Happy Birthday, Piper! Love my New Life Babies! Wendi Riggens Photography

Happy Birthday, Piper!

Wow! What a year! You have the sweetest smile and best little kisses!
It has been an honor spending this last year with you, and I can’t wait to see you grow into an awesome little toddler!
Now, to take those first steps…:)

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So I love Harry Potter… Wendi Riggens Photography

So, I Love Harry Potter…

When I was pregnant with Claire, I had the idea to do this series. After 20 months of brainstorming, scouting locations, designing sets, making props and costumes, shooting, editing, and stressing, I finally feel like it is complete. I started this project for me, to have some fun shots of my daughter based in the world of Harry Potter, a world that I love. In the end, I didn’t get do all of the sets I wanted, added a couple I hadn’t planned to, and pushed myself to try new editing and shooting techniques to get the look I wanted. Some turned out exactly like I envisioned them, others drastically different, and a few shots were totally unintentional, left entirely to the random behavior of a toddler, a lucky shutter finger, and a little bit of luck!


My vision all along was not to make my daughter into Harry, but to have be herself, as if she were attending Hogwarts current day. I tried to stay true to canon and used details from the books, interviews that J.K. Rowling has given, and the movies. Claire is sharing a lot of the experiences that Harry and his friends did, but that happens when you go to the same school! Claire was a good sport, and her big brother Maddox loved joining in a few of the sets, too!


I know my family and friends and Facebook followers have been waiting for this day for a very, very long time, so without further ado, I present my Potter Project.:)


Harry Potter Hogwarts Themed Photo Session by Wendi Riggens Photography

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I made most of the props myself, but for those I didn’t make, check out these shops:

Orchard Works hand carves the most amazing wands!

SnappyPea made the perfect easy-to-wear tie

Marauder’s Map from LilliannaMarie

Acceptance Letter from Outlaw Heart Paper Co

House and Quidditch sweaters by Tina at Crochet Creations

Special thank yous go out to to:

Lauren Fairweather for use of her song, “It’s Real For Us” – You are amazing!

Kimberley McClard at Potter Pandemic for use of her Gryffindor Crest

Cylonka for use of the amazing Hogwarts Crest

Wacca for us of the Holyhead Harpies art

Sherri Spence - Love them!!!

Jenna Marshall - Love it. You have amazing ideas! You’re an inspiration to me and my work x

Rachael Sheridan - Wendi, You have outdone yourself! I was blown away by your creativity, attention to detail, and ability to shoot a toddler! It was a pleasant surprise to start my day off with this blog post. You go, Girl!!!

Raquel Grace - Your baby is freaking adorable! Makes the Harry Potter images doubly awesome! I love these. :)

Celina - Incredible!! And what a darling subject. But where on earth did you find her Weasley Christmas sweater?!!

Wendi - My friend Kristen made it for me! She doesn’t have a shop, though. It’s so perfectly imperfect, down to the sleeves being different lengths :)


Sunflower Sessions are Coming Up at Wendi Riggens Photography!

Sunflower Season is Coming Up!


I am super excited to open dates for our sunflower sessions! We have access to a big beautiful field of sunflowers and are scheduling these sessions for the first two weeks of August. I am only booking a handful of sessions so be sure to call 319-753-3061 or email today to get yours. You will also have the opportunity when you schedule to pre-order a canvas from your session, so be sure to ask about that, too!


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Month to Month with Baby Claire!

When my daughter was born, I wanted to do something every month to document her growth. I came up completely blank, though. When she turned 1 month old, I grabbed this onesie my mom had bought and laid her on a blanket with a camera. It hit me then that I should just reuse that onesie and camera every month, to show how much she has grown. Month two came around and I threw in another camera, and it grew from there!

What I never expected, though, was that Claire would be so petite, and that at a year old, the 0-3 month one still fit. We were only able to get one snap to close at the bottom, but otherwise it fit her all the way through!

And to answer the camera questions I’ve been asked along the way
-I find cameras at thrift shops, antique shops, eBay, Etsy, and through friends and family.-The Pentax that started the series I bought after returning home from a photography workshop in Mexico several years ago, where I met the incredibly talented and inspiring Jose Villa
-The Canon that made it’s appearance in month 10 was the first SLR camera I every shot with. It was given to my dad a long time ago, and as a child and teenager, I would shoot around. I didn’t know what aperture, shutter speed, and ISO were, but I knew that if I changed one thing or another, it would give me a totally different look. I especially loved playing with the shutter speed and light-writing, long before I ever knew that was a “thing”!
-Yes, I own all of these cameras, and yes, I have many, many more, too! Come to my studio to see my collection!

And to my beautiful baby girl: You loved these shoots, until about 8 months old, which was shortly after you started crawling. Even though you hated being laid down and wanted to run away for every shot after, I thank you for at least giving me one image to work with each month! I love seeing you grow and am amazed by your brilliance and spunk. I love you!

Camera Baby First Year

Mandi @ DIYCraftPhotography - Ohh, so cute! I love your little girl :)

At how many months will she surpass the size of your camera collection? (Part of me reeaaaally wants to see this continue into middle age where you need like, 500 cameras to keep up!)

Wendi - LOL! Not quite that many! Gosh, I couldn’t imagine trying to wrangle her for photos with that many, lol!!! :)


Family Sessions Make Me Smile! Wendi Riggens Photography

Thank you to Pam and Gregg for asking me to photograph your family! I had fun walking around downtown with you and narrowly missing the rain!:)


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