I thought that November was going to be my “wedding-less month” this year. Then I received an email from Kirsten, asking if I was available the weekend before Thanksgiving! Of course, once I double checked my schedule, I said yes. :)
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.
This fall, I did my first-ever Fall Mini-Session weekend. And it was CRAZY!!! I actually had to add time slots, which blew my mind. It was the perfect welcome to living and being a family photographer in Des Moines! The day of my mini sessions in Des Moines, it was cool and cloudy, perfect weather for fall photos. I had the best time meeting some new families, and playing with the cutest kids!
I’ve long wanted to be a photographer in a styled shoot. When I met Lynda this fall, we started talking about the idea of collaborating. Autumn was super busy for me— half the time I wondered if I’d ever catch up on sleep! But I made it to November, and Lynda pulled together a great group of Des Moines area wedding vendors to style a shoot on a Sunday afternoon. It was chilly and grey outside, but inside the barn venue we warmed up with French-inspired snacks and wine and laughter.
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!)
If, like me, you’ll be doing some shopping online as the turkey and mashed potatoes settle this evening and into the weekend, I’ve got some great tips for you to look into! Besides finding great deals to help me stretch my bank account, I’m a huge advocate of shopping local and supporting small businesses. I have collected quite the resume of local shops in Iowa (mainly in Cedar Falls, Ames, and Des Moines) so pull out your legal pad of paper (or iPad!) and let’s get planning!
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.
waco, you were a fun space to see! and I can’t wait to explore you more in the future. thanks for being a weird little town, with growth and grace and gorgeous little spots to find.
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.
lily turned one and remains the world’s cutest little girl. photos from your favorite resident des moines maternity, newborn, and baby photographer.
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!
oh, this october. perhaps the best of them all.
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!
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.
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!
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!)
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.
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.
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.