Best of Amazon Clothing and Outfits for Milestone Photo Sessions | Nebraska Baby & Child Photographer | Wilber, Nebraska

Best of Amazon Clothing and Outfits for milestone photo sessions | shopping Review | Nebraska Baby & Child Photographer | Wilber, Nebraska

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With our Milestone Mini Session’s coming up we wanted to kick out a quick review of some fun Amazon links for you guys to check out and order if you’re needing something cute for your littles for pictures. These links are perfect for us small town Nebraska people who don’t have access to bigger stores with stylish outfits that don’t include characters on them. I have a very specific style that I personally love to I tried to tailor to those types of outfits but of course you can cruise around and find similar things you might like through the links. This is a great stress free way to find some fun outfits and spend less since we tried to include some basics that you might have something similar to layer into these outfits.


Sitter Girl Outfit Ideas

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One / Ruffle Top & Floral Skit / $12.99 |  Two / Pink Ruffled Romper / $11.18 |  Three / Ruffle Sleeve Romper / $10.98 |  Four / Hoodie & Floral Pants / $14.69 |  Five / Ruffled Sleeveless Romper / $11.66 |  Six / Floral Long Sleeved Bodysuit / $9.98 |  Seven / Ruffle Top & Floral Pants / $14.99

We wanted to go with muted tones so that babies really stand out and these colors give them creamy skin tones which is what we all love so much. These colors will look beautiful with the cream color backdrop and fluffy cream colored rugs that we have. We also tried to pick some extremely reasonably priced options, nothing over $15! Bonus, these would double for family pictures too ;)


Sitter Boy Outfits Ideas

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One / Romper Hoodie & Pants / $10.78 |  Two / Long Sleeve Striped Shirt & Pants / $8.98 |  Three / Striped Maroon Hoodie & Pants / $11.99 |  Four / Maroon Hooded Romper / $11.99 |  Five / Gray Hoodie & Striped Pants / $13.99 |  Six / Tan Sleeveless Romper / $10.99 |  Seven / Green Long Sleeve Romper / $12.98

Boys are tougher when it comes to different styles. There are a lot of the outfits I found that had graphics on the shirts and I’m totally not into that so I decided not to share any. Also, I felt that the button up collared shirts with suspenders felt too “fancy” for photos and prefer the more relaxed feel so I didn’t share any of those either. I realize stripes were a pretty consistent pattern with what I posted but they’re just cute and fun! Also, hoodies, there are so many adorable hoodie options on Amazon!!


Best Of Amazon Baby Outfits

So there’s some great outfits to choose from for you guys! I hope this round up helps and you find something useful through those links, if you don’t purchase them for a photo session, you still might just purchase them to dress your babies super cute in! The prices are pretty reasonable and they’re all something I would personally recommend. Also, did you know what we offer product credits to clients?! That’s right! If you’re interested in offering to add it to our client closet let us know, we sometimes are willing to purchase them from you and will give you product credit, great way for you to get fun photo gifts and for us to build our closet to help other babies look fashionable!


Kelsey (Homolka) Nerud is a photographer located near Dorchester, Nebraska and serves the surrounding communities including Wilber, Crete, Friend, Geneva, Milligan, Exeter, Daykin, Western, Plymouth, DeWitt, Fairbury, Diller, Odell, Wymore, Beatrice, Hickman, Princeton, Lincoln, Courtland and everywhere in between. At Dirt Road Photography we specialize in capturing timeless High School Senior Portraits, and Family Photography Sessions. Kelsey strives to make each photography session a fun and memorable experience while including seniors or families in an enjoyable shoot watching the golden sunsets here in the midwest of Nebraska. We love traveling southeast NE to serve our senior clients and capture the summer and fall of their last year in high school. Families also hold a near and dear piece of our heart as we love documenting the milestones of children and parents connecting throughout their childhood laughter and fuzzy snuggles in timeless portraits to keep and cherish through tangible artwork and printed products.


Family Session // Niederklein Family // Wilber, Nebraska // Rural Southeast Nebraska Photographer

NEBRASKA PHOTOGRAPHER | NIEDERKLEIN FAMILY | FAMILY OF THREE SESSION | FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION | WILBER, NEBRASKA

 
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I wish I could put into words how much I absolutely love and adore this family. This was an extra special session for me because I got to hang out with this sweet and sassy little nugget, miss Timber Rose, my niece! I am so grateful for this family, they’ve been there through everything with me and we’ve created some pretty fun memories out on my parents farm near Wilber, Nebraska. From cruising the country side on four wheelers to having family night and playing croquet until the sun sets over the barn, we’ve made lots of memories!! For those, I’m forever grateful that I’m surrounded with those who love me and trust me with taking their photos.

