Medenblik Family | An extended family session at the Arboretum in Clinton, Iowa

I first met Selena and Chad when they were expecting baby Leighton. It was cold and wintery at the time so they were all in for indoor maternity, and later, newborn photos. Now here we are, a little over a year later, and the weather was far from wintery! I think we picked the hottest day of the year so far for their extended family session, but luckily it was still pretty nice out first thing in the morning.

Looking back, one of my favorite moments was when baby Jude finally smiled! He was Mister Model-face most of the time, but when dad put him on his shoulders, the cheesin’ could no longer be contained. And what a beautiful smile he has!

And something I learned this day… the Medenblik family is incredibly photogenic! Several family members were unsure about this whole professional photo shoot thing, but you would never know that they don’t do this ALL the time! For real, I was super impressed. They all knocked it out of the park and I had a blast capturing these family memories for them!

A Rainy Day at the Park with Baby Michael

Grandma and Grandpa got to have the pleasure of bringing Michael to his photo shoot this time, and it seemed to work wonderfully! I mean, what kid isn’t all smiles for the grandparents?! I got to meet this little guy when he was just 2 days old! It doesn’t seem possible that it was a whole year ago already.

We had a fun time just playing on the playground and throwing in a few traditional portraits when the mood was right. Even when it started raining, Michael was all about exploring and he kept a happy face on the entire time! He seriously made my job so easy. However, Grandma and Grandpa DID work really hard for some belly laughs that turned out so adorable, so huge kudos to them! :)


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!