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Ladonna is a loving mother and a devoted follower of Christ! Her passion and love for her family are like no other. Her husband Jessi says “LaDonna is very loving & kind-hearted, she is beautiful inside & out, she loves the Lord” Ladonna getting ready with the help of her daughter, sister, and bridesmaids for […]

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Weddings are always emotional for me, no matter how many I have photographed. So, when it came to the part of my career where friends and family started asking me to photograph their weddings, everything I had read and heard was like DON’T DOOOOO ITTTT!  Like most things in life, I followed my heart, and […]

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From time to time, I see articles online, or someone shares one on social media, talking about “why is wedding photography so much more expensive.” Or, I’ve heard the infamous statement made by many a groom: “…all you have to do is put “wedding” in front of it and the price triples….”. That might seem […]

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So, you have the perfect person, a ring you love, a date picked out and now you’re choosing your wedding vendors. You know you want a photographer whose images move you, and you can’t wait to splash pictures of your big day across your social media pages and hang them on your walls. You have […]

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Registered on the National Trust for Historic Preservation and originally built as a wedding present from Potter Palmer to his bride Bertha Honore’, The Palmer House Hilton was only initially open for 13 days before it succumbed to the Great Chicago Fire.  However, like any good love story, The Palmer House has endured going through […]

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How I met this couple at first was over the phone, with a single phone call they wanted to work with me and they hadn’t even met me in person yet! I have to giggle because one of the first words Tiffany said to me was: “I stalk you on Instagram, I know who you […]

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Living your best life is about breaking free from the typical screenplay; pursuing your dreams, living in each moment, and being unafraid to be uninhibited and unapologetically, YOU. Weddings can be beautiful for so many reasons; a dashing love story, gorgeous couple, stunning venue, or; every once in a while; a group of people who […]

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As you all know, Memorial Day was this past Monday. While Memorial Day is not just a day for cookouts and drinks with friends and family. (Although that is a fun part of the day) The true meaning of the holiday is to remember those who have lost their lives serving this country. Between fielding […]

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The Thursday morning prior to her wedding, bride-to-be Lindsey, sat in her kitchen sipping coffee and checking the weather. The forecast on her phone showed no rain in the Quad City area. She immediately called me to tell me – not to worry about a backup plan for inclement weather. She wouldn’t be needing it […]

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