Maternity New Life Photography – Burlington Iowa

Sometimes I love an image so much, that it needs no words. Sometimes I also love two images so much that I can’t decide which is my favorite, even though they are so similar. This was an idea that my office manager, Christie, had, and I LOVE it!.

Jamie K - Super cute images! Love her outfit!

Peggy - Sometimes you just can’t pick a fave. I understand why you were having such a hard time. They are both so adorably cute.


Aydren & Ava – Studio Family & Kids Session – Burlington IA

WOW! Crazy busy season has arrived, and of course, the blog gets neglected! I only have a couple of minutes to take a break and post, and wanted to share these two little sweeties that came to visit me in the studio a couple of weeks ago. We had so much fun playing in the camera room!



Peggy - Too cute!

Jamie K - LOVE the images and those bright eyes!


Maggie & Daniel’s Burlington Engagement Session!

Maggie and Daniel are such a sweet couple! They are college sweethearts, and when Daniel proposed to her, he put the engagement ring on the wrong finger! I had to laugh when they told me this, because my husband did the EXACT same thing, only it was DURING our wedding! ๐Ÿ™‚

We had a lot of fun exploring Burlington during their engagement session, and also got quite the workout! These two enjoy walking with their dogs in Crapo, and we captured some beautiful shots in the park. I am so looking forward to their wedding in September!


Ken Krueger - I love both Dan and Maggie! has been pretty awesome seeing them together when they started their relationship. These pictures are awesome!

alex beck - Aww!! I’m so happy for you guys!!

Hannah Dahlke - Love Love Love Maggie and Dan. They are my besties and I am so excited to be able to be a part of their special day! These are very beautiful pictures and I can’t wait to see more from their special day!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Julie Messamer - The pictures are great! They are such a great couple. We are excited to have you do the wedding pictures too. Thanks Wendi

Jessica Moore - These are so great! I love pictures of two people truly in love! I don’t think I have a favorite because I like them all!

Tim Messamer - The pictures look great. Can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures. Also looking forward to having you do the Wedding pictures. Thanks Wendi

Julie Rigg - WOW! These are wonderful!I love unique pictures and these are great! Thanks Wendi! We love them!Can’t wait for the big day!

Marc Rigg - Great pictures! You actually got Dan to smile. We really liked them.

Kiara Sime - These pictures are so beautiful…what a great job capturing such a wonderful couple!

Craig and Carol Mossberg - Craig and I love the pictures! We can’t wait until the wedding. You are a beautiful couple, inside and out!

Linda Davis - Nice!!!! You both look so happy!!!

Monica - I love these images! Wendi, you always do such a beautiful job!

Jason messamer - Pictures look great!

Autumn - Very nice pictures! Congrats Dan and Maggie.

Lesa Hemming - Beautiful photos of a great couple!

Robyn Brown - LOVE LOVE LOVE these pics!!!! You two look amazing! If these are the engagement pictures and they look this great cant wait to see your wedding pictures, I am sure they will be AWESOME!

Jessy Guzman - LOVE the chalkboard idea…very cute…they are all such great pics..good luck guys I’m sure your wedding pics will be awesome!

Kristie Bornsheuer - AWW…..Magdalena I love these pics. I am so happy for you guys. I know five months will go by so fast. These pics are amazing I would love to use this photographer for my family as well. Great job and congrats to you and Dan

Hannah Anderson - Nice Job Wendi! I have known Dan since we were little, Maggie is getting a great guy and she will be a beautiful bride.

Jamie Koppi - what a cute fun couple!

Peggy - Such a cute couple. Looks like they had fun. Best wishes for their future!

Maggie Messamer - My future hubby is pretty darn handsome :). Thank you Wendi for these beautiful images! We can’t wait to have you take more wonderful photos for our wedding!!


Tulsa Mock Wedding Photography Workshop

The wedding workshop in Tulsa last weekend was so much fun, I had to break it into two blog posts! This will be short, but I want to send out a huge thank you to Liz for putting it together, and to Adrion for the vision of the day. The workshop went great, and I can’t wait to do it again!


Carisa Keeling - What a fabulous idea! I looks like great fun and I bet everyone learned a lot. You are so generous to take time to teach others!

Peggy - Wow, your mock weddings are just so fabulous!

Jamie K - Looks like it was a fun class! Bummed i missed it.


Tulsa Wedding Workshop with Wendi Riggens

This past weekend I flew to Tulsa to teach a wedding class at a photography event for the third year in a row. I love going to this particular event, and I always get to see lots of old friends and make many new ones! The last two years, I’ve done both speaking and shooting classes, but this year we took it a step further, orchestrating an entire mock wedding. Despite some last-minute changes with our models, and unpredictable weather, the day turned out amazingly! My friend and also talented photographer, Liz Huckleby put together a wonderful weekend!

Adrion AuBell, a friend and photographer from Virginia, put together the look of the wedding, and it was so fabulous! We made a midnight run to WalMart the night before the class, after we arrived in Tulsa, to get some supplies, and she and a few other photographers stayed up until the wee morning hours putting it all together! We decorated all morning, and then class started after a crazy lunch!

Liz and Brandon stepped in to be our bride and groom models, and Amy, Scott, and Shalynn were our amazing wedding party! Christie posed as the pastor, and gave us a very sweet and funny mock ceremony! The first part of the class, we talked about weddings, equipment, and walked through the various stations, discussing light, must-have shots, and other ways to make the most of a situation. Then we broke into two groups and everyone took turns photographing the different parts of the wedding day.

Here are a few of my shots from the day. The details that Adrion put together were so simple but so beautiful, and the attendees in the class were so great to work with, too! I’ll do a second post with some “action” shots from the day, because I have WAY too many images to do in one day!


Dave - Great photos Wendi! You guys did a cool thing. Just wish I was there for it this year! Maybe next year!

Amanda - The colors are awesome. I LOVE the ring shots. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jamie Koppi - Beautiful images! LOVE the attention to detail!

Monica - I cannot believe all the details you put together for this mock wedding!!! It looks like a real wedding! I love all the images, as usual! I wish I had been able to attend your workshop…looks amazing!

Peggy - WOW! If this is how you put a mock wedding together, I’d love to see a real one! The keys are just too cute for words.

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