Posted on April 17, 2013
These two are so fun and sweet!
I had an absolute blast shooting their engagement session
even though it was much colder than what we were initially prepared for.
Their wedding is going to be so much fun!
Enjoy the sneak peek into their session.
Posted on February 9, 2013
there are very few things in this world
that are better than
a new baby.
This little girl was
And she is
by her mom and dad.
Here are a few images
from our time together.
Posted on January 10, 2013
Erin and Brid were married at the end of December in a small town outside of Kansas City.
There was snow on the ground, frozen chunks of ice floating down the river,
but a little freezing weather couldn’t stop this gorgeous wedding.
Brid loves her shoulders and wanted her dress to show that off.
I say it did its job.
Her bouquet was soo amazing.
It was made from pins.
So many gorgeous pins.
Some were from her family, some from his, and some from their own collection.
I was obsessed with it. : )
Killer shoes, yes?
It was time to head to the church!
My assistant Summer grabbed these fun shots.
I love the rose window.
This was probably the fastest first look I’ve ever seen,
but it was close to 20 degrees and we didn’t want Erin turning blue.
They are soo cute together!
We took care of all the formal portraits before the ceremony began.
While we waited until it was time for the ceremony, we hid Erin behind the stairs
beneath the bell tower.
I adore this shot of her peeking over to see the guests walk in.
I have to say she did a terrible job of hiding.
She got up to greet and talk to almost every guest who walked through the doors.
A last minute conversation before it was time to begin.
Mr. and Mrs!!
Okay, this one cracks me up.
Erin was obviously OUT TO GET Brid no matter what.
He was not prepared and tried to dodge it so fast
that he blurred, but that face! I love it.
He was much nicer to her.
Instead of a guest book,
they had puzzle pieces that fit together into a tree.
The heart in the middle of the trunk is where they will sign their names on their own piece.
They’ll display it in their home in a way that you can see both sides since
guests signed front and back!
I had such a fun time at this wedding.
Thank you so much, Erin and Brid!!
Posted on January 3, 2013
I can’t believe you are already gone.
You seemed to fly by so fast.
I love looking through the photos I’ve taken for clients for the yearly
end of the year blog post.
It makes me so happy to revisit each session,
to see all those smiling faces again,
and to reflect on just how fortunate I am to be able to do something I love so much.
Here is a little peek into my 2012.
(These do not include the Beauty Boudoir
side of RLP.)
Thank you, thank you, thank you
each and every one of you,
for a wonderful 2012.
I can’t wait to see what happens in 2013!
Posted on November 30, 2012
As you may imagine,
I take a lot of photos of my family.
1000s of photos a year, actually.
For the longest time, I had a huge problem.
The problem was that I had so many lovely, gorgeous, fantastic
photos of my loves
but only so much wall space.
I wasn’t printing out nearly as many of my photos as I wanted because
I just didn’t have the space for them.
There was a huge fear
that all of these photos would just live
on the computer forever.
This past year I was starting to get major anxiety that something would
happen to these photos before I printed them
and a huge chunk of my family history would be gone.
I decided that the best way to ease my fears
would be to make a photobook.
I had created a couple of photobooks from various companies in the past,
but nothing over 20 pages.
I knew that ideally I would want as many photos in the same book as possible.
I wanted a book that could span years.
That is where Blurb comes in to the picture.
Blurb is a company that prints books for pretty much anything you can imagine.
Photo books and text books
and now even ebooks.
They are also a company that can print up to 440 pages.
Other photobook companies had a cap of 100 or 200 pages.
400+ pages floored me.
I knew that Blurb was going to be the place that I
used for this project.
Blurb has a couple of different options when it comes to how to make your book.
For this project, which I lovingly called the Superbook,
I decided to go with their BookSmart software.
I just downloaded it onto my laptop
and worked on the book when I had free moments.
This is also different than a lot of companies.
Instead of being tied to the internet,
I could work on it where ever I had my laptop.
It would save on my computer and then would upload to the Blurb
site when I was finished.
It did take me a couple of months to put together my Superbook.
This is mainly because it contains photos that span
That’s a TON of photos.
