Nebraska Three Year Old Milestone Photography | Third Birthday Photo Session | Nebraska Photographer

Nebraska Three Year Old Milestone Photography | Third Birthday Photo Session | Nebraska Photographer | Dorchester, Nebraska


 
picture of three year old boy in plaid button up shirt and wrangler jeans with cowboy boots sitting on a hay bale wrapped with red twine. grayden lester is celebrating his third birthday on the farm with his cowboy hat, buckin bull chute, bouncy ball bull, chaps, bull rider vest and rope. photo taken by dirt road photography at sunset near dorchester nebraska.
 

Grayden Lester

Dorchester, Nebraska

Sweet baby boy Grayden there are so many words I could write to describe you but I think what sums it up the most is mommy’s words!! ;)

See!! I told you mommy had the best version about you. When she sent over the audio files that I requested, I sat there ugly crying listening to her words about you. I’ve watched your mommy and daddy’s love story unfold and hearing her talk about you made me so emotional! You are such a fun loving and bright young man who is full of laughter, love and life!!

When we talked about your third birthday we sat down and discussed fun ideas we could incorporate into your session. She mentioned your love of all things bull riding right now and I instantly knew the perfect location for your photo session at our farm near Dorchester, Nebraska. It just so happened that we’ve got cattle up on the yard so if all else failed, I knew you’d consider it a hit that you got to see cows that day. First we did the boring stuff that the adults wanted, the cute smiles, the posed pictures to announce that you’re turning three. We kept promising you that we’d get to go see the cows and pull out your buckin bull to play on. Then, once we finished up those pretty photos, you got to do the fun stuff!

You wore the cutest little outfits to your session, from your blue striped shirt to the perfect cowboy attire of a plaid button up shirt, wrangler jeans and cowboy boots you coordinated perfectly for the entire photoshoot. I’m so glad you choose to also bring your pint sized chaps, cowboy hat and bull rider vest, it truly was the make or break of the whole day!

We talked about your love of bulls, you told me all about your favorite bull, Red Rocket, and then things got fun. We found the perfect “Grayden Sized” bale and you stole the show! You hopped up on that bale and showed us exactly how to tighten your hand down to saddle up for a bull ride. My favorite part that left me laughing so hard I couldn’t even get pictures was when you yelled out, “let’s go boys!” and then started bucking around just like the real bull riders too. Sweet boy, you are the most precious thing I’ve seen in awhile!!

We played and giggled the entire session, you bring so much light to the world and your precious little blonde hair and blue eyes are the perfect combo of sweet and ornery!

picture of three year old boy in plaid button up shirt and wrangler jeans with cowboy boots sitting on a hay bale wrapped with red twine. grayden lester is celebrating his third birthday on the farm with his cowboy hat, buckin bull chute, bouncy ball bull, chaps, bull rider vest and rope. photo taken by dirt road photography at sunset near dorchester nebraska.

If you’re interested, here’s links for the items he brought to his session:

NFR Bucking Chute // Bouncy Bull // Bull Rider Vest // Kids Chaps // Cowboy Hat


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 // Elizabeth Kucicek // Wilber-Clatonia High School // Wilber Nebraska Photographer

High School Senior Photos | Elizabeth Kucicek | Wilber-Clatonia High School | Wilber Nebraska Photographer

images of high school girl senior photos named lizzie kubicek of wilber nebraska who went to wilber-clatonia high school in nebraska and is part of the class of 2019. photos were taken near dorchester nebraska in saline county. photo includes road side sunflowers on a dirt road at sunset with girl in denim button up jean skirt with off the should yellow floral flowy shirt with long brown hair. old rustic abandoned car in senior pictures with skinny brown haired girl sitting on car at sunset with trees and tall green grass surrounding it. dirt road surrounded by trees and dust at sunset. tall grass with a sunset behind as well. photographer is kelsey homolka nerud of wilber nebraska who specializes in high school senior photography and senior pictures.

Elizabeth Kubicek of Wilber, Nebraska

Lizzie Kubicek is a high school senior at Wilber-Clatonia High School here in Wilber, Nebraska who is the sweetest most kind girl I’ve gotten to know through the years. She is such a determined and hard worker and I am so proud of her for overcoming everything that is thrown her way. She is always smiling, for sure is the type of person that walks into a room and can brighten everyone’s day and the one thing I love the most about Lizzie, is that she’s always willing to volunteer and lend a hand if someone needs something.

Lizzie is active in FBLA, is in National Honor Society, Student Council, Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, is an elementary teacher’s aide, and is active in volleyball as well as so many other things.

images of high school girl senior photos named lizzie kubicek of wilber nebraska who went to wilber-clatonia high school in nebraska and is part of the class of 2019. photos were taken near dorchester nebraska in saline county. photo includes road side sunflowers on a dirt road at sunset with girl in denim button up jean skirt with off the should yellow floral flowy shirt with long brown hair. old rustic abandoned car in senior pictures with skinny brown haired girl sitting on car at sunset with trees and tall green grass surrounding it. dirt road surrounded by trees and dust at sunset. tall grass with a sunset behind as well. photographer is kelsey homolka nerud of wilber nebraska who specializes in high school senior photography and senior pictures.

