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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.

Friday, May 28, 2010


I have a VERY good reason that I have not blogged a single thing in a long time.  I was on VACATION!  :)

Dave and I spent a week in Jupiter, FL and it was awesome!  The occasion??  My "little" brother graduated from High School.  :)  

We had such a great time.  Spent time with some family, spent some time at the beach, took a day trip to Ft. Lauderdale and ate at a yummy restaurant called Casablanca Cafe (highly recommend!) and so many other yummy places (see below!), such fun!

My sis and her family came too...

We went to the pier at June Beach...

We saw lifeguards...

We ate at the Food Shack (YUM!)...

(Dave took this one!)

Uh... yes... this is my husband and my bro-in-law... two peas in a pod...

I took this for Dave because he likes turtles (you'll have to ask him)...

My brother at graduation and his girlfriend

My dad and his wife...

The Sneed clan (well... part of it!)

From our day-trip to Ft. Lauderdale...

Me and my brother at Guanabanas - which was my favorite restaurant on the trip! (taken by Dave)

Dave and I (taken by my brother)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Shield's Family Session!

Date:  May 2, 2010
Location:  Shield's family home

I did a family session for Layna and her last fall.  At the time, Layna was pregnant.  :)  Layna called me earlier this year to do another session with her family with their new baby, Wylder!  He is such a doll!  We did the session 

I really love to do in-home family sessions, especially with kids.  Kids are so much more relaxed and in their natural element at home and the sessions always seem to turn out great!  This session was no exception!  

It was so wonderful to take your family's portraits again, Shield's family!  Thank you so much!

Portrait Session:  May 2, 2010

Portrait Session:  May 2, 2010

Portrait Session:  May 2, 2010

Portrait Session:  May 2, 2010

Portrait Session:  May 2, 2010

Portrait Session:  May 2, 2010

Portrait Session:  May 2, 2010

Portrait Session:  May 2, 2010

Portrait Session:  May 2, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Ichi Bike!

My husband plays hockey with a guy named Dan.  Dan is a pretty awesome guy... very nice, very talented and very creative.  Dan is a tattoo artist and has a tattoo shop called Yankee Doodle Tattoo here is Des Moines.  That is pretty sweet in and of itself... HOWEVER... In addition to the tattoo place, Dan and his wife Amy just opened up a bicycle chop shop called Ichi Bike!  Let me tell you that these bikes are so awesome!!  

For those of you who don't know Japanese (and I am one of them) - ichi means "number one".  These bikes are definitely #1.  They are some of the grooviest, custom designed and built bikes I have ever seen!  All of the bikes in the shop are old school, chopped and redesigned by Dan.  You really have to see them!

The opening for his shop was this past Saturday.  Dave and I had the privilege of being there, had a beer (Fat Tire of course!), bought a T-Shirt, hung out and took some photos.  Good times!  :)

If you are in Des Moines, you need to check this place out.  There are some of the best bikes in town!    

Best of luck to you Dan and Amy!!!  I know that you will do well!!

Dan's first transaction!

Love these theater chairs!

Buy the shirt!  ;)

Hey Dan!  Nice shop!


"Welcome to the Neighborhood" gift!  

...this one just came in... it's not yet been redesigned by Dan.  Cannot wait to see what it will look like!