I welcome any chance I am given to return home to my stomping grounds and immerse myself in that hometown feeling for a spell (folksy word haha). This time I was twice as eager to make the trip back because I was there to take Amber’s senior pictures. Our families have known each other a long time and were always close, so I was excited to be the one to mark this milestone with Amber. I believe she is beautiful inside and out and I…Continue Reading “Amber // Senior Photography”

I just want to fist pump. That’s what I want to do when everything falls in place the way it did for Leah’s senior session. There was last-minute scheduling, trying to squeeze our session in before the cold and frost hit us (and the trees). This ended up giving us the perfect weather and light for our session. Our setting was picturesque, Leah was on fire, and I was giddy with inspiration… it was all just, plain perfect! I enjoy all different kinds of photo session…Continue Reading “Leah // Senior Portrait Photography”

I’ve known Amy and her husband Jeramy for a few years now and I was so excited for Amy when I found out she was expecting! Recently Amy ran into some possible complications with her pregnancy and there was concern that they would have to deliver their little boy early. Amy asked me if I would take some maternity photos for her to remember this special time with her family. Of course, I said yes! The next day we met for this awesome session and…Continue Reading “Amy + Jeramy // Expecting”

When I was pregnant with Finn, there was another soon-to-be momma at our church who was due to have her first child (a little boy) about a month before me. We would often share knowing looks and frequent check-ins with one another on Sunday mornings. I like to think it was our way of showing solidarity, a little “isn’t this wonderful?” mixed with a little “you can do this!” Now that we both have little boys about the same age we continue to experience shared mom things….Continue Reading “Eli // One Year Old”

My thoughts about planning “second kid” birthdays Planning birthday parties for your second child can be challenging. I sat trying to think of what theme we should use for Finn’s first and was at a loss. I’d already done robots, dinosaurs, and monsters for Miles’ parties and Finn was too young to really have any preferences. So what did I do? I went to Pinterest. There I found a cute cake that inspired me to do gold stars. It wasn’t much of a theme but I…Continue Reading “Finn’s First Birthday Party”

Photographing my friends and family always trips me up because up until the day I think with the brain of a photographer… where will we take photos? What kind of light should I seek? How will the timing work? Then I am there and one of my closest friends is putting on a wedding dress and 10 years flash before my eyes and my heart wells up with emotion, overflowing with the feels, because my dear friend has found such happiness!!! It never gets old and…Continue Reading “Samantha + Josiah | Rustic Fall Wedding in Vintage Pink”

An intimate capture of a moment between Branda and Bill, faces turned into each other and his hand on her shoulder.

Branda & Bill’s Charming Chapel Wedding The sun leaked through the stained glass windows of Pilgrim’s chapel in rays of magenta and bursts of golden light. We all stood, eager to witness the declaration of Branda and Bill’s love and commitment to each other. This they shared, with laughter, with soft words, and with charming moments shared in the silence between them as they held each other. It was a day of affection made warm by the blossoming spring day and the intimacy of family as they celebrated…Continue Reading “Branda + Bill”

Wide landscape view of the first lookout at Arches national park at sunset. Facing west, towering rock formations glowing red.

In the five years that Steven and I have been married, we have traveled once to Colorado with my family, once to Wisconsin to visit friends, once to Oklahoma and a few day trips to various destinations. Growing up, my parents cultivated a healthy appetite for road-trips. All things travel and adventure were encouraged. I had been craving an epic road-trip for a long time. It was gnawing at my soul. Thoughts of mountains, of waves, ocean, trees, the smell of pines, the heat of…Continue Reading “Our Maiden Voyage | Part 1 – Kansas and Utah”

12 month photo of Finn toothy smile as he looks up at Mom with the camera

I am writing this while Finn is already 13.5 months old. I had high hopes of photographing Finn in his birthday t-shirt that I made for him along with the gold star balloons from his party, but I never got around to it and our lives got busy and I got very good at making up excuses. Oh, well. I still wanted to wrap up his first year of life a bit better because I really only plan to write these updates every 6-12 months…Continue Reading “Finn | 1 Year”

Finn's 11 Month featured Image

This has been a very grown-up month for my Finn! One of my favorite things he’s been doing is pointing at everything! It’s so cute. He points at things he finds interesting, things he wants, things he’s scared of, and things he’s curious about. When we read books (which he’s really been enjoying lately) he will point at the main subject on each page and look up at me. *MELTING HEART! Finn is excelling in all matters of communication. He has more noises, of which I’m slowly…Continue Reading “Finn | 11 Months”