May22 Hot Air Balloon 2012

I can NOT get enough of these photos. They are so darn romantic and dreamy, I just can’t take my eyes off them. It all started with Olivia Wagner’s lofty idea to do a shoot at the Hot Air Balloon festival, and she made it happen. Olivia photographed Tasha Herrgott and her family who in turn photographed Olivia and her family.

Olivia will tell you the story much better than I will, so here she is:

“So, this all started with a dream of mine. I am constantly thinking up “dream shoots” and challenging myself to think creatively. I became obsessed with the idea of shooting an engagement session during a hot air balloon launch. The more I thought about it, I loved the idea so much that I quickly turned the tables and realized I would want these hot air balloon photos for myself! I never looked into it until one day in July I had some free time and started Googling. I had to find a hot air balloon festival that had at least a dozen balloons ascending for the full impact of the concept. There were quite a few all over the country and then I ended up finding one in Indianola, IA during the week of my birthday! I remember that evening vividly… I ran downstairs to excitedly announce to my husband, “I know what I want to do for my birthday!” I told him about my concept and being the wonderful, supportive man that he is, replied, “Okay.” I could NOT sleep that night. I knew I wanted to ask my friend Tasha to shoot it for me but I began to worry if I’d be able to pull it off.

The next morning, as soon as I knew I wouldn’t wake her up, I called Tasha to pitch the idea. I was barely three sentences in when I asked her and her reply was, “I’m in.” We began plotting and she happened to have a few days open that week in between shooting weddings. It all ended up coming together and I could not have been more excited!

With our family session wrapped, I couldn’t help but feel jealous for Tasha being able to shoot those amazing balloons… I pitched the idea to her about me shooting her and her husband Tony the following morning at the 6 am ascension. They were up for it so it was my dream come true x2! I got my family photos and I got to shoot as well!”

Clothing purchased at Gap Kids, JCrew, and Shabby Apple.

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  • Andrea @ Superfine on May 22, 2012

    Ahh, so cute! I’ve been dying to do a hot air balloon cake (in the antique French style) for ages now — these photos are so inspiring! :)

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  • tasha on May 26, 2012

    Aww – thanks for posting our sessions!!! And for your sweet words! One quick side note, the link to my site doesn’t work… it should be Thanks so much!!

  • mary beth on June 06, 2012

    What and incredible idea! You can bet I’m googling hot air balloon launches after this. :)

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