Iowa City Wedding, Family, and Portrait Photographer | New Website & Branding!February 3, 2014

I’ve been waiting to post this for quite some time!! I am so excited to share my shiny, new blog & website. Not to mention my gorgeous new logo & color palette!

I was very fortunate to work with an awesome, Iowa City-based graphic designer, Sarah Lenger, on my logo and branding.

Without any further ado!

Carolyn Ann Photography logo

This logo is special to me for a few reasons, but mostly because it incorporates a mandala.  As a school counselor in training, I have learned about art therapy techniques and truly love how art and mental health/wellness can be combined into such a lovely and organic shape.  I truly wanted my logo to reflect me as a person, artist, and educator- as I do not wish to parse those identities apart.  Another aspect that I love about this logo is its use of color! I find myself drawn to blues and greens (or seaglass colors, as I described to Sarah).  I feel that they add a pop of fun and also reflect my personal aesthetics.

Please take your time to explore my new blog and website! I have an updated about me section as well as some other fun pages to see :)

 

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101 in 1,001 | Iowa City Photographer’s Christmas CardsJanuary 6, 2014

Something about celebrating our first Christmas as a married couple really made me want to send out Christmas Cards.  Personally, I love sending and receiving mail.  Combine that with the fact that I looooove my wedding photos (its sorta becoming a vanity problem)- it made sense to send photo cards :)

Aren’t our wedding photos stellar? By the one and only: Arielle Doneson Photography.

Iowa City Wedding Photographers Christmas Cards

Iowa City Wedding Photographers Christmas Cards

Also, take note- it was on our first Christmas tree together as well :)

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101 in 1,001 | iPhone & InstagrammingDecember 19, 2013

Iowa City Photographers Iphone Upgrade

Alright, alright, I know- I’m super late on this, but I’ve upgraded to a smart phone. See the thing is that I’m not opposed to technology or being connected, on the contrary- I have a job in IT and lurrv social media.

To be honest, I’m sorta cheap.  But the hubs and I realized it was time to make the leap and upgrade.  I’ve also been wanting to instagram and have a decent, easy, and accessible camera at the ready.  While I’ll never argue that iPhone cameras are appropriate to capture all of life’s moments, I have found myself annoyed when I spotted this great sunset or funny sign without my DSLR to capture it.

A few of my favorite apps?

Instagram (duh!), Duolingo, Words with Friends (I know, still behind), Photoshop Express, & Alt Photo

Feel free to follow me on instagram :) and check out a few of my fave iPhone pics:

Iowa City Photographers Instagrams

Iowa City Photographers Instagrams

Iowa City Photographers Instagrams

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101 in 1,001 | New Film CameraDecember 16, 2013

Iowa City Film Photographers Gear

Iowa City Film Photographers Gear

Iowa City Film Photographers Gear

Yes, photographers do enjoy taking photos of their cameras!

I’ve made it pretty obvious that shooting film is pretty important to me as an artist, photographer, and person… Well when I dropped my film camera (a Rebel) on the ground and had to revert to using rubberbands to keep it held together for months, I decided it was time for an upgrade.  I’ve only had the chance to take this lovely out for a spin a few times, but I am super excited for what it will offer me as a photographer.

For those of you that are interested my search process went a bit like this:

1. Compatible with my Canon lenses (with autofocus- My eyesight needs it!)

2. 35 mm (not ready for the medium format leap yet…)

3. In my budget…

4. Flash compatibility

And voila I wound up with the EOS 3. Obviously, it was a slightly longer process than this, but you get the general idea…

Here’s a few pretties I’ve gotten from this camera :)

Iowa City Maternity Photography Weekend in Milwaukee on Film

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Iowa City Family Photography | Karley & the S FamilyNovember 11, 2013

This lovely shoot really needs no introductions… a few of my thoughts…

1. First family session all in FILM!

2. Top adorable things to look for: the daisy getting passed around & how many times Karley’s tongue makes an appearance ;)

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Iowa City Family and Children Phtographer

Karley & family,

Thanks for the awesome time!

xoxo,

- Carolyn Ann Photography -

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