Up-Close and Personal

I normally don’t post on my website about my personal life. However, today I would like for you to find out more about me and why I love photography so much that I went into business. So far, 2015 has been not been kind to me. I know that a lot of people have their own struggles; personal or professional wise. This year has hit rock bottom for me, because my best friend and confidant has passed away last month; my beloved mom. Saturday mornings is the hardest for me to cope with this loss. You see, we used to talk every Saturday morning. It was/is hard for me to be 6,000 miles away from her and my entire family. My mom always knew how to cheer me up.

Last year, I was blessed by her to attend her 75th birthday. She sent me money for a plane ticket and we had 8 great days together. I am so, so glad that I did go to Germany to celebrate with her and my family. Unfortunately I did not get a good photo with her while I was there in 2014. I photographed her during our birthday celebration. This is how she always was; laughing and having some fun with her family (1st photo).

At the beginning of 2015 my mom lost a lot of weight, and my sweet sister finally convinced her to see a doctor. Unfortunately, my mom had cancer and it had already spread through her entire body. The main cancer was in her stomach that is why she had issues eating. In addition to the cancer my mom suffered a stroke while in the hospital. My sister moved her to the care facility she works at. My mom wanted to see me again, so I flew out in April. I was so shocked when I say her. The weight loss and the stroke left her in a wheelchair. I am glad my sister took the photo of my mom and me (it took me 3 months to format it - 2nd photo).


Why am I sharing this with you today? Because I want to make sure that you have plenty of photographs with your children. Record the happy days with them. Your kids will thank you for that later in life. Trust me. If you don’t want to hire a professional photographer, have a family member or friend photograph your family. And if you photograph with your phone, make sure you back them up AND print a little book as your keepsake.

The photographs I have with my mom are on film, but I treasure each one of them. Now I just have to sit down and scan them so that I have them on a hard drive. Please, be in the frame with your children.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Iris (TGTG)

Telling a Story of Love & Joy

I love learning, that's for sure. One of the best places to learn more about the craft of photography is Clickin Moms. The community of photographers is amazing to me. I have taken so many breakouts (online education via the forum) that helped me grow in leaps and bounds. Currently I am enrolled in "A Story of Love and Joy: Capturing Connections in Lifestyle Newborn Photography". Oh.my.goodness, what a class Lisa Tichané and Kelly Garvey have put together!!! If you are interested in lifestyle newborn photography, you have until July 22nd to get the class at a discounted price of $50. The material is amazing and packed full of information. Let me tell you what the breakout has done for me. I love, love newborn photography, but I have not advertised it much. Why? Because I am very uncomfortable posing newborns in baskets, buggies and the like. It is not that I don't like it, but for me, this is not my style. For me, it is all about connection. Lisa had an awesome quote in the breakout: "We are telling a story of a growing family; a story of love and joy." Wow - that quote made my heart skip a beat. Yes, yes, yes!!! That is how I feel about newborn photography.

So you are wondering what Lifestyle Newborn photography is? It is storytelling! It is not quiet documentary, but also not posed; so a mix of both. I have had the honor to photograph one of my friend's babies last year. Brenda and her family have been with me from the beginning and support my passion for photography. Last year, we had some ideas how to photograph Raegan, but it didn't turn out that way. We had props, but didn't end up using them. I just wanted to tell their story as a growing family, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Here are some photos from the session that I absolutely adore.


Brenda and I were talking about the session when I mentioned to her about the class I am taking. She said that she was happy I changed course during the session. Which made me smile from ear-to-ear. This class has given me permission to handle newborn sessions my way: without props and big fuss about posing. I want to tell a story of love & joy. May I tell your story of your growing family? I am looking forward hearing from you. You can simply email me at iris@irisnelsonphotography.com and I will get to you within 24 hours with more details.

Thank you for stopping by - until next time,

Iris :) (TGTG)

Marisa - HS Senior Model - HHS

I am thrilled to introduce Marisa, my first HS Senior Model for the 2016 campaign. Marisa currently attends Highland High School in Gilbert (HHS), Arizona, and will graduate in Spring of 2016. Marisa is a beautiful, young lady; smart and easy to get along with. Marisa's goal is to study Physiology at the University of Arizona. I am certain that Marisa will archive her goal. She is part of the National Honor Society, an Athletic Training Student Aid, and enjoys volunteering her time at various projects. On weekends, Marisa enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Marisa and I decided to meet up in downtown Phoenix for the photo shoot. I always wanted to photograph there, and I was thankful that Marisa agreed. We had a great time, and here are some of my/our favorite images:


To see all of Maria's photographs from the session, please check out her Animoto video.

If you would like to book your own HS Senior session, please email me so that I can send you the pricing guide for HS Seniors 2016. HS Senior sessions start at $250.

Thank you for stopping by - until next time, keep smiling.

Iris :) TGTG

Mother's Day Giveaway - Winner announced!


I am hosting a Mother's Day Giveaway until next Wednesday, April 21st. Why would I give away a mini sessions? Because we, as mothers, are mostly missing from the photographs. I would like to change that. I am very fortunate that my husband always photographed me and our son. Yes, the photographs I have from my son and me are on film, but they are all precious to me.

My own mom has been very sick over the last three months, and I am fortunate that I have photographs with her as well. My dad used to photograph a lot. Yes, you might be photographing your children growing up, but please don't forget to be in the frame as well. When your children are adults, they will thank you for capturing them including you.

So, what do you have to do to enter this fabulous giveaway? Not much! Just leave a comment on this post and you will be automatically entered. For a second chance, you can go over to my FB Page and hit the 'Like Button'. That's it! Easy peasy :)

And here is a very old photograph of my mom and me. She visited Arizona some time back. I am hoping that I will see her again, but with her current health issues, I am not sure. I might just have to go home to Germany :)


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enter for a chance to win the mini session.

Until next time...keep smiling :) Iris TGTG

Congratulations Kim for winning the giveaway! You should have received an email from me this morning.