Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer: Blog https://www.genophotography.com/blog en-us (C) Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer (Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) Wed, 17 Feb 2021 21:15:00 GMT Wed, 17 Feb 2021 21:15:00 GMT https://www.genophotography.com/img/s/v-12/u1000776105-o515143396-50.jpg Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer: Blog https://www.genophotography.com/blog 60 120 Happy Valentine's Day! https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2021/2/happy-valentines-day-iowa-wedding-photographer-iowa-weddings Iowa-City-Wedding-PhotographerIowa-City-Wedding-PhotographerAs the sun sets across the Jefferson County fields, a couple kisses in the evening light of their wedding day. An authentic, timeless wedding portrait captured by Iowa City Wedding Photographer, Carrie Geno

Happy Valentine's Day!!  I hope your having a great day full of love, joy, and celebration! 

It's cold outside and I'm loving a casual day hanging out with my favorite people. We are starting the day with a yummy brunch, complete with brioche french toast and boxty with smoked salmon. This evening, we'll be dining on some homemade sushi followed by chocolate fondue. I've said it before, but I'm pretty sure making food for others is my love-language!

Cheers everyone!  I hope you are all surrounded by love today as well!

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The Kaemmer Family https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2021/1/the-kaemmer-family 110120-16110120-16 It was a cold, windy afternoon when I met up with the Kaemmer family at the Coralville Marriott.  Thankfully, they were up for braving the wind and cold for a few portraits.  How adorable is their little guy, and look at the sweet face on their beautiful dog! 110120-02110120-02 A huge shout out to the Coralville Marriott for allowing us to use their conference center area for portraits!!  So kind and amazing!  I love the staff at the Marriott; they have been so wonderful to work with over the years!! 110120-03110120-03 This little guy recently turned one.  How sweet are his adorable little toothy smile and big blue eyes! 110120-04110120-04 He wasn't very interested in sitting or standing or staying still for photos, but I think we got some adorable portraits to celebrate this little guys' first birthday. 110120-05110120-05 110120-12110120-12 110120-25110120-25 Thank you so much to the Kaemmer family for allowing me to capture your family portraits!  It was a pleasure meeting you all and working with you!!

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The Adrian Family https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2021/1/the-adrian-family 111520-03111520-03 It was a windy November evening when I met with the Adrian family at a park near their home in Iowa City.  This fun family was bundled up in bright colors and ready with big smiles despite the chill and the wind. 111520-06111520-06 After a short time at the park, fighting the wind, we decided to head back to their home for the rest of the session.  Which, was definitely the right choice.  The girls were so sweet snuggling on their couch and were much happier out of the wind and cold. 111520-17111520-17 111520-19111520-19 111520-32111520-32 Hannah and Alice are just the sweetest!  Hannah is a fashionista and loves having her portrait taken.  Miss Alice is a ball of energy and joy.  So much fun working with this adorable duo!! 111520-35111520-35 A huge thank you to the Adrian family for braving the weather and inviting me into your home to capture your portraits!  As always, it was an absolute joy working with you beautiful family!

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The Hicks Family https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2021/1/the-hicks-family 111820-02111820-02 The Hicks family is hitting the blog today!  I always love having the chance to catch up with this fun family!  111820-03111820-03 This is the first year they brought their dog.  Oh my word!!  Look at that sweet face!  So adorable and fluffy!  She was a great little model! 111820-04111820-04 The light at Waterworks Park was gorgeous coming through the trees.  We may have missed the leaves, but we still had a gorgeous location for this beautiful family!! 111820-07111820-07 111820-09111820-09 111820-10111820-10 111820-15111820-15 111820-18111820-18 A huge thank you to the Hicks family for allowing me to capture your family portraits!  It was a joy!!

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The Wiles Family https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2021/1/wellman-family-portrait-photographer-iowa-city-photography 102220W-03102220W-03 This fall I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing the Wyles family.  After days of rain, we had a gorgeous fall evening. 102220W-08102220W-08 Grandma stopped by for a few minutes to get a few portraits with her sweet granddaughter.  102220W-09102220W-09 102220W-19102220W-19 The sunlight lit up the bright fall leaves and created a dreamy background for this beautiful family! 102220W-20102220W-20 102220W-23102220W-23 A big thank you to the Wyles family for allowing me to capture your family portraits!  It was so wonderful to meet you all and a joy to capture your portraits!!

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2020 Has Brought Many Changes https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2021/1/2020-iowa-city-wedding-photographer-wellman-new-home-iowa-weddings GNO_9539GNO_9539 Like many, the end of the year gets me all nostalgic.  I like to look back and see just how far we've come.  While it seems like this past January was a decade ago, 2020 has been a big year for many in many ways.  Our family has definitely has some big changes and, while some of them were challenging, we have learned new skills, have gotten better at adapting, and are thankful for another year. 

We started the year on a great foot!  Josh completed nursing school in December and passed his boards in January.  He then moved into the role of a nurse on the ambulatory surgery floor at the VA Hospital.  During this year, Josh was also promoted to Sgt. First Class in the USAR.  We are so proud of him and he sets and amazing example of hard work and dedication for our girls!!

This spring brought some adjustments, as Covid changed life for us all.  The girls navigated their way though online school work well.  There was a lot of uncertainty for weddings, and I tried my hardest to be a support for all my couples who were looking into whether or not to reschedule.  My work days changed, as inquiries slowed and weddings postponed.  GNO_9523GNO_9523 But that bit of extra time was so fortunate when we found or dream house on 5 acres of beautiful pasture land in May.  It allowed me some extra time out of the office the help pack and prepare to move in June.  Which was so very fortunate!  Josh was working overnights and, not wanting to risk exposing Josh who is around high risk patients at work, we were on our own for this move.  I am so thankful for my girls for being willing to work so hard to get us packed, the old house ready to sell, and helping move everything to the new house.  I'm seriously blessed with an amazing family!! IMG_2656IMG_2656 I would like to point out that our U-Haul was a "North Carolina" one, which I took as a good sign for this move as the universe seemed to be giving a nod to my home state. :) IMG_1804IMG_1804 We were fortunate enough to have some time to paint and prep before we did our big move in.  The girls were a great help with painting!  They were so excited to paint their new rooms!! IMG_1858IMG_1858 And this, my friends, is why we don't let Josh label the boxes.  In case you can't decipher his handwriting, it says "Thermonucular Device: Handle Like Eggs."  Yep, that's my husband.  Ha! IMG_1825IMG_1825 The girls and I did so much painted at the old house.  Sorry for the messy photos, but this is reality.  It was a lot of back and forth between houses for several weeks as we worked to prep the old house to sell and got settled into the new house.  Long days, but absolutely worth it! IMG_1843IMG_1843 I'd like to just take a moment to say how incredibly proud I am of my girls.  They, along with myself and (for part of the time) one other helper, moved around 5 tons of gravel to re-gravel the garage at the old house.  It wasn't easy and we were all very sore at the end, but these girls rocked it! IMG_1979IMG_1979 It was bittersweet selling the old house.  It was our first home, and we were there for 13 years.  You guys, that is 3 1/2 times longer than I had ever lived anywhere previously!  So crazy to think about!!  Plus, this is the home where my girls each took their first steps, where we celebrated countless birthdays and Christmas mornings, and where I got to spend the last few months of my dad's life with him before his sudden passing.  It was a good house, and am I am so thankful for all of my memories there!  I hope the next owners find as much joy within the comfort of it's walls!! 

On whim I set a random personal mini-goal.  I decided this spring that 2020 was my year to "embrace the chaos."  That motto has served me well throughout the year in accepting the things I cannot change and looking for the good in it all.  But in my own little personal way, I've taken it to heart embracing my natural waves.  I've fought against my fluffy, curl-when-it-wants-to hair since my teens and just didn't treat it well.  Ponytails were my thing, anything to keep my hair out of my face and contain the poof.  So this year, I started trying the Curly Girl Method and what a change it has made!  It's probably a bit silly that I'm sharing these here (please excuse my cell phone selfies), but it has been a fun little goal to strive for.  It has made me stop and take a little more time for myself, which was probably all the more meaningful in a year in which the isolation can start to wear you down.  Self-care is so important! IMG_1361IMG_1361 I started documenting my journey from the beginning (left picture above) because I was curious to see if any real change would occur.  I'm glad I did, as it's fun to look back as see the changes.  I think the biggest change has been how I view my hair.  It's no longer something I try to hide in a ponytail.  It is now something I enjoy styling and feel more confident about.  I'm still learning how to best care for my hair, but it's been a fun process. IMG_2428IMG_2428 IMG_2365IMG_2365 Obligatory first day of school photos, this year on our new front steps! 

We made the choice to do the Virtual Academy through our school district.  It has been challenging in many ways we didn't expect, but my girls are learning a lot beyond the curriculum.  I am loving watching them work on self-accountability, time management, goal setting, adaptability, and perseverance.  These are skills they will carry with them the rest of their lives.  GNO_9490GNO_9490 Gabby turned 12 this year and is just as spunky and sassy as ever.  She loves to paint and is enjoying learning to cook and bake. GNO_9496GNO_9496 Laurelin turned 14.  She is still loving creating art and crafts, playing Pokemon Go, and is still one smart, caring person!  Also, she got her braces on this fall.  Choosing the band colors is something she loves to carefully plan.  Good for her!  I was always too chicken to choose any fun colors.  I had silver bands for all three years I was in braces.

GNO_9471GNO_9471 The girls loved (and still do) to take study breaks to go play with the mama and kitties who adopted our barn in September.  We've found homes for two of the litter, but the girls are head over heels in love with the sweet little runt of the litter, Itty Bitty.  So she and mama live as well-fed, well-loved outdoor cats on our property.  We had a bonus kitten show up in November and within 24 hours were able to find her a loving home.  I'm so glad, as Mama and Itty Bitty were not very welcoming.  We kind of feel like a pet adoption agency at time, but are happy to find good homes for these sweet little ones!  IMG_2643IMG_2643 179A1288179A1288 Fall for me was packed with family portraits, seniors, and weddings.  I have to say, it made my heart so very happy to be back to work, seeing my amazing clients, and meeting new couples!  It was a crazy schedule, being gone basically every evening and weekend, but I wouldn't change a minute of it!  I truly love what I do!!

Now we're here at the end of the year and I can honestly say, I think this year has made us all stronger.  It hasn't always been easy.  But, we got through every challenge together and came out the other side with new skills and new strengths.  I am so thankful for my family!  Love them to pieces!!  I could not imagine this year without them by my side. 

I am also beyond thankful for all of my clients!  They are all so amazing, and I am so blessed and honored to be asked to capture such important moments in their lives.  Thank you all!!  Cheers to a bright 2021!!

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The Saunders Family https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/12/waterworks-park-iowa-city-family-photographer 101820-04101820-04 Oh my word!  How adorable is the Saunders family?  I first met Stephen and Rachel as they were planning their wedding a few years ago.  I had so much fun capturing their engagement and wedding!  I was thrilled when they reached out to inquire about family portraits!! 101820-06101820-06 Their little girls is so sweet!  Little Miss Eleanor is full of smiles and joy!  I think she's one of the easiest babies I've ever photographed! 101820-08101820-08 101820-10101820-10 The evening light at Waterworks Park in Iowa City could not have been more perfect for this beautiful family!  Their rich fall colors really pop! 101820-14101820-14 101820-17101820-17 Be still my heart!  That little toothy grin.  The bow.  The wild hair.  SO ADORABLE!!! 101820-19101820-19 101820-26101820-26 Thank you so much to the Saunders for allowing me to capture your family portraits!  It was so amazing to catch up with you and meet your sweet Eleanor!!

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The McCarthy Family https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/12/the-mccarthy-family 102520-1102520-1 It was a very cold and dreary October day, when I met up with the McCarthy family.  Thankfully, this family is AMAZING and absolutely rocked their session! 102520-2102520-2 We met at the Bunker Hill Bridge in Kalona.  I had not had the opportunity to photograph there, but oh my gosh I loved it!  In fact it probably worked out for the best that it was a little gloomy so the lights on the bridge really create a gorgeous background. 102520-3102520-3 How sweet are these three?  They are growing so fast!  It's been two years since I had the pleasure of working with the McCarthy's.  It was so fun to see how much their kids have changed! 102520-4102520-4 102520-5102520-5 102520-6102520-6 102520-7102520-7 102520-8102520-8 Thank you so much, McCarthy's for braving the cold and being so much fun to photograph!!  I was an absolute joy!!

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Wishing You All the Happiest of Holidays!! https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/12/wishing-you-all-the-happiest-of-holidays GNO_9539GNO_9539 Happy holidays from our family to yours!  We hope you have a merry season and a bright new year!!

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The Gunderson Family https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/12/the-gunderson-family 101320-03101320-03 How adorable is this sweet mother-daughter duo?!  I have known Alexis since freshman year of high school.  We graduated together and have stayed in touch over the years.  When her sweet daughter, Emma, arrived, I began capturing her family portraits.  It's hard to believe Emma was just five months old! 101320-05101320-05 101320-06101320-06 I met up with Alexis and Emma at Emma's favorite place, the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.  Emma loves flowers and was so excited to be in the gardens! 101320-08101320-08 101320-09101320-09 101320-12101320-12 Thank you, Alexis and Emma, for allowing me to capture your portraits this fall!  It was so much fun wandering the gardens with you for your portraits and catching up!

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Ryan + Elyse {Lake MacBride Engagement} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/12/ryan-elyse-lake-macbride-engagement-iowa-wedding-photography-destination-wedding 120620-001120620-001 We could not have asked for a more perfect afternoon for Ryan and Elyse's engagement session!  After a day of gloomy, overcast skies, the clouds broke and the sunlight was lovely for this beautiful couple! 120620-010120620-010 We began their session at the beach at Lake MacBride.  Lake MacBride is a special location for Ryan and Elyse.  They spend a lot of time there fishing for walleye during the summer.  In fact, it was on their fishing boat while out on Lake MacBride that Ryan proposed!  120620-017120620-017 120620-020120620-020 120620-022120620-022 Elyse is in her fourth of a five year program, studying to be and ENT doctor.  As a fun coincidence, she'll be interviewing in January for a position in my home state of North Carolina! 120620-031120620-031 120620-049120620-049 Ryan is an airplane engineer, working on designing clear cockpits.  He also is a private pilot.  He and Elyse enjoy flying in the small experimental plane he recently purchased.  120620-053120620-053 I love their outfits!  The colors really pop against the wooded path and the grasses!! 120620-067120620-067 120620-075120620-075 120620-087120620-087 After the beach area, we headed up to the spillway.  The light was perfect!  Love the image above of them snuggling on the bench swing!! 120620-093120620-093 The spillway was filled with beautifully cascading water.  I love how it reflects the blue in the sky and ties in so well with their outfits!! 120620-094120620-094 120620-103120620-103 120620-111120620-111 As Elyse and Ryan spend much of their free time here fishing, we had to get a few portraits of them in their Carhartts with their rods.  Honestly, these are some of my favorites from their session!  I love when couples really personalize their portrait session!! 120620-122120620-122 120620-126120620-126 120620-129120620-129 120620-134120620-134 120620-145120620-145 120620-148120620-148 120620-151120620-151 They had the most gorgeous sunset at the end of their session!  As we were walking back along the spillway, we had to stop and take advantage of the moment!! 120620-158120620-158 Thanks, Ryan and Elyse, for braving the December chill for your session!  I had so much fun getting to know you both, and I am so excited to capture your wedding next year!!

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The Miller Family https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/12/terry-trueblood-family-portraits-iowa-city-photographer 102220M-09102220M-09 I love photographing the Miller family!  It has been an honor to capture their portraits each year since their oldest was just nine months old.  I love having the opportunity to chronicle families and watch them grow. 102220M-03102220M-03 How adorable are Tanner and Garrett?  These handsome guys are so sweet! 102220M-05102220M-05 102220M-08102220M-08 102220M-12102220M-12 102220M-15102220M-15 102220M-19102220M-19 Thank you so much to the Miller family for allowing me to capture your family portraits!  It is always such a joy working with you all!!

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Lucy {Senior Portrait Heirlooms} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/12/lucy-senior-portrait-heirlooms senior-34senior-34 I absolutely LOVE how Lucy's album and session box turned out!  This stunning 10x10 keepsake album beautifully showcases her favorites from her session.  So GORGEOUS!! senior-33senior-33 senior-30senior-30 senior-32senior-32

Remember their beautiful family photos we captured at Lucy's session?  Well, I don't have any photos of them, but I also had the pleasure of designing their holiday cards and creating a stunning 20x30 fine art print for above their fireplace.  Seriously, it was gorgeous!!  It makes my heart so full to deliver such wonderful heirloom products to my clients!

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The Norman Family https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/12/the-norman-family 102120-03102120-03 Well, the weather was not too keen on cooperating for us, but the Norman family was amazing, as always, and rocked their session despite the rain.  Thankfully it wasn't raining hard.  102120-05102120-05 102120-07102120-07 This adorable trio were great!  They were ready with their smiles and grins and helped the session go quickly so we could get them back out of the rain. 102120-09102120-09 102120-14102120-14 As always, their outfit coordination was perfect!  I love the reds, creams, and blues! 102120-17102120-17 102120-20102120-20 102120-21102120-21 A huge thank you to the Norman family for being amazing and braving the rain for your session!  I always love working with your beautiful family!!

