This time of year is my favorite time of year. It’s a time to reflect on so much. Everyday I am grateful for so many things… family, our health, the opportunities we have had, our travels, and our friends. I think friendships happen throughout your lifetime at the perfect moments and we have been so lucky to have so many wonderful friends in our lives.

Kinsey and Ryan and their beautiful family are great friends of ours and I just love watching their family change and grow. This past week was bittersweet. We met because they live literally like 50 yards from our house, but they are moving across town. We’ve spent lots of time at neighborhood parties, camping, bunco and just hanging out. I am so excited for this change for them and couldn’t be happier that she always asks me to dust off my camera for their family photos.

Here’s a sneak peek at a few of my favorites from their session! I’m truly grateful for such beautiful friends!

I don’t really shoot newborn sessions anymore, however occasionally someone near and dear to me has a baby and I just can’t help myself! I actually invited myself over for this sweet session (because I just had to have baby snuggles and what better excuse than to take photos, right?)  and couldn’t be happier with how the session turned out. I was never much of a lifestyle photographer and will always gravitate towards posed sessions because it’s what I know and what I used to do the most. Soooooo…..99% of this session was just me watching this beautiful new family of 5 interact with the newest member. I was a bit out of my element. However… baby + adorable family makes for a perfect session!

Check it out…..




And had to throw a posed one in there for good measure! Welcome to the world, Quinten!


Most of you know that I am not actively shooting sessions anymore, but can occasionally be talked into one. Thank goodness it wasn’t hard for Marie to twist my arm because this was by far one of the coolest sessions ever. We found a private location that Jenny Leigh Photography totally helped me with and for that I am forever grateful! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  (if you know me……I dread going to the swarmed photography locations and fighting over spots! Thinking about having to do that gives me instant anxiety! LOL!) This location had pretty much everything. Beautiful lighting, gorgeous grounds, fields, a barn, a pond, archways and all I needed was a beautiful family, which you will see that I obviously had. I know Marie from St. Alphonsus Intensive Care Unit where we work together quite a bit and we had talked a few times about photos, but finally she convinced me to hang out with her and am I sooooo glad I did.

Thennnnnnnn…….the best part of our session happened. Porter brought his FART MACHINE! UMMMMMMM……..AWESOME!  It was so funny and we had so many laughs over it. Then to top the even off… some of the photos, we even had the resident IDENTICAL yellow lab join us and we just went with it. I suppose I could edit one yellow lab out, but I kinda liked that he decided to join in on the fun!


Here are a few of my favorites from our session!




These guys are some of the cutest little human beings ever. I may be just a little bit biased when I say this because they are my family…..and I miss the heck out of them after moving away from Nebraska. This past August we gathered in Thedford, Nebraska for a mini-family reunion and I got to get some good “Aunt time” in with them. We won’t discuss the “bad berries” that I must have ingested that day when we floated the river leaving me feeling a little green. That’s a story for a different day. (and one these little ones will surely never forget and possibly bring up numerous times in the future.) I’m sure I’ve lost most of you, but those present will get a giggle!


I honestly can’t wait until these guys are old enough to come spend a week with us in the summer. I see lots of fun adventures happening with them!


So… they are……some of the cutest little humans ever! (and their parents!)


My husband and I have moved a couple of times in and around Nebraska, but 4 years ago we loaded up a semi and moved to Boise, Idaho area from our home in Nebraska. It was back in Nebraska that we both grew up and where we have been lucky enough to be blessed with some pretty amazing friends! I have known Allie since she was born as her dad, Tom, and my husband, Scott have been best friends for a majority of their lives. Allie’s mom, Carlotta, was the icing on the cake when she married Tom as I consider her such a great friend as well now. I have closed my photography business since moving to Idaho, however I still shoot a little bit to keep up with my skills and I was soooooo excited when Carlotta asked me if I would consider shooting Allie’s senior photos. YES, YES…..and YES! I’ll admit I was nervous as I hadn’t done a senior session in quite a while, but it’s funny how things just come right back to you. We shot for about 3 hours that night and she nailed every single outfit and pose making my job fairly easy!

Allie is beautiful both inside and out. Her heart is huge and I see her doing beautiful things in this great big world of ours!

Allie…..I hope you have a wonderful senior year and can’t wait to see what you do…..because whatever it is… will do AWESOME!

Here are just a few of the bazillion images we took that evening in Omaha, Nebraska!


  • September 21, 2017 - 1:46 am

    Carlotta Hartman - Love, love, love them all!!!! So fortunate to be blessed with your friendship:) Thank you for coming out of “retirement” for Allie’s senior session, wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to do them!ReplyCancel

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