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!

Everett's Newborn Lifestyle Session

Everett was lucky to be born into a loving family with parents Ashley and Peter, and big brother Charles. As soon as I walked into their home I got the sense that this family was welcoming, kind and creative. Their home was painted beautifully inside and I loved seeing some of their DIY projects around, like a sensory type bored for their 2 year old (great idea!)

We started in mom and dad’s room and had a little family time on their vibrantly colored bed, which fit their style well. Charles actually warmed up to me right away! That was certainly a pleasant surprise! Sometimes my big ol’ camera is intimidating to little eyes but he was all about pushing the buttons! When you scroll through the sneak peek in a minute, keep an eye out for the picture of their cat - Charles took that one!

He’s still adapting to life with a new baby. I mean, it’s a pretty big change after all! Mom and dad are doing a great job of letting him know he’s just as loved as he was before. He even got some story time while I photographed Everett on his own. And let me tell you about baby Everett! He is just such a darling little boy, mommy’s little lamb. Already sleeping long stretches at a week old, perfectly calm and cuddly. I could’ve taken his pictures all day long!

It truly was a wonderful experience spending a couple hours with this new family of four. They are gentle and loving with open hearts and minds. I thank them for letting me capture a little glimpse of their lives and I hope I do their story justice!

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!