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) beautiful family family portrait photographer family portraits gorgeous iowa city family portraits iowa photographer iowa wedding photographer love midwest wedding photographer terry trueblood https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/12/the-norman-family Mon, 14 Dec 2020 14:15:00 GMT
Peter + Kimberly {Celebration Farm Wedding: Part 2} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/12/peter-kimberly-celebration-farm-wedding-part-2 112220-293112220-293 The Monday before Peter and Kimberly's big day, the Iowa governor announced restrictions on gatherings due to the rising Covid numbers.  Covid had already impacted their wedding plans, moving their date from June to November.  Rather than reschedule, Peter and Kimberly kept their in-person guest list to immediate family, while their friends and extended family were able to join in via Zoom for their ceremony.  112220-297112220-297 They could not have asked for a more perfect day.  The weather was lovely and that late afternoon light during their ceremony was dreamy!  112220-301112220-301 While there may have been fewer people than originally planned, this beautiful couple was surrounded by so much love!! 112220-302112220-302 112220-333112220-333 112220-338112220-338 Peter and Kimberly chose to write their own vows.  I love this added personal touch to weddings!  Their vows were filled with heartfelt love and some humor.  Such a beautiful thing to offer each other! 112220-342112220-342 112220-344112220-344 112220-348112220-348 112220-351112220-351 112220-362112220-362 112220-363112220-363 A few of their local Iowa City friends came to see them! 112220-366112220-366 Of course Mainer and Bella were part of the formal portraits after the ceremony!  Oh my word!!  These two are so adorable and you can absolutely tell how much they are adored by Peter and Kimberly! 112220-371112220-371 112220-374112220-374 Did I mention how amazing the day was?!  It was such a joy working both of their families!  112220-399112220-399 112220-413112220-413 I absolutely love these fun portraits of Kimberly with her brother!!! 112220-425112220-425 112220-428112220-428 112220-430112220-430 112220-449112220-449 112220-462112220-462 112220-474112220-474 112220-482112220-482 112220-493112220-493 112220-505112220-505 112220-513112220-513 112220-521112220-521 112220-529112220-529 This ring has special significance to Kimberly, it belonged to her cousin who passed and has been work at many family and friends' weddings to honor her.  So beautiful!! 112220-544112220-544 112220-549112220-549 112220-551112220-551 112220-560112220-560 112220-565112220-565 The toasts given throughout the evening were wonderful!  So much laughter and joy in celebrating Peter and Kimberly!! 112220-568112220-568 112220-581112220-581 112220-586112220-586 112220-588112220-588 112220-593112220-593 112220-595112220-595 112220-600112220-600 112220-613112220-613 112220-620112220-620 112220-627112220-627 112220-636112220-636 112220-641112220-641 112220-643112220-643 112220-651112220-651 112220-655112220-655 As a special surprise, Peter's sister and Kimberly's brother worked together to create an amazing video of friends and family who could not attend sharing their well-wishes and congratulations for their couple. 112220-661112220-661 112220-667112220-667 It definitely sparked a few tears of joy and many laughs!  It was a beautiful tribute to Peter and Kimberly!! 112220-668112220-668 112220-672112220-672 112220-680112220-680 112220-684112220-684 112220-686112220-686 112220-712112220-712 112220-715112220-715 112220-730112220-730 112220-734112220-734 112220-738112220-738 112220-748112220-748 112220-756112220-756 Don't let the size of the crows fool you, this was a group of great and enthusiastic dancers!!  What an amazing celebration! 112220-784112220-784 112220-788112220-788 112220-800112220-800 112220-812112220-812 We snuck out for a few minutes for some after dark portraits at the arches.  So beautiful!! 112220-818112220-818 112220-827112220-827 A huge congratulations and thank you to Peter and Kimberly!!  It was such an honor to capture your gorgeous day and witness the celebration of you love!! 

VENDORS:
Venue: Getting Ready - The Graduate, Ceremony & Reception - Celebration Farms
Hair & Makeup: Eden Salon
Dress: Hayley Paige
Bridal Boutique: La Jeune Mariee
Menswear: Tip Top Tux
Florals: Waterfront Hy-Vee
Invitaions: Basic Invite
Cake: Deluxe Cakes & Pastries
Catering: Bread Garden Market

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) beautiful celebration farm celebration farms coralville wedding photographer gorgeous happily ever after iowa city iowa photographer iowa wedding photographer love midwest wedding photographer wedding https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/12/peter-kimberly-celebration-farm-wedding-part-2 Fri, 11 Dec 2020 14:15:00 GMT
Elizabeth {Senior Portrait Heirlooms} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/12/elizabeth-senior-portrait-heirlooms senior-38senior-38 In addition to beautiful gift prints for family, Elizabeth chose to order this stunning 10x10 keepsake album and I'm obsessed with it!  It features 10 beautiful lay-flat spreads of her favorite senior portraits. senior-37senior-37 senior-36senior-36 This spread is my absolute favorite!!!  It's not often a senior (or engagement or wedding, even!) chooses to do a full-spread image.  I think this is absolutely epic!! senior-35senior-35 Thank you again, Elizabeth for allowing me to capture your senior portraits!  I hope you love your prints and album as much as I do!!  Best wishes to you!

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Ryan + Elyse {Lake MacBride Engagement: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/12/ryan-elyse-lake-macbride-engagement-sneak-peek GNO_0494GNO_0494 A little peek at Ryan and Elyse's gorgeous Lake MacBride engagement portraits yesterday!  We could not have asked for a more perfect December evening! GNO_0152GNO_0152 Such a joy working with these beautiful love birds!!  Be sure to check back soon for more from their engagement session!

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Peter + Kimberly {Celebration Farm Wedding: Part 1} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/12/peter-kimberly-celebration-farm-wedding-part-1 112220-001112220-001 After days of watching the weather and hoping that the predicted snow/rain cleared, we lucked out and had a gorgeous day!!  I don't think I've ever had such a perfect November wedding day. 112220-006112220-006 I began my day meeting with Peter at The Graduate in Iowa City to begin capturing his wedding details and getting ready photos.  112220-009112220-009 Of course, Mainer and their new sweet pup, Bella, were big parts of the day as well.  I'm obsessed with Mainer's little tux and Bella's sweet floral collar.  Quite possibly the most adorable pups ever!!! 112220-017112220-017 112220-020112220-020 112220-024112220-024 112220-033112220-033 While Kimberly was finishing her hair and makeup at another location, I had time to capture her details.  Oh my gosh!!  I love her dress!!!  This stunning blush gown is perfect with it's lace detailing and subtle sparkle!! 112220-039112220-039 112220-042112220-042 Kimberly hand embroidered her wedding shoes, a perfect pair of blush wedding-themed Toms.  She did such an amazing job!  I love all of the heart details!! 112220-057112220-057 112220-070112220-070 112220-078112220-078 Kimberly's mother helped her finish getting into her stunning gown. 112220-085112220-085 Mainer was on hand to assist too! 112220-093112220-093 I love these moments with Mainer and Bella! 112220-097112220-097 112220-111112220-111 112220-116112220-116 For their first look, Peter and Kimberly chose to go to the University of Iowa College of Law Building, which is where their romance began years ago, while they were attending law school.  How perfect is that?! 112220-122112220-122 112220-124112220-124 112220-130112220-130 112220-132112220-132 112220-152112220-152 112220-153112220-153 Of course, any good Hawkeye wants to have portraits at Kinnick!  So we were sure to stop by there before heading to the Old Capitol! 112220-158112220-158 112220-183112220-183 112220-185112220-185 112220-194112220-194 112220-203112220-203 Seriously, it doesn't get much more beautiful than this sweet couple!  They are such naturals in front of the camera too!  I had so much fun capturing their snuggles, their laughter, and their love!! 112220-212112220-212 112220-217112220-217 112220-228112220-228 112220-236112220-236 After the Old Capitol, we headed to Celebration Farms to prepare for the ceremony.  112220-243112220-243 Peter and Kimberly had so many beautiful custom details for their day! 112220-249112220-249 112220-259112220-259 112220-260112220-260 112220-266112220-266 112220-267112220-267 112220-278112220-278 Before the ceremony, Mainer and Bella got to hang with their grandpas.  112220-281112220-281 112220-286112220-286 I hope you're loving seeing Peter and Kimberly's gorgeous wedding day!  Be sure to check back soon for more from their big day!

VENDORS:
Venue: Getting Ready - The Graduate, Ceremony & Reception - Celebration Farms
Hair & Makeup: Eden Salon
Dress: Hayley Paige
Bridal Boutique: La Jeune Mariee
Menswear: Tip Top Tux
Florals: Waterfront Hy-Vee
Invitaions: Basic Invite
Cake: Deluxe Cakes & Pastries
Catering: Bread Garden Market

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Hunter {Class of 2021: Washington Senior} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/12/hunter-class-of-2021-washington-senior 110820-02110820-02 110820-10110820-10 We had a perfect evening for Hunter's senior session in Washington!  I had such a great time getting to know Hunter as we adventured around downtown Washington and Washington Sunset Park! 110820-17110820-17 110820-19110820-19 Hunter is active in his school's band as drum major.  While he's bummed that they are unable to perform at competitions this year, he's still enjoying playing in marching band and looks forward to concert band. 110820-28110820-28 Hunter stays busy with school and his work at the local library. 110820-40110820-40 The leaves and evening sun were perfect at Washington Sunset Park!  110820-49110820-49 110820-56110820-56 110820-61110820-61 Thank you, Hunter, for allowing me to capture your senior portraits!  It was a joy!  Best wishes to you as you complete your senior year!!

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Shoshie {Senior Portrait Heirlooms} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/12/shoshie-senior-portrait-heirlooms-iowa-city-photographer senior-40bsenior-40b

I fully believe in the power of print.  I think it's so important to create tangible heirlooms with your images; so you can see, touch, and experience them.  So I'm popping by the blog to share the gorgeous wall art, album, and other beautiful keepsakes from Shoshie's senior portraits.

I love a beautiful gallery wrap!  What a beautiful way to showcase her images on the walls of her home, creating works of art.  Soshie's large canvas is stunning!! senior-39senior-39 Check out her session box!  Filled with a variety of her favorite images on 5x7 luster coated prints, her session box is a great way to keep her photographs or keepsakes safe. senior-42senior-42 Finally, she chose a 30-page custom designed keepsake album.  Albums are my favorite and hers turned out stunningly!  So beautiful!!  What an amazing keepsake from her senior year! senior-46senior-46 I hope you enjoyed this peek at the beautiful heirloom and keepsake products from Shoshie's session!

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Lucy {Class of 2021: Iowa City Senior} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/lucy-class-of-2021-iowa-city-senior 110920-021110920-021 It was a perfect fall afternoon when I met Lucy at her home for her senior portrait session.  110920-026110920-026 I'm obsessed with Lucy's amazing vintage wardrobe!  How gorgeous is this vintage dress she found while on a family trip to California?!  It is a perfect fall dress and makes her blue eyes pop! 110920-050110920-050 110920-052110920-052 Lucy is a smart, sweet teen who stays busy with online school and her work at a local nursing home.  110920-061110920-061 110920-074110920-074 110920-087110920-087 Lucy's dream is to travel the world.  She is hoping to pursue a degree in Chinese language, which she has been studying through school and the University for the past few years.  Her ideal college experience would include studying abroad, perhaps in Shanghai. 110920-092110920-092 110920-103110920-103 How adorable is her black vintage dress?!  It is simple, yet classic and fun!  110920-127110920-127 110920-132110920-132 For her session, we staying around her neighborhood.  Her backyard was full of gorgeous locations with the pampas grasses, dock and pond.  Not far from her house, we beautiful paths through the woods leading to the river.  As a child, Lucy, her sister, and friends would go play and explore all over the neighborhood.  So beautiful to have her senior portraits in an area that was such a big part of her growing up! 110920-140110920-140 110920-159110920-159 We ended the session back at her home with another fantastic vintage outfit! 110920-167110920-167 110920-191110920-191 I love the photos with the birch tree and the pampas grass! 110920-203110920-203 110920-210110920-210 During her session, her family popped in for some quick family portraits.  So fun! 110920-005110920-005 110920-012110920-012 110920-016110920-016 Lucy, thank you so much for trusting me to capture your senior portraits and showing me around your amazing neighborhood!  I had such a great time getting to know you and taking your portraits!  Best wishes to you as you complete your senior year!!!

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) beautiful class of 2021 gorgeous iowa city iowa city high school senior iowa photographer iowa senior photographer senior portraits vintage clothing https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/lucy-class-of-2021-iowa-city-senior Mon, 30 Nov 2020 14:45:00 GMT
French Lavender {Copper Creek Ridge Inspiration Shoot} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/french-lavender-copper-creek-ridge-inspiration-shoot 111720-001111720-001 Anytime I have the opportunity to work with Cynthia at Vintage Love Rentals and Elissa at E's Floral I'm thrilled!  So when Copper Creek Ridge reached out to do a styled inspiration shoot at their gorgeous new venue in Riverside, we were excited to collaborate and create this beautiful vision! 111720-005111720-005 I love getting the opportunity to play with styling details.  While unfortunately the stationery vendor backed out at the last minute, I was excited to try my hand at some graphic design.  This is what I created!  111720-009111720-009 111720-014111720-014 Check out these flowers!!  Oh my word!  I love them so much!  Elissa always knocks it out of the park!  The colors.  The textures.  Everything!! 111720-016111720-016 111720-025111720-025 So, I'm a crazy person.  We couldn't find a cake designer available for the shoot, so I made a cake and macarons!  I love the look of the cake on Cynthia's gorgeous pink cake stand!!!  The downside, I have a lot of cake and macarons to eat.  The upside, I have a lot of cake and macarons to eat.  Ha!  Really, I ended up playing cake fairy and delivering cake to friends that evening.  111720-028111720-028 I'm obsessed with these large blue glass jugs from Vintage Love Rentals!  E's Floral filled them beautifully with grasses and greenery.  That paired with the beautiful lavender chiffon table runner cascading to the floor, dreamy!! 111720-032111720-032 111720-040111720-040 Who would not want a seat at this table?  Beautiful touches of soft florals, lavender wine glasses and chiffon runner, and a trio of macarons awaiting you.  111720-049111720-049 111720-053111720-053 111720-055111720-055 111720-058111720-058 The macarons pick up the florals in the vintage china.  The menu repeats the floral pattern (and sounds super yummy!).  111720-059111720-059 111720-062111720-062 111720-074111720-074 111720-078111720-078 The ceremony backdrop is a beautiful rustic metal arch, adorned with floating tealights, beautiful grasses and greenery, and surrounded by candles and the more of the blue jugs.  How amazing would it be to say your vows in front of this?! 111720-095111720-095 111720-109111720-109 The sweetheart table is perfect!  A stunning large floral arrangement that makes a bold statement while not blocking the couple.  The settee is a perfect seat for the couple to snuggle and enjoy their reception! 111720-124111720-124 111720-131111720-131 Rentals and Styling: Vintage Love Rentals
Venue: Copper Creek Ridge
Florals: E's Floral

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Collin + Emilee {Heirloom Wedding Album} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/collin-emilee-heirloom-wedding-album GENO9906GENO9906 This gorgeous album recently went out to Collin and Emilee!!  It is stunning!!!  This beautiful 10x10 heirloom album with a custom-image cover beautifully tells the story of their wedding day from getting ready to dancing. GENO9918GENO9918 wed-42wed-42 I love how detail photos take an album design to the next level!  Simply gorgeous!! wed-41wed-41 wed-40wed-40 I am a little obsessed with how beautifully their album turned out!!  I hope you enjoyed a little peek at Collin and Emilee's heirloom album!

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Peter + Kimberly {Celebration Farm Wedding: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/peter-kimberly-celebration-farm-wedding-sneak-peek 112220-827112220-827 What a gorgeous day!  Peter and Kimberly's wedding day was simply beautiful and an absolute joy to capture!  Be sure to check back soon for more from their stunning day! 112220-212112220-212 112220-217112220-217 112220-017112220-017 112220-371112220-371

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Hunter {Washington Senior: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/hunter-washington-senior-sneak-peek 110820-49110820-49 What a perfect evening we had for Hunter's senior portrait session!  Hunter was an absolute joy to photograph!  Be sure to check back soon for more! 110820-19110820-19

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Happy Birthday, Gabby! https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/happy-birthday-gabby GNO_9490GNO_9490 Hard to believe another year has gone by and you're 12!  You are so very smart, sassy, and creative.  You keep me on my toes and challenge me, but are also the so loving and tenderhearted.  I have loved watching to learn and grow over the past year.  I have enjoyed seeing you learning more about cooking and baking.  You gave me heart palpitations as you learned how to ride a dirt bike and quad... and proceeded to wipe out on the dirt bike.  You are brave and fearless and bold.  Qualities that often make my mother's heart nervous, but I am also so proud of.  You are growing to be a fierce young woman.  I am so proud of you!

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Matt + Anna {Cedar Rapids Wedding} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/matt-anna-cedar-rapids-wedding 103120-001103120-001 You never quite know what to expect with Iowa weather in the late fall, but Matt and Anna had the most beautiful fall day for their wedding!  Their wedding took place at Anna's parent's home in Cedar Rapids and was a beautiful intimate event, with close family and friends in attendance. 103120-018103120-018 Anna's dress was stunning!  Disney princess worthy, for sure!!  The beautiful beaded detail was the perfect touch of sparkle to the clean, classic lines of her gown. 103120-042103120-042 103120-044103120-044 103120-053103120-053 Before seeing Matt for their first look, Anna and her father shared a first look.  I just love the moment when a father sees his little girl on her wedding day.  Such a beautiful moment!! 103120-062103120-062 103120-067103120-067 103120-078103120-078 Matt and Anna's first look was filled with laughter and joy.  You can tell just how much these two love birds adore each other!! 103120-084103120-084 103120-096103120-096 The afternoon sunlight was so gorgeous through the tress at the front of their property.  Such a beautiful location for portraits!! 103120-112103120-112 Anna had "witch tights" and not only did the pair so well with their colors, they were such a fun addition to he wedding day ensemble!!   If you're going to get married on Halloween, you should absolutely have some fun with it!!! 103120-118103120-118 103120-122103120-122 103120-127103120-127 103120-146103120-146 103120-182103120-182 103120-188103120-188 The ceremony was held on her parents' lawn with close family and friends in attendance.  103120-226103120-226 103120-237103120-237 103120-244103120-244 103120-252103120-252 There was a lot of laughter and joy during their ceremony.  103120-262103120-262 103120-265103120-265 103120-269103120-269 103120-276103120-276 The joy Matt and Anna felt just radiated from them all day! 103120-284103120-284 103120-300103120-300 103120-303103120-303 103120-318103120-318 Their reception was lovely!  Their cake was made by Anna's maid of honor, and it was beautiful! 103120-322103120-322 103120-363103120-363 103120-366103120-366 103120-371103120-371 103120-373103120-373 In preparation for her wedding, Anna purchased a fabulous teal cloak in case the weather was cold.  Thankfully, the weather was gorgeous, but we wanted to be sure to get a few portraits with her gorgeous cloak! 103120-386103120-386 103120-398103120-398 I think the twirling ones are some of my absolute favorites from their day! 103120-424103120-424 103120-434103120-434 Before we left, Anna and her father, as well as Matt and his mother, shared a dance under the beautiful fall foliage. 103120-449103120-449 Congratulations, Matt and Anna!!  Thank you so much for allowing me to capture your gorgeous wedding day!  It was an absolute joy!!       