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Chrissy and Aaron got married this past year and I was so over the moon about it. Aaron farms near Wilber and my sister works in town for the county. Timber entered our lives January 1st and has been the highlight of our family ever since. She’s full of smiles, sass and attitude but she’s also a sweetheart that can light up any room with just a simple quick grin.

I love that they wore matching cute plaid scarves with orange colors for their session. The pop of color combined with their fun black shirts was amazing with the background of brown trees and green grass. We choose a farm that has beautiful sun shining through the trees and grass that was shorter so Timber could sit in it. The fall weather was great that evening so that of course added to the family session we had planned. Timber was happy once she got warmed up to the location and even hung out and giggled at us making faces at her while she sat with her little fall pumpkins. I love that her favorite thing is when mommy or daddy whisper silly words to her. I’m so grateful to be a photographer who gets to use my skills and talent to take pictures for my own family. This hands down is my favorite thing and getting to combine my passion along with my family, well, that’s the perfect combo!! Thank you again so much Niederklein crew for trust me, it means the world and I’m so proud of you three!

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Kelsey (Homolka) Nerud is a photographer located near Dorchester, Nebraska and serves the surrounding communities including Wilber, Crete, Friend, Geneva, Milligan, Exeter, Daykin, Western, Plymouth, DeWitt, Fairbury, Diller, Odell, Wymore, Beatrice, Hickman, Princeton, Lincoln, Courtland and everywhere in between. At Dirt Road Photography we specialize in capturing timeless High School Senior Portraits, and Family Photography Sessions. Kelsey strives to make each photography session a fun and memorable experience while including seniors or families in an enjoyable shoot watching the golden sunsets here in the midwest of Nebraska. We love traveling southeast NE to serve our senior clients and capture the summer and fall of their last year in high school. Families also hold a near and dear piece of our heart as we love documenting the milestones of children and parents connecting throughout their childhood laughter and fuzzy snuggles in timeless portraits to keep and cherish through tangible artwork and printed products.

 
Pay It Forward - Operation Community Over Competition (House Of Flynn Surprise Gift)

NEBRASKA Senior portrait PHOTOGRAPHER | pay it forward | house of flynn bag | beatrice, NEBRASKA

SURPRISE!! Today I surprised Kristen from K.Jensen Photography. It was so worth it!! ;)

I did a thing. This wasn't a thing motivated to promote myself or my business. This was a feel good in my soul thing. This was a random act of kindness but couldn't pull it out as a behind the scenes person. And, for that, I decided I may as well post it to show other's how much of an impact a small act can do. I truly feel like making even the tiniest ripples make a big difference, and well, this was one of them!

It's not uncommon for me to leave credit at my favorite coffee shop for others to use when they stop to grab a coffee. I often pay for meals for others in drive throughs. These are just things I enjoy doing. No motivation behind it besides hoping to make someone else's day a little better. I know what it's like to struggle some days, and those small acts can make me smile. The humanity I've seen on the news hurts my soul, if I can make a difference, why not!?

So today, I went and met up with Kristen from K.Jensen Photography for coffee. I had this planned out for weeks though. She literally knew nothing and just thought we were going to chit chat, and that's exactly how I wanted it to go! We sat there and chatted for awhile about life, personal goals, growth, our businesses, aspirations and struggles. We were authentic with each other, raw and completely open books. I loved it, I felt so connected. Genuinely people, she really is a super great human.

And then I surprised her! I told her I had to grab a gift for her from my vehicle and wanted to film it. Of course, we both checked our hair quick (mine is crazy, I've just learned to embrace it!). I promised her it wasn’t anything bad and when I got back, we both got nervously filled with anticipation and excitement.

Well, the rest you’ve seen unfold and quickly realize how heartwarming it all felt.

Again, I literally didn’t film this or do this for myself. I choose to film it and share because I want others to see that doing good and being a good human is important. You have to surround yourself with the energy you want to receive. By giving to others, trusting and having faith in humanity, you’ll notice a change in your own spirit. Sometimes wearing my emotions on my sleeve does burn me, but nine times out of ten, situations like this make the risk of being vulnerable to others worth way more than playing it safe and staying within my own bubble.

