Category Archives: engagements

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

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

andy + alison | lincoln ne engagement photographer

Being around Andy and Alison makes me SO excited about all the good, good, good things that blossom in marriage. Love, sure, but also firm respect, a constant mutual encouragement, and the deepest friendship imaginable. You two are in for the best adventure of your lives, and it’s already off to such a sweet start!

IMG_0827 I wanted to live in this greenhouse after we got done shooting here. It did my can’t-wait-for-summer heart good! I love the magical combination of perfect light and a perfect couple.IMG_0765 IMG_0846Cuuuuuuuute, you guys.
IMG_0955IMG_0711 I know it doesn’t look it, but this day was very typically “March in Nebraska” (i.e. cold and windy). And when that’s the case, we pose for design + practicality. It didn’t take much extra suggesting to get them to cuddle close. :) But I will say that wind in Alison’s hair is worth a little shivering!
IMG_1086 IMG_1250IMG_1410For as much fun as these two have, they have an awesome depth to their relationship. This image on the left was taken during the best moment. Beautifully romantic things were being said, and it is without a doubt my favorite. :DIMG_1458IMG_1167 IMG_1567IMG_1549

Thank you Andy & Alison, for the best session and for being so dang cute. If I didn’t already have a thousand reasons to look forward to July, now I have another great one! Cheers!

 

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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cord + jenna | lincoln ne engagement photographer

These two people are getting married!!!!! What a fantastic decision, because they fit together with total ease. I haven’t even known them that long, but it’s obvious they complement one another beautifully. Their love is stunning.

16_10_williamson_01 The contentment on their faces says so much, and this image makes me happy.16_10_williamson_02Yeah, girl! 16_10_williamson_03 16_10_williamson_04 16_10_williamson_05 Aw look at you guys just bein’ you. Cord chill and serious with just a little smirk, and Jenna adorable and surely saying something funny. :D:D
16_10_williamson_06 16_10_williamson_07 16_10_williamson_08 16_10_williamson_09 This one on the right…I asked Cord to give me his best Ray face, and at the thought of it, Jenna just happened to do this. I love! You can’t orchestrate this kinda thing, people.16_10_williamson_10 Peace. Calm. Contentment. Comfort. (And as a side note, Nebraska, you’re beautiful.)16_10_williamson_11 16_10_williamson_1216_10_williamson_13 16_10_williamson_14 Jenna’s eyes make me madly excited for next July. C’mon. She’s gonna be the prettiest bride!!!16_10_williamson_15 16_10_williamson_16 A cute snippet of their story: they met at a party in college, and Jenna wrote her number on Cord’s arm with a Sharpie. Fortunately he followed up the next day, and now here they are.16_10_williamson_17 You two have no idea how excited and honored I am to photograph your wedding in a few months. Can’t wait to celebrate all you are together! Cheers!16_10_williamson_18

brad + elise | lincoln ne engagement photographer

Sometimes starting a blog post about the amazing people I’ve gotten to spend time with, making photographic magic happen, is terribly daunting. How do I possibly condense everything I want to say about these souls into a few lines of text? I guess that’s not my job, but I’ll do my best to do justice to my friends in these photos with the limited space I have. Thank goodness photographs speak, too.

These two. Brad + Elise. They met in South Africa, during a three week overlap of their two separate missions teams. They are getting married on Saturday. God has woven their lives together through the most unique circumstances, as only He can, and this weekend that’s gonna be celebrated in an incredible way. I cannot wait!

16_10_henke_01 In describing each other, they both use the word “kind” a lot, and it’s so appropriate. You can see kindness pour from both of their smiles, actions, words and attitudes.16_10_henke_02 16_10_henke_03 16_10_henke_04 16_10_henke_05This session took place after they’d been apart for about two weeks. Brad flew into town in the afternoon. I highly recommend taking engagement photos after a reunion like that. They were just a *little* excited to see each other! 16_10_henke_06 Mmmm my favorite.16_10_henke_07 16_10_henke_08 16_10_henke_09 When I heard about how Brad proposed to Elise, I knew we had to visit this spot for photos. This giant fallen tree lies just off a local bike trail, and is a spot they’ve explored a few times throughout their relationship. Brad went to great lengths to propose here and spent two days clearing a path to it, laying down strips of bark so it wouldn’t be muddy, hanging a swing…it’s nothing short of amazing. 16_10_henke_10 The swing was still there and plants had grown up over the bark floor Brad made.16_10_henke_11 16_10_henke_12 16_10_henke_13 16_10_henke_14 16_10_henke_15

Brad & Elise, I am honored and on a total excitement high to capture the day you become husband and wife! You are so wonderful together. Let’s do this!

mackenzie + justin | lincoln ne engagement photographer

Meet two people who were made for one another, are completely in love, and look DANG good together. ;) Kenzie and Justin made my week when they asked me to photograph an engagement session for them. Kenzie’s law schooling brought her to Nebraska and after a year of long-distance, Justin recently followed. These lovebirds are gettin’ hitched in just a few short months in their home state of Idaho, which based on Justin’s passionate recommendations, I’m going to need to visit ASAP!

Right before this first shot, Kenzie told me they were both awkward. Hmmmm. OKAY! :D

16_06_davis_01 16_06_davis_02 The way they act together reflects such a deep respect and admiration for each other. Justin’s going to take such amazing care of her, and she complements him perfectly. Also, there’s no shortage of laughter between them. Winning combo!
16_06_davis_03 16_06_davis_04 Hey, MODELS.16_06_davis_05 They helped me fulfill a long-time dream to use this sculpture in a session. I’m pretty happy about it which may influence this being my pick for most framable image!16_06_davis_06 Pretty camouflage.16_06_davis_07 16_06_davis_08This one makes me giddy for life, love and marriage. :)16_06_davis_09 Kenzie’s ring is unreal – so pretty on her!16_06_davis_10 16_06_davis_11 16_06_davis_12 16_06_davis_13 16_06_davis_14 16_06_davis_15 You guys are perfect together and I’m so grateful to have met you. Thank you isn’t even enough! I’m wishing you the very best wedding and so much happiness to follow. Congrats, Justin & Kenzie!16_06_davis_16