Lizzie was one of my Class of 2019 senior reps and did an awesome job helping me out when I needed something. She for sure brought laughter to our sessions and I absolutely adore her sense of style. She planned out all her own outfits and clearly I wish I could keep her around just to help style myself and my future seniors!

At Lizzie’s session we choose one of our farms located near Dorchester, Nebraska and went with a super earthy vibe. Not over the top “farm” feel but more nature and just boho vibes. She wore some amazing outfits like the jean skirt with the perfect yellow floral shirt that coordinated perfectly with the wild flowers we found in late summer. The sun was setting so perfectly that evening and I swear it’s what us photographers dream of! ;)

She also wore a beautiful white flowy long sleeved shirt that had dainty lace details in it. Paired it up with some cute Steve Madden wedge sandals and distressed denim jeans it was amazing for the white flowers we found and ideal with tall grass. I’m totally serious when I say she did amazing with the outfits.

I always suggest to my seniors to grab a few tops to swap out during your session for a quick change and that’s exactly what Lizzie did. She also brought the most pretty soft green tank again, with great lace details, that flowed and looked gorgeous when we put her with that rustic car.

For senior sessions I love clothes that all flow together and give off the same vibes. I like that Lizzie went with flowing and neutrals. When we mix all the final images together in an album, they look stunning together! If you have too many different styles mixed in, sometimes it can get overwhelming and the overall feel of the session doesn’t flow as nicely. Lizzie did perfect combining all the outfits to function together.

I asked Lizzie what she thought of her experience and here are her words:

“Working with Kelsey was absolutely amazing!! She had so many great ideas and gorgeous locations! I was very comfortable and always laughing and LOVED how the pictures turned out! There was never a dull moment and Kelsey is such a genuine and hilarious person. :)”

So there you have it, even Lizzie LOVED spending time with me, almost as much fun as I had with her ;)

Thank you Lizzie for trusting me with your precious senior memories. You session for sure went down as a favorite and I am so proud of who you’ve became. I’ve known you forever, and watching you come to events with your mom as a pre-teen to seeing you bloom into a beautiful young lady, I have no doubt you’ll go on to become successful in any career path you choose. Lizzie is going to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and will be studying elementary education. I know she’ll be fantastic being a future teacher! ;) Keep doing you girlfriend, you’re a true leader!

 
images of high school girl senior photos named lizzie kubicek of wilber nebraska who went to wilber-clatonia high school in nebraska and is part of the class of 2019. photos were taken near dorchester nebraska in saline county. photo includes road side sunflowers on a dirt road at sunset with girl in denim button up jean skirt with off the should yellow floral flowy shirt with long brown hair. old rustic abandoned car in senior pictures with skinny brown haired girl sitting on car at sunset with trees and tall green grass surrounding it. dirt road surrounded by trees and dust at sunset. tall grass with a sunset behind as well. photographer is kelsey homolka nerud of wilber nebraska who specializes in high school senior photography and senior pictures.
 

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.


Monthly Product Highlight // Wood Photo Frames // Nebraska Photographer // Wilber, Nebraska

Monthly Product Highlight // Wood Photo Frames // Nebraska Photographer // Wilber, Nebraska

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About Our Wooden Photo Frames

This is one of our newest products in our line-up but they’re the most timeless and classic things you can purchase. These frames are custom made hand crafted by our vendor out of Michigan. There are several sizes to fit your home, and would love to brainstorm some gorgeous custom wall galleries for you! The best part of these frames is that we can drag/drop your specific images into the templates so you can view exactly what they‘ll look like before we purchase them. All frames include the frame and a mounted print.

Wooden Farmhouse Frames that include natural barnwood in white wash as well as natural brown wood.

Let's celebrate by having a 15% discount on all wooden photo frames! This sale only lasts for the month of April 2019! Contact us to get more information and pricing. As a reminder, you can pre-purchase these items and hold them as a credit on your account until you hold your session later in the year, these also work great as gifts so make sure to purchase them for Christmas season ;)


Nebraska Newborn Photography | Newborn Photo Session | Nebraska Photographer

Nebraska Newborn Photography | Newborn Photo Session | Nebraska Photographer


 
emerson rose picture of newborn infant baby girl in wooden box with white fluffy layer underneath and cream colored pillow wrapped in swaddle that is light brown colored wearing a white headband bow. Cowhide rug underneath box that baby is sitting on. dirt road photography by kelsey homolka nerud photographer located near wilber nebraska.
 

Emerson Rose

Clatonia, Nebraska

Just a quick little sneak peek of miss Emerson Rose to tide you over while I work my magic on her newborn session photos. I have known her mommy and daddy forever and was actually lucky enough to be in their wedding. The love I have for you is more than you’ll know sweet baby girl and I cannot wait to watch you grow. You’re such a precious baby girl and the sweetest most innocent face is my fav.