I’ve built so many friendships in my photography community and I am forever grateful for these people. My tribe is always growing and building, and I’m completely ready to let more in. Sometimes owning a business makes you feel so alone and frustrated. I can’t count the numerous times I’ve wanted to quit. But then, a tiny word of encouragement or a simple thank you from a client warms my heart and reminds me why I do what I love. These are the people that impact your business, these are the friendships and mentors you’ll learn to lean on with questions who can help uplift you. Be vulnerable. Be willing to share the love.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!! XOXO - Kelsey with Dirt Road Photography

 
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And I had a huge request for a link to the bags, so I’m linking up to the full sized Evermore that I gifted her! The two that I own are the mini and full sized Evermore’s and I can attest that they’re amazing quality! My next purchase (when it’s back in stock) will include the Warm Honey Evermore, or well, basically, the entire Warm Honey line-up of products! Look into the company, they’re moving mountains and give back so much. They fully fund an orphanage in Mexico too!


Fall Family Mini Session // Wilber, Nebraska // Southeast Nebraska Photographer

NEBRASKA family PHOTOGRAPHER | fall mini session FAMILies | FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONs | WILBER, NEBRASKA

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What a whirlwind of a day, but it was intentionally perfect. We invited twelve family’s out to the farm near Wilber, Nebraska for our annual fall family mini sessions and it everything went smooth with less than three tiny humans in tears. We quickly turned those tears into smiles with candy surprises at the end so no worries about casualties. ;) I was so worried we wouldn’t have nice weather since the week before we had snow falling but the day was amazing with sunshine, a slight breeze and 60 degree temps. With just the right amount of rich fall colored leaves but still touches of green in the grass.

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The thing I love most about my fall family mini’s is getting to see and catch up with a lot of clients once a year. Every single year it’s crazy how much their kiddos have grown but I love establishing a friendship and building trust with the littles. This year, we had families from Milford, Crete, Hallam, Wilber, Clatonia, and even Beatrice area! It’s incredible to see how much of a distance everyone is willing to come to meet me!

It’s such an honor that parents invite me back into their lives and getting family pictures is something I always encourage everyone to do. Sometimes life gets cut short, and you struggle with the thought of not having a family picture to reminiscence over, let’s take those thoughts away and schedule some family memories of your own!!

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Huge thank you again to all the families that visited us. You make me love small town Nebraska life so much more when I see all the amazing people involved in our communities! I cannot wait to watch all these kids become the future leaders and I know I’ve met so many amazing parents that are fantastic role models for them. ;)

Kelsey (Homolka) Nerud is a photographer located near Dorchester, Nebraska and serves the surrounding communities including Wilber, Crete, Friend, Geneva, Milligan, Exeter, Daykin, Western, Plymouth, DeWitt, Fairbury, Diller, Odell, Wymore, Beatrice, Hickman, Princeton, Lincoln, Courtland and everywhere in between. At Dirt Road Photography we specialize in capturing timeless High School Senior Portraits, and Family Photography Sessions. Kelsey strives to make each photography session a fun and memorable experience while including seniors or families in an enjoyable shoot watching the golden sunsets here in the midwest of Nebraska. We love traveling southeast NE to serve our senior clients and capture the summer and fall of their last year in high school. Families also hold a near and dear piece of our heart as we love documenting the milestones of children and parents connecting throughout their childhood laughter and fuzzy snuggles in timeless portraits to keep and cherish through tangible artwork and printed products.


High School Senior Photos // Autumn Branson // Fairbury High School // Fairbury Nebraska Photographer

NEBRASKA senior PHOTOGRAPHER | autumn branson | Fairbury High School | high school senior PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION | fairbury, NEBRASKA

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Autumn Branson of Fairbury, Nebraska

Autumn Branson is a senior from Fairbury High School who is ambitious, always smiling, and full of determination. She came to me with ideas of wanting to do some pretty fun things during her senior session and my heart sang with joy knowing we’d nail all her epic plans. We wanted to include her precious little fluff ball of a puppy, that she shows in AKC dog shows, so of course that was an absolute must!! She also said she saw and fell in love with my water and river shots so that was top on our list to start with. And of course, we always have to include a barn or two and some dirt roads in the photos. ;)

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The first thing we did for her senior session is put on our muck boots and ventured into the woods to go visit my hidden gem of a little natural spring and take some pretty pictures down there. She was a beautiful floral dress that fit the outdoor location perfectly! The dress was flowly and the colors were stunning with all of the fall leaves that were falling down around us. It was seriously magical, something I always love to stop and just enjoy the moment of when I’m taking photos of seniors during the busy fall season.