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French Lavender {Copper Creek Ridge Inspiration Shoot: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/french-lavender-copper-creek-ridge-inspiration-shoot-sneak-peek 111720-009111720-009 A little peek at a recent inspiration shoot at Copper Creek Ridge in Riverside.  What a joy it was to collaborate with such amazing professionals! 111720-040111720-040 111720-055111720-055 Rentals and Styling: Vintage Love Rentals
Venue: Copper Creek Ridge
Florals: E's Floral

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The Hershberger Family https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/the-hershberger-family 101720H-03101720H-03 It was a gray afternoon when I met with the Hershberger family, but thankfully the rain held off!  We headed to the beautiful Kalona Golf Course for their session. 101720H-06101720H-06 How sweet are her little ones?!  Too cute!! 101720H-08101720H-08 101720H-13101720H-13 I love their orange and green paired with neutrals.  It was perfect for their fall session! 101720H-24101720H-24 101720H-25101720H-25 101720H-26101720H-26 Thank you so much, Hershbergers, for allowing me to capture your family portraits!  It was so much fun!!

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) beautiful family family portrait photographer family portraits gorgeous iowa city iowa photographer iowa wedding photographer kalona family portraits love midwest wedding photographer https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/the-hershberger-family Mon, 16 Nov 2020 14:45:00 GMT
Thiago + Margaret {Lake MacBride Engagement} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/solon-wedding-photographer-lake-macbride-engagement 102420-019102420-019 It was a beautiful fall evening at Lake MacBride when I met up with Thiago and Margaret.  102420-025102420-025 102420-034102420-034 Thiago and Margaret first met on Tinder and have been together for five years.  Thiago is originally from Brazil and Margaret is from Texas.  Fates brought them both to Iowa to study. Both attend the University of Iowa for graduate school, Thiago studying music and Margaret studying psychology.  102420-037102420-037 102420-049102420-049 102420-053102420-053 Their proposal story is so sweet!  Margaret shared, "It was in February, right before the virus hit. It was the day after Valentine's Day. We went to a nice restaurant, then walked to the Pentacrest, and he proposed on the steps of the Old Capitol Building." 102420-054102420-054 102420-064102420-064 102420-068102420-068 The water at the spillway was beautiful!  After weeks of it being dry, the recent rains had the water cascading down the rocks.  Stunning with the fall leaves! 102420-075102420-075 102420-076102420-076 102420-085102420-085 Margaret and Thiago's formal look for portraits was on point!!!  Seriously, so gorgeous!!  I love how her hair pops even more with her gorgeous pink satin skirt.  Thiago's light jacket is the perfect balance! 102420-094102420-094 Years before, they had a treasured photo taken of them dancing, so we made sure to get some dancing shots with the gorgeous glowing leaves.  I think these are my favorites from their whole session!! 102420-101102420-101 102420-103102420-103 102420-106102420-106 102420-117102420-117 After Lake MacBride, we headed over to Big Grove in Solon for some more urban portraits.  102420-120102420-120 102420-127102420-127 102420-139102420-139 We could not have had a more perfect evening for this beautiful couple! 102420-146102420-146 102420-154102420-154 102420-158102420-158 We had so much fun wandering around downtown Solon and finding new spots for portraits.  I love being able to explore areas I've been before to find hidden gems! 102420-164102420-164 102420-170102420-170 We ended the evening back at Big Grove, where they had their fire pit blazing.  Thankfully, the patio was empty so we were able to take advantage of the beautiful flames.  I don't know, maybe these are my favorites from their session!  I love how they turned out!! 102420-176102420-176 102420-179102420-179 Thank you so much, Margaret and Thiago, for allowing me to capture your engagement portraits!  It was so much fun getting to know you both and I am so excited for your wedding next July!!!

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Lucy {Iowa City Senior: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/lucy-iowa-city-senior-portrait-photographer 110920-026110920-026 A quick peek at Lucy's amazing senior session.  I had so much fun capturing her portraits!  Be sure to check back soon for more!! 110920-132110920-132

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Josh + Teagan {Lake MacBride Engagement} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/iowa-city-wedding-photographer-lake-macbride-engagement 101620-004101620-004 It was so chilly and windy at Lake MacBride when I met up with Josh and Teagan for their engagement portraits.  Thankfully, these love birds embraced the weather and rocked their session! 101620-027101620-027 We started the session over by the beach area of Lake MacBride State Park.  The fall colors were starting to pop.  I love Teagan's beautiful blue-teal toned scarf against the fall backdrop! 101620-044101620-044 101620-053101620-053 101620-059101620-059 Josh and Teagan first met on Bumble. " Teagan actually paid for one week in order to message with a missed connection of someone else, but wound up messaging me as well. She then forgot to cancel the subscription so she now says I'm the best $16 she ever spent," Josh shared. 101620-069101620-069 Josh went on to share, "On our first date, we went to dinner, the theatre, and then drinks afterwards. Neither of us wanted the date to end. As I was walking her to her car she asked me for my number, beating me to the punch (I still give her a hard time about this)." 101620-078101620-078 It was so windy on the spillway, but I think we got some amazing portraits of these beautiful love birds!! 101620-089101620-089 101620-102101620-102 The fall colors with their second outfit were perfect!!  I love the bold yellow, red, and green! 101620-109101620-109 101620-137101620-137 While coronavirus put a damper on Josh's grand plans for the proposal, making it hard for him to decide on the perfect proposal during a pandemic.  One day, he decided that waiting for the "perfect moment" because, to him, the perfect moment is a moment they share together.  So early one morning, with Teagan still asleep in her pajamas, Josh proposed and Teagan said "yes!"

Love it!! 101620-142101620-142 Josh and Teagan were so much fun to photograph!!  They are naturals in front of the camera and are not afraid to be silly and have fun with their portraits!! 101620-144101620-144 101620-155101620-155 After a lot of overcast skies, the sun popped through the clouds just as the sun was setting.  My favorite time of day!  I think these glowy sunset portraits are my favorites!! 101620-156101620-156 101620-162101620-162 101620-163101620-163 101620-173101620-173 At the very end of the session, Josh got to break out his fan wardrobe and show his love for his favorite hockey team.  We laughed so much and had a ton of fun with these portraits! 101620-180101620-180 101620-183101620-183 101620-186101620-186 101620-192101620-192 101620-198101620-198 Thank you so much to Teagan and Josh for braving the chilly, windy weather!  I had so much fun with you both and loved getting to know you better!!  I'm even more excited for your wedding day next year!

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) engagement iowa photographer iowa wedding photographer lake macbride lake macbride engagement love and laughter midwest wedding photographer solon engagement portraits solon wedding photographer sunest in iowa https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/iowa-city-wedding-photographer-lake-macbride-engagement Mon, 09 Nov 2020 14:30:00 GMT
Collin + Emilee {Prairie Links Wedding: Part 2} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/collin-emilee-prairie-links-wedding-part-2 101020-0496101020-0496 Welcome back to Collin and Emilee's stunning wedding day! 101020-0507101020-0507 I love the moment above of Collin and his mother smiling at each other as he escorted her into the ceremony!! 101020-0510101020-0510 101020-0516101020-0516 101020-0522101020-0522 101020-0528101020-0528 101020-0536101020-0536 101020-0541101020-0541 Oh my!  These flower girls were so adorable!!!  101020-0549101020-0549 101020-0558101020-0558 101020-0560101020-0560 101020-0563101020-0563 101020-0568101020-0568 101020-0575101020-0575 Just before Collin and Emilee walked to the front, right after her dad had hugged Collin, Collin leaned over and kissed Emilee on the forehead.  It was beautiful!  101020-0578101020-0578 101020-0589101020-0589 101020-0597101020-0597 101020-0599101020-0599 Collin and Emilee chose to do a glass ceremony, where they poured glass beads into a vase.  After the wedding, the will send it off to be blown into a piece of art for their home.  What a beautiful heirloom they will treasure! 101020-0611101020-0611 101020-0612101020-0612 101020-0622101020-0622 101020-0626101020-0626 101020-0639101020-0639 101020-0641101020-0641 101020-0648101020-0648 Oh my word!  Look at that sweet face and those beautiful blue eyes!  She is so adorable!!  Emilee is over the moon for her sweet niece and i can totally see why! 101020-0679101020-0679 101020-0684101020-0684 While guests enjoyed cocktail hour, we took advantage of the time for some more bridal party portrait.  This really was a great group to photograph!!  They had so much fun with their portraits.  It made my job easy!! 101020-0686101020-0686 101020-0692101020-0692 101020-0703101020-0703 That fall light through the trees was a perfect warm, romantic setting for portraits of Collin and Emilee.  Her veil floating, is magical! 101020-0711101020-0711 101020-0722101020-0722 101020-0815101020-0815 Collin and Emilee had a wonderful grand entrance into their reception! 101020-0817101020-0817 101020-0840101020-0840 Right after they finished eating, we stole away from the reception to take advantage of the gorgeous golden glow of the sunset.  It was magical! 101020-0852101020-0852 101020-0862101020-0862 101020-0870101020-0870 101020-0878101020-0878 The photo below and the silhouette above are my two favorites from Collin and Emilee's wedding.  Lovely!  Though, Collin and Emilee are just so gosh darn photogenic it's hard to choose!! 101020-0891101020-0891 101020-0897101020-0897 101020-0898101020-0898 101020-0905101020-0905 Their speeches were filled with laughter and love.  You could absolutely tell just how much their friends and family adore and support this beautiful couple! 101020-0902101020-0902 101020-0903101020-0903 101020-0907101020-0907 101020-0910101020-0910 101020-0920101020-0920 101020-0921101020-0921 101020-0925101020-0925 101020-0927101020-0927 Their first dance was held on the patio of Prairie Links.  The bistro lights created a gorgeous, romantic backdrop! 101020-0936101020-0936 101020-0942101020-0942 101020-0949101020-0949 101020-0951101020-0951 I love the look on Emilee's mother's face as she watched her dance with her father!! 101020-0952101020-0952 101020-0959101020-0959 101020-0964101020-0964 101020-0968101020-0968 Once the special dances were complete, the bridal party got the dance floor going! 101020-0971101020-0971 101020-0975101020-0975 101020-1000101020-1000 101020-1001101020-1001 101020-1011101020-1011 101020-1017101020-1017 The night was so gorgeous, we just had to take advantage!  I love these after dark portraits, especially the black and white below!! 101020-1020101020-1020 101020-1025101020-1025 101020-1027101020-1027 101020-1031101020-1031 101020-1035101020-1035 101020-1040101020-1040 Congratulations, Collin and Emilee!!!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing us to capture your stunning wedding day!  It was an honor and a joy!!

VENDORS:
Venue: Priaire Links Golf Course & Event Center
Hair & Makeup: Beau Monde
Dress: Essence of Australia
Bridal Boutique: Elegant Occasions
Menswear: Milroy's - Waterloo
Florals: Ecker's Flowers & Greenhouses
Invitaions: Design - Emilee Ritzman Print - Karen's Print Rite
Cake: Rach's Kitchen
Decor/Rentals: Hilltop
Videographer: Milestone Film Co.
Catering: Randall's
DJ: Abby Road Entertainment

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The Bottorff Family https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/the-bottorff-family 100920-02100920-02 Another one of my favorite families on the blog today!  When chatting about locations, the Bottorffs felt that it was only fitting to do portraits at their home, as that is where they have spent most of the year in 2020.  Plus, their home is gorgeous!! 100920-03100920-03 Can we take a moment to appreciate the leopard print shoes?  Love them so much!  What a fun pop of personality!! 100920-06100920-06 100920-11100920-11 100920-16100920-16 As their kids are doing mostly online school, we made sure to get an individual of each so they have a great portrait for the 2020-2021 school year. 100920-20100920-20 Thank you, Bottorffs, for allowing me to come to your home and capture your family portraits!  I love working with your beautiful family!!

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Elizabeth {Class of 2021: North Liberty Senior} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/elizabeth-class-of-2021-north-liberty-senior 092620-02092620-02 Elizabeth was such a delight to photograph!  We began her session at Penn Elementary School for some fun portraits with their space net.  I love these so much!!  092620-15092620-15 After the space net, we headed to Waterworks Prairie Park in Iowa City.  I had so much fun walking around the park and getting to know her as I captured her senior portraits! 092620-20092620-20 092620-22092620-22 092620-28092620-28 Elizabeth loves playing the flute and is looking to pursue a career in constitutional law.  Her ultimate dream is a seat on the Supreme Court.  What an amazing dream to follow!  092620-31092620-31 092620-33092620-33 092620-36092620-36 092620-47092620-47 I think portrait below is one of my absolute favorites from her session!! 092620-49092620-49 092620-54092620-54 Elizabeth and her family are all die-hard Packers fans, so of course she needed some portraits in her Packers shirt!  The field of yellow wildflowers with the golden light making the trees glow seemed a perfect place to start and really play to the green and golds of the Packers. 092620-63092620-63 092620-65092620-65 092620-73092620-73 092620-91092620-91 Thank you, Elizabeth, for trusting me to capture your senior portraits!  It was such an honor and joy!!  Best wishes to you as you complete your senior year and begin your journey to the Supreme Court!!

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Matt + Anna {Wedding Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/11/matt-anna-wedding-sneak-peek GNO_0525GNO_0525 I had such a wonderful time capturing Matt and Anna's wedding celebration.  It was a perfect fall day, filled with laughter and love!  Check back for more from their gorgeous day! GNO_9719GNO_9719 GNO_9759GNO_9759 GNO_9779GNO_9779

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Collin + Emilee {Prairie Links Wedding: Part 1} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/10/collin-emilee-prairie-links-wedding-part-iowa-wedding-photographer-waterloo 101020-0002101020-0002 We could not have asked for a more perfect day for Collin and Emilee's wedding day!  Seriously, it was gorgeous in every way!! 101020-0011101020-0011 I love when I have time to really style and capture the details on a wedding day!  It sets the tone for the rest of the day visually and the images really enhance the couple's wedding album.  101020-0015101020-0015 101020-0020101020-0020 101020-0022101020-0022 101020-0035101020-0035 101020-0038101020-0038 The handkerchief above was Emilee's grandmother's.  I love when brides (or grooms) have heirloom details!  101020-0046101020-0046 Emilee's was STUNNING!  Clean, classic, gorgeous!  Gave me all the Audrey Hepburn vibes!! 101020-0047101020-0047 101020-0055101020-0055 101020-0058101020-0058 Emilee's mother and sister assisted her in getting ready.  101020-0061101020-0061 Her dress had pockets!  I love it!!! 101020-0066101020-0066 101020-0076101020-0076 The window light was dreamy!  Emilee got ready in a condo and one of the upstairs bedrooms was a photographer's dream.  Beautiful neutral tones and gorgeous window light.  Lovely!! 101020-0087101020-0087 101020-0100101020-0100 The guys got ready at a nearby hotel.  Love his details! 101020-0104101020-0104 101020-0108101020-0108 101020-0111101020-0111 101020-0126101020-0126 101020-0129101020-0129 Before the first look, Emilee shared a first look with her father.  These always get me right in the feels!  101020-0137101020-0137 101020-0140101020-0140 101020-0146101020-0146 Before their first look, Collin and Emilee read cards from each other.  What a beautiful way to add even more love and emotion to such a beautiful moment! 101020-0166101020-0166 101020-0173101020-0173 When it was time, they held hands and turned around to see each other.  Such a beautiful moment!! 101020-0180101020-0180 101020-0188101020-0188 101020-0196101020-0196 101020-0218101020-0218 We did a quick series of portrait with the black painted wall before head off to the golf course at Prairie Links.  101020-0223101020-0223 101020-0239101020-0239 Collin and Emilee are naturals in front of the camera!  They made my job so easy!!  101020-0248101020-0248 Emilee's bouquet was so gorgeous!!!  The whites, the blush, the gold, the textures, everything was stunning! 101020-0255101020-0255 101020-0258101020-0258 101020-0270101020-0270 101020-0278101020-0278 Further down the course, we found some beautiful pops of fall colors, so we invited the bridal party to come join us. 101020-0285101020-0285 This was such a fun bridal party! 101020-0290101020-0290 Look at all those sweet little flower girls!  So adorable!! 101020-0299101020-0299 101020-0304101020-0304 101020-0320101020-0320 Collin and Emilee's bridal party consisted of eight on each side.  I love the black dresses and tuxes against the fall colors! 101020-0323101020-0323 101020-0326101020-0326 Their videographer prompted them to stand about 15 feet away from their bridal party and have the bridal party run in for a group hug.  How fun are these shots from that??  Love it! 101020-0330101020-0330 101020-0332101020-0332 101020-0337101020-0337 We moved up to the clubhouse for the family portraits.  I just love that the brick walls were painted black, which tied in perfectly with Collin and Emilee's wedding colors! 101020-0359101020-0359 101020-0362101020-0362 101020-0367101020-0367 101020-0374101020-0374 101020-0409101020-0409 101020-0412101020-0412 101020-0424101020-0424 101020-0441101020-0441 Before the ceremony began, I had some time to capture the reception details.  They're acrylic sign was so pretty and a unique way to welcome guests! 101020-0444-1101020-0444-1 101020-0458101020-0458 101020-0462101020-0462 They're attention to detail was wonderful!  I love the acrylic place cards for the head table, the "we do" cookies for guests, and all of the floral elements around the room! 101020-0471101020-0471 101020-0472101020-0472 101020-0476101020-0476 101020-0482101020-0482 Such a gorgeous day!!  Be sure to check back soon for more from Collin + Emilee's wedding!!

