Des Moines County Humane Society Dog Swim

This is our third year photographing the dog swim! The first two years, it took place at the Dankwardt Pool in Burlington, Iowa. This year, it was held at the West Burlington Pool! It is always a fun time, rolling around in the grass with the dogs! This year, I was licked, slobbered on, run over, peed on, and I think an English bulldog made out with me, but it was awesome!

Don’t forget, all profits from the print sales will be donated to the Des Moines County Humane Society! Images are available online at!


Jim Cayer - I have to say I loved your comments on this post and I guess its a good thing they were dogs. I’d hate to see you shooting an engagement session and have all of those things happen. Wonderful shots.


Molly & Her Marine – Maternity & New Life Photography

Last week, I shared a post of Molly’s maternity session in Burlington. Her husband, Brandon, is a Marine stationed overseas, and he is home on leave for the arrival of their little one.  When Molly and I first met, we tossed around ideas, and I asked if he had any tattoos. Come to find out, they have matching tattoos, inspired by the book “Where the Wild Things Are” that read “I’ll eat you up, I love you so!”

Immediately, this shot came to mind. We’ll do it again, too, after the baby arrives. I can’t wait!


Trisha’s Maternity Session – Burlington, Iowa

Trisha & Tanner came to us waaaayyy back in 2006 for their engagement session, and then I photographed their wedding in October 2007. Click the links to check out the blog posts from their session and wedding.  To date, it remains one of my favorite weddings I’ve shot!

They are now expecting a baby, and we ventured out to shoot a maternity session! 15 minutes in, it started to rain, so we packed up our stuff and went home. Even so, we managed to get a lot of beautiful images.  Here are my absolute favorites! I have a few more that I love that you can see on our Facebook page at, too!

Trisha, Tanner, congrats! I cannot wait to meet your little one!

jamieg - Working? Gorgeous image!


Laura & Ryan’s Engagement Session – Des Moines Art Center, Iowa

Laura & Ryan posed a unique situation for me! Shortly after they booked their wedding with us, Ryan moved to Australia for work, and after a few weeks, Laura joined them. They would be back for the week before the wedding, and that was it!  So, we did something that I’ve never done before.  We met the day before the wedding to shoot their engagement session!

It was an overcast day at the Des Moines Art Center, but the rain held off for us! We had such a wonderful time exploring the grounds!  While most of the roses in the rose garden hadn’t bloomed yet, it was still beautiful! Ryan and Laura are just so amazing and natural together, and they were so easy to photograph. At one point, Laura asked if I was getting any of them smiling, and I had to assure her I was – all they could do was smile!

Here are a few of my favorites. I had a hard time narrowing it down!

Also, I want to give a huge shout out and thank you to my friend and fellow photographer, Kim Fitzsimmons! Kim drove me all the way to Des Moines because the engine blew out in our SUV, and second shot all weekend with me. We had a great time at the Cheesecake Factory after the engagement session, and stayed up way too late each night talking!

Stay tuned for images from Laura & Ryan’s wedding!



Kaylee – Burlington Iowa Toddler & Family Photography

I first photographed Jeff and Lesley at their engagement session in early 2007, and then photographed their wedding that fall!  Check out this old blog post featuring their gorgeous barn wedding at Walnut Grove Farm in Knoxville, Illinois!

They now have a sweet little 2 year old daughter, and she is so adorable! We spent an hour running all over Crapo, checking out the geese, rolling around in the grass, and sniffing all of the flowers!

Lesley, Jeff, I had so much fun shooting this session, and know you are going to love your canvas gallery wrap for your home!

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