Emerson arrived at her newborn session ready to sleep and just be cuddled. We included the cutest little cowhide rug that is actually included in her nursery that was a gift from her cousins. I love including little bits of nursery decor or lifestyle things into sessions. Little Emerson will grow up loving cattle since daddy works with show cattle and in Nebraska, we take our cows pretty serious ;)

I love getting to work with newborns and cannot wait to share more sneaks from this session. Emerson did fantastic and we captured some of the best newborn pictures ever of her. These tiny details will quickly fade and babies don’t look like true newborns for too long so it’s great to snap those memories while they last. If you’re interested in booking a newborn session contact us, we’d love to give you more information about the sessions as well as talk about our milestone packages! As a reminder, newborn sessions are held within the first two weeks of birth for the babies and are recommended to be booked in advance to ensure we have room in our schedule. We place your due date on our calendar and stay in touch as you get closer, it also helps so we can plan a unique and custom session for you!


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.


Nebraska One Year Old Milestone Photography | Milestone Baby Photo Session | Nebraska Photographer

Nebraska One Year Old Milestone Photography | Milestone Baby Photo Session | Nebraska Photographer


 
picture of six month old baby boy in outfit from amazon of gray shirt with hoody and black and white striped pants sitting on gray faux fur mohair curls with bone seamless backdrop paper dirt road photography by kelsey homolka nerud photographer located near wilber nebraska.
 

Timber Rose

Wilber, Nebraska

Sweet baby Timber Rose, it’s incredible to think you’re already one year old!! I remember you being born just one short year ago and watching you grow has been an absolute joy. You are truly a source of laughter and watching your personality grow is the best. You’re filled with fire and your stubborn attitude is hands down my favorite part, you act just like your mommy sometimes and I can totally say that because she’s my sister!

Timber’s first birthday photo session was held in mid January and we decided we wanted to keep it simple and all about her personality. We choose a cream seamless backdrop because I absolutely LOVE how it brings the skin tones to a smooth finish. We also went with a simple white lace romper (here’s the Amazon link for it). Then, of course mommy had the perfect pink bow to incorporate with our simple blush colored blankets and other props. What I love the most, is that the colors are super subtle and all about you and letting your facial expressions be the focus of these photos.

Seriously, anymore I’m all about the simplistic set-ups. They’re all about baby and is less stress to worry about with getting it perfect. Let’s just focus on celebrating the milestones instead of getting the details of the set-up perfect.

So thanks again Sweet T and mommy and daddy for trusting me with this sassy princess. I cannot wait to watch you grow, you’re my favorite (and only) niece in the whole wide world baby girl. I love you sooooo much! XOXO

picture of six month old baby boy in outfit from amazon of gray shirt with hoody and black and white striped pants sitting on gray faux fur mohair curls with bone seamless backdrop paper dirt road photography by kelsey homolka nerud photographer located near wilber nebraska.

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.


Monthly Product Highlight // Press Printed High School Grad Announcements & Invite Cards // Nebraska Photographer // Wilber, Nebraska

Monthly Product Highlight // Press Printed High School Grad Announcements & Invite Cards // Nebraska Photographer // Wilber, Nebraska

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About Our Press Printed Cards

Graduation invites, newborn announcements, birthday invitations, save the dates, wedding stationary or even holiday cards; these 110# semi-gloss press printed cards are ideal for any occasion! We have several paper surfaces as well as creative edge styles available. They’re printed doubled sided so you have ample options to truly customize these cards to fit your needs. Cards include envelopes and come in sets of 25. Larger quantity discounts start at purchases of six sets or more.

Wooden Farmhouse Frames that include natural barnwood in white wash as well as natural brown wood.

Let's celebrate by having a 15% discount on all grad invites or any press printed cards! This sale only lasts for the month of March 2019! Contact us to get more information and pricing. As a reminder, you can pre-purchase these items and hold them as a credit on your account until you hold your session later in the year, these also work great as gifts so make sure to purchase them for Christmas season ;)


Nebraska High School Senior Photography | DRP Senior Rep Team 2019 | Meet & Greet Senior Session | Nebraska Photographer

Nebraska High School Senior Photography | DRP Senior Rep Team 2019 | Meet & Greet Senior Session Photos | Nebraska Photographer


 
picture of high school senior girls from high schools in nebraska including wilber-clatonia high school, milford high school, friend high school, tri-county high school and norris high school. girls are in blue jeans with cream and white sweaters and winter boots, laughing with each other in an urban alley with white brick wall behind them. girls talking and taking pictures for high school photography dirt road photography by kelsey homolka nerud photographer.
 

Morgan, Shelby, Lily, Jackie & Janae

Norris High School - Wilber-Clatonia High School - Milford High School

A few weeks ago in between the breaks of snow we kicked off the Class of 2020 Senior Rep Team party at Brew House in Crete, Nebraska. I met some pretty amazing girls from several local high schools in the southeast Nebraska area and invited them to join our rep team. We enjoyed some coffee, chit chatted about what perks are all included in the model program and then ended with a short and sweet photo shoot for the girls. We missed a few faces at the initial meeting but that’s ok, because the girls all got to meet later when we did a Snow Session for them.

