Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fashion Photography with Haylee

Meet Haylee...she likes having her photo taken and I like taking photos: which is why we're best friends. Well OK, so that's not why we're best friends. Actually, we've known each other practically since we were babies. Our mother's shared the luxury of being pregnant with us at the same time and we were born only 11 days apart!

I had the privilege of taking Haylee's pictures this week. I asked her to stop by the studio so I could "experiment" some new ideas with my camera/studio. Needless to say, I was happy with the results... and so was she. It's not every day you get to photograph someone who cheered for the Kansas City Chiefs!

Anyway, I just wanted to show our clients the capabilities we have here at Sorensen Studios Photography.
We have lots in store for you in keep checking back here at our blog to stay updated!

To view more of Haylee's photos, go to our website:, click on the "client" tab and type in haylee2011.

Have a Blessed New Year!


p.s. Haylee-in case you're wondering...the answer is yes, when you're famous, I will continue to take your photos...Bruce Weber who?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2010 Artwork by Bubba

As I promised, here are some pictures of the artwork Bubba completed in time for our clients to hand out at Christmas. I think he did an amazing job and I know that our clients thought so as well!

I also wanted to point out his little "love notes" he snuck into his artwork. Sometimes I can find them on my own and sometimes I have to beg him to show me where he put them.

I've gone ahead and made it real easy for you to find them-so you're not searching and searching! I'm starting to get really good at finding them myself, but sometimes it's just too hard.

Anyway, Enjoy!

If you're interested in hiring Bubba for artwork please contact the studio at 641.343.7110 Ext. 714 or email at

Book your painting or drawing today-we're already accepting orders for Christmas 2011!

18"x24" Original Canvas Painting

11"x16" Original Canvas Painting

11"x14" Original Paper Drawing

11"x16" Original Canvas Painting 

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Here is our Christmas Card we sent out this year (they are front & back).
We put the camera on self timer and photographed and designed these ourselves.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

God Bless,

Ray & Maria Sorensen
Sorensen Studios 

Also, we were messing around at the studio the other day with our two dogs, Linc & Reg.
Thought we'd share this little Christmas Greeting from them!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

In Memory of Yai-Yai

I just wanted to thank my friends, family and husband for all of their thoughts and prayers during a tough time in our lives.
Last week, we lost a very important person, our Yai-Yai. For those of you that don't know, that's Greek for grandmother. Although she lived in Greece and we didn't get to see her as often as we'd like, I do have the best memories traveling to Greece with my family and visiting her and Pa-pou (grandfather). They always treated us so kind when we visited as young children all the way up to our adult hood. And I am honored to be named after my Yai-yai Maria. 

At 86 years old she traveled all the way from Greece to attend my husband and I's wedding, giving us the most beautiful cross necklaces. I thought I'd share some of the precious floral arrangements from all of the special people I'm so lucky to have in my life. 

Also, this painting was done by none other than my talented husband, Bubba in memory of Yai-yai. This picture resembles her so much that it's almost like looking right at her! Although we could not attend her funeral service, we had our own special memorial for her and it wouldn't have been possible with out all of you, so thank you.

Love you all,


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Bubba being interviewed

Here are some shots of Bubba being interviewed by Kyle Munson and photographed by Andrea Melendez with The Des Moines Register.

Just thought I'd give you a "behind the scenes" kinda look.
Thanks again to Kyle & Andrea for taking time out to do such a wonderful job.

To view the latest on the story: click here

photo credit: maria sorensen, Sorensen Studios

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Long Time No Blog

So you may be asking yourself, where has Maria & Bubba ran off to? And the answer where! We've been finishing up all of our photography and artwork projects just in time for Christmas. We're proud to say we just shipped the last painting out today that will be given as a Christmas present and we have a very excited bride stopping by later to pick up her wedding package. I'm excited to post the paintings Bubba has been working on all year AFTER the holidays, so no one will have any spoiled surprises!

Buuut, I can show you some of the photography work we've been doing.

