Beloved {Soul Sessions} – Jackie+Matt

Jackie+Matt will be tying the knot on a very special date:  11-11-11.  They are the most easygoing and down-to-earth couple.  We had an incredibly beautiful October morning for their Beloved Soul Session.  For their location, they chose a lovely park tucked away in a little neighborhood near the University of Iowa.  They shared some very sweet moments with me…and Matt seemed to always look like he knows a very BIG secret!


Beloved {Soul Sessions} – lindsey+sean

Earlier this year, Lindsey and Sean took time out of their unbelievably busy lives (college graduation, moving into their first home together, teaching, grad school, and much more!) to be one of the first couples to experience a Beloved Soul Session with me.  What follows is a collection of my favorite art from their session.  Thank you, Lindsey and Sean, for being open to this very unique experience, and letting me create this sweet time and space for you to fill up with who you are…Soul Sessions were created especially for you.  This hands on, have fun, feel good photographic adventure celebrates and explores showing love, feeling love, and being loved.  Loving others.  Loving ourselves.  And loving the art that we create together.

Soul Sessions are more than photographs “of you” – these are photographs “about you.”  Creative, fun-loving, insightful works of art that pick up on those small details that will make you smile and give you hope and belief in each other and yourselves.  Art that will bring life to your home and create heirlooms for future generations to cherish.

A Beloved Soul Session creates a space and allows you to take time to peel away those layers of distraction and focus on the people who really matter to you, to be playful and have fun, to say the things you feel but don’t always share, to close in that distance that can grow between you as the daily responsibilities of life push you around, to just feel good.  The images I capture are a reminder of this beautiful experience – a gift so you can always remember how beautiful your love is…

Beloved Soul Sessions are an experience of the heart that gives truth a voice, gives relationships strength, gives love flight.

Cedar Falls, Iowa Photographer | Life is for Living

Photographers are, at their very core, storytellers.  Our images tell the tale of the important events in our clients’ lives, they document our world as it unfolds in our generation, so that future generations will know how we lived.  Our art is our legacy.

But what if we are so busy telling other people’s stories, that we never take the time to tell our own?  For me, the line between documenting life and living life gets more and more blurry all the time.

This weekend in Cedar Falls was the annual Sturgis Falls Celebration – four days of entertainment, events, food, and fun.  It was a photographer’s playground.  Great people watching, fantastic weather (mostly), and my trigger finger was just itching the entire time.  Yet I didn’t take a single photo.  Not one.  Why?  Because I needed to remind myself that, although I am a storyteller, ultimately life is for living and I cannot tell a good story for someone else if I have no story of my own.  And you know what?  The images I brought home in my mind’s eye, I believe, will be some of the most vivid images I’ve ever created.  And, oh, the stories I have to share!

So I’m here to remind you all to take time to live your lives.  Leave your gear at home sometimes and let your memory record the images.  You’ll be a far better storyteller in the long run.

Take time for the simple pleasures...