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A journal is designed to preserve the most meaningful stories.
This digital journal holds stories of the precious humans who have chosen to work with me. There is room for your story here, too.

An early Friday morning elopement at sunrise at a small wooden park in Orange City, Iowa. You truly can get married anywhere you want to.

A Sunrise Elopement in Orange City, Iowa

elopements, weddings

35mm Black and White Film Mikaela Chewing Bubble Gum

I never understood why this quote was so important until I picked up a film camera. I thought my job was simply taking pictures. I don’t simply stand somewhere and click a button or two. I see. I look. I feel. I imagine. I dream. I invent. I create. I design. I compose. I craft. […]

35mm Film Photography: Learning to Make Photographs

personal

I believe in the beauty of home. The space you’ve curated and cared for is more than just a collection of stuff and things. It’s a place filled with memories, experiences, and stories.

A Case for In-Home Photo Sessions

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RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU’VE EVER RIFLED THROUGH YOUR CLOSET LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO WEAR FOR: A) FAMILY PICTURES, B) ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS, C) DATE NIGHT, D) A WEDDING (AS GUEST), E) ALL OF THE ABOVE (AND THEN SOME). You are not alone my friend. I frequently fret about what I’ll wear in my own damn […]

How to Get Dressed for Your Photo Session

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Life is meant to be lived fully and full of love. It is meant to be filled with big dreams and big messes, big chaos and big magic. The more I photograph, the more I realize that the “nice” picture of everyone sitting/standing perfectly posed and camera-ready smiles is not what makes me tick. I […]

A Photographer’s Bucket List: Inspiration for your not-so-posed photos

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A colorful, music-filled summer wedding in northwest Iowa. The Gallagher wedding was one that was near and dear to my heart, as Hannah, the bride, was and is one of my closest friends.

Colorful Summer Wedding at Prairie Winds Event Center in Orange City

weddings

Groom looking at his bride's butt in her wedding dress during their first look.

Intimate, outdoor wedding held in rural Pulaski Tennessee at an open air barn. Rose Marry Farms was a lovely scene for a hot summer wedding.

Rose Marry Farms Outdoor Wedding in Pulaski, TN

weddings

Dutch heritage on display in Orange City, Iowa. Street style photography captures the spirit and nostalgia of the Tulip Festival.

Tulip Festival 2019 in Orange City, Iowa

personal

Melissa and Zack got married at Dordt Prairie in Sioux Center, Iowa, a place full of meaning at this outdoor summer wedding.

Joyful Outdoor Wedding at Dordt Prairie

weddings

Bride hugging her bride from behind, holding hands and sneaking a kiss.

An intimate wedding weekend for two brides surrounded by their closest friends and chosen family in the heart of Kansas City.

Small Outdoor Wedding in Kansas City

weddings

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