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wedding day portraits at convivium urban farmstead in dubuque

Jenni + Kyle What to Wear for Your First Look Couples often ask my advice about a first look. I always say, “Wear the pancake shirt.” Kidding! I cannot take any credit for this, BUT in the future, that’s my advice. Jenni emailed me before our final meeting to let me know she was planning […]

June 30, 2021

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

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

Today we celebrate three years of marriage equality in this country. Three years ago today, the Supreme Court made history with its ruling to legalize same-sex marriage on a federal level. I shot my first same-sex wedding in November of 2012. Nathan & Scott lived in California, but chose Iowa for their wedding. The midwest […]

June 26, 2018

including your dog in your wedding photos and engagement photos, real iowa weddings & engagements

“Should I include my dog in my engagement photos?” “What about including my dog in my wedding photos?” If you are asking this, then guess what? My answer is always, yes! I think including your dog in your engagement photos and even your wedding photos is a great idea! For so many couples, their dog […]

August 26, 2017

iowa wedding photographer, candid contrast photography

Kathryn & David were married outside on a sunny August day. They stood under a hand-made altar, with a cornfield, an expansive blue sky, and puffy white clouds as the backdrop. Their closest friends and family surrounded them, including their dog Ben, who was an honorary groomsman. They read handwritten vows, Kathryn’s brother officiated, close […]

April 12, 2017


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.