Maddie Builds a Snowman – Once Upon a Time – Wendi Riggens Photography

Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After

Maddie is Growing Up!

Everyone remembers this little sweetheart, who took the world by storm two years ago dressed up as fairytale princesses and characters for her Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After sessions!

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Maddie is getting ready to turn 3 in a few short weeks, and we just had to follow up with a super special winter session with her little sister, Ellie. We photographed these just before Christmas, and with the holidays, I am just now getting around to sharing them! Maddie and Ellie had so much fun dressing up as Elsa and Anna in their pajamas from the childhood scene in the movie Frozen. They even built a snowman! Fortunately, no visits to the trolls were necessary after this session.:)

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Look how big Maddie has gotten!

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And introducing Ellie, her sweet little sister!

Ellie starred in her own super amazing session this year as well, Vintage Toys!

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Maddie, you are such a delight to photograph! I love growing up with you!!

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Here are a few of our favorites from Maddie’s first sessions when she was 9 months and one year old. My how she has grown!

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To see all of the images from Maddie’s Once Upon a Time session, please click here!

To see all of the images from Maddie’s Happily Ever After session, please click here!


Welcome, Baby Lauren! Birth Photography – Burlington, Iowa

Birth photography is one of my absolute favorite facets of this career. Seeing a woman become a mother, a new little baby take her first breath, the look of shock and relief on mom’s face as she realized she is done, that she did it, that her little one is here.

I arrived at the hospital less than 20 minutes before little Lauren made her grand appearance to the world. As my doula friend Lisa says, when you think you can’t do it, it’s already done. So very true! Krystal was amazing, making it through her labor and delivery unmedicated and all natural. Baby Lauren Birth Photography Burlington Iowa-FB-01Baby Lauren Birth Photography Burlington Iowa-FB-02Baby Lauren Birth Photography Burlington Iowa-FB-03Baby Lauren Birth Photography Burlington Iowa-FB-04Baby Lauren Birth Photography Burlington Iowa-FB-05Baby Lauren Birth Photography Burlington Iowa-FB-06Baby Lauren Birth Photography Burlington Iowa-FB-07Baby Lauren Birth Photography Burlington Iowa-FB-08Baby Lauren Birth Photography Burlington Iowa-FB-09Baby Lauren Birth Photography Burlington Iowa-FB-10Baby Lauren Birth Photography Burlington Iowa-FB-12Baby Lauren Birth Photography Burlington Iowa-FB-13Baby Lauren Birth Photography Burlington Iowa-FB-14Baby Lauren Birth Photography Burlington Iowa-FB-15Baby Lauren Birth Photography Burlington Iowa-FB-16

This moment, this is the moment that always brings me to tears!

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Happy first birthday, Liam! Wendi Riggens Photography

How did this little man get so old??? Liam has the best little personality and smiles every time he sees me. We joke that he is my future son-in-law.:)Love him!


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Aubrey is the Cutest Little Santa! Wendi Riggens Photography

Three months is such a fun age! I get to see some sweet little smiles and get lots of cuddles! Aubrey was a Christmas treat in her Santa hat. And she is a champ at tummy time, too!!




The Cutest Little Brother & Sister! Wendi Riggens Photography

Nolan and Izzy are the CUTEST little brother and sister (besides my own kids, of course)! Nolan has the brightest little eyes, and Izzy has the best smile. And even though Daddy still tries to eat them at every possible moment, they are the sweetest family!


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