Hildebrandt Family Session | Central Iowa Photography

Most families are gearing up for Back-to-School, and this family is no exception! In fact, the juggling of their schedules makes my head spin…I so admire these wonderful parents, and their wise and gracious parenting. I met them when I photographer them this past winter, and was so pleased they chose me to document this time in the life of their family. I know sometimes in family photos, it can appear that family members love each other and enjoy being with one another, when in fact there might be quite a lot of strife or frustration behind the scenes. I assure you, every bit of these images IS true, and was such a delight to work with. They genuinely love each other and enjoy bonding over their many various activities. Mom and dad stay quite busy in their respective professions, and they are so joyful as they balance work and family life. The oldest is in college, and is passionate about travel and other cultures. She has big dreams to work in human aide, and also may enter the world of politics eventually. I have no doubt she will make a true difference in her community and our nation at large. The middle daughter is just as ambitious, and is a senior in high school. When she’s not scouting out her future college home, she’s also busy on her swim team. She recently earned qualifications at the state level, and is active in speech and debate. Not to be forgotten, their youngest is just adorable, and as smart as the older two! The family describes the baby of the family as “a ray of sunshine and very easy-going, and they love to read”.  I know their schedules often take them in different directions, but it’s clear that they’re close-knit and ready for anything life might send their way!

Why should you shell out money for family photos? I get asked this question quite routinely. If the images of this beautiful family didn’t quite convince you, hear me out: Family photos capture a moment in time you’ll never get back. Time does fly, and I can’t stress enough how important images are when you get together and look backwards over the years. I heard a friend say the other day how, at a family member’s memorial service, they pulled out photo albums and tearfully remembered all the happy years and memories! I don’t say that to be morbid, but rather to show how truly important family sessions are! Please let me know if you are ready to book your family shoot!

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Dom | Senior Guys | Central Iowa Senior Photographer

One of the many benefits to owning my very own studio space, is that I can quickly amend plans when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Believe it or not, this happens often, and it can be stressful for my seniors to wonder if their sessions can happen at all. For some senior photographers, a few rain showers or windy afternoons can mean completely rescheduling a shoot. That’s why I assure my clients I can easily change gears and work with the circumstances. When Dom came for his senior session, the weather didn’t work out, so we moved indoors.

Dom has an exciting dream to one day own his own restaurant! He is a very hard-working and ambitious young man, and is very adept in the kitchen. I know his dream will most likely become reality, because he is one of those young people who works hard for the things they want in life! When he’s not studying or cooking, you can find him playing video games or basketball with his friends, or having fun as a percussionist. Although he is on the quieter side, when he does speak, he is very wise and mature. I also think his personality came out in the images, which is always something really neat to witness.

If you’re a parent or a senior who is wondering where to go for senior photos, I hope you’ll consider me! I believe in much more than just a cookie-cutter, standard senior portrait (which used to be the fare in years past)…No matter your passions or talent, we can incorporate them into your special senior session! CONTACT ME HERE!

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Amy and Family | Central Iowa Family Photos

I met Amy previously when she brought her darling brood in for Trick or Treat. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to photograph them many times. Each time, I marvel at how much the kids have grown, and also what a wonderful mom they have been blessed with. They have come to me for our mini sessions, regular family shoots, and for our special holiday events! I look forward to it every time! These four sweet children are incredibly well behaved, and they really love their mom. The way they interact with her is very meaningful, and really speaks volumes about the hard work Amy puts in as a dedicated single mom. I really admire her, and also love that she invests in family photos even though they might be considered “just another expense” or a burden. Amy knows although the days may be long, the years are short, and these images are ones her children will treasure and thank her for in years to come. Their stylish session looked great against a simple and flattering grey backdrop.

Maybe you’ve been wanting to document your family, but aren’t sure about the expense, or whether a professional photographer is worth it. Don’t these sweet days with your little ones (who are growing fast) deserve more than just a few, ‘good-enough’ iPhone snapshots or Instagram filters? I love seeing parents get to turn these milestone images into real, tangible prints to frame, display, and pass down to their children. Family photos really don’t have to be a chore; they can be a fun family memory that children actually look forward to! I’d love to share with you what sets me apart as a family portrait photographer, and you can contact me with any questions HERE!

