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It's All About The Dress!

June 25, 2020 - So three months without work destroyed my studio budget. BUT I WANT ALL THE PRETTY THINGS!!!!!! I really did grow up w...
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The Honor Of Meeting Beautiful Soul.

April 26, 2020 - If Tomorrow Starts Without Me - David Romano If tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see, If the sun should...
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I Get Yelled At

June 28, 2019 - I'm in the living room. Going on God knows how many hours of ignoring my family while I work. My son walks into the ro...
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Mom Stays In The...... Yeah Yeah Yeah I get it!

April 17, 2019 - In the last three years you see it all over social media so I don't need to go through explaining why Mommy & Me Session...
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Why You Should Hire A Pro!

February 25, 2019 - Gather round my children. Today's tale has tragedy, tears and an unexpected happy ending! It all starts one fine Sunda...
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the days have worn away

January 24, 2019 - Instead of just giving away sessions or products at Christmas I decided I was going to do something with a twist. Yes I...
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Scary Times

October 17, 2018 - A short time back I pulled into my garage and shut off my car. I had the news playing through bluetooth on my phone. A...
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Match Maker!

July 25, 2018 - Caught your eye? Thinking this blog was gonna be about Bumble or Tinder? Well not quit! I am trying to play matchmake...
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Pinterest Fail........Again

June 22, 2018 - I got exciting news that a long time client of mine was due with their first baby in a month! I also knew that they hav...
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Somewhere

June 10, 2018 - My son likes poetry. Since birth. I do not. Not just the New Kid On The Block and Where The Sidewalk Ends. Garden Ve...
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This Is Your Brain On Kat.

May 20, 2018 - Jekyll & Hyde Day 12 of My Twelve Days of Xmas Giveaway. Who would you want to be if you could do a shoot as that pers...
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SURPRISE!!!! Well Kinda!

May 17, 2018 - Elijah contacted me two months ago well before Mother's Day. "Tree do you think I can purchase a session for Emmy and E...
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Music To My Ears

May 09, 2018 - Winter is Strong. Winter is Beautiful. Winter is Fearless. Winter is also the slender reed of a girl I have been phot...
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Book It! Part Eleven - The Week Before

April 18, 2018 - Week of Prep- I usually contact the bride and groom at the start of the week to see if there is any drama or changes to...
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STD........

March 16, 2018 - So here's a story for ya! In my world STD usually stands for Save The Date. Not this week! Many of my clients are use...
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Fairies, Satyrs and Imps

March 16, 2018 - Last November my spawn was sitting beside me helping edit images. As a side note when he does this quite a few of you e...
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Under The Weather

March 13, 2018 - Last weekend I got to see so many happy familiar faces and many new ones as well! They were all happy because they were...
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Time Of Your Life!

March 08, 2018 - Ok most people have never had to put together a timeline much less one for your big day. This is why I love to help!...
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Engaging Ideas

March 08, 2018 - Engagement Sessions are a great way for my couples to get to know me and my style before the big day! When to shoot?...
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Fall In Love!

March 08, 2018 - Cheesy title right? Fall Family Photos When to shoot? In Nebraska late September and October! We are starting to g...
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Wink and A Smile.

March 08, 2018 - They traveled the hour and a half drive with two kids and Mom being pregnant to get their Spring photos. Except everyth...
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Terrible Twos and Troublesome Threes In The Studio!

March 08, 2018 - Ok this is the age were most parents insist on coming in for professional shots. Because their child WON'T STOP MOVING!...
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A Street Car......

March 08, 2018 - Ok first off no matter how old they are if you name your child Stella I will be smirking as you say it because Marlon Br...
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9 Months And Counting!

February 20, 2018 - You've made it nine months! Nine Month Sessions can be a minefield! First off this is where little ones usually star...
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Very Merry 1/2 Birthday!

February 18, 2018 - Your baby has made it through a whole six months! Starting foods, big laughs and sleeping through the night....hopefull...
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3 Months And Going Strong......

