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October 7, 2019

FILED IN: Engaged, Photography

They are from the same home town and grew up within a mile of each other. They both went to the same grade school, high school, and college. They even worked at the local Quizno’s. “Yet the first time we ever spoke in person to each other was on our first date when we were both in our late 20s,” Matt says. “Our first date was at Big Grove. Best first date of my life, we ended up staying at the brewery talking for about 4 hours. When I was walking into the brewery there was a girl in front of me that I was pretty sure was Nicole, but was going to wait until I got in to say anything. She tripped and almost face-planted about 20 feet in front of me. Right then and there I knew she was special, but it was more a series of events that really solidified her as the one I wanted to spend my life with. A couple examples were her meeting my parents for the first time without me because I had to take call that night and couldn’t attend. Another was her making me a care package of snacks and energy drinks when I took a vacation day to play a video game on the day it came out. I love how empathetic and caring she is. She is the kindest, most gentle person I know. She makes me a better person and I aspire to be more like her in a lot of ways. She has the biggest heart and goes out of her way to make everyone around her happy.”

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Nicole and I first met last summer when she was a bridesmaid in another wedding I was photographing (hi, Kaitlin & Alec!) and, since that time, her and Matt have gotten engaged and moved from Iowa City to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Because of their busy work schedules and the travel arrangements they needed to make to come back here, we’ve had the date planned for a while for their engagement session. So when the forecast wouldn’t budge from the gloomy 80% rain, we made a last-minute plan to switch locations completely and try to shoot indoors. Matt, ever the optimist, was like, “It’s not going to rain; it’ll be fine.” And you know what? While it did rain, it also uncharacteristically passed over so we ditched the umbrella and were able to get shots I had given up hoping for! And honestly, even if it had rained the entire evening, I wouldn’t have minded because these two were so much fun and I knew the second we started that we were all going to make it the best we could given whatever we had to work with.
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October 3, 2019

FILED IN: Engaged, Photography

They were getting ready to go to Italy when he sat her down and told her the proposal wasn’t going to happen on their vacation because he couldn’t get the ring done in time. “We went all week in Italy, having an amazing time and I never even thought about it because he had told me he didn’t want me waiting all of our vacation for an engagement that wasn’t going to happen [there] and we just needed to enjoy the trip,” Jessica says.

“The place I wanted to go in Italy was the Amalfi Coast. While we were at the Amalfi Coast, we took a walk up a hill that overlooked an amazing view. Chase asked me if I wanted one of those ‘Instagramable pictures’ with the pretty background and I joked, ‘Duh, I love pictures of myself.’ So I turned around and he posed me, told me where to place my hands, said he was waiting for the wind to blow my hair the right direction, and fixed my jacket. I was just taking it all in when he said he finally got it and I turned around he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I, like the child I am, jumped up and down in excitement and said yes. We celebrated at a local outdoor restaurant up the street a little bit with champagne!”

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Jessica and Chase met back in 2009 and one of their first official dates was a concert at the Iowa State Fair. When he asked her out that night, she actually initially said no. “I thought we didn’t need a label; it was just going to be a summer fling. Whoops.” But that very same weekend, she realized he was the one. “We were supposed to go to his grandparent’s home in Missouri and I thought we should still go. We went and had a great time, however, I got a kidney stone and he had to take me to the emergency room. On the way there, I kept screaming in pain and he looked at me and said, ‘You probably have a kidney stone and if you puke from pain it’s okay.’ I claimed I wouldn’t do that, but within seconds, I threw up all over his new car.

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October 1, 2019

FILED IN: Engaged, Photography

Neither of them can remember first meeting and this is a sweet result of growing up in the same school. They have just always known each other. Their first date was basically accidental. Greg was at his parent’s house and sent out a Snapchat inviting some people over to go four wheeling, not thinking anyone would actually come. But Natalie showed up. “I remember just having an attitude of ‘oh cool, I’m going over to my friend’s house and it might be weird but it might be really fun.’ It turned out to be really fun,” Natalie said.

Fast forward four years and Greg was setting up for his proposal. “I set it all up before I left to go to Texas for racing. On my [side-by-side vehicle], I have all of my sponsors, including now Hands Jewelers, the place that I had bought the ring at. We had our families get together for a good luck party,” Greg said.

