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The blog is where I give you the lowdown on love stories, and brag on the badass couples & families that I have the honor of working with.

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ICP Awareness Month June is ICP awareness month. ICP stands for Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy AKA Cholestasis. I’m taking this opportunity to tell my story of being diagnosed with this condition, and my experience with it so far. I’m not a Doctor, so I’m not giving medical advice with this article. At 29 weeks pregnant, […]

June 26, 2020

iowa city in home engagement session

When Abby Met Zack Zack and Abby met as co-workers at Dairy Queen. After much time spent together and more than a few hints, a bet was made. If Zack won, he’d take Abby on a date. As luck would have it, he did win. They went on that first date to the Riverwalk in […]

May 14, 2019

iowa city sunset engagement session

Welcome to part 2 of Abby & Zack’s engagement session! If you haven’t seen part 1, check that out here. We were so excited to catch a beautiful sunset at the end of this session. These two suggested Lake MacBride, in Solon, Iowa, and I’m so glad they did! It was a gorgeous way to […]

May 7, 2019

Decisions, Decisions One of the many decisions you’ll make when planning your wedding is whether or not to do a first look. I always ask my couples this early in the planning process, because it makes a big difference on how your day will flow. What Is A First Look? A first look is when […]

April 24, 2019

shoot and share finalist image by catherine furlin photography

The 2019 Shoot & Share contest results are being tallied. This made me realize I hadn’t ever shared my results from entering the 2018 contest. 2018 was my first year entering. The Shoot & Share photo contest is a free and fair photo contest open to everyone. 175,000 people from 160 different countries participated last […]

February 26, 2019

bride and groom by field at Rockcut Events Wisconsin

A Beautiful Fall Wedding Lauren & Derrick got married in a gorgeous barn ceremony at RockCut Events in Dickeyville. Lauren’s dress was so uniquely beautiful and the flowers were bright and vibrant. However that was only the first layer of what I was excited to capture on their big day. A Blended Family Since I […]

February 20, 2019


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.