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Speaking at MNPPA

Senior Photography workshop in Mankato, MN

Not only do I get to work with the most amazing teens and create an unforgettable experience for them, I get to teach other photographers how to do the same! I have the best job ever! This past Monday I made the journey northward to Mankato, MN to speak for MNPPA and a wonderful group of women. Being in business for over 10 years means I’ve been around the block more than once. Every year I make changes to my workflow and procedures to better match the lifestyle I want and provide an unbeatable experience for my clients. Over the years have been able to hone in on what works best. Now it’s my turn to share what I’ve learned to pros around the nation, new or seasoned, and make life long connections with photographers who also want to change the lives of their customers.


We started out the day in the class room going over my entire business model and how I do things to educate my clients ensuring that they are 100% prepared the whole way through their senior portrait journey. We also dove deep into the world of Instagram with a little on branding and marketing mixed in. After lunch my amazing model, Sesamae, joined us for some fun shooting in front of the best wall ever. Then we finished up the day with how I put the final touches on all my images before the client sees them.


Sesamae was an awesome model. She put her own outfit together and was ready and will to do anything I asked even if it felt awkward or weird. I got SO MANY great images of her in the short amount of time we spent together. I also learned that she is the founder of She of Strength and works towards empowering women of all ages through her website and public speaking. She will do great things and I can’t wait to see where life takes her.


I can’t wait to teach other photogs around the nation how to create unforgettable portrait experiences for their clients. Come join my pre-convention class at Imaging USA 2020 in Nashville, TN or check out online mentorships, retouching tutorials and brand reviews on the ‘for photogs’ tab. Don’t forget to follow my work on the interwebs and social media platforms.



Stylish Senior Guy - Iowa City

Tommy - City High class of 2019

Amazing senior portraits aren’t just for girls! I photograph just as many guys as I do girls and love finding just the right locations to fit their personalities. Tommy has such great taste, we had a blast getting him the styled look he was after. Not only did he get killer images but read to the end of this post and see some of the products he got too! First outfit was more formal so we started out at the U of I School of Music’s Voxman Building. Tommy is a performance artist, so what better place?

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If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I can’t get enough parking garages in my life. Tommy’s next casual outfit was perfect for just such a place!

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To add variety we looked for a location with a little more color. The sun was out so we just had to feature some great shades with outfit #3.

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Lastly Tommy wore a classic black sweater and grabbed a jacket to add part way through.

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Tommy and his mom chose some great products to display in their home. Pictured is a 12x24 metal wall art piece, two 5x7 gift prints, a couple 5x7 curved metal prints, a Signature Album with distressed leather cover and a USB containing all the full res files from his session!

THANK YOU for a great session Tommy! Good luck with all you do and CONGRATS on your upcoming graduation!

Class of 2020, it’s not too early to get your custom senior experience started! Contact me TODAY for a list of available dates. Spots are limited and sell out fast.







Whoa, it's been a minute since I've blogged and way over due.  I am so excited to share this session with you.  Jade and I met a few years ago when she came along to her sister's senior portraits and has been excited for her senior portraits ever since!  We started out at the Cedar Rapids Public Library with an urban look.  I love the glassy cool tones of the background that perfectly set off her skin tone.  



After this spot we ventured a couple blocks away to an old building with the most amazing blue garage type door.  I could not get enough of this location!  Her outfit looks KILLER against the blue and perfectly matches the color of her eyes.  


From there we wanted to go for a more natural look with greenery so we headed out to Palisades Kepler State park.  Her floral dress went with the grass and trees perfectly and that last outfit in the die for!


Thank you Jade for an amazing time during your session.  It was a blast and the images turned out amazing.  Good luck with the rest of senior year!



Senior Pictures - Downtown Iowa City

Abbi - West HS class of 2017

After starting out with some family shots of Abbi and her mom and brother we stayed in the rustic ally to get some of her in black dress.  The wind was a little out of control but blowing hair is never a bad thing!  We stayed in the downtown Iowa City area for 3 of her looks.

Abbi's looks were all so different and it's hard to pick a fav, but the third outfit might be just that.  I love how it paris with the sidewalk and greenery.  Even the twinkle lights in the background add just the right touch.

Thank you Abbi for a fun photo shoot with so many great outfits!  Good luck with your senior year and I can't wait to show you more from your session!



Prom Dress PopUp Shoot - Iowa Senior Photographer

Everyone wants an excuse to look and feel amazing!  That's why I have planned a day of mini sessions at the Old Capitol in Iowa City, Iowa.  Set up your time and meet me in your dress for half an hour of super fun and crazy chic photography with YOU as the model.  I can touch up your makeup on the spot, do something funky with your hair and we will have a blast!  Bring your friends for a discount.  Spots will go fast so...