VENDORS:
Venue: Priaire Links Golf Course & Event Center
Hair & Makeup: Beau Monde
Dress: Essence of Australia
Bridal Boutique: Elegant Occasions
Menswear: Milroy's - Waterloo
Florals: Ecker's Flowers & Greenhouses
Invitaions: Design - Emilee Ritzman Print - Karen's Print Rite
Cake: Rach's Kitchen
Decor/Rentals: Hilltop
Videographer: Milestone Film Co.
Catering: Randall's
DJ: Abby Road Entertainment

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Jeff + Amanda {Sugar Bottom Recreation Area Engagement} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/10/jeff-amanda-sugar-bottom-recreation-area-engagement 101120-032101120-032 It was a warm October evening when I met with Jeff and Amanda for their engagement session.  We started at the Schwab Round Stone Barns, which was a fun new location for me and right next to The Barn with this amazing stone arch.  The afternoon light lit up the golden leaves and was just gorgeous! 101120-035101120-035 101120-043101120-043 I first met with Jeff and Amanda this past August, shortly after they got engaged.  While their wedding is not until 2022, they were excited to get started with their wedding planning. 101120-045101120-045 I had the honor of capturing Amanda's sister's wedding last year and am so excited to be working with Amanda! 101120-056101120-056 101120-065101120-065 After the stone barn area, we headed to Sugar Bottom.  The fall colors were exploding and we could not have asked for a more perfect evening. 101120-071101120-071 101120-080101120-080 I think these field shots are some of my absolute favorites of their engagement session.  A beautiful couple, the light, the glow on them, the fall colors, the blowing grasses.  Perfection! 101120-083101120-083 101120-086101120-086 101120-095101120-095 101120-104101120-104 Jeff and Amanda were so easy to photograph!  Absolute naturals in front of the camera! 101120-106101120-106 101120-113101120-113 101120-117101120-117 101120-123101120-123 101120-134101120-134 101120-142101120-142 101120-144101120-144 The sunset was perfect for these love birds!  101120-148101120-148 101120-152101120-152 101120-156101120-156 101120-160101120-160 Thank you, Jeff and Amanda, for being such a joy to work with!  I adored capturing your engagement portraits!!  I know we have a while until your wedding day, but I'm so excited for it already!!

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Thiago + Margaret {Lake MacBride Engagement: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/10/thiago-margaret-lake-macbride-engagement-sneak-peek 102420-101102420-101 What a beautiful fall evening at Lake MacBride with Thiago and Margaret!  Check back soon for more! 102420-068102420-068 102420-146102420-146

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The Bachman Family https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/10/waterworks-prairie-park-family-portraits-iowa-city-photographer 100920B-01100920B-01 I have known Brandi since freshman year of high school, not long after I first moved to Iowa.  She is one of my dearest friends and I absolutely love having the opportunity to capture her family portraits!! 100920B-06100920B-06 Ok, can we take a moment to appreciate all those beautiful, bright blue eyes!  Their bold fun colors help make their eyes really pop!! 100920B-09100920B-09 They're little guy, Ayden, is quite the character.  He was stingy with his smiles for many of the family portraits but he had so much fun playing and being snuggled by Mom and Dad. 100920B-15100920B-15 100920B-17100920B-17 100920B-20100920B-20 100920B-29100920B-29 100920B-38100920B-38 One of Ayden's favorite things is collecting dandelions.  At the end of session, he was busy running around and picking as many as he could find while Matt, Brandi, and I took the opportunity to catch up.  100920B-45100920B-45 Thank you, Bachmans!  I always love photographing your beautiful family and any opportunity to catch up with you!!

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The Daniels-Way Family https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/10/jester-park-family-portraits-des-moines-wedding-photographer 101120-01101120-01 Oh my!  Jameson has gotten so big!!  It's been two years since I last had the joy of capturing this gorgeous family and I was so excited when they reached out for fall portraits. 101120-03101120-03 I first met Lisa and Melissa as they were planning their wedding about ten years ago.  I have absolutely loved working with them ever since, capturing many milestones in their lives! 101120-10101120-10 101120-13101120-13 101120-16101120-16 Oh my gosh!  He is just so darn cute in his hat, and talk about personality!! 101120-21101120-21 101120-23101120-23 101120-38101120-38 Thank you so much to the Daniels-Way family for allowing me to capture your portraits!  It was such a joy!!

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Josh + Teagan {Engagement: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/10/josh-teagan-engagement-lake-macbride-solon-wedding-photographer 101620-156101620-156 What a beautiful evening at Lake MacBride with Josh and Teagan!  I had so much fun!!  Check back soon for more from their engagement session! 101620-155101620-155 101620-137101620-137

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The Hagen Family https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/10/lake-macbride-family-portraits-iowa-wedding-photographer 100820-01100820-01 I've known April since high school and have had the absolute honor of capturing some major milestones in her life.  From her wedding to capturing newborn portraits of both her boy to their annual family portraits.  I feel so honored be trusted to capture such beautiful moments for her and her family! 100820-03100820-03 100820-06100820-06 Lincoln and Lance are getting so big!  April shared that Lincoln loves to dress just like his big brother and was so excited to get ready for their portraits.  How sweet!! 100820-07100820-07 100820-12100820-12 100820-14100820-14 100820-19100820-19 100820-24100820-24 100820-27100820-27 Oh my gosh!  I adore this family so much and it was such a joy capturing their portraits!!

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Jeff + Amanda {Engagement: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/10/sugar-bottom-engagement-solon-photographer-iowa-wedding-photography-iowa-city 101120-148101120-148 What a perfect fall evening with these two lovebirds!  Check back soon for more from their recent engagement session!!

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Collin + Emilee {Waverly Wedding: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/10/waverly-wedding-photographer-iowa-weddings-fall-black-blush-weddings GNO_1325GNO_1325 What a perfect day!  Here's a little sneak peek of Collin and Emilee's gorgeous wedding at Prairie Links in Waverly. GNO_1337GNO_1337 GNO_1403GNO_1403 GNO_1639GNO_1639 GNO_1698GNO_1698 GNO_2506GNO_2506 GENO0311GENO0311

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Shoshie {Class of 2021: Iowa City Senior} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/10/shoshie-class-of-2021-iowa-city-senior 081820-001081820-001 Shoshie is a natural in front of the camera!  She is a confident and fierce young lady and an absolute pleasure to photograph! 081820-008081820-008 Originally, Shoshie's session was scheduled for the day after the derecho that hit Iowa.  Due to needing to get fallen trees cleared at both of our properties, we had to postpone, but honestly I think the new date worked out even better.  We had a perfect evening for her portraits, not nearly as hot as the week before. 081820-014081820-014 081820-025081820-025 081820-033081820-033 081820-039081820-039 081820-045081820-045 081820-055081820-055 081820-058081820-058 After spending some time around the IMU, we headed to one of the university's art buildings.  The bold teal water was a fabulous backdrop for this bold teen. 081820-064081820-064 081820-067081820-067 081820-073081820-073 081820-090081820-090 081820-102081820-102 I'm not sure what building it was, but we happened upon this metal wall.  Love it so much!!  The texture and neutral tone really make her pop! 081820-111081820-111 081820-112081820-112 081820-123081820-123 081820-153081820-153 I love her fun soft blue sundress!! 081820-161081820-161 081820-171081820-171 081820-177081820-177 081820-195081820-195 In the area by Hancher, the light through the trees was gorgeous!  I love the warm light with Shoshie's fabulous blue dress.  So beautiful! 081820-203081820-203 Our final stop was at Terry Trueblood.  The light was perfect!  Soshie was positively glowing in the evening light. 081820-214081820-214 081820-223081820-223 081820-231081820-231 081820-235081820-235 081820-240081820-240 081820-251081820-251 081820-270081820-270 These last few portraits are some of my favorites of the day.  The sun had gone behind the trees, but the beautiful rosy evening light was so lovely.  Especially with her pink dress!  So gorgeous!! 081820-282081820-282 It was an absolute pleasure capturing Shoshie's senior portraits!  Thank you, Shoshie, for allowing me to do so!!  Best wishes as you complete your senior year!!

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) beautiful class of 2021 gorgeous iowa city iowa city high school senior iowa photographer iowa senior photographer senior portraits terry trueblood https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/10/shoshie-class-of-2021-iowa-city-senior Fri, 09 Oct 2020 13:00:00 GMT
The Noethe Family https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/10/the-noethe-family 100420-06100420-06 100420-07100420-07 What a beautiful early October afternoon! I had the pleasure of heading out to their family's farm in Marengo for the Noethe's family portraits.  The glowing afternoon light through the trees at the edge of their property was gorgeous for the beautiful family! 100420-08100420-08 Their handsome little man was just a couple months old during their portraits last fall.  He had grown so much and is up and running now! 100420-09100420-09 I cannot get over his little suspenders and bow tie.  Oh my gosh!  My heart has melted!!  Too adorable!!! 100420-12100420-12 100420-14100420-14 100420-18100420-18 100420-22100420-22 A big thank you to the Noethe family for allowing me to capture your family portraits!  It was such a joy!!

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Elizabeth {Class of 2021: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/9/north-liberty-senior-portrait-photographer-iowa-high-school-senior 092620-31092620-31 Meet Elizabeth, another of our Class on 2021 seniors!  Such a joy to photograph and I loved getting to know her!  I hope you enjoy this little peek into her senior portrait session!! 092620-47092620-47 092620-15092620-15 Be sure to check back soon for more from Elizabeth's senior portraits!

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) beautiful class of 2021 gorgeous iowa city iowa city high school senior iowa photographer iowa senior photographer north liberty north liberty senior senior portraits waterworks park https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/9/north-liberty-senior-portrait-photographer-iowa-high-school-senior Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:30:00 GMT
Justin + Skye {Kent Park Wedding} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/9/justin-skye-kent-park-wedding 091220-001091220-001 The morning was filled with rain with more rain in the forecast, but as it drew closer to time for Justin and Skye's wedding the rain stopped. 091220-005091220-005 091220-014091220-014 Justin and Skye chose, from the beginning of their wedding planning, to have a small, intimate wedding at Kent Park.  So Covid thankfully did not have a big impact on their day. 091220-022091220-022 Before their guests began to arrive, we took a few minutes to capture some portraits of the happy couple.  The wild flowers just down the hill from the Bob White Shelter were a perfect setting. 091220-028091220-028 091220-029091220-029 091220-040091220-040 091220-055091220-055 091220-057091220-057 Justin's facial expression in the photo below pretty much sums up how excited he was for portraits.  Despite not being thrilled to have his portrait taken, he was a great sport! 091220-059091220-059 091220-071091220-071 091220-075091220-075 Skye's niece was simply adorable!!  You can tell she is absolutely adored by her aunt!! 091220-082091220-082 091220-086091220-086 091220-094091220-094 091220-101091220-101 091220-108091220-108   091220-209091220-209 Their ceremony was held in the Bob White Shelter, with their close family in attendance.  The ceremony was personalized and beautiful! 091220-212091220-212 091220-220091220-220 091220-223091220-223 Justin and Skye chose to write their own vows, which brought both laughter and happy tears.  You could feel the love these two have for each other!! 091220-230091220-230 091220-237091220-237 091220-242091220-242 I had so much fun capturing Justin and Skye's wedding day!  It was such a beautiful, intimate event filled with love, joy, and celebration!!

Thank you, Justin and Skye, for allowing me to capture your beautiful day!!  It was an honor!

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2021 is Filling up Quickly! https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/9/2021-is-filling-up-quickly 080319-0238080319-0238 I have had the absolute joy of getting to know many amazing engaged couples lately and so happy to welcome them to the GP Love Story experience!  Seriously, I cannot wait for their engagement sessions and wedding days!!  I'm so excited!!!

That being said, 2021 dates are filling quickly!  If you're planning a 2021 wedding day and want an amazing wedding photography experience, but sure to reach out soon!  Hop on over to our contact page or feel free to reach out by email (carrie@genophotography.com) or phone (319.400.6389).  I cannot wait to get to know you and hear all about your love story!!!

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Matt + Anna {Lake MacBride Engagement} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/9/matt-anna-lake-macbride-engagement 090620-001090620-001 What an amazing evening with these beautiful love birds!  I met with Matt and Anna at the Lake MacBride spillway for their engagement session.

One thing I learned that evening is, apparently Google maps doesn't always default to road-only directions, as Matt and Anna found out on their way to their session.  The arrived on the far side of the lake, where Google directed them to take a boat the rest of the way.  A good issue to be aware of, as I often meet clients in that location.  Thanks, Google...

Google directions hiccups aside, it was an absolutely fantastic session.  The day was cloudy, but the sun broke through for a few moments as we walked out to the spillway.  Such gorgeous light!

090620-004090620-004 090620-020090620-020 090620-052090620-052 I love Anna's dress!  Their outfits are giving me all the light and airy, beach-y vibes.  So gorgeous!  090620-061090620-061 090620-071090620-071 090620-080090620-080 090620-096090620-096 090620-102090620-102 090620-124090620-124 090620-132090620-132 The clouds were a bit too heavy for sunset to really shine through, but they did give a gorgeous glow! 090620-135090620-135 090620-140090620-140 090620-152090620-152 090620-155090620-155 090620-160090620-160 090620-166090620-166 090620-176090620-176 090620-180090620-180 090620-189090620-189 Matt and Anna were so amazing to photograph!  They were naturals in front of the camera; easy going, quick to laugh, and loved to snuggle.  I am even more excited for their wedding day this October!

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Justin + Skye {Kent Park Wedding: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/9/kent-park-wedding-iowa-city-wedding-photographer 091220-028091220-028 A little peek at Justin and Skye's beautiful, intimate wedding at Kent Park in Tiffin.  So lovely! 091220-071091220-071 091220-005091220-005 Be sure to check back for more from their wedding day!

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Happy Birthday, Laurelin! https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/9/happy-birthday-laurelin GNO_9496GNO_9496
Well, I'm not sure how it happened, but this spunky, creative child of mine turned 14!  It's hard for my mommy-heart to grasp.  But I can honestly say, I am very proud of the young adult you are growing into being.  You are kind-hearted, so creative, and very intelligent!  Love you to bits!!!

I know we're not exactly celebrating in the way you'd like, as 2020 is changing the way we celebrate so many things, I'm thrilled to cook you pho tonight and make you a delicious cake!  Your choice of chocolate cake with raspberry filling sounds amazing and I cannot wait to share a slice in celebration of you!!

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Caleb {Minnesota Newborn} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/9/iowa-photographer-minnesota-newborn-session 090120-002090120-002 Some of my favorite people in the entire world welcomed their newest family member!  Meet the adorable little Caleb!!  This little guy was a dream to photograph.  Such a great sleeper! 090120-003090120-003 090120-009090120-009 090120-017090120-017 090120-019090120-019 090120-023090120-023 090120-027090120-027 Big brother Owen is pretty excited for his new role and acts a great helper to his mommy and daddy. 090120-038090120-038 090120-042090120-042 How sweet are these two?! 090120-044090120-044 090120-061090120-061 I first met Levi in high school, as he was one of Josh's best friends.  He was the best man at our wedding.  I met Katie in college at Luther, when she started dating Levi and she immediately fell into our friends group like she's always been there.  We absolutely love whenever we have an opportunity to get together! 090120-089090120-089 090120-091090120-091 090120-096090120-096 090120-102090120-102 090120-116090120-116 I cannot even explain what a joy it was to capture Caleb's newborn portraits!  I was so excited to meet this little guy and cannot wait for life to be a little more normal so we can all get together more regularly again!

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) iowa city iowa newborn photographer iowa photographer iowa wedding photographer minnesota newborn photographer newborn https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/9/iowa-photographer-minnesota-newborn-session Fri, 11 Sep 2020 13:45:00 GMT
Matt + Anna {Lake MacBride Engagement: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/9/matt-anna-lake-macbride-engagement-sneak-peek 090620-140090620-140 I had so much fun finally meeting these two beautiful love birds in person!  Their session was beautiful and filled with laughter and love.  Be sure to check back soon for more from Matt and Anna's Lake MacBride engagement session!! 090620-080090620-080

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Caleb {Newborn: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/9/iowa-newborn-photographer-destination-wedding-photography-iowa-city 090120-009090120-009 Oh my word!!  This little man is absolute perfection!  Here's a little peek at Caleb's recent newborn session.  My heart's all aflutter over this sweet little guy's portraits!! 090120-019090120-019

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Shoshie {Class of 2021: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/8/shoshie-class-of-2021-sneak-peek 081820-203081820-203 If you've been following my blog, you know that I accept a limited number of seniors each fall.  One of my Class on 2021 seniors is the stunning Shoshie.  Oh my word!  I had so much fun capturing her portraits!!  I hope you enjoy a little sneak peek at her session! 081820-214081820-214 Be sure to check back soon for more from Soshie's senior portraits!

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) beautiful class of 2021 gorgeous iowa city iowa city high school senior iowa photographer iowa senior photographer senior portraits terry trueblood https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/8/shoshie-class-of-2021-sneak-peek Fri, 21 Aug 2020 13:15:00 GMT
Elijah + Rachael {Heirloom Wedding Album} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/8/elijah-rachael-heirloom-wedding-album GNO_6096GNO_6096 This gorgeous 8x8 heirloom wedding album just went out in the mail to Rachael and Elijah!  I love how it turned out!! GNO_6099GNO_6099 I have to say, I was so excited to get it sent off to them I forgot to take any photos of the pages!  GNO_6098GNO_6098 I hope you enjoyed getting a little peek at Elijah and Rachael's beautiful heirloom album!

