Dykstra Family | An extended family session on 20 beautiful acres in Thomson, Illinois

I’m sure I’ve said this before but I don’t mind saying it again…I love when clients invite me to do photos on their private property! It’s always fun getting a new location to shoot at and it gives some extra special sentiment to the photos. What mom wouldn’t want photos of her whole family at home?? There’s no place like home, after all!

I have many more to show the Dykstra family, but here are some of my favorites so far!

Gravert's Apple Basket Orchard | An annual Smith family tradition in Sabula, Iowa

The first time we went to Gravert’s Apple Orchard was 4 years ago when my first born was only a year old. We’ve made it a point to go every year since then and it’s something we all really look forward to! This was the first time both of our kids were able to carry their own little baskets and have some independence picking their own apples in the orchard. Not that we didn’t hear “my legs are tired…will you carry my bucket??…will you just carry me AND my bucket??” a few times, but mostly they just had a blast and loved being outside!

We also grabbed some of their Root beer made with can sugar and Wisconsin honey (delish!) and visited with the friendly animals. It’s such a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon with the family! Not to mention…their apples make the BEST apple pie! It’s also the only time I every bake, so that may be part of why all my guys love this fun little family tradition!

If you haven’t been to Gravert’s yet, definitely check your calendar and make some plans to get there before the season ends! Visit their website for their availability, hours & directions - http://www.gravertorchard.com

Pladna Wedding 10/20/18 {Sneak Peek}

To say Megan and Aaron were meant to be together is an understatement! They were so happy and so in love on their wedding day, and I know that love will last in their marriage for many years to come.

The weather wasn’t exactly what we were hoping for, but at the end of the day, it didn’t seem to matter much to anyone. Everyone had a wonderful time and Megan and Aaron had a beautiful wedding day!

I am so happy for the Mr & Mrs Pladna and am excited to share a sneak peek of their special day!