I like to get to know my seniors and one of the things Autumn mentioned was that she’s a wrestler for her local high school team. I found that to be pretty unique and special, I also thought it was a creative touch to bring her wrestling shoes and a trophy she had won as well. Another thing I always do is ask the senior what is one word that describes you, her answer was reserved. I totally see it, but I also think the word I’d use to describe her is aspiring. ;)

Thank you again Branson crew for visiting our farm near Dorchester, Nebraska. It’s been a joy working with you and I love the album you choose to order. I think it will look fantastic! I’m sending you the best of wishes in college and cannot wait to see how your future unfolds!

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Kelsey (Homolka) Nerud is a photographer located near Dorchester, Nebraska and serves the surrounding communities including Wilber, Crete, Friend, Geneva, Milligan, Exeter, Daykin, Western, Plymouth, DeWitt, Fairbury, Diller, Odell, Wymore, Beatrice, Hickman, Princeton, Lincoln, Courtland and everywhere in between. At Dirt Road Photography we specialize in capturing timeless High School Senior Portraits, and Family Photography Sessions. Kelsey strives to make each photography session a fun and memorable experience while including seniors or families in an enjoyable shoot watching the golden sunsets here in the midwest of Nebraska. We love traveling southeast NE to serve our senior clients and capture the summer and fall of their last year in high school. Families also hold a near and dear piece of our heart as we love documenting the milestones of children and parents connecting throughout their childhood laughter and fuzzy snuggles in timeless portraits to keep and cherish through tangible artwork and printed products.


Shootproof - Gallery Hosting, Contracts and Invoicing

Shootproof // gallery hosting, contracts & invoicing // photographer review

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Quite a few years ago when I was starting to step up my business game I started researching gallery hosting for clients. I needed a system that I could upload their images that would allow them to share with friends and also download their images if needed. I took my time to compare quite a few of the common ones but, eventually, I settled into Shootproof.

If you’re interested in Shootproof, use the link provided to try it out and get a free month of their services! Set up your account, look around and give them a try. I promise you won’t cancel after the trial is over and you’ll love them! Even the contracts/invoicing section alone keeps you organized and is worth the $10/month for their cheapest plan!

Gallery Hosting

At the time, Shootproof had some bare bone uses, which worked for what I wanted. They basically had options to hold my photos in galleries with the option to add passwords. The other thing I loved at the time was the option to link my galleries to some of my favorite print labs. That meant I could create an ordering site directly on there and not have to worry about manually entering print orders if I wanted. My out of town clients could go directly to their gallery, send it to grandparents and everyone could purchase the sizes and quantities they wanted. It literally was fantastic while I transitioned into the all inclusive business structure into the “in person sales” process where clients come in to sit down and view then order products. Another bonus is that you can go in and “favorite” certain photos to help narrow down and pick which ones you love the most. It’s great when trying to choose prints or select the digital files you want. I also love the feature of being able to send the favorite photos to clients via a digital download link. It’s a one click system that makes my life super easy for mini sessions.

Mobile Apps

With my business structure, I offer clients mobile apps to compliment the purchase of digital files. With the plan I have through Shootproof, I have an unlimited amount of mobile apps I can create so it’s another fantastic way to deliver images to clients to view and share with their friends and family while on the go. It’s a great add-on to my gallery hosting services that can include links directly to their entire gallery. The biggest difference between mobile apps and the online galleries is that you can’t favorite or purchase products. The mobile apps are mainly intended for viewing the photos. It’s fantastic for those situations where you don’t have service to access the internet as well. ;)

Contracts

This was a feature that was added quite awhile after I was already using Shootproof. And it was a lifesaver!! Again, my entire goal of my business is to streamline my workflow so I’m spending less time doing behind the scenes work and more time shooting or hanging out with my clients. With the contracts and invoicing features, this is getting easier. The contracts allow me to create templates of my own or they have some pretty cool ones you can actually purchase through them as well. You can go in and adjust details, link to specific clients as well as link to your invoices. Game. Changer. I cannot express enough how important contracts are to not only protect yourself but to protect your clients from any misunderstandings with what is expected from both of you.