At the meeting the girls talked about what activities they’re all involved in and we chatted about what they wanted to do through out this next year while repping the DRP team. From girls nights with pizza and popcorn to themed photoshoots with water or glitter, I have no doubt this next year will be filled with beautiful photos as well as inspiring girls that will be fantastic leaders in their local communities.

Our reps are from several schools located around the southeast Nebraska area. Janae is representing Milford High School, Cassidy represents Tri-County High School, Morgan represents Norris High School, for our Wilber-Clatonia High School reps we have Shelby, Lily, and Jackie (we love WCHS!) and rounding us out is Caitlin who goes to Friend High School.

I love that each girl took the time to style themselves based on a few simple insights that I suggested. I basically told them, jeans and pick a cream/white top. Dress it up or down however you’d like. Style yourself and make your personality shine. They literally did just that! From cute little brown booties to tennis shoes and converse, I loved see them all show up repping themselves.

I think my favorite part of this meet and greet was introducing the new girls to each other. Ironically, most of the girls knew of each other or found they all had a similar connection. Some knew each other from Trap Shooting while others competed in One Act Play or other sports activities. It’s my goal, to really bridge the gap and bring girls together to empower and encourage each other.

Keep an eye out for these girls through this next year, they’re going to move mountains! Check out how amazing they look in the photos!

picture of high school senior girls from high schools in nebraska including wilber-clatonia high school, milford high school, friend high school, tri-county high school and norris high school. girls are in blue jeans with cream and white sweaters and winter boots, laughing with each other in an urban alley with white brick wall behind them. girls talking and taking pictures for high school photography dirt road photography by kelsey homolka nerud photographer.

Get ready to see more of these girls throughout the year. If you’re interested in booking your own senior session contact one of them to get a referral of $100 off of your own senior session. Also, if you book before the end of May 2019, you can get an additional $50 off your session fee making for a super great deal on any senior session! ;)

 
picture of high school senior girls from high schools in nebraska including wilber-clatonia high school, milford high school, friend high school, tri-county high school and norris high school. girls are in blue jeans with cream and white sweaters and winter boots, laughing with each other in an urban alley with white brick wall behind them. girls talking and taking pictures for high school photography dirt road photography by kelsey homolka nerud photographer.

These girls are amazing and I cannot explain how excited I am so watch their senior year unfold this next school year. My goal is to get into at least ONE picture with my girls every time we meet up. I want to build these friendships up and truly enjoy their company! XOXO

 

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.


Nebraska Six Month Old Milestone Photography | Milestone Baby Photo Session | Nebraska Photographer

Nebraska Six Month Old Milestone Photography | Milestone Baby Photo Session | Nebraska Photographer


 
picture of six month old baby boy in outfit from amazon of gray shirt with hoody and black and white striped pants sitting on gray faux fur mohair curls with bone seamless backdrop paper dirt road photography by kelsey homolka nerud photographer located near wilber nebraska.
 

Colt Lee

Western, Nebraska

I absolutely LOVE getting to see babies and toddlers once in awhile during the cold months when we’re all cooped up inside impatiently awaiting the spring weather. Every January I host milestone mini sessions that are simplistic and focused on babies. The set-up is super basic and we invite clients to “shop” our wardrobe or baby outfits or bring their own. We even wrote up a post about The Best Of Amazon for Milestone Outfits to give clients inspiration!

One of my favorite little nuggets that stopped in was Mister Colt. I personally couldn’t wait to see him because my cousin’s (hey there Dustin & Amelia!) couldn’t make it to Christmas because Colt wasn’t feeling the best so it had been quite awhile since I’d seen him. Oh. My. Goodness. He has gotten so big and his laid back personality truly shined through! He was just all smiles and ready to talk to us from the minute he walked in the door.

At milestone sessions I try to go as simple as possible. The less time we spend setting up and taking down backdrops, the more time we get to spend playing with babies!! With these mini’s it was a basic, cream backdrop of seamless paper and we tossed in a few tiny props like the fur rug and box to help him sit up.

Colt did great and although he wasn’t quite sitting unassisted I’m willing to bet now he is! that’s why we’ve got plenty of buckets and basket’s to sit babies in. They always love getting to sit up and look around at us while we’re shooting.

Thank you Colt (and mommy and daddy) for visiting me. I cannot wait to watch you grow and see your personality change. You are such a handsome little dude and I have no doubt you’ll grow into loving the outdoors just like your daddy!!

picture of six month old baby boy in outfit from amazon of gray shirt with hoody and black and white striped pants sitting on gray faux fur mohair curls with bone seamless backdrop paper dirt road photography by kelsey homolka nerud photographer located near wilber nebraska.

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.


