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!

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!

Leo's Newborn Lifestyle Session

I had the pleasure of photographing Leo’s big brother Grayson’s first year and now I am over the moon to do the same for this baby boy number two!

Mom and Dad joined me in the 2 boys under 2 club! It’s a fun club to be in, but also pretty exhausting. I’ve had people ask me if it gets easier as they get older, and I have to say it really depends on your kids. For me it’s totally gone up and down over the past 3 1/2 years. I’m sure that trend will continue! We have good phases and challenging phases (to put it nicely). But there are wonderful moments every single day (amidst the chaos). The best way to make it through the tough times is to really savor and appreciate those minuscule incredible moments that make you smile.

I can’t wait to follow Leo and Grayson through the next year of life and capture not only Leo’s milestones, but the brotherhood relationship they are building. And of course mom and dad in this beautiful season of life!