Kaitlinn and David’s Wedding – A Sneak Peek!


Kaitlinn and David were married on September 18th, 2009 at St Matthews Church in Cedar Rapids.  The reception was at the Indian Creek Country Club in Marion.  

 

They picked a beautiful day, the weather was perfect!  We started out with a trip to Noelridge Park with just them, and got some beautiful images there that I’m sure they will cherish for a long time. 

 

There is such a great positive energy between them, I do believe they have found their true soulmate in each other. 

 

I want to say thank you to Kaitlinn and David for allowing us to be a part of their special day.  Also thanks to Jaime Moquin for her 2nd camera work, great job girl!

 

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As always, have a wonderful day!

Carl,

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Burana at Brucemore


Last Saturday, September 12th, I had the distinct honor of photographing “Burana at Brucemore” for Orchestra Iowa!   There was a wonderful positive energy on the Brucemore grounds that evening.  The weather cooperated with perfection for an evening outdoor concert.  There was a great audience of more then 4000 people that came out to witness a performance by Orchestra Iowa that was sheer perfection to say the least.   It was truly an honor for me to photograph this wonderful event!    Bravissimo!!!! 

 

If you have never seen Orchestra Iowa perform, you are truly missing out on a wonderful experience.  Go to the next performance, or even buy season tickets, you won’t regret it!  http://www.orchestraiowa.org/   Eastern Iowa is truly blessed to have a symphony of the caliber that is Orchestra Iowa! 

 

I want to say a special thanks to the staff and to Orchestra Iowa for giving me the honor of photographing this wonderful event!  Also thanks to Stephanie for giving me a couple extra hands, great job girl!!!

 

You also need to take a tour of Brucemore if you haven’t already.  http://www.brucemore.org/

 

 

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As always, have a wonderful day! 

Carl,

Visions Photography

Stay in the Moment!


A very good friend of mine reminded me a few weeks ago about a very important “secret” to life.  “Stay in the Moment” 

Thank you Miriam! 

 

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We all have those days and moments when everything we do or touch just doesn’t quite work out right, or how you planned!  Life has a different plan for us at that moment. 

 

That flat tire when you are all dressed up and running late.  The water heater that during the night decided to spring a leak.  How about the classic, you are out in the rain and you’ve managed to stay somewhat dry and are waiting at the corner to cross the street….yup here comes that car or truck that hits that puddle and splashes you.  You are running late for work, hop in your car and click….nothing!  You have some really important computer work to do, you sit down, turn on your computer and it won’t boot up, your hard drive crashed.  Any of these things can really test our patience, stress us out….even make us mad or we let them ruin our day!  WHY????

 

For me these words “Stay in the Moment” and another favorite quote of mine, “Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, Today is a Gift…That is why it is called the Present“, remind me that despite what is going wrong, there is always something that is going right.  My family is alive and in good health, I’m alive and just took another breath,  a bird is singing me a song, or I look up and an eagle is showing me how to “soar”, I get to do what I love for a living, my granddaughter just made me laugh or just gave me one of those sweet hugs of hers.  There is ALWAYS something that is going right, you just have to look for it!   Kind of like nature itself, there is always beauty in some of the simplist things in life, we just have to “see” them!  

 

So now as I’m writing this, an old song pops into my head……”Don’t Worry, Be Happy”  by Bobby McFarrin.  Hmmm, great idea! 

 

Negativity and negative thoughts can consume us if we let them, DONT’s let them do that.  I’m reminded again of another old song by the Moody Blues…..a quote from that song.  “Face piles of trials with smiles, it riles them that you may perceive the web that they weave.” 

 

No matter how bad things get, stay positive, keep those thoughts of positive energy going, the bad will pass and the good will come again!  Remember that in this universe, Positive brings positive results, negative brings negative results!  Personally I prefer the positive things in life.

 

I thought this was best represented by some of my favorite landscape photographs that I’ve taken in the past couple years.  They remind me of natures gifts to us, they ask nothing in return, just to be enjoyed for their beauty.   They also remind us to look for the beauty in every day life! 

 

So quit stressing about life, and ENJOY life!

 

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As always, have a wonderful day! 

Carl,

Visions Photography

Elissabeth and Nick –


Elissabeth and Nick are getting married next June in Dubuque and if their engagement portraits are any indication, it should be a really fun wedding.  The have such a great positive energy to them and I think they each found their soulmate in one another!  They also really appreciate the art that is called photography.  A special thank you to them for choosing Visions Photography! 

 

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As always, have a wonderful day!

Carl,

Visions Photography

Angela and Adam – Engagement Portraits


Last Thrusday, I had a lot of fun working with Angela and Adam taking their engagement portraits.  One of the things I enjoy the most about being a photographer is capturing those special candid moments of people being themselves!  Those moments when they “forget” I’m there with my camera.  They are getting married in June of 2010 and I am honored they chose Visions Photography to be a part of their specail day!  I’m really looking forward to photographing their wedding!  It should be a lot of fun also! 

 

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As always, have a wonderful day!

Carl,

Visions Photography

 

 

Alison and Colin


Highlights from Alison and Colin’s wedding on August 29th, 2009.   Thank you Alison and Colin for letting us be a part of your special day!  Also, a special thanks to Jaime Moquin for her 2nd camera work!

 

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As always, have a wonderful day!

Carl,

Visions Photography