My Summer So Far

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My Summer So Far

It’s been a busy summer of fun and travel. I can’t believe that we’re almost halfway through it already! Clarissa (the sister) and I traveled to Chi-Town, I camp counseled High School girls for a week, and we celebrated the 4th of July. What else could you ask for?! :)

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Iowa Lifestyle Family Photographer

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Iowa Lifestyle Family Photographer

Family photos tell the story of what bonds a specific cluster of humans, and who they are together. We don't take family photos for today, we take them for the future. They will be passed on, and remembered, for years to come! Personally, I love looking at family photos from my childhood! They help me reminisce (or wish I could) on the places we've been, the people we were, and simple things... like what I loved as a kid. (My purple corduroy overalls and matching hat, if you were wondering.) So, it was a true joy for me to drive from Des Moines to Cedar Falls to take family pictures for our neighbor family earlier in July! 

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Lindsey & Matt \\ Colorado Mountain Wedding

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Lindsey & Matt \\ Colorado Mountain Wedding

I meant to have this post blogged long ago—but fall and early winter are always chaotic, and I just realized this week that Lindsey & Matt’s gorgeous fall wedding in the mountains of Colorado (in Silverthorne, near Vail!) had never been blogged. This beautiful venue and amazing wedding day deserves to be shown off on the blog, so here it is!

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Amelia McMurrin // International Artist & Painter

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Amelia McMurrin // International Artist & Painter

Branding photography for small creative businesses has been on my radar for a long time! I love connecting other artists to the world through great imagery & social media--and with other artists, as well! Amelia McMurrin (not to be confused with me! ha.) paints incredible art. Her favorite medium is oil paint, but she's also extremely talented at watercolor, sketching, and multi-media art. 

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Lauren // Ames and Des Moines Senior Photos

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Lauren // Ames and Des Moines Senior Photos

Lauren’s sweet senior photo session in Ames took us all over the area. We included lots of flowers and floral, and even took some on the tennis courts! Lauren is one of my senior models for the class of 2019 in the Ames and Des Moines area, so if you know her, but sure to mention that in your email inquiry so you both get a fun discount!

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Sneak Peek // Cedar Falls Family Photographer

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Sneak Peek // Cedar Falls Family Photographer

This family has been a true gift to ours. They moved in next door about 5 years ago (I think?) and it's been the best thing that has happened to our neighborhood! The kids bring so much life and laughter, and almost every time I visit home, we hang out.

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Halei // Ames High Senior Photographer

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Halei // Ames High Senior Photographer

One of my Ames High senior models from last year, Lydia, is friends with Halei... which is how she decided to book me for her senior pictures! We met up for coffee back in April (WOW that feels like so long ago now) and dreamed up a gorgeous floral and nature inspired senior photo shoot. Halei is alllll about the shoes, and so she totally built this session around her shoes and floral outfit theme! If you know me, perpetual flowers would be one of my three items on an abandoned island. Needless to say, Halei and I are now best friends. ;)

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Olivia + Phil // Omaha Park Wedding

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Olivia + Phil // Omaha Park Wedding

This wedding day was the unicorn of wedding day! A gorgeous first look, seriously overwhelming amount of bridal portraits, the sweetest ceremony at Kingsway Christian Church (where the couple WELDED together the final bits of a beautiful stained glass piece), an outdoor reception at Falconwood Park, homemade pie, the absolute best comfort food for dinner, and much laughter and dancing! Click on the post to see the whole amazing day!

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Fun Des Moines Senior Photographers

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Fun Des Moines Senior Photographers

You are a unique individual, with unique interests, strengths, and personality. That's why your senior photos should reflect who you are! 

Each senior session is customized all the way through, and you get to determine the feel and flavor of your session! Not only does this mean amazing, high quality, and gorgeous senior pictures... but a fun, interactive, and creative senior photo session! 

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Luke + Megan // Downtown Des Moines Engagement Photos

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Luke + Megan // Downtown Des Moines Engagement Photos

Luke and Megan are so much fun! They booked me for their September wedding after talking on the phone this spring, but we didn’t meet until their engagement session at the end of May. We headed downtown Des Moines to shoot some photos by the river (peep those gorgeous gardens at the World Food Prize) and then moved over to WaterWorks Park. You just can’t go wrong with the gorgeous green spaces there! Jasper Winery made an appearance, too, and these two rocked their engagement photos— despite the humidity and numerous swarming bugs.

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Natalie + Alex // West Des Moines Wedding

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Natalie + Alex // West Des Moines Wedding

WHERE DO I START. WOW! Natalie and Alex happen to be some of the most laid back, kind, fun people you could know. And they sure know how to pick their friends! (Just wait until you see the bridal party portraits. Some of my fav. Ever.)

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Sweet Iowa Wedding Anniversary Photos

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Sweet Iowa Wedding Anniversary Photos

It's been two years since these two got married, and they will be leaving Ames and moving to St. Louis this month for Brennan's job. To commemorate their time in Ames, they asked me to photograph some anniversary photos! And we had the perfect evening to shoot...

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Des Moines Wedding Venues // Clover Barn

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Des Moines Wedding Venues // Clover Barn

One of the biggest parts (and first parts) of planning a wedding day boils down to venue. Without a wedding venue, you really can't get married. ;) And a venue can completely set and influence the aesthetic and theme of your day! So, I'd say that picking a venue is both vital and important. Not to mention, a pretty large amount of your wedding budget will go into renting one.

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Spring Family Photos in Iowa

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Spring Family Photos in Iowa

This sweet family has allowed me to photograph them for years now! It's been so fun to watch Emma grow from a slightly-bald baby to a walking, dancing, talking, question-asking three year old! She even held my hand for a little bit during their photo session... totally melted my heart. <3 And she also showed off her cool dance moves (seriously, she's got me beat!) and her pretty new nail polish. This little lady sure knows how to be cool!

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Karly + Byron's Harman Reserve Engagement Photos

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Karly + Byron's Harman Reserve Engagement Photos

Karly and Byron met a few years back through work. Byron is older than Karly, so he never really considered that she might be a great fit for him—but Karly’s mom (hi Chris!) had an idea. She dropped a few hints to her daughter, and after getting to know Byron a bit more, Karly asked him out! He said yes, and they went on their first date at Harman Reserve in Cedar Falls.

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Preston + Shelby // Story City, IA Wedding Photographer

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Preston + Shelby // Story City, IA Wedding Photographer

Shelby and Preston's wedding day at Riverside Bible Camp was an absolute dream! Shelby wanted things to keep with a simple, springtime feel, and I have to say that I'm slightly obsessed with ev.ery.thing. The girls and guys began their day getting ready at a hotel in Story City, making it easy for everyone to sleep in a little before the big day.

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Planning a weekend trip to Chicago

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Planning a weekend trip to Chicago

Chicago happens to be the 3rd largest city in the United States. Did you know that?! I didn't.... until last year. even though I've been to the Windy City quite a few times in my life. The first time our family visited, I was 10 and obsessed with seeing the new American Girl Place. We visited the classic museums and the Navy Pier (of course!), and I'm sure rode the Loop and ate some deep-dish pizza along the way. However, not too much of that vacation stuck with me though the years. 

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