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michele and tony » vincent house | Fort Dodge, Iowa wedding

I was so excited to be asked to capture Michele and Tony’s big day! Their ceremony was a smaller one, which always seems to leave more room for love and fun to seep through in the photos. Celebrating their love story at the Vincent house was amazing; we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful location! It’s been so much fun going through the photos and reliving the day… I can’t wait til they get to see their gallery and do the same! Without further ado, check out some gorgeous frames from our fun-filled evening:

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J&J » the big day

I am so excited to show you all a very brief snippet of a sneak peek from J&J’s big day last Saturday!  They have so much love for each other, it simply overflowed. And everyone in the bridal party really just let go, goofed off, and we had a ton of fun!  Instead of a traditional cake cutting, J&J opted for a Danish wedding cake (seen below) and it was SO GOOD. All of their desserts/goodies were Scandinavian themed, and having grown up in a norwegian church, I loved it! Without further ado, check out just a teensy quick little preview from their big day, and stay tuned for part 2 in the next few days!

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Choose Your Own Adventure » 2015 wedding pricing

Anyone remember those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books? They were some of my all-time favorite summer reading as a kid. Every Monday on my mom’s day off we’d venture downtown to the Bloomers coffee shop, and then follow up with a trip to the library for that week’s reading.

Those books are the inspiration for my brand spanking new wedding pricing!  You can check it out on my website here!

I found in the past couple years, as I got more and more weddings under my belt, that each bride and each couple wanted different things for their big day. So in light of that, I’ve made Build Your Own Package pricing!  Base coverage starts out at $700, giving you the basics — all day coverage, second shooter, and an engagement session!

That second shooter bit is SO important. It allows you to keep twice the memories from your big day, as I can only catch so much on my own. One person can only be in one place, but with a second shooter it’s like I’m in two places at once!

I’m so happy to be offering you guys with customized coverage, based on YOUR needs and YOUR desires, so that you can hold on to those cherished moments in whatever way you’d like for an affordable fee!

If you already booked your 2015 wedding with me before this update, you’re locked in on those prices (although you’re welcome to switch if you so choose!) Anyone who books their 2015 wedding with me from here on out gets the new and improved BYOP pricing.

Interested in booking? Have some questions? Let’s chat:


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stella » 9 months old

You might recall a few months ago, or a few months before that, when I took this cutie’s 3- and 6-month photos. Stella’s growth has been so amazing to witness, and even more fun to capture on camera. And I cannot believe how fast its gone! But enough of me blabbering on about how stinkin adorable she is; see for yourself:

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Look how much she’s grown!

There’s much more cuteness coming your way! Stay locked to my facebook page for the most immediate updates :)

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road.trippin » greene county iowa

Do you ever get so bogged down in work you just need to take a break? (I’m guessing you’re nodding your head right now. We’ve all been there.) Well I decided to take a vacation day today and go for a little trip down memory lane by road tripping with my mom! We used to have all kinds of road trips around tiny towns in Iowa, just exploring and photographing our journey. I’ve learned a lot and made a ton of cool discoveries, and I knew that it had been waaaaay too long since we meandered the backroads of Iowa together.

We headed down to Jefferson, exploring the area there and finding our way around Greene County and back home to Fort Dodge. What started out as a rainy day, turned into a beautiful, cool, overcast day, perfect for sightseeing :) Take a peek into our travels:

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We spotted this little guy right outside a city park–SO COOL. (We looked super nerdy by how excited we were. But, FOX.)facade lincoln lincoln-quote sally-white-alley sally-white littlefreelibrary

We found a Little Free Library in this super cute alley!lfl-inside

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We also spotted Jefferson’s namesake chilling on this bench, just perusing the Declaration of Independence.jefferson-statue2 clock-tower carillon-tower view1 view2 view3 courthouse

This was the stained glass dome in their courthouse. So. Beautiful.tea-gardenlumber no horses me

As many of you probably know, purple is my favorite color. So when I spotted this wall, I knew I needed a picture here. My mom was kind enough to oblige! People of Paton, Iowa, HIT ME UP. Your town is small but so packed with gorgeous locations! (Especially seniors. *cough cough*)

Anyway, I hope you all had as splendid a day as I had, and if you’re feeling stuck in a rut like I was, I hope you find a way to take even just an hour of your day to explore. Nothing awakens my soul more than taking a new, closer look at things. ♥

Stay tuned in the next couple days for some shots of a certain 9-month-old cutie!

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fireworks 2014 » fort dodge, iowa

Hey there!

I’ve been enjoying my long weekend getting caught up on some personal projects, but I wanted to share some photos with you! Seems like it’s been awhile. But don’t worry — July is shaping up to keep me busy! So you’ll have your share of blog post previews.

Eric and I journeyed over to his parents house last night to celebrate his sister’s birthday and watch the Fort Dodge fireworks show at Fort Frenzy, just a cornfield away!

10489827_896765203685483_6934153777453875055_nI think I’ve rubbed off on Eric a bit…he was snapping pictures of us on his phone while we were bored waiting. :)

Here are a few frames from the show:

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Stay lovely,
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20% off products » July special

Hi all! As I wrap up my busy month of June in the books, I cannot express how grateful I am for each and every one of you! It’s mainly through your support that I have seen such growth in the past few months, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

As a thank you, I’m giving the love back to you! Through the month of July take 20% off all prints/products on orders over $20!

It’s so important to get your photos printed. Let’s get your precious memories up on those walls! In your scrapbooks! Mailed to grandma! In a custom-made album! In some frames on your mantle!

Here is just a very small sampling of products I offer. If you’d like to know more details or see samples of other products in my shop, shoot me a message and I can give you more info!

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You invested in the memories. Why not show them off?

If you have a gallery up with me, or will have a session with me in July, enter code “JULY20″ at checkout to get 20% off your order of $20 or more!

And thanks for being so wonderfully supportive, folks. You are the reason I do what I do!

Much love,
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