February 17, 2018 - Let's face it. They're not going anywhere. They can't crawl, sit up, stand, walk, run or escape me!!!! So why photogra...
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Home Sweet Home

February 16, 2018 - Myth: You need a clean Martha Stewart styled house to shoot a session. Reality: I usually spend all of my time in a spa...
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Do You Remember the Times?

February 06, 2018 - Hands in each others back pockets. Dedicating songs. Waiting for the laser lights to turn on. Wait........What? Roll...
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Book It! Part Ten- Engagement

February 05, 2018 - Engagement Sessions- ESessions, Love Sessions, Beloved Sessions etc etc etc They are a great dry run to see if you and...
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New Year, New Face

January 18, 2018 - Soooooo if you ignore my life and family and just focus on what I have to do for my business this next week: taxes month...
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SWF

January 11, 2018 - I was sitting in a coffeeshop, ease dropping on the table next to me as usual. It was a lovely young woman and her frie...
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Chug Chug Chug Chug

January 09, 2018 - Januaury My lush month. No not the organic cosmetic line. LUSH as in crazy soft blankets and throws with naked women...
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Let Them Eat..........

January 08, 2018 - Ok. Cake. Who doesn't love it right????? Some men.....stay away from those ones. Diabetics. Wise move. Bakers......
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Leader of The Pack

January 04, 2018 - Chris is a long time family friend. I don't often get guys that contact me. For headshots yes but to book a surprise s...
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Book It! Part Nine- The Meeting

January 02, 2018 - The Meeting- We love you! Can we meet up with you to ask you questions? Which they will immediately forget what they w...
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Book It! Part Eight- Stay Organized

December 30, 2017 - Staying organized- I started with lots of paper folders. I literally had a mountain of paper fallen of my desk. I now...
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Book It! Part Seven- Contracts

December 29, 2017 - Contracts- This is serious business. When I first started I had a one page contract I cut and pasted from Google. Over...
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What's In A Name?

December 28, 2017 - I didn't want a boy. I know nothing about boys. They get on my nerves. Smudged, Noisey, Bodily Creatures that laugh l...
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Book It! Part Six- Marketing

December 27, 2017 - Marketing is home work that needs to be constantly done wether you are busy or slow. Have a color on your Google calenda...
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The Rabbit Stays.

December 17, 2017 - "Is it alright if Bun Bun is in the pictures?" Bun Bun What the hell is a Bun Bun? I look down at the little two year...
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Book It! Part Five- Pricing

December 15, 2017 - This is a hot button issue. Price too low and you get demanding budget brides who want everything for nothing. Too high...
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Proof Is In The Pudding......

November 30, 2017 - I met the Johnson Family last year. Our first meeting was in a hospital room. Melissa had just given birth and had hir...
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Book It! Part Four- Website

November 14, 2017 - I bought my domain name off of GoDaddy for a decade for $80. I was going to keep Captured By Tree forever! I used the w...
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Holy Haberdashy!

October 19, 2017 - New Client. Wanted Session in their backyard. New people. Always that awkward Jr. High feeling. I pull up and park....
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Book It! Part Three- Logos

September 28, 2017 - Your logo can just be your business name, or it can have artwork with it, vines, graphics etc. Very big right now is wa...
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With The Fall Comes Family

September 08, 2017 - It's that time of year. The weather is starting to cool. Back to school. Crazy holidays are about to start. Halloween...
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Cross The T's and DOT the I's

September 05, 2017 - So Dorothy or Dottie if you will, has a lot to live up to. I mean come on. Her older sister is Deborah. Or Little Debb...
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Book It! Part Two- Business Name

August 31, 2017 - What’s In A Name? Branding Business Name Your business name says it all. Lots of photographers use their names for t...
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Book It! Part One- Getting Started

August 21, 2017 - After dropping out of the wedding business I had started to write an ebook on all of my experiences in weddings. It wro...
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Go Wide!

