“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Gabbi was supposed to be part of the Natural Beauty Project 2.0 two years ago, but we could never make our schedules work.  When I learned that she’d had a challenging year last year, I offered to do a Natural Beauty Project session blended with a senior session.  Even though we shot on one of the hottest days of the year, we still had fun.  I love Gabbi’s strong and resiliant spirit!

I created these images with my Contax 645, Nikon f100 and Lensbaby Velvet 56, Pentax 67 and Cinelux 110, and Kodak Portra 400.

“Urban farming is not only possible, it is curcial.” ~Richard Attais

I have been on a journey to fix my health for the last three and a half years. Part of that journey has involved sourcing organic, whole foods that are processed as little as possible.  I am a member of a local CSA Central Iowa Organics, I shop at the Des Moines Farmer’s Market and I purchase meat diectly from a local farmer.  However, when I can support a friend who raises chickens in her own back yard by purchasing my eggs from her, it makes eating healthy a little more fun.  Tricia is an energetic entrepreneur and founder of The Vintage and Made Fair. Raising chickens is a fun side venture for her family that teaches her kids animal husbandry, responsibility, and a little business.  What a great learning opportunity for them and a healthy eating opportunity for me!

I created these images with my Nikon f100, Kodak Gold 200, Kodak Max 400, and Kodak Portra 400.

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” ~Barbara Kingsolver

Motherhood is hard.  Pregnancy is hard.  I know because I speak from experience.  But some people make it all look easy and beautiful–even when it’s hard for them, too.  My beautiful friend Jacci is one such mom.  Sometimes I think that the struggle makes the outcome all the more sweet.  And Jacci’s kids are some of the sweetest kids around.  They will make sure the newest little guy is smothered in love.  I think it’s that love that makes the mother-to-be so beautiful.

I created these images with my Contax 645, Pentax 67 and Cinelux 110, and Kodak Portra 400.

“A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.” ~Carl Sandburg


I love to photograph friends’ families!  Especially when they are growing.  Jacci, Joel, Addi, and Jax are excited to welcom a new little brother into the world in mid-July.  It was tons of fun to photograph their excitement about their growing family.

I created these images with my Contax, Portra 400, and Tri-X400.

“The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.” ~Georges Simenon

I love it when my husband has a business trip and I get to tag along!  In early June, he had a conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  At first, I thought Idaho was an unlikely place to hold a conference–kind of like Iowa!  But once we arrived and saw the the beautiful lake and majestic mountains, I knew we were in for a treat.  After meetings, we walked the boardwalk, took a boat tour, shopped, visited the North Idaho History Museum (surprisingly fascinating!), and flew in a seaplane.  It was a delightful trip, and I’d definitely go back!

I took these images with my Rolleiflex 2.8f, Portra 800, Portra 400, Ektar 100, and my Fuji x100t.