Tuesday, August 30, 2011

First Day of School

I just thought I'd share a few pictures of my kids on their first day of school. :) This year, I have a 3rd, 4th, and 7th grader. !

Grace--my 3rd grader. She got layers in her hair for the first time ever the weekend before school started.

She is so proud of her Justin Beiber backpack!

Justyce--my 4th grader

Austin--7th grade.

All 3 of my kids!

The graces. My Grace took her bff Grace to school on her first day of Kindergarten. Grace's backpack

Off they go!

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Today I did Dayton's pictures, he is so cute! I just love his curls, but I hear they may be being cut soon. I'm sure he'll look adorable with short hair too. :) It was a beautiful day out today, Dayton loved Lake Keomah, he ran around the area we chose and just explored and played. I followed him around and got some great pictures of him. He is such a charactor, definitely strong willed :)

this picture cracks me up !!!!!

lookie what I got!

Natalie & JD

Natalie and JD were referred to me by a great friend and client, and I recently did their engagement pictures. I am soooo thankful that it was a gorgeous day out this time, I think it was 106 degrees at 8 p.m. when we did their engagement pictures. Yesterday, the sky was full of "insanely awesome" gorgeous light during their fun pictures and it was about 80 degrees with a nice breeze.

The wedding was located at Lake Darling in Brighton, Iowa. There was this awesome lodge that they rented, it was the perfect size for the crowd they had and like I said it was perfect. We rode the "butterstick" which is an hawkeye decorated yellow RV to Fairfield to do the fun pictures, we shot at the square, a bunch of alleys and some fun buildings that we found along the way.

Here are some pictures of their day. Enjoy!

the dress. Gorgeous detail and it looked like it was super comfortable in this summer weather.

putting on the pearls, there was a really special story behind them.

I love everything about this shot. From the look on her face, to the textured wall behind her and the contrast of her dress. Everything!

the whole group!

I think this might be my favorite picture I've come across so far.

This little doll was hard to catch--he thought it was a game to get his picture. But I was dying to get a picture of his dirty face :). Here he showed me his kung pow moves.

This was a fun candid of Natalie's grandma taking pictures of some of the guests. I had the honor of sitting with her for awhile and talking to her. What a wonderful lady. :)

JD and Natalie, it was an honor to spend the day with you guys and to get to know your family a little bit. Hope you are having a great time on your honeymoon!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

playground fun

Boy oh boy, these kids are adorable! I know I say that a lot, but I get to photograph the cutest kids and I love that part about my job :) These kids were a pretty good challenge for me, Maddie (the youngest) wanted nothing to do with pictures, so I had to be creative to get the images of her, her sister was at the age where she loved pictures, so she was pretty easy for me (which I am thankful for :)


I love it.. Grace stood a few steps above me on the slide and made faces. Love this one!

Family picture!

We had lots of fun, but we had a few tears as well!

Fun on the swings...

I had a great time, thanks for coming out girls! :)


Monday, August 8, 2011

BFF paint shoot Part I...

I have been thinking about doing a teen BFF shoot incorporating paint somehow for a long time, so I was finally able put my idea into camera for this past weekend.
Alexis Hanselman from Shear Envy salon in New Sharon is A.W.E.S.O.M.E. and generously offered to do hair and makup for the shoot. She did a fantastic job too!

Dana Linderman came along as well and shot with me. Shooting with Dana is always an adventure. Dana, I'll keep quiet on this shoot's awful fall. But if you see Dana, look at her leg and ask her what happened. She swears it doesn't hurt, but I think she's lying.. ha ha. It had to hurt!

Our models were: Daphni and Lindsey and they rocked. They were troopers :)

Okay, I'm gonna stop yapping now and show you the pictures!

They had so much fun together!

Isn't she gorgeous?


I'll post some paint pictures in an upcoming blog post :) They are awesome!! And if you're looking for an awesome hair stylist, give Allie a call, she's at: 641-637-2345.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Kool kids

Let me first start out by saying, I'm a very bad blogger right now, this session is pretty late on being blogged and I'm super sorry about that! But these kids are awesome and we got some really great images, and here is a sneak peek of them.

The kids were awesome, you can really see their personalities come out!

ha ha.. a funny candid :)

Thanks guys for coming out in what felt like 900 degree heat for this shoot. :) Your gallery will be posting very shortly!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bixler Family

I work with Lesa at the hospital--I think she is one of the best massage therapists around, in fact, she's the only massage therapist that has convinced me to let her work on me. She has been awesome at helping me when my arthritis flared up. Between her and the new medications, I am a new woman! :)

This is her boyfriend's family. Let me tell you, they are awesome. I was a total stranger to most everyone, but by the end of the session, I felt like I was part of the family, they even fed me ice cream! :)

So, if you're ever looking to adopt another family member, PICK ME! :)

We re-created a family picture that was taken a few years back, their family has grown so much since then!

Here is this gorgeous family !

The whole huge family, including the dog, who smiled really nice for the camera too :)

An adorable candid... Aren't they cute?

Lesa and her fantastic boyfriend.