New Look!

I just wanted to say thank you SO much to Marina over at Penny Lane Designs who did the new layout for the blog. She did an incredible job and I'm so excited about the new layout with larger pictures! I hope you all love it as much as I do!!



What is natural light photography?
Basically natural light photography means that I use the natural light available to me when taking the majority of my photos (I do have a Canon Speedlite flash that I have used for reception photos).

Do you take indoor photos? Where do you take them?

I do take indoor photos (see Ronan's session for an example) of children and/or families. I do not currently have a studio but as long as your house has large windows with decent light, I can come to your home and take photos there. I can use your house as a background (as I did with the Christmas tree photos of Ronan) and I also have a mobile studio that I can set up in the room with the best light (although this only really works for children, not adults or pets).

Can we take outdoor photos in the snow?

Definitely! Scheduling can be a little tricky because you don't want to be outside if it's too cold, but we can make it work if you want some photos in the snow.

When do you take photos?

Currently I am only scheduling sessions for the weekends. If weekends don't work for you, please email me and we might be able to work something out. Click here to see my availability.

For a newborn session, are the photos only of the baby or can parents/siblings be in some shots as well?

Newborn sessions are primarily of the newborn, but parents/siblings can definitely be included in some photos. (Note: Newborn photos are also taken in your home, and the lengthy session time allows for breaks for changing/feeding/etc.)

Can we bring our dog along to our family session?

You know your pet and whether or not they will sit still for some photos, but generally I say absolutely! I typically bring my husband Josh as my assistant and he helps me get the dog's attention during the session, as well as walking the dog around while I'm taking photos of just the family. I also bring treats and some squeaky toys (which definitely helps with getting the puppies to look at the camera).

What should we wear?

See this post for some ideas. I would suggest avoiding white, logos (Old Navy, Gap, etc printed on your shirt), or anything too tight or too oversized. The main thing is that you (or your children) feel like themselves and are comfortable!

I don't see any information about wedding pricing, do you photograph weddings?

I recently photographed my first wedding in October and have another scheduled for November 13th. You can view wedding posts HERE. Please email me for more information.

Do you travel?

Yes! All of my pricing is based within a 30 mile radius of the Iowa City area. I have family in the Humboldt/Fort Dodge area so it is very easy for me to travel there for a weekend. Please contact me for more information.

Do you take senior pictures?

No, I do not take senior pictures (mainly due to the fact that I do not have a studio at this time).

If you have a question that hasn't been answered here, please email me at and I will gladly answer it to the best of my ability! :)

Giving Aid

I know that photos are the focus of my business and this blog but I had to take a moment to discuss the horrible earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday and what everyone can do to help.

As I'm sure all of you know by now (and have seen on the news and countless blogs), Haiti was hit by a massive earthquake on Tuesday and they fear 500,000 may be dead, and countless more injured. I just wanted to take a moment to list some organizations (courtesy of Good Morning America's website) that are now accepting donations and ask for all of you to donate if you can (even a dollar or two will help!).

The Red Cross is also offering an option where you can donate $10 by texting 'Haiti' to 90999 (I believe the $10 will be added to your phone bill)