This past summer, I met up with Greg Frieden from Greg Frieden Photography in Amana and again in Wellman to capture some new portraits of him for his website. Amana was such a fun location to photograph in. We began by the lily pond which was simply beautiful, as was the pompous grass along the road side just opposite the pond. Then we headed to the downtown Amana area. The buildings there were simply gorgeous. I love the rustic bricks.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
In October, I head the pleasure of heading to the University of Iowa's Delta Zeta house to photograph head shot mini sessions for some of the amazing women there. As these women complete their degrees, they are looking towards entering the professional world. These head shot mini sessions give them wonderful images to put forth on their business cards, website, Google+, Facebook, and other resources as they launch themselves into their profession and seek employment.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
In early October, I headed up to Sutliff to photograph Mark and Janeen's engagement session. We began our session at Janeen's parents farm. Mark brought his old pick up out to the field for the session. It has been a project of his for a while and he was able to get it up and running in time for the session. I love the image of them through the rear window.
Friday, November 8, 2013
In August, I headed to Gazebo on the Green in Iowa City to capture some adorable little girls wearing beautiful clips from Elle-Mirai during their fairy tea party. Seriously, how fun! Gazebo on the Green offers a wonderful experience for little girls (or boys) during these fairy teas. They get to go on a walk through the gardens to find fairies and at the end of their treasure hunt, they earn their fairy wings. My girls were so happy to have the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful experience.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Ava is two! She came into the studio at the beginning of October for her portrait session and was quite the ball of energy. Ava wasn't too keen on sitting for her session, but I think we got some fantastic shots of her despite how wiggly she was. I adore the photos of her on our new gray vintage chair. You can tell she is full of personality!
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
During mini-sessions, I had the pleasure of photographing Ellen. She was in search of some great professional head shots for her career. I think her portraits captured her personality and beautiful smile.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Blaire and Marin recently came into the studio for their mini-session. Seriously, how adorable are these two? These sweet little six months old twins have very different personalities. Marin is all smiles and not shy at all. Whereas, Blaire has a bit of stranger danger and is a little unsure of new places. We did manage to get some sweet smiles from Blaire in between a few moments of fussing.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Last weekend, I headed up to Clear Lake to capture Kenny and Erin's engagement portraits. I haven't been to Clear Lake for a couple years, so I was excited to head back up that way. I love the opportunity to photograph somewhere new. We began our session at the Central Gardens of North Iowa. It is a beautiful location and the evening light created a wonderful glow. It was a perfect location for their portraits.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
The past week has been non-stop for me between studio and on location sessions. Our autumn mini-sessions were a hit, I had some wonderful engagement and portrait sessions, and I spent my day with some of the amazing women at the Delta Zeta house yesterday capturing professional head shot mini-sessions. I have a mountain of editing to work on now, but I'm not complaining. I love my job and I cannot wait to share the portraits I have captured this past week with you! Be sure to check back soon!
Monday, October 7, 2013
In September, I head to the University of Iowa's Delta Zeta house for Liz's professional head shot session. I had the absolute pleasure of photography Liz's wedding last year and was thrilled when she contacted me again for her professional portraits as she begins her new career. Liz is a recent Iowa graduate with a degree in law and is launching her own mediation firm. The Delta Zeta house was a beautiful setting for her session. It was a warm and inviting atmosphere with wonderful natural light. I love photographing in natural light. It
Friday, October 4, 2013
Meet the Harmsens. I had the pleasure of spending an evening session with this gorgeous family at their home just outside of Wellman in mid-September. They have a beautiful property and I enjoyed finding some great spots for portraits there. Their family was great to work with.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Yesterday evening, I headed to Clear Lake, Iowa for Kenny and Erin's engagement session. During the somewhat lengthy car ride home I was thinking about how much I love engagement sessions. Engagement sessions are such a wonderful thing, not just for the couple to have amazing images to share with friends and family, announce their engagement in the paper, or to display at their wedding, but for me as well. I get the opportunity to get to know the couple before the wedding day. To know some tricks to get them to relax and smile or to know how they relax into each others arms. For example, I learned today that apparently Kenny is a fan of knock-knock jokes. I also learned I know very few good ones. :) This relationship is such a wonderful thing to build before the wedding.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
Despite my best plans, life happens. The kids are back at school and germs are spreading. I'm not a germ-a-phobe by any means, but I am a realist. I knew we were going to get hit with something this year. However, I didn't realize it would be so early in the season. For the past week, our family has taken it in turns to be quite ill and that has put me a lot farther behind on editing, designing, blogging, and pretty much everything work related.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
At the end of June I assisted Greg Frieden Photography in capturing this beautiful day. Nick and Emily were such a fun a loving couple. Their day was filled with love: their strong love for each other, the love and support of their families, and the love for them that each wedding guest brought.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I had a great time photographing the Miller family recently. I headed out to their beautiful home in the country outside of Wellman again for their session. It was another sunny day, but thankfully we were able to find some shade beneath the beautiful trees on their property.
