I bet you pictured them belly laughing.
I bet you pictured the little smirk they give you when you share an inside joke.
Let’s. Capture. THAT.

Speaking of recognize, I bet you also want to recognize yourself in your photos. You don’t want to dress like a department store mannequin and be stuck in an Olan Mills nightmare… ammiright?!

You may be wondering, “Is it possible to have a photography experience that doesn’t make me feel that first-day-of-middle-school awkwardness?” Yes! In fact, It’s possible to have a photo session that feels like a date night, or a lazy Sunday at home.

OK, stick with me here for a minute -- close your eyes and picture the human (and/or little humans) that you love the most.

Did you picture them saying “cheese” in your general direction, with a vacant look in their eyes? I will bet my beloved iPhone, that you did NOT.

I’m Cat, and I am SO FREAKIN’ GLAD that you are here. 


If we’re gonna be friends, you should know

I am a Mom of four, married to a chef (because opposites attract)

We live in Bellevue, Iowa (near Dubuque). Although if I were a city I’d be Seattle. I love cloudy days, jamming out to Nirvana, and drinking copious amounts of Starbucks Cold Brew.

I have to-do lists for my to-do lists, and if something can be organized like a rainbow, I’m here for it. ROY-G-BIV baby!

I am a night owl through and through. Nothing beats a quiet house: sitting at my desk editing photos, with only the glow of my iMac and the sound of “Criminal Minds” to keep me company. Although it’s not uncommon to have a sleeping baby on my lap, or a sleeping kid at my feet.

I’m a homebody, but if we’re going somewhere, I hope it’s Target. Also, where is the nearest Starbucks?

I’m a pro at storytelling through photos. That, and reciting 90’s song lyrics and serial killer trivia -- not necessarily in that order. 

My Dad passed away on December 31st, 2016. He used to tear up when he was proud, or when he was remembering something fondly. I never saw him cry, but when he was feeling overwhelming love - his eyes would sparkle. I’ve only seen this captured in a photo ONCE.

It’s a photo of him holding my newborn daughter for the first time. My best friend took the photo in a dark hospital room. It’s imperfect and blurry. Even so, I will treasure that photo forever, because I can see the sparkle in his eyes.

But seriously though, I want you to have tangible proof of the most important relationships in your life. 

What does that really mean? well, Let me get deep with you for a minute:

It exists only in my mind, and ONE blurry photo -- I’ll NEVER see it again.

Our stories matter. Our photos matter. I can’t wait to hear about your story.

If you’re throwing up the praise hands by now, you landed in the right place. Let’s chat!

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Located in Bellevue, Iowa
Serving Eastern Iowa +
Madison, WI + Galena, IL

Modern wedding photography & family documentary sessions in Dubuque Iowa, the Quad Cities, and beyond. Located in Bellevue. Documenting love stories in the everyday moments & the life changing ones. Focused on creating honest images.