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) 2020 wedding beautiful gorgeous happily ever after Iowa iowa city iowa city wedding photographer iowa photographer iowa wedding photographer love midwest wedding photographer shaffer hall wedding https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/8/elijah-rachael-heirloom-wedding-album Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:15:00 GMT
Austin + Alyssa {Iowa City Engagement} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/8/destination-wedding-photography-iowa-city-engagement-photographer-coralville-weddings 072920-001072920-001 It was a humid July day when I met up with Austin and Alyssa for their engagement session.  072920-013072920-013 We began our session at this gorgeous mural in downtown Iowa City.  I just love the bright pop of color behind these beautiful love birds.  All the blues make their eyes pop! 072920-017072920-017 072920-031072920-031 I had so much fun wandering the alleys of downtown (which sounds super sketchy, but the alleys have the best locations for portraits. Honestly!) with Austin and Alyssa, getting to know them better.  072920-044072920-044 072920-051072920-051 072920-065072920-065 Austin works with a realty group doing marketing, and Alyssa is an actuary.  They have two kitties that they adore. 072920-071072920-071 072920-075072920-075 After wandering downtown, we headed to the Old Capitol.  I love the steps on the west side, such beautiful architecture and we had some amazing light for their session! 072920-088072920-088 072920-091072920-091 072920-102072920-102 072920-117072920-117 After the more urban downtown feel, we headed to Terry Trueblood to capture some gorgeous photos in a more natural setting.  So beautiful! 072920-132072920-132 072920-134072920-134 Austin and Alyssa were naturals in front of the camera!  Such a joy to photograph!! 072920-142072920-142 072920-151072920-151 072920-175072920-175 072920-182072920-182 Due to the cloudy day, we were running out of light at the end of the session, but I love the blue texture in the sky from the clouds.  I love the colors in these images! 072920-186072920-186 072920-190072920-190 Thank you, Austin and Alyssa, for being so amazing to work with!  I cannot wait until your wedding day next year!!

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Austin + Alyssa {Engaged: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/7/iowa-city-ped-mall-engagment-iowa-wedding-photographer-terry-trueblood-engagement GNO_5954GNO_5954 Here's a little peek at Austin and Alyssa's gorgeous engagement session!  I had such a great evening with these two beautiful love birds and I cannot wait to share more from their session!! GNO_5644GNO_5644 GNO_5990GNO_5990 Be sure to check back soon for more from Austin and Alyssa's engagement session!

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) beautiful downtown iowa city engagement gorgeous iowa city wedding photographer iowa engagement photographer iowa photographer iowa wedding iowa wedding photographer love midwest wedding photographer terry trueblood https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/7/iowa-city-ped-mall-engagment-iowa-wedding-photographer-terry-trueblood-engagement Fri, 31 Jul 2020 13:45:00 GMT
Elijah + Rachael {Iowa City Wedding} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/7/iowa-city-wedding-photographer-blue-red-wedding-iowa-weddings-destination-photography 061320-012061320-012 The day could not have been more beautiful for Elijah and Rachael's wedding day at First United Methodist in Iowa City.  061320-018061320-018 061320-032061320-032 With the restrictions Covid has brought to the world, Elijah and Rachael's wedding was my first in 2020.  I was so excited to be back to doing what I love and capture their big day; masks, social distancing, and all.  061320-043061320-043 061320-060061320-060 The Covid restrictions definitely changed Elijah and Rachael's wedding plans.  Their guest list was pared down to bridal party and family.  They decided to postpone their reception until they are able to celebrate with everyone they love, as originally planned.  But they chose to move forward with their original wedding date and celebrate with an intimate ceremony. 061320-064061320-064 061320-067061320-067 061320-093061320-093 061320-099061320-099 061320-106061320-106 061320-117061320-117 061320-119061320-119 061320-129061320-129 061320-144061320-144 061320-167061320-167 061320-177061320-177 Elijah and Rachael chose not to share a first look, doing all of their pre-ceremony portraits separately.  Saving the moment they see each other until Rachael walked down the aisle on her father's arm.  061320-195061320-195 061320-201061320-201 061320-208061320-208 061320-215061320-215 061320-232061320-232 061320-238061320-238 061320-246061320-246 061320-267061320-267 Their ceremony was live streamed to friends and family who were unable to attend.  061320-285061320-285 061320-295061320-295 061320-302061320-302 061320-314061320-314 061320-324061320-324 061320-347061320-347 061320-359061320-359 061320-361061320-361 061320-380061320-380 061320-383061320-383 When we were finished at the church, we headed to the pentacrest for more portraits ultimately ending up a the steps of Shaeffer Hall. 061320-406061320-406 061320-410061320-410 061320-435061320-435 061320-442061320-442 061320-443061320-443 061320-445061320-445 061320-451061320-451 061320-455061320-455 061320-459061320-459 061320-477061320-477 After portraits, Elijah and Rachael headed off with their guests for an intimate dinner to celebrate their marriage. 061320-478061320-478 It was such a joy capturing Elijah and Rachael's beautiful wedding day!  Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs!!  Best wishes to you both and I look forward to seeing you again at your reception!!  Thank you so much for allowing me to capture your gorgeous day!  It was an honor!

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) 2020 wedding beautiful gorgeous happily ever after Iowa iowa city iowa city wedding photographer iowa photographer iowa wedding photographer love midwest wedding photographer shaffer hall wedding https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/7/iowa-city-wedding-photographer-blue-red-wedding-iowa-weddings-destination-photography Fri, 03 Jul 2020 13:00:00 GMT
What Does it Mean to be a Geno Photography Love Story? https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/7/destination-wedding-photography-iowa-wedding-photographer-iowa-city-cedar-rapids GNO_6947GNO_6947 If you've come to find out more about what Geno Photography has to offer, you are probably super-excited about your engagement and cannot wait to walk down the aisle to start your happily ever after with the love of your life.  You are most likely looking for a photographer who offers a modern, authentic style of posing while creating images with a timeless, classic look. 

You want your wedding day to be captured in a way that tells the whole story, from details to gorgeous portraits and all of the moments in between, big or small.  You care deeply about having beautiful images to bring you back to the joy of your wedding day.


GNO_6952GNO_6952 I believe in offering a full-service to every client that walks through our doors. What that means to me is providing you with an unparalleled experience; finding the meanings behind your most special moments; capturing your story creatively and artistically; and delivering showpiece heirlooms that exude the elegance, beauty, and emotion of those times allowing you to relive those memories for years to come.

In addition to creating beautiful images of your engagement and wedding, I am here to make your wedding photography experience one you love.  All of my couples receive our exclusive bridal guide with over 80 pages of planning tips and advice, as well as our groom's guide with helpful tips just for him!  I work with you to plan your engagement session, your wedding day timeline, and am always here to answer any questions or help in any way I can! GNO_6958GNO_6958

Do you think you're the right fit?  If so, head over here and see if we're available to capture your love story!

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IMG_2656IMG_2656 We bought a new house!  Eeek!  I guess quarantine had us going stir crazy.!  Just kidding!!

We've been on the hunt for our next home for quite some time and we finally found one!  We are now the proud owner of a newly remodeled home on 5 acres of land.  Look at those beautiful rolling hills!  I think this going to be a stunning location for portraits.  Even better, it's just outside my back door! IMG_2143IMG_2143 IMG_2093IMG_2093 Please excuse the cell phone photos, but that's as good as it gets at the moment.  We're busy moving, unpacking, and prepping our old home to sell.  Busy times, lots of changes, but I'm so excited to get settled into our new home and let all the new adventures begin! IMG_2536IMG_2536

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FAQs {Wedding Wednesday} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/6/faqs-wedding-wednesday-iowa-city-wedding-photographer Hello!!  I thought I'd take a moment today to share some answers to a few of our most frequently asked questions about wedding photography.

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Do you bring backup equipment with you to the wedding?

Yes, absolutely!  I come prepared with a back up camera body, a spare flash, extra bulbs for my lights, an array of lenses, extra batteries, additional SD/CF cards, and a laptop to back up files.  I feel it is so important to come prepared.

Want to see more about what's in my camera bag?  Check out this blog series?

 

Do you work with an assistant?

Yes, all of my wedding collections include two photographers (myself and an assistant).  My assistants and I have been photographing together for years and work great as a team. Our photographic styles compliment each other and help to capture your wedding day to the fullest.

 

What do you wear to weddings?

I always strive to look professional and stylish.  Learn more about my wedding day style here!

 

Do you prefer posed or candid images?

I feel every wedding needs a nice mix of the two.  Certainly, you will want formal, posed portraits together, as well as with family and your wedding party.  The wedding day is also made up of so many special moments. Candid (often referred to as photojournalistic) portraits are a very important part of wedding day photography.  They tell the story of the wedding day and show the emotions and interactions as the celebration unfolds. In addition to images of you and your guests interacting, I feel detail shots are important.  You spend so much time and energy planning your wedding day from the venue to the table decor. These wonderful details should be captured to fully tell the story of your wedding.

 

Is there a limit to the number of final images we receive?

No, each wedding is unique and deserved to be documented in a way that best fits the day.  An average wedding yields between 600-900 final images.  

 

Do you include an engagement session?

Yes, I love engagement sessions!  It is such a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know one and other better before the wedding day.  I get the opportunity to learn about how to capture you at your best and make you feel more relaxed in front of the camera.  Each wedding collection includes a complimentary engagement session. 

 

I hope these answers help you to get to know Geno Photography a little better.  Be sure to check back later for more answers to frequently ask questions and more!

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Reception Details {Wedding Wednesday} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/6/reception-details-wedding-wednesday 080319-0563080319-0563 Details are an important part of capturing a wedding day to it's fullest.  The beginning of the day is full of detail photos, as I take time to capture the invitations, dress, shoes, flowers, rings, jewelry, suit, cuff links, and more.   I love this time, these details really set the tone for the wedding day and take album designs to the next level.  060819-004060819-004 Often, I do not have the same time to capture the details of the reception hall, the table decor, and all that entails before guests arrive.  I highly encourage couples to keep their reception doors closed during cocktail hour, keeping the spaces separate.  Not only does this allow your guest experience to be fuller by creating three different spaces for them to enjoy (ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception), it allows your photographer to capture the room in it's pristine form.  061618-607061618-607 Often between ceremony and reception, couples choose to go to another location for portraits, which I love!  However, it makes it tricky for me to get into the reception hall for details.  Consider planning in a 15 minute window where you join your guests at cocktail hour (have a drink and say "hi!"), while allowing your photographer to capture those beautiful, carefully planned details.

061618-595061618-595 I hope this helps you when considering your wedding day timeline!

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Elijah + Rachael {Wedding: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/6/iowa-city-wedding-photographer-wedding-day-iowa-photography GNO_5593GNO_5593 A little peek at Elijah and Rachael's stunning wedding day this past weekend!  So beautiful!! GNO_5101GNO_5101 GNO_5576GNO_5576 Be sure to check back again soon for more from their wedding celebration!

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21 Years Together https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/6/iowa-city-wedding-photographer-love-story 21 years ago, I anxiously waited for Josh to come pick me up for our first date.  Honestly, that day changed the rest of my life and I wouldn't have it any other way.  That first date to a movie, then out for a sweet treat at Whippy Dip, was just the beginning of many adventures, both big and small.  In the past 21 years we have grown, we have built a life, we have built a family, traveled the world, and it has been a such beautiful journey. To Josh, thank you for being an amazing, supportive, hard working partner in life!  I love you!!

IMG_2883IMG_2883 Please excuse the cell phone pics of our scrapbook pages from back in the day, but I thought it would be fun to add a little collage of our dating years.  I hope you enjoy it!

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The Orton Family https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/6/missouri-family-portraits-iowa-city-wedding-photography-destination-weddings 060520-005060520-005 This beautiful family has grown (and is still growing) since I last saw them at Michael and Lisa's gorgeous wedding a few years ago.  060520-009060520-009 I had the pleasure of traveling to their home in Palmyra, MO for their maternity and family portrait session.  It was so fun to be back on the property where they celebrated their wedding.   060520-014060520-014 060520-022060520-022 060520-033060520-033 060520-051060520-051 060520-060060520-060 060520-063060520-063 060520-085060520-085 060520-094060520-094 060520-121060520-121 060520-127060520-127 What a beautiful evening with this beautiful family!  I'm so excited for them as their family continues to grow!!  Thank you so much to the Orton family for inviting me to you home and allowing me to capture your portraits!  It was an honor!!

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Albums {Our Travels} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/6/iowa-city-heirloom-keepsake-albums-wedding-photographer GNO_4240GNO_4240 If you've read my blog for very long, you know just how much I love albums.  I think they are beautiful, artistic ways to showcase and experience your memories.  Going through the pages, like a storybook, brings you back to those moments and is a beautiful way to relive some of the most amazing times in your life.  I make it a priority to create albums of each of our international travel adventures.  I love looking through them and they serve as beautiful art pieces in my living room.  I thought I'd pop by today and share a little about them.  GNO_4241GNO_4241 GNO_4244GNO_4244 GNO_4246GNO_4246 GNO_4248GNO_4248 GNO_4251GNO_4251 GNO_4253GNO_4253 GNO_4255GNO_4255 GNO_4257GNO_4257 GNO_4259GNO_4259 I love these albums so much!!

Also, our new China & Australia trip album arrived!  Here it is: GENO9993GENO9993 GENO9994GENO9994 GENO9995GENO9995 GENO9997GENO9997 I just love how it turned out!  For being photos of photos, everything printed out really well and I am so thankful to have this album to remember our trip.  It is a perfect addition to our growing collection!!

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Why Photo + Video {Wedding Wednesday} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/6/photo-video-wedding-wednesday-iowa-city-wedding-photographer-wedding-video 060119-0610060119-0610 Your wedding photography gives you gorgeous, artistic still images of your wedding day: stunning portraits, details, beautiful quiet moments, radiant laughter and joy.  These images are perfect to not only transport you back to your wedding day each time you view them, they also create wonderful heirlooms as albums and wall art.  They fill your home with beautiful, quiet reminders of the happiest day of your life.

Your wedding videography gives another dimension to your wedding day memories.  Video beautifully captures the fun you have with your bridesmaids as you prepare for the day, the vows you share with the love of your life, the heartfelt toasts by family and friends, and so much more.  Your wedding video is a perfect way to celebrate your marriage again and again each time you view it, bringing you back to those moments and words that mean so much.

Consider choosing a Photo + Video collection for your wedding day!

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What Happens After the Wedding {Wedding Wednesday} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/5/what-happens-after-the-wedding-wedding-wednesday Many hours are spent on the day of the wedding, capturing the event to the fullest.  The wedding day is just the beginning of the process. After our gear is packed up and we say our congratulations to the happy couple, the behind the scenes work begins.

050419-810050419-810 Immediately following the wedding, we backup our files.  I am very cautious with files and love to have things stored in multiple places.  On the wedding day, I write images onto two cards so I instantly have two copies in case something happens with one of the cards.  Then, we save the files onto my computer.

052519-0032052519-0032 The next step is to begin the process of culling the images.  In the culling process, I select the best of the best images that together fully tell the wedding day story.  During formals, we take multiple images of each group in case someone is blinking, talking, or not paying attention (yes, it happens!).  During culling, I choose the images where everyone is looking their best. In the candid images from the day, I select the ones where the emotions and interactions are the best and get rid of the blinks or otherwise unflattering shots.  I keep the ones that show how beautiful the wedding day was and the love of the people who were there to celebrate it with the happy couple. This process takes a day or two to complete, as I sort through roughly 1,000-1,500 images from myself and my assistant.  At the end of culling, there are usually between 500-800 images awaiting final editing. The final step for the images is the editing process. This step can take over two weeks to finish as I edit each image in the final cull.  

GNO_3159GNO_3159 Our collections include an album because I fully believe in the power of print and creating tangible memories to serve as heirlooms.  Each album is custom designed. I begin the process by curating 40-60 images from a wedding day that best tell the story.  I feel an album should be more than a way to display photos, conveniently bound. It should be a story book that guides you through the wedding day from start to finish, showing the events, the people, the emotions of the wedding day.  Each album takes many hours of careful design. Once the initial design is complete, I meet in person of via Zoom with each of my couples to customize their album design. The bride and groom then have the opportunity to request changes; ie. swapping images, changing the layout, adding portraits, selecting cover materials, etc.  After the edits are made, it takes one to two weeks to receive the finished album back in the studio.

Once the products are received in the studio, I inspect and custom package each item in order to get it ready for delivery.  Delivering the final product depends on where the couple is located. I prefer to hand deliver products to my clients, but that is not always a possibility.  In which case, I carefully pack and mail their products.

080319-0907080319-0907 I take pride in giving personal care and attention to each and every step in this process.  I hope this blog helps you better understand the care and dedication I provide each and every couple who have chosen to be a GP Love Story!

