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Elyse & Andrew’s Des Moines Engagement Session at the Capitol

Elyse and Andrew met up with me for my first spring engagement session of 2023, and we lucked out with some of the best end-of-March weather you’d ever dream of – sunshine and a light breeze was perfection!

Elyse requested classic and timeless locations, with a little bit of style – we ended up visiting a few favorite spots near the Iowa capitol building as well, and a stop for some cocktails to round out the afternoon before major storms rolled in. We finished just in time, with beautiful photos for their engagement session in Des Moines.

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Ankeny Engagement Session in The District

Dua and Scott’s engagement session started in The District in Ankeny wearing Hmong outfits. Dua’s family has a long tradition of going all out with the traditional outfits and it is something that Scott has fully embraced. Next we headed over to Whiskey River where they had their first date after meeting online. We headed up to the rooftop where they hilariously reminisced about that fateful first date. They have been together for four years now and have survived Scott’s 9 month deployment which really drew them closer together. These two share a joy that seems rare to find and they just truly have so much fun together.

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Devon & Sam’s North Ave Beach Engagement Session in Chicago

Devon and Sam have been in Chicago for a few years, so when they asked me to travel to them for their engagement session, anyone who knows me would know how excited I was. I looooooooove Chicago. Other than the traffic, it is one of my favorite places. Always something to do, insanely beautiful locations for photographs, and the most genuine people you’ll ever meet. Including these two!

Devon and Sam met through work, and even though they were long distance for a while (she was working for the company in NYC and he was Chicago-based) they found a way to stay together through it all. As an east coast native, Devon eventually relocated to Chicago to be closer to Sam. Fast forward a few years, and one family-trip to Florida, complete with staged “family photos” on the beach that turned into a proposal, and now they are planning their Iowa wedding where Sam’s family lives!

We had the most perfect early fall day for their photos – quite possibly the best Chicago weather I’ve ever had. Seriously, they lucked out!

We began their session just around their neighborhood, which was just starting to have fall colors.

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Alaina & Jeff’s | Grinnell Engagement Photographer

Alaina and Jeff had their engagement session in early October in Grinnell. First, I love love love when couples trust me 100% and are ready for anything. When Alaina and Jeff said they wanted a more editorial vibe, and almost ALL of her inspiration photos were from a minimalistic studio – I was all for it. I love what we came up with during our time in the studio!

Check out a few of my favorites in this blog post….

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Allyssa & Brandon Fall Engagement Session – Des Moines

Alyssa and Brandon had the most perfect weather for a fall engagement session in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. We started on the steps of the old state library building which has the most beautiful white arched architecture. We then crossed the street to find perfect fall colors on the lawn of the State Capital building. Next we stopped off at the bridge to capture them with some of the downtown skyline and city scape beind them and got some classic shots of them crossing the street. Alyssa’s wrap dress was perfect for this and the color added to the classic element of their session.

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Austin & Allison Engagement Session- World Food Prize

After growing up together in the same small town Austin and Allison didn’t start dating until college. Their parents were friends and they often socialized together as kids. Once they started dating it didn’t take long for them to know that this was meant to be.
Austin planned and coordinated the most epic surprise proposal. Allison was enjoying a girls night out at a winery in Indiana while Austin was supposedly back home in another state. When she and her friends were offered a tour of the winery, she was shocked to find Austin awaiting her with a ring! He even hired a photographer to capture the moment!

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Engagement Session Downtown Des Moines World Food Prize

Emily & Taylor Engagement | World Food Prize

Emily and Taylor had the most perfect fall weather for their downtown engagement session. After meeting in college at a party, it didn’t take long for these two to know things were meant to be. During a trip to Hawaii, Taylor had planned an epic proposal on the beach at sunset, complete with hiring a photographer to capture their special moment.

We started on the perfectly manicured grounds of the World Food Prize building in Des Moines. We love to do engagement sessions here, as there is so much variety in such a small area. The steps on the front and back side of the building add so much detail to the final images. After exploring all of the little areas around the building and gardens, we headed down to the riverwalk for a totally different look and feel. We love to include different architectural details, like the bridges in the background

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