silly ballerina | children’s lifestyle photographer

When this one’s mama asked me if I would do a shoot with her in her ballet costume I was totally all over it.  You see, she missed her dance pictures and her dance recital this year so her mama wanted to make it extra special for her.  Of course, I will never turn down a chance to take pictures of a cutie in ballet.

She took it all as a chance to show off her modeling skills.  And show them off she did!

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jeffery | family lifestyle photographer

These kiddos had a rough go at this session.  It’s hard to play and have fun when the temps feel like you are standing in the middle of the sun.  No reprieve from even a slight breeze.  We ALWAYS have not only a breeze around here, but wind.  Lots and lots of wind.  Not on this morning.  It was hot and sticky and stale.  But they played along with me anyway.  I love these three to pieces!

Dad had promised them that they would go to the library after we were done with pictures.  So I decided to follow along and get a few shots indoors, out of the heat.

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paper posey photography

Four weeks ago we had the privilege of renewing our wedding vows for our 25th anniversary.  We chose to do them in a place in Colorado that has special meaning to us and to have our ceremony performed by a very dear friend.  This was something that we had talked about doing for several years and could not wait for the day to come.

We had only our children present and incorporated them into our ceremony.  It was such a beautiful, memorable day that I will not soon forget.

Several months prior to this day I searched for a photographer in the area.  I had one booked but she had to cancel on me because of a family situation.  She was kind enough to find a photographer friend of hers to take our pictures in her place.  I think it was one of the best things that could have happened.  Not that the other gal wouldn’t have been awesome, but it was even more special having someone shoot our ceremony that shared the same faith as us.  One of the sweetest gals you will ever meet.  She is the owner and photographer at Paper Posey Photography in Salida, Colorado, and did such an excellent job!  It was so nice to not have to take my own family’s pictures for the first time in nine years.  So much easier and much more enjoyable.

Thanks again Avery!  You captured our day perfectly!

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melody-jane | newborn lifestyle photographer

Last week I went with my boys to visit my family.  I was very blessed to meet my new great-niece.  At three weeks old she was, by far, my best behaved newborn.  Most sessions I prefer that the baby be no older than 10 days because they start to be awake more.  Not little miss.  She slept through it all.  An outfit change, shifting from Grandma’s hands to my hands, inside to outside.  She was a little angel.

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lydia, grandview senior | senior lifestyle photographer

This senior holds a very special place in my heart.  My little Dia has grown into such a beautiful young lady.  It’s hard seeing my own kids grow.  I didn’t think it would be hard watching my nieces and nephews grow as well.

It’s been fun to watch her blossom over the years and was a little bit creepy to feel like I was taking my sister’s pictures as I did this session.  My sister is older than me, but I somehow remember her at this stage and it’s like they could be twins (even though my sis doesn’t see it).

We did her first session at Hidden Acres, the camp where she works.  An absolutely beautiful place with photo opportunities around every corner.  The second session was downtown Des Moines.  It’s always been a beautiful city to me and I thought it was just because I grew up there.  But every time I go back to visit my family it only gets more beautiful.

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