A Bond Like No Other is Mother and Son {Kristin & Leium}

I met Kristin last year when we both discovered Senegence (best. makeup. ever). She was one of the gorgeous women I got to do headshots for. And now I had the pleasure of photographing her and her handsome son Leium over Easter weekend!

We were a little worried about the weather because Thursday night it was so cold I had to put gloves on my kiddos. But this is Spring in Iowa…so of course three days later we hit 80 degrees! We really had a perfectly beautiful afternoon at the Bickelhaupt Arboretum in Clinton, Iowa. While there are still a lot of “naked” branches, we found a beautiful field of blooming daffodils and of course the gorgeous cherry blossoms.

As soon as I met Leium I knew the shoot would be fun one. He is not shy in the least and quite literally danced through the arboretum. He is such a happy kid and always has a huge smile on his face. I can tell he really enjoys being goofy and having fun. I gave him the opportunity to make up a silly story to make mom laugh and I’m pretty sure he didn’t disappoint. This talented little dude is already a writer and animator, which is super cool. Leium is one of a kind and I know his mama is very proud of him. It definitely shows in their photos!

I can definitely say, this session got me very excited for the busy photography season ahead!

5 Things to Do if it's Raining on Picture Day

With the weather being so icky lately, I've been getting this question a lot! “What happens if it rains on my session date?” Definitely a fair question and the cause of lot of unnecessary anxiety. So to ease your mind on the impending weather, here are 5 things you can do in case of rain!

1.    Reschedule
I know it’s no fun to be all excited for your photo shoot and then see in the forecast that rain is in the cards. But the great thing about a session versus a wedding or scheduled event is that you can usually reschedule! Bad weather is considered an “act of God” and it is totally acceptable to ask for a new date. 

But if rescheduling isn’t possible and you’re looking for other ideas, read on!

 

2.    Bring Clear Umbrellas 
Seriously these are the cutest in pictures! As long as the rain isn’t crazy hard or storms are brewing, you can definitely get away with just bringing along umbrellas. Often there will be breaks in the rain where you can take some shots without and while it’s raining, use the umbrellas. I got one for my kids on Amazon.com and last I checked they had them at Target!  

3.    Choose a Location with Shelters 
To go along with the last one, if the rain isn’t too bad, just finding a place with roof options is helpful. Use the tables for some cute shots while you’re in the shelter and just pop in and out as the rain comes and goes. If you’re local to me (Clinton, IA) I know Eagle Point Park is a great option for this! In the Quad Cities, Van der Veer Park (Davenport, IA) has an indoor garden area. Or maybe you have a place of your own in mind like a cool garage or pretty gazebo!

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4.    Bring it Inside 
Lifestyle sessions in your home are absolutely wonderful! I love them. They are so real and genuine and tell another part of your story. There are endless possibilities when it comes to in-home sessions. And we can always pop outside if there’s a break in the rain. 

5.    Embrace It 
Wet hair don’t care! Have fun with it, dance in the rain, take your shoes off and live it up! Your rainy day session could be the perfect opportunity for fun and unique shots that no one else has! 

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There you have it! No reason to worry about the rain. If there are thunderstorms or it’s downpouring, rescheduling is going to be your best option. It won’t only be wet but also dark and with that much lack of light, your photos probably won’t turn out the way you want them to. But if it’s a light rain and just a bit cloudy, you now have several options to consider so you can still rock your rainy day shoot! 

Ready to book a session, rain or shine?! Contact Me so we can talk about scheduling your photo shoot! 

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.