sixteen | lifestyle photographer

I shall call him Peanut and he shall be mine.  At least for about 2 1/2 more years anyway.

Sixteen seems hard to believe.  But it’s truer than I want it to be.  And at the same time I love watching him grow into the handsome, kind, generous, thoughtful, Godly young man he is becoming.   I love this kid!

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galster | family lifestyle photographer

I had the privilege of photographing this young family just a few short days before they headed off to the mission field in Africa.  Baby girl got to experience one of her last cold days for a while.  Please be in prayer for this young couple as they spend time serving in this area of political unrest.

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mcquillan | family lifestyle photographer

Fall sessions with return clients who have become friends are one of  the reasons that I have chosen to be a photographer.  Anyone can take pictures of a lot of people.  But if those people don’t come back to you, you must be doing something wrong.  I want images that not only showcase my talent, but that tell a family’s story.

I know that most parents want every picture of their child smiling and behaving, but my favorite shots every time are the ones where the child lets down their guard and is comfortable enough with me to NOT smile.  That’s when I know I’ve won them over.  And those images, to me, are the most priceless.

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twenty two | lifestyle photographer

If you have known me long enough or visit this site often enough, you will know that I believe that I have some pretty amazing kids.  Maybe I’m biased, but I also think they are stinking adorable.  Every parent thinks that, right?  If you don’t then shame on you!

Even though she’s now 22, she still let me take her out into some fields and do a photo shoot.  It was a perfect day, she was home for the weekend, and it was her birthday.  But really, do I NEED a reason?  😉

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larson family | lifestyle family photographer

We could not have asked for a more beautiful or perfect evening when these pictures were taken.  We had had so much rain leading up to this session and more threatening to come later that evening.  We even talked about rescheduling again.  Yes, again.  The first time the kiddos got sick.  But I am so thankful we didn’t reschedule.

I have had two evenings like this in the nine years I have been a photographer.  Two!  This night was one of them and the other was a few years back at the same place when rain was on its way but we beat it.

Imagine, if you will, Nebraska with no wind, no annoying black biting bugs (or, as we Michiganders like to call them, “noseeums”) and perfect temperature.  I know, it’s hard to imagine but it happened people.  I’m telling you!  Throw into that mix my favorite set of triplets in the entire universe and their awesome parents.  Yeah, it was a perfect evening for sure.

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junkstock 2017 | a short story

In 2015 we started going to Junkstock, just my girls and me.  For her birthday, Bekah wanted me to drive to Omaha and spend the weekend with her and E.Beth and to go to Junkstock.  Well, that was a no-brainer!  So now it has become our little tradition.  Year three complete with hopefully many more to come.  I wouldn’t trade this time with them for anything in the world.

This year was just a “tad” on the muddy side.  But not to worry, we came prepared with rain boots and umbrellas.  Thankfully, we didn’t need the umbrellas.  Unfortunately, we had to carry them around the entire day.  Oh well.

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