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Ames, IA, 50014
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Flowering Trees on Campus

Cari Hague

Flowering Trees on Campus

I don’t know about you, but spring flowers make me smile.  Today, just the thought of the coming spring flowers makes me smile.  We are so lucky to be here in Ames and have the beautiful ISU campus to enjoy.  One of my favorite times on campus is when the trees flower in the spring, that also happens to be a beautiful time to photograph on campus.  However, the tricky part is that this is Iowa and we don’t have an exact date for when the trees will pop, they also don’t last very long, so that can make scheduling portrait sessions a bit challenging. 

Enter the “on-call” list.  For those tricky to schedule, weather dependent, circumstances, like specific flowers or fresh snowfall, or rain (yes some people actually request a session in the rain) we find it easiest to use an “on-call” list.  We go through the normal session booking process, but instead of selecting a set time we leave it at TBD.  Then as soon as it looks like we have possibly good conditions, we will call you and work out an actual time.   When you book, we will discuss the details like clothing so everything is ready to go and the only thing left when the time comes is to coordinate schedules.

The flowering trees make beautiful backdrops for family portraits, especially if you traditionally have had a fall scene, this would be a great way to add variety to your portrait legacy.  For seniors looking for a unique setting, the limited nature of this situation is ideal, making it tough to copy.  Of course, you can bet I’m going to drag my little munchkins to campus for one of these sessions, I’m thinking Charli in a very girly dress and the boys in springy colored sweaters or button ups, what do you think?  Ok, I’m super excited (we may have had some serious cabin fever set in in our household this winter) and hope some of you will join me.

There will be a limited amount of time we will have the flowering trees this year, so that means there will be a limited number of available sessions.  Call today to reserve your spot on the ISU Flowering Trees On-Call List We would also love to chat about other session ideas for taking advantage of the beauty of the Iowa seasons.


Coming up…

  • Why May & June are ideal for Senior and Family sessions
  • New Art Prints released
  • Planning a photo shoot to honor my Grandmother’s legacy