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05.22.2017

Dalena & Devon- Gallery C Weddings Milldistrict, Dubuque, IA

Intimate wedding at the lovely space at Gallery C in Dubuque, IA Mill District.  Dalena & Devon were so much fun.  I loved how respectful and relaxed they are with each other and with other people.  Plus, I had this …

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01.09.2017

Genevieve & Ross- Weddings at Star Brewery, Stone Cliff Winery in Dubuque, IA

I recently had to dig this wedding out of the archives for my new wedding website ( http://luminouslifeweddings.com ) and OMG, I just really loved these.  I figured I would share again.  The thing I loved about this wedding was …

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11.05.2016

Engagement Portraits in Galena, IL- Andrea & Jacob

Super cool couple, Andrea and Jacob- easy going and great conversation.  We had fun though I ran them just about out of gas, physically, lol- we braved mosquitos and tourists for these great images at Casper Bluff Land & Water …

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09.29.2016

Children’s Portrait Photographers in Galena, IL- TRIPLETS

I met Kristie and Matt several years ago when I shot their wedding in Riviera Maya in Mexico.  THAT was a blast.  I think there may be some of those on this blog.  I’ll have to add the link :).  …

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09.23.2016

Birth Photography in Dubuque- You’ll love this beautiful story.

Birth Photography has always made me feel privileged- to be witness to the first moments of person’s journey is powerful.  Every once in a while I get a message asking if I would be willing to document a birth.  Every …

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09.21.2016

Galena, IL Weddings- It rained on their wedding day.

Galena, IL weddings are often those picturesque, post card weddings.  Rolling hills and puffy clouds dotting the vivid blue sky.  If anything is awry with the weather, it’s too humid, most likely.  You really hope for no rain.  Sometimes, though, …

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08.31.2016

Galena, IL Weddings- Beautiful women wed at Oak Hill

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08.30.2016

Galena Weddings- Jennifer & Jesse have an intimate wedding at The Inn at Irish Hollow

A whirlwind romance swept these two off their feet and planted them on the beautiful grounds of the Inn at Irish Hollow in Galena, IL. Jennifer and Jesse met at a friend’s wedding and knew they were meant to be …

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08.29.2016

Things to do In Galena, IL: Two Tarot Ladies On Main

So, many years ago, this friend of mine, Nicki, suggested I go see a medium.  It was totally weird for me.  I’m a pretty big skeptic, overall.  I’d been going through some difficult stuff and Nicki, who had a lot …

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08.23.2016

A prairie sunset at sacred Casper Bluff was perfect for Leslie’s Maternity Session

Leslie contacted me very early in her pregnancy about photographing her birth.  I don’t think she’d even told her husband she was expecting, lol.  Yes, it’s REALLY cool that I get to document huge life moments like the birth of …

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05.02.2014

Baby Chase in Galena, IL

Little Chase gave me about 15 minutes tear free.  From there, it was monkey noises, peek-a-boo and everything we could think of, but I still managed to get some great smiles and look at those gorgeous eyes!       …

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04.12.2014

Adorable Little Cooper- baby portraits in Lena, IL

 

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04.08.2014

Heather & Brian- Engagement Portraits in Galena, IL

Omg, these two are just so much fun and so very sweet together.  They braved some pretty chilly weather for this session.  Go away, WINTER!!!  Can’t wait for their wedding!

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04.07.2014

Bridget- Gorgeous and Super Fun Hempstead High School Senior from Dubuque, IA

I have no idea why this family of Bridget’s got an overwhelming share of gorgeousness genes topped with a heaping spoonful of smarts and a generous sprinkle of good heart, but they definitely have it and Bridget asked me to …

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04.07.2014

The Fondell Family- An extended family portrait session in Galena, IL

The Fondell’s from Bellevue, IA, have been my clients for a few years now, but it wasn’t until last Fall that I was able to shoot portraits of the ENTIRE family.  What a great bunch of fun people.  They just …

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08.16.2011

The Luminous Baby Plan

I just added a new page with information about my Baby Plan offer.  Check it out!  It’s a great value for capturing your baby’s milestones  and changes in the first year and it includes a fantastic high resolution slideshow after …

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08.05.2011

Hope’s Night Shoot Video

This was soooo much fun.  Thanks, Travis and Hope for humoring me on my whims, lol.

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08.04.2011

Travis & Hope’s Night Session in Downtown Galena, IL

Our Bellevue Prom contest winners, Travis & Hope. We found some cool metal salvage to play in. I think I’ll get this for the studio in metallic finish.  It will be completely silver.  How cool is that?! Weird things happen …

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07.29.2011

Travis- Bellevue Senior of 2011, Luminous Night Session Winner

Travis and Hope won our Luminous Night Session Shoot in downtown Galena, IL.  Here is Travis’ sneak peek.  Hope’s will be posted tomorrow, so stay tuned 🙂

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07.28.2011

Kassy, Bellevue, IA- Marquette Senior class of 2012

Had a great time shooting Kassy’s senior portraits in Galena 🙂

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07.28.2011

A Grantslide brought it down…Flooding in Galena, IL

Yesterday, as my client and I were heading downstairs to start her outdoor portion of her session, buckets of water appeared to suddenly fall from the sky.  Needless to say (after she danced in the rain for a bit while …

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07.27.2011

Itty Bitty Evey graces the studio for her baby plan portraits in Galena, IL

Evey is just so adorable and she was a bundle of fast crawling smiles this time 🙂 The Luminous baby Plan is just 100.00 and includes 3 studio sessions, plus 10% off all products :).  You can also gift someone …

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07.24.2011

Venni & Carol- Galena, IL Wedding at Grace Episcopal

Venni surprised Carol with a performance by Catie Curtis. Grace Episcopal Church in Galena, IL They are just GIDDY. I’m a sucker for gum paste florals on a cake.  Really shows artistry. Such a beautiful day and sooooo much love. …

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07.21.2011

Luminous Spark Inspired Children’s Portraits in Galena, IL

Here are a few sample images for my Luminous Spark August Theme: Vintage Super Heroes. Luminous Spark session themes change monthly and each theme will be offered only one time.  The session plus your high resolution files on a disk …

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07.14.2011

My New Wedding Brochure

Soon, you can pick up a copy in downtown Galena, IL, at the Ryan Mansion, Goldmoor, Chestnut Mountain Resort or other wedding venues in Galena.

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06.20.2011

Her crazy dream was to have portraits made in the RAIN…

So, of course I love a challenge and Angie had revealed to me that her secret crazy idea was to have her e-pics done IN THE RAIN.  Guess, what?  The day of their session, it was raining cats and dogs…which …

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06.11.2011

Baby Colin’s Debut- A Birth Story

Just a few days after I photographed Emily’s belly, she went into labor!  She was in labor quite a long time with her first son, so we were thinking we had plenty of time for me to arrive and shoot …

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05.11.2011

One of my favorite little guys

Little Drake.  The first time I photographed him, it was hot and icky and buggy and he was just a wee one, so we rescheduled for a more pleasant day for the little guy and those totally rocked- he was …

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