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Hey there, and welcome to the JWP blog!  We are a photography team based in Iowa, and we hope you’ll enjoy viewing some of our most recent weddings, as well as the many tips we have for couples.  You can also enjoy some of our business and educational resources for photographers. 

Mara & Nathan’s Countryside Fall Engagement Session

Mara and Nathan’s relationship started out in only the best Iowa way possible – on a tractor. Set up by friends during planting season and in the midst of COVID, all the magic started out in that field! So it was only appropriate that we photographed their engagement session in a beautiful natural setting.

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Tips for Better Getting Ready Photos on Your Wedding Day

Getting-ready shots have a bigger meaning behind them, and I’ll explain why: They are an important part of telling the complete beginning-to-end of your wedding day. The pictures captured during this time will serve as moments when you went from “me” to “we.” While you are enjoying your last hours of singleness with people most important to you (besides your best friend about to see you walk down the aisle), I’ll be there so you can cherish these laughable moments forever. You and your friends will adore these photos, and you’ll be drop-dead gorgeous in them too. Here are my

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How much wedding photography coverage do I need? 8 Hours vs 10 Hours

When we first meet with couples, we are often asked, “How many hours of wedding photography coverage do I need?”   Most engaged couples planning a wedding are still very much in the planning stages for their day and may not know all the details of all of the events when we first meet them.  So we often find couples comparing 8 hours of wedding photography vs. 10 hours of wedding photography, and trying to figure out which option is best. If you’re newly engaged, looking at wedding photographers, and trying to answer this same question, whether to have 8

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Tips for Planning & Photographing a Catholic Wedding

Catholic wedding ceremonies require a few special considerations to take note of. The most important one is that if you are celebrating Mass, your ceremony will be both longer and earlier. The most commonly requested scenario is a one-hour ceremony beginning around 1:00 PM or 2:00 PM. Most parishes cannot start any later due to evening confession before Mass. Because of your ceremony start and end time, there is often a significant gap between your ceremony and reception. Lots of couples have questions and concerns about this, but we’re here to help!  Here are a few tips that will help

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Kate & Miles Chicago Engagement Session

One of my favorite things I was able to do this spring was meet up with Kate & Miles in Chicago for their engagement photos!  I drove out for the weekend (we camped with our kids overnight and made a weekend trip out of it) and spent half of a day exploring downtown Chicago, visiting all the best spots.  It’s been a few years since I’ve photographed in Chicago, so it was such a treat to revisit several locations along Lake Michigan, and find a few new ones as well! I met Kate & Miles at their apartment, and then

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Mara & Nathan’s Countryside Fall Engagement Session

Mara and Nathan’s relationship started out in only the best Iowa way possible – on a tractor. Set up by friends during planting season and in the midst of COVID, all the magic started out in that field! So it was only appropriate that we photographed their engagement session in a beautiful natural setting.

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tips for better getting ready photos

Tips for Better Getting Ready Photos on Your Wedding Day

Getting-ready shots have a bigger meaning behind them, and I’ll explain why: They are an important part of telling the complete beginning-to-end of your wedding day. The pictures captured during this time will serve as moments when you went from “me” to “we.” While you are enjoying your last hours of singleness with people most

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