A Bond Like No Other is Mother and Son {Kristin & Leium}

I met Kristin last year when we both discovered Senegence (best. makeup. ever). She was one of the gorgeous women I got to do headshots for. And now I had the pleasure of photographing her and her handsome son Leium over Easter weekend!

We were a little worried about the weather because Thursday night it was so cold I had to put gloves on my kiddos. But this is Spring in Iowa…so of course three days later we hit 80 degrees! We really had a perfectly beautiful afternoon at the Bickelhaupt Arboretum in Clinton, Iowa. While there are still a lot of “naked” branches, we found a beautiful field of blooming daffodils and of course the gorgeous cherry blossoms.

As soon as I met Leium I knew the shoot would be fun one. He is not shy in the least and quite literally danced through the arboretum. He is such a happy kid and always has a huge smile on his face. I can tell he really enjoys being goofy and having fun. I gave him the opportunity to make up a silly story to make mom laugh and I’m pretty sure he didn’t disappoint. This talented little dude is already a writer and animator, which is super cool. Leium is one of a kind and I know his mama is very proud of him. It definitely shows in their photos!

I can definitely say, this session got me very excited for the busy photography season ahead!

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!    

Sam's Sneak Peek

I started my photography business in 2009, mostly shooting family and senior pictures. It was in 2011 that I decided to start photographing newborn babies as well! One of my very first newborn clients was Mr Sam! Not only did I take his first photos, but we did a whole Baby's First Year package and I was honored to watch this boy change and grow from a squishy little newborn into a smart, silly toddler! Now he's officially in kid mode and turning 5 years old! He is so funny, intelligent and a respectful young man. Erica is an amazing mama and they are beyond lucky to have each other. I've loved capturing memories for them and the rest of their family. It completely baffles me how time can possibly move so quickly; thank goodness we have the capability to freeze and treasure these ever-passing moments in a photograph. Here is a sneak peek from their session!