nate + lacey | lincoln ne engagement photographer

I had the heart-eye emoji face the entire time I was together with these cuties for their engagement session (not to mention all through editing the images)! I simply love these two. They have a fantastic sense of humor, appreciate the important things in life like Husker football and breakfast food, and the way they look at one another is full of so much love, beauty and respect I can hardly take it. If you even have to ask if I’m excited about their upcoming wedding, well…you can just go now. :)

17_06_west_01 This image on the left is what I’m calling Lacey’s smolder (woah, lady!), and the one on the right was the very first image I took all night. Also a favorite!17_06_west_02 We began on campus at the stadium, because these guys have Husker love running in their veins. I mean, Bob Devaney was at Lacey’s parents wedding! What!!?17_06_west_03 We also got all fancy and strolled around downtown. :)17_06_west_04 17_06_west_05 17_06_west_06 In front of the building where they met…
17_06_west_07 17_06_west_08 They honestly give each other the sweetest looks. 17_06_west_09 Gilbert! Their pup joined us near the end of our session, and was such a good boy. He also got to ride in a cop car, but that’s another story. ;) Hey, I like to keep it interesting!17_06_west_10 17_06_west_11 Nate & Lacey, you’re truly perfect for one another. I can’t wait to celebrate your marriage with you in just a few short months!17_06_west_12

park + krista + grayson + josalyn | lincoln ne family photographer

There is honestly nothing better than playing with your kids and making you laugh, my dear sweet client families. I big time heart my job. :)

I love a session like this where my mind is blown by how much the baby changed, because the last time I saw them it was newborn crazy time and she was teensy tiny. We started out at the Nebraska State Capitol because that’s where we did their maternity/family session when Krista was pregnant with Josalyn. It was so fun to do a 2.0! See that session here and Josalyn’s newborn photos here. :)

17_06_sloup_01 17_06_sloup_02 17_06_sloup_03 Krista has the most apparent love and affection for her kids, and it gives me heart eyes. Such a beautiful mama inside and out.17_06_sloup_04 17_06_sloup_05 Josalyn handles the neck hugs like a pro. ;)
17_06_sloup_06 17_06_sloup_07 17_06_sloup_08 Joy!
17_06_sloup_09 17_06_sloup_1017_06_sloup_11 17_06_sloup_12 17_06_sloup_13 We finished with a sweet little cake smash that Krista had lovingly set up. That is one loved one-year-old. :D 17_06_sloup_14Thank you so much, Park, Krista & crew. Loved capturing your family again!

mike + cherise + cora + owen | lincoln ne newborn photographer

Perfect baby alert! Owen is likely to cause baby fever. Browse photos at your own risk. There. You’ve been warned. :)

17_06_callen_01Well, well, well. It’s one of the sweetest families around and they’re back on the blog! I’m overflowing with happiness for these friends of mine as they have welcomed their second kiddo, Owen Lee. He is too darn perfect, and his sweeeeeet big sister Cora is doing a pretty bang on job in her new role, too. 17_06_callen_02 17_06_callen_03 If you’re a new big sibling, you earn major bonus points for doing this picture. It’s asking a lot – you’re adjusting to a new person in the family, you’re generally a toddler, you are learning just how gentle you have to be. Plus one thousand extra points if you nail it, like Cora did! Atta girl!17_06_callen_04 We snuck outside for a few of just this sweet pea by herself. Isn’t she dreamy?17_06_callen_05 17_06_callen_06 I love Cherise’s smile – how it captures her entire face, and you can see how much joy spills out of her on the daily. Want to know a fun fact? When Mike and Cherise needed a little nosy-friends-making-stuff-happen help before they started dating, I may have had a little something to do with arranging a common place for them to hang out and get the ball rolling. Pretty dang proud of that, considering what a beautiful family God’s creating through them! :) :)17_06_callen_07 17_06_callen_08 Hi, little man. Did you know you’re loved to the moon?17_06_callen_09 17_06_callen_10 17_06_callen_11 Father & Son images are something special. I’m excited to see how their relationship evolves. 17_06_callen_12 We wrapped up in their beautiful backyard. This family…*sigh*…they’re fantastic. THANK YOU, Mike & Cherise, for letting me into your shaken up world! Enjoy every little bit of this new stage of being a family of four. :)17_06_callen_13