Invoicing

This is the best feature they have added to do!!! Literally, I hated the days of waiting for clients to mail checks/cash or pay deposits. Sometimes I wouldn’t get them for weeks or they’d forget completely. I’d send a printed invoices along with their contract and it’d get lost in piles of mail at home and never be returned. Now, I can drop in pre-made session fees, print products that have my taxes/pricing memorized and it’s such a simple process!! The best part, you can LINK your invoicing with contracts to specific clients. Then, link that same client to their gallery, and it’s all inclusive to keep track of it all! Set up due dates for the invoices, add deposits or retainers and even split the invoice up into an auto pay system if the client wants to link their card to it. Literally, lifesaver.

Email Automations

Something that’s probably one of their newest features that I use the most is their email automation systems. I like using them because it helps kick reminders out without me having to keep track of where I’m at in my workflow with every single client. What you can do is set it up to kick out emails when it hits certain things. My series I have created include invoice deposit due, invoice due date, gallery released to visitors, gallery expiring soon, and invoice overdue. Although I have several others that are similar, I like to keep it simple and not completely spam all of my clients. These help to remind them of specific things that are coming up for their sessions. Now, I can say that almost 90% of my invoices are paid on time and I don’t have to worry about not having people place orders from their galleries because they get reminders about them.

Gallery Archive

Ok last one, I swear this time! This. This was genius. I’m super weird about getting rid of client files, so I guess, I’m basically a geeky version of a hoarder. I still have every single photo ever taken in my possession ever since I started my business. It’s ridiculous holding five years worth of raw files, edits and marketing I know. But I just can’t get rid of it! So, I love that Shootproof let’s me do the same! While you’re limited on the plans with how many images you can put into your galleries, it doesn’t count against you if you archive the photos! Which means, you get charged like one cent for every gigabyte of space. To be exact, here’s what my account says: “Archived 24 GB of data at a rate of $0.04 per GB.” ….you guys, I’m paying FOUR CENTS to hold years worth of client galleries. Fine. Take my money Shootproof! Those pennies are worth it to know if something were to happen to my hard drive (or my back up hard drive, or the back up to my back up hard drive down at the bank in my safety deposit box) or if a client were to lose their home to a fire or tornado or flooding damage, I still have their photos. That piece of mind means so much to me for less than a dollar a month. We’ll touch base later about how to store client files, but this is another way I keep myself accountable and backed up for my clients. So worth it.

So. There’s a (long) but quick summary of my favorite perks of using Shootproof. Seriously, finding Shootproof was one of the best things I’ve done and hands down the cheapest investment I’ve made in my own business. It’s streamlined my business and I love that it gives clients their own little space to view images and order if they want.



*Some of the links for Shootproof do include referral links which means I receive a tiny portion of credit for those who sign up using the links provided.

Transformation Photoshop Editing // Noah Beck // Wilber-Clatonia High School // Dorchester Nebraska Photographer

NEBRASKA PHOTOGRAPHER | Photoshop Editing Comparison | High School Senior PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION | Clatonia, NEBRASKA

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Every once in awhile, I like to share a behind the scenes look at the editing process so clients can see truly how much magic goes into the edit of your images. It’s not a drag and drop quick change and sometimes I can put hours into editing a session. I just hope others enjoy the images as much as I do capturing them and processing to create the magic I first see when I’m taking them!

So. To break down a little more what I all did while editing this picture (cause hey, I know some photographers are on here and want to learn too!). I first always cull my images in Adobe Bridge software. I star rate my top favs and what I plan to edit. Then as I edit, I change the star rating so I can see progress and know what I have left. After sorting, I pull into Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and start working in there. Lighting, I adjusted the exposure, upped the contrast slightly, pulled the highlights down a little, lighted up the shadows, bumped the clarity a tad bit. I also did a slight bit of sharpening (I typically sharpen in Photoshop instead of in ACR). That’s the basics of my edit. From there I pull into Photoshop and will run a few actions as needed depending on what I want the final outcome to look like.

There it is. There’s my workflow on an image! Sometimes I will batch edit the ACR files because I shoot with the same settings and then will tweak individual’s as needed but I try to keep my workflow consist and quick paced. These are the basic editing that happens to all files clients see. Since I do IPS (in person sales) with my clients, I do 90% editing before they view images and then smooth skin, remove minor blemishes and liquify as needed once we choose which images you want to purchase. That saves me the extra time working on details that aren’t necessary.

