White Knuckle Moments – Burlington Iowa Labor & Birth Photography

Birth photography is probably my second favorite thing in the world to photograph. I photograph about 15 births a year, and even though they are crazy-unpredictable and the call almost always comes in the middle of the night, there is a huge rush that comes from being a part of something as absolutely amazing as a new life entering the world!

This is a shot I took last week at a birth. Mom Nicole was having a really hard time with the contractions, and her husband, Matt, was such an incredible force by her side. This one shot wraps up so much of the night so simply. I call it “White Knuckle Moments”, and it really speaks for itself.

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Olive – 6 Month Old Baby Session in the Studio!

Olive is one of my favorite little babies to photograph! I first met her parents, Brad & Genna, when I photographed their wedding, and couldn’t have been more excited when they came back for her baby photos! Olive is part of our New Life program, which follows her through her first year of life. I photographed her 6 month session a couple of weekends ago and just had to share a few of my favorites!

I also got to ply with my favorite new item – my super cool director’s chair! I have wanted one of these since I was a child, and when I found this in Iowa City for $8, I had to have it! The old cover was faded and ugly, so I broke out my sewing machine, made a trip to Hobby Lobby and another to JoAnn’s, and whipped up a few really great new covers for it. I LOVE IT! And when it isn’t being used as a prop, I am totally using it as my new office chair!


Genna Webster - Wendi you do such an amazing job. You have made our wedding memories so perfect and now our daughters frist years have been amazing through your shots! These pictues are so perfect of our little angel! Can’t thank you and tell you how happy I am with all the pictures you have done for our family! Olive is perfect and you can diffidently capture that throught your photography! We Love you Wendi!!!!

Melissa - I think Olive is just adorable and especially love the ones with the directors chair! I love the zebra print… and paired up with Olive and her sweet smile, make it perfection! Great pics ๐Ÿ™‚

Ashleigh Harris - Such breathtaking photos. You do an amazing job capturing the moments that they will cherish forever.

Julie T - Adorable – this makes me all the MORE excited for AJ’s 1 year photos in the studio :). YAY

Katir - Super cute!

Emily Hayhoe - The pictures of little Olive are amazing! Wendi, you do such amazing work! && after moving away, I look forward to seeing her pictures as much as possible! You make them even more special for Brad and Genna to enjoy!!! The ones with the costume jewelry are adorable and I love the directors chair!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep up the awesome work!

Ashley O - Olive is so adorable.. love the pictures, there not something you see everyday which makes them so special and unique!

Elizabeth Smith - She is sooo precious!! Love the pics wit the close up on those piercing blue eyes!!!:-) <3 beautiful little olive <3

Amy Warren - Olive is such an adorable baby, and you’ve really captured her beautifully.

Tracy - What precious pictures!?! Olive is going to grow up to be our little movie star!

Kim Johnson - I loved all of Olive’s six months, she is such a beautiful child and your photos accentuate her beauty. The ones with the pearls were absolutly darling! The directors chair was also unique and so cute with that precious little bundle in it. I am very impressed with how you capture such precious moments perfectly. Your enthusiam for life shows in all your photos.

Brad Webster - Thank you, Wendi! The pictures of Olive are so great! We ALWAYS have so much fun shooting with you, and you always go out of your way to get great shots! Your new studio is so cool… it makes me excited for future photo sessions ๐Ÿ™‚

Kristi Huffman - You captured Olive’s pure innocence beautifully. She is so perfect and you have captured moments that we will cherish forever.

Lynsey - Wow! These turned out great as they always do! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your little princess photographs so well! Little Olive is going to love looking at her first year photographed one day and Wendi truly does an amazing job of that.

Jacqueline Brockway - Amazing pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚ Olive is such a beautiful baby, and these photos capture her sweet personality. Great job!

Megan - I enjoy looking at these pictures of Olive every time i get on Facebook! She is sooo adorable and love the photos! They are absolutely great! ๐Ÿ™‚

Stephanie Webster - Little Olive is a doll! The photos of Miss O are priceless and will be forever remembered as creative, interesting. I look at each one and just say “awww”! Wendi – you do amazing work!

Jamie - Love the pics. They r adorable!

Aundrea - Genna! Olive is so precious! Wendi did an amazing job on her photos! I absolutely love the ones in the director’s chair! I love the concept of following her through her first year, because it probably seems as if that’s the year that goes by the fastest. Can’t wait to watch her grow!


Ashley – Class of 2012 – Danville High School

I just wanted to share a few quick shots of one of my favorite senior spokes models for the Class of 2011! Ashley is such a total sweetheart, and recently came to model for a photography workshop I hosted in mid-February. She withstood freezing temps and silly requests and is a total trooper! She has also become one of my son’s favorite people and he loves when she comes to babysit!

Good luck after graduation, Ashley! You are going to go places and do big, awesome things, I just know it!.

Joe Armenta - Love your pictures Ashley!!


Chicago Engagement Session, Part 2 – Wendi Riggens Wedding Photography

This was the longest engagement session I have ever photographed, and we also covered the most ground!! After an incredibly delicious lunch at a deli near their place, Jennifer and Kyle and I hopped on the El and explored some more, before heading down to the lake front. I’ve done the moving train shot many times now, but it was never as challenging at this day! Those platforms really shake!!!

I love Millennium Park and the area around the Art Museum!

I love the big silver bean! The real name is Cloud Gate, and it is just so incredible!

I mentioned yesterday that it was a little dreary when we started out that morning, but by the time we got down to the lake front, the sun came out and the sky was blue! I love the skyline here, with Navy Pier, Ellis and Hancock Towers, and many other landmarks visible. SO beautiful!

The Natural History Museum is kind of fun, too!

We also came across a very popular landmark in Chicago – the Chicago style hot dog stand!


The beautiful skies didn’t last long, but that didn’t stop us. We took a walk through a park and found this beautiful spot with a view of the city in the background!

And it’s a wrap!!! I had SO much fun shooting this engagement session, and we finished up just as the clouds rolled in. Jennifer & Kyle dropped me off at the train station just as the rain finally broke through! I am hoping for totally awesome weather for their wedding this June, and look forward to sharing those amazing images with you, too!


Linda - Good job on the photos.

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