“Before dinner,” Natalie added, “He asked if we could all go to the shed and get a picture with the SxS before it was all dirty and/or broken. I walked in and noticed a sponsor sticker that said ‘Hands Jewelers’. As I was acknowledging how cool it was that they had sponsored Greg, I slowly felt everyone’s eyes turn toward me. I heard my name called out and there was Greg on one knee with tears in his eyes asking me to be his partner for life. I ugly cried and said yes!”

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September 18, 2019

FILED IN: Engaged, Photography

It was just a few weeks after they first met that they went on their first date. “It was beautiful, sunny day,” Bryn said. “It was one of those spring days that felt like the beginning of summer. We had been trying to find a time to meet at night, but me schedule was crazy with law school finals coming up and family events. Since we couldn’t find a weekend night that would work, we decided to meet up on a Saturday morning at a coffee shop instead. The date lasted over three hours, and I don’t think either of us wanted it to end! It was easily the best first date of my life.”

Jonathon said he knew Bryn was the one “when she first met my family. My nieces and nephews absolutely loved her and she was amazing with them. That was huge to me as they are an important part of my life. As well, my family immediately fell in love with her. So much so that sometimes I wondered if they actually like her more than me.”

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“I realized pretty quickly after we started dating that he was ‘the one,'” Bryn said. “I don’t think there was one particular moment where I realized he was ‘the one’—it was just a feeling that popped up the more I got to know him. He was different than anyone else I had ever been with, and I just had a gut feeling that he was the one which I had never experienced before. All my friends who are engaged or married told me that ‘when you know, you know,’ and I always thought that was bad advice. When I met Jonathon, though, I started to see the truth in that statement.

“Since the very beginning, he has made me laugh like nobody else ever has, and he is just so easy to be around. I didn’t want our first date to end, and our second date lasted 12 hours! He also doesn’t play games like so many people do. Neither one of us waited after the first date to text each other about a second date—we sent each other texts at the same time to set up a second date.

“I have always felt very comfortable with him and have always been able to just be me with him. I also really liked his family from the first time I met them. His family embraced me wholeheartedly and made me feel so comfortable and wanted. Family is so important to both of us, so once I met his family and they liked me, it really solidified my feeling that he was ‘the one.'”

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September 12, 2019

I actually do not know how Kailee and I first met, but I do know that somewhere along the way, I hired her to do my hair for my wedding ten plus years ago when she was still in cosmetology school and we’ve been friends ever since. (And I still to this day wouldn’t change a thing about my wedding day hair! It was perfection!) In the span of time since then, both of us have had babies and started businesses, me with photography and her with her own salon & spa!

So, just to bring everything full circle, we now get to work together since her and the Eden team do a lot of hair and makeup for my brides and bridesmaids! Anddddd she also cuts my hair so, you know, we have a lot of mutual respect and support.

I was so excited to be able to photograph her beautiful family, but was not even halfway prepared for the location they chose. Isn’t this the most gorgeous spot?! (It’s the family land of one of the massage therapists at the spa!) We had a lot of spaces to choose from and we kept it pretty simple because I know how quickly I have to work when I’m photographing kids and I absolutely love what we ended up with!! For what it’s worth, these girls were so incredibly well-behaved and sweet! Look at these adorable smiles! I love that we could bottle up this space in time for this family because we all know babies grow up.

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September 11, 2019

FILED IN: Photography

I‘m so thrilled to offer online galleries for my clients! If you’re unfamiliar with Pass Plus, the gallery system I use, it is the #1 sharing solution for photographers and has been leading the photo industry for the past several years with its technology and ease of use. (For first time users, this post will show you how to use it!) I truly believe this is the safest, easiest, and quickest way to get images to my clients. I’ve been using online galleries since 2012 and absolutely couldn’t be happier with the seamless integration with social media and on-the-go mobile devices. Who doesn’t want to have access to their photos from their phone? Exactly.

Your photo gallery is designed to be very user friendly, but I wouldn’t want you to miss out on any of the benefits!

After your engagement session with me and after your wedding when your photos are completed, you’ll receive an email from me with your gallery link. This gallery is for you to use both for your own viewing and also to show off your images to your friends and family. You may print images through your gallery, download, and save your favorites into your own folder for easy-access later on!

Here’s a gallery of some real clients and instructions on how to make the most of your own gallery.

Opening Your Gallery

To open your gallery, simply click on the link that I’ve noted in the email I sent you. On a computer, your welcome screen will look something like this:

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