Martinez Wedding

Some of my favorites from Marisa and Anthony’s big day! Thank you for letting me capture your BEAUTIFUL day, and your BEAUTIFUL family! It is an honor to be able to call you family. Marisa, you are the most stunning bride. Perfect. Anthony, the love in your eyes for your wife is amazing.   ❤

Ritter/Nusz Wedding

Well Summer is over, and it has been a while since I’ve updated! We’ve been without wifi for a while, but now I’m back in action and finally getting to post pictures from this sweet friend’s wedding in June. Here a few of my favorites. Thank you for making us a part of your day,Continue reading “Ritter/Nusz Wedding”

Caprock Canyon State Park

Some of my favorite shots from the canyon are obviously of the free-roaming bison! If you follow the progression of photographs, you will notice this one was enjoying a roll in the dirt. It looks playful, but I know they do this for a number of reasons. Yet when he rises… How majestic! How powerful!Continue reading “Caprock Canyon State Park”

Mike & Diana & Benny

This smart and handsome couple (from Chicago! Yay for Illinois!) snatched my holiday sale as well as some really cute shots! It was such a pleasure to meet you two! And of course Benny 🙂 Many blessings and congratulations on your upcoming marriage!

Holiday SALE!

Need a great shot for your Christmas cards this year? Or maybe you want to make personalized gifts? I will come to you! Let me help you capture some holiday memories. All mini sessions (half hour) AND edited pictures only $50.00! Sale through the first weekend in December. Set up your appointment now by emailingContinue reading “Holiday SALE!”

Watercolor Cards

My first card set went out, and much to my delight, my patron loved them! I have always enjoyed making cards for people. Whether it was just to let them know they are being thought of, to say thanks, or to give words of encouragement, I think hand written and homemade says, “You are worthContinue reading “Watercolor Cards”

October Print Sale!

Thank you for looking! Click on the pictures for pricing and sizing information. And I apologize to my John Deere lovers! I haven’t had the opportunity to get out into the fields with the green tractors! I’m always looking for the chance, though.   * The sale is for 2 weeks only!  It is easiestContinue reading “October Print Sale!”

Love is Like a Cactus

Love Is Like A Cactus (A poem for Lydia on her 6th birthday)   In a fertile Midwest land, the grass grows so green, And the fields surround me like a hug for miles unseen. The rain is no stranger, even in the Summer. It falls like kisses to the land, saturating it in wonder.Continue reading “Love is Like a Cactus”

engagement! Bethany & Luis…& Rocky

  This fun couple made my job easy! I had a blast capturing all of your beautiful, joyful, and funny moments. Many blessings to you and your future, friends. And you didn’t think I’d forget my favorite outtake, did you?     😀     😀     😀    

new season, new work

Moving to a new city and state has been an adventure, but it’s also difficult to start over when it comes to having photography clients. On the positive though, the transition has allowed me some time to keep being creative and to explore a little more with the boundaries I’ve been accustomed to when itContinue reading “new season, new work”

Guatemala

I have done nothing to deserve these opportunities in which God shows me what He’s doing in His people around the world, nor do I deserve the very eyes in which I behold it all; but I am ever grateful. On September 15, 2014 I embarked on a ten day trip to Tactic, Guatemala withContinue reading “Guatemala”

Peace: A Eulogy

  Just before Jesus was arrested and suffered his crucifixion, an approaching time which He was fully aware of, He spoke of peace to His closest friends. John, being one of His closest, recorded Jesus as telling them this, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as theContinue reading “Peace: A Eulogy”

Found in Winter

I’m ready for the cold Let the temperature drop Let the streams slow down And the rushing waters stop I’m ready for the cold Let the winter enfold me Like snow on the boughs Blankets the tallest evergreen I’m ready for the cold Pack your white around my heart So that the distance From meContinue reading “Found in Winter”

Patience

Fertile valley and wild hill Such is the landscape of my heart Twist and bend and secret place You who have known me from the start What faithfulness, what patience In my small life You have displayed Kindness reached His hands to me As brier pushed my heart away Tangled mass of prickly plants OrContinue reading “Patience”

latest commission: Davenport, IA

Recently I received a commission to make a collection of photos to commemorate someone’s time in the city of Davenport, Iowa. Pictures of downtown Davenport have been done.. a lot. However, I’ve never actually photographed the area myself, so I was eager to find a way to take an extensively photographed area and make theContinue reading “latest commission: Davenport, IA”

Spring is Here!

 It’s the first day of Spring! The wind still blows from winter’s storehouse, but the sunshine and blue sky say the chill won’t stay for much longer! In celebration of warm weather on the horizon, I wanted to share a $10 of coupon for my book at blurb.com. It’s a good little book to keep onContinue reading “Spring is Here!”

A Sunset Heart

Sunset light… It bathes in beauty all it touches. Everything just looks better… More golden. Yet what qualities revealed by this golden light don’t just spontaneously appear the moment the sun alights from its zenith. The beauty is always there. We just need to see it differently. What if we looked at one another asContinue reading “A Sunset Heart”

the field

After the harvest is complete and the land has given of all it bore, the fields are left. Stripped, empty, shaven and shorn down to the scalp. What good things there were have been given freely and lovingly. Now what remains is a barren space, exposed in the raw to the brutality of the winterContinue reading “the field”

Beauty in the Beholder

Everything in creation has a name. Everything created serves a purpose. Even weeds. In fact, by the very definition, a weed is simply a plant in an undesired place. I have a growing affinity for these so called mislocated plants. When I venture down a road taking in that which lines my path- white QueenContinue reading “Beauty in the Beholder”

28 Autumns

I have seen 28 Autumns in my life. Of course, I have no recollection of the first few. But every year I am amazed and in wonder all over again. The beginning of change: If this much beauty can be seen now, I can’t even begin to imagine the beauty that awaits. No eye hasContinue reading “28 Autumns”

Johnston- Long Grove, IA

During the last week of August I had the privilege of photographing a farm in Long Grove, Iowa that is over a hundred years old. It is a place filled with wonderful things to look at every where I turned! I really enjoyed being on this farm, even while an intimidating horse kept nudging theContinue reading “Johnston- Long Grove, IA”

Orion Fall Festival

It’s the time of year when you can smell Autumn in the air just waiting for Summer to loosen the reigns. That means it’s time for the Orion Fall Festival, one of my favorite times of the year! I will have an art booth displaying paintings, drawings, and photographs. Plus, I will be promoting “TheContinue reading “Orion Fall Festival”

when all is quiet

Early this morning, while it was still and quiet, my sleepy lids lifted just enough to notice the thick white fog outside my window. *I sleep with my blinds partially open for occasions such as this!   I considered going back to sleep, but I couldn’t let the opportunity pass. I hopped out of bed, grabbedContinue reading “when all is quiet”