Take a look at Meghin & Cody's wedding package which includes: Two Photographers, Unlimited Full Day Coverage, Custom Cover 4x6 Proof Box with 250 4x6 prints, Custom Cover Disc Case with 400-450 corrected photo files, 8.5x11 Press Printed Book (20 sides) with Custom Photo Cover including dust jacket and best of all a copyright release to print wherever you want.

If you are interested in hiring Sorensen Studios as your engagement/wedding day photographer(s) please contact the studio at 641.343.7110 ext. 714 or email us at

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Slipknot & The Freedom Rock®

Check out the blog article in the Des Moines Register by Kyle Munson. It's about Slipknot's Chris Fehn visiting Sorensen Studios and The Freedom Rock®. Wow, were we honored to have a guest like Chris at the studio!

We would like to thank Kyle & Andrea of The Des Moines Register for taking time out of their (I'm sure) busy schedule and sitting down to talk with us. It was a pleasure visiting with them and it's nice to see their creative works in the making; definitely talented people there!

Also don't forget to cast your vote for what Iowa tourist attraction Slipknot should visit next!
Click here for the story:

Photo Credit: Andrea Melendez/Des Moines Register

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Freedom Rock® Calendar Special

*click the picture for a large view

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Photos!

Lots of photographs are going out the door this week as Christmas presents. Just thought we'd show you our unique gift packaging which makes it so you don't even have to wrap your present-how easy is that!?

It's still not too late to bring the family by and snap your photos and make it back before Christmas! The best part is, we've got a nice cozy indoor studio for our clients-so there will be no making you brave it in this chilly weather. If you bring the hot cocoa we'll bring the s'mores and let's have a party!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

New Studio Painting

If you've been by Sorensen Studios lately, you may have noticed some new exterior artwork. Check out Bubba's Christmas tribute on the south side of the studio. 

Of course it wouldn't be Bubba's artwork if it wasn't some how patriotic. I just love the snow man is saluting the American Flag with a yellow ribbon as his scarf. And if you really like this painting-it's even available in it's own Christmas Card

If you are interested in hiring Bubba for an original painting/mural or graphic design, please contact Sorensen Studios at 641.343.7110 ext. 1 or email us at

Want to purchase the "Patriotic Snow Man Cards" and live out of town/state? No problem-we can send them to you. Just give us a call!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Sorensen Family Christmas Cards

I designed my in-laws Christmas cards and just thought I'd share some of our design talents with you. Of course Sorensen Studios prides itself on providing its clients with a fully edited photo disc to design and print their own cards but we just thought you'd like to see what we have in store for those of you who want a little more.

If you are interested in having Sorensen Studios design and print your Holiday Cards-it's not too late! Please contact the studio at 641.343.7110 ext. 714 (please leave a message) or email us at

Friday, December 3, 2010

Chocolate Affair Extraordinaire

Looking for something to do next weekend? Come to the 
"Chocolate Affair Extraordinaire" in Greenfield.
Click the poster (designed by our graphic artist: Bubba) for more details. Print it, share it, fold it into a paper plane and fly it...just be there!

Pictures with Santa

This was our third year of participating in "Pictures with Santa" at Greenfield City Hall so I thought I'd show some photos from the annual fun. Enjoy!

If you would like to schedule a photography session, it's still not too late to take advantage of our special which ends this weekend!
Call the studio and leave or a message or shoot us an email. 641.343.7110 ext. 714 | for more information

Thursday, December 2, 2010

107.9 Radio Broadcast

Tune in to 107.9 in southwest Iowa to hear our live radio broad cast. You're going to love our give away prize...but you have to listen to take advantage! 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

Happy Listening!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

SCC Barn Sign

Check out some new artwork that was done right here at Sorensen Studios. Bubba designed and painted this logo for some clients of ours. After finishing the logo on the computer, Bubba then hand painted it onto their boards provided and the clients then mounted it to their barn. We think it turned out awesome-and this wasn't printed out from a sign machine people-it came straight out of our artist's paint brush!

If you are interested in graphic design or original artwork by Bubba, please contact the studio for a FREE quote at: 641.343.7110 ext. 1 or

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

4th "Veterans Day" Appearance

Our 4th and final "Veterans Day" appearance of 2010 was at the Lions of Iowa District 9SW Convention. We were treated to a very nice supper and greeted by so many American Patriots and Veterans.

Bubba spoke to the crowd about The Freedom Rock® and his efforts in supporting America's Veterans; which the Lions Club should applaud itself for as well! Especially, Ardie Klemish, might I add. She and her husband, Ken, dedicate much of their time in support of our military men and women. We would like to thank them for inviting us to be a part of their special night.

Also-check out their district pin which features "The Freedom Rock®" on it. If you would like to purchase one, please contact Ardie Klemish at:
Proceeds directly benefit America's service men and women.

Photo Explanation:
1 - Table Setting
2 - Bubba speaking to guests about The Freedom Rock®
3 - Presentation/Folding of the American Flag by Veterans and crosses/flogs in honor of those who've passed
4 - Lions District 9SW pin featuring The Freedom Rock® logo

5 - Bubba's "The Beautiful" painting on display

If you are interested in having Bubba come speak to your group about The Freedom Rock®, please call or email at 641.343.7110 or

photo credit: Sorensen Studios

3rd "Veterans Day" Appearance

Our 3rd Veterans Day Appearance was in Maryville, Missouri at the
Maryville Middle School.
Bubba spoke to a group of middle school students and staff. It was by far one of the most well behaved group of schools we have visited in awhile-you all should be very proud! They had great questions and seemed to be very genuinely interested in The Freedom Rock®. But most importantly they were very appreciative of our Nation's Heroes-just who we love to speak to!

Thanks again you Spoofhound'ers!

Pictured L to R: Principal Kevin Pitts & Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II
photo credit: Sorensen Studios

Sunday, November 21, 2010

2nd Veterans Day Appearance

Our second appearance was no where other than at The Freedom Rock®. We planned on adding five different Viet Nam Veterans ashes to the north side on Veterans Day. One veterans ashes being added had family present but the rest were sent to us from all over the country. Here are a few pictures of the event.

For those of you that don't know, in 2006 while Bubba was re-painting The Freedom Rock®, some Viet Nam Veterans stopped by on their way to the wall in D.C. and had the remains of some fellow Viet Nam brothers. They asked Bubba if they could sprinkle the ashes at the base of the rock in which Bubba replied, "They will just blow away. Why don't you just pour them into my paint and I will put them directly on The Freedom Rock® and they will be there forever". Ever since then we receive requests from all over to put their loved ones on the "Viet Nam Tribute" (north side) of The Freedom Rock®; making it a true memorial.

What an amazing experience that was to watch as Bubba took the ashes, poured them into his green paint and spread them onto The Freedom Rock® with his paint brush. There were definitely some tears gathering in my eyes especially as I glanced at the family who were completely silent.

P.S. In the middle of all this, a woman came with more ashes in hopes that we would be at The Freedom Rock® so she could add her fallen soldiers on a special Veterans Holiday. We ended up adding 7 different veterans ashes that day.

*click the photos to learn more about them.

photo credit: Sorensen Studios

IWD Veterans Career Fair

I'm trying to catch up with all of the exciting things we have been doing this month. As you know-November is a busy month for us with Veterans Day being in the middle of it! We had four appearances in less that 48 hours this year. I'll s tart with the first appearance we had-Iowa Work Force's Veterans Career Fair. Bubba was the key note speaker and we ran into some dear friends at the event.

Pictured is (left to right) Glenda Johnson, Kathy McDole-Parkins, Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, and Heather Sanderson; all three of them are the family of Glenn McDole. Click here to read his amazing true story. It will definitely touch you! P.S. Check out their new "The Freedom Rock® Hoodies".

Special thanks to Jeff Johnson/IWD for having us.

photo credit: Sorensen Studios

Friday, November 19, 2010

More Senior Photos!

Thought I'd share some products from one of our recent senior shoots. Crista's pictures were really creative and different-which we think came through so well on her 5x5 Photo Book and Custom Cover Disc Case. Which by the way holds all of her photos to print wherever she wants!
All of our products are custom designed to make sure we represent you-not what everyone else is doing. απολαύσει! That by the way means "enjoy" in Greek!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

We love Holiday Walk-Inners...

