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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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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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Christina and Phillip Welcome a Gorgeous Girl to their Family!

While I find newborns adorable, I’ll admit that I haven’t had the chance to spend too much time around the little humans throughout my adult life. Like anywhere else in the animal kingdom, there’s something very special about the bond that the parents seem to find with a baby when they take responsibility for caretaking and keeping the child safe.

I’ve known Christi for a really long time; we actually met in college. Now that we’re a couple years older, she’s started a family, and an adorable one at that! Her daughter was an absolute joy to photograph. I swear, she’s going to grow up being so comfortable in front of a camera. Not only was she a delight to photograph, but you could clearly see the love between the entire family – even with something as simple as feeding or rocking her to sleep.

I’m looking forward to seeing her grow up – and hopefully getting the chance to capture even more of her memories as her little toes grow into a bit-bigger toes!

Check out some of these lovely photos of Christi’s gorgeous family:

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Lovely Autumn Portraits

It’s an absolute treat to get to take photographers with someone you’re comfortable with – and who has an absolutely amazing charisma in front of the camera. That person happens to be my sister, Carrie. While I’ve taken portrait photos of her in the past in the middle of the summer, we both thoughts that gorgeous autumn colors would lend themselves well to her complexion. What do you think? Did we succeed?

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I had the chance to play a photographer in Oelwein Iowa, and it’s surprising how much city this town has! Nicknamed “Hub City”, Oelwein used to be a hub for commerce and trains in Iowa. It has quite a party-filled history, honestly. Now it has a charming main street district to explore as well as a local train museum. It’s definitely a city with a lot of charm.

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Carrie’s Stunning Portrait Photos

I don’t get to make it into Tripoli, IA too often, but when I do, I like to visit my family. This particular time, I got the chance to act as a Tripoli, IA photographer with my sister. It’s neat to revisit some of my favorite childhood areas and see them in a whole new, artistic light. Plus, with Sweet’s Marsh right next door, there are a lot of opportunities for stunning, naturistic backgrounds in the area.

There’s a lot of charm to be had in small towns in Iowa, don’t you think? Often overlooked for some of the larger cities, some of the rural towns have character that you really have to dig for in larger cities. Plus, my sister looks stunning. Look at that hair! No matter what I do, I don’t think I’m going to be able to grow and keep my hair quite that long.

Look at some of the great urban photography backgrounds I found in town.

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