Posts tagged IBI Seniors
Tess | Wahpeton North Dakota Senior Photographer

Meet Tess! Tess is a part of the Class of 2017 at Wahpeton High School. Tess chose a fall senior session, and I am SO in love with all the fall colors in her images! Tess brought along the most amazing accessories - I mean check out those necklaces and jewelry - and that hat! I absolutely love shooting senior in all sessions, especially fall!

Thank you so much for allowing us to capture your senior photos, Tess!

A bit more about Tess:

High School: Wahpeton High School
College hopeful? Where? Yes; I'm undecided but I'm thinking Creighton in Omaha or the University of Michigan
Major: Doubt major in political science and public relations
Favorite clothing stores: American Eagle, TJ Maxx, Target
Favorite color to wear: Cream and grey
Favorite high school memory: Rapping at a lip-sync contest at my freshman year homecoming pep rally
Favorite books & bands?: Bands(artists): Kygo, Lost Frequencies, Odesza, Cheat Codes, Jonas Blue, Justin Bieber, Drake...I listen to at least one song in every genre pretty much
Extra-Curricular Activities you enjoy?: Golf, basketball manager, choir, student council, Spanish club
Favorite class in school: Spanish, geography, speech, and world history

Here are some of my favorites from Tess's session:

Danica | Wahpeton North Dakota Senior Photographer

Meet Danica, Wahpeton High School Class of 2017 Senior Model Rep! Since Danica is on our Model Team, I've had the pleasure of working with her multiple time! Danica has the best sense of style - as you can see in all of her gorgeous images! I absolutely LOVE all the variety we captured in her Spring, Summer and Fall Sessions! I wish you the best in whatever comes in your future, Danica!

Thank you so much for allowing us to capture a part of your senior year!

A bit more about Danica:

High School: Wahpeton High School
College hopeful? Where? NDSU
Major: Veterinary Sciences
Favorite clothing stores: Forever 21, American Eagle, Francesca's, PacSun
Favorite color to wear: Blue because it brings out my eyes!
Favorite high school memory: Prom
Favorite band: Pretty much all Hip-Hop/Pop bands and some country.
Extra-Curricular Activities you enjoy?: Dance, Softball, 4H
Favorite class in school: Health Careers, Ag

Here are some of my favorites from Danica's session:

Katie | Wahpeton North Dakota Senior Photographer

Happy Fall Ya'll! Well, September at least :) It's hard to believe all of our Summer Class of 2017 sessions are behind us, and Fall sessions are coming up quick! Make sure to keep your eyes open for all of the Class of 2017 Seniors to be hitting the blog in the up-coming weeks!

Meet Katie, our first featured Class of 2017 Senior! Katie & her family are among some of the sweetest people I have met! We even incorporated their two family dogs, Jade and Angel! It was SO fun hearing about living in Alaska, too! 

Thank you so much for choosing us to capture your senior photos, Katie!

A bit more about Katie:

High School: Wahpeton High School
College hopeful? Where? Yes, Undecided
Major: Maybe a branch of the science field
Favorite clothing stores: American Eagle + Hollister
Favorite color to wear: Lilac & green
Favorite high school memory: 2016 prom
Favorite book: We all looked up & The Bell Jar
Extra-Curricular Activities you enjoy?: FFA & I love playing Softball
Favorite class in school: Ag Ed, History & I enjoy writing to an extent

Here are some of my favorites from Katie's session:

Mariah | Wheaton High School Senior Photographer

Meet Mariah! Mariah is a Class of 2016 Senior at Wheaton Area High School. Mariah LOVES to sing, she is such a good singer I might add, and I totally wanted to incorporate this in her senior session! I found an old-style microphone to use in some of her photos, and they turned out SO good! All of her session outfits are also exclusive styled by Fuzzy Cheeks Boutique! Mariah also participated in my stylized fall Fuzzy Cheeks shoot. I had so much fun capturing your senior photos, Mariah! 

Fall Model Session | Minnesota Senior Photographer

This October in Minnesota, we had the MOST gorgeous fall colors! I was itching to photograph a fall stylized shoot, so I posted a model call and receive an overwhelming response! My amazing partner, Fuzzy Cheeks Boutique provided all of the fall-fashioned wardrobe for our shoot. We spread shoot out over two days, with eight of the most fabulous models! I had SO much fun with these girls - I hope you had just as much fun as I did! Thanks again for modeling, girls!

Our fall modeling session was also featured on Seniorologie - A Professional Photography Blog dedicated to the study of Senior Portraits! It is such an honor being a nationally published photographer! You can check out the entire blog post here:    

Here's some of my favorite images from the two days:

Continuing Education ≫ The Kitchen Sink Workshop

"Always be a life-long learner. If you come to a point where you think you know it all, you won't grow. You never know it all. I'm still learning more every day" - Mary Jacobson

As many of you may or may not know, this past May I graduated from Ridgewater College with a Diploma Degree and an Associated in Applied Sciences Degree in Professional Photography Technology. But honestly, those pieces of paper only mean as much as you let them mean.  In today's world, there are THOUSANDS of photographers out there; many have degrees in art, graphic design, and/or photography technology, while many are completely self taught. Is there a right way or a wrong way to learn? Is one way of learning make you better at your craft  than the other? Heck no.