Monthly Product Highlight // Gallery Wrapped Canvases // Dirt Road Photography // Nebraska Photographer

Monthly Product Highlight // Gallery Wrapped Canvases // Nebraska Photographer // Wilber, Nebraska

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About Our Gallery Wrapped Canvases

Nothing shows off your artistic side quite like a Gallery Wrapped Canvas. Beautiful art pieces ready to be proudly mounted on your wall. We offer a wide variety of sizes to fit your home, and would love to brainstorm some gorgeous custom wall galleries for you!

These 1 ½” photo wrapped edge canvas’ are printed from our professional print lab with color calibrated printers for the most spot on quality. Please allow 2-3 weeks for your canvas delivery.

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Let's celebrate by having a 15% discount on all canvases! This sale only lasts for the month of February 2019! Contact us to get more information and pricing. As a reminder, you can pre-purchase these items and hold them as a credit on your account until you hold your session later in the year, these also work great as gifts so make sure to purchase them for Christmas season ;)


Nebraska High School Senior Photography | DRP Senior Rep Team 2019 | Snow Senior Session | Nebraska Photographer

Nebraska High School Senior Photography | DRP Senior Rep Team 2019 | Snow Senior Session Photos | Nebraska Photographer


 
picture of high school senior girls from high schools in nebraska including wilber-clatonia high school, milford high school, friend high school, tri-county high school and norris high school. girls are in blue jeans with cream and white sweaters and winter boots, playing in snow with puffer vests and cc beanie caps. girls laughing and taking pictures in snow throwing it in the air for high school photography dirt road photography by kelsey homolka nerud photographer.
 

Shelby, Caitlin, Cassidy, Lily & Jackie

Wilber-Clatonia High School - Friend High School - Tri-County High School

We did our first official shoot with our Senior Rep Team of 2019 and I can say it was hands down something that inspired me to kick off the Class of 2020 already! These girls brought laughter and spunk to their session and it reminded me why I truly love what I do. Seniors have been, and always will be my favorite type of sessions. And, kicking off the rep team with this amazing group of girls I know will only get me more excited to meet high school seniors from all over Nebraska!

Our reps are from several schools located around the southeast Nebraska area. Janae is representing Milford High School, Cassidy represents Tri-County High School, Morgan represents Norris High School, for our Wilber-Clatonia High School reps we have Shelby, Lily, and Jackie (we love WCHS!) and rounding us out is Caitlin who goes to Friend High School. This crew is so excited for their senior year and after our meeting at Brew House in Crete, Nebraska (my fav coffee place of all time!) we stepped out to go shoot a quick mini session in the snow. The girls all wore the cutest outfits that coordinated perfectly and I loved watching each of their personalities shine through their clothing choices. From worn denim jeans to black denim with distressed holes, we had some cute outfits paired with warm fuzzy boots and then Miss Shelby and Lily lived on the edge in tennis shoes although I swear they were going to get frost bite. I love that the girls almost all showed up in vests (myself included) because it clearly means we all love a puffy vest!! And of course, we almost all had matching CC beanies which cracked us up because we loved the thought of thinking alike!

While out in the snow shooting pictures of the girls, we learned so much about each other and laughed at some pretty wonky things. From Cassidy’s hilarious “laugh” to me almost falling before we even left the road, I’d say the girls had fun. The snow photos look amazing and the girls rocked their photo shoot! Here in Nebraska we received about seven inches of snow over the past few days so this was the perfect opportunity to take these pictures. We met in Crete, Nebraska for the session and then had snowball fights and tried not to slide down any slippery hills. The girls toughed it out and were troopers when I asked them to dip their fingers into the snow and some even offered to toss snow into each others faces “just for the perfect pictures.” But, I think my favorite part of the day was watching them laugh and get to know each other! My whole intention of having a rep team is to find ways to bridge schools and bring girls together to empower and encourage each other.

My heart exploded when they asked if we could get together more often than just for shoots. Yes girls, absolutely we can do girls days and go get pedis or nails done then go grab pizza and gab and catch up. Yes, absolutely my house is a safe place for pizza and movie nights! Honestly, this is what I dreamed of when I said I wanted to start a rep program and I am still on cloud nine thinking that something like a photo session could bring together such a diverse group of girls and teach them to love each other and laugh. This is totally what I imagined my business doing, and I’m grateful I can be the bridge to connect these girls! XOXO

picture of high school senior girls from high schools in nebraska including wilber-clatonia high school, milford high school, friend high school, tri-county high school and norris high school. girls are in blue jeans with cream and white sweaters and winter boots, playing in snow with puffer vests and cc beanie caps. girls laughing and taking pictures in snow throwing it in the air for high school photography dirt road photography by kelsey homolka nerud photographer.

Get ready to see more of these girls throughout the year. If you’re interested in booking your own senior session contact one of them to get a referral of $100 off of your own senior session. Also, if you book before the end of May 2019, you can get an additional $50 off your session fee making for a super great deal on any senior session! ;)

 
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Ok, we had to do ONE picture with me in it for fun. I mean, I absolutely LOVE these girls already and just want to hug them all! XOXO

 

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.


