Courier Wedding Magazine Photographer| Bridal Planner 2014

Some of my wedding photos were recently featured in the Waterloo Courier’s 2014 Wedding Essentials Bridal Planner, so I just thought I’d share!

[First one is the couple in the woods on top, 2nd is the set of rings with a white lace background on the middle left and third is bride on the top left]

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Engagement Photographer | Cedar Falls, IA | UNI Campus

This determined couple decided there wasn’t anything that would stop them from moving forward with their winter engagement session. I’m not sure of the exact temperature, but it was somewhere in the single digits with frigid windchill as well! It was good to see them still smiling and laughing throughout our time together. We started the session at the Lampost Theatre & Coffee Shop with a friendly competition of Battleship, which Caitlin proudly won. After the game commenced and they had downed their snickerdoodle lattes we headed to the UNI campus for some snow engagement photos. It was a fun session even though my fingers were completely numb by the end! I’m definitely looking forward to capturing their wedding in warmer temperatures this August.

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Wedding Albums | Cedar Falls, IA Wedding Photographer

I think wedding photography is meant to be appreciated and admired, not lost in the deep dark abyss of all our other digital files. To be honest, when I was looking for a photographer for my wedding, my number one item of importance was having digital files. I understand that for a variety of reasons, many brides have the same desire. Because of that, I structure my wedding collections so that the majority include both digital files AND a wedding album. I highly value my wedding couples walking away from their experience with me taking more than just digital files.

It might not be until years down the road, but I honestly believe couples who don’t have one will regret it at some point. Many might think, “If we have the files ourselves, we can just do our own album, get our own cheap prints and be on our merry way!” The problem is, people get distracted by the chaos of life, babies start popping into the picture [creating a shift to want to include junior in the photos], most don’t have access to professional photography labs to create quality print products and life just happens. If you’re looking to get married, I would challenge you to ask your friends who may have just gotten digital files and see what they’ve done with those files.

A wedding album is a beautiful thing. As your photographer, I want you to have the story of your wedding day in a gorgeous album that you can share some day with your kids and your kids’ kids.

Here’s a wedding album sample from a wedding I took in the fall of 2013 in Waterloo, IA. The wedding was at St. Edward Catholic Church and the reception was at Black’s Sky Room. A big shout-out to my album designer for her always-awesome design work: Sarah of Thumbthru Album Design.

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Crossfit family photos | Cedar Falls, Iowa photography

This crossfit family is so at home at the gym, it didn’t make sense to capture their photos anywhere else. Sarah and Armand McCormick own “The Gym” Crossfit Kilo in Cedar Falls, IA and are both incredible all-around athletes. They spend many hours training and coaching at “The Gym” from early in the morning to late at night. They are looked up to by many as they both competed on the kilo team that placed 6th last summer at “The Games”–a world-wide crossfit competition to find the “fittest on earth”. I love that they are already teaching their son a few crossfit tricks… he is actually pretty good at burpees! I really enjoyed capturing them in their home away from home. Enjoy!

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