cedar rapids, ia // wedding day
This wedding was so surrounded by love, I could feel it the second I walked into their bling and blush filled hotel room. Molly and her mother had thought of every little detail. The running florals along the reception tables, the lovely blush bridesmaids dresses, the classic up-dos and sleek black tuxes. It was classy, sophisticated, and romantic. But what was even better than the well thought out details and decor, was all the love. D and Molly both have AMAZING families, with open and loving hearts. They are a new family spread across the US, but that day, they joined together and had no worries in the world but celebrating these two beautiful people's love and their future together. They cried together at the ceremony, laughed together at toasts, and GOT DOWN together on the dance floor.
It was a perfect day for a perfectly wonderful couple.
Thank you so much, Molly & D, for including us and allowing us to document such a special time in your lives. And thank you to their families, for making us feel welcome and appreciated!
Cheers to Molly & D!
north liberty, ia // engagement
Working with these two was like watching a romantic comedy; the cute country boy sweeps the sassy city girl off her feet! They are so different, yet their since of humor, their genuine kindness and their love for each other binds them together in what is one of the most adorable little love stories I've had the pleasure to be a part of. Chris keeps Bailey grounded, he's her voice of reason and her calm. Bailey brings out the spontaneity in Chris, and she forces him to come out of his shell and see what it's like on the wild side. The amount of shoulder shrugs and eye rolls from Chris as Bailey asked him to do this or that had me dying. He'd reluctantly abide, and as soon as he did, he'd look at Bailey and smile that 'anything to make you happy' smile. The one that only the luckiest of girls get to experience.
This was one of those shoots where I get in my car to leave and realize my cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing so much. Thank you Bailey and Chris for sharing these experiences with me, and letting me help create and document such wonderful memories with you! Your hearts are so kind, and your love is simply inspiring.
newborn // studiokazoo
She is the light in her Daddy's eyes, and her Mommy's heart. She made her appearance into this world a bit early, but that just meant I got to cuddle her a week earlier than planned. ;) I have been anxiously awaiting her arrival since her Mommy + Daddy came to us for their Maternity Photos! I saw her Daddy's red beard, and began my day dreaming about a red headed baby I'd one day get to photograph and watch grow up. I never could have imagined she'd be so perfect. Her tiny lips and chubby cheeks; everything about her had me in the palm of her hand the entire shoot. Then her Daddy walked in, and we were both equally smitten I think! I absolutely love how her little hand grabbed right onto his beard the moment he scooped her up, and he just smiled and let her hold on as long as she wanted. Heart totally melted. Thank you so much for letting me enjoy these precious moments with you. I know to many of you, your newborn session is just the way you document their tiny adorableness. But to me it's you sharing in moments that you could keep to yourself. You're sharing their little smirks, their grunts and stretches and pouty lips. I truly cherish those moments just as much as you do. You could choose any photographer out there, and I genuinely appreciate that you've chosen me.
Now lets get to these precious images of Miss Olive!
STUDIOKAZOO - 1308 8th Ave, Marion IA
one year // cake smash
This was our VERY FIRST shoot in the new studio! And what a great way to start off... I absolutely LOVE that Finley's Mommy dresses him to impress every time we see him! The bow tie and vest could not have been cuter for the family portraits, and those suspenders with his little bitty belly hanging over his jeans. *melting* Believe it or not, Finley's DADDY hand made his teepee! I'm talking top to bottom. He even sewed the canvas! I was blown away, and wondering if he could maybe make me some new couch pillows?! :) Finley was such a gentleman, as he always is, and gave me lots of smiles and sweet smirks. I can't believe he's already one. It's always hard when my Milestone Club babies turn one, sometimes don't see them again for a year! I LOVE when they come back for 18 month shoots! *wink wink* I hope you guys enjoy this collection of images as much as I do, and that it inspires you to book a shoot with us if you want something timeless, organic and natural. Our new studio really lends itself to story telling, and allows me to do the work I'm best at. I'm looking forward to telling many more stories, witnessing many more milestones, and making LOTS of great memories with everyone in our new home. <3
STUDIOKAZOO - 1308 8th Ave, Marion IA
My heart melts into a million pieces when I look back on this adorable in-home lifestyle session. Lifestyle sessions are fun ANY time of the year, but the christmas tree and cozy jammies absolutely added to the warm feel of this story.
I loved being welcomed into their home to document them being a family of six. I got to see their silliness, their temper tantrums, their laughter.. I followed behind Jaxen's 1 year old wobbly walk and watched as his tiny fingers reached for things. I saw Georgie's wild hair flopping in the breeze created by the quick and tiny steps she took as she ran. I watched as Charlie loved on her Daddy, then melted into the couch during a pouting session. Presley put on a show for me at first, but slowly let her guard down and began to relax into her 'home' of loving on her parents and helping out with the little ones. At one point I noticed all three girls climbing onto their Daddy as he relaxed on the couch, and learned that each night as Daddy 'relaxes' on the couch, so do all four kids! Cutest pileup ever.
Lifestyle shoots are an intimate invitation into the reality of a family, and a home. What an honor to be able to document and appreciate those little things that melt a mom's heart, and to share in the love they have for each other and the life they've created together.
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Aubrey and David had one of those wedding days, where all of their guests fell a little bit more in love with their spouses, and hugged their families a little tighter when they saw them next. Their love for each other was contagious, and I caught myself many times through out the day with butterflies in my stomach. I was nervous for their first look, and excited for her entrance down the isle. I was invited into these intimate moments, and I genuinely felt their love for each other. His eyes light up when he looks at her, and I'm not just being cliche in saying that. There's proof in these photographs.
Aubrey is kind, and gentle. You can tell by watching her with David, as well as her friends and family, that she loves hard, with everything she has. It was one of those wedding days where I left being thankful for many of my relationships, and wanting others to grow stronger. I left inspired, artistically and spiritually.
Their day was perfect, and I am so honored and blessed to have been able to be a part of it.
BEAUTIFUL venue - Rollins Mansion
Welcome to the place where you remember what it's like to be a child, to imagine, to dream. A place where true love, prince charming and happily ever afters really do exist. Take off your shoes, cuddle up with a cup of coffee and cozy blanket, and let us remind you that life is beautiful. It is kind. It is whimsical. It is delicate, and warm, and sometimes even miraculous. Please forget about the laundry, the dishes, the deadlines.
Take a moment to enjoy the little things in life. The important ones.
Just your average coffee loving mom, documenting the lives of her friends, family & clients and sharing those moments with you.