Guster and Vetiver at Wooly's

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.

Kephart Gender Reveal

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.

Ketcher Sister Session at the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

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.

Blue Eyed Babe Club in the East Village

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. 

Sady in the East Village

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.

Nicole in the East Village

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. 

@shoppreservation

Chelsea in the Drake Neighborhood

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. 

Anna

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 in Ames

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.