the richard family | lincoln ne family photographer

My heart is SOOOOOO full for this family. These smiles are on their faces….oh…97% of the time. They’re genuinely wonderful. I should know – I got to spend two pretty spectacular and important days with them when Mikaela & Andrew and Kelsey & Max got married! :D I had giddy butterflies when they asked to do this family session with their incredibly special grandparents. Photographing generations is so rare, and so important. We took a step toward fixing that with these. 17_06_richards_01 17_06_richards_02 Darleen is super-grandma. She is calm and knowing, but she’s (secretly?) the life of the party, too. At Mikaela’s wedding she and George shut down the dance floor!! You can tell they’ve lived fully and are reaping the rewards of it. I adore how *both* these women look at their husbands. Same, same! 17_06_richards_03 17_06_richards_04 On top of being fun, their whole family is ridiculously good-looking. :) 17_06_richards_05 17_06_richards_06 17_06_richards_07 17_06_richards_08 17_06_richards_09 17_06_richards_10 George & Darleen were so wonderful to photograph, and I like all their photos together, but this one is my favorite of the two of them. It’s in their eyes for each other – these two have been married 58 years (I mean, wow), and they are so tender with each other. I could go on about them, but the bottom line is they’re just special. Their family knows it, and anyone who gets to spend a little time with them, like me, can easily see it, too.17_06_richards_11 High fives to all of you in the Richard family. Thank you for trusting me with these photos! 17_06_richards_12

josh + jennifer + hannah + olivia | lincoln ne family photographer

It’s another fabulous day for having a sweet family on the blog, and here they are! This crew just stole my heart. Hannah (on the right here) jumped out of the car when they arrived and came right up to hug me! We’d never met, and it was the best way to start a session. :)

17_06_jones_01 Hannah’s enthusiasm about her little sister is an 11. Actually, most of her emotions are an 11! She loooooves life.17_06_jones_02 Hi, baby Olivia! This one drew the lucky “didn’t nap on photo day” straw, but you never could have guessed it. She was such a charmer. And Josh – you’re an A+ dad. So patient, so involved, and making everything fun for your family.
17_06_jones_03 See?
17_06_jones_04 I just love these two next to each other. Mama’s wrangling kids like a boss, and they are both showing their colors.17_06_jones_05 17_06_jones_06 17_06_jones_07 Don’t you just want to snuggle her? She’s dreamy.
17_06_jones_08 17_06_jones_09 17_06_jones_10 17_06_jones_11 Dear Families who let me take your pictures every so often: I truly love you and see so much unique beauty in each and every one of you. You are doing wonderful things, raising amazing kids, and acknowledging the beauty in your everyday lives. I applaud you. That goes for you too, Joneses. ;) 17_06_jones_12

kipp + sandi + david + lindsey + nora | lincoln ne family photographer

How on earth do I get so lucky that so many of my clients feel like family after a single session together?! Another example of just that: the warm-hearted Petersen family. Including grandparents in a family session has become such a special part of what I do. Everyone needs to do this at least once!17_05_petersen_01Look at beautiful Nora! Little girls just don’t come any sweeter. She has an old soul, and the brightest eyes and the cutest giggle. She and her Nana have quite the special relationship. How could they not? Sandi is the perfect grandma.17_05_petersen_02 My favorite, of course. :)17_05_petersen_03Ok, if we’re being honest, Nora has awesome relationships with all four of the awesome adults pictured in this session, and I had a wonderful time documenting all four of them. Next up is this fun guy, affectionately known as Kippy.17_05_petersen_04 And then there’s her daddy. I have serious heart eyes for this moment.17_05_petersen_05 17_05_petersen_06 17_05_petersen_07 If you know this family, you’re just lucky. 17_05_petersen_08 17_05_petersen_09 17_05_petersen_10 17_05_petersen_11 17_05_petersen_12 I saved this beautiful duo for last. Lindsey is so full of love for her family and her daughter. She’s a graceful, intentional mom who gives of herself freely, and she has all my respect. 17_05_petersen_13 Shoots like this one fuel me like you wouldn’t believe to make images that matter to the family before me. I consider it an honor and a privilege. Thank you, Petersens, for sharing yourselves with me. You’re all so beautiful from the inside out!

heath + brittany | ashland ne engagement photographer

Heath & Brittany! Heath & Brittany!!!! I’ve been dying to get this session blogged so the world can see this fun duo in all their glory. I’ve noticed these two have this gift for setting the energy level perfectly at a chilled out happy hour vibe. They are so comfortable in their skin, genuine, and unapologetically themselves – they radiate happiness. Full disclosure: I’m doing a victory dance in my seat right now, because I think these images articulate that feeling. So go on and scroll and feel all the feels.

Nebraska, you’re pretty great, too.

17_05_foster_1317_05_foster_01 17_05_foster_02 My favorite thing about them is how they’re both easy going most of the time, except for when they explode with laughter. Here’s Brittany doing just that.17_05_foster_03 17_05_foster_04 This one on the left gives me heart eyes. Brittany, you’re a knockout.17_05_foster_05 17_05_foster_06 17_05_foster_07 My very fave on the left. Frame this, please. I might have to frame it, too. ;)17_05_foster_08 Thought the session couldn’t get any better, then Grace Kelly joined us! This little miss was the perfect pup for portraits. That’s a lot of p’s.17_05_foster_09 17_05_foster_10 17_05_foster_11Thank you, Brittany and Heath (and Grace), for being the very best. I loved every second of photographing your love!17_05_foster_12