Simon and Eve Ringsmuth, along with our two boys

Simon and Eve Ringsmuth, along with our two boys

Stevens Creek, just outside of town where we grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. It might not look like much, but it holds a special place in our hearts.

Stevens Creek, just outside of town where we grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. It might not look like much, but it holds a special place in our hearts.

Our first son was born in the summer of 2011, and soon afterwards we realized that our pictures of him were not what we were hoping for. At the time we had a decent point-and-shoot camera but quickly became frustrated that so many of our pictures were grainy, out of focus, or too washed-out to be useful. We started learning about exposure, lighting, composition, framing, and other elements of photography while also investing money into better cameras, lenses, and other gear. Soon we were finally able to get pictures of our son the way we wanted: no more blurriness, no streaks of motion when he was running around, and no more waiting for the camera to focus while precious moments slipped away.

As time went on we started taking photos of our friends' kids as well as neighbors, co-workers, and people who just heard about us. We realized we wanted to do for others what had been done for us: give them the types of pictures their memories deserved.

We knew each other when we were growing up in Nebraska, and the two of us would often walk down a path to a meandering little stream on the outskirts of town called Stevens Creek. On the way we would usually get some pop at the gas station just off the trail and sip our drinks while talking about school, life, movies, or anything else. Almost 20 years later these are still some of our favorite memories, and even though we're married with two kids of our own we still think about those times back in high school and how much of our lives were shaped by those walks to Stevens Creek.

Whatever you do, do it with all your heart, as unto the Lord and not to men.
— Colossians 3:23

We recognize that by allowing us to photograph what matters most to you, you are giving us the honor of preserving your memories for decades to come. Just as we think back to Stevens Creek and the parts of our lives that were shaped and molded during those times, we hope you look back on the photos of you, your family, your kids, or your friends with the same fondness years from now, no matter where life takes you.

In addition to taking and editing photos, Simon also writes educational columns for the online publication Digital Photography School and maintains his own photo blog and podcast called Weekly Fifty.