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2015 was a great year for me and I am so thankful for all of my wonderful clients and new friends I made this year. You are all so special and you are the ones who make my job a joy. Thank you! I appreciate each and every one of you! Blessings to you all in the New Year!

My business will experience a little change in the coming year as I will be making an official name change from Maffei Albers Photography to Toni Albers Photography. A new website is under construction. I can still be found by all the old routes and locations and will be announcing a few new ones soon.

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Summer Sunset

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These girls have my heart. They were here, with their Mom and Dad, for a mid-summer visit with new vintage lacy dresses in tow. We just had to take some pictures and the summer sunset was calling. Black-eyed Susans bloomed nearby, there was a soft breeze and the light, wow the light, was. just. perfection. Madison and Hannah both have beautiful auburn hair and I love how it glows in the late evening light. It brings me so much joy to watch them run and play and just be. Just be little girls while they are. Time goes by so fast.

As the light faded the sunset colors brightened and a cloud wall drifted in causing the sunlight to shine straight up like an orange beam and then we noticed the moon and star. An unexpected charm in the sky. Perfect timing, perfect moments, sweet family all coming together to make unforgettable memories.

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New Wedding Photography Packages!

Announcing the "Simple Packages" for 2013

The variety of packages I offer for wedding photography just got bigger and better. In addition to the great group of collections I have offered for several years I have developed the Simple Packages.

Sometimes you just want something simple, and this is where these new packages come in. Simply put, they offer photography of your event, online posting and high resolution copies of these images on disc.

Beautiful, high quality albums, prints and gallery wraps are still available a la carte so you can add what you want and customize your Simple Package to fit your needs. It's easy.  Contact me for more information at

866-478-3868 or visit the rates page at www.maffei-albersphotography.com.

Weekend With My Children, part 2

These posts are a little out of order in that I shot these images the day before I shot the ones in the last post. The older of my two sons, Ryan, his wife, Amanda and their two sweet little girls, Madison and Hannah were here for a weekend visit and we managed a little family session out in the buttercups late on Saturday afternoon.  It's always fun to have them over for some family time, and Madison is turning into a little horse lover. 
It was a great weekend spending time with both of our children and their families.

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It was one of those spur of the moment things on Sunday evening. I had been watching this tree on this hill for several seasons and visualizing a portrait session here. It's just at the top of the hill above the house where Austin and Hailey live so I had passed it many times.  We talked about shooting here, and we had been talking about a session... soon.  It's a busy time of year around here so it's hard for us to connect our schedules sometimes, even though we only live 10 minutes apart.  But the call came in on Sunday evening... the light was right, the clouds were glorious.. let's do it.. now. So I jumped in my truck and buzzed up the hill to capture these images. The only downside was the weather. It was windy as you can see, but the wind was out of the north at about 25 mpi and it was barely 50 degrees. We were all kind of cold, but we pulled off some good shots anyway. Thanks to Austin and Hailey for getting out there.  Love these pics and I love these people.

Hannah Kate

My new little grand daughter, Hannah Kate joined our family on Monday, February 6. I was able to pull off a few good newborn shots in the hospital room.  More shots are on the way, but I had to post this... I'm a little proud of her.

Winter Water

A heavy mid-winter rainfall filled the streams and rivers in north Arkansas a few days ago. With that came an opportunity to get out and capture some waterfall beauty with my camera. Photo buddy, Rhonda Mills and I took an afternoon hike up a nearby canyon called Lost Valley. We were zeroed in on photographing lovely Eden Falls at the end of the trail, but found ourselves intrigued by the little hidden gems of Clark Creek along the way. 

Eden Falls

Rhonda's photo of me and Eden Falls

Ashley and Austin, Dancing the night away in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

As a photographer, I always look forward to shooting the next wedding. Having done this for awhile you could say I am somewhat "seasoned", but that doesn't stop me from studying and learning new things. This wedding was one I had looked forward to for awhile and I knew I had some time to give it during shooting that would allow me to practice new techniques. Thank you, Austin and Ashley for scheduling in that extra hour of shooting... for that we have some keepers.
Austin Freeman and Ashley Mildfelt were married on Saturday, November 12 at Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Their reception was held at The Space in downtown Eureka Springs. I didn't know before hand that in addition to being a very smart and sweet couple, Austin and Ashley can dance up a storm.... and so could most of their guests. Dinner was great, the location was great and the dance floor never cooled off.. not for a minute.
These are just a few of my favorite shots from our afternoon and evening together.

