When I was able to get Nikki Moore & fam in my studio in return for my beautiful maternity session last summer, I was excited! Photographing another photographer is both a little nerve-wracking and fun. Fun because they know about all the posing rigamarole and know how colors and outfits work together (which she did amazing with both), but nerve-wracking because I hope I don't look bad in front of a photographer I respect! But the Moore family's session was as fun and easy as it could be, and I enjoyed seeing the distinct personalities of her two kiddos - one goofy and one serious! We also fit in some photos of Nikki and Justin together, and some photos of Nikki to use for her businesses. Go Nikki, you look so cute and amazing! Thanks for coming by and letting me make some fun photos of you and your family!
I didn't realize that I hadn't written a blog post since before my daughter Leonora was born in August! I had to do a double take, thinking it was maybe a mistake, as I've never neglected my blog for that long. So if you're here and reading this, thank you for coming back after all this time!
When Joe, Leo and I came back from our winter vacation, I opened a pretty handmade card from Leo's amazing babysitter, Paulette, and pretty much started crying at how thoughtful, kind and insightful her words are. I started thinking of all the people I'm thankful for, and was overcome with how long my list was, and how I can only skim the surface in this post. I am thankful for my husband Joe, how kind and even he is, how hard he works to give us a good life. I'm thankful for our amazing families. I'm thankful for my mom, Joe's mom, and my sisters, who have trod this road of motherhood before me, and their invaluable love & wisdom in my journey with Leo:) I'm thankful that we live close to my sisters and Leo can grow up with her awesome little cousins. I'm thankful to have found great care for Leo when I needed to get back to the studio, I'm pretty sure Paulette is more fun that I am! I'm thankful for the fertility & prenatal care of Dr. Hilgers, both of them! I'm thankful for Suzy Meyers and the people at Milkworks who helped me get through the early days when I was insane with sadness and hormones. I'm thankful for this little baby you see below, who came to live with Joe and I and let us be her parents, she's such a sweet and good baby! And I'm thankful I get to start 2018 with all these people, and at this time of year make resolutions to be a better person in all the ways.
Happy New Year!
Looking back at these photos, I'm amazed at how much Leo has changed. Her skinny little leggies, her tiny face, her first happy smiles (not gas, sorry everyone, my baby smiled right away) and how birdlike she was in the beginning. Now at 4 1/2 months, she's a round faced little cabbage patch doll, with crazy hair and those beautiful chunky baby legs that I will miss. <3
The incredibly cute Dawsyn came to my studio with her mom and big sister for some photos, I love them both so much! She wanted nothing other than to put her adorable little piggies in her mouth, and when I wrapped her up to keep her feet down, her fingers went straight in:)
Cara's big beautiful eyes and Italian complexion begged for some old Hollywood glamour:) Enjoy your new adventure in Portland, Nebraska already misses you!
Makeup by Alicia's Makeup Artistry, styling by me:)
Brenna and Bruno are an absolutely lovely couple, and I'm fortunate to have been a part of their beautiful wedding day. Originally from Iowa and Brazil, Brenna and Bruno brought friends and family from all around the country and all around the world, to celebrate their union at the Fountains Ballroom. A stunning gown on an equally stunning bride, a dapper groom, a very cool first dance and special touches that brought in different parts of their lives, it was altogether a wonderful day:)
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Fountains Ballroom (Glenwood, IA)
Wedding Dress: Ceremony (Boston, MA)
Bridal Makeup: Reflect Makeup (Gretna, NE)
Bridal Hair: The Grey House Salon (Omaha, NE)
Floral: Memrical (Omaha, NE)
Groom's Attire: 9tailors (Boston, MA)
Catering: Catering Creations (Omaha, NE)
Cake: Eileen's Cakes (Stanton, IA)
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Karlyn Daniel (piano/vocals) and Melissa Holtmeier (violin), Ron Cooley (guitar) and Michael Pujado (percussion) (Omaha, NE - through Karlyn Music)
Favors (yellow wrapped sweets on table): Bem Casados by Cristina (Miami, FL)