When a cold afternoon session turns into a family dance party

This family NAILED it! The odds were against us with the bad weather and napless kiddos, but in spite of those challenges, I just loved the time we spent together and the photos we got from their session! One of my very favorites is when they started dancing silly (I did not even prompt them to do it). It was so adorable!

This is just testament to the fact that you can have great photos ANY time of the year! :)

The Zahradnik’s Family session photos were taken at the beautiful Bickelhaupt Arboretum in Clinton, Iowa.

Torrie + Carson... One More Month to Go

Torrie and Carson contacted me several months ago about their wedding on March 23, 2019. I was thrilled to tell them that I had the date open! Carson is in the military and was away at the time so it was a few months later, right around Christmas, that we finally got to meet in person. That’s also when we did their engagement session. You guys, they made my job SO easy! These two are absolutely adorable, incredibly photogenic, and genuinely crazy about each other.

The long distance thing has to be hard for them, but you would never know it because of their optimism and positive outlook on life and what the future has to hold. I have no doubt they will make each other very happy for many years to come.

And the new chapter begins ONE month from TODAY!

Ivy and Ethan Said "We Do"

Opposites attract, this much is true. Several times throughout the day I heard this mentioned in reference to Ivy and Ethan's relationship. Ivy is more quiet and reserved while Ethan is the outgoing "class clown." I can relate to this so much. The same exact thing has been said about my husband and me. So I know exactly how true it is that opposites attract. In some ways, though, Ivy and Ethan are very similar. 

They are both kind and thoughtful, always putting each other first. They value their friendships and build strong relationships. They like to have a good time, relax with a cold beer, and not take life too seriously. All of these things were prevalent in their wedding day celebration, making it obvious that they are a perfect pair. I absolutely loved their reception, complete with wine, pie, popcorn, and a friendly game of bags.