The green spots on the next photo are from the lazor lights.  Kudos to our great DJ, Sean from Music in Motion.

Alex Halper Eureka Springs Arkansas Senior

Meet my new friend, Alex. He's a senior this year at Eureka Springs High School. I don't often get an opportunity to photograph high school seniors, but I have a good time at it when I do. Alex is pretty easy going and patiently endured our long photo session last weekend. We kicked it off shooting with his father's beautiful red GTO (see below) for an hour or two and then took off to get some shots here and there around this amazing town. These are only a few of the many great shots we got that day. Check 'em out, Alex... there will be lots more real soon.

Amy and Evan's Engagement Buffalo National River Photographer

The wedding date is set in June for Amy and Evan, but they chose to have engagement photographs taken among the beauty of the fall foliage. The setting is our beautiful Buffalo National River in the northwest Arkansas Ozarks. Natural beauty abounds here so it is the perfect spot to capture a glimpse of the love these two share.  Here's just a little peek at only a few of the images we captured late yesterday.

Adam and Gerri are married

Flash back:
This was Adam and Gerri last May enjoying an engagement photo session on the
 Buffalo National River . If you follow my blog you will remember them. 
Adam and Gerri were married on October 8, 2011 in Holiday Island, Arkansas.
I've been a little slow with blogging lately, but I wanted to be sure to post a few photos from their beautiful fall wedding at the Holiday Island Baptist Church and reception at "The Barn". 
Gerri chose a sweet little dress to wear out and about for photographs before the ceremony, then switched out to her mother's wedding gown that had been altered and updated for Gerri's wedding.
A family member provided the 1957 Oldsmobile for photos.
Adam and Gerri are all about their families and it showed on their wedding day. I was blessed to be there and share in this special event.
Below is my parting shot of the night. A visitor wandered by drawn by the scent of BBQ Brisket.

The Kresse Family (Northwest Arkansas Family Photographer)

I recently had the privilege to spend a few hours photographing my wonderful friends, the Kresse family. I've known them for over 25 years and have watched these beautiful sisters grow into women.  We met at their property out on the Kings River in northwest Arkansas and got these (and many other) shots in before a huge storm blew in. Gust front is apparent in their blowing hair!

The opportunities for this family to all be together only occur a few times a year so this is a special capture.

Dad and Mom, Greg and Julie are just the best, what can I say...

Daughter Jessica and her husband Masumi  

Daughter Sarah, master mind behind the photo shoot

Thanks guys for letting me catch these images for you. Hope we can do it again soon.

Kayla and Michael are married ( Eureka Springs Wedding Photographer)

A few days ago I photographed this beautiful wedding for Kayla and Michael. Despite the searing heat, we managed to sweat our way through the photo sessions. The pre-wedding session that was planned for the outdoor gardens at the Historic Crescent Hotel, had to be moved inside. Outside the temps ranged from 107 to 112 degrees depending on where you were standing.  I was able to stay on top of my game plan and pull out all the stops for some of my best shots yet.  
Here's your sneak peek Kayla and Michael. Hope your honeymoon was the best!

Time to catch up

It seems lately that I have been so busy shooting and working on images that I haven't had a chance to enter anything on my blog.  Not necessarily in order, here are a few of my recent photo shoots in a quick little summary.
First I want to share a few photos from a great little family session I did for the Langhover's in Eureka Springs, AR.  They are living in a beautiful home known as the Penn Castle that was built in the late 1800's and they invited me to come to the castle and take family photos for them. It's an amazing location as you can see from a few of the images below.  They are a great couple who have adopted little Layla.

These images are from Steve and Lisa's wedding at the historic Crescent Hotel. They are one very happy couple. Congratulations, you two!

And this was one of my favorite sessions. The Hackenmueller's have been married 60 years and their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren gathered to celebrate. I was fortunate enough to capture the family early one morning.   This is one of my favorite photos of the lucky couple.

