Monday, July 29, 2013

Coming Soon - Quad Cities Maternity Photographer

In 4 weeks, Cassi will be welcoming her baby boy into her life.
What an exciting time for Cassi and Chance!
And how do I always get the most gorgeous mommies to be to photograph?!

Look at gorgeous, Cassi!

Only 4 more weeks (or less!) with just the 2 of them.

They are so in love with their son already and anxiously awaiting his arrival!

What a pleasure it was to meet these 2 and spend some time with them photographing these last moments as JUST a couple.  The setting was beautiful, Cassi and Chance were so amazing to work with and so incredibly photogenic!

And let's get real...they were FUN!
So glad they came with coconuts and a watermelon in tow! :)

We laughed so hard and had such a great time.  I've said it before and I will say it again, I have the BEST, most fun and GORGEOUS clients ever!

Thank you so much, Cassi and Chance for spending some time with me and being so easy going about all of my requests! :)  You two are adorable and I had so much fun getting to know you!

Congratulations in advance on the arrival of your baby boy!  I know he is going to be gorgeous...there's no way he couldn't be with the genes he has! :)  Can't wait to hear that he has arrived!!!

They love the camera - Quad Cities Childrens Photographer

Oh these girls...I love photographing them...and they LOVE getting photographed!
This is the third time I've had the pleasure of photographing them and they love it more and more each time...and so do I!  They are too of the most willing subjects I've ever had.  And when the session was over, they said, "awwww...already?!"  Love that.

Beautiful Katelyn has gotten so much more grown up since I met her the first time I photographed their family.  She didn't have glasses anymore and now is wearing contacts!

And Natalie came sporting a new, adorable pair of specs!  She wears them well!  And she has grown up SO MUCH since I photographed the little girl version of her for the first time not even 2 years ago!

And they seriously love each other...which makes my job easy!

Such fun sisters!

I love every minute I get to photograph these 2.  And the "outtakes" are hysterical too.  Oh my, when I let them loose to "work it" for the camera, they come up with some doozies for poses!  Love them!

Thanks girls for always being so fun to spend time with!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Madden turns 1 - Quad Cities Family Photographer

I had so much fun photographing the beautiful Dexter Family to commemorate Sweet Madden's 1st Birthday last week!  You just don't get much cuter than this!

I was welcomed by the Dexter Family to their home and the surrounding land to do the pictures.  And you can't tell by the pictures, but it was the HOTTEST day of the year!  The air conditioned house only a few steps away was a nice bonus!

And all 3 were just so photogenic!  I love capturing Daddy Love...

...and Mommy Love. :)

And I knew I was going to like the family as soon as they mentioned they would like pictures in their Hawkeye attire!  My kinda people for sure! :)

And then Brenda broke out the most adorable onesie ever created for a little boy!  Oh my...I need another baby boy JUST to put this onesie on him...

And what's a 1st birthday photo session without some cake smashing?!

Madden dug right in!

It's possible he liked the balloons better than the cake, but he still had his fill of cake...well, mostly frosting! :)

And despite the crazy hot weather, he did amazing...was so happy nearly the entire time!  What a gorgeous child he is and it's clear it runs in the family...
Great looking, great personality and lots of fun.  I'd say it's the perfect combination!

Thank you Dexter Family for allowing me to come to your home to capture these images for you.  It was so much fun!  And Happy Birthday, Madden!!!  You are one blessed little man to have such amazing parents!

In Love - Quad Cities Engagement Photographer

I love doing engagement sessions!  I love how I get genuine emotion in the images at an engagement session.  It's such an exciting time in the couple's life...they're starting the rest of their lives together.  It's such a happy time and you can always tell in the images!

Kayla and Matt were no exception.  They were so fun and easy to photograph and we were blessed with a beautiful evening to capture their love!


It wouldn't have mattered where we had taken their photographs, the love shines through.  However, the location WAS pretty fabulous!  We were allowed to photograph their session at a friend's property with a beautiful old barn.

Matt and Kayla were meant to meet and be together.  They come from 2 different parts of the country and were brought together for a reason.

And now they never have to be apart again.

It was such a blessing to meet you two!  I wish you all of the joy and love as you begin your lives together!  Many blessings to you Matt and Kayla!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A wonderful family! - Quad Cities Family Photographer

As a photographer, you are thrown into situations oftentimes that are uncomfortable initially.  I don't get uncomfortable very easily and so I suppose that is one of the reasons this line of work fits very well with my personality.  However, who wouldn't be a little nervous or uncomfortable going to a photo session in a place you've never photographed with a large group of people you've never met?  The good thing is that I did know one of the families in this amazing group of people.  I had photographed them a while back and knew that since they were related to the others in this clan, likely, it would be a fun evening.  I was right. :)  And we were in Bellevue, Iowa...BEAUTIFUL!
I believe you can just tell by looking at this image what a great group they are!
All the kids...on Grandpa's Edsel. :)

And these 2 were so much fun!  No wonder the entire group was so all started with these two!

I took photographs of the entire group, the individual families, each couple and the kids as well.
It was the perfect evening for it and I had the perfect subjects! 

I can't look at this image without laughing!  This group was so fun...we laughed the entire time!

We went to a few locations, one of which was a restaurant that this family has owned for over 20 years.  They had never been photographed at their restaurant!  And it was such a beautiful place!  This group was so welcoming and even offered to feed me at their restaurant when our shoot was over!  Their restaurant is Spruce Harbor Inn.  Check it out!

What a good looking family!

And this group is the one who put this whole session together!  I met them over a year ago when I photographed their family for the first time.  They are just such kind and genuine people who I am blessed to have met.

And they are always fun to photograph!  I look forward to hopefully having the opportunity to photograph them more in the future!

These 2 brothers cooperated the whole time.  I might have laughed the whole time I photographed them!  They knew JUST what to do in front of the camera...naturals these 2. ;) 

And this photogenic group of siblings were so cooperative and sweet!  Lucas is verging on needing senior pictures, so I made him practice some traditional senior picture poses during our session. ;)  Ha.

And these 2 brothers always help me to get those candid shots I love.  Ryan (the youngest) is so funny and busy and reminds me so much of my oldest!  And Colin is just a go with the flow older willing to cooperate for pictures...that's not always easy to find in a boy his age!

So the nerves that come with photographing a new group in a new place?  They lasted about 3.2 seconds for me thanks to the warm welcome and kindness of this clan.  What an amazing group of people and what a pleasure it was to photograph each and every one of them!
 Thank you so much, Frank Family for making me feel so welcome and all being so cooperative and fun to work with!  You all made my job so fun and easy...and the Edsel and the beautiful property at Spruce Harbor Inn were such a wonderful bonus! :)