Naomi + James // Intimate In-Home Anniversary Photos (part one)

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Naomi + James // Intimate In-Home Anniversary Photos (part one)

Have you ever wished you didn’t have to move out of your first apartment? Well, I can’t help you with that— but I can help you remember just a little bit of how it felt to live there! I offer in-home sessions (for those in homes, apartments, or just about anywhere!) for anyone looking to hold on a little longer to a space. Naomi and James have lived in this sweet one-bedroom apartment for a year, and it was a joy to photograph them living life together on random Wednesday afternoon.

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fall mood board

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fall mood board

moving into a historic neighborhood in Des Moines (the drake neighborhood) brought about all the mood city feels this autumn. after living in smaller towns and cities in iowa, it’s exciting to live in a place that hustles and bustles just a little bit more! everything is new here, including living smack dab in the middle of every wal-mart and aldi in the metro. hahaha.

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West Des Moines Engagement + Wedding Photographers

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West Des Moines Engagement + Wedding Photographers

Sara & Matt met at Iowa State University their freshman year of college. They dated while in school, dated long distance, and finally have settled in St. Louis, where they live, work, and got engaged!!! They’re planning a wedding for October 2019 and after spending an evening with them, I can tell you it will be wonderful!

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Emily + Joel // Cedar Rapids Wedding Photographers

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Emily + Joel // Cedar Rapids Wedding Photographers

Emily and Joel are engaged to be married in January, with a wedding at the gorgeous historic Ushers Ferry wedding venue in Cedar Rapids! We too their fall engagement photos just before sunset, on the perfect evening outside. You don’t want to miss seeing this wonderful set of fun, autumn engagement pictures!

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What An Iowa Wedding Photographer Learned About Weddings From Being A Bridesmaid

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What An Iowa Wedding Photographer Learned About Weddings From Being A Bridesmaid

As an Iowa wedding photographer, I’ve photographed over 50 midwestern weddings and attended 20-30 more! However, I’ve only been in a bridal party a few times in my life. Two years ago, my best friend got married and I had the honor of standing up with her as one of her maids-of-honors. It was a wonderful day, and I also learned quite a bit! Here are a few lessons from my day in Erin’s wedding.

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Des Moines Engagement Wedding Photographer

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Des Moines Engagement Wedding Photographer

Sean and Jess are so much fun. Not only did they bring their sweet (and enthusiastic) dog along for a few photos, but they showed me around Drake University! I’d been dying for a tour, since I live nearby. As Drake U alumni, they happily agreed!

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Sarah + David's Backyard Wisconsin Wedding

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Sarah + David's Backyard Wisconsin Wedding

What words can I use to describe this day! Intimate, snowy, full of love. Sarah and David’s outdoor tent wedding in small town (Ladysmith) Wisconsin— north of Eau Claire— was truly a day to remember forever. If you want to read a little more about them, check out their engagement photos in this blog post. (Which we took the night before!)

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Cedar Falls Family Photographer // The Halls

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Cedar Falls Family Photographer // The Halls

It’s always an honor when friends trust me to take photos of their lives! I’ve known Mary and Tom since childhood. Although we aren’t close anymore (living in different cities and being in totally unique life stages can do that!), I love seeing them at friends weddings or just bumping in to them when I’m back in Cedar Falls.

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Tanya & Alex // Outdoor Maternity Photos

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Tanya & Alex // Outdoor Maternity Photos

WOW. This session was a literal dream come true! Tanya and Alex are expecting their first, a little girl, in December— just two months out! We spent the perfect evening out in a gorgeous field at sunset, taking some photos to commemorate the short time left of just the two of them.

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Lizzy + Nate // Fall Engagement Photos in Ames

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Lizzy + Nate // Fall Engagement Photos in Ames

Lizzy and I met through a church small group about 3 years ago. I didn’t know her very well for a while, except that she was an agronomy student at Iowa State University, had a bubbly personality, and loved to travel through school! The next year, we ended up being roommates (which means I got to know her a lot more!) and found out that she bakes when she’s stressed, enjoys watching One Tree Hill, and was falling in love with a guy named Nate. I’ve been able to watch their relationship progress and grow from (almost) the start. It’s been full of trials and excitement, and I’m so excited to see these two finally get married in December!