July 31, 2017 - I do not do generational photos. Let's face it they are not easy to do. Trying to get everyone in a family in the same...
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Safety Net

July 17, 2017 - I try not to post too many negative thoughts in my social media feed. It does no one any good. I am a business and have...
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Where The Wild Things Are!

July 10, 2017 - I have been doing very simple live bunny sessions for a few years now. EVERY time I do these sessions all of the older...
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It Takes 7 Years!!!

July 02, 2017 - For those of you that love the Harrison Ford version of Sabrina as much as I do the blog title was said in the Maid's vo...
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You Look Better Naked

June 07, 2017 - My curtains are always drawn. It is not to keep the heat out. You know the guy across the street from the Friends apar...
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Thick As Pea Soup!

May 14, 2017 - Every time I am at work I walk past them sitting on my shelves. One of those three-am-do-I-really-need-this purchases....
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Tea For Two

May 14, 2017 - Little cookies and sandwiches. Pots and saucers. Elegant victorian lace and gloves. A field of flowers and your Dad....
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Light Up The Sky

May 14, 2017 - Another First! I have never done a firefly session! or is it lightening bug? Fireflies are in some of my happiest mem...
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Judge A Book.....

May 13, 2017 - I remember the first time I realized that a headshot did not have to be squared off shoulders on a mottled grey backgrou...
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If I Had Wings I Would

May 12, 2017 - Yet another birthday party at Defy Gravity. You know the adults look more excited then the kids. I had so much fun why...
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Summer's Night Dream

May 12, 2017 - My favorite Shakespearean Play, A Midsummer Nights Dream. Let's face it, it's everyones favorite. The whimsical, magic...
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I don't need Sunny Skies.

May 12, 2017 - Anyone who follows my Instagram will know my son, Flynn. Anyone who knows Flynn knows that have the time he is in his r...
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Some Like It Hot

May 12, 2017 - Sometimes it's a former Bride of mine. A Mom who brings their kids to me for photos. A Friend of a Friend who heard I...
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........I've Gotta Wear Shades

May 12, 2017 - Your friends are ride or die. When your heart is broken it is shattered. Take the dare. What do you got to lose? Seni...
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When I Grow Up!

May 12, 2017 - Well I don't want you to ever grow up but I would love to capture your little ones dreams! My son is four. he spent all...
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Wandering Through The Land of Nod

May 12, 2017 - Lord of The Flies Bonfires, Lost Boys Hollering through Neverland, Rumpus with the Wild Things. All images conjured to...
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All A Blur!

May 12, 2017 - You spend a year or more planing your big day and it goes by so fast. Sometimes everything runs late and you don't have...
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Happily Ever After........One Day.

May 12, 2017 - When I married Steve my daughter Emily was 11. I was told not to wear white. I was told not to have a big wedding. I...
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Late To The Game

May 12, 2017 - It was all the craze this last year. Milk Bathes I did not have one single person request it! I read up on what mixtu...
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Qu'est-ce que c'est

April 24, 2017 - So once again I become sad as another Milestone Package ends and I go from seeing my wonderful clients every three month...
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Rock The Bump!

April 12, 2017 - I get asked this question all the time so I thought I would write a blog about it! "When do I come in for Belly Bump Ph...
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Nothing To Be Nervous About You're Gonna Be Great!

April 10, 2017 - When I first started photographing Gene Leahy Mall was the place to go. It's free, easy to get to, and green. I was th...
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A Vicious Streak A Mile Wide!

April 10, 2017 - Well we finished up another year of awesome Fluffy Bunny Sessions! I do call them Spring Session but lets face it their...
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I'll Eat You Up!

March 31, 2017 - I always love seeing how creative my clients get with nursery themes. I've seen some beautiful, should be on Pinterest...
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hmmm? Hmmmmm? HMMMMm?

March 22, 2017 - Each year my clients get younger and younger and I feel older and older. I remember the first time it happened a few ye...
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Prop Me Up!