I hope this is helpful. And, as always, if you have questions drop them in the comments or email me! I have been tossing around the idea of a few business geared mentoring or workshops and would love to know if people would be interested in that. I feel there are so many fantastic other photographers out there that can offer posing or editing but I don’t see a ton of things about running your business so this is something that’s really important to me.


Nebraska Photographer :: Bre Zoubek :: Wilber-Clatonia High School Senior :: Wilber, Nebraska Senior Session

NEBRASKA Senior PHOTOGRAPHER | Bre Zoubek | High School Senior SESSION | WILBER, NEBRASKA

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High School Senior Session - Nebraska Photographer

Home girl Bre Zoubek of Wilber, Nebraska is killing it when it came to repping the Class of 2019! We had so much fun celebrating her senior year of high school at Wilber-Clatonia High School through her senior pictures. From the beautiful sunsets to the buggy stream pictures, we took so many gorgeous images and I cannot wait to share more! Also, HUGE thank you for participating in our Senior Model Rep Team, you literally are amazing girlfriend! We’ve got so many different images to share that we’ll be slowly releasing more images throughout the rest of the year.


High School Senior Session // Chase Wittenhagen // Pius X High School // Southeast Nebraska Photographer

NEBRASKA senior PHOTOGRAPHER | chase wittenhagen | senior PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION | Lincoln, NEBRASKA

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I was over the moon excited when I got a call from the Wittenhagen family letting me know that Chase wanted to book his senior session with me. But once the excitement wore off, I realized it was such a bittersweet feeling for me to see the final kiddo graduating high school. I’ve know the Wittenhagen crew for going on almost five years now and they’ve been there the first few years I was growing and learning as a business. I remember when Chase’s brother Layne was a senior and their first visit out to the farm we chatted about his future plans. Then, a short year later, his sister, Haeley came out. We also chatted about future plans, and even included siblings and grandma in some photos as well that year. Then, a year passed, I kept track of the family through social media, and I missed seeing them. Hearing updates and thrills on new kiddos accomplishments. It’s been such a fun time working with them.

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I think what I love most about photographing high school seniors is getting to talk with them. Learn about their future plans and goals. Talk about all of their accomplishments throughout school and what they’re doing to make the most of time during their senior year. Laugh about the funny memories with friends or even jokes they’ve played. I love getting to compare each school system and what rules they have. Sometimes I find myself amazed with certain things they can get away with now (cough, phones in class).

Chase is attending Pius X High School located in Lincoln, Nebraska and is part of the Class of 2019. I love that he isn’t afraid to be spontaneous and go trekking to go find new locations that are unique for his session out on the farm. We tried our best to go to different spots than his siblings so everything would be new. While talking to Chase, I learned he plans on going on after school to join the Navy. And I am so proud of him for that.

It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know Chase and his family and I wish him nothing but the best in life after high school. Thank you so much for choosing me to be your senior photographer! I hope your family enjoys the pictures as much as I do! Thanks again!

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Nebraska Child Portrait Photographer :: Milestone Six Month Session :: Lainey :: Dorchester, Nebraska Photography

Nebraska Child Portrait Photographer :: Milestone Six Month Session :: Lainey :: Dorchester, Nebraska Photography

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Eeek little sis Lainey came in for her six month milestone session and she is so adorbs!! I am dying over her cuteness! She sat and smiled so perfect, cheesing it up and being such a ham. We even got her in this cute little lace romper with my favorite neutral tones and soft fluffy’s for her to play with. It was such a perfect and fun time. ;)

Nebraska Senior Portrait Photographer :: Destiny Brown :: Fairbury High School Senior :: Fairbury Nebraska Photography

Nebraska Senior Portrait Photographer :: Destiny Brown :: Fairbury High School Senior :: Fairbury Nebraska Photography

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Oh. My. Gosh. Destiny is stunning and absolutely gorgeous! I went straight home and started sorting images from her senior session that we held on the farm near Dorchester, Nebraska and couldn’t stop!! Destiny goes to Fairbury High School and I’m so grateful she decided to venture out and come visit to mix it up and get a different look than everyone else from her school. She’s supppper cute, mega kind and looked absolutely amazing! Literally, so excited to share more, but for now, the sneak will tide you guys over ;)


Nebraska Photographer :: Baehr :: Wilber-Clatonia High School Senior :: Wilber, Nebraska :: Sneak Peek
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Hayden’s laughter is contagious! He invited me to his farm near Clatonia, Nebraska and I couldn’t turn it down. Here is southeast Nebraska, anytime someone offers me a fresh farm to shoot at, I allllways agree and get excited! So we walked around his grandparents farm, looking at the barns, bins and cattle pens. We checked the beans and even climbed around hay bales. Then, he took me to this magical field where there were fresh alfalfa bales waiting for us. The sun fell perfectly and the perfect mist settled into the air. We got lots of giggles as we sat around the bales and brought out his trap shooting metals. It was seriously, so much fun!

