Jess and JJ | Wedding

Jess and JJ wanted nothing more than to have an outdoor wedding at these amazing gates on the campus of Simpson College.  Everything was finally going right after over a year or health problems and difficult planning….then, the rain came.  And it rained, and rained and rained.  When I arrived everyone was honestly in kind of poor spirits, which is 100% how I would be.  Jess decided that if nothing else she wanted to be able to do their first look outside at the gates.  So, rain be damned, we went out into the rain and photographed their first look!  And then the most amazing thing happened…it cleared up!!!  Just minutes after their first look was over the clouds lifted and so did everyone’s spirits!!  The rest of the day was beautiful!  Jess and JJ really made their wedding day their own with unique touches like custom bridal party shoes and fun sunglasses!  They are truly a one-of-a-kind couple!!  Here are some of my favs from their wedding…enjoy!

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Love this one!  This room had such great light!

Love this one! This room had such great light!

Awesome custom cufflinks right?!?!?

Awesome custom cufflinks right?!?!?

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Love this shot...love the socks more!

Love this shot…love the socks more!

First look...it doesn

First look…it doesn’t look like it’s raining, but it totally was.

Aaaaaand this is why I keep umbrellas in my trunk.  Adorable.

Aaaaaand this is why I keep umbrellas in my trunk. Adorable.

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His ring has baseball stitching....seriously the coolest!!

His ring has baseball stitching….seriously the coolest!!

Custom kicks!!

Custom kicks!!

<3

<3

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Their one request was a picture with the seal, love it!

Their one request was a picture with the seal, love it!

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Maci | Six-Months

Sessions with babies can run long sometimes…they need lots of breaks, and cuddle time and snacks.  And that’s completely normal, I mean they’re little babies!!!  What’s not so normal is when a session with a six-month-old lasts like two minutes (okay maybe a liiiiiiittle longer than two minutes) and is totally amazing!!  That’s how Maci’s session went!!  She’d clearly been catching up on America’s Next Top Model on her dvr, because she was ready to work the camera!  I just loved working with this little family!  Here are some of my favs from Maci’s Six-Month session…enjoy!

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I mean, this face.....c

I mean, this face…..c’mon!!! How cute?!?!?!?

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Love them!!!

Love them!!!

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In my mind there

In my mind there’s no such thing as a headband that’s too big!:)

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She

She’s sooooo adorable!!!

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My fav!!!!

My fav!!!!

 

Jo Caster Wynn - B E A U T I F U L!!!

Sandy Vande Krol - These are so precious!! What a sweet sweet Maci!!

Chrissy and Ryan | Engagement

Soooooo….this post and the one I’ll be sharing tomorrow should have been shared with y’all a week ago.  I was on vacation in Siesta Key and had planned to edit/write/blog on the days we just hung out in the condo while it rained.  Every year we get at least a couple solid rain days.  Now here’s the part where you’ll all feel really, tragically sorry for me…we had zero rain days my entire vacation!  So instead of working, I was busy lounging on the beach.  I know, my life is rough. But I can assure you that it won’t happen again…until maybe next year!:)  So without further waiting, please let me introduce my super fabulous couple: Chrissy and Ryan!!!  Now when you hear of couples who meet in Las Vegas I’m guessing these darling, Iowa natives aren’t what immediately comes to mind.  But these two Iowa love-birds did indeed meet in Sin-City (actually at the bachelor party for another one of my clients)!!!  Chrissy and Ryan are seriously, amazingly nice people and I’m so glad that they found each other!  They were suuuuuper fun to photograph and were great sports about being guinea pigs for some nighttime photography ideas I had!  I am very excited for their outdoor, fall wedding!  Here are some of my favs from their engagement session…enjoy!!!

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Seriously an adorable couple!!!

Seriously an adorable couple!!!

So sweet!

So sweet!

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LOVE!!!!!

LOVE!!!!!

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Aside from the concert that was going on that made us feel like we were gonna get shot, the East Village is awesome at night!!  :)

Aside from the concert that was going on that made us feel like we were gonna get shot, the East Village is awesome at night!!:)

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Emily and Chris | Engagement

There are a couple phrases that make me really ridiculously happy as an engagement photographer. Some of these phrases are “tonight’s weather will be partly cloudy with very little wind” and “would it be okay if we brought our dogs for a few shots?” I got to hear both those when it came to Emily and Chris’ engagement session! It was such a great session:  perfect weather, adorable couple and doggy snuggles!!! I was in my photog happy place for sure!! I’m sooooo looking forward to their fall wedding after seeing how at ease they were in front of the camera! Here are some of my favs from their engagement session…enjoy!!

The perfect little puppy models!

The perfect little puppy models!

kiss break!!!

kiss break!!!

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OMG they

OMG they’re too cute!

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The sun peeked out at the perfect time!!

The sun peeked out at the perfect time!!

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Love this one!!

Love this one!!

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Pat McVeigh - Beautiful pictures…..it helped to have photogenic subjects, didn’t it? I hope that Chris and Emily will be very, very happy throughout their lives. The dogs were a delightful addition.

Ethan | One-Year-Old

Little Ethan is ONE!!!  He was such a tiny little baby and now he’s this amazing little boy with the most piercing eyes and a head full of wild, blonde curls!  It has been such an honor for me to be invited into his life!  I photographed his mom and dad’s wedding and all through his first year and I just love this family!!  I can’t wait to see Ethan continue to grow and see how his personality continues to develop.  I also can’t wait for him to get a sibling….so Mark and Amber, you should get on that! ;)  Because he is in need of a sister, like for real….he told me while we were dancing to Britney Spears!  Ha ha!  Here are some of my favs from Ethan’s one-year session….enjoy!!

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He just looks like he

He just looks like he’s up to something!!

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Look at this boy

Look at this boy’s eyes! I just can’t get over how beautiful they are!!

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Love his little grin!!

Love his little grin!!

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I just adore this little dude!  Isn

I just adore this little dude! Isn’t he the cutest?

 

Kathi Blanchard Dlouhy - Super pictures!! I can’t believe Ethan is 1 yr. already, what an adorable little guy we’re so proud to be his grand parents!!

Mary Larry Krakau - Great pictures, Katie! We adore him and his Mom and Dad, too.