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Krista | Central Iowa Senior Photography

“Life is short and opportunities are rare and we have to be vigilant in protecting them and not only the
opportunities to succeed but the opportunity to laugh, to see the enchantment in the world and, to live.
Because life doesn’t owe us anything as a matter of fact I think that we owe something to the world.”
-Haley Scott, One Tree Hill

I know that the quote above is from a TV show, but it really is appropriate for high school grads! I loved it. There is so much opportunity that awaits all of my senior clients, and it always makes me so excited to see what journey they’ll begin after high school. Krista has a bright and promising future ahead of her. I first met this beautiful and sweet senior when she applied for my model program. I was lucky enough to photograph her multiple times on my model team, and really got to know her as a very loving, talented young lady. She is also an athlete, and loves playing volleyball. In fact, she loves playing just about any sport, as she’s quick to tell you, but really has succeeded in volleyball. Krista is outgoing and makes friends easily; she is also very close to her sister. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to the latest country music on the radio, and working as a babysitter (she loves children).

It was very hot on the day of our session, but we were able to plan both indoor and outdoor locations. Both options highlighted her big smile, her athleticism, and her personable spirit. She loves nature, and so we incorporated a relaxing garden session, as well as an urban, modern city look. Her senior wardrobe included classic colors like red and white, and of course, she looked stunning. Thanks Krista, for being part of my model team. I am so thrilled for your future!

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Eric | Senior Guys

“High school is a journey, and it’s result is how well you took the ride. Surviving any struggles and obstacles that
were thrown your way should be something you are very proud of. Be ready for your next step in life, and make it
amazing.” -Unknown

What a great time I had with Eric! It was so fun to plan and put together his session, and to help bring out his many positive attributes. I first met Eric’s mom when I taught with her. I have been privileged to  photograph their family several times, as well as  senior portraits for his older brother. I have come to know them as a very fun, closely-knit bunch, and really admire the way they’ve raised strong and kind young people. Eric’s mom proudly says he is a “smart, sweet, funny, and talented” student, and I definitely saw these character qualities emerge in our time together.

Eric recently graduated, and earned honors as part of the top 3% in his graduating class. He loves anything artistic, and is extremely creative. In his free time, he really loves spending time with his brother, and camping together in the great outdoors. For his senior session, we decided to mix in outdoor, urban locations with indoor ones, and it came out really nicely. He wore a well-tailored suit, and I’m sure his mom loves the polished and grown-up look he has in them! I think they really represent the way he’s worked so hard, and achieved so many great things in his time in high school.

You can find more of my senior portraits in my galleries HERE.

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Children’s Memory Photography | Central Iowa Photographer

There is something very magical about photographing a child who is doing what they love. Children often find their passions in life early on, and I really love watching them fall in love with activities or sports. Aria has fallen in love with riding horses, and actually has loved it since she was very small. She inherited this love of horses from her mom, and the two of them share the activity together. Aria is a very active little girl, and she really keeps her parents busy!

I love doing candid photography of children in their elements, because it is something parents will love to look back on in the future. Aria’s sweet little blonde curls and miniature cowboy boots are adorable, and I know her mom will cherish these moments as she watches her daughter grow up. Does your child have a sport or activity that they really enjoy participating in? I can photograph them for you, and help you preserve those special memories for years to come.

Please contact me today to schedule the perfect time!

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Dillan | Senior Guys

This is a senior I will never forget. His passion for his country, and his love for his family (and his cute dog!) was such a wonderful thing to witness. That’s one of my favorite parts of my job, meeting so many people like Dillan. And I want to provide the best experience possible for each of my sessions! Case in point, the set day for our session was cold and windy, so we rescheduled. I wanted to get the best images, while not having Dillan hate the experience. The chilled wind can have a really dampening effect on the day.

