Dehmer/Snow Family

This was the best piece of luck that has come my way as a photographer.  I was finishing up with Zella baby and this family asked me to roll down my car window.  They had pictures scheduled with another photographer but there had been a mix up with the date.  They asked if I'd be willing to do them.  I had an extra half an hour and they were cute and had an 8-week old puppy.  C'mon!  Of course I'd do them!

Thank you Justin and Amy - you guys are the best and I hope we get to meet again.

Shelly + Nathaniel

There will be a lot of photos in this blog.  Sometimes love is so natural and organic there is nothing that needs to really be edited significantly.  This shoot was that kind of love.

Thank you so much for selecting me to be your photographer.  I hope you love these, Shelly.

The Williams Family

The last family session of the year --- happened to be with one of my best friends forever.  I met Delishia when I was 20 years old and we worked at a youth home for behaviorally disruptive kids. We worked together for a couple of years and learned so much about what it means to stick with something, love anyway, and be kind when it was most difficult to do so.  We also learned  what it meant to trust another human being - that they will have your back in difficult times (or when you're getting bit on the shoulder, haha).

You all should check out her husband's music in Des Moines, too.  His name is Matt Williams and he plays locally.  He's the most versatile and talented musician I know.


Jade + Jen

This wedding was a blast from the past for me.  Jenny and I played softball for Mason City High together.  She was an outstanding athlete and I only had wonderful and fun memories of my time with her.  Jen contacted me a year ago and we set up a time for engagement shots in Des Moines, Iowa.  I was so happy when she invited me to shoot their wedding.  I was able to connect with several friends I hadn't seen since moving to Des Moines.

The venue was beautiful and we really lucked out on weather.  We had a gorgeous fall day and I hadn't ever been in Plymouth Congregational Church prior.  What a stunning sanctuary.

I'm so proud of these images and so very thankful to have Jen and Jade in my life.  They are beautiful people but even more beautiful together.  <3

Second Shooting with me was Cassie Tangney of See Tang Design.  Images attributed to her are:  1.  First image, row three \ Row 12, images on left \ Image on Row 27 without my watermark