John and Marie Amana Colonies Iowa Engagement Session

I met with John and Marie on a perfect summer’s night in Main Amana. John’s family has lived in the Amana Colonies for generations and they had met when Marie came to the Colonies from Germany to do research for her master’s thesis. We adventured around Main Amana and then slipped out to a nearby wheat field for some photos at sunset. Nothing is more fun to me than photographing people in locations that mean something to them (especially when the location is stunning). [Keep reading…]

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June Newsletter

Oh my. I have no idea where June even went and I know July is going to go exactly the same way. Does anyone have any super tips for managing business in a way that also savors the moments you have? Perhaps I should just delete insta for the rest of the summer. Whew. At the moment, that sounds super duper tempting. I've thought about it before--like when people go off of it for a month at the beginning of the year. But since it is a part of the way that I share my art with the world, I've never really considered it for long. I honestly hadn't even thought of it until I started typing this up. Hmm. Something to think about. How are you savoring your summer? [Keep reading…]

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May Newsletter

And just like that, summer has arrived. May was an incredible month full of fun adventures that left little time for much else. It rained nearly every day (at least that's how it felt) and so I was not left feeling sad that I had so many things to do that would keep me from being outside. Now that the sunny days are here, I'm ready for things to settle down for just a bit so that I can have some lazy summer days (probably deluding myself). [Keep reading…]

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April Newsletter

I'm warning you now. I decided to do the newsletter just a tad different this month. It's all in black and white. Plus, I'm super tired as I write this so--lucky you--there shouldn't be too much chatter. I decided to go black and white on a whim. Lately it's just been speaking to me and I've been having a lot of fun using black and white. I don't know any of the technical things about it--I know that black and white photography is a whole art in and of itself. But man, there's just something about the way that the lack of color draws attention to the details. [Keep reading…]

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February Photographer's Meetup

Last summer, in an effort to create more of a local community of photographers, I talked to a couple other photographer friends and decided to form a photographer’s group. We don’t meet very often (my hopes of a monthly meetup were soon clearly unrealistic) but when we do, boy, is it fun. I planned this meetup all winter long and it was the perfect winter activity. I am only now posting these photos because…honestly, I needed a little distance from these photos before I loved them. With all of the work that went into the meetup itself, it was hard for me to also enjoy the photography part of it and to really appreciate them with the amount of effort (and investment $$$) overshadowing it. I hope you enjoy looking at these photos and gaining inspiration from them! If you have any questions about any of the items I used, I would love to chat with you about it! [Keep reading…]

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March 2019

Wow. You guys. March was a month of food. Of good food. Interestingly, as much as I love to think of myself as a super sophisticated foodie--the things that I love making and perfecting the most are the simplest, most basic things that a baker should make. I think my subconscious thought process is that if I can't make the absolute best basic things, what business do I have trying to make fancy things? [Keep reading…]

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February 2019

Ugh, don't even talk to me about February. And I'm not complaining about it being winter or it being cold--seriously, what is up with that anyways? If it wasn't cold, we would be having some serious problems. It's supposed to be cold in winter, folks! It helps things to grow better in spring. It makes spring all the more wonderful. I just don't ever remember hearing quite this much complaining about winter. [Keep reading]

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December/January 2018/19

Hello, hello. It's February. Did you notice we missed the December newsletter? It's been bugging me all the livelong month. But I just didn't know what to say, you know? I didn't want some cliche, "It had its ups, it had its downs. But it was a good year." I mean, it was a good year. But I just didn't know what to say about it. I don't like the passing of time--which also means that I don't like to dwell on it or think about it at all. So that's my explanation of why I didn't send out a December newsletter. Because I just knew that you all were dying to hear one. [Keep reading…]

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November 2018

So I'm going to try and keep this part short and sweet. I already wrote the body of the newsletter and boy, was it a wordy one! My fingers have been itching to write for awhile now and once I got started, I just couldn't stop. So, this month's letter is more about the random workings in my head and less about the things I did. So, grab a cup of coffee and let's dive in. [Keep reading…]

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I Might Start Blogging and October 2018 Newsletter

Those who are subscribed to my monthly email newsletter know that I send out a monthly email newsletter. Everyone else? Probably hasn’t heard about it. Or has heard about it and just shied away at the word newsletter. I haven’t talked about it much online because I don’t want to be one of those people that pushes you to subscribe to everything. I started the newsletter as a way to hopefully connect better with my audience (wow, looking at me using such good marketing phrases). It’s turned into a way for me to look back over my month photographically, and to just reflect and to write wordy words. [Keep reading…]

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Travis & Christina Miller | Jefferson City, MO

Travis and Christina were married on April 13--a rainy spring day. Their day was accented with beautiful florals by Nephew & Co., pretty bistro lights at the reception, a gorgeous naked cake by Hannah's Cakery, vases and candle sticks on each table that the bride had collected, and live music at the reception by friends of the couple, family of the couple, and the groom. [Keep reading…]

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My Bouquets of 2017

This year, I tried for the first time to grow my own cut flowers. It was hard to try and balance “the proper way” of growing them with my budget and space. Many flower-growing things come in quite large quantities and it was hard knowing what I needed to spend money on and what I could do without. It was, to my surprise, a success. I am 100% planning to do it again next year with more flowers, and more prep. This is a compilation of my bouquets from this year. I walked into this with zero skill, and zero experience. So, if you learn nothing else from me, learn this: try new things, even if you think you're not talented. If you have any questions about my process, just send me a message, I’d love to chat with you about what I’ve learned about growing my own cut flowers!

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Les and Tanya Knepp | Colorado

I finally got the chance to do a photo session with some mountains in the background! Now granted, these are just the foothills and not the snow and pine covered beauties that were farther west. But still, mountains. This fall, my family and I spent some time in Colorado with my oldest sister and her hubby. While planning the trip, I just knew that we had to do a photo session of them while I was there. Oddly enough, it is very difficult to find spots in Colorado that aren't fenced in. I was thrilled when I just so barely spotted this clearing with no fencing. It turned out to be the perfect spot and a little part of me is totally jealous of their mountains! [Keep reading…]

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