Category Archives: My Family

World Prematurity Day: Our Year as a March of Dimes Ambassador Family

Nathan, Rawley and I had the great honor of serving as the Bloomington-Normal March of Dimes Ambassador Family in 2015. And, like most volunteer experiences, we received far more than we gave. In recognition of World Prematurity Day today, November, 17th, … Continue reading

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Our 2014 Holiday Card (Normal Bloomington Photographer)

While last year’s holiday card was nearly impossible to top, in keeping with tradition, we managed to pull together another funny and unique Christmas card this year. Since we bought a house this summer, we decided to conserve time and … Continue reading

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Thankful.

For those of you that suffer through my long, rambling, personal posts, this one’s for you. 🙂 It’s been quite a year for my family! Most significantly, along with proud first-time parents Ryan and Natalie, my family welcomed Miles Alexander in early … Continue reading

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Another Unique 60th Birthday Celebration (Central Illinois Event Photographer)

If you know me, or are a regular reader, you know I always say I have the best in-laws ever! Such a fun family, full of love and laughter. The latest party was this weekend, when Nathan’s Aunt Sharon turned 60, and … Continue reading

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Our Rawley is 2 Years Old! (Bloomington-Normal Portrait Photographer)

Our little miracle man turns two today! I took him to Ewing Park in Bloomington for some candid portraits to commemorate the occasion. Using my long lens (70-200mm f/2.8) allowed me to capture him just being a little boy doing … Continue reading

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How To Make A Tacky Family Christmas Card (Bloomington – Normal Portrait Photographer)

Step 1:  Decorate hearth with tacky Christmas decorations you normally leave in the garage, including the Jersey Shore ornament and dancing sock monkey elf. (Actually, let’s be honest, I usually put those out anyway.) Step 2:  Attempt to get baby … Continue reading

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3 Reasons August 9th is a Pretty Big Deal Around Here

August 9, 2013 is a significant day in our family. Here’s why. Reason #1:  Five Years of Me and Nathan 5 years ago today, while celebrating my nephew Sam‘s 1st birthday, my mom took the first photo of me and Nathan together. … Continue reading

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Road Trip Themed Birthday Party (Preemie 1st Birthday Party Ideas)

We recently hosted celebrated our miracle baby‘s 1st birthday. Rawley overcame enormous odds to reach this milestone, so we pulled out all the stops for this bash! Theme Rawley is a 21-week pPROM survivor, a 62-day NICU graduate, and has logged … Continue reading

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Natalie’s Bridal Shower (Scottsdale Event Photographer)

Last weekend, I flew to Phoenix to celebrate the bridal shower of my very-soon-to-be-sister-in-law with family and friends in the Phoenix area. Naturally, I offered my services as the event photographer to the hostesses. 🙂 Natalie is a treasure, and … Continue reading

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The Making of an Heirloom: Replica of Greene and Greene’s Gamble House Dining Table

There’s nothing better than lingering over a meal with people I love. And now, Nathan and I have a very special place to do so. We recently became the very happy owners of a beautiful dining room table that is truly … Continue reading

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Our 2012 Holiday Card! + 3 Marketing Ideas for New Business Owners (Cheyenne Photographer)

Every year I try to design a creative, eye-catching, funny, personal, unique, and heartfelt holiday card. (And, I am always trying to outdo the prior year’s card!) My goal, since our card goes to family, friends, and business contacts alike, … Continue reading

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Life Lessons From My pPROM Preemie Son (World Prematurity Day)

Parenting is the single greatest mirror life has to offer. Any parent will agree. Before I got pregnant almost exactly one year ago today, I was prepared to be a parent. I was older; I was in a solid marriage; I … Continue reading

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How I Coped With 62 Days as a NICU Parent

Today was our son Rawley’s original due date, but he is now 11 weeks and 1 day old. Rawley came home from the NICU on July 24th, 62 days after his premature birth on May 23rd. Our family collectively spent … Continue reading

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What a Photographer Looks For in a Photographer (6 Tips for Choosing a Portrait Photographer)

Having high-quality maternity portraits was important to me when I was pregnant with our son, for both sentimental and professional reasons. Out of the masses, I picked Rachel Williams, Owner of Photographic Designs in Tulsa, OK and couldn’t be happier with the … Continue reading

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Introducing Our Son, Rawley William (Rawley’s Birth and 1st Month of Life)

Meet Rawley William Ambuehl; born at 28 weeks, 6 days, on May 23rd at 6:20 am; 2 pounds, 13 ounces; 14 inches long. He is one month old today! Rawley’s Birth Story My water broke on April 3rd, 2012, at … Continue reading

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Dennis’s 60th Birthday (Event Photographer)

This weekend the best father-in-law in the world celebrated his 60th birthday in St. Charles, MO, with about 30 friends and family. Nathan and I drove in from OKC to surprise him, and it was such a special weekend seeing … Continue reading

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Aunt Judy and Dean Martin

My dad recently showed me this photo for the first time of his sister, my Aunt, and it just took my breath away. I scanned a copy and cleaned it up a bit, and a print now hangs in our … Continue reading

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The Best Is Yet To Come (But The Past Has Been Pretty Good, Too)

Happy 2nd Anniversary to us! Our second year has been chock full of changes, happy and sad times, and new adventures: We moved to OKC We adopted Eiger My photography business went full-time We made multiple trips to Phoenix and … Continue reading

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Family Portraits at Lake Hefner and Bricktown

My sister, Heather, and her family visited us earlier this month, and I wanted to share two of favorite photos from that fun weekend. We had so much fun, sampling the local BBQ establishments, playing with Siggy (Eiger’s BFF, whom … Continue reading

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Madeline (Newborn Portraits)

After Madeline’s jungle-themed baby shower, we had a photo session in her nursery. Don’t you just feel like she is having deep thoughts in this image? Look at that spiky hair! I love love love it… She was in a … Continue reading

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