Nebraska Photographer :: Schmitt :: Wilber-Clatonia High School Senior :: Wilber, Nebraska :: Sneak Peek
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Conner has made me laugh and is such a fantastic kid who goes to Wilber-Clatonia High School and is active in so many activities. From Cross Country to Swing Choir, he’s constantly busy and I totally admire how much effort he puts into the community. At his senior session we got busy having fun on the farm, practically going “mudding” getting to a location for some fishing pictures and even pulling his four wheeler out! There’s nothing more exciting than hanging out with kiddos and learning what their future plans are. I have no doubt Conner will do magical things in the future, he is such a great leader!

High School Senior Session // Tara Schroeder // Fairbury High School // Southeast Nebraska Photographer

When Tara Schroeder contacted me planning out her senior session I knew we would create something magical. Little did I know, she’d invite me down to Fairbury, Nebaska and we’d have so much fun and she’d show me so many unique and beautiful locations! From totally urban buildings, to pretty brick alleys and even the Fairbury High School football stadium. All of it was so pretty and a fantastic change up for me so I wasn’t shooting my same old farm looks.

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Tara is a senior at Fairbury High School and is active in softball and cheerleading. When I asked her what she does for fun she said her and her friends enjoy hanging out down at the river, going shopping and spending time around bonfires. I love that she enjoys the country life and also likes horses so that’s always an easy way for me to connect with my seniors. I found it hilarious when I asked what is one thing that people might not know about you and she said she doesn’t like cats. Girlfriend, so much me too (allergies can do that to ya)! Thanks again for trusting me to capture your most precious high school memories of your senior year. I cannot wait to meet the rest of your family here shortly for your family session!

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If you're interested in booking a senior session check out the HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR INFORMATION page! 

Want to get a discounted session? Contact them to ask about a referral discount!

Nebraska Photographer :: Wittenhagen :: Pius X High School Senior :: Lincoln, Nebraska :: Sneak Peek
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I’ve literally watched Chase grow these past four years and every single time I watch one of the Wittenhagen kids graduate I know it’s one day closer to not getting to see them all the time. It’s official, their last senior is graduating!! Chase came out to the farm near Wilber, Nebraska to shoot in the same locations as his older brother and sister. We did a little bit of hiking through some tall grass to get to an old abandoned car but I think it was totally worth it once we saw the sun shining through perfectly! Thank you Chase for visiting with me, super proud that you’re going into the Navy. Cannot wait to see what you do and the places you go in life!

And to compare and throw back a little. Check out how Layne, Haeley and Chase all compare! It’s kind of fun to re-create the same poses with siblings ;)

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Fall Outfit Inspiration

It’s finally fall! And with fall comes the exciting family picture planning but the dreaded searching for the perfect outfit. Look no further and let us take the stress away from it! We’ve created the perfect mix and match stylized board for you to check out with outfits for your whole family.

We tried to create outfits that can easily be dressed up with accessories or dressed down for a more relaxed, laid back feel. We also included plenty of outfits that can be re-worn for daily use do you don’t feel guilty purchasing all new outfits for your session. ;)

Think Patterns.

When picking out your outfits consider choosing one or two patterns and try to keep everything else fairly basic. Think less patterns more textures. What that means is choose maybe one floral shirt or even maybe a little dress for your baby and then pick some textures to mix in. Dad in half zip pullover sweater, brother in a waffle knit shirt with potentially a puffy vest. Mom could toss on a flowy top and a cardigan. Toss in some accessories, (check out Madison + Barrett Jewelry, they’re always my go to for accessories!) and you have yourself outfits that are picture perfect!!!

What I typically do (and let’s be honest, it’s because I always over-shop) is I like to purchase 2-3 options for each person. I then bring it all home and lay it out. I pick my favorite outfit for each person and lay them all together to see what they look like. If something looks off, I go to the second option that I purchased for them. Sometimes that means swapping out dad’s shirt so we don’t have two button up shirts or maybe switching the babies vest so we aren’t all wearing vests. Then I pull accessories and shoes. Boys are fairly easy but us girls always have too many options. ;) Think cute wedges for yourself, maybe your little girl have some taller boots and the babies always look cute in moccasins. Once you’ve got what you think finalized, put them aside for a few days and then pull it out to look again. You’ll have a fresh eye for them and really it’ll help you decide for sure that you love it.