Nebraska High School Senior Photography | Coltin Rezabek | Wilber-Clatonia High School | Wilber Nebraska Photographer

Nebraska High School Senior Photography | Coltin Rezabek | Wilber-Clatonia High School | Wilber Nebraska Photographer


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Coltin Rezabek // Wilber-Clatonia High School

Coltin Rezabek is known all over the state of Nebraska for his fantastic high school football career and even owns a few titles for Player Of The Year so I cannot wait to brag about the senior pictures we took during his session this summer and fall!

Coltin goes to Wilber-Clatonia High School located in a small town located in Southeast Nebraska called Wilber. He’s active in FFA as well as involved in sports like baseball, football, basketball and track. I’ve watched him bring home a few championship titles with his Legion Baseball team and many other sports teams he’s been a part of. He truly is an amazing kid!!

What I like most about Coltin while getting to know him is that he mentioned he loves to hunt and fish and I know his family spends a lot of time together out on the lake fishing. It’s always my favorite to see families find a hobby or activity to do together and fishing is one that I can totally connect with as I did fishing often with my dad growing up!

images of high school boy senior photos named coltin rezabek of wilber nebraska who went to wilber-clatonia high school in nebraska and is part of the class of 2019. photos were taken near wilber nebraska in saline county. photo includes guy on gravel road with white long sleeved shirt, and jeans with tennis shoes. photographer is kelsey homolka nerud of wilber nebraska who specializes in high school senior photography and senior pictures.
images of high school boy senior photos named coltin rezabek of wilber nebraska who went to wilber-clatonia high school in nebraska and is part of the class of 2019. photos were taken near wilber nebraska in saline county. photo includes guy on gravel road with white long sleeved shirt, and jeans with tennis shoes. photographer is kelsey homolka nerud of wilber nebraska who specializes in high school senior photography and senior pictures.

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.


Monthly Product Highlight // Custom Photo Lockets & Keychains // Dirt Road Photography // Nebraska Photographer

Monthly Product Highlight // Custom Photo Lockets & Keychains // Nebraska Photographer

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About Our Lockets & Keychains

Our photo lockets and keychains come in gold, silver, or rose gold. Each locket is made from solid lead-free nickel-free brass. Our photo lockets have the front is sealed in a permanent hard resin. All the lockets have photos on the inside that are water and scratch resistant and can be replaced. Closed the locket is 1.18 inches (30mm) wide and weighs .49 ounces (14 grams). Lockets come with a matching plated steel chain and clasp or a keychain. They come with either a regular necklace chain or a keychain. Photo lockets are ideal for showing off photos and making the locket into a piece of art.

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picture of chasing lockets and keychains with photos in them for photography clients near dorchester nebraska photographer kelsey homolka nerud

Let's celebrate by having a 15% discount on all keychains and lockets! This sale only lasts for the month of January 2019! Contact us to get more information and pricing. As a reminder, you can pre-purchase these items and hold them as a credit on your account until you hold your session later in the year, these also work great as gifts so make sure to purchase them for Christmas season ;)


Quickbooks - Client Invoicing, Vendor Business Expense Tracking & More for Keeping Photographers Organized

Quickbooks for Client Invoicing, Vendor Business Expense Tracking & More for Keeping Photographers Organized

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We’re on a mission to help photographers get organized in 2019 and one of the most important things in a business is to know your numbers, have a tracking system to keep clients invoices organized and a place to enter business expenses and sales tax information.

Insert Quickbooks for the win!

Yes, we love Quickbooks and cannot wait to dive into it!! We hope something we’ve mentioned will resonate and you’ll find Quickbooks or another accounting software to help get you organized and ready to launch into your business for 2019.

So what exactly is Quickbooks? Well, Quickbooks is an accounting software program that helps keep you organized and puts everything in one place. I personally use the Quickbooks Desktop version and love it but I also have heard many great things about the online monthly subscriptions as well. For me, I love the one time investment instead of having to be locked into paying monthly. After talking to my accountant, he said, in reality, my desktop would be a better investment since I don’t need to update yearly because I don’t do payroll. So for me, it’s about $200 to purchase the desktop version, divide that by five year (I purchase the newest version every five years) and that’s about $40/year I’m spending for the program. The cheapest online subscription version is $10/month so basically, you’re saving a lot by just purchasing the desktop version. ;)

Client Invoicing

As a photographer, one of the major things we do in our business is send invoices to our clients. I’ve already gone over how I utilize Shootproof in a previous post and that’s what I use for my actual invoicing but I also use Quickbooks to keep track of my overall accounting for my business. So, I create my invoices in quickbooks and that’s the official place I keep track. If clients pay with cash or a check, it gets recorded here and nothing is created in Shootproof. If they want to pay with a credit card or set up payments, we then create a duplicate of the exact same invoice in Shootproof and then they do those payments there. Once payments are made, it gets entered in Quickbooks. But my favorite reason for using Quickbooks for my clients is because I can look up their past order history. Sometimes I’ll have a client come back the next year wanting to order Christmas cards and can’t remember how many they ordered the year before, I just check out their past invoices. Or, maybe they booked a high school senior session with me, well, I can look up exactly what we ordered for their older sibling and see what we had extras of and adjust their new invoices accordingly. It seriously is amazing.

