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Tieks, Ballet Flats for Brides, Bridesmaids and the Photographer | Iowa Wedding Photographer

Welcome to another weekly wedding tip! Last week I talked about how to choose your wedding hair style (read up on that here), so I thought  next I would talk about your feet! Tieks are a designer Italian Leather ballet flat that are all hand made and come in a large variety of colors and […]

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Historic East Village Engagement Sarah & Jared | Des Moines Iowa Wedding Photographer

It will be no surprise that this Historic East Village Engagement session is one of my top favorites! I have been anticipating Sarah and Jared’s engagement session like a kid on Christmas! When Sarah inquired about hiring me as her Iowa wedding photographer, we really hit it off! Conversation with her felt like talking to […]

Engagements

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Hair I do, or Hair I don’t. | How to Choose Your Wedding Hair Style for the Midwest Bride

  How to pick your perfect wedding hair style. There are many factors to choosing your wedding hair style, more than you might think! Today, I am going to share some factors that will hopefully shed some light on a hairy situation! If you are anything like me, you have a pinterest board dedicated to […]

Education

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Kelli + Tanner Country Wedding | Iowa Wedding Photographer

High school sweethearts Kelli and Tanner tied the knot on Saturday at their Iowa country wedding. Last fall we took Kelli and Tanners engagement photos and they were so much fun! (Check out their engagement session Here.)  As an Iowa wedding photographer, I have been anticipating their wedding all year and it did not disappoint! […]

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Amanda + Tyler Wedding | Whitetail Country Estates, Lockridge Ia | Wedding Photographer

I had been looking forward to Amanda & Tyler’s wedding ever since their engagement session. Just to paint a picture for those who do not know them, they are hilarious and you are going to laugh and their witty banter and remarks and of course, all the faces Tyler will make.  As a wedding photographer, […]

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Carly + Dalton Anniversary | Iowa Wedding Photographer | Downtown Des Moines Iowa State Capital

Carly and Dalton’s wedding was the first time I really got that feeling of “Yes, this is what I want to do for a living, capture real moments between loved ones and create something beautiful.” They had a beautiful wedding at Debbie’s Celebration Barn and as an Iowa wedding photographer, this place was absolutely adorable! […]

Anniversary

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Shuckahosee Family Portraits | Water Works Park, Des. Moines Iowa

When Kayla reached out to me about taking some Family portraits, I was excited to learn that she has young children! Kids are always fun to photograph because they are unpredictable and bound to do something cute! I was super excited that they wanted to take photos in downtown Des Moines, this is my favorite […]

Portraits

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New Website Launch | Style and Inspiration | Iowa Wedding Photographer

Finding My Brand Hello there, I’m Kirstie, Des Moines Iowa Wedding Photographer and Portrait Photographer. Website creating has been an area that I love to tinker with and continually work on. Back in Jr.High when neopets was popular, (who all remembers neopets?!? show of hands!) I would work on making my homepage fancy! I really […]

Education, Style

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Sun Drenched Iowa Maternity Photography | Waterworks Park Des Moines Iowa | Capture Life Portraits

Sunday evening I had the pleasure to meet Pooja and her husband Rakesh at waterworks park for a maternity session. It was a few days prior when I had gotten a phone call around 9:40, that I almost didn’t answer because of a California caller I.D. number, but I am super glad I did! 

Portraits

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Posing is Not Dead! | Why I utilize posed portraits in an unposed market | Iowa Wedding Photographer

This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart! Other photographer will know exactly what I am talking about, but if you don’t let me give you the down low.

Many photographers are doing “unposed” or strictly documentary styles of shooting. This is when there is very little to no direction given, and they let you interact with each other. They might ask you to whisper something silly in your ladies ear to make her laugh but the idea is to have organic interaction and just let you do you.

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