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Jill Brown has over 15 years of experience in the field of photography. She has studied photography at Missouri State University and Maryville University, St. Louis. She spent time working on her personal fine art work for many years and in 2003 started her first wedding and portrait photography business in St. Louis, MO. Jill moved to Des Moines, IA in 2005 and has continued her wedding and portrait business along with her fine art photography. Jill currently has work displayed in and around the Des Moines area as well as work in personal collections around the world. Jill uses both medium format film cameras and digital formats to create her images. This is how the artist describes her work: “My work is a reflection of everyday life and places. I chose the medium of photography as a tool to capture the essence of the person or place. I create images to depict the subject as they are remembered in the mind. Not posed or unnatural, but as a window into the intimate world of the subject.” Jill Brown is a member of Professional Photographers of America.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Weekends and Family Traditions

This weekend was a busy one...

FRIDAY: Friday is "date night" here at the Brown household. Date Night means that mom and dad hit the town and the kids stay home! We decided to change it up this weekend and do something a little old school... dinner and a movie. We had a yummy dinner at Ruby Tuesday, complete with dessert. The movie... we saw "Up" in 3D. Wow. Wow. Wow. 3D has come a long way since we were kids! It is a fantastic movie... I laughed, I cried, I laughed, I cried. I highly recommend it!

SATURDAY: It sprinkled off and on all day. The kids and I walked up to the high school and watched the parade at 10 am. The parade was full of fun floats and lots of candy (of which we did not need).

The afternoon was spent packing Hannah for Camp Hertko Hollow. For those of you who are not familiar with this particular camp, it is a camp for kids with diabetes. My daughter has looked forward to this camp all year long. She says that she is going to go every year until she's too old to go. Then she's going to go as a camp counselor. Good for her. She's been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes for only 14 months, but she is such an inspiration!

The evening, of course, was fireworks! Urbandale put on a BeAuTiFuL display this year.

SUNDAY: Gracie's Birthday! Gracie turned 10. Whoa. I can't believe how quickly they grow up! Presents were opened in the morning. We took Hannah to camp in the afternoon, followed by taking Gracie to Game Stop to buy her a DS game and then off to dinner. Cake and ice cream with the neighbors finished off the day. Phew! Busy weekend!

FAMILY TRADITION: Okay, so I've decided to start a new family tradition. You may ask yourself why the heck I didn't think about this sooner, since I'm a photographer and all but I didn't. Don't ask me why. Maybe it's because I'm always thinking about the next client shoot and forget that I have a WoNdErFuL family right here that needs to be documented regularly. SO... on to the new family tradition... BIRTHDAY PORTRAIT SESSIONS! Okay, okay so my youngest is about ready to turn 9 and I'm just now getting around to this?! Well, better late than never!

Gracie is the first kiddo in the family with a birthday this year, so the tradition starts with her. The deal is just me and the birthday girl or boy gets to go somewhere with mom and have a private portrait shoot. Here are some of my favorites from the 1st Annual Gracie Birthday Portraits!

Gracie is double-digits

Gracie is double-digits

Gracie is double-digits

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