Gladden-Nance Family photos

I love family photos. They are so special and so important at the same time.
What a blessing it was for me when my friend, Grace asked me to come and capture a few family photos for her during a casual reception for her son and new daughter in law who had recently married. It's the blending of families and this was a time when all of the family members would be present and an excellent opportunity to gather a few shots. I was so happy that I had the day open.  Some of my favorite shots from the day are below.

Even the dogs are related and it was a chance for mother and daughter to share a photo!
This has to be my favorite shot of the day. Lovely Grace with her newly married son, Will, and her beautiful daughter Crystal.

All of the family in one spot.  What a great day!
The view of the lake from the house is outstanding and such a beautiful spot for this gathering.

Lindsay and Dusty Married

I try to blog events in the order that they happen, but lately that's not always the case. I posted Lindsay and Dusty's Engagement photos earlier this month. Now it's about time I got the wedding images up for them to view. I've been behind in my work and slow to get this done. Even so, it was a great wedding with so many wonderful participants and lots of photo opps.  It's been years since I have seen such a big crowd of beautiful flower girls.
Here's a little taste of that day's event, a small sneak peek for Lindsay and Dusty.

Morgan and Charles ( Eureka Springs Wedding Photographer)

I had been looking forward to this event for quite some time. Morgan, Charles and I had been trying to settle on a location for photos before their wedding ceremony and were running out of options. Fortunately, one of Morgan's friends had this lovely vacation home in Holiday Island, just north of Eureka Springs, where Morgan was to get ready for the ceremony. It turned out to be a wonderful spot to capture some "before" photos and that all important "first look".  Morgan is a beautiful bride and so easy to capture in photographs.

I usually try to keep an air of comedy going when I am shooting a couple before their ceremony, but this time I didn't have to. Charles kept me in stitches from the moment he entered the room. He could swing a  great "serious" look for the picture, then he was back to keeping the smiles and giggles going.

We stopped in downtown Eureka Springs at  Harding Spring for some beautiful garden photos before heading out to Circle of Light for their ceremony and reception at the lake.

Final shot of the night, giving it my best shot at OCF.  I'm happy. 
Have a great sneak peek, Charles & Morgan.  I'll be in touch.

Jacky and Ryan are married

"Very well thought out and very meticulously planned" is how you would describe Jacky and Ryan's May 21st wedding.  I met with Jacky and her mother, Mary way back in December to talk about the ceremony and reception they were planning to hold at the Historic Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, AR.  Everything turned out great and we couldn't have ordered up any better weather. Their ceremony was held outside on the East Lawn and dinner reception in the Crescent Conservatory.  Lot's of happiness surrounds this couple.  A few images from their story are posted below.

Lindsay and Dusty Engagement

Here's a fun engagement session I shot for Dusty and Lindsay the day before their wedding. They are from Louisiana and were not able to make another trip to Arkansas before the wedding so with tight schedules all around we managed to pull this session off just before their rehearsal dinner. They were great to follow me around to some of my favorite spots and in a matter of an hour we came out with some great shots.  Here are just a few of them. Wedding photos will follow soon!

Molly and Terry's wedding ( Newton County Arkansas Wedding Photographer)

Deep in the woods in Newton County, Arkansas lies a little community by the name of Murray. Molly and Terry decided to come here to be married on May 21, 2011 and they invited me to be there to capture their small ceremony in the woods at Beyond Reality Cabin. With their loved ones in attendance Molly and Terry exchanged vows and involved the entire family in the ceremony. I love to work at home in Newton County so it was a very special opportunity for me. Everyone in this family is so kind and caring. Even Terry's twin brother, Thomas, officiated the ceremony.
Molly and Terry enjoy this sneak peek at your images. I have so many to choose from and they are all great!

Part of the ceremony involved a "lemonade unity". Terry placed lemon juice in the mix to represent the sometimes sour times in a marriage and Molly added sugar to the mix to represent the sweet times in a marriage. They served up some lemonade to everyone and shared a toast.

I have always been amazed by the bond between twins and it is so evident here as you can see in the family photo below.

One that I always count as an important photograph to capture, father and daughter sharing a moment following a wedding ceremony.  It's one of my most cherished photos from my own wedding in the woods in Newton County.

What a beautiful day for a beautiful couple. Best wishes to you, both!