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The D. Family

October 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Meet the beautiful and expressive D. Family.  Their little girl is the most expressive little girl EVER!  And her big sister has a lot of sassy poses that make for a great shoot.  The night was perfect.  A great friend, a beautiful family and awesome weather.

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Meet Emily

October 20, 2017  •  1 Comment

Oh my goodness...I just can't believe Emily is a senior!  I was there when she was born and I remember long walks with her mom about what we thought it would be like to be a mom.  Then Emily blew up our world with love, joy and an abundance of gratefulness.  What an honor it was to be a part of her senior photos.  She had great props with sentimental meaning.  And there was this chair, that has been in her family for years and years and has writing on the bottom side.  Now Emily's mom can add to the list of ways the chair was used and write, "Emily's Senior Photos."  Even the family dog photo bombed the shoot and added some giggles.

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Meet Charlie...

September 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This is Charlie. I met him doing a commercial shoot in Grinnell, Iowa. He was was about to get in his old truck and I told him he was cute. Well, that sparked an hour conversation that I will hold dear to my heart.

He had a huge stuffed Tigger in his passenger seat....among other random items, Taco Johns cheese sauce, stuffed animals, McDonalds food bags, tools, etc. And in the bed of his truck were a couple of large branches from a tree.

We talked about the farmer's market in Grinnell, God, his daughter rejecting the used Tigger from a garage sale for his grandchild, {which I told him I did with my dad too....eeewww...germs....ha!} and his wife who passed away 9 years ago. He talked about taking care of her during the last two years of her life. So very sad but they shared 57 years of marriage and love.

Then he invited me around the other side of his truck in the back seat. He opened the door and there was a pile of about 30 handmade canes. Some with bike handle bar tops and funny rubber bottoms. Some had twists and turns and others straight. All colors, styles and sizes. He said that he makes them for those in need. It took all of me to keep it together when he told me to pick one out for myself....to give away. I told him I'd love to keep it for myself to remember him by because I was pretty sure I too would need a cane someday. He showed me how to choose the right size and insisted I took one.

I hugged him goodbye and brought it to my car and cried the whole way. He reminded me of my dad. He. Was. Adorable. I hope you have the pleasure of meeting him someday or using one of his canes.

Thanks Charlie.....for the cane and for reminding me about the amazing breathtaking thing we call the human race.

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Joyful, Joyful Paige

August 20, 2017  •  1 Comment

What an honor and pleasure it was to photograph Paige.  She was filled with so much joy!  At first it was giggles with her mother, and soon turned into a smile that could light up the sky tomorrow during the eclipse.  It was fun to explore Minneapolis as I had not been able to do that yet.  Izzie's Ice Cream was super accommodating and they grabbed some ice cream from their back room that was the perfect color! You can't help but smile when looking through these photos....or at least, want to eat ice cream!  Enjoy!

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The Dans Company

August 08, 2017  •  1 Comment

I had the pleasure of visiting The Dans Company in Pella to photograph these beautiful and adorable dancers at Amanda's new studio space.  She wanted artistic artwork for her walls and images for her website.  It was so much fun to create with these dancers....I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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