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Elijah + Rachael {Iowa City Engagement} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/5/elijah-rachael-iowa-city-engagement 051420-001051420-001 051420-013051420-013 It was a rainy spring day.  The radar didn't look great, but Elijah and Rachael embraced the weather and we lucked out!  The rain broke just before we began their engagement session.   051420-018051420-018 We started at the Old Capitol in Iowa City.  The spring blossoms were beautiful and matched perfectly with Rachael's gorgeous dress.  051420-021051420-021 051420-023051420-023 051420-026051420-026 Rachael and Elijah met while in school at the University of Iowa.  When Rachael graduated, she took a job in Wisconsin while Elijah stayed in Iowa City to finish medical school.  Which, by the way, Elijah graduated the day after our session.  Congrats, Elijah!! 051420-029051420-029 051420-034051420-034 For a brief moment, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds.  What beautiful light for this beautiful couple! 051420-037051420-037 051420-040051420-040 051420-042051420-042 051420-044051420-044 I had so much fun chatting with them as we wandered downtown Iowa City.  They shared about their cat, Crookshanks, who loves to travel with Rachael between Iowa City and Wisconsin.  How fun is that!  My cat barely tolerates riding to the vet.  Crookshanks sounds like an awesome companion! 051420-053051420-053 051420-061051420-061 051420-066051420-066 Elijah and Rachael will be moving to Missouri, where Elijah has accepted an emergency department position at a hospital there.  What an exciting new adventure for them!  051420-071051420-071 051420-072051420-072 051420-074051420-074 051420-076051420-076 051420-088051420-088 051420-093051420-093 051420-101051420-101 After downtown Iowa City, we headed to Thornberry Dog Park in Iowa City.  As we began, the thunder in the distance began to rumble louder and the rain began to softly fall.  Rachael and Elijah were amazing and embraced the rain.  As Rachael said the rain fit perfectly with how their wedding planning has gone.  2020 has sure been throwing curveballs! 051420-108051420-108 051420-112051420-112 051420-115051420-115 051420-119051420-119 051420-127051420-127 I love, love, love the photos in the rain.  It's real and beautiful.  Plus, anyone else getting "The Notebook" vibes?  Um, yeah, love it so much! 051420-134051420-134 051420-148051420-148 051420-155051420-155 051420-157051420-157 051420-160051420-160 Thank you so much to Elijah and Rachael for embracing the weather and being so amazing to work with!  It was an absolute joy working with you both!!  I cannot wait for your wedding day in June!

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The Ryan Family https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/5/wellman-family-photographer-iowa-city-wedding-photographer-iowa-wedding-photography 051720-01051720-01 051720-05051720-05 This spring has been a little different with the onset of Covid and all that brings, but I was thrilled to have the opportunity to capture the Ryan family again.   051720-11051720-11 051720-12051720-12 Their little guy, Everett, is getting so big!  Hard to believe he was only a few days old when I first met him.  My how he has grown!! 051720-16051720-16 051720-22051720-22 051720-28051720-28 051720-35051720-35 We met in downtown Wellman for their portrait session. While it's really only one block long, it has some pretty fantastic portrait locations. 051720-43051720-43 051720-46051720-46 051720-53051720-53 051720-55051720-55 051720-58051720-58 A big thank you to the Ryan family for allowing me to capture your beautiful family!  It was an absolute joy, as always!!

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Elijah + Rachael {Engagement: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/5/iowa-city-engagement-portraits-iowa-wedding-photographer-old-capitol GNO_3689GNO_3689 I had such a fun time capturing Elijah & Rachael's engagement portraits!  Rain and all!!  I'll be back soon to share more from their engagement session, but I couldn't wait to get a sneak peek on the blog!! GNO_3700GNO_3700 GNO_4172GNO_4172 GNO_4197GNO_4197 Check back soon for more from Elijah and Rachael's engagement session!

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Our Adventures in China & Australia {2005} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/5/iowa-city-wedding-photographer-weddings-travel-destination-photography GNO_3383GNO_3383 Well, I got it done!  I sent off my album design for print this morning and I am so excited to get the album!!!  I thought, in the meantime, I'd share a little about our trip. 

In 2004, Josh returned from deployment in Iraq and once again we were both students at Luther, essentially senior year for us both as he missed a full year while on deployment.  We decided we should look into study abroad.  Ultimately, we chose a business class that would take us to Hong Kong, Perth, and Shanghai.  It was definitely about the destinations rather than the class, sorry Professor!  It was a J-term class, so more of a fun thing anyway.  GNO_3389GNO_3389 Our first stop was Hong Kong.  The first day, we headed to Victoria's Peak, which is a popular spot that overlooks the city.  GNO_3390GNO_3390 GNO_3392GNO_3392 Look at us!  We were babies!!  Married a year and a half at this time, me just 21 and Josh about to turn 23.  It was my first big international travel.  I had been to Canada before when my family lived in northern Minnesota for a few years as a child, but that didn't quite hold the excitement this trip did for me.  Josh had been to Mexico in high school, otherwise he'd been to Kuwait and Irag if you count that as international travel, not quite the same thing though.  We were both excited for our adventure in China and Australia! GNO_3398GNO_3398 GNO_3406GNO_3406 We spent as much time as we could exploring.  The nice thing for us, knowing very little Cantonese or Mandarin, is that Hong Kong is pretty accessible for English speakers, as it was under British control for years.  When we weren't going to a class meeting or event, which were not highly time-demanding, we were out exploring.  We went to the Aviary, explored the markets and temples, and enjoyed wandering Kowloon (on the mainland where we stayed, we took a ferry into Hong Kong each morning) to watch the nightly light show in Hong Kong. GNO_3411GNO_3411 GNO_3425GNO_3425 One morning, as part of class, we met with a business acquaintance of our professor (it was a business class afterall) for a traditional dim sum breakfast and it was amazing!  We had steamed pork buns, bamboo cakes, and a multitude of other delicious bites.  The jasmine tea was also fantastic.  Seriously, a highlight of our time there! GNO_3429GNO_3429 GNO_3430GNO_3430 GNO_3434GNO_3434 GNO_3436GNO_3436 On one of our last days in Hong Kong, we took a boat to Lantau Island to see the Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha.  It was such an amazing experience exploring the area!  The artist in me loved the architecture, the art, the colors, everything!!  It was beautiful!! GNO_3446GNO_3446 GNO_3450GNO_3450 GNO_3463GNO_3463 We also headed to Aberdeen and went on a boat ride.  I should probably remember more about the boats and the history there, but I was super smitten with Lucy the pug (not pictured) who was owned by the lady who gave us the boat ride.  Lucy was so cute!  Yep, 15 years later and that fuzzy little puppy I spent 20 minutes with is still a fun memory. GNO_3472GNO_3472 GNO_3486GNO_3486 Next stop, Perth!!  We were so excited for warm weather and sunshine.  I definitely forgot to specify, in case you didn't already know, J-term is in January.  Hong Kong was far enough south to not have been extremely cold, but it was chilly, thus the jackets.  But January in Australia is summer and it was a lovely change of pace.  Though, I do have to say packing for this trip was a challenge since we needed summer and winter clothing.  GNO_3491GNO_3491 Our first day, we headed to an animal park near where we were staying.  The black swan is the symbol of the city of Perth, so it was fun to see them up close.  We also got to walk through an enclosure with kangaroos and wallabies, which was a lot of fun.  They were not caged or fenced off, just roaming throughout the enclosure. GNO_3498GNO_3498 We also visited another animal park while we were in Perth.  There we got to hold "Bob the Wombat," who was this very chunky and chill wombat the park allowed visitors to hold.  GNO_3512GNO_3512 GNO_3529GNO_3529 I think some of my favorite times were along the beach though.  We weren't far away and would walk there in our free time.  Unfortunately, there were bush fires at the time we were there.  Scary, scary things bush fires.  We listened to many heartbreaking news stories while we were there.

One evening, the smoke rolled in at sunset and the sunset was amazing.  GNO_3533GNO_3533 GNO_3538GNO_3538 Love the sunset pictures of us from our time in Australia!  GNO_3546GNO_3546 GNO_3557GNO_3557 GNO_3567GNO_3567 On one of our last days there, we headed from Perth out to Rottnest Island, just off the coast for some snorkeling and to see quakkas.  The water was SO COLD!!!  I couldn't do it.  I have Reynauds, and I lost circulation in the fingers on my right hand due to the chilly water, so I decided to enjoy some time wandering the beaches while Josh snorkeled.  I loved seeing the pictures he took with a disposable underwater camera once we got them developed though! GNO_3570GNO_3570 GNO_3577GNO_3577 I really, really, really wanted to take this adorable little ball of fluff home with me!  Quakkas are so cute!!!  Even cuter?  There's a joey in her pouch!  Look at it's little head popping out! GNO_3582GNO_3582 I loved our time in Perth.  It was so laid back and relaxed.  "No worries" was a phase we heard multiple times a day while we were there.  It was such a different pace from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.  GNO_3584GNO_3584 Our last stop was Shanghai.  It was rather gloomy January weather the whole time we were there unfortunately.  Quite a bit of rain too.  But we made the most of the time we had and loved exploring there as well!  Our profession had given us all cards that had English-Mandarin translations on them to help us get around since taxis were needed more here.  They worked well, though riding in the taxis was an experience.  They went fast even in crowds and traffic.  We got into a car accident on our way to the airport on the way back home.  Nothing serious, but it was such a drastic change from the "no worries" laid-back feeling of Perth. GNO_3586GNO_3586 GNO_3597GNO_3597 As it was rainy, we decided to explore the Shanghai Museum.  It did not disappoint!  So much beautiful artwork spanning centuries and lots of history and culture.  We spent hours there and probably could have spent longer taking everything in. GNO_3603GNO_3603 GNO_3605GNO_3605 We walked along the Bund, a famous stretch along the water in Shanghai.  Many of the famous buildings were obscured because of the fog and rain, but we still enjoyed our time exploring there. GNO_3609GNO_3609 GNO_3612GNO_3612 We wandered the Yu Gardens and markets.  I think the markets were one of the most fun parts.  Vendors were set up in flea market style, each a little "booth" filled with their goods.  They had calculators on which we were enter numbers back and forth haggling over prices.  I'm so glad Josh was there though, I'm not great a haggling.  Plus having the interested + uninterested contrast between the two of us helped in haggling I think.  Josh was always more "meh" and I was excited over pretty much everything.  I have a horrible poker face, lol!! GNO_3617GNO_3617 GNO_3621GNO_3621 GNO_3622GNO_3622 I love this wall in the Yu Gardens, the dragon stretched on around the outer wall.  So beautiful!!  Also, at each corner of the roof, there were scenes with small warrior statues.  They were beautifully intricate! GNO_3623GNO_3623 GNO_3625GNO_3625 On our last day in Shanghai, our professor arranged tickets for us all to go see the Shanghai Acrobats.  What a mind-blowing show!!!  It wasn't filled with special effects or anything crazy or over the top like that.  It was full of incredibly talented performers who did amazing feats.  We were enthralled! GNO_3634GNO_3634 I hope you enjoyed the very brief story of our trip!  I would love to go back some day and explore more of both China and Australia!  It was such an amazing experience and a perfect final class for me, as I graduated in January of 2005 from Luther.  What a way to end my college career!!

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Hello! https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/5/iowa-wedding-photographer-award-winning-iowa-city-wedding-photography _ENO5873_ENO5873

Hey everyone! It's a been a bit since I introduced myself, so I thought I'd take a moment to say "hi!" I'm Carrie Geno, the artist and soul of Geno Photography.  I wear many caps in this crazy whirlwind that is wedding photography and business ownership, as well as few more at home as a wife and mother.  I'm pretty much a one-woman show for Geno Photography, though I do have some AMAZING assistant photographers and a fantastic videographer who work with me on wedding days. 179A0789179A0789 179A1486179A1486 But enough about business!  This post is to help you get to know me a little better.  Where to start?  Hmmm...

Well, a few quirky things about me are:

If I'm not at a meeting or photographing something, you'll probably find me in yoga pants and a comfy top with my hair in a ponytail.  I spend a lot of time at the computer and like to be comfy. 

If I'm not at the computer, a meeting, or photographing something, you'll probably find me in yoga pants and a comfy top with my hair in a ponytail.  Ha! I started working out regularly about a year ago, and I cannot imagine not continuing to be active.  It is an amazing stress reliever!  (I swear I do own jeans and other "real clothes" too!)

I'm 1000% that person who uses WAY TOO MANY exclamation marks in all of my emails and notes.  And you know what?  I'm totally ok with that!!  I am really excited and enthusiastic about my work!  So, if you get any emails from me and they contain nothing but exclamation marks, just know I'm super stoked about your wedding and/or portraits!!

I love listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks!  I love reading the books too, but Jim Dale does such a fantastic job reading them.  My kids and I have listened to them I'm not even sure how many times.  Perfect for long car trips when we travel!

I talk to my cat and she listens.  Sounds super weird, I know!  But Rose is a smart cat, and and I swear she understands English.  I will spare you any stories right now, but if you ever want some I'm happy to share!

I may have a mild obsession with the sweet potato fries at Kalona Brewing Company.  I love that restaurant anyway, but their sweet potato fries make me so happy.  Mmmm....  We often have an amazing waitress there, and she just knows to wait for me to pick my main dish and then add sweet potato fries.  Every time!  Seriously, if you're ever in the Kalona area, you need to check out the Brewery!!  Love it all!

Well, I think about sums up my big quirks!  I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little better!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Cameras {What's in My Camera Bag?} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/5/cameras-whats-in-my-bag-iowa-city-wedding-photographer Welcome back to the final installment of "What's in my camera bag?"  Today, you get to meet my cameras!  They're what allow me to create my vision in capturing so many amazing milestones in my clients' lives! 5D45D4 First up is my Canon 5D Mark IV.  This is my main camera body and used for 100% of my sessions and weddings.  It is always in my hand or at my side.  Love it so much! 5D35D3 Meet my Canon 5D Mark III.  This was my lead camera prior to the arrival of the Mark IV.  It is still a powerhouse and is my second camera body I use at weddings.  I have a dual holster that allows me to wear two camera bodies at once.  While I shoot the majority of the day on my Mark IV, the Mark III allows me to have another lens ready on a camera body to give me even more options while cutting out the time it takes to change lenses.  I has made my wedding day workflow go so much quicker and allows me to capture a greater variety. 6D6D Finally, meet my 6D.  While this little guy doesn't get much use on wedding days or portrait sessions, I feel it's so important to have a backup.  The 6D also goes on our travels with us, as it is lighter and a little more compact than the 5Ds.  So far the 6D has traveled to Iceland, France, Italy, and Mexico.  I can't wait to see where it travels to next! 

Well, those are my camera bodies and I love them all!  I hope you enjoyed this final peek into my camera bag!!

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A Project During Quarantine https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/5/iowa-wedding-photographer-travel-desination-weddings-china-australia GNO_3450GNO_3450 If you've read my blog for a while, you probably know how much I love albums.  I value them so much I design and order them for our family, especially for our international travels.  I have an album from our trip to Japan in 2010, our family trip to Iceland and France in 2017, Josh an my anniversary trip to Italy in 2018, and our family trip to Mexico in 2019.  LOVE THEM ALL SO MUCH!!!  Seriously, looking through them is a wonderful flood of memories and moments.  It's like going back!  However, it has bothered me that our images from our trip to China and Australia in 2005 sat on the bookshelf in cheap Walmart photo albums because we were in college at the time and didn't put as much thought into displaying them.  Then, the whirlwind that is life swept us away in a busy blur of moving, starting a family, a deployment, running a business, and... well... just other life things.  So, I decided to seize the moment and take this downtime to do what I've been putting on the back burner for years, the China & Australia album!

I have spent a good chunk of hours today photographing my old photographs since I don't have a scanner.  I have started editing them, but that is going to take a bit yet too.  As tedious as this part of the project is, I cannot wait to see the final album and be able to add it to all the other travel albums that decorate our living room and remind us of our adventures!!

I'll be sure to share the final product with you all once it's here!

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A Gift for You! https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/4/iowa-wedding-planning-iowa-city-wedding-photographer GP 2020 Wedding Planning for Photographers-1GP 2020 Wedding Planning for Photographers-1 So while I've been missing photographing weddings a ton lately, I've been working hard on creating this wedding planning guide complete with Covid-19 planning advice and information.  Want to know the best thing?!  It's free!  Just pop over to our info tab and select "wedding planning guide," submit your email and your guide will be sent right over!

I hope you love it and it helps you make planning your perfect wedding day even easier!

 

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Em Design {Wedding Stationery} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/4/em-design-wedding-stationery-cedar-rapids-wedding-photographer 040820-001040820-001 I mentioned in a previous post about how I've been excited to work on styling lay-flats of invitation suites during this unexpected downtime, so I reached out to Emily of Em Design to see if she would like to partner on a project.  She said yes and I was so excited to receive a package filled with some of her beautiful invitation suites!! 040820-002040820-002 040820-003040820-003 In order to really create some gorgeous styling, I also reached out to Petals, a florist in Kalona.  They were gracious enough to give me a bag of their floral scraps and I went to work creating some beautiful styling with the suites. 040820-011040820-011 I highly recommend asking your florist if they will include a small bag of scrap flowers and greenery from your wedding florals!  With a small bag of floral scraps, I was able to create so many different looks that elevated the look of these invitation photos.  Love it!!! 040820-013040820-013 040820-015040820-015 Also, the eucalyptus smelled amazing!!!  Added perk of styling these photos! 040820-018040820-018 040820-023040820-023 040820-032040820-032 040820-035040820-035 040820-041040820-041 Ok, I love the rose gold foil on the invitation below!!  How gorgeous is that?!!! 040820-043040820-043 040820-045040820-045 040820-048040820-048 040820-051040820-051 040820-055040820-055 I hope you loved seeing some of Emily's work.  I had so much fun photographing it!!  Check out more from Em Design's beautiful work here!

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Lighting {What's in My Camera Bag?} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/4/lighting-whats-in-my-bag Welcome back to the blog and another installment of "What's in my bag?"  Today I'm going to introduce you to my lighting.  I love natural light and gorgeous evening glow or soft window light are my favorites.  However, photographing with natural light all the time just isn't realistic or possible.  So I bring along my own light to ensure I'm creating the best images possible for my clients.

First up, the work horses of my lighting, my on camera flashes.  I love these beauties!  They allow me to illuminate wherever I am without too much set up or fuss.  I have a wonderful system of magnet mounted modifiers that allow me to better control the light and get just the look I want. lights01lights01 Next up, my Alien Bees!  The name sounds weird, right?  Well, it kind of is, but I love these flashes for formal portraits.  They allow me to light up dark churches beautifully and provide fill light if we're photographing outside in harsh light.  They take some time to set up, but the results are gorgeous formal portraits! lights02lights02 Last but not least, my video light!  I love setting this little guy up during dances to provide a gorgeous solid white light for dancing.  It allows me to photograph the dances with beautiful lighting without leaving it to chance.  Often DJ lighting, while amazing for when the dance floor is full, is a bit too intense for the mood of the first dance and parent dances.  This awesome little light allows me to enhance those photos. lights03lights03 I hope you enjoyed this peek into my bag!  Check back soon for more!!

