Eva : Class of 2020

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Eva : Class of 2020

I know I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: the Class of 2020 has some pretty special students in it and I’m not sure what I’m going to do without them! Eva is one of those special young women that has lit up my office since 6th grade. Her group of clarinets was the first I got to teach for 3 years straight (I normally only teach the flutes through 8th grade) and I’m so thankful I got that extra year! She was one of the students I first let know I was pregnant with Lochlyn because, as our main babysitter, she needed to know her job was about to get heftier. ;)

The main reason I have loved Eva’s refreshing presence in my life is because she is unabashedly, unashamedly, without hesitation, HERSELF. She has walked into the band room with these big galoshes-type rain boots on without batting an eye, “It’s muddy out there, Mrs. Krupke.” She wore them to band camp after a torrential downpour left the practice field a jungle and her peers were jealous that she could pull them off, “You could too, you just put one foot on and then the other.” She has helped others believe in themselves without question her entire high school career and I’m sure she will continue to do so throughout her lifetime.

Confidence is said to be contagious and Eva’s is totally worth catching. I hope and pray that Adelaide catches that kind of confidence in this last year of Eva babysitting her! With all this being said about confidence, Eva also has a healthy dose of realism in her spirit. And while she “doesn’t sport”, we did some of her senior photos at the NHS stadium where she spends a healthy amount of time there as drum major. While I’ve photographed here a ton in the past, I wanted to do something different for Eva and we snuck under the stadium seats and caught a few photos that I can safely say, no other client of mine has!

We headed out to Maffitt Reservoir area and honestly, just chased the good light as the sun went down! Eva dreams of being a legal analyst for a news station someday-when she flashed her smirk my way, I could totally see her staring down an opponent in the court room or any debate stage. I dare you to disagree!

We headed down to the dock area and lapped up the glowy light that was perfect for our evening!

Tricia & Scott: You have done an outstanding job as parents! Can I just be a fly on the wall of your home and take copious notes? Thank you for giving the music department and our family the gift of Eva and all that she is to us. Not sure her shoes will ever quite be filled!

Eva: We are going to do everything we can to keep you close to home! Thank you for keeping our kids safe and for being such a great role model for both of them. It’s students like you who make me look forward to the teenage years when Laidy gets there. Thank you for all that you’ve taught ME!

Blessings this year!
Carrie

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Emily : Class of 2020

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Emily : Class of 2020

Most of the time, I will know my seniors from previously encountering them in the Norwalk School District. Little did I know when I photographed the NHS Track Meet in April, I was encountering Emily chasing down a 4x800 relay record that her team of 4 would eventually shatter later in the season. When we got together for her senior session, I was greeted by a wide smile, perfectly curled locks and the brightest blue eyes framed by lashes for days. I almost didn’t recognize the girl I’d photographed at the Track Meet who had her long hair in a pony tail braid and was sweating her heart out on the track!

Speaking of the track, we headed to the Norwalk Stadium first to document her Cross Country and Track participation throughout her high school career and I got schooled in what all the symbols on the track actually mean! Namely, the “handoff triangle” as I call it….

We headed downtown and Emily’s main request was getting photos with the Des Moines skyline in them. We grabbed this option on our way into downtown and then headed farther in:

I absolutely love this spot in the later afternoon/evening hours! There’s an apartment building right across from us that reflects the sun’s light perfectly and Emily even got a few cat calls from passers-by while we were here! (That’s the one with the really big laugh that you’ll see a few photos down…) I loved her dress just as much as our location (even Gerard commented on it when he saw these images-it’s just that much FUN!)

Our last spot, we headed to Maffit Reservoir and the light was divine! Even though Emily had wanted to emphasize downtown, both she and her sweet Mama were thankful for the nature option Maffit gave to their portrait portfolio. The outfit was just as perfect as the light and we were there till closing time!

