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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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park + krista + grayson + baby | lincoln ne maternity photographer

Even though this adorable (and incredibly sharp-looking) family was anxiously awaiting the birth of their second kiddo, they were as laid-back as could be for our maternity session. I love photographing families just before they change forever. It’s the most exciting time!
16_06_sloup01 We took advantage of the spotlight still being on Grayson and got some big ol’ two-year-old portraits. Isn’t he handsome?16_06_sloup02 His mama, though. HOLY STUNNING, BATMAN. You are one beautiful girl, Krista.16_06_sloup03 16_06_sloup04 16_06_sloup05 16_06_sloup06 16_06_sloup07 Bonus points for capturing goofy dad moments? I’d take it. :)
16_06_sloup08 You guys are just so dapper.  I love the contentment on your faces. 16_06_sloup09 Since these were taken, their baby GIRL was born, and I got to meet her a few days ago. Stay tuned for her newborn session!!! She’s perfect, obviously. :) 16_06_sloup10


raghu + lakshmi + baby girl | lincoln ne maternity photographer

These two blew me away at their maternity session. How gorgeous is this mama-to-be?! Well, mama now! Baby Rashmi has arrived!! Her parents have a LOT of love for this precious little one, and it was a true pleasure to capture it.

16_05_kastoori_01 16_05_kastoori_02 Lakshmi has such a calm peace about her. So ready to meet her girl and take on the title of “mother”. She is also completely stunning. My jaw dropped when I saw this one. 16_05_kastoori_03 This was such a beautiful moment. They were talking about their first thoughts upon finding out the baby was a girl, and how they had been waiting for her. Ohhhh, Rashmi, I hope you adore this photo when you are older.  16_05_kastoori_04 Cloudy evenings in Nebraska tend to put on the prettiest shows. ;)16_05_kastoori_05 16_05_kastoori_06 16_05_kastoori_07 And then there’s this. Lakshmi’s mother flew all the way from India to be with her daughter’s family and meet her first granddaughter. I love that she arrived just in time (literally) to be in a few photos, along with Lakshmi’s brother. 16_05_kastoori_08 16_05_kastoori_09 16_05_kastoori_10 16_05_kastoori_11 Her name is a beautiful combination of her parents’ names. She is so special, and I cannot wait to meet her – soon! Thank you, Raghu and Lakshmi, so much for letting me in on your anticipation and excitement!16_05_kastoori_12

best of 2015 | lincoln ne photographer

Reflecting on the last year is always mind-blowing (even when it’s done in February – whoops!). Did all this really happen in the same year?! As I looked through nearly every photo I took in 2015, I found myself smiling – a lot – and even laughing out loud at my desk, remembering the amazing moments these wonderful people shared with me. There’s just nothing more humbling than being let into your closest relationships, your intimate moments, your happiness. So, to my clients in 2015, THANK YOU a million times over. I adore you and am so honored to have made these images with and for you.

Choosing was hard, obviously. These are just a handful of my favorites from 2015, and they make me so eager for the next year!!! Cheers to all you beautiful souls.

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craig + megan + mackenzie + baby girl | lincoln ne family photographer

Just look at this SUPER cute family!!!!! Ahh! Sweet Mackenzie stole my heart during our afternoon together. She is as sweet as they come. Her parents aren’t too shabby either – check out her gorgeous, glowing mama Megan and proud daddy Craig. I can’t get enough of these three – soon to be four!

11_15_hundt_01 Mackenzie on the run!11_15_hundt_02 11_15_hundt_03 Megan, your hair + your smile = such beautiful perfection. You are so stunning.11_15_hundt_04 My favorite.11_15_hundt_05 11_15_hundt_06 11_15_hundt_07 11_15_hundt_08 How could you ever say no to her? Heart melt. :)
11_15_hundt_09 11_15_hundt_10 11_15_hundt_11 11_15_hundt_12 You guys are awesome – so patient and engaged with your girl, who clearly adores you both to the moon and back. I can’t wait to see you with two! Thank you for trusting me with capturing the real, everyday love in your family. It was such a treat!

jeremie + ginni + miles + baby | lincoln ne family photographer

I haven’t had this tough of a time choosing my favorite images to blog in a WHILE. I started out with twice this many! This family was just so adorable and fun to work with. Let me start by introducing you to Miles – the sweet, handsome, focused little guy hangin’ out in dad’s lap.

15_08_memming_01 15_08_memming_02 He was a big fan of our choice to start at the park. :)15_08_memming_03 And here’s his family, and all three of them belong in a magazine!! 15_08_memming_04 This is Ginni. She is completely gorgeous, and extra glow-y, as she’s expecting baby #2 just around the corner. So we made sure to highlight her sweet, special bump with some maternity shots of just her.15_08_memming_18 15_08_memming_06 Gosh, I’m glad this kid likes to smile. Those teeth are just the best. 15_08_memming_07 15_08_memming_08 Dear Lincoln, Nebraska. The more walls you paint perfect, pretty colors, the better. K, thanks!15_08_memming_09 Miles looooooved this throw-yourself-backwards business and didn’t want to stop, even after we’d moved on. Ha! Silly dude.15_08_memming_10 15_08_memming_11 15_08_memming_12 Jeremie and Ginni are wonderfully comfortable together. Just in having a simple conversation, they brought out such genuine smiles from one another. 15_08_memming_13 15_08_memming_14 15_08_memming_15 Ginni, you honestly didn’t take a bad photo the entire night. Such a pleasure to photograph you and your family in such an exciting season of enjoying Miles, and anticipating his sibling. :)15_08_memming_16 And lastly, all summer sessions ought to end with an ice cream cone. This one especially! It was well-deserved, Miles. Way to go, bud! Thanks again to this sweet family for spending some unguarded, unhurried time with me! 15_08_memming_17

tyler + mandy + baby girl | lincoln ne maternity photographer

These two. Where to even start? Maybe you remember them from the adorable “just because” session we did last fall. Everyone who knows them loves them. They are passionate, dedicated, funny, lovely people who are about to be parents for the first time. Eee! I’m just so excited for them, and completely honored to call them dear friends of mine.15_07_thomas_01 15_07_thomas_02 15_07_thomas_03 15_07_thomas_04 I adore this one. It’s so them. :)
15_07_thomas_05 15_07_thomas_06 I failed to mention it was a balmy 95 degrees or so the evening of our session, and Mandy was fresh as a daisy the entire time. Props to you, mama!15_07_thomas_07 Not all the photos in a maternity session need to dial in on that gorgeous, growing bump. I love capturing the relationship as a whole, especially during exciting, pivotal seasons like waiting for a baby. There is no time like it – anticipating major excitement and change, and lingering in the quiet, fading season of “just the two of us.” 15_07_thomas_08 15_07_thomas_09 Baby girl is going to be soooo stylin’. I cannot wait to meet her!!!15_07_thomas_10 15_07_thomas_11 15_07_thomas_12 15_07_thomas_13 15_07_thomas_14 15_07_thomas_15 Mandy, you are seriously radiant. That smile is perfection. 15_07_thomas_16 15_07_thomas_17 I’m glad it won’t be long ’til we get to meet your sweet girl, Tyler & Mandy. So thankful for you both. :)