Lincoln | A first birthday in-home lifestyle session to kick off October!

This adorable little Pumpkin is turning one year old! Her smile is so contagious. I feel like I was grinning this whole session just because she makes it pretty impossible not to! I love the Fall vibes even in the house. With the shade of orange in her cute outfit, little pumpkins and leaf decorations, mom did a great job of bringing October inside while letting little Lincoln stay warm and cozy in the comfort of home.

Lifestyle sessions in the home are so much fun! You don’t always need a ton of room, just some windows! We did most of Lincoln’s portraits in her nursery and on the kitchen floor! Seriously, we can always rearrange a little to make it work. If you’ve ever even considered it, just send me a message! Especially with the cold winter months right around the corner, in-home sessions are a wonderful option!

Lincoln was sooo happy being in her own crib! I honestly believe we would not have gotten some of these precious smiles if she was outside in the cold wet grass that she’s unfamiliar with. Enjoy a sneak peek from the birthday girl’s photo shoot!

Hoffman Family | A beautiful Sunday morning at the Bickelhaupt Arboretum in Clinton, Iowa

Who would’ve thought we’d already have Fall weather in August?! It was seriously the most perfect morning for a family session at the Arboretum. I absolutely loved meeting this adorable family and especially 10 month old Lincoln! I may be a little bias, but I think her name is awesome! And I never would’ve thought of Lincoln for a girl, I just love it! If you’re wondering why I’m bias, it’s because my son is named Lincoln too. :)

Anyway, I know mom and dad were a little worried she wasn’t as smiley as usual…but LOOK at how many smiles we got! And not just that, but the sweetest moments between all three of them. This was a great session, I got soooo many wonderful shots and really enjoyed my time with them. I hope they had a good time too! Now…who’s ready for a sneak peek?!

Ellery Grace's Summer in Iowa {4th Birthday Portraits}

I was so excited to take Ellery’s photos because I actually got to know her more than I usually get to know my clients! It’s a funny story actually…

Around the end of May I took my son, Bennett, to try out a Tae Kwon Do class. He had been curious about it and wanted to learn how to “kick good.” He’s 4 so I’ll excuse the grammar lol! Anyway, we showed up, a little unsure of what to do. He’s pretty skeptical of new experiences and was relieved to find another little girl who was also trying it out for the first time. I sat in the parents’ area to watch and had a nice conversation with the new girl’s parents. I learned they were here for the Summer from Texas and their 3 year old daughter’s name was Ellery. I never did get mom and dad’s names and actually kicked myself for forgetting to ask because I really enjoyed our chat.

The next class time came around and Bennett threw the fit of all fits about not wanting to go. I really have no idea why because he had so much fun! Kids, you just never know. Instead of forcing him to go we decided just to give it a couple months before trying again. No big deal!

A month passed by and I got an inquiry from Lauren for a 4th birthday session for a little girl named Ellery who was living in Iowa for the Summer. Now this may seem obvious to every reading this (because it totally should have been!) but I did not make the connection that this was the same Ellery from Tae Kwon Do! So we chatted through email and got the photo shoot all set up. You guys, I even knew they were from Texas!! I tell ya…

The following week, I was sitting at my kids Gymnastics class and in walks little Ellery and her mommy. It was in that moment that it all connected in my exhausted mom-brain! I quickly asked mom her name this time and confirmed it was Lauren! “I think I’m taking your pictures in a couple days!” I told her and we both laughed about the coincidence! She said I was the only person she’s really met in Iowa and we now crossed paths on 3 occasions. It seems it was meant to be!

Lauren started telling me about this thing called Tinkergarten in Bettendorf that she was planning to take Ellery to. It sounded like a lot of fun! After getting all the details from her I decided to sign my own kids up to go as well. We ended up carpooling a few days and I’ve gotten to know both of them while exploring the great outdoors and finding nature treasures at Tinkergarten. It’s really an awesome program and if you have kids 18 months to 8 years old, definitely look into it! www.tinkergarten.com

Anyway, now I was even more excited to take this sweet girl’s portraits. Our first date got rained out but we finally found the most beautiful Friday evening to get them taken. Dad even got to come along this time and we all explored Eagle Point Park. It’s always fun to have people from out of the area see the beauty of that park. When you’re from Clinton it’s just an everyday thing and often gets taken for granted. But we really are very fortunate to have such a beautiful area in our own backyards!

Anyway let’s get to the pictures! Happy 4th Birthday Ellery Grace; I hope we get to join you on lots more adventures this Summer!