Just Grandma and Me {Donna + Lillian}

I got to meet sweet Lillian last Fall at a photo shoot with her mom and dad. Lucky for me, her Grandma Donna contacted me shortly after to set up her own session with me!

Donna recently moved to Iowa from the western side of the country to be closer to her sweet granddaughter and of course her son and daughter in law too. She was able to bring work with her and set up an office in her beautiful new home. It was important for Donna to capture this stage of life and I took my job as her storyteller seriously. We photographed some of the things that make her who she is. Her craftiness, kitchen skills, love of reading, Christianity and the love she has for Lillian.

I loved walking into her world for an hour on a sunny Winter afternoon to get to know her and her family a bit better and photograph what I hope will be meaningful images they always hold dear. I’m already looking forward to working with them again someday!

Highlights from miss Maggie's Photo Shoot

Maggie is such a sweet, beautiful and kind little girl with a bright future! Her mom won a gift certificate from a silent auction benefit and was excited to use it for some new pictures of her daughter. Between difficult weather, busy work functions, school schedules and road closures… we found a fifteen minute time slot that would work for everyone and made it happen! The sunshine was gorgeous and gave us beautiful light for Maggie’s photo shoot. She did awesome! Here are a few of my favorites:

My Best Friend's Family

Liz was one of the first people I practiced taking pictures with... way back in our adolescent high school years. When I started Artsmith Photography in 2009, she was practically the face of my business! Oh and to top it off, she's one of my very best friends. So when she asked me to do engagement pictures a couple years ago obviously I was thrilled. But you know what's even better? Getting to capture moments of them now, married, and with their kids: Liz with her son Landon, and Patrick with his kids Owen and Evelyn make a beautiful whole family of five. It warmed my heart to see them interact with one another and to know how incredibly happy my friend is. I love them together and can't wait to watch them navigate through life as a team! Now for a few of my favorite pictures we got on what was probably the windiest day of the year!