Many will argue the fact that a four year college degree qualifies you more than a two year college degree; or at least a two year degree qualifies you waaaaay more than being self taught. And hey, I'll be honest with you, I use to completely agree with that way of thinking too. And as long as we're being honest here, I always thought I was 'too good' (whatever that means) to only go on to a two year 'community college'. Man was I wrong. I was COMPLETELY set to attend MSUM in Moorhead, but after looking more thoroughly at the program, I knew it wasn't right for me. I had NO interest in having to taking multiple drawing, painting, and art history classes when I wanted to learn and excel at photography. Thankfully, at the last minute I applied for the Photography program at Ridgewater, and was the LAST student accepted. 

I started my education at Ridgewater in the Fall of 2013, and instantly knew this is where I belonged! I was surrounded by thirty other creative souls who were just as eager as I was to soak up as much information as possible. And of course, this wouldn't have been possible without two of the best instructors around. Keith was jammed packed with all of the information one would ever need to know about the technical side of photography - from the best gear, to photoshop knowledge, to lighting and more! And then we had Mary - our personal cheerleader.  Mary sparked the passion for the art of photography in all of us! I could go on and on and on about how great our instructors were and all of the information they packed into us, but that would be a novel in itself. However, the most important lesson I learned in my two years at Ridgewater was from Mary; "Always be a life-long learner."

So many people decide or think that once they have their degree in their hands, they have completed their education and no longer have anything more to learn. Thankfully I learned that you can always learn more, and that it doesn't mean you were incomplete before, but that their is always something more you can learn!

I follow soooo many photographers and other creatives on social media to be inspired, learn different things, and to simply stay creative. A few creatives in particular are industry leading photographers, and it is absolutely amazing to see how successful they have become! One boss lady in particular that I greatly admire is the one and only, Amanda Holloway. Amanda is a self taught photographer from Texas, and is the most sought-after industry leading graduating senior portrait photographer in the US. She started photography in 2009, and decided to make it her full time profession in 2011. It's only 2015 and she already been an industry leader for years -- how crazy is that?!

In April, my entire photography class attending the Minnesota Professional Photographer Association (MNPPA) Convention in the Twin Cities to learn even more from photographer all across America. We were all COMPLETELY stoked when Amanda was announced to be one of the speakers! In the couple hours she presented, my class and I absorbed SO much information from her -- It was absolutely amazing how much we learned from her in such a short period of time! 


Amanda hosts a photography workshop - The Kitchen Sink Workshop - twice a year; Once in the Fall, and once in the Spring. When she released her Fall dates in February, I knew I wanted - NEEDED - to go! I researched SO much information about the KSW workshop and past alumni success that I was chomping at the bit for registration! She only allows 9 photographers at each workshop, and I was determined to get a seat! I sat at my computer refreshing the page for a half hour straight until registration opened, and somehow snagged a seat!!! Seriously you guys, I was jumping up and down in the computer lab at the college, that's how excited I was ;)

The Kitchen Sink Workshop is going to be SUCH a kick-your-butt workshop. Not only will I learn more about photography skills, posing, and lighting, but I am SO ready to learn more about how to run a successful business. One week from today I will be landing in Texas to attend this workshop! I am SO ready to learn as much as I can to continue to grow my business! Be prepared for lots and lots of new things coming from Images By Ivy soon :)

Now the only thing standing in my way is trying to figure out how to Airport by myself... That, will be an adventure in itself.

Check out more information about Amanda here:

My Ridgewater Photog Family, featuring Mary and Jackaroo :)

Lexi | Rosholt High School Senior Photographer

Lexi was my first senior from Rosholt High School, AND she was first senior from the Class of 2016!  I was so excited to meet Lexi and her mom, Julie, for her summer senior session! Lexi drove all the way to Fargo to get her make-up professionally done before her senior session -- how cool its that?! I absolutely LOVED Lexi's style!  All of her outfits were so perfect.  My absolute FAVORITE part of her session was when she wanted to include her cat in a few of her photos! I LOVE it :) Thanks again for allowing me to capture your senior photos, Lexi! 

*Exclusive* Senior Styling By Fuzzy Cheeks Boutique!

Oh my gosh you guys, I'm so super excited for this!!!! Since graduating and moving back home, I have been workng on tons of special things for my seniors this summer! I absolutely could not wait to announce this! It's official -- when you book your senior session with Images By Ivy, you don't only get fabulous photos and a fun experience, now you also get a premiere styling session too!

    Fuzzy Cheeks Boutique, located in Wheaton, has exclusively partnered with Images By Ivy to provide a premiere styling experience for YOUR senior photos! When you book your senior session, you will recieve an exclusive VIP pass to Fuzzy Cheeks' Ah-MAZING closet! Graduating seniors have the opportunity to pick out one of their have-to-have outfit + accessories to wear for their photo session -- with absolutely no cost to them! Seniors also have the opportunity to purchase their fabulous outfit, AND any other outfits + accessories from Fuzzy Cheeks Boutique they need for their senior session with a ridiculously awesome discount!
    I am SO excited for senior sessions this summer! It's not too early to start booking your premiere senior session with Images by Ivy -- Contact me today! :)