Emily & Nicole: As I said in my text to you after our session was done, my cheeks were sore from all the smiling and laughing we did during our time together! Thank you for a lovely time and for creating beautiful photos with me to boot. I’m so grateful for your support of my business and I feel like I made some new friends too-what a joy! Blessings on your senior year, Emily-it’s going to be awesome!

All the Best,

Carrie

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Nick + Elaine

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Nick + Elaine

If I were to link all the photo sessions we’ve done together with this family, we’d be here all morning! Suffice it to say, I have had the joy of photographing Nick + Elaine since their oldest was able to fit inside a very small Christmas present box under the tree and he’s now entering 6th grade! One of my clients has asked me this summer if I’ve run out of places to shoot sessions and I’m so thankful that I haven’t! Thank you, Elaine for offering a new twist on Easter Lake Park-our family even used the bike trail the next day and LOVED it. There, the secret is out. Hopefully, this park doesn’t become the next Waterworks that is crowded with photographers all the time! In the meantime, enjoy these photos from our time together:

The 6th grader may not want to hold hands anymore, but Brecker (the 2nd grader) will still cuddle up to mom or dad!

Ever since they’ve been able to climb, our sessions have involved a “tree photo” of some kind. This is a new twist on that idea this year too:

Nick + Elaine: Thank you so much for all the prep work you do for these sessions to be a success. From clothing choices to location scouting and arriving on time. I’m so thankful for your family and that I get to work alongside two amazing educators to boot! Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Blessings,

Carrie

PS You can view the remainder of our time together HERE.

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Leah + Neil

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Leah + Neil

Oh these girls are so sweet! Full of energy, loving and at, times, lending a hand to a sister, they are a joy to photograph. Every time I see this family, I’m in awe of how it’s so abundantly clear that their Mama, Leah, was meant to be a Mommy. Her patience, tenderness and grace comes in waves towards them and I find myself slightly jealous of her deep well of these attributes that Motherhood demands! Neil is such a hands-on Dad and helps in every way possible for the success of our time together. I think we both worked up a sweat getting this one completed!

I can only imagine the camaraderie these girls will have as they get older! (and potentially, what kind of mischief they might get in now!) ;) I include some of their bloopers because they’re just too real-life to pass by!

To keep the energy going even while the sun was starting to scorch, we went on a “Treasure Hunt”to walk the bike trail a little ways for some shade options…Sedelle loved the idea and fully embraced the adventure, but I love the black & white image below possibly the most of this entire session, because it shows Motherhood to me: Dad running with the older kiddos and Mama pulling up the rear with a baby in tow, making sure everything is caught up in her net while we go for safe-keeping.

That last image above? Sedelle is telling Daddy her secret that photos are almost over! (Trick #386: to get a child on your side during a family photo session, tell them you have a secret or surprise just for them when the session is over and it’s like you have an instant bond for life!)

Leah & Neil: Thank you so much for an amazing morning! Your girls are such a joy and I love catching up and visiting with the both of you in the midst of the crazy. I’m so thankful for your support of this business of mine-you are the best!

Blessings,
Carrie

PS You can view more of our time together HERE.

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Jess + Ben

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Jess + Ben

Jess + Ben’s wedding day was a beautiful celebration of love and family, so it only seems fitting that their family sessions with sweet Ellie & Baby Boy on the way would be too. We met downtown and Ellie faced (and conquered!) a nervousness around water in addition to flashing smiles my way. I’d call that a successful morning!

A quick outfit change and Ellie continued to rock the smiles and shower her gorgeous Mama with love (and make her laugh):

The sun was peeking over the downtown skyline, but we managed a few quick ones before it got too hot and it gave Ellie even more reason to dip her chunky toes in the cool water!

Ben + Jess: You guys are awesome! I’m so thankful that I get to watch your family grow and am super excited to meet the Little Mister next month!! All the best on delivery, recovery and transitioning to a family of FOUR!

Blessings,
Carrie

PS You can view the rest of our time together HERE.

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