And they were all over the place, too, on different harddrives, so it took
a lot of work just to get them all in one place.
Some of them weren’t edited, either, so I had to do that as well.
My next photobook project will be much easier
since I have a better organization system for my current personal photos.
(One folder for each year containing a folder for each month.)
I was SO giddy waiting for this book to arrive.
I probably did a facebook status about it
a million times.
And this morning, as I not so patiently waited for it to hit my doorstep,
I posted another million status updates about it.
Finally, finally, it arrived.
I ripped opened the box,
and spent the next several minutes going over
all 418 pages.
Well, actually there are a couple of photos from 2011 in there,
but not too many.
I even had a couple of full spreads where the
photo spanned two pages.
I didn’t take a photo of one of those, though,
but I will try and add one later.
I’m so thrilled with it.
The paper is nice.
The colors are great.
I’m in love.
I haven’t decided if I’m going to combine 2011 and 2012 together into one book
or if I’ll print each year separately.
I do know that I will be printing one
big photobook a year
as a family keepsake.
And I can’t wait!
Maybe I’ll do a 12×12 next time!
Are you getting the bug to make your own Blurb book?
Right now until the 10th, Blurb is offering 20% off your order!
Just enter the code RUDOLPH at checkout.
Another fun thing I like to do with Blurb books is to print off
smaller soft cover books.
These are perfect for my Instagram photos.
(Aryah decided to jump in the photo.)
And I also did one of some of my favorite self-portraits
from my 365 portrait projects.
Please note that while all opinions on this page are my own,
I am now an affiliate for Blurb books.
This means that I receive a small commission
for blogging about Blurb and sharing their sale offers with others.
I truly, truly am in love with my Blurb book
and started my Superbook before I even was aware that
there is an afflilate program.
I decided to join because I’ve loved everything I’ve ordered from Blurb.
Posted on November 23, 2012
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Posted on November 13, 2012
It is true, they are.
I love shooting families in the fall.
The weather is lovely and the color is gorgeous.
This family session was no exception.
Here is a little peak into the evening.
I love families! It’s always a little sad when fall comes to an end
and the fall family rush is over.
But then it is exciting again because winter for RLP means lots of gorgeous women doing Boudoir Beauty sessions for
Christmas and Valentine’s gifts. Head over to the boudoir blog for more details if you are interested!
Posted on November 8, 2012
This life passes by much too quickly.
You wake one morning to discover you have one in high school.
And only one at home.
Really, when did that happen?
Some sweet friends and I decided that we wanted to make a concentrated
effort to capture all the little in between moments
that make up our lives.
Those not so perfect, everyday, beautiful moments
that are the very core of who we are.
We wanted to
We have no rules save for the one where once a month we share
photographs of our little, everyday moments.
Some months I’ll share photos from the entire month.
Some months, like this one, I will only share a few from a particular
happening or event.
My girls were outside, very dirty after a hard afternoon of playing,
and bouncing on the trampoline in pretty light.
She is growing so fast. She looks so much older than almost eight.
So adorable in her dirty faced, underbite happiness.
This one is all sunshine and rainbows. She’s so incredibly sweet.
They were tossing their stuffies in the air in hopes to catch them in the tree branches.
Sometimes they missed.
Oh, hi, not in focus face. Do I care? Not at all.
I think I’m going to enjoy this project. Follow along with my friends, the next one is on Tina’s blog!!
Posted on November 1, 2012
These two could not be any cuter.
They just can’t.
We had so much fun at their engagement session.
I can’t wait for the wedding!
I hate for this post to be so short and sweet.
I’m trying to finish up the last of my October rush of family sessions
but I know that Erin was dying to see some more of her photos.
Posted on October 25, 2012
This sweet momma wanted this session for her birthday present.
She told me that she was the family’s shutterbug
(so many mommies are.
We are the family historians.)
and was rarely in front of the camera WITH her babies.
We focused on her with her and the twins,
but we also managed to get the entire family involved
as well as a couple of her and her love.
Best birthday present ever?
I think so.
I’m right in the middle of busy season
(hasn’t this fall been AMAZING!)
but there are still a few last minute
spots available in November!
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