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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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.

Jena and Andrew | Engagement

Jena and Andrew are a photographer’s dream!!!! They’re not only gorgeous and at ease in front of the camera, but they are seriously some of the nicest people I’ve ever met! Oh and they have a ridiculously adorable dog named Bear that very quickly became my best friend!! I can’t wait for their summer wedding, it’s going to be a fantastic event! Here are just a few of my very long list of favs from their engagement session…enjoy!!

Such a sweet little family!

Such a sweet little family!

Love this little guy!!

Love this little guy!!

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They are so cute!

They are so cute!

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Jena and Andrew are just perfection!

Jena and Andrew are just perfection!

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LOVE this one!!!

LOVE this one!!!

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Love all the new art downtown!

Love all the new art downtown!

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I die for light like this!!! SO PRETTY!

I die for light like this!!! SO PRETTY!

Love a couple who is willing to stand in traffic for a good shot!

Love a couple who is willing to stand in traffic for a good shot!

LOVE!!!!

LOVE!!!!

 

 

Hudson | One-Year-Old

I can’t get over how fast kids grow up…and I’m not even a parent yet!  Seriously it seems like just yesterday I was photographing Hudson when he was a tiny little newborn in a bucket of baseballs and now he’s ONE!!!  Time flies!!!  He has grown into such a little sweetheart!  He’s got personality to spare and oh, his facial expressions….his facial expressions kept me laughing the whole time!  We had originally wanted to shoot outside some, but as soon as we walked out, the rain started!!  So instead we read books, played peek-a-boo and wore some amazing sunglasses!  Hudson is such an awesome little dude and a true joy for me to photograph and get to watch grow up !!!  Here are some of my favs from his session…enjoy!!!

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Isn’t his birthday banner the cutest? Well done Mom!!

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I seriously love this kid...he

I seriously love this kid…he’s just too funny!

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I would have gladly played peek-a-boo all day!!!

I would have gladly played peek-a-boo all day!!!

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Such a cute little smile!!

Such a cute little smile!!

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This might be my fav...it

This might be my fav…it’s just so him! Too cute!

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Someone was excited about their shades!!!

Someone was excited about their shades!!!

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He’s too cool for words!

I may have cried like this as well on my last milestone b-day!  Ha ha!

I may have cried like this as well on my last milestone b-day! Ha ha!

Soooo adorable!!

Soooo adorable!!

Sherrie and Patrick | Wedding

“Humans would sit around and stare at each other all day. Got very boring.”  This is a quote from Scuttle the seagull in The Little Mermaid, and it’s what I overheard Patrick giggle to Sherrie as soon as we started their couple portraits on their wedding day.  That quote is how I knew that Sherrie and Patrick were going to be the greatest start to my 2014 wedding season.  Not only do I loooooooove The Little Mermaid (I mean hello, who doesn’t?) but it just showed how fun and easy-going they were going to be!  A wedding that started on that high note for me only got better!  Sherrie and Patrick told me they wanted a wedding that was based on fun, and laughter, and good booze, and amazing food and dancing…that’s exactly what they got!  Theirs was a wedding not so steeped in tradition, but infused beautifully with their personalities: their favorite alcohol bottles served as decor and their dinner menu was filled the flavors they remember from their travels!  It was truly  chic and super fun at the same time, much like Sherrie and Patrick themselves.   I am so glad that I go to be a part of their amazing day!  Here are some of my favs…enjoy!!

Make Up: Beauty of all Faces

Wedding Dress: Schaffers

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Temple for Preforming Arts

Cake and Flowers: HyVee

DJ: Select Entertainment

 

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I love when a bride chooses non-traditional jewelry….so unique!

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Sherrie opted for these tiny blue socks instead of actual wedding shoes....love that!!

Sherrie opted for these tiny blue socks instead of actual wedding shoes….love that!!

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LOVE THIS!!!!

LOVE THIS!!!!

They are just beautiful together!

They are just beautiful together!

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Sherrie you are FLAWLESS!!!

Sherrie you are FLAWLESS!!!

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So much love expressed during this ceremony!!

So much love expressed during this ceremony!!

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Tiny bottles of booze while bustling your dress...always a yes!

Tiny bottles of booze while bustling your dress…always a yes!

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Deb Sundberg - What a wonderfully beautiful wedding! Good friends, good food and an enormous amount of love~so glad to have been a part of all this! These pictures are gorgeous ~Paul and I wish you a life time of LOVE!!!

Barry Moon - Awesome, what a beautiful weddng and a great couple. So happy I was able to attend,…

Dave Warner - Sherrie and Patrick, congratulations! You two look fantastic. It looks like your wedding was a blast. I hope you have the same fun every day of your lives together.