Dillan is a very mature, patriotic young man. After graduating, he went directly into the armed services! I am so thankful for the sacrifice Dillan, and those like him, make every day so that we at home may remain safe and free. Besides his patriotism, he loves his dog, his car, and hunting. We got pictures with each of these, and I can see why these are a few of his favorite things, they’re special to him. For his mother, these pictures are special to her, and she’s treasuring them as he’s serving far away from his family. I had such a great time capturing Dillan’s passion and enthusiasm, and I’m glad I was able to take them, so his mother could have recent photos of her son.

While I book lots of young ladies for senior sessions, the guys need their senior photos done too! CONTACT ME to book your session, and capture those fleeting moments that pass by too soon.
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The Hansen Family | Central Iowa Senior and Family Photos

I bet every photographer says that they have the best clients ever, but I think I am the only one who is telling the truth! 🙂 This family first hired me to do senior photos for their daughter, and they returned to me for family photos recently. They are the sweetest bunch, and they even brought me coffee (anyone who brings me coffee also knows it’s the way to my heart!). We gathered on a really pretty day, and the light was just perfect.

This quintet all wore coordinating denim/burgundy outfits, which I loved. They photographed beautifully and looked very polished. The Hansen’s are big fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes and bond over their favorite sporting events. They love spending time at the lake together, and they all enjoy cheering one another on at their various activities. The siblings are all very closely-knit, and I loved seeing that. Another thing they all share is a great sense of humor, and mom an daughter share such a sweet relationship as well.  You can see from their family images what fun we had, and why I truly enjoyed capturing them.

CONTACT ME today to book a session for your own family, especially if you have a senior getting ready to leave the nest for college. You’ll really love having professional portraits before your children begin leaving home.

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Mariah | Central Iowa Senior Photographer

I knew from the moment I met her, that Mariah and I were going to get along well. She has a naturally sweet spirit and big heart, and was actually part of my senior model team. In fact, she went on to become a finalist in a national model competition that my studio participated in. She is a devoted big sister, and also a big fan of country music! In addition, she is a very strong soccer player, and her team went on the become state champions. These days, she is settling nicely into college life, and I am so proud of the bright and kind young woman she has become.

Mariah is a very stylish gal, and one thing (among many) that she did exceptionally well, was choose a show-stopping shoe: a sky high cognac wedge! Oftentimes, seniors put together an incredible wardrobe, but forget that a shoe can really complete an outfit. I really love the options you can find at a site like Sole Society, which I recently discovered. Nope, this isn’t a sponsored post, I just really love the site! It has search functions to help you search by heel height, width, and color, which means you can find the right shoe for any of your wardrobe choices. As always, I’m available to help you choose any of your outfits, or to help steer you to the best resources available for clothes and yes, even footwear!

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Mommy and Me | Des Moines Iowa Photographer

The bond between a mother and her children is something truly wonderful to behold, and was the driving force behind my recent “mommy and me” session. As a mom myself, I understand the love, loyalty, trust, and great weight of being a mother, and the strength it takes to be a parent. Some days it is exhausting, but I sure wouldn’t trade those “little years” for anything. That’s probably why I am so passionate about documenting growing kids, and why I encourage families to please, please, please invest in the photos you will desperately want in the years to come. I treasure the photos from the younger years in the lives of my kids, and wish I had in fact, taken even more.

This sweet family is one of my legacy clients, who I have done family photos for several times. This time, mom and her kiddos got center stage, and I love how they capture what a loving and engaged mom she is. Lindsey is truly diving right into these little years, and is a hard-working mom and farm wife. She is highly devoted to her two kids, Riley and Maverick, and enjoys spending time with them at their many activities. Riley is involved in gymnastics, and is a talented student! Maverick just started T-Ball, and is his dad’s little shadow. They both are going to be attending some fun summer camps soon, and are looking forward to showing their prized animals at the fair. “I love being a mom, and watching them grow”, says Lindsey, “I get to watch them achieve their goals and celebrate their milestones each year!”

Do you need to capture this season of life as a mom? Or maybe you’re a dad or grandparent who want to give an amazing gift to a deserving mama? Please reach out to me today!

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