Saturday, October 5, 2013

Liminality on Hiatus until 2015

It has been my pleasure to work with some of the most inspiring, encouraging, and wonderful clients for the last six years. Thank you for the privilege of telling the story of your lives. I am embarking on an 18 month journey around the world and will be taking a hiatus from lifestyle photography here in the U.S. I do, however, plan to document our travels so feel free to follow along at Adding to the Beauty

I plan to be back in action the Summer of 2015 so mark your calendars...I look forward to working with you then!

-Rebecca J Ulasich

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Jim & Stephanie :: Engagement ::

Back in my high school babysitting years, I used to supervise as Jim and his sister Kate would fall backwards off the arm of the couch and bounce precariously on the cushions. It was a game we devised that had a goal and rules that I have since forgotten, but I remember finding as much delight in them as they found in the game.

In the intervening years Jim and Kate may have outgrown the couch game, but I find them (is it possible?) even more delightful than I did back then. So it was with absolute joy that I first met with Jim and his new fiance Stephanie and listened as they recounted their story.

The cookies started it all. He provided the baking sheet, she provided the baking, and the rest, as they say, is history. You see they lived in neighboring residence halls during college, and while his hall was furnished with a baking sheet, hers was not. So when she was ready to whip up a batch of cookies, she would wander down the sidewalk to his dorm, where he was often (conveniently) working at the front desk. He'd lend her the baking sheet and she would repay him with the first fruits of her freshly-baked bounty. The tradition evolved, and so did their friendship until Jim led Stephanie back to campus to remind her where it all began and to ask her to begin a new adventure with him. She, of course, said yes!

So it was only fitting that we plan their engagement session on the St Thomas campus. After being bested by Minnesota's winter weather twice, we decided to stick with our third date and just make it work. The lighting was magical, the setting was perfect, but the temp was a mere 10 degrees. It is a testament to just how much they adore each other that these photos don't betray how cold they actually were. No pained grimaces, no uncontrollable shivering, just a whole lotta love. Seriously, just looking at them warms my heart.


Her residence hall...where it all began





We found these phones and I just couldn't resist.
 

 

We had explicit instructions from Jim's mom to get some shots "in front of cool doors." Luckily St Thomas has a few rather stately doors to offer, so we had fun with a series of door poses. Mary, these next few are for you...


 


We had to sneak in a few with Kate too, who came for moral and creative support
 Finally, I will leave you with this image because Stephanie is just so strikingly beautiful. 


Jim and Steph, thanks for the honor of capturing a glimpse of your sweet love. I can't wait for your wedding! 

-rjou

Friday, February 1, 2013

Zoey & Claire :: Infant Session ::

These precious little girls were born 8 weeks early, and though their infant session was two months later, it was only 11 days after their due date. They are now thriving and it is so fun to see their different preferences and personalities already coming through. Though she usually sleeps better, Claire was active and awake - like she just didn't want to miss anything. Zoey was content to just snuggle down and snooze. Zoey liked being warm and wrapped up, Claire need her arms and legs free to wiggle and kick.

Thank you Chris and Britta for the honor of capturing this beginning of their lives. It will be a wonder to watch as these girls grow up and into their own...to see who they each become and how they each impact the world.

But for now, they are precious and and sweet and cuddly and perfect. See what I mean:









-rjou

Saturday, September 15, 2012

George :: Senior Portraits ::

I had a great time hanging out with George at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for his Senior Portrait Session. His laid-back and easy going nature made him a natural in front of the camera, and fun to work with.

Thanks, George, for the great session! Good luck on your senior year and blessing on you as you transition into the military next year. Enjoy this preview of your photos: 









We had to get a shot with one of the many scarecrows at display now at the Arboretum

Friday, August 24, 2012

Amber + Brian :: Wedding ::

I often grow to love the couples I have the pleasure of working with, but every once in a while I have the honor of telling the wedding story for a couple I already know and love. This was one such wedding. I have known Brian's family for nearly 15 years and so it was and absolute joy to be a part of this great celebration. 

Amber is a tenderhearted, adventurous, intelligent girl with a spark of mischievous fun to her. Brian is sensitive, intuitive, and always ready to laugh (and coax the laughter out of others) and they couldn't be a better pair. 

Brian and Amber, I loved documenting your beautiful, meaningful, FUN wedding. Enjoy a little sneak peek at your photos: