Featured: Itsy Bitsy Boutique [North Liberty, IA Children's Boutique]

Some of you have already seen my announcement on Facebook, but I am so thrilled to share that 6 of my children's portraits (ok, one of them is just of Einstein but he's kind of like a kid - at least to me!) are on display at a new children's boutique in North Liberty called Itsy Bitsy Boutique! It's located in the North Liberty Plaza (next to Cinnamon Sun and in the same plaza as Revisit) and if you have little ones, or need to buy a great baby gift, you MUST check it out. It's incredibly cute, as you can see from the photos below, and Kelly & Nic are so, so kind. They have a ton of locally made items, but also do children's consignment - so if you have children's clothing in great condition you should stop by and consign with them! All of the details can be found on the Itsy Bitsy Boutique website HERE.

Be sure to also check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and visit Kelly's blog.


When you first walk in, you might be greeted by Nic and Kelly's dog Wrigley. He's such a sweetie, just look at that face...

I was in the shop on Saturday to take these photos and Kelly had some of these candles burning. The store smelled AMAZING. In fact, I am going back this week to buy one of the lilac ones so my house can smell just as good. :)










I just love these little onesies!!






National Puppy Day!

To be honest, I didn't even know there was a National Puppy Day until I saw it on Boo's (World's Cutest Dog...*however, I beg to differ*) Facebook status. Why do I follow a dog on Facebook you ask? Well someone has to keep eyes on the competition (and Einstein hasn't really mastered the internet, or a keyboard - no thumbs)!

So, to celebrate National Puppy Day, I thought it was only appropriate to post a new photo of Einstein. Hope you guys are having a great Friday, have a fabulous weekend!

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Melissa + Dave [North Liberty Maternity Photography]

Melissa and Dave's session took place on one of the most gorgeous March days I can remember, and lucky for me they were up for changing their originally scheduled indoor shoot to outdoors. We met at Kent Park and had a wonderful session, soaking up the beautiful sunset.

Not only are these two gorgeous on the outside, but on the inside as well. They are expecting their first child in late April, and I'm thrilled to be photographing the little one once he or she arrives! Honestly, this has to be one of my favorite sessions, Melissa looks AMAZING (seriously, I hope I look half as good if I ever have children!) and I love, love, LOVE the way they look at each other. I have so many favorites that it was incredibly difficult to narrow these down for the blog.

Melissa and Dave - thank you so much for allowing me to document this exciting time in your lives. I am so excited to meet your new addition! I hope you like the sneak peek...

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They brought their two little pups, Kauai and Lila (hopefully I spelled those right!) - such sweeties!
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Extreme Makeover: Einstein Edition

Although I love the shaggy look on my little Bubba, he always seems a lot more comfortable after a visit to the groomer. It's always such a huge difference between his two looks, that he almost doesn't look like the same puppy! I thought it would be funny to take a before and after shot this time since his last grooming appointment was right around Thanksgiving. Which version of Ein do you prefer?

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Meet Miss Sophia... [Personal]

I distinctly remember the phone call we received this summer from Josh's sister Kara letting us know they were expecting a new addition to their family - I was so happy for them, as I know a baby was something they'd been wanting for so long. I was also incredibly excited to be an aunt for the first time, and couldn't wait to find out if I would have a new niece or nephew (they weren't finding out the sex prior to the birth).

Miss Sophia began her life as a very punctual young lady, arriving directly on her due date of January 5th, 2012. Josh and I had to wait a little while until our schedules would accommodate a long weekend, so last Friday we flew out to Denver to meet her.

I brought my camera, of course, and over the three days we were with the lovely little Sophia, we were able to capture some wonderful images of her and her parents. These aren't the typical images I would get with a newborn or baby session (although I did get a couple!), but something about these candid images is so lovely to me. Getting the chance to capture a new family just simply loving each other each day was truly a blessing. I hope you find these photos as beautiful as I do...

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Image below was taken by Josh.
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Bath time!
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Little Bo Peep, is that you? (This cute little hat was made by Sophia's great grandma.)
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