So any of you who know me can attest that I really like to be prepared and plan for things. I mean why else wouldn't we have kids yet right? hehe

Anyway-I'm starting to get what we call the "Holiday Walk-Ins" which consist of people frantically realizing the summer and fall seasons have flown by and Christmas is only weeks away.
We find them rushing into the studio, asking to get their pictures taken right here and now. Normally I like to take extra time to prepare for my shoots and make them as unique as possible...but don't worry-I have found a way to do that off the top of my head after my third year of Christmas rushes! So bring it on you "Holiday Walk-Inners"'s not a word, so don't look it up.

And the great thing is-you get all your images on a disc, so making Christmas cards is a one will ever even know you procrastinated when we get your pictures back so quick and you can print them WHEREVER!

Stop by Sorensen Studios and we'll fix you right up. After all, that is what we're here for: set hours every week, ready to assist you. Not after our other real job gets done, or when we get back to calling you...but NOW because this is our real job! The studio is waiting for you (seriously I just cleaned it today and I like people to notice).

Here are some pictures from one of our walk-ins today. See it's as easy as going to a drive through and grabbing a shake and fries...except you won't gain weight coming to us. Unless you start working here...then you'll find we walk over to Kum & Go/Caseys various times a day for sodas and candy bars.

641.343.7110 -

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Patriotic Snowman Christmas Cards!

Honor the troops while sending out your Christmas Cards this year!
Please stop by or call/email the studio if you're interested in purchasing: 641.343.7110 (leave a message) OR

Click the above image for more information.

photo credit: SORENSEN STUDIOS

Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Special 2010!

Click the left image for more information!
Call or email the studio today to reserve your spot-641.343.7110 ext. 714 or

Thursday, November 11, 2010

700 Club cont'd

Watch Bubba & The Freedom Rock® on the 700 Club by clicking the link below. They did an amazing job and we'd like to thank them so much for their support!

And most importantly-THANK YOU VETERANS FOR OUR FREEDOM! We had a very fun-filled day of appearances and had the privilege of meeting so many wonderful veterans. We'll try to blog soon about all of that!

Ray Sorensen: Freedom Rock Features on The 700 Club |

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I can't believe it's already Thanksgiving time!
Check out Bubba's turkey tribute on the south window of our studio.

If you would like a free estimate for an artwork project by Bubba call the studio at 641.343.7110 or email us at

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Iowan Named 'America's Hottest Husband' - Video - KCCI Des Moines

Iowan Named 'America's Hottest Husband' - Video - KCCI Des Moines

The Freedom Rock® was featured in The Mohawk newsletter.
Click the left image to learn more.

Thanks for your support guys!

Monday, November 8, 2010

The 700 Club

Bubba and
The Freedom Rock® will be featured on The 700 Club, this Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11th. Watch this one on one interview with The Freedom Rock® artist himself as they interview him at his artwork/photography studio in Greenfield, IA.

For more information, click the Press Release located above.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


It's still not too late to get your senior pictures at Sorensen Studios! Visit our website: to view session info!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Wedding Shoot

This is how we do it! Here is a shot of Bubba getting that "perfect shot" of the bride's wedding dress. After all-isn't the dress everything!? We think so...

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hidden Love Note

Bubba just finished a drawing for one of our clients...and I found his hidden love note in this one!

The drawing is a dedication for the client's family. All of them served and the hearts are very sentimental to her. We hope you enjoy it!

If you are interested in original artwork by Bubba, shoot us an email at:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Military Visitor

We had very exciting visitor stop by the studio today, Sergeant First Class Troy Lusk. What an honor it was to meet and visit with him. We love when our military heroes pay us a visit! We hope you enjoy your
2011 Freedom Rock® Calendar, Troy. God Bless!

pictured: SFC Troy Lusk (left) and Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II (right)
photo courtesy: maria sorensen,

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New!! The Freedom Rock® Hoodie. Made in America and shouldn't shrink with regular washing. Click Here to order yours before they're gone.