Monday, August 26, 2013
School has begun again and summer is winding to an end. Sure, there is a little part of me that will miss being able to take the family to the beach and watch my girls splash around in the water, but I am so looking forward to fall. I love autumn. I love the colors. I love the weather. I love the smells. Seriously, it is my favorite time of year.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Seems impossible, but Tanner is three! If you've been following my blog over the past few years you have seen this little guy grow. I have been capturing moments in his life since he was an itty-bitty six month old. Hard to believe he's three already. How quickly time flies!
Monday, August 19, 2013
Recently, I headed out to Teresa's home in the country. It is a beautiful location and loved photographing there. I captured her sister's senior portraits a few years ago. It was fun getting a chance to work with her family again. The sun was bright and there were no clouds in the sky, but thankfully they have plenty of beautiful shade trees around their property. Her outfit choices were very vibrant and fun. I love how her portraits turned out.
Friday, August 16, 2013
On July 20th, I headed to First United Methodist to begin capturing Scot and Allie's wedding day. I love the large circular stained glass window above the alter in First United Methodist. It is truly stunning set above their grand pipe organ. It made for a beautiful setting for this wedding.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
The first weekend in July, I had the privilege of capturing Ryan and Kayla's beautiful wedding day. Their day started at Sts. Peter & Paul's Chapel in Solon. It is a beautiful church set in the countryside. Just behind the church are a couple rows of evergreen trees. They created a gorgeous backdrop for their first look. I know I've said it before, but I really do love first looks.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
I love the golden hour of the day. During this modeled session with Jillian, it added to her glow and radiance. I am in absolute love with how this session went. For years, I have gone to visit a dear friend in the town of Clermont. Clermont is a very small town and most people would not think of it as an amazing location for portraits, but I was drawn to shoot there. Thankfully, Jillian was up for indulging my itch to photograph a bridal session there.
Friday, June 28, 2013
I love photographing newborns. It always amazes me how tiny newborns are. I've had two children myself, both of which were in the seven pound range, so I know newborns are tiny little peanuts, but there is something in me that is always in awe of just how small they are. It is amazing.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Garrett and his big brother, Tanner, came into the studio recently for Garrett's 18 month session. He was not at all interested in smiling for the camera or sitting still until I pulled out our little rocking chair. He loved it as you can tell from his big smile in the picture above! Too adorable!
Monday, June 24, 2013
I love, love, love how this styled shoot turned out. The inspiration was vintage romance. The colors were Tiffany blue, pale pink, ivory, and gold. The outcome: GORGEOUS! Not only were our models stunning in their beautiful gowns and tux, but the decor was amazing. I expected nothing less though from wedding coordinator extraordinaire, Cynthia Betts of Special Events in Des Moines, and her amazing assistant, Peri Baldwin. Their vision brought to life a stunning sweetheart table, sweets table, a truly unique escort card table, and an amazing outdoor lounge.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Recently, I met up in Iowa City with the adorable duo that is Carter and his little sis, Adria. Seriously, these to are the definition of cute. Our location of choice for the evening was the Iowa City Dog Park. Sounds a little odd I'm sure, but the grassy field next to the dog park is a location I adore, beautiful tall grasses mixed with wildflowers, love it!
Friday, June 14, 2013
I have spent the past week traveling all around Iowa for shoots. I am loving the images from this week. I've been photographing some adorable kids, a beautiful styled session, a tiny newborn, and bridal portraits. So many great people and so many amazing locations. I cannot wait to share them with you! Now, I'm off to hit the road again. Be sure to check back next week for some fun images!
