Welcoming Little Puppy Kali to Her New Family!

Baby animals will always hold a special place in my heart – especially the bond between a new baby pet and its new home and family. This little white pupple, Kali, was recently welcomed into a new home with her own sibling to love: the little puppy Kilo that I photographed last year!

Kali is an absolute dream puppy to visit – though she’s apparently a bit of a handful! While she’s a sweet little girl, her owners say she’s also a bit of a biter, and they’ve taken to hiding some of her favorite things to chew (including rugs). To guests, however, Kali is a complete sweetheart. She wags her tail when you address her, loves to be bet and play with her plentiful toys, and is the stereotypical hyperactive (but loveable) puppy.

With all of that being said, enjoy these adorable puppy photos of the first moments of Kali’s life in her new home along with her big brother, Kilo. She’s such a cutie!

 

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Looking Back at the Summer’s Farmer’s Markets

With┬átemperatures dipping into the frigid digits, I thought it’d be time to showcase some of my favorite images from one of my favorite summer activities. I have to take the memories of the warm, happy season where I can get them, right?

One of my favorite things to do in new cities is explore their Farmer’s Markets. Not only does it give me a chance to see the city on a more micro scale, but I get the chance to support some of the smaller businesses in the area, usually pick up some coffee from the smaller cafes in town, and learn more about the community itself. When shopping at my local markets, it gives me a way to learn more about some of the healthy living initiatives the community is doing, and, of course, I can get produce straight from local farmers. Plus, for whatever reason, most markets now have a cupcake vendor – and it’s hard to turn down a delicious cupcake on after a relaxed walk through the markets.

Even if you’re not much for the markets, you have to admit that the atmosphere and lovely colors can take you straight back to the nice, relaxing weekend days of summer!

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Posted in Outdoors, Personal

Capturing Amy and Ben’s Playful Family

I’ve been spending so much time on client’s country homes – and it’s making me jealous! Much like other clients I’ve had recently, Amy and Ben live on a gorgeous, sprawling country property that fully envisions everything that’s amazing about Iowa beauty. With large, sprawling cornfields nearby, lovely barns and other buildings as backdrops, and of course, lots of beautiful greenery and trees, Amy and Ben’s home looks like a picture-perfect property.

And of course, this gorgeous property made a perfect backdrop for their playful Iowa family photos. Their son has tons of abounding energy, and he wants to play just as much as he wants to take photos. His playful attitude translated great for photos too – he was up for some anything I asked him to do – and isn’t that the best way to get family photos? Having photos that shows the boundless energy of your family while they’re still young?

Enjoy some of my favorite photos from their session:

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Posted in Family, Sessions

Amazing Autumn Portraits with Nina!

One of my favorite things about photographing portraits is getting to photograph and interact with so many different people. It’s always a lovely surprise to see how people react to a camera. When photographing Nina on a lovely autumn morning, I wasn’t expecting the lovely “serious” look she can pull off! While I’d regularly have to remind her to smile for me, she has this intense and serious look that lends itself so well to any type of high-end, fashion photography – and she just seems to do it so naturally!

Like other Cedar Falls photography sessions I’ve been enamored with this fall, I asked Nina to bring something that represeted one of her hobbies. Her guitar was the perfect addition to her shoot, and it brought out more of her playful side. While she’s still learning to play, she clearly looks fantastic while doing it – I know she’s going to be a natural!

Check out some of my favorite shots from Nina’s lovely photoshoot:

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Posted in Individual, Sessions

Stunning Fall Portraits with Anna!

Photographing early morning sessions in the middle of Fall are some of my favorites. Not only do you get the gorgeous sunrise to light up the photos, but the changing seasons provides some beautiful fall leaf colors for amazing backgrounds that only enhance already-beautiful portraits. That’s why I was pretty excited to schedule my session with Anna for early in the morning.

When I let Anna know that I wanted to try incorporating props to help express her personality, she was really game! As a purveyor of delicious coffee, she came prepared with piping-hot coffee and one of her favorite mugs – you can actually see the gentle steam rising up from the cup in quite a few of the photos! As a fellow photographer, she brought her own camera to the shoot. I know how rarely I get photographed when I have my camera on me, so it was great to get some shots that feature her similar love for being behind the lens.

Check out some of these great shots!

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