Line Items (Products & Session Fees)

I’m not going to lie, setting up Quickbooks is overwhelming. My biggest suggestion when setting it up is trial and error. You really have to ask your specific accountant for help as tax information can make a difference but for me, I took the time to enter every single item I sell as products for clients along with each session type that I have. Yes it takes forever, yes it sucks, but long term, it’s the best time I’ve spent! When making up lists of your items I’ve found it helpful to get specific. Check out the image below. I created a main category for my sessions (as a service). From there I entered my session fees and put the pricing along with any description I wanted for the invoices to auto populate. Then, I created another category with my Print Packages (towards the bottom) and enter a sub-category for my Create Your Own Collections and then etc from there. Then, my other sub categories for the rest of my product based on types and sizes. Again, I know it’s time consuming. BUT once it’s done, all you have to do is drop them into your invoices. Easy. Peasy.

 
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Referrals & Credits

Another thing I’ve learned to create and utilize is the credits section. I offer referral credits to my clients who refer friends and sometimes, it’s tough to keep track of who has earned what. So, I created a line item and just go to create a credit and apply it to their account. I send an email to them thanking them and then it’s sitting in their account for when they’re ready to use it. I also give a credit to the person who gets referred, so in the description I’ll typically write who referred them and that’s it. Then, I apply that credit to their invoices. Simple, and easy to track. My kinda program ;)

Vendor expenses

Here’s here Quickbooks gets magical. You know all those pesky expenses that come with running a business? All those receipts floating around your office and wallet? QUICKBOOKS ORGANIZES THEM!! That’s right. All you have to do is enter them and bam, records all nicely organized and ready for your accountant. I do mine a little different but the system works for me. I have a folder on my desk, I put all my incoming bills/print invoices/receipts into it. (Disclaimer, most of my bills are set up as autopay, so when I get the paper copies, they’re already paid). At the end of the month I sit down and “enter bills” into QB. Then, you select the magic button “pay bills” and you can actually mark them all paid all at once! It’s magical friends. Seriously the most magical part of the entire accounting system. There is just way too much info to go into details in this section so I’m keeping it short and sweet for now.

 
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travel & Mileage

Again, as a photographer, we often are driving to locations or dropping off orders for our clients. QBs has a section dedicated to entering in mileage which is super helpful when my accountant asks! No more guess work or back tracking to see where I went or who I met with. You can set up exact mileage pricing as well in there. So many great things!!

Tax information

Ok this is another favorite part. Quite often I see people asking for tax advice on how to stay organized and reporting of sales tax. News flash. QB can do it for you (kinda). If you have it set-up, Quickbooks can auto populate which line items are needing to be taxed. From there, it’ll show tax collected and then show a summary of what taxes are owed to whom. This is so tough to get into details because you really need to ask your local accountant but for me, this was my biggest selling reason to purchase QB. I like looking at a glance to see how much I owe. I personally have a separate bank account set-up and after each session/order I transfer $XX amount into that account to hold back for taxes. That’s a whole separate subject for a different day but for now, just make sure you’re pulling aside that sales tax and tax income amount so you’re not scrambling at the end of the year to pull it together. Technically, the sales tax isn’t yours anyways ;)

Snapshots & business reports

Hello I’m Kelsey and I’m a complete nerd about reports and knowing my numbers. This program is fantastic to show me the overall reports about my business. It shows me what’s making money, what’s not doing so well, and even compares numbers to last year. I like setting number attainable goals monthly and I love snapshots because it shows me graphs and charts along with comparing it to last years monthly numbers in sales. It’s a great visual to keep you on track and at the end of the year compare what worked the best throughout the year. I like printing them all out and sitting down to make decisions, if, for example, I have metal prints on my price list and show I sold only five but my canvases I sold forty, maybe it’s time for me to look into removing metal prints from my product line-up and up prices slightly on canvases. These reports can be worth their weight in gold and my account especially loves them because they auto-populate for tax income time!!

I hope all of this information helped you guys out. It took awhile to gather the info and get it all laid out but you really should invest in some type of accounting software. You’ve spent so much money on equipment for your business why not invest in something to keep you organized when if comes to tracking your numbers? You wouldn’t buy educational workshops and then not watch them, so why would you collect income but not monitor where it’s all going?! For more info please feel free to reach out to us, we’d love to help you out! But as always, make sure you consult with your accountant, we truly don’t know your personal business’ and it’s always best to advise with someone who knows yous situation the best.



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

Best of 2018 DRP Yearly Review // Dirt Road Photography // Rural Southeast Nebraska Photographer

Best of 2018 // Dirt Road Photography Yearly Review // Rural Southeast Nebraska Photographer

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I swear 2018 flew by. The older I get, the quicker the years seem to go. Sometimes I blink and I cannot believe the month is almost over! It’s now time to start thinking about 2019 and I love to take a few days to reflect on my business as well as look into the future to set goals and aspire to reach milestones I once just dreamed of.

