She is one of my favorite people to photograph.
Janelle is one of my favorite people. Also, the lighting at Drake Diner is one of my favorites to work with because it's so difficult due to all the neon.
Alyssa got us photo passes for this show at Blue Moose Tap House in Iowa city on a whim, and we decided spontaneously road trip there this past Saturday. Uh Bones opened, and Twin Peaks put on one of the most energetic sets I've seen and literally brought the ceiling down.
Lauren and I went to Trellis for lunch today and it was absolutely delicious, when we were leaving we decided to explore a bit.
I have a lot of work to do on my concert photography, but my friend Alyssa and I have made it a goal to shoot more shows this year and we're making it happen! We snagged 2 press passes for a show tonight with Guster headlining and Vetiver opening. It was an amazing show full of so much energy! I can't wait to shoot more! This is going to be an amazing year.
I'm thrilled I got the chance to do this gender reveal / family session with the Kepharts on Marissa's birthday! They have such a sweet, beautiful family, I'm excited for her new baby boy due in spring! These are some of my favorite photos from the session.
This was my first family/sister portrait session! Janelle asked me to take portraits of her and her sisters since they were all in the same place for the holidays. I'm so glad she did because this was such a fun shoot! We met at the Pappajohn sculpture park and luckily had a lot of snow from the previous day to work with. I'm really happy with how these turned out and because we used such a popular photo location, I was really pushed to be more creative. I'm glad I got to work with these three funny, sweet and cool girls.
It's been much easier to stay in bed on these cold winter mornings. That's why when I go on a morning shoot, I feel refreshed and ready to take on the world. I'm glad I made myself get out to bed to capture this beautiful light with these 3 amazing ladies.
Today, we did a mini shoot after another planned shoot that I'll talk about when the time comes. The lighting in Ish Girl Studio is "tasty" as Liz described it; just absolutely beautiful and striking as well as my friends. These three basically make up the blue-eyed babe club.
I met Sady a little over a month ago at Scenic Route Bakery, which is now one of my favorite coffee shops. We bonded over our introverted tendencies, how our dogs love our significant others more than us and our choice in baked goods. She's a fellow graphic designer, wanderlust and has an impressive creative drive.
This is Nicole. She is a lifestyle photographer and owner of Preservation, an exquisitely curated vintage and modern lifestyle shop in the East Village. Nicole just has such a great eye for style. I couldn't stop gushing over her outfit that she wore yesterday. It's pretty recent, that she has set out to own her own business and turned her dream into a reality, and I can't wait to see more from her. For me that's the goal - to wake up every morning, excited to work for yourself. I'm happy to know so many strong, creative women in this city.
I met with Chelsea for coffee at Mars Cafe after work today. I gave her some advice on social media, marketing, and websites. Then, we walked around the Drake neighborhood and found some nice, textured and weathered backdrops! Chelsea is a professional princess, wants to find a way to do some good in this world, and she is very sweet. She also runs Vegans of Iowa along with her boyfriend.
This shoot is from this past Spring. The four of us met up at Smokey Row and walked around Sherman Hill. The light was magical.
I met Anna at Eatery A for dinner for the first time a month or so ago. I connected with her through the DSM Girl Gang. She has a great spirit and is extremely passionate and ambitious. She has a band, Annalibera, a solo project or two that she is working on, and a freelancer. We walked around and explored the Drake neighborhood while she told me stories about her life and her big ideas for future projects. I can't wait to see and hear everything this girl does and collaborate with her.
Selma has been a close friend for about four years now. She's going to school at Iowa State for Art and Design with a advertising minor. We share a love for cats, sarcasm and food. She's always there for me when I need her. Even if we go a while without talking we can always pick back up where we left off. I'm really lucky to have her as a friend even though we don't get to see each other much due to our conflicting schedules.
This is Hannah. I met her recently, about a month ago when reconnecting with an old friend because of the Des Moines Girl Gang that I started with a few friends (more on this later). We went to high school together, but never crossed paths. She's an assistant manager at a boutique in the East Village. She's into fashion and street style and wants to be more creative, learn more about photography and start a blog with her friend in London. We met for coffee at Scenic Route and I let her borrow my old SLR so she could start practicing. We walked around the East Village and explored beyond. I'm really happy I am getting to know this sweet girl and can't wait to see her future creative endeavors.