I’m so pleased to share with you the family portraits of my dear friend Rachel!   Rachel runs Informed Choices. The medical clinic that I volunteer at on a weekly basis.  She is a wonderful, strong woman and she has a beautiful family.  I am truly blessed to call her friend.

Rachel knew of this gorgeous spot, hidden away in the timber just south of Solon, IA.   I had no idea what to expect when we started hiking into the woods, but it was just beautiful and the flowers were blooming perfectly!

I have this spot tucked away in my bank of perfect session locations that’s for sure!  I’m not disclosing it’s location either!  *Giggle*

I’ll stop rambling now…you have to check out her adorable family!

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Psalm 127:3-5 “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”

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Leave a comment for this totally adorable family, and if they get 25 of ’em, they receive a complimentary 11×14 print of their choice!



  • Katie Van Heukelom - Love the one on the tree branch! So cool!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Arch - I like the tree branch one, too! Great job! I also like the denim theme.ReplyCancel

  • Donelle Milcic - Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Powell Robb - Such a beautiful family!ReplyCancel

  • andrea farrier - What a blessing from God your family us. And adorable, too! ReplyCancel

  • LeonWanda Stutzman - wonderful pictures of a special family!ReplyCancel

  • Carole Sherman - Awesome pictures Rachel!! Love them!!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Arney Boyd - Your family is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Scranton - Great pictures !ReplyCancel

  • Mary Arch - So cute!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Richeal Mack - Very nice pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Ann Elsbecker - What a beautiful family!ReplyCancel

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Meet Ryan.  He’s salty.  Hey, he told me he was!! Ryan is graduating from  City High school and then headed off to Wheaton College in the fall.

Ryan contacted me because he said Rebecca (one of my other seniors) highly recommended me! How nice of her to do that huh?  I’m so glad he listened, because Ryan was a blast to work with.

We headed downtown and hit up some of my favorite spots, and then tried City Park.  However, God had other plans for that location because as soon as we parked, it started raining!  We did get a few shots off before running back to the truck!  He was such a good sport about it all.

Best of luck to you, Ryan, as you head off to Chicago for school in the fall!

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Leave a comment about Ryan’s portraits, and if he gets 25 comments, he receives a complimentary 11×14 print of his choice!

  • Megan Schnoebelen - Ryan Happy Graduation!! What fine looking young man and what splendid pictures! :)ReplyCancel

  • Carol Arch - Great photos as usual, Amy! Congratulations Ryan!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Johnston - Love the trombone photo!ReplyCancel

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Remember Iry?  We shot her maternity session back in the winter (we wanted snow but didn’t get any) and she came back to see me when she took advantage of the Mother’s Day special.  The special is still going on too…go check out Facebook.

I’m so glad she came back to see me, as I hadn’t really gotten to see Peter much since he was born.  What a CUTIE!!   See for yourself:


Leave this adorable family a comment, and if they get 25 of them, they get a complimentary 11×14 print of their choice!  Make it a special comment!

  • Nicole Chandler - He is the cutest little thing and must love having his picture taken.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer LeMaster - Ohhhhh my gosh Iry! I love these! He is perfect! You make a terrific mama ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Jaime Brown - the converse pic is my favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Shanna Cooper - Your little boy is so precious.ReplyCancel

  • Adam Karis - Leave it to Iry to raise a lady killerReplyCancel

  • Olivia minner - Sooo cute! Love u and peter from OliviaReplyCancel

  • Kim Culbertson - Great pictures Iry! Your little man is getting so big!ReplyCancel

  • stacey - Love!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - All the pictures of Iry and Peter are fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Jo - It should be illegal to look that amazing. Beautiful picture.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany Richers - Those eyes!ReplyCancel

  • Amina Jones - Beautiful photos! He’s growing too quickly, as they all do. ❤️ReplyCancel

  • TeAhnna Eicher - Both so beautifulReplyCancel

  • Marianne Rogers - Precious photos!ReplyCancel

  • Connie Eicher - What a beautiful mother and sonReplyCancel

  • Teri Welborn - Beautiful !! Love to watch him grow!!ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis Anderson - Wonderful pics…so nice to have them!!!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany Stearns - He is just precious!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy Anderson Dodson - Iry, Peter is so adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Krysta Alexis Wischmeier - This picture is so precious! ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Kinsey-Siefken - Wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Cangas - So awesome !ReplyCancel

  • Johnita Schinstock Vorwaldt - AdorableReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Hansen - Adorable pics!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kiersten Avery - <3 so cuteReplyCancel

  • Hannah Neel - These photos are precious! Wonderful momma and son moments :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily Polman - Omg Iry, what a handsome little man you have!!ReplyCancel

  • Carri Hauser Fountain - Love them all!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Menke Guzman - Absolutely beautiful! Something to always treasure!!ReplyCancel

  • Rosie Howard - Wow what.Beautiful. picturesReplyCancel

  • Judy Brown Hauser - Love them allReplyCancel

  • Charlotte Bailey - Happy First Mother’s DayReplyCancel

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WOW.  Never have I been so behind on blogging for a client.  OOPS!  Man, I can tell I’ve been busy!!   I just needed to take the time to sit down and blog, and I hadn’t had that time.

Meet Miss Annie!!  She’s the newest arrival to the V home and was greatly anticipate by her older sister Ruby and her older brother, Jace.  Oh, and mom and dad!  If you remember I did maternity/announcement photos for the V family back in September.  You can view that blog post HERE.

This is my 5th time working with the V Family.  I adore them so much.  Katie was one of the teachers at my kids’ school before we pulled them out to home school and she moved away.  I was so happy when they moved back to the area.

Here’s some of my favorite shots from their session


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  • Jaci - So adorable! Love this family! :)ReplyCancel

  • ktistin smith - Love the sweet VH family so much! Miss Annie is absolutely precious as are big sis, Ruby, and big bro, Jace! God bless you all!ReplyCancel

  • Jude Wakefield Hartzell - Absolutely adorable. Such a beautiful family!ReplyCancel

  • Gina Stewart-Carlile - Some great shots. So very precious.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ellen Stolte Smidt - Lovely family photos. They will make wonderful memories.ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa De Haan - Beautiful family :) Hope you are doing well!!ReplyCancel

  • Britney - so cute!!ReplyCancel

  • Bill Hartzell - Great pics & love all of you.ReplyCancel

  • Kris Liechty - Beautiful familyReplyCancel

  • Nikki Hartzell Verschoor - Beautiful! I love you all!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Templin - Love them all!ReplyCancel

  • Jess Wipf - adorable pics of your sweet blessing from God!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Elser - One more sweet addition to a beautiful family! Great photos!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Van Gorp - We love this family! The pictures are great!ReplyCancel

  • Iry Eicher - Those photos are so cute! Peter has that blanket! :)ReplyCancel

  • Luci Ferrin - Katie & Paul,
    Love the pictures of you and your kids! They are so darned cute! I see a bit of Bill Hartzell in little Annie! But, we will sure not hold that against her! Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Hartzell Birdsall - Beautiful family and great photos – thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Arch - Beautiful family! Love the alert look in the close-up!ReplyCancel

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So I know I don’t post very many personal things on here, but last night we gave our doggie a bath, and since I got really great shots of the “event” I thought I would type up a blog post about it.

Twizzy was none too happy about having to have a bath.   Obviously we need to give her a bath more often!  Last week she had her nails trimmed and now she got a bath..she is one spoiled little pooch!

Just a little side note: this pampered pooch has her own Instagram page if you want to see all kinds of cute photos that my daughter and I take of her:) CLICK HERE



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