Sunday, June 2, 2013
I am thankful my children don't run and hide whenever a camera is picked up. They have each spent a lot of time in front of a camera since before they were born. There are definitely days when I get the, "seriously, Mom? I have to smile for this?" But, on the whole they embrace it. In fact, today they requested their photos be taken. How could I deny these sweet faces?
Monday, May 20, 2013
Last week, I head to Foster Woods to photograph this adorable Mad Hatter themed tea party. In attendance were Alice, the Doormouse, the March Hare, and of course the Mad Hatter. The girls had a ton of fun dressing up and enjoying tea and cupcakes. I love how the photos turned out, so bright and sweet.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
In April, little Wyatt Glenn made his debut into the world. I was so privileged to be able to capture these images of him when he was only 6 days old. He is so tiny and so sweet. Newborns are so precious. It is mind blowing how quickly babies grown. In their first year they make a huge transformation and celebrate so many firsts. It is such a special thing to capture them during their first few days of life. These are truly treasured moments in their lives and the lives of their family.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
As of late, I have been hard at work redesigning and updating the Geno Photography website. Unfortunately, my blogging has not been getting done quite as often as I should, but I am so excited about how the new website is turning out. After many, many hours of work designing it, I am getting so close to being able to launch it. If you're a regular follower of our blog, you may notice a few changes here. They are just a sneak peek of what is to come. Check back soon to see all of the amazing updates!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The Miller family recently came into the studio for their family portrait session. They are such a beautiful family. Their girls did so well during the session, little supermodels in the making!
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Last week, I had the opportunity to capture Alivia rocking her prom dress. We started our session at the Levitt Center in Iowa City. I love the lighting in the Levitt Center. It is simply filled with gorgeous natural light which was perfect to capture portraits of this stunning girl.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
I love maternity sessions. There is nothing more beautiful than the glow of a mommy to be. Whether it's her first or fifth child, there is still a radiance about her.
Recently, in the midst of this weather's flip flop between spring and winter, we had the perfect snow for portraits and Mary Beth seized the moment to capture her maternity portraits. The ground was completely clear from snow the evening before, but by the time noon rolled around the next day a beautiful clean powder of snow had covered the ground. The air was filled with gorgeous fluffy flakes of snow. It was truly the perfect setting for this winter loving mommy to be!
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I would like to take a moment to thank all the brides and grooms who came out to the IMU Bridal Event hosted by Weddings In Iowa this past Sunday. I talked to so many beautiful brides who sounded so excited as they worked on planning their big day. I know I've said it before many times, but it is SO true: I love my job!
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
If you haven't already checked out Zephyr Weddings' newly remodeled studio on the Coralville Strip you should! Their studio is filled with amazing examples of wedding invitations, place cards, and any paper product you could dream of for your wedding. There are also a ton of excellent wedding vendor displays for you to take a look at: photographers, DJ services, videographer, florists, wedding coordinators, and much more. If you are planning a wedding, this is one stop you'll be so happy you made. The Zephyr staff is amazing and will help all of your wedding dreams come true!
Monday, February 11, 2013
Last weekend, this adorable quartet of cousins came into the studio. I have been photographing the two older cousins for three years now. It is so fun to see how much they've grown each time they come back into the studio. They are so sweet. I loved getting to meet their new cousins as well. I am truly honored to be invited into the lives of families and chronicle their lives. It is one of my favorite parts of my job. I can't wait to see how much they've grown by the next time they come into the studio.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Ryan and Kayla were so much fun to photograph during their recent engagement session. We started our session at a new location I've been dying to try, the University of Iowa Levitt Center. Seriously, this location is gorgeous; so much natural light and beautiful architectural details. Love it. The best thing is, since it's a very white location, the beauty of it doesn't distract for the subject of the photograph. Ryan and Kayla had so many great interactions and were naturals in front of the camera. It made my job so easy and fun.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Recently, Julie and Brian were in the studio for their maternity session. I always tell mommies-to-be to be sure to schedule your maternity portraits when you are around 37 weeks, because after that point baby may decide to make their debut at any time. We were very fortunate to have scheduled Julie's session when we did. Just a few days later, Alexis decided it was time to make her grand entrance.