Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Louderback Family | Family Lifestyle + Portraiture

- Louderback Family | Family Portraiture Session -

Out of the many wonderful things that being a wedding photographer has given me, I feel so very fortunate for the individuals who have continued to allow me to be apart of their lives. Brett and Jelena are two friends who are my shining examples...

Four years ago I had the pleasure of photographing their wedding at the beautiful Joslyn Art Museum. I got nothing but good vibes from both of these wonderful people and throughout the years, I've been blessed to run into them at the randomest of places where our friendship has continued. I also have to thank Mr. Zuckerberg for helping us all stay connected in the meanwhile.

Speaking of catching up with Brett and Jelena, I also got to meet their two daughters, Milly and Ema, for the first time. Jelena had been pregnant with Milly when we had first met and now this big girl was already four! Wow, how time flies! When I came over, Jelena said, "Milly, do you know that picture of Mommy and Daddy in our bedroom? He's the one that took that!" I've heard a lot of things, but that one totally made me blush. 

Milly has the most charismatic laugh. You couldn't have asked for an easier model to work with! She loves bunnies, but not as much as the color blue, and she's great at making animal noises.

Ema has this way of peering into your soul. I have a feeling that she's going to be an empath and a quiet thinker. Her curious eyes looked right back through my lens and communicated with me in a unique way... 

I really loved their dark blue wall filled with chalkboards. When asked what they were for, Brett told me they were all the things they were grateful for. After they filled one up, they decided to add another and another, and before long wah-lah! Pretty clever right?

It's no secret that I'm in love with Mulhall's (thanks for letting me steal your spot Katie Hammond!), and each time I go there it's a completely different experience. The lush green plants that go on for days + the perfectly diffused light from above makes this place absolutely ideal. Aside from de-fogging my lens every five minutes, this is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

I loved watching the Milly and Ema explore. Here, Milly and I did our version of Jurassic Park, filled, of course, with lots of sound effects. Especially with photographing children, I love being able to observe them interacting with their environment. Kids are naturally so curious and everything they find can be a new and novel adventure.

Those hanging planters... love it.

These were for Milly... blue is her favorite, and don't you forget that.

All credit for this clean, attractive background goes to Jelena! Ever-stylish and an artist herself, she suggested we give this angle a try. It was perfect.

We had to finish our photo session with the colorful umbrellas. As you can tell, Milly was pretty excited...

Louderback Family, thank you for letting me be a part of your life. It's because of people like you that makes an island boy so far from home feel that he's right where he belongs. I'm excited for your futures and for the next chapter in your lives. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Ashley + Dustin | Omaha, NE Engagement Photography

- Ashley + Dustin | Engagement Photography - 

T.G.F.W.W (Thank God for Warm Weather)!!! 

After a winter that seemed like it just wouldn't end, we were all a little skeptical in planning an outdoor session in April. That being said, Ash and Dustin couldn't have picked a better day to do their engagement session. Assisted by her wonderful twin sister, Amber, we called a last-minute audible to do our mini-session at Mulhall's, Omaha's premier location for green thumbs and green thumb-wannabes (like me!). Aside from the awesome fact that Mulhall's graciously allows photography within their premises, they also have one of the best selections for flowers, plants and trees. 

Fun fact: Dustin was nationally ranked for his style points. He is often asked by Jos A. Bank to consult on their newest clothing lines of the season, and rumors have it that GQ Magazine even considered changing their initials to GQ by DF.

Fun fact: Ash's obsession with Runza chili is legendary. The company is now considering offering her a punch card for her loyalty. She is also an avid runner and can be found literally running from one store to the next. When asked, Ash stated that it is both a workout and a lifestyle of efficiency.

Ash and Dustin will be celebrating their wedding at the beautiful Moon Palace in Cancun, Mexico! It will be an exciting experience, and Shannon and I are stoked to tag along:) 

Thank you for viewing this Omaha, Nebraska Wedding and Engagement Photography from Ryan Yamada, R. Yamada Photography. 

Ryan specializes in Wedding Photography, Engagement Photography, Lifestyle and Modern Portraiture for Omaha, Lincoln, Council Bluffs and the surrounding areas. Ryan is also available for a select number of destination weddings or photoshoots per year. 

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