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One of my favorite parts of wedding photography is seeing the couple’s vision come to life. Curt and Ali had a naturally-elegant, almost-rustic plan for their wedding day. They incorporated so many unique touches– Curt’s love for hunting is artfully reflected in the men’s boutonnieres, while Ali’s amazing hand-painting and artistic talents were showcased within […]

    Ross and Jill are married! I’m so excited to share Ross and Jill’s wedding day with you today! From the day I met Jill, it was clear– she was 200% smitten and over-the-moon thankful for the path that led her to Ross. She told me of their long-distance relationship, career moves, house hunting, […]

Far and away my favorite part of photographing weddings is the amazing couples I’ve met along this journey! Enter Ross and Jill. Jill and I had an immediate connection over education, as she currently works as a teacher and my background is also in education. When we met for our wedding consultation at Panera back […]

Before you book with a wedding photographer, you should plan on having a wedding consultation. These are valuable meetings for both you and the photographer. The purpose of such a meeting is twofold: To determine whether personalities, wedding style, etc. will fit together. You will spend a lot of time with your photographer on your […]

The weather is finally coming around and we’ve had some time to get out and do some engagement portraits! Today I introduce you to Blake and Mercedes. When Mercedes saw my list of suggested engagement session locations, she immediately jumped on Vanderveer Park, as that’s where they had recently gotten engaged. Naturally, we had to […]

Hi, all! Today I want to tell you a little more about the tools I use to capture images. This is an extensive list, but remember, I have spent years acquiring these tools. I get my equipment from a local camera store, The Camera Corner in Davenport, Iowa. Though visiting a brick and mortar store […]

The days are getting longer and the snow is melting. ‘Tis the season for portraits! As we gear up for many special mini-session offerings, I want to take just a few moments to clarify the different between mini-sessions and custom sessions. Time Mini-sessions are just that– mini! They’re only 15-20 minutes in length and intended […]

What do you see when you look at these images? A few random people in some old frames? Memories of looking through old photo albums with Grandma and Grandpa? A bygone era?   I, too, see all of these things. But I see so much more. I see the wedding picture of my children’s great-great-grandparents. […]

Do you remember your best friend’s little brother or sister? How much they got in the way? How much they annoyed you? My best friend’s little sister was Miranda. We did not get along. I don’t know how many times poor Renee was caught in the middle of Miranda and I bickering and how annoyed […]

It wasn’t that long ago that I was holding this little peanut at my bridal shower a few years back. I have been privileged to capture her third and fourth birthdays on the family farm north of Geneseo. Let me tell ya. This girl is made for the farm life. We had to get some […]