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So that’s it. Now you can stop stressing about outfits! Focus instead of then fun you’ll have during your session. And as always, send us your outfit choices! The more we plan ahead, the less you’ll have to prepare the day of. We love taking a look at outfits, it truly helps us feel inspired to scout locations that’ll flow with your theme and colors. Reach out if you want help with specific styling, we’re all about using what you already might have so you don’t need to purchase all new outfits either of course!

(*We tried our best to create only links of clothing that will stay in stock for awhile. While boutiques have super cute and stylish options, sometimes the stock doesnt stay for very long but we always recommend shopping local and supporting the small business’ around you!)


Nebraska Photographer :: Vlasak :: Wilber-Clatonia High School Senior :: Wilber, Nebraska :: Sneak Peek
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Little sneak peek inside Seth’s senior portrait session! His dad brought this classic Ford out and we couldn’t help but snap a few (ok a lot) of shots with it! Seth, you truly are a fantastic kiddo and it’s been great getting to know you. Can’t wait to dig into your session to work on editing more of these. Southeast Nebraska sure does have some amazing locations including this one outside of Clatonia, Nebraska where we took some his senior photos.

High School Senior Session // Noah Jacobsen // Wilber-Clatonia High School // Southeast Nebraska Photographer

I absolutely LOVE when my seniors tell me they’ve got some ideas planned for their session. Noah did just that. He asked us to meet at his grandparents farm east of Wilber near Clatonia, Nebraska. And let me tell you, when I got there, I was in Heaven!! Nothing says welcome to southeast Nebraska quite like a farm session for a high school senior!

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Between the barns, baby calves and the International Scout truck/jeep. I was totally happy and more than ready to get to work and start taking photos for him! Noah showed me around the farm, including introducing me to the piggy friends, of course all the cows and then even the other animals that were walking around. We stopped petting animals long enough to get some portraits but as always, I love getting to know my families as I shoot. I think it’s really fun he also included his grandpa’s tractor. Something about old tractors truly make me appreciate all of our modern equipment as well as get super sentimental that students want to include their families heritage. The big red barn screamed at my soul of course. ;)

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If you're interested in booking a senior session check out the HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR INFORMATION page! Want to get a discounted session?

Contact them to ask about a referral discount!

Nebraska Photographer :: Kubicek :: Wilber-Clatonia High School Senior :: Wilber, Nebraska :: Sneak Peek
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I am DYING to share these images. Lizzie is such a strong leader and I am so proud I’ve gotten to watch her grow up. Truly, she is so strong! The light leaks, the sunflare, the laughter, the movement. I loved everything about these shots and I think you’ll love them too ;)

Nebraska Newborn Photographer :: Newborn Session :: Waylon :: Lincoln, Nebraska

Nebraska Newborn Photographer :: Newborn Session :: Waylon :: Lincoln, Nebraska

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Little mister Waylon came down from Lincoln, Nebraska for his Newborn Photography Session and to visit and showed me how perfect he can be by sleeping the entire time! He loved being wrapped tightly and was so content when mommy and daddy wanted to take pictures with him. I cannot wait to watch you grow!!

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Kelsey (Homolka) Nerud is a photographer located near Dorchester, Nebraska and serves the surrounding communities including Wilber, Crete, Friend, Geneva, Milligan, Exeter, Daykin, Western, Plymouth, DeWitt, Fairbury, Diller, Odell, Wymore, Beatrice, Hickman, Princeton, Lincoln, Courtland and everywhere in between. At Dirt Road Photography we specialize in capturing timeless High School Senior Portraits, and Family Photography Sessions along with Newborn Photo Sessions. Kelsey strives to make each photography session a fun and memorable experience while including seniors or families in an enjoyable shoot watching the golden sunsets here in the midwest of Nebraska. We love traveling southeast NE to serve our senior clients and capture the summer and fall of their last year in high school. Families also hold a near and dear piece of our heart as we love documenting the milestones of children and parents connecting throughout their childhood laughter and fuzzy snuggles in timeless portraits to keep and cherish through tangible artwork and printed products.