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Going Above and Beyond {Wedding Wednesday} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/4/going-above-and-beyond-wedding-wednesday I'm such a hopeless romantic at heart.  I love Love, so weddings are naturally something I adore.  Two people who are fully smitten with each other, surrounded by those who love them, all in a beautiful setting;  there's nothing to not like! On a wedding day, it is my job to capture not only portraits, but also the moments shared by everyone involved.  These moments vary from the joyful hugs and laughter as the bride and groom celebrate with guests to the quiet, intimate moments when the happy couple takes a moment to whisper "I love you" to each other.  I believe in offering my clients the best service possible, going above and beyond their expectations. Through the years, I have learned many useful skills that I have used to help many wedding days run smoothly so these important moments can continue to happen.

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In addition to all the tips, trick, and knowledge of photographing weddings, I have also gotten quite skilled at pinning boutonnieres, bustling dresses, re-pinning hair, fixing bouquets, and many other odd jobs that often arise on a wedding day.  I want to see every couple I photograph enjoying their day. If there is anything I can do to help it flow more smoothly, I am there to do so. My large camera case is stocked with an array of emergency supplies to avert almost any potential disaster that may arise on the wedding day: a sewing kit (which gets used all the time), tissues, lint roller, oil blotting sheets, Brush-Ups, a Tide pen, wet wipes, a pair of black socks (you never know when a groomsman may forget to bring theirs), dress tape, and so many other little things to help in case something unexpected happens.

 

I have helped remove spots on the bride's dress, put in veils, bustled countless dresses, fixed floral arrangements, and so many other small jobs that helped the day continue on schedule and without incident.  I have even had brides joke that I should have been a bridesmaid. I could stand back and say, "it's not my job," which I have seen other photographers do over the course of my career so far, but I am happy to go the extra mile to keep the day on track and stress-free for my couples.  If a bride or groom are stressed, those magic moments don't happen on the wedding day; they don't have the glowing smiles or the joyful interactions. A wedding day can be an overwhelming event, even if it runs completely to plan. If there is anything I can do to help keep my couples happy and relaxed on their day I am there to help!

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Missing Mexico https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/4/destination-wedding-photographer-iowa-city-weddings mexico2019-066mexico2019-066 Hey everyone!  Hope you are all staying safe!  We here in the Geno house are doing well, but this past week was a little rough.  We were supposed to have flown out to the sunny shores of Cancun on the 4th and spent a week exploring the area, but it didn't quite work out.  I think we all went through a little bit of mourning over not being able to take the trip we'd been planning for a while.

While some of these cool, dreary days have me missing the beach, I do have to say we've found some ways to have fun at home.  Laurelin is busy creating and crafting.  Gabby is loving baking and reorganizing things (seriously, she volunteered to reorganize some of our cabinets, I'm not sure where this kid came from, but love her!!!).  Josh had the week off from work because, well, we were supposed to be exploring places like Chichen Itza and Isla Mujeres.  But he helped get the yard cleaned up, gardens mulched, and worked on a few home repair projects (do those ever end? lol!).  I've been busy working on a few collaboration projects with other vendors, baking, sewing masks, and cleaning up the gardens. 

In addition to our separate activities, Josh and the girls have been having fun playing Minecraft together and with family members who live elsewhere.  A great way to keep connected!  I know nothing of Mincraft (it makes me motion sick watching it for short times, eek!), but have enjoyed time with them playing board games and going for walks together. 

Life has gotten so quiet.  In a lot of ways it drives me a little nutty.  I love going and doing!  I miss working with my couples.  I miss meeting new couples.  But I am also loving the slow down.  It has given me more time with my family and time to work on projects that I have been putting on the back burner for a while.  Both of which are great!

Stay safe and find the beauty in today, my friends!

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Rendee {Personal Branding} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/4/rendee-personal-branding 031020-006031020-006 Before the world went on pause, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Rendee in her massage and fitness studio in Kalona.  I've known Rendee for a few years now.  She is an amazing masseuse and she is my go to when I'm in need of some relaxation! 031020-014031020-014 For her personal branding photos, we did a variety focusing on her massage business and her Arbonne business.  I love how they all turned out! 031020-025031020-025 031020-027031020-027 031020-044031020-044 How gorgeous is Rendee?!  Seriously!  It was so easy to capture her portraits.  Not only is she stunning, she is a bright, joyful personality who is a joy to be around. 031020-057031020-057 031020-061031020-061 031020-071031020-071 Rendee started selling Arbonne within the past year, and it's become something she is very passionate about.  It fits beautifully with her fitness and wellness background. 031020-092031020-092 031020-100031020-100 031020-110031020-110 Can you tell we had a bit of fun with Rendee's session?!  It was amazing!! 031020-114031020-114 031020-125031020-125 Rendee's studio is filled with beautiful plants, it only seemed right to create a beautiful, lush indoor garden for her portraits.  It was perfect with her stunning dress! I think this was by far my favorite outfit and setting for her portraits!  So beautiful!! 031020-131031020-131 I hope you enjoyed Rendee's personal branding portraits!  Check her out here!  If you are ever in need of a massage, I highly recommend her!!

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Time for Details {Wedding Wednesday} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/4/time-for-details-wedding-wednesday 082719-009082719-009 Everything to the smallest detail should be documented on your wedding day.  In order to capture all those amazing details, remember to allow your photographer time to do so.  

Bridal/Groom’s details take typically place first thing at the beginning of your wedding photography coverage. These are the details of your wedding day fashion and invitation suite. In order to allow your photographer time to capture beautifully styled images, schedule 30-60 minutes into the timeline before you want your photographer in capturing your getting ready images.

022320-104022320-104 Ceremony details occur before the ceremony begins, including photos of the church/venue, flowers, unity candle/sand ceremony vases/etc, the program, flowers, and more.  These are best captured before the guests arrive. For my couples, we schedule formal portraits to end 45 minutes before the ceremony begins, which allows us some time to capture these details before guests are seated. 051319-181051319-181 Before the reception begins, allow your photographer to go into the reception hall before guests are allowed in to their seats.  This allows them to get some room shots and details with everything looking perfect. During this time, your photographer will capture place settings, centerpieces, escort cards/place cards, the cake, and any other personal touches. 083019-441083019-441 I hope this has given you some food for thought when considering detail photos and planning your wedding day timeline!

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Staying Creative in Difficult Times https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/4/iowa-city-wedding-photography-wedding-invitations-boutique-photographer iowa-wedding-photographeriowa-wedding-photographer On a whim, I ordered a few wedding invitations online and they arrived on Saturday!  So just for fun, I spent a little time styling them and it was amazing!  It felt so nice to be capturing beautiful things again, and I've been wanting to do more lay-flats just to play around with things before wedding season starts up, whenever that may be.  iowa-wedding-photographeriowa-wedding-photographer Creativity is like a muscle, it needs to be exercised.  While I've been busy working on a few other things for my business that will allow my clients to have an even more amazing wedding photography experience, it was nice to pick up my camera and create again. iowa-wedding-photographeriowa-wedding-photographer I hope you've enjoyed this little peek into what I've been up to!

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Rendee {Personal Branding: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/4/rendee-personal-branding-sneak-peek 031020-125031020-125 Oh my word!  I had so much fun capturing Rendee's personal branding photos at her massage studio in Kalona at the beginning of March!!   It was such a joy working with this vibrant, passionate business woman!  Be sure to check back soon for more from her session.

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When to Schedule Your Engagement Session {Wedding Wednesday} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/4/engagement-session-iowa-city-wedding-photographer-destination-weddings lumen5-video Today, I'm here with a fun little video to share a little about when to schedule your engagements session.  I hope it help you plan your dream engagement session!

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Lenses {What's in My Camera Bag?} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/3/iowa-city-wedding-photographer-destination-weddings-photography Hello!  I'm often asked about what equipment I use, so I thought I'd do a little "What's in My Camera Bag" series just for fun.  So let's dive in with lenses!

I'm a Canon girl, though I hold no ill will against Nikon, Fuji, or any other brand.  I just started off with Canon digital and love it, so I'm sticking with it.  I originally started out with a Pentax K1000 film camera when I was a kid.  Still have that one though I rarely shoot film anymore.  But I digress, lol!

Meet my 24mm L-series prime lens: 2424 This little guy doesn't see a whole lot of use.  He mostly hangs in my Pelican case until I'm in a tight spot and need a wider view or if I'm trying to get an really wide room shot of a reception hall.  Due to the focal length he creates some funky distortion to people, so I don't use him for portraits.

 

Here's one of my workhorses, my 35mm L-series prime. 3535 This lens pretty much stays glued to one of my camera bodies through the entire wedding day.  It is a great lens for group portraits, room shots, wide shots of the dance floor, ceremony, and the list goes on.  It rarely leaves my shoulder bag and is one of my trifecta of lenses.

 

My 50mm L-series prime lens: 5050 I know many photographers keep their 50mm on their cameras for most of the wedding day.  I like the 50, but I don't love it enough to do that.  I do love it for newborn sessions though!  Unless I'm doing a newborn session, this little guy hangs out next to my 24mm in my Pelican Case all snug until it's moment to shine.

My 70-200 L-series zoom lens: 70-20070-200 I call this lens the "beast."  It is hefty!   I don't use it a lot because of the weight.  I mean, I workout and lift and all that, but having this big guy on my camera all day is tiring.  Plus, it's just not as great in low light as my primes.  It is however, a great lens for ceremonies so I can get some nice up-close shots without being intrusive, because let's face it, your guests came to see you and not me.  So the more I can be out of the way while still getting amazing shots, the better. 

Say "Hello" to my 85mm L-series prime lens: 8585 This beauty is my favorite!  She lives on my camera 98% of the time.  Seriously, this lens is dreamy!  Beautifully sharp, gorgeous bokeh-y backgrounds, amazing in low light, and perfect for portraits.  There have been many, many engagement and portrait sessions that are shot almost entirely with this sweet thing.  She is fantastic and I'd be lost with out her.  She has no place in the Pelican Case because if she's not on my camera, she's in my shoulder bag so I have her at hand so I can switch back to her.  Love!!

 

My 100mm L-series prime Macro lens: 100100 This guy mostly hangs out for detail shots.  It beautifully captures small details like rings.  It pretty much hangs out it my Pelican Case after I'm done styling details.

Last, but certainly not least, the final piece of my lens trifecta, my 135mm L-series prime lens: 135135 This lens isn't used as much as my 85 or 35, but it also lives in my shoulder bag on wedding days.  It gives me a great ability to get close up shots of my couples with beautiful crisp focus and a dreamy soft background when I'm not able to get as close.  It is also great in low light, perfect for first dances.  It also allows me to capture my couples snuggling and being in the moment without me being in their bubble.  Let's face it, sometimes it feels a little weird to have a camera up close to you while you cuddle with your love.

I hope you've enjoyed this little peek into my camera bag!  Be sure to check back soon for more!

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Clayton + Ashley {Wedding Highlights Video} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/3/cedar-rapids-wedding-photographer-wedding-videography-iowa-city-weddings Dreaming back to Clayton and Ashley's wedding this past fall with their awesome highlight video!  Want to see more from their gorgeous day? Check out their blog posts here and here!

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Tangible Memories {Wedding Wednesday} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/3/tangible-memories-wedding-wednesday 111618-47111618-47 If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you've probably figured out how much I love albums, canvases, prints, and other heirloom items.  I think it is so important to print your photos.  They are treasured memories that carry with them value and emotion that deserve to be displayed and interacted with beyond a computer or cell phone screen. 111618-49111618-49 111618-51111618-51 That being said, choose to invest in quality printed items that will serve as heirlooms for your family.  Sure you can order a photo book on Shutterfly for $35, but the pages are thin, non-archival and the binding grows fragile over time.  Our keepsake and heirloom albums are printed using archival quality ink and papers, mounted on heavy stock, and bound beautifully into lay-flat spreads. 

I love them so much that I order them for each of our family vacations.  I feel our memories are worth being showcased in a way that will last us a lifetime and longer.  They are something we sit together and look through, reliving the beautiful moments we spent together.  It shows our children what is important to us, our family and our love. 111618-53111618-53 111618-54111618-54 Each and every album that comes through my studio is custom designed for my clients.  I work with each couple to create an album that they will treasure, an album that showcases their favorite images from their wedding day.  It is an artistic expression to tell the story of their wedding day, allowing them to relive the joy and celebration.  It is something they can show future generations and share their love stories, the foundation of their family. 111618-55111618-55 111618-57111618-57 I hope you are inspired to print your photos and create tangible memories to celebrate your story!

Are you planning a wedding and looking for timeless, authentic photography with unparalleled service for your big day? Contact us here to see if we are available for your wedding day. 2021 dates are filling quickly!

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Skye {Personal Branding} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/3/skye-personal-branding 030620-001030620-001 I LOVE personal branding sessions!  Not only are they great opportunities to work with fabulous local professionals, but I really love connecting with the professionals I have the pleasure of photographing.  Working with Skye was amazing!!!  She is a beautiful person inside and out and a wealth of HR knowledge! 030620-006030620-006 Personal branding sessions are more than just head shots.  They allow businesses to get images to fill their websites, social media, promotional materials, and more.  Skye HR Consulting does more than offering one on one advice, Skye offers 030620-007030620-007 030620-016030620-016 Skye had recently added a beautiful golden yellow to her branding colors and it was a perfect opportunity to bring out my yellow backdrop.  I cannot even express how much I love how these turned out!  Beautiful portraits of this gorgeous woman in the perfect colors for her brand.  Stunning! 030620-039030620-039 030620-051030620-051 We captured her portraits at the Coralville Marriott and it was perfect! Lots of natural light, a great variety of locations including conference rooms, and plenty of room for me to set up a backdrop for a few photos.  030620-054030620-054 030620-057030620-057 030620-080030620-080 030620-099030620-099 030620-102030620-102 I hope you enjoyed this little peek at Skye's personal branding session!  I had so much fun working with Skye!!  You can check out her HR consulting business here.  She is amazing and a wealth of HR knowledge!!

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) coralville marriott gorgeous hr consultant iowa city branding photography iowa photographer midwest wedding photographer personal branding personal branding photography professional portraits https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/3/skye-personal-branding Mon, 23 Mar 2020 13:15:00 GMT
Social Distancing and Wedding Planning https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/3/social-distancing-and-wedding-planning 072218-655072218-655 Hey everyone!  I hope you are all staying safe and healthy in these crazy time!  I know for many of you, this has created some chaos or uncertainty in your wedding plans and that is stressful!  I want you all to know, I'm here for you in any way I can.  Have questions about your wedding planning or photography?  Need to vent some stress?  Shoot me an email or give me a ring!  I'm here for you!!

I know how stressful things are currently, but I hope you are able to take a breath and find some joy.  I know I have the best couples in the world, ones who love their love stories and are focused on their journey together.  My couples aren't just in it for the wedding day, they care more about their marriage to the love of their life.  So I hope you can find joy and comfort in each other and use this time to connect further.  Pour yourselves a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy this moment.  Make dinner together and enjoy a movie snuggled on the couch.  Know that things will get better and wedding planning will go on, and most importantly through it all, good times and bad, you will have your best friend and soulmate by your side. 072218-647072218-647 I'm spending my days hanging with the girls trying to keep my social butterflies from going stir crazy during the four weeks they are out of school.  We're working on craft projects (yesterday's were dinosaur themed for Gabby!), planning meals together, and trying to decide what direction to go with "homeschooling." It's officially spring break right now, so we'll dive into education more next week. 

For myself, I'm working out at home to relieve stress.  I miss the gym, but am thankful I picked up a few heavier weights earlier this year so I can keep pushing myself.  I'm also busy working on a video project and a few wedding planning freebie projects that I think are going to be amazing!  I look forward to being out and photographing sessions and weddings again.  Until then, I strive to find joy in my days and continue to work to serve my couples.

Again, I am here for you if you need anything, so please don't hesitate reach out!

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) happily ever after iowa iowa photographer iowa wedding photographer midwest wedding photographer personal wedding https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/3/social-distancing-and-wedding-planning Fri, 20 Mar 2020 13:45:00 GMT
Finding the Right Videographer {Wedding Wednesday Guest Post} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/3/finding-the-right-videographer-wedding-wednesday-iowa-city-photographer-videography 060119-0453060119-0453 When it comes to Weddings, "The Big Day", Photography and Cinematography are two totally separate art forms and industries. One does NOT negate the other. What the photography leaves you wanting is the sound and the motion of the moment. For example, applause as the groom kisses the bride, the sound of the Father of the Bride choking up as he gives his speech, or hearing the vows that you spent so much time writing and choosing. There are countless other examples.  Don't rely on your Videographer to shoot still pictures, and don't rely on your Photographer to shoot video. Each of them have their own expertise and each should be a part of your big day. We as Wedding Filmmakers are not here to eliminate the idea of a Wedding Photographer, we are here to join them in the purpose of preserving your day, which in essence, will be something you, your kids, and extended family will want to see for years to come.

When you're choosing a Videographer or Wedding Filmmaker, find out what you get on the final DVDs.  Is it a short film, a Highlight Trailer, the entire day in chronological order, etc. Find out what their intentions are on telling your story, i.e., how they shoot, how they edit, etc.  Make sure they acquire good audio, and how they do it. This is done with digital recorders and wireless microphones. Great Audio is 65 percent of a great Wedding Film. On that note, your wedding film is also dependent somewhat upon your choices for colors, venue, lighting, etc.  It is up to you as a bride to create a good aesthetic. Whatever looks good in real life will look a lot better on video.

I believe Wedding Filmmaking is the art of telling the story of one of the biggest days in your life.  The day moves like a whirlwind and you miss a lot of moments. We capture those moments with several cameras and a few microphones and digital recorders to save it forever.

