Category Archives: children

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

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

matt + andrea + carter + cadence + calvin | lincoln ne family photographer

Be still, my heart! This fiery family is my kind of fam. They know how to have fun, laugh, shake things off, smile from the heart, I mean…I have a big ol’ family crush on them. Look at these two!!!

17_05_thieman_02And here’s the whole crew! First, let’s talk about mama Andrea for a second. It takes a strong woman to not be the least bit anxious over family photos, and she was completely calm, collected, and chill the whole time. So maybe hire her for advice when it’s your family’s turn. :) Also, she has the prettiest smile in Nebraska. Just sayin’.
17_05_thieman_0317_05_thieman_01 Say hi to Miss Cadence! There’s so much packed into this girl’s amazing personality. She’s going to be a go-getter for sure. Her freckles are my favorite.17_05_thieman_04 I love baby Calvin’s little furrowed eyebrows here, because he was the happiest, smiliest guy the entire time. Hehe. How lucky is he to have these two to grow up with? 17_05_thieman_05 17_05_thieman_06 17_05_thieman_07 :P
17_05_thieman_08 I’m realizing I picked lots of photos of Cadence for the blog with this sweet, soft smile like on the right. It’s funny, because she’s such a firecracker! But there’s something so fascinating to me about catching wild kids in their calm moments. Probably because you know it will only be for an instant. 17_05_thieman_09 17_05_thieman_10 This is Carter. He’s the gentle leader of the pack, and so full of fun! Don’t remember what I said here, but I love his embarrassed laugh. :) I’m pretty sure it was bathroom humor. 8 years old is an awesome age.17_05_thieman_11 And this one of just mom and dad = favorite. I love how they laugh with each other.17_05_thieman_12 Seriously, Matt & Andrea, your family is solid gold. So much love to you all! Thanks for spending a little photo time with me!17_05_thieman_13

shawn + amy + jaden + stella + owen | lincoln ne family photographer

When Amy first described her kids to me, she used the word “cheerful”, and she is spot on. These kids are so sweet! And mama picked out amazing outfit colors for a spring shoot, don’t you think?

17_05_mcauliff_01 This is big brother Jaden on the left. I love this image of him – I think we caught a rare, quieter side of him for a moment. :) And the sweet firecracker on the right is Miss Stella. She is ALL TWO. So independent and playful!
17_05_mcauliff_02 And hey there, Owen! Baby brother is the most chill babe on the planet. 17_05_mcauliff_03 I loooooove how Jaden plays with his sister. You can see she is his joy, and I can only imagine how awesome their relationship will be as they grow older. She’s lucky to have you, Jaden.17_05_mcauliff_04 17_05_mcauliff_05 9 is such a cool age. You can see what an awesome person a kid is becoming, and it gets tougher and tougher to tell where “little” stops and “grown-up” begins.17_05_mcauliff_06 17_05_mcauliff_07 17_05_mcauliff_08 This look! She’s totally telling me she’s the boss with her eyes alone. Love it!17_05_mcauliff_09 A little sibling smoosh!17_05_mcauliff_10 17_05_mcauliff_11

Thank you so much, Shawn and Amy! I had a blast with your sweet party of five!

best of 2016

All week I’ve been thinking about words. What words might describe what the new year will bring? What words will characterize my circumstances or my thoughts? And then I sat down to create this post – my absolute favorite of the year, because who doesn’t like to gather and dwell on their favorites? – and one word sticks out to me about the last year. “Humbled.” In 2016, I was humbled, and completely privileged to connect with so many different families and peek into their worlds. These people are like bonus family members to me, and I am humbled to have been able to draw near to the incredible relationships they have with one another, and turn their sweet connections into beautiful images. I hope they see what I see in these – beauty, trust, joy, and love. All these gorgeous faces are inspiring me BIG TIME for whatever’s coming down the road. :) Enjoy a few of my favorites from 2016.

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mark + jenna + harper + nora | lincoln ne family photographer

I have been so fortunate to work with the best of the best people in the years I’ve been photographing families. I’m not trying to sugarcoat it - I truly cannot think of enough happy superlatives to write about the awesome people I get to take pictures of. Each year gets better and better, and I’m full of gratitude as I finish up my 2016 sessions. This family, extra special to me because HEY! THAT’S MY BROTHER, is my last one of the year, and there’s no better way to wrap up. Warning: all I’m about to say is biased, but also completely true. :D These guys are rockstars. Made for one another. And very adorable. Wait ’til you see their kids!

16_12_moffatt_01 Major swoon. Meet my nieces Harper and Nora. The last time we did photos, Nora was a tiny baby, and it was pure sweetness to document their sisterhood this time. (You’ll also want to see their first session. )16_12_moffatt_02 Why am I blogging this photo, you ask? Time for another PSA about kids bein’ kids. (Interestingly, I have used sweet Harper as an example before…) Let’s be real – kids are awesome in that they will not pretend to be something they’re not. They have moods. They have ‘tudes. They’ll show up to your photo session and be shy instead of flashing their usual sunny smile. They sometimes take time to warm up, and truth be told, I love that. Let them be that way! Because then I can get photos like this one, of Harper Bean trying her darndest not to smile. Don’t worry, I cracked her. Keep scrollin’. :)16_12_moffatt_03 This one took a little less convincing!16_12_moffatt_04 Sweet, beautiful Nora girl, we love you!
16_12_moffatt_05 16_12_moffatt_06 16_12_moffatt_07 See? The personality couldn’t resist coming out. 16_12_moffatt_08 16_12_moffatt_09 Pretty sure these girls’ eyes have magical powers.16_12_moffatt_10 My favorite. :)16_12_moffatt_1116_12_moffatt_12

Hey Mark, thanks for marrying Jenna and bringing such an awesome new sister into my life, and thanks for having two of the best little girls so I could be their aunt. :D Love you all to pieces.

the debuse family | lincoln ne family photographer

This awesome family recently got together with me for some “everybody’s-in-the-same-city” photos! Every single person in these photos is overwhelmingly kind, even baby Elise with her fantastic smile. :) I had an awesome time with them.

16_12_debuse_01 Lisa & Chip, Mom & Dad, Meme & Gramps. Don’t these guys look like fun!? Answer: yes.
16_12_debuse_02 This sweet family drove from Minnesota…16_12_debuse_03 Eva, your pigtail game is 100%. Cutie!!!16_12_debuse_04 …and this adorable duo was in town all the way from Charleston!16_12_debuse_05 Lisa wanted this special baptismal gown to be part of their session. It’s been in her family for five generations (wow!!!) and now it’s Elise’s turn to wear it, so we got her all dressed up, and…16_12_debuse_06 she was SO PERFECT in it! How many three month old babies smile like that? Oh, she is so dang cute. This is everyone (minus Eva) who has worn the gown.16_12_debuse_07 16_12_debuse_08 16_12_debuse_09 Try saying no to this face!16_12_debuse_10 16_12_debuse_11 16_12_debuse_12 I love this! Grandpas are so wonderful. :)16_12_debuse_13

DeBuse family, thank you to the moon! It was such a pleasure to get to know you and photograph you all together for the holidays. Many thanks to you all for making it a part of your short time together!