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Amelia Renee // West Des Moines wedding photographers

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Amelia Renee // West Des Moines wedding photographers

I know it’s only October, but looking back on this past year, I’m just so thankful and amazed that such incredible couples have chosen me to capture their wedding day on film. (Ok, it’s digital, but it’s more fun to say film! And who knows? Maybe someday I’ll add in some fine art film elements to my wedding photography packages!) These are just a few of my favorite outdoor and indoor photos from my weddings over the past year. I’ll do a more comprehensive blog post at the end of the year, but for now, it’s just fun to reminisce on these sweet days! From proposals to engagement photos to weddings… these are my people. Brides & grooms who are kind, joyful, adventurous, romantic, and who have hearts of gold. I couldn’t do this without them!

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Dreaming of International Destination Senior Pictures in Paris

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Dreaming of International Destination Senior Pictures in Paris

If you could have your senior portraits taken someplace exotic and exciting, what city or country would you choose? Of course, there are too many wonderful places in the world. Maybe you’d have your senior photos taken on Maui with lush green forest and mountainscapes behind you (and some surfing/beach photos, too!). Or maybe you’d choose an international trip to the cozy Black Forest of Germany, or perhaps the white beaches & homes of Santorini, Greece! I think that one of my very top choices would be Paris. It’s historic, classy, full of spots from both literature and film, and just stunning in every way. (My American “destination senior photos” bucket list include New York City, Seattle, LA, Magnolia Market in Waco, and Washington DC!)

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What all would be included in a destination senior photo session in Paris!? Let us dream together, my friends! First off, some killer outfits. I have a whole Pinterest “mood” board with ideas— and I pulled some to share here with you all! The first outfit below is a favorite— tulle skirt, black heels, and a sweet beret. The second one literally encompasses how I felt when I toured the Castle of Haute Koenigsberg, in Alsace! Just like Belle, I think. ;)

 senior photos in Tulle Skirt in Paris France
 licking ice cream in white dress with bike basket in Paris

Of course, if you travel to France for senior photos… you’d have to take some dreamy early morning photos in front of the Tour Eiffel! Especially if you’re wearing a dreamy pink skirt or lacy white dress. (I’ve seen photos holding a bunch of balloons, or bouquets of flowers—the perfect Parisian props!)

 destination senior pictures in Paris France

Gardens of gorgeous French roses & historical romantic architecture in Paris is everywhere. The perfect backdrop for fashion inspired senior photos! Reminds me of my time in Versailles with my French host family… I wouldn’t mind another trip there, either!

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Of course, half of the allure of Paris is the FOOD. And the coffee! (And champagne… but not for senior photos! ;) So, of course, we’d breakfast at a local cafe after an early shoot. And probably take more pictures while dining on good coffee and “pain au chocolat” aka chocolate stuffed pastries. This Vogue article has some fun suggestions on restaurants & other fancy breakfast ideas! Maybeeee we’d even sneak a few macarons. ;)

 french breakfast foods pain au chocolat chocolate stuffed croissant
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Anyone with me!? Honestly, if anyone hired me for destination senior photos —national or international— I would just about melt of happiness. It would be a real dream come true! Ok, now it’s your turn. Leave me a note with your dream senior picture or wedding destinations in the comments! I’d love to hear what places are on your bucket travel list! Who knows? Maybe we could even coordinate trips someday and check something off both our lists! ;)

Source for photo number one, two, three, four, five, six, seven.

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Nick + Kenzie // Ames, Iowa Wedding Photographer

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Nick + Kenzie // Ames, Iowa Wedding Photographer

Nick and Kenzie’s day was full of details, family, and friends that mean much to them. It was intimate and incredibly sweet! Even though our Iowa Fall has felt more like Spring, and poured for a few hours straight during the afternoon of their wedding, the rain couldn’t stop this love one bit. :)

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Sioux City, IA // Vintage Car & Boating Engagement Photos

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Sioux City, IA // Vintage Car & Boating Engagement Photos

Heather and Clinton have been together for years now, and are finally getting married next summer in her hometown of Sioux City! Although they live near Iowa City, where Clinton is still in school, Heather really wanted to do their engagement pictures in her hometown. SO, this past weekend, I drove up to meet the two of them, their adorable dogs, and spend an evening on the lake!

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Des Moines, Iowa // Senior Photographers

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Des Moines, Iowa // Senior Photographers

Ester modeled an authentic African-print top for me… and I’ll never be the same. ;) I’m totally all about this girl, and the incredible images we created together! Click the title to see more of the outfits Ester pulled together & her gorgeous model face. #slay

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