I hope this past year has brought you joy and happiness as well as many new stories to look back on and reminisce over the good times you’ve had. I know so many things have changed in our family. My sister and her husband welcomed their sweet baby girl Timber and she’s going to be celebrating her first birthday soon. My little niece is the greatest gift of 2018 and I adore getting to spend time with her. My parents are still busy with working and hobbies. Mom’s garden was actually scaled back her giant garden to only sized enough to feed a small village instead of a city. Dad’s still collecting accordions and playing polkas with his friends. I always enjoy spending time waltzing around the dance floor to his talented songs.

As for me, well, I’ve stayed on my toes this past year! I traveled to Oregon for a High School Senior Workshop with the fabulous Holli True where I was honored to meet her and other amazing photographers from all over the country. I also spent my entire spring and summer testing the waters with a Senior Rep Team and I loved it so much I’ve launched a whole new program for the Class of 2019! We also shot almost 100 sessions again this year, so that for sure kept us on our toes shooting and editing!!! There are so many other changes happening soon that I have no doubt that 2019 will be an exciting chapter to write and bring you many new fun things to look forward to.

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Here at Dirt Road Photography we’re working on adding more high end exclusive products as well as new services to the business lineup. While we absolutely love the vendors we work with, we’re looking at finding more heirloom products and will release those details here soon. What I love most is all of the compliments I've received from people who love getting their images printed and displayed in their homes. They love that they now have lasting memories they can pass down through future generations and flip through on a daily basis. Future generations won’t have any tangible prints to hold and enjoy unless we become proactive and print what we’ve taken pictures of. Let’s not be the generation without photos!!

This last year has had so many changes and improvements so I wanted to take the time to reach out and let each and every 2018 client and supporter of DRP to know that I am grateful for your business and encouragement. You’re not supporting a big company but you’re helping to support a local small business owner. Without you, owning a business would be impossible!

I hope to see many of you again in 2019 and I love watching you and your family continue to grow. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for inviting me into your family’s lives. You’re all such a blessing and I love knowing each and every one of you. I truly do value each friendship I’ve made! I wish you a great new year and cannot wait to see what successful things you accomplish in 2019. 

-Kelsey Nerud with Dirt Road Photography

 
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And check out the change through the years! It's incredible to watch progress and see how things change so much each year. I love watching my growth and seeing all these beautiful new clients!!

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Check out Every single session held in 2018!


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)

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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

images of family of six people in the fall near wilber nebraska with dirt road photography in southeast nebraska part of saline county taken by kelsey homolka nerud picture shows four boys and mom and dad with blue and maroon colored outfits with tall grass and trees and sunshine in a rural location located by a farm with beautiful fall colored leaves and family having fun laughing

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.

images of family of six people or less in the fall near wilber nebraska with dirt road photography in southeast nebraska part of saline county taken by kelsey homolka nerud picture shows four boys and mom and dad with blue and maroon colored outfits with tall grass and trees and sunshine in a rural location located by a farm with beautiful fall colored leaves and family having fun laughing

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!!

images of family of six people in the fall near wilber nebraska with dirt road photography in southeast nebraska part of saline county taken by kelsey homolka nerud picture shows four boys and mom and dad with blue and maroon colored outfits with tall grass and trees and sunshine in a rural location located by a farm with beautiful fall colored leaves and family having fun laughing

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

images of high school girl senior photos named autumn branson of fairbury nebraska who went to fairbury high school in nebraska and is part of the class of 2019. photos were taken near dorchester nebraska in saline county. photo includes creek with girl in flowly floral dress with short hair and glasses. another outfit includes jeans with tennis shoes and button up gray shirt with white dog and sunset on a dirt or gravel road. tall grass with a sunset behind as well. photographer is kelsey homolka nerud of wilber nebraska who specializes in high school senior photography and senior pictures.

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. ;)

images of high school girl senior photos named autumn branson of fairbury nebraska who went to fairbury high school in nebraska and is part of the class of 2019. photos were taken near dorchester nebraska in saline county. photo includes creek with girl in flowly floral dress with short hair and glasses. another outfit includes jeans with tennis shoes and button up gray shirt with white dog and sunset on a dirt or gravel road. tall grass with a sunset behind as well. photographer is kelsey homolka nerud of wilber nebraska who specializes in high school senior photography and senior pictures.

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!

images of high school girl senior photos named autumn branson of fairbury nebraska who went to fairbury high school in nebraska and is part of the class of 2019. photos were taken near dorchester nebraska in saline county. photo includes creek with girl in flowly floral dress with short hair and glasses. another outfit includes jeans with tennis shoes and button up gray shirt with white dog and sunset on a dirt or gravel road. tall grass with a sunset behind as well. photographer is kelsey homolka nerud of wilber nebraska who specializes in high school senior photography and senior pictures.

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.