Vanessa : Class of 2020

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Vanessa : Class of 2020

Vanessa is what I call and mover & a shaker. She gets the job done in a logical, pragmatic way that is no nonsense (with maybe a little bit of wit thrown in for good measure). She’s also a young lady who knows what she wants, so when she approached me to do indoor images solely with her guitars, I knew we were looking at a mini senior session. Bless their hearts, Vanessa and her mom Val lugged NINE guitars to our session together (leaving 4 more at home!) and thankfully, they all fit in Vanessa’s truck! Phew.

Having taught Vanessa flute & piccolo, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this side of her musical life as she’s been the bass player for jazz band since 7th grade (I’m pretty sure?). Though petite in stature, her confidence and composure makes her feel like she’s 6 feet tall when she stands next to me. No matter what she does after college, I know she will be one to stand firm in her convictions, stick to her guns (or…guitars, rather), and be unapologetically her lovely self.

Vanessa, It’s been a pleasure teaching you, photographing you and I’m so excited I get to teach you AGAIN this year with a camera in hand! What a blessing you and your family have been to the music department and I can’t wait to hear from your Mama all about your collegiate endeavors. Until then, let’s enjoy your senior year!
Best,

Mrs. K

PS You can view Vanessa’s favorites HERE.

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Mackenzie : Class of 2020

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Mackenzie : Class of 2020

This girl was SO quiet in middle school! (I feel like I should put that last sentence in a smaller font and without the exclamation point just to emphasize how quiet she was.) Mackenzie is still somewhat reserved in character, but, as I found out towards the end of our session, ask her about chemical engineering of food and WOW. The hand gestures come flying, the tone inflections in her voice start leaping and this twinkle in her eyes burns bright. I totally would’ve brought that up sooner had I known what reaction it would elicit!

At any rate, enjoy these images we captured at her horse barn where she teaches and rides as well as a few from Downtown Norwalk. :)

Sweet Kisses did a great job for our session with her, but you could definitely tell when she was done! So, we then made our way to Main Street of Norwalk and made the most of the 30 minutes of light we had left in the day.

Mackenzie: What a joy to photograph you! Thank you so much for coming to me, being flexible with me and being so wonderful to work with. Have a fantastic senior year and I can’t wait to hear about your successes at Iowa State in chemical engineering!

Best,

Mrs. K

PS You can view Mackenzie’s additional favorites HERE.

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Brad + Megan : Married!

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Brad + Megan : Married!

I know I said it a bunch on their wedding day, but I’m still pinching myself. Brad & Megan are married!!! You may have seen my social media post about it the night of, but just in case you didn’t….Brad, Brad’s Best Man Matt and I were in a TON of music education classes together at Drake. For the better part of 2.5 years, I knew where they were at any given moment of the day and that I could call them up for help at a moment’s notice. They were the older brothers I never had and politely refrained from the opportunity to kill me in a snowball fight. (Brad is from Iowa, Matt from North Dakota, so this SoCal girl didn’t have a snowball’s chance in *&$% of coming out alive!) Suffice it to say that when we were all on the dance floor with our spouses and Matt & Allie’s kids and the Krupke kids were dancing on the floor too, it was such a slice of Heaven for me.

You wonder in high school and college if you’ll remain friends with those peeps or if you’ll all disperse after graduation. I’m so thankful to say that we (& a host of additional Drake friends) are still in the Des Moines Metro Area and our paths cross a couple times a year. There may be opportunity for that to increase in the coming weeks, so we’ll stay tuned to what God has in store. I digress….

I walked into the bridal getting ready room at our church and I don’t think it’s ever been that calm before! I was in awe and immediately took a deep breath. This was going to be an awesome day! Megan & Brad had the sweetest First Look at the Capitol downtown and then we wrapped photos super early at Drake University. Many of these photos were taken by my awesome side-kick, Sarah Heimbruch of Blue Ivy Photo.

Brad’s great friend, Matt Roberts, was their officiant and lived out his dream of really being The Rev (we always called him the Reverend as a student at Drake) :) It was a beautiful ceremony that honored the Lord and deep friendships.

Drake University for the Reception!!

Brad & Megan: Thank you so much for the honor of photographing the start of your lives together. What a joy to be a part of it all. We wish you nothing but the best the Lord has in store and know that we are always here for you! (Megan, I’m specifically here for you during the busy seasons of the school year!!) ;)

Blessings,

Carrie (& Gerard)

PS You can view the rest of their day HERE.

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Kelsey + Greg

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Kelsey + Greg

These two keep me grounded. Both Kelsey & Greg are educators and I feel like no matter how long it’s been since we last got our families together, we can pick right back where we left off and not skip a beat. We just get each other because of our careers and the ages of our children. It’s been an honor to photograph their family and Kelsey’s extended family-when her father, Tom, was not expected to live much longer, Kelsey’s text asking for a crop of just Tom’s face from one of our extended family sessions was the least I could do for them. Tom bravely battled pancreatic cancer and Kelsey & Greg’s first son is named after him. Sweet Baby Will came along behind and I love photographing them as a family of FIVE!

This session was scheduled after Kelsey got home from a 19 day tour of middle east and eastern countries. That meant 19 days of single parenting for Greg and I could tell by his physical affection for Kelsey during our session, that Greg was mighty glad to have his partner in crime back in his arms (and helping with the kids!).

Kelsey & Greg:

I think I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating-it truly is an honor to be your friend & photographer. Thank you for that friendship, educator wisdom and humor to keep my perspective in check. You both are a rare find and together you are a force of nature who we love dearly.

Blessings,
Carrie

PS You can view more of our time together HERE.

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Annika : Class of 2020

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Annika : Class of 2020

When I received her mom’s initial email inquiry, I asked Gerard if it was “the girl who has awesome biceps in show choir”, and by golly, it was! One of the show choir action shots of Annika from this past season caught her in a split second of a pose that was the perfect arm flex and girl!, she is ripped! Annika is the epitome of small but mighty, and gorgeous to boot inside and out. When we saw that the projected high temps for her senior session time was going to be terribly hot, we switched gears to an early morning shoot, giving her about 12 hours to prepare outfits, accessories & nails upon her return from a trip to New York.

We started at 6:30am and captured a few on the golf course near Annika’s home, honoring her high school career in cross country:

We drove into downtown and I based our backdrops off of her outfits for our time together. Annika loves New York City and we thought it appropriate to capture some of downtown Des Moines to honor that love as well.

From there, we headed to the Trestle Bridge by the Police Headquarters and I loved how the red of her top went right along with the accents on the bridge!

In the photos above, we also found a garage door in an alley way that said “Do Not Block Thank You” and while I cropped out the “Do Not Block” portion, we kept the “Thank You” so she can use it for thank you cards in graduation season :)

We ended the season with her sweet pups: 10 year old Friday on the right and spunky, young Faith on the left. Friday’s expression reminds me of Napoleon Boneapart for some reason! lol

Annika & Deanna: Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to photograph this season of your life! I had a blast working with you and selecting your favorites. I wish you all the best in your senior year and your plans beyond!

Blessings,

Carrie

PS You can view Annika’s favorites HERE.

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