The M Family » Fort Dodge, IA

This week I met up with the M family at Kennedy Park around sunset for some family photos!  They were such troopers, despite the mosquitoes. (We definitely thought the bugs would be gone after the freezing nights we had lately! But no such luck.)  Their son, Alex, recently turned 2 so we did a few shots with just him too. He brought his Thomas the train toys, and we played a little bit. He’s very imaginative…and not short on energy!  Without further ado, take a peek at some gorgeous frames from our golden hour adventure:

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I asked him how old he was. He said “two” but I his hands said “spiderman.”  haha!fort dodge sunset family photographer fort dodge sunset family photographer fort dodge family photographer two year old sunset portraits fort dodge family photographer two year old sunset portraits

Until next time,

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Priscilla » Fort Dodge Senior High

If you’ve been following me on social media lately, you know what a craptastic week I had starting last weekend. Losing two kitties, a bad car accident….it was just no good. But I’m so glad to let you all know that I had a much better weekend this week! Priscilla and her friend joined me on Saturday for her senior photos. We explored the woods at Snell-Crawford and meandered downtown Fort Dodge and just generally had a great time!

Priscilla is a senior at FDSH with a ton of creativity and joy. Seriously, her outfit choices were to DIE for. And that smile….well, you can see for yourself how sweet she is! Check out some gorgeous frames from our adventure:

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If you’re interested in booking your own senior photo experience, don’t wait! Fall is booking up SUPER fast.


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“Because Fall” Minis

If you’ve been with me for long enough, you probably know that fall/autumn is my favorite season! Since its official kickoff is during the week, I’ll be celebrating a little early with a special event.

I’ll be having an afternoon of mini sessions, “Because Fall” on Sunday, September 21st from 3 pm to 6 pm at whatever park in town has the best fall colors at the moment. (Scouting and official location to come over the weekend!)

Sessions will be $35 for up to 30 minutes, and will include a download of the finished hi-res photographs (NOTE: If you want a disc or thumb drive of your images, that will cost extra.)  Typically for that long of a session you can expect at least around 10 images.

These minis are perfect for folks looking to update their online profile photos, or get just a few photos done before investing in the full session!  BUT these minis will only take place if we have at least 4 people lined up by the 17th, so tell your friends!

To book your “Because Fall” mini session, email me at :)

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I’m writing today with the heaviest of hearts. When I was little (I mean, VERY little. Think like 5ish years young) we got a kitten. Okay, we got two kittens. But one was mine, whether anyone liked it or not. I named her Chubby even though she was the runt of the litter, and even though I probably had no idea what Chubby meant. I’m pretty sure it was because I thought her cheeks were so chubby and squishable. :)

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She followed me everywhere. She slept on my bed. She listened to my elementary school troubles. She listened to my middle school drama. She followed me when I moved bedrooms. She was by my side when I was sick. When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.

I sat with her through her shots, through surgery, through infections. I laid out in the lawn under the warm sun with her when her bones started to ache from kitty arthritis.

My little kid brain imagined her being like my kitty nanny. She took care of me when I felt like I had no one else to turn to. We were inseparable.

Until yesterday. Yesterday, at least 18 years after we first said hello, we said goodbye for the last time.

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Goodbye, my special girl. I will love you forever.


Ollie » welcome

I’m writing this blog post today, one week after Eric and I welcomed this little man into our life as the newest member of our family! We took him in after a family found him out on the streets, motherless, crying, and clearly having problems with his eye. One week later, his eye is clearing up! He’ll probably always have some vision loss, according to the vet, but he can still mostly see out of the “bad” eye. We named him Ollie after Oliver Twist since he was an orphan when we rescued him. :)

Welcome, Ollie!

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New: Portrait Pricing » coming this November!

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Starting this November (2014) I will be updating my portrait pricing!

Over the past couple years I’ve noticed some hassle for both me and my clients trying to find the best way to work around my previously separated pricing packages. I’ve also grown a lot as an artist, and feel it’s time for an update :)

This update is not a significant increase, and in fact may save some people money! All portraits will have the same pricing structure, regardless of if you want family photos, kids photos, couples photos, or all three in one.  MUCH easier for everyone!

I’m also excited for this update, because it will include general portraits (FINALLY!) So, even if you’re not a high school senior, you can book a portrait session and have a fun adventure too! I can’t wait to get some college students, moms or dads, professionals and more in front of my lens!

Seniors and Weddings will remain the same, and anyone already booked before November 1st will be able to book under my current pricing (so be sure to book before then if you want locked in!)

I’ll have my pricing live on my website starting in October so that people can get an early look, so keep an eye out for that!

Thanks so much to everyone who has been so supportive and kind. I love sharing and capturing your smiles!

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Holiday.Sessions » 2014

As I’m already booking into mid-October now (WOW. Thank you!) I’ve begun to think about the holidays earlier.

As last year’s sessions went over well, I’ll be offering them again this year! Like last year, they’ll be up to one hour of coverage, require $30 retainer, and there will be three package options:

Elf’s Package:
(1) 8×10 print
(50) Holiday Cards
»» $100 total    (savings of $80!)

Rudolph’s Package:
(1) 8×10 print
(100) Holiday Cards
»» $125   (savings of $95! — best deal!)

Santa’s Package:
(1) 11×14 print
(100) Holiday Cards
»» $140    (savings of $80!)

Since I know a lot of you like to have the digital files w/ print release, and since I’m introducing these special Holiday Sessions so early, I’ll be giving a special deal for my Fall Mini Sessions!

When you book a Fall Mini Session with me, you can add on 50 Holiday Cards for only $50 (regularly $70) or 100 Holiday Cards for just $90 (regularly $110!)

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Holiday Sessions will need to take place by December 1st to qualify, or your cards may not be ready to send out for the holidays.

Time slots will go fast, so email me sooooon! I would absolutely hate to get too busy to include your wonderful faces!

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