March 21, 2017 - As I chose the title for this blog that country song Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox When I Die got stuck in my head. It...
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Filter THIS!

March 01, 2017 - It is EVERY photographers' pet peeve. It is the only time we are happy that you DON"T give us photo credit! When you a...
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Hidden Costs

February 28, 2017 - Each year I get a little more judgmental eco-warrior. Trust me I was the worst vegetarian who lived off of onion rings.
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Those That Can't Do.....

February 21, 2017 - Last Spring I wrote a book. After a decade of shooting weddings I wrote a Wedding Photography Workbook covering the Goo...
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20/20

February 20, 2017 - I was Selfish. Self Centered. Ignorant. And oblivious to the world around me. In fact I often think back and wish I...
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Numbers Don't Lie!

February 17, 2017 - Three years ago I attended a wedding photog class with a nationally renown photog. He put together a chart of the USA s...
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FISH-TASTIC!!!!!

January 03, 2017 - My clients have heard this story before. I am a photographer. I own a studio. And yet all of the walls in my house are...
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BRING IT 2017!!!!!

December 28, 2016 - 2016 brought so many changes to Happy Little Tree! I stopped shooting weddings and generational photos. I became a pri...
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Double Trouble

December 07, 2016 - I don't get to do this too often. Amanda and Dustin have been coming to me for years. Sometimes I wonder why. lol Pre...
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Naughty & Nice

November 30, 2016 - It's that time of year where my clients are getting a little naughty for their loved ones who were nice this year! Here...
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Giving of Thanks

November 24, 2016 - It's 5am. My son woke up at 4am this morning. I heard his feet come down the hall in a sleepy shuffle. He crawled into...
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Thanks Rodney!

November 02, 2016 - Maren is smart, lovely, curious and............... the energizer bunny! She is one of the fastest moving kids I have ev...
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Deja Vu

October 26, 2016 - My niece Audrey seems like the essential girl. Princess bed, pink everywhere, has to wear dresses. Except.......she wa...
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I Need A Headshot!

October 17, 2016 - Everyone needs a great looking headshot! Bloggers, Lawyers, Relators, Photographers, Linked In, Instagram, Business Car...
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Thee & Me

September 28, 2016 - I was a single Mom from the start with my Daughter. My husband Steve didn't enter our lives until my daughter Emily was...
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Where to Hide the Body?

September 20, 2016 - Last week I was in the middle of my sister's beautiful home. High ceilings, large windows, white carpet. Martha would...
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Flowers Are Red!

September 16, 2016 - This is Rosie! With a name like Rosie I wanted to take her to a garden for her 2 year photos. I got smiles and laughs,...
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Newborn Tips & Tricks!

September 07, 2016 - Here are all the answers to the Hows and Whats about Newborn Sessions! We usually say bring baby in between 5 to 12 day...
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Love You More

September 06, 2016 - I have small clients who come and see me for 2, 3, 4 or more years before getting a sibling. In that time I see them ev...
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Summer Lovin

August 24, 2016 - That tree. There is that one tree in my neighborhood. Every year it changes color about a month before all the other t...
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Perfect.........enough for me! LOL

June 14, 2016 - I love reflectors and fill light and off camera flash. 99% of the time when you see me shooting outdoors I am not using...
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Death to The Mini !!!

February 29, 2016 - The way Mini Sessions usually work is they are 15 to 20 minutes long and you get anywhere from 3 to 10 digital files. T...
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I WANT MOHR!

February 25, 2016 - I work with Lindsay at the studio. I should say I worked. She is leaving for new job opportunities in Oklahoma. She had...
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Quickest Way To Scare A Photographer?

February 09, 2015 - What is the quickest way to give me a heart attack? This call: "Hi Tree! I wanted to set up a shoot of all three cousi...
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Livin' The Life!

February 04, 2015 - So before I had a studio I had to either go to my clients home or scramble to clean my home to shoot in the current loca...
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