I knew from the first minute of sitting down with Melanie for coffee that we’d be friends. It doesn’t hurt that one of my best friends, Jess, referred Mel to me as soon as they got engaged. ;) Referrals make my heart SING and they’re truly the best. I’d be honored to have you refer friends or family to me for wedding, senior, or family photos!
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You never know what the weather will do in Iowa during spring. I’m thankful that we’ve had some really lovely, sunny days! However, Katie & Eric’s engagement photo evening threatened rain, so we had to work fast. Thankfully, these two are super adorable together and we got plenty of photos in the 40 or so minutes we had together. (And yes. If they look familiar to you, I took a few photos in November of them with Odin, their pup!)
Gabby and David share a passion for life. They met in college, dated for two years, and got engaged in the fall of 2018! This year has been full for the two of them, working towards graduation and planning a wedding together. We have met up multiple times to talk about wedding timelines and photography, but we finally made it to spring when we could shoot their engagement photos! It was the perfect spring evening, and these two did a wonderful job getting each other to laugh and smile. :)
These two were married in Ames last May. We took their engagement session in early April (almost exactly a year to the day of this anniversary session!) but it wasn’t a very warm or green day yet. Thankfully, Preston landed a job in the Washington DC area after graduation and they moved out this winter. DC is about the same latitude as Kansas City, so just a bit warmer and earlier to change seasons than Des Moines and the rest of central Iowa.
What to even write!? Alyssa and Carter will be long-time friends of mine, even after their November wedding. I just know it! We had only communicated via email and the phone until the afternoon of their engagement photos. I was nervous (always!) but oh, so excited to meet these two. Click through to see their magical spring engagement session in a downtown Des Moines garden!
My fall mini-sessions were such a great success, that I’ve decided to offer spring mini sessions as well! Spring is just such a gorgeous time of year, especially with all the budding and blossoming trees. It only comes around once a year, especially with the apple (or cherry or whatever they are!) blossoms at Water Works Park! We’ll definitely be fighting the crowds, but it will be worth it!
Cherry trees may be the most gorgeous of all God’s blossoming creations. My ultimate dream would be to visit Japan & see the original trees there, but the right opportunity has not yet come up. Instead, when my friends Shelby & Preston moved to the Washington DC area this winter, I decided to see about a trip there. After all, the Tidal Basin blossoms draw thousands on onlookers each year for the Cherry Blossom Festival!
Coming up with new ideas for engagement shoots is a dream for me. If you want to do something cool, adventurous, or epic… just ask me about my bucket list of photography ideas! Two years ago, Chris and Elizabeth woke up before sunrise to meet me at the Iowa State Capitol for engagement photos. It not only is a gorgeous space, but boasts a stunning view of downtown Des Moines!
Savannah and Harrison met through Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Both of them are students there, and involved in the military and ministry. They both value leadership, faith, and fun! I’d known Savannah for a few years (as acquaintances) and although I hadn’t met Harrison until the day we took their engagement photos, we got along great. Both of us are NEEDTOBREATHE fans, so really, what else is there to know!? #immediatefriends
Cody and Jaclyn found me through a google search for wedding photographers in the West Des Moines area. They’ll be getting married at the Des Moines Embassy Club West location in an intimate ceremony this fall. When we initially met up, they gave me the tour and friends… it’s going to be a gorgeous day!
It’s hard to describe the emotions that you feel when your best friends fall in love and get married. Morganne is my 3rd “super close” friend to get engaged and (almost!) married. It’s been a whirlwind year but, as they say, “when you know, you know.” And aint that the truth!!! Bobby and Morganne met through church just over a year ago or so. They went through the whole awkward dance of talking/not talking. Finally, in May, they had their first date. Now, a year later that same month, they’ll walk down the aisle as husband and wife. And I’ll be bawling my eyes out behind my camera so don’t mind me. ;)
I adore these two humans! I met Kurt long before Kristen was in the picture. He’s always been a solid man of God, serving those around him with humble strength. I can’t even remember meeting Kristen, but I do remember her senior year, we just “clicked” and I decided that this girl was one that I wanted to keep up with after college. Not that we’re best friends, but I have a fond place in my heart for this girl! She and Kurt started dating that year, and it just made sense.
I first connected with this duo in the fall. They’re a ton of fun, and I knew pretty quickly that I wanted them on my team! Thankfully, they liked me too, and booked me for their 2019 wedding! Eric and Katie will get married in Des Moines next September with a wedding reception at Stoney Creek and ya bet I can’t wait for all that glorious beauty!
I’m still so in awe that this evening happened! (Even though I knew about it for months in advance!) Morganne has been one of my best friends since we met 4 years ago at Iowa State. We’ve walked through a lot of life together and it’s so so bizarre that we’re actually old enough to be getting married, not just talking about it. But when Morganne told us girls about Bobby (this guys she liked) and then a few months later, when we met him… we just knew that he was a great fit for her.
You may remember my recent post of Naomi and James’ one year anniversary photos. It was a unique photo session, because we did them in their apartment! Such a fun afternoon of coffee & records & documenting the space they’ve turned into a home, in a little suburb of Omaha.
Hello hello hello! It has been a long while, at least it feels like it, since I’ve blogged. Or posted much of anything on any social media. After my trip to Waco, my body quit on my and I spent two days in bed. THEN our internet went out and it looks like we’ll be needing to get a new provider, so with that and traveling to see family for thanksgiving, I’m been pretty MIA. Thank the Lord for secure wifi at Starbucks and rewards stars for free drinks! (Normally I prefer to save the Starbs for traveling, and buy local coffee in DSM, but you can’t beat their internet quality. Or available outlets!)
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!
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!
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!
Sarah and David have only ever known long distance. (She’s native to Wisconsin, while David lives in Boston, MA.) The longest consecutive amount of time they’ve spent together was the week leading up to their wedding—a time full of family, plans, and plenty of stolen kisses. ;) I had the privilege of photographing their small town wedding just north of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in October. The evening before the ceremony, we snuck out on the farm for a few minutes away from the bustle. And of course, to grab a few engagement photos! Clink the blog title to read and see more.