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I’ve been waiting to share our 2nd anniversary/family session for weeks! We rescheduled at least twice and at the last minute I was scrambling to get everything together. Sarah Jess, my go to hairstylist was unable to do my hair and so I called on my sister. Doris, to help me out. While I was […]

Our Anniversary Family Session Photos Are Here!

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I’m keeping it personal today and sharing my new favorite summer drink; raspberry mint iced tea. I love making this as a special addition to an afternoon chat with friends or an at home date night. The recipe was inspired by Virginia, a friend of mine, on Instagram. I took the original recipe and tweaked […]

My New Favorite Summer Drink

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Before they ever really knew each other, he made her realize what kind of guy she wanted to marry. Lisa was part of a youth group leadership team, along with Lester’s parents. This meant they saw each other quite a bit but they never really talked. Then, one day after a weekend youth event, Lisa […]

Lisa & Lester’s Indiana Sunset Engagement Session

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After being a wedding photographer for several years and constantly being “immersed in weddings,” it’s easy to take for granted the things that are a normal part of what I do. When my friend, Grace, was planning her wedding I was reminded that the average girl most likely has never thought about how to choose […]

What It’s Like to Work With Me

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The sound of the Lake Michigan waves crashing on the shore reached my ears long before I saw the water. They said the hike was “scenic,” but I think that might just have been good marketing because for all I could see, it was just longer, aaand hillier. But when I reached the top of […]

Jaden’s 1st Trip to Lake Michigan Beach

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He was tall, dark, and handsome… but he wasn’t her type. They met at a mutual friend’s wedding and hit it off right away. Edna was a server and since Jeremy came late, she was sure he was hungry so she offered him ice cream, (four times,) to which he repeatedly replied “no thanks.” Although […]

Edna & Jeremy’s Wisconsin Spring Backyard Wedding

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The last weekend in May, my best friend, Grace, married my uncle Jesse, (we’re only 6 years apart so it’s not weird, haha!) Aaron, Jaden, and I, along with two of my sisters flew out a week beforehand. Being long distance we didn’t get to be a part of their relationship and wedding planning as […]

Our Libby Montana Travels for Grace & Jesse’s Wedding

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The date was set. The venue was scheduled and the wedding dress was ready. We were only several weeks out from the wedding when I called Becca to check in on their wedding plans. News of a virus had been circulating but it hadn’t seemed like a big deal. But all of a sudden, businesses […]

Becca & Mervin’s Blush Pink Indiana Wedding

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I still remember the way I felt when I first took that pregnancy test and saw that I tested positive. My heart sank and leaped all at the same time. I was completely blown away by the fact that there was a little person growing inside of me that was half me and half of […]

Happy Birthday Son

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We’re all searching and wondering, some of us might be feeling more ill-equipped than others but I know we all feel the pressure of the unknown. I’ve run the course of researching, speculation, and keeping up with all the latest news. There’s a lot of information and opinions out there, along with plenty of problems […]

The Covid-19 Lessons I’m Learning

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