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April 27, 2020

This family was so fun to meet this past November. Lincoln had reached out to me on Instagram last fall to see if I would be available to photograph her family over Thanksgiving when they would be visiting from out of state. It ended up working out perfectly with my schedule and we were lucky to be able to use any of the space and buildings on the property that they are renting. It was a really dreary day and fairly chilly out, but everyone brought cheerful attitudes and followed the philosophy that I think every family should adopt: “There are only two days that your mother gets every year…Mother’s Day and photo day. You smile and do whatever she says on those days.”

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April 16, 2020

I shot their wedding on an unusually cold day in October 5 years ago and I got to photograph their family a few years ago (first here and then here) when Jackson was much smaller and Beckham wasn’t born yet. So getting to hang out with this sweet family again was, simply put, a joy. Beckham was at the age of not being shy at all and had plenty of smiles to give and, oh, if I could’ve just held him for hours; he’s the squishiest baby I’ve ever held. Jackson was a little shy, but as long as he was close to his parents and his lion, Taggy, he did just fine.

I met up with this family at Wilson’s Apple Orchard in Iowa City on a beautiful fall afternoon. With little kids, I try to keep sessions fairly simply and really relaxed and I knew Emily and Shamus would appreciate that and love the realness of the interaction photos. As a bonus, we got to end the session with them picking a few apples and then grabbing hot apple turnovers.

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April 14, 2020

The last time I photographed the Prieskorns, there was a lot more height difference. Funny how that works.

Melissa and I met years ago at the gym and we (normally, but not right now obviously) see each other several times a week. She brings lots of sarcasm and humor everywhere she is and, let me say, it was a delight to see her daughters also carry this trait. This was the only family I photographed this past fall with older kids and it was so much fun to see the camaraderie and sarcasm that the girls brought to the session. fossil_gorge_family_emilycrall_photo_1903.jpg
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April 13, 2020

Of all the family sessions I did, this was the only first-time family. Mary Kate had found me on Instagram and reached out about family photos. Since meeting them, we’ve discovered that we work out at the same gym and our youngests are the same age, providing some fun play dates. This family has a heart of gold and are so generous with their love. When we couldn’t make it to a birthday party for Jesus right before Christmas because the stomach bug hit Henry, they dropped off leftover treats, crafts, and reindeer food for Christmas Eve. It has been such a treat getting to know the White family and I love that it can be traced back to social media, which, for all its failings, has brought some truly wonderful friendships into my life.

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April 8, 2020

Just look at this sweet girl! She grew so much in a year! (I know, I know. As children do… Look at her itty bitty little self from the year before.) Charlotte was a little hesitant about me at first, but with enough of my antics, she started smiling and it was completely worth it! Also, how much do we all just want her polka dot vest?

Corey and Sara are another former wedding couple of mine (coming up on 4 years, you guys!!) and they are just a delight to be around. (Also, just spent a solid 10 minutes scrolling through their wedding photos and reminiscing! Their wedding day was so, so hot and humid, but it was also just so perfect in every way. I can’t stop smiling.)

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April 7, 2020

This past fall I got to photograph several past wedding couples, Kelsi and Brandon included, and there’s something so extra fun about photographing couples now that they’ve settled into married life and started a family. It’s such a journey and it’s so beautiful to get to witness it unfolding.

Last summer when I photographed a family wedding (hi Kaylee & Kile!), I got to catch up with Kelsi (ironically, in the parking lot as she was grabbing a pull-up from the car and I was waiting for the party bus…wedding photography is super, duper glamorous!) and it made me extra excited to get to see them in the fall for their family session. The kids loved playing at the fossil gorge and we promised them some play time after their photos. And seriously, look at these smiles. They are angels.

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