Meeting in the Middle | {Hoover Family Sneak Peek}

First of all, the Hoover family is pretty awesome! Jessica got in touch with me a few weeks ago to set up a session for her family since they would all be together. A rarity now that the kids are all grown up! In fact, the baby of the family graduates high school today, he’s the reason for the special occasion. They literally came from both sides of the country - California to Florida and a couple places in-between to meet in the midwest and see their brother graduate. Isn’t that awesome?! I just love that!

I’ve always been kind of envious of big families with lots of siblings and they are exactly why! All the different personalities and relationships make for some entertaining times, always a shoulder to lean on and lots of love to go around. I’d be willing to bet mom and dad would say there’s never been a dull moment raising 5 kids! And now they’ve happily welcomed 4 more people into their family with open arms.

We fought the bugs and dodged the impending thunderstorms at the BIckelhaupt Arboretum in Clinton, IA and I’d say we won! However, this was a huge reminder to stock my mom van with an array of bug spray! Thankfully, the Hoover family is full of troopers who took it on like champs and didn’t let it get in the way of capturing some wonderful memories together. I really loved pulling each couple and the graduate aside for their own little mini session. It’s fun to get to know everyone and it helps me immensely to remember names when I have a few minutes to talk to everyone! They also had some fantastic ideas of their own and I’m glad we got to incorporate them into the session! All in all, it was a great family session, but even more importantly, I hope they truly enjoy every moment all being together again this weekend!

Pinder Maternity {Sneak Peek}

A few months ago my husband and I met up with my friend Christa and her husband Shane for dinner at Applebees. Yum, I’m kind of in love with their wonton tacos. Okay back t the story. We hadn’t seen each other in quite awhile so it was a great time just catching up on life.

I’ve actually known Christa for about 20 years. I can’t believe I’m old enough to say that…ugh. Anyway, we met in 4th grade orchestra, where we both played viola. For five years we went to different schools but always had fun together during practice. We were so excited to finally go to the same school once high school came around! I got to see her meet her high school sweetheart Shane, who proposed at prom, and then I got to watch them marry each other as Christa’s maid of honor. It was such a special day!

Needless to say, she’s one of my favorite people! So when halfway through dinner she handed me a card letting me know they were expecting their first baby I had tears in my eyes. I am SO HAPPY FOR THEM! They didn’t get pregnant easily, it was a couple of years of trying and hoping and now finally they are beyond excited to meet their baby girl, Alyssa Mae Pinder in November!

We got so many cute maternity shots, it was hard to narrow down for a sneak peek…more to come!

Rickertsen Family Highlights

I decided to team up with a local fitness trainer to offer a prize session giveaway. Backyard Bootcamp owner, Jenny Knight, has helped me so much in my own journey to a healthier me and I wanted to give back to the other inspiring women who have been right next to me on this ride. The winner of the 90 day challenge was the beautiful Kelli Rickertsen! She rocked it and made huge changes, just in time for her trip to Jamaica (I know, I was jealous too)!

She chose to use her session for some new family photos to hang on the walls of their brand new home! See, she’s hitting amazing goals all over the place. This woman is someone who has no idea how absolutely amazing she is. She’s the kind of mother I hope to be. She’s strong, determined and she takes what she wants from this life despite the challenges that are thrown her way. It was an honor to photograph her family and I wish them the very best in this next chapter of life.