Happy Thanksgiving!


I have so many things that I am grateful for this year - my husband Josh, my pup Einstein, my family & friends. This past year has been such an exciting one - I booked and photographed my first (and second) wedding, and I've gotten to meet so many wonderful people that I not only consider clients but also friends. Thank you for letting me into your lives, for allowing me to photograph your families and special events. I know I've said it many times before, but I am so blessed and thankful for all the opportunities that came my way this year, and for all the opportunities yet to come. I hope you all have a wonderful day with your family this Thanksgiving!

Life in the Pod

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Josh calls it "The Pod", as in...two peas in a pod. The Pod is a place that's snuggly and warm, where everything is right with the world.

I'm pretty sure that Einstein was a person in a former life, and we were quite possibly Siamese twins, because in this life we are rarely apart (and I think we both prefer it that way). Einstein gets up early every morning to come with me to my nanny job, and we typically spend our evenings curled up on the sofa watching TV (where Ein sometimes chooses to snuggle with Josh until he tires of me giving him pitiful looks). In the freezing winter months, I get a personal lap warmer and Einstein loves it because he gets lots of belly rubs, so it's a win-win situation if you ask me.

Simply put, that's life in The Pod, and it's one of my favorite places to be.

Holiday Cards - Samples

I had a few minutes so I sat down and made up some samples of the holiday cards I have to offer this year. If you had a session this year and are interested in ordering some cards, please email me at madiganphotography@gmail.com by December 5th!

Sample #1 (5x7 flat card)
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Sample #2 (5x7 flat card - can be made into a folded card)
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Sample #3 (5x7 flat card)
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Sample #4 (folded 5x7 card - you could just use the front and make it into a 5x7 flat card as well)
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Sample #5 (option to make this into a 5x7 folded card)
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Thankful Thursday: Feeling Blessed + Announcement


I cannot express how incredibly thankful I am for every single client I've had the pleasure to meet and take photos of this year (and thanks to the couples who have already booked me for their weddings in the coming years). I look over the past year and I feel so incredibly blessed to have met so many wonderful people. It's such a privilege to be chosen to document important milestones in my clients' lives, and I am grateful every day for each opportunity that comes my way.

I also wanted to take a minute to let you all know that I am no longer accepting bookings for 2010, but my calendar is open and ready for 2011 photo sessions! I have a few unavailable dates at this point, you can view those HERE.

I changed up my pricing a bit for 2011, making it a little less complicated by having children/family/newborn sessions all the same price. Although it's not mentioned on the pricing page - any couple that books me for their wedding receives a $50 discount on their engagement photo session.

I also added holiday photo cards to my price list and if you had a session this past year and want to get holiday cards through me, you will receive 10% off. Please note, all orders need to be in by December 5th for holiday cards, December 10th for any outstanding session orders that still need to be placed. If you're interested in holiday cards, please email me at madiganphotography@gmail.com for more information.

Again, thank you so much to everyone for their continued support!

Leslie and Adam

Leslie and Adam are the second couple that will always have a special place in my heart, as they (along with Chelsea & Richard and two other couples - Shannon and Kameron in 2011, Amie and Travis in 2012) booked me before I'd ever actually done a wedding. They had faith and confidence in me when I had no wedding photos to show them, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity.

With that said, Leslie and Adam are a wonderful couple. They chose not to do engagement photos, but we met up this summer and had coffee so I could get to know them a bit. Turns out both of them are ISU grads and had several mutual friends, but didn't officially start dating until they were both living in Iowa City and attended a friend's wedding in Minnesota.

Leslie and Adam had a very chilly day to contend with on Saturday, but the church was warm and cozy with it's candle lit aisle. After the ceremony, we headed to the IMU to take some photos indoors, and then I had to say good-bye to the happy couple as they drove off to their reception (they chose not to have photo coverage for the entire day). I am sure the party was amazing, and both Josh and I want to wish Leslie and Adam (and their chihuahua Butch) the best now and always. Congratulations!!

I couldn't fit all of my favorites on the blog, so be sure and click HERE to view Leslie and Adam's slideshow!

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My view of the first look (love Adam's reaction):

Josh's view:


Love this photo Josh took after the first look...


Leslie and her mom having a moment before the ceremony begins.

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I've known Andrew since he was in junior high, when I began working for his family back in 2002. He's really more like a brother than a friend, and I can't believe he's going to be graduating from college in the spring.

Andrew is incredibly funny, and never fails to make me laugh. He's a wonderful actor and I know he'll go far in whatever career path he ends up pursuing. Here are just a couple of shots from his session: