Monday, June 29, 2015

Kyle + Wendy {Engaged: Part 1}

In the middle of June, I met up with Wendy and Kyle at Grey's Lake Park in Des Moines for their engagement session.  I hadn't had the pleasure of photographing at Grey's Lake Park prior to their session, but I love the location! 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Brian + Maggie {Sneak Peek}

A peek at Maggie and Brian's beautiful June wedding in Iowa City.  Check back soon for more from their wedding day!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Our Guide to Family Portraits

Our fall is already filling up.  Autumn is busy season for family sessions.  The weather is beautiful and the leaves are gorgeous.  A perfect time to update the portraits on the walls.  For those of you who, like myself, enjoy planning in advance, I thought I'd share our Family Portrait Guide.  It has great tips, including what to wear.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Kyle + Wendy {Sneak Peek}

A peek at Kyle and Wendy's beautiful Des Moines engagement session last week.  It was a beautiful evening with a beautiful couple.  Check back again soon for more!

Friday, June 19, 2015


I had so much fun with Jayden and her mother, Jessica, during her Spring Mini-Session at the end of May.  We met at Thornberry Dog Park and wandered the paths over to the Iowa River Power Restaurant Bridge.  The evening sun was beautiful and it was a perfect evening for portraits.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Corey + Teressa {Engagement: Part 2}

After our time at the spillway, we headed over to the swimming beach at Lake MacBride.  Our first location was the dock on the west side of the beach.  The wooden boards were a beautiful, neutral backdrop. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

The DeFord Family

I had so much fun with our Spring Mini Sessions at the end of May.  For the DeFord family's session, we met up at Willow Creek Park in Iowa City.  I love the colors they chose for their outfits!  Such a perfect combination.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Laurelin and Gabrielle {My Girls}

Last weekend, we headed to Decorah to celebrate family day with my husbands Army Reserves unit.  While we were there I took a large group portrait for the unit.  Since I had my camera with me and Decorah is full of GORGEOUS location, I decided to take my girls out for some quick portraits.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Corey + Teressa {Engagement: Part 1}

 Memorial Day weekend, I met up with Corey and Teressa at the Lake MacBride spillway.  I love the spillway area; the beautiful rapids, the rocks, the water, and the trees.  Add golden hour to the mix, and it was perfection.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Brian + Rebecca {Wedding: Part 2}

 As we were ending our time in New Bo, we stopped along a fence to the south of the New Bo bar.  I love the vine growing along the fence and the diagonal lines in the fence.

 Then the bridal party got back on the party bus and headed to Noelridge Park for some more bridal party portraits.  It had been many years since I'd had the opportunity to photograph there, such beautiful gardens.

 Rebecca had bought umbrellas for the bridal party since the forecast was looking like rain.  Thankfully, the rain held off for the majority of the day.  Though, ironically, during the ten minutes we decided to bring out the umbrellas for some fun shots, the skies began to open up.  Thankfully, it was mostly just sprinkling.  As soon as we finished, the skies cleared up again.

Their reception was held at the Cedar Rapids Marriott.  Their grand entrance was so fun.  I love the tunnel created by their bridal party.

 During the reception, Brian and Rebecca took a spin on the traditional kissing to the tinking of glasses.  Each time they kissed, their DJ would announce a randomly drawn couple from amongst the guests and had them kiss as well.

 The toasts given by the best man, maid of honor, and Rebecca's dad were filled with humor and love.  It was so much fun to capture the emotions and reactions as the toasts were given.

Congratulation to Brian and Rebecca!!  Also, a big thank you to Stacie Ricklefs for assisting me in capturing this beautiful day!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Corey + Teressa {Sneak Peek}

A peek at Corey and Teressa's Lake recent MacBride engagement session.  Check back soon for more from their session!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Brian + Rebecca {Wedding: Part 1}

 In the middle of May, I headed to St. Joseph's in Marion to capture Brain and Rebecca's wedding day.  We arrived as they were finishing getting ready and began capturing the wedding details.  As we were photographing the moments with Rebecca and her bridesmaids, one of the groomsmen came into the hall where the ladies were getting ready with a small gift box and a note. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Brian + Maggie {Engagement: Part 2}

After we wandered downtown Iowa City, we headed down to the buildings by the IMU.  I love the textures and tones in the copper wall.  So beautiful!