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September 14, 2020

It was much colder last year at their session and they were also missing a wonderful, squishy, smiley piece of their family: baby Noah! Charlotte has grown so much, perhaps being a bit sister will do that. She is the same age as my daughter and it’s always fun to photograph kids whose ages and antics so closely resemble your own children.

Corey & Sara are another couple who I’ve had the privilege of documenting a lot of their huge life milestones! From their engagement to their wedding to their first family photos as a family of three when Charlotte was itty bitty and now each year since! What an honor.

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September 11, 2020

A family who I get to see year after year is the Ohloffs and, oh, they are so much fun. First of all, they always have the best style game. (See: engagement, wedding, family, and family) And I have also gotten to see Jordyn and Emily grow up all the way from itty bitty flower girls at the wedding to big sisters now to their newest family member, Langston!

Unlike most of their sessions, this year we finally had lots of warm (hot) sunshine. (Their engagement session was, at that time, the coldest I had ever shot and their wedding was freezing rain.)

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September 10, 2020

It’s been two years since I last saw the Johnson family and it was so much fun to catch up with them again and see how much Phil has grown in that time. He was just 2 last time and so he went from toddler to little boy and full of all kinds of fun facts and interests. (If you ever take the time to have a conversation with a kid, man, kids are just hilarious and awesome.)

At their last session, we battled cold temperatures and rain so we had a little laugh because this was exactly the opposite! I’m so grateful for clients who continue to trust me and keep coming back.

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September 9, 2020

One of the greatest joys of wedding photography is getting back together with my wedding couples in the years after they got married and seeing them as parents. I first photographed Stephanie and Matt at their engagement session (back when I was pregnant with Henry!) and then on their wedding day! Two years ago, I got to photograph them again when their son was just over a year old and so it was so much fun to get together with them yet again this past week to get some updated family photos for them. It took quite a while for Silas to warm up to having photos taken and he was a hilarious, ornery little boy for the entire session, but (!) I’m so excited for the images we got. I’ve found that more often than not, allowing a child to move at his or her pace will end up with the most genuine pictures and, usually, that even includes a few of those “picture perfect” moments.

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August 27, 2020

I‘ve gotten to photography a lot of milestones in Cortney & Christian’s life together, including their engagement, their wedding, and their maternity shoot in the snow, just before Charlotte was born! So I was thrilled to be able to hang out with them again and document this phase of their lives: now as hands-on parents to a hilarious, wiggly, energetic, sassy, smart little one-and-a-half-year-old. I adore this family and I love that the images I was able to get are genuine and sweet. I hope that they become more precious as time keeps moving on, a glimpse back to this toddler phase of life that is so exhausting when you’re in it and also so quick to pass by in retrospect.
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August 24, 2020

I‘ve known this family for years, all the way back to 2015 when I photographed Ian & Sarah’s wedding! Miss Jennifer, Ian’s mom, used to work in the daycare at the gym and took care of my own kids from when they were just babies. So it was so special to see them again when they were all together in Iowa! Since 2015, they’ve added a son-in-law and three beautiful grandbabies to the mix. It was a warm evening, but we found good light and good shade and I shuffled quickly between groupings to give the kids necessary breaks and I just love how these all turned out. Thank you, Whitmore family, for having me document your family again!
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