Thursday, July 31, 2014

Monroe's Birth Story - Quad Cities Birth Photographer

To capture someone giving birth is something that is hard to describe.  It is my most favorite thing to photograph.  Every birth I have photographed has been amazing and so different.  Every birth I have photographed, I have left with the back of my camera soaked wet with tears.  Tears for the happy and relieved parents, tears that I was actually welcomed into such an intimate time and tears that this is what I get to call my "job".  Wow. Really, it's something I've said over and over, but I truly think I have the most amazing job in the world.  I feel blessed every single day as I sit in front of my computer screen and edit the images of all of the children and families I am blessed to capture photographically.  I have so much fun in my short time with each of my clients in front of my lens!

This though, this...there are just no words.

Welcome to the world, Sweet Monroe!  You are so very loved!

Congratulations Sam, Adam and Eden...and thank you...thank you for letting me be a tiny part of this amazing day so I could capture these images for you.  I hope you cherish them forever!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Schumakers - Quad Cities Family Photographer

I look forward to hearing from Missy each year to schedule her session.  I remember the first session I did with she and her kiddos a few years back.  I couldn't tell McKenna and Claire apart at all!  It's definitely much easier now! :)

These kids are always fun and so full of personality and make my job easy...

They laugh a lot and sing a lot of songs during their sessions!

They love each other so much even though they bicker...what siblings don't?!

Big Brother Brendan is super cooperative for a young boy...not always very common that young boys cooperate with me!

McKenna is a little model!  She is full of personality and energy!

And Claire has dimples for miles (which my camera loves!) and is as sweet as can be!

These 3 and their Mama suffered through the ridiculous bugs without any complaints!

Each year, it's so fun to see how these kids have grown and changed!

Thank you, yet again Missy, Brendan, McKenna and Claire for another fun session!  I always love having you all in front of my lens!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Sawicki Family - Quad Cities Family Photographer

I had so much fun on a gorgeous evening with this family!

I LOVE it when families are full of personality and makes for such fun images!

And I'm pretty much in love with this image.  The lone sister sweetly sitting while her wild brothers do what boys do...act silly! :)

They managed to keep it together for a few images though!

And just as we were finishing up, the sky was perfect...

Thank you guys for being so much fun to work with!  What a gorgeous night it was to photograph your beautiful family!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hudson at 6 months - Quad Cities Baby Photographer


Isn't Hudson the CUTEST 6 month old ever?!?!!

I can't believe it has been 6 months since he entered the world!  I was able to be there for that special time and photograph as his Mommy labored and as everyone met him.  I got to photograph him at just  a few days old and then again at 3 months!  How awesome...I ADORE documenting his first year and just when I think he can't get any cuter...he goes and does this!

 Ya, it's almost too much cuteness to handle!

And this boy is so loved by so many!
Some Mama Love...

He is definitely SUPER...if I do say so myself!

He makes the cutest Batman ever!

And his message for all of the evil villains...

I feel so much safer knowing Sweet Huddy is protecting the city!

 Super Hero, Future Bradley Alumni...who know?!

A CEO holding IMPORTANT business meetings with his staff...he's practicing up!
He can do anything he wants!

Or maybe a model with his good looks!  Only hopefully not nude. Ha!

The sky is the limit for this jack of all trades! ;)

Thank you again and again guys for allowing me to capture your sweet little man as he grows!  I look forward to each time I get to see him!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Bachmans - Quad Cities Family Photographer

The Bachman Family have been in front of my lens 3 times now.  They are one of the most photogenic families I have ever photographed!

They are just as beautiful in person as they are in these images too!  It's hard to believe they make families this beautiful isn't it?! :)

There are some families that just know what to do in front of the camera...this is one of them!

And the it when I photograph kids that are so full of personality!  It makes for awesome images like THIS...

And the ladder...the ladder caused several minutes of fun! :)

We picked a location in downtown Davenport for their didn't occur to any of us to remember the Bix at 6.  Oops!  You would never know by looking at these images that downtown was a mad house and we had several gawkers! lol

They were all troopers and it didn't seem to bother a one of them!

They make beautiful children, no doubt!

The handsome boys of the family...

The gorgeous girls of the family...

I love a family that loves each other, snuggles in and wraps their arms around each other without any coercing.  Most siblings aren't so willing!

Thank you again, Bachman Family for spending some time with me in the chaos downtown!  You all were so laid back about it and so much fun to photograph as usual!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tammy Frank : Certified Health Coach - Quad Cities Photographer

I met Tammy a few years ago when I photographed her beautiful family.  I have since photographed them again and when Tammy contacted me asking me to photograph some images for her new venture, I was ecstatic!  You see, Tammy exudes beauty...from the inside out.  There is a light about her.  She is such an incredible person and she is one of those people that you can see it, you can feel it the minute you look into her eyes.

So I believe this new venture for her is going to be so incredible and a smashing success!  She has been a nurse for many years and is going to be starting her new private practice in Cedar Rapids as a Certified Health Coach.  She will also be working with the soon to be opening Honest Wellness Center here in the Quad Cities.

You guys, she is so knowledgeable and so loving and genuine and so easy to talk to!  Trust me, I could have chatted with her after our photo shoot for hours!  She cares...whole heartedly, she cares and loves people and is going to do amazing things and change so many peoples' lives.  I have no doubt!

She is so fun and full of energy and joy!  I found myself trying to squeeze all of the information I could out of her while I was with her!  And she was full of information and knowledge and gave me a sense of hope and confidence in my own journey to health that I have recently begun...all while we were standing outside of her car before she drove away after our session!

"Everyone has a story."
You bet we do!  And our stories shape us and influence all of our decisions...good and bad.
I learned that not only is Tammy going to benefit the health of others in the way that most of us look at "health", but also she is going to help her patients' inner health, the health of their soul...just by being her compassionate, loving self...she is good for the soul! :)

She is love...

She is beautiful...

She is inspiring energy...

Thank you, Tammy for allowing me to capture these images of you!  It's been a blessing to get to know you better and I look forward to watching your successes in this new journey!  There is no person that I can imagine doing a better job in this new role as you will!