Lake cabin hang and family pictures

Recently, John’s cousin, Amy, invited us to the Burns’ family lake cabin so we could enjoy some family time and take pictures. Since pictures and family time are ALL of my favorite things we were happy to accept!

We also thought this trip would be fun for our six-month-old son, who, we boasted, “rarely cries.” Well, our “rarely crying” baby decided to cry the whole day. And I mean the WHOLE DAY! Maybe it was the heat, missed naps, being off “schedule” or hating when I put him in the lake to splash around – he was miserable the whole stinking day. I think this is what we call a parenting fail. 

In spite of the tears, we were determined to have a good time. John and I enjoyed taking dips in the lake and handing our fussy babe off to loving family members.

After plenty of swimming, playing, and eating we capped the day off with family pictures!

You know, now that I have my own kiddo I just LOVE family pictures. I feel like you can just never have enough pictures of you and your family.

I cherish pictures of Jason and I. It’s like a special little window that I can look into and see our cozy, love-filled little world – just he and I.

Family pictures are deeply special. And often serve as a reminder of the good things that family can bring, like love, security, and comfort. I think there’s so much more to family pictures than a record of “what we looked like then.” While it’s nice to remember what everyone looked like, it’s even better to look through that little window and see love.

Well, dear reader, I hope you enjoy these loving family pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them!

PS: I'm always happy to be invited to family BBQ's, eat your food, and take pictures :-)

Hope Hanson senior portraits

Do you ever just feel like a talentless, garbage person and question all of your life choices? Well that's how I've been feeling lately!

I lay awake at night ruminating over my photography work. I ask, "Am I good enough to be doing this? How can I be better? Maybe I need to give up?"

Of course, in these moments I'm forgetting to pray about what's going on. 

So I've been trying to do that more. And today I feel like God just threw me a softball and I blasted it out of the park. 

Hope Hanson's senior pics, let's talk about it. 


We had puuuurrrfect light. The sun was setting on her grandparents lake cabin and we were blessed with the softest, most flattering light ever. 

Also, Hope is just downright, drop-dead gorgeous! It was so hard to edit down her pics to the best of the best. I felt like a child and wanted to keep them all (which I basically did in the end). 

How funny is it that her name is Hope and her little senior portrait shoot gives me hope that I got this? Owning a business and flying totally solo is so hard. You have to be your own accountant, IT person, and be super creative. It's not just as simple as just taking photos.

So my dear Hope, thanks for being more than just a sweet, beautiful model and giving me hope that I can create stunning pictures and I'm not totally a talentless, garbage person. MWAH!

Dr. Morczek's graduation photos

What the heck have I been doing with my life!? I woke up, in the dead of night and realized I hadn't blogged Dr. Amber Morczek's grad photo session! Obviously its time to remedy that STAT!

When I met up with Amber for her shoot, she was basically walking on the moon. She was so happy to finish her PhD (with FLYING colors I might add) and head off to her next adventure as a faculty member.

Don't you love it when a total girl boss just kills it at life and is basically unstoppable? Yup me too! She is going to be an amazing mentor and teacher. 

Her shoot was fun for obvious reasons: she's basically amazing and has perfect teeth. But it was bonus amazing, because campus was dead! We were able to do her shoot after all the students left for the summer, so we basically had the whole place to ourselves. Even more bonus, was her boyfriend came along for the ride and we got some great shots of them together. I've said it once before and I'll say it again, I love it when we can double down on a photo shoot!

For someone who told me she is no good at posing, she totally killed it!  It makes my little photographer heart so stinkin' happy when someone tells me their nervous and don't know how to pose. I'm like, "I got you, Ill coach you through it" and it ends up being totally amazeballs. 

Okay, I could probably gush for hours about this photo shoot, but I'll just let you see it for yourself!

Sneak peak: Bob and Rebecca

Hi friends! I just want to share a quick sneak peak from Bob and Rebecca's wedding this past weekend.  

The love these two have for each other is palpable. Whenever they look at each other you can see deep affectionate love in their eyes. It was such a blessing to be part of their day! I cannot wait to share more pictures with you soon. 

I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them!