – it fizzes and feel so much nicer! Stacy, I’m hip to the ACV. I mainly use it now added to water to clean produce, for soaking grains and beans, in dressing, and as the 2nd half of my dread cleansing. Your drink recipe sounds tempting – never had good results with it in water with honey. Gag. Girls hate it – they say it smells like feet (which it does).
    Battlestar Gallactica – YIKES!

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