It really comes down to seeing all of the hard work of the bride, the mother of the bride, and family and friends on the big screen. As Wedding Filmmakers, we at Nepo Productions will capture Moments, Moments that matter, Moments that move you. The video will NOT be a 90 minute close up of just the couple. It will be a truly heartfelt experience that will bring you joy and strengthen your relationship by remembering where you started.

Just as choosing any vendor, you are hoping that the investment you give them is going to pay off in the end for you and your expectations for the day.  Wedding Films are not just a trend. They are truly

documentation of an expression of love that deserves to be preserved.

Good Luck on your Wedding Planning.

 

by Steve Oliver

Nepo Productions

Marion, Iowa 52302

www.NepoProductions.com

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Skye {Personal Branding: Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/3/skye-personal-branding-photographer-iowa-city-photography 030620-016030620-016 A little peek at Skye's recent personal branding session.  So much fun!!  I cannot wait to share more!

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Josh + Jessica {Wedding Highlight Video} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/3/wilsons-orchard-rapid-creek-cidery-wedding-iowa-city-wedding-photographer

Loving the highlight video from Josh and Jessica's wedding day this past October!  So gorgeous!!

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When Should You Book Your Photographer {Wedding Wednesday} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/3/cedar-rapids-wedding-photography-iowa-city-weddings-photographer-destination-wedding 051319-009051319-009 Most photographers have limited availability and work on a first come-first serve basis.  So the earlier you can book the better.  Though, keep in mind, many photographers won't book a couple who doesn't have a venue yet.  Their concern is a possible change in the wedding date due to venue availability and, since most photographers do not take on more than one wedding a day, date changes are incredibly difficult to accommodate.

Okay, you have a venue booked and you're ready to finalize a photographer, but you're years away or perhaps just a few months out from your date.  Honestly, I’ve had weddings book two years in advance.  I’ve also had weddings book just a couple months before.  A lot of it depends on your timeline for wedding planning, whether you have a short or long engagement.  There is really no right or wrong answer as to when to book.

It's all down to your timeline, just know that shorter timelines may be limited in their photographer options due to availability.  Most photographers book weddings about a year in advance, so their calendars for the following year fills up quickly.  Remember that wedding photographers book on a first come, first serve basis, so once you find the one who's a great fit for you.  Don't wait, book them! 

Not sure if they're the right fit?  Consider scheduling an engagement session with them.  It will give you an opportunity to get to know them, see how they work, and see if they're the right photographer for you.

Are you planning a wedding and looking for timeless, authentic photography with unparalleled service for your big day? Contact us here to see if we are available for your wedding day. 2021 dates are filling quickly!

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) cedar rapids cedar rapids wedding des moines des moines wedding iowa city iowa city wedding iowa photographer iowa wedding photographer midwest wedding photographer wedding planning wedding wednesday https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/3/cedar-rapids-wedding-photography-iowa-city-weddings-photographer-destination-wedding Wed, 11 Mar 2020 13:45:00 GMT
Spring at Rapid Creek Cidery {Wedding Inspiration} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/3/spring-at-rapid-creek-cidery-wedding-inspiration-iowa-city-wedding-photographer 022320-062022320-062 022320-069022320-069 After the Wedding Open House at Rapid Creek Cidery, a few of the vendors stayed and collaborated on this gorgeous inspiration shoot.  I love the blues and pinks, perfect for spring!  It has me dreaming of warmer days, green leaves, and blue skies.  022320-073022320-073 E's Florals provided the gorgeous floral arrangements.  Sugar + Grace made the stunning cake.  Vintage Love Rentals provided the rentals, still cannot get over that lounge!  Em Designs created the sign and invitation suite.  Talk about a great team of professionals!  I have the best job ever!! 022320-059022320-059 022320-043022320-043 022320-083022320-083 022320-053022320-053 022320-047022320-047 022320-112022320-112 022320-116022320-116 022320-079022320-079 022320-078022320-078 022320-084022320-084 022320-088022320-088 Check out that found wood lamp!  The Branch Company in Cedar Rapids creates them and they are gorgeous!! 022320-091022320-091 022320-115022320-115 022320-040022320-040 022320-122022320-122 022320-086022320-086 022320-100022320-100 022320-104022320-104 I hope this wedding inspiration shoot has you dreaming of warmer days and inspires you as you plan your wedding! 

VENDORS:
Venue - Rapid Creek Cidery
Rentals - Vintage Love Rentals
Florals - E's Florals
Stationery - Em Designs
Cake - Sugar + Grace
Lamp - The Branch Company

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Spring at Rapid Creek Cidery {Wedding Inspiration Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/3/spring-rapid-creek-cidery-wedding-photographer-iowa-city-weddings-destination 022320-083022320-083 A little peek at a recent inspiration shoot at Rapid Creek Cidery!  Love the blues and pale pinks!!  Check back soon for more!

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Writing Your Own Vows {Wedding Wednesday} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/3/writing-your-own-vows-wedding-wednesday-iowa-wedding-photographer 082419-406082419-406 I have to say, I do love when people write their own vows.  It allows everyone to get to know them better, both as individuals and as a couple.  It is a great way to put into your own words your promise to your soulmate and what you love most about them.  I have been privileged enough to witness some beautiful and some hilarious vows.

That being said, there is a lot of pressure in writing your own vows.  Don’t feel like you have to!  Every couple I have ever seen write their own vows, it was 100% fitting with their personality to do so.  If you are shy and reserved or perhaps if tradition is an important part of your heart, do not feel pressured to write vows for one another.  

The main thing is: it’s your day, do whatever makes you happiest!!

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Clayton + Ashley {Album Feature} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/3/epic-event-center-cedar-rapids-wedding-photographer-heirloom-wedding-album 022520-01022520-01Stunning Keepsake Wedding Album for Clayton and Ashley's Cedar Rapids wedding day makes the perfect family heirloom Oh my gosh!!!  I cannot even fully put into words how in love I am with Clayton & Ashley's wedding album.  It is a stunning 12x12 20-spread (40 pages in total!) keepsake album in a custom album box.  Gorgeous is an understatement!!!  I may be oversharing photos of their album, but it's just so beautiful I can't help but share! 022520-01022520-01Stunning Keepsake Wedding Album for Clayton and Ashley's Cedar Rapids wedding day makes the perfect family heirloom 022520-01022520-01Stunning Keepsake Wedding Album for Clayton and Ashley's Cedar Rapids wedding day makes the perfect family heirloom I love album boxes so much!  They are lined in beautiful, soft light gray velvet.  A perfect way to protect a wedding album! 022520-01022520-01Stunning Keepsake Wedding Album for Clayton and Ashley's Cedar Rapids wedding day makes the perfect family heirloom 022520-01022520-01Stunning Keepsake Wedding Album for Clayton and Ashley's Cedar Rapids wedding day makes the perfect family heirloom 022520-01022520-01Stunning Keepsake Wedding Album for Clayton and Ashley's Cedar Rapids wedding day makes the perfect family heirloom 022520-01022520-01Stunning Keepsake Wedding Album for Clayton and Ashley's Cedar Rapids wedding day makes the perfect family heirloom 022520-01022520-01Stunning Keepsake Wedding Album for Clayton and Ashley's Cedar Rapids wedding day makes the perfect family heirloom 022520-01022520-01Stunning Keepsake Wedding Album for Clayton and Ashley's Cedar Rapids wedding day makes the perfect family heirloom Clayton and Ashley's album features one of my absolute favorite images from their wedding day.  The orange sunset was not only a super-romantic and beautiful setting for this gorgeous couple, it also tied in perfectly with their wedding colors!!

The photo-wrapped cover is coated in a textured finish to protect it. 022520-01022520-01Stunning Keepsake Wedding Album for Clayton and Ashley's Cedar Rapids wedding day makes the perfect family heirloom 022520-01022520-01Stunning Keepsake Wedding Album for Clayton and Ashley's Cedar Rapids wedding day makes the perfect family heirloom 022520-01022520-01Stunning Keepsake Wedding Album for Clayton and Ashley's Cedar Rapids wedding day makes the perfect family heirloom Each spread is a full lay-flat panoramic photo, custom designed to tell the story of Clayton and Ashley's wedding day from beginning to end. The pages are made of heavy stock, creating a solid heirloom that they will treasure for a lifetime to come. 022520-01022520-01Stunning Keepsake Wedding Album for Clayton and Ashley's Cedar Rapids wedding day makes the perfect family heirloom 022520-01022520-01Stunning Keepsake Wedding Album for Clayton and Ashley's Cedar Rapids wedding day makes the perfect family heirloom 022520-01022520-01Stunning Keepsake Wedding Album for Clayton and Ashley's Cedar Rapids wedding day makes the perfect family heirloom 022520-01022520-01Stunning Keepsake Wedding Album for Clayton and Ashley's Cedar Rapids wedding day makes the perfect family heirloom 022520-01022520-01Stunning Keepsake Wedding Album for Clayton and Ashley's Cedar Rapids wedding day makes the perfect family heirloom I hope Clayton and Ashley are just as excited about their wedding album as I am!

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) beautiful cedar rapids cedar rapids wedding cedar rapids wedding photographer gorgeous happily ever after heirlooms iowa photographer iowa wedding photographer midwest wedding photographer navy wedding sunset wedding wedding portraits https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/3/epic-event-center-cedar-rapids-wedding-photographer-heirloom-wedding-album Mon, 02 Mar 2020 14:45:00 GMT
Album Feature {Luis + Jillian} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/2/album-feature-heirloom-albums-iowa-wedding-photographer-waterloo-engagement GNO_5935-1GNO_5935-1 How gorgeous is this 10x10 heirloom engagement album?! I love the classic gray linen cover with a square cameo so much!  It really gives it a timeless, classic look and makes their image pop.  Stunning!! GNO_5938GNO_5938 I know many couples put an emphasis on the wedding album, which I agree is SO IMPORTANT.  But engagement albums are a beautiful investment and create a stunning heirloom that tells your love story beyond the wedding day.  Imagine sitting down with your children or grandchildren and turning the pages of a stunning album filled with your engagement portraits, sharing the story of how you met and the journey of your love.  Then, picking up your wedding album and sharing the story of your wedding day, the day your family was united and the love that serves as its foundation.  Beautiful!!  It shows just how important your love and your relationship is and passes that importance on to generations yet to come. GNO_5942GNO_5942 Are you planning a wedding and looking for timeless, authentic photography for your big day? Contact us here to see if we are available for your wedding day. 2020 dates are filling quickly!

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My Favorite Part of Wedding Days {Wedding Wednesday} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/2/cedar-rapids-wedding-photographer-iowa-weddings-destination-wedding-phtoography GNO_9268GNO_9268 I’m often asked what is my favorite part of wedding days.  To be completely honest, I love so much about wedding days, but my absolute favorite is my time spent with just the couple.  I love creating beautiful, romantic portraits of them, allowing them some alone time together and to be in the moment.  

GNO_2940GNO_2940 Sunset is my favorite time for portraits with the couple; the warm, soft light is perfect.  It also allows my couples to have a breath after the whirlwind that is the ceremony and reception.  Wedding days fly by quickly and are filled with celebrating with friends and family.  I’ve found that my couples appreciate a little time to breathe and snuggle, away from the hustle and bustle of the wedding festivities before heading back into the celebration.

052519-0972052519-0972 Golden hour also lends itself to beautiful, soft, romantic portraits.  More often than not, these are my couples' favorite images of the day; the ones that are showcased in their wall art, album cover, and prints.

Are you planning a wedding and looking for timeless, authentic photography for your big day? Contact us here to see if we are available for your wedding day. 2020 dates are filling quickly!

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) cedar rapids cedar rapids wedding des moines des moines wedding iowa city iowa city wedding iowa photographer iowa wedding photographer midwest wedding photographer personal wedding wedding planning wedding wednesday https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/2/cedar-rapids-wedding-photographer-iowa-weddings-destination-wedding-phtoography Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:45:00 GMT
Wedding Open House at Rapid Creek Cidery https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/2/wedding-open-house-rapid-creek-cidery-iowa-city-wedding-photographer 022320-004022320-004 A big thank you to everyone who came out to Rapid Creek Cidery for the Wedding Open House. It was a great afternoon spent chatting with some amazing brides and grooms planning their 2020, 2021, and 2022 wedding days! 

022320-006022320-006 I love these open houses because they give me the opportunity to really make personal connections.  I've attended bigger bridal fairs in the past and I much prefer these open houses.  My goal as a wedding photographer is to really build relationships with my couples, and having the opportunity to begin that journey at an open house is so great.

022320-007022320-007 022320-009022320-009 We had so many amazing vendors in attendance too.  Elissa from E's Florals brought some gorgeous arrangements!  She is such a fabulous florist!! 022320-012022320-012 022320-013022320-013 022320-014022320-014 022320-015022320-015 022320-017022320-017 022320-018022320-018 022320-019022320-019 022320-020022320-020 022320-025022320-025 Vintage Love Rentals knocked it out of the park again with their tablescapes and rentals.  The lounge they provided for me was amazing!! 022320-028022320-028 022320-034022320-034 022320-037022320-037 022320-038022320-038 Sugar + Grace bakery brought along some gorgeous cakes!!

Again, thank you to everyone who came out, couples and vendors alike!  It was such a beautiful afternoon and I loved chatting with everyone!!

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Celebrating Josh's Birthday! https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/2/celebrating-joshs-birthday mexico2019-113mexico2019-113 Hey everyone!  I just wanted to take a moment to pop on here and say a huge "Happy Birthday" to Josh!!  I'm looking forward to celebrating with him.  This evening, we're keeping it simple, as Laurelin has her last middle school dance (wait, what?!).  So it will be an evening in for the rest of us.  I have the feeling there will be plenty of board games involved! 

mexico2019-040mexico2019-040This photo is taken by AllWinner's v3-sdv Tomorrow we're busy pretty much all day.  But Sunday, after the wedding open house at Rapid Creek Cidery, I'll cook Josh's official birthday dinner.  This year, his request is mini beef wellingtons.  I made beef wellington for the first time a couple years back and it was AMAZING!!!  So he decided we should have it again as our family meal in celebration of his birthday.  For dessert, he requested mint-oreo something, so Gabby and I will be collaborating Saturday afternoon to prepare his cake.  She's a pretty great baking assistant! 

I cannot wait to celebrate Josh!  He is a wonderful husband, an amazing father, and all-around great guy!  I cannot imagine my life without him!!

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Rapid Creek Cidery Wedding Open House this Sunday! https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/2/rapid-creek-cidery-wedding-planing-iowa-city-wedding-photographers 2020RCC-IG2020RCC-IG

Are you planning a wedding or know someone who is? You definitely don't want to miss this event! Join me at Rapid Creek Cidery this Sunday afternoon, February 23rd from noon - 2:30. Not only will you have the chance to check out this GORGEOUS venue, you will be able to visit with amazing local wedding professionals.

Attendees will be entered to win a Grand Prize valued at over $1000 to help you create the wedding of your dreams.  Seriously, this is a FANTASTIC grand prize that ALL the vendors in attendance have collaborated to create.

Are you planning a wedding and looking for timeless, authentic photography for your big day? Contact us here to see if we are available for your wedding day. 2020 dates are filling quickly!

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Are You a Geno Photography Couple? {Wedding Wednesday} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/2/geno-photography-iowa-city-des-miones-wedding-photographer-destination-weddings 060119-0613060119-0613 Why would you want to be a Geno Photography couple?  Because you want to work with a photographer who is not only going to provide you with gorgeous images that will stand the test of time.  Images that reflect not only the people, the colors, the day as it was; also images that capture the joy, love, celebration, and emotion of the day.  Because you want more than photos that sit on a drive, you want art to hang in your home and heirlooms to showcase and honor your story.  RCC-02RCC-02 Because you want access to expert advice from someone who has been in the industry for nearly two decades.  A professional who puts you at the top of the priority list, who is quick to respond to your questions and is constantly striving to provide you with unparalleled service.

geno-photography-bridal-guidegeno-photography-bridal-guidewedding experience guide for geno photography brides An added perk for all of our couples is our exclusive Wedding Guide.  This is only available to our couples and is filled with planning tips and information to make your engagement and wedding photography the best it can possibly be!

Of course there are other benefits of being a Geno Photography bride or groom, but we like to keep a few surprises!  Want to learn more about Geno Photography and all we have to offer? Contact us!

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Willow Brook Barn {Wedding Open House} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/2/willow-brook-barn-iowa-wedding-photographer-ames-des-moines-iowa-city 021620-02021620-02 A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by the Wedding Open House at Willow Brook Barn!!  I had such a great time meeting with everyone! Also a big shout out to the amazing vendors who made it possible! 021620-04021620-04 I took a few pictures at the beginning of the day, but put away my camera so I could visit with everyone who came out: vendors, couples, parents and friends.  I truly had a phenomenal time getting to know everyone. 021620-07021620-07 Vintage Love Rentals knocked it out of the park with their setups!!!  So gorgeous!  021620-16021620-16 021620-17021620-17 021620-20021620-20 The bar above and below was stunning!  What a gorgeous setup!!  Your Personal Bartender set up there for the show and showcased their delicious bartending services. 021620-23021620-23 021620-25021620-25 021620-31021620-31 Love the cherry blossoms!  They get me excited for spring!!  I cannot wait for green grass, flowers, and warmer days. 021620-32021620-32 021620-33021620-33 021620-34021620-34 How fantastic is this lounge setup?  Vintage Love Rentals knows how to put together a fabulous lounge!  I was so fortunate to be able to use this comfy space as my setup for the event.  I love having a lounge so I can sit down and get to know the couples that stop by.  Plus, it's far more comfortable to sit back and relax while flipping through wedding and engagement albums. 021620-40021620-40 Iowa Rent-a-Cake displayed some gorgeous wedding cakes and had some delicious samples!! 021620-41021620-41 021620-47021620-47 I didn't get a whole lot of images of the venue (it was chilly and muddy out and silly me only brought my dress shoes), but I love it so much!!  Check out the bridal loft!  Full of natural light!!  And those chandeliers!! 021620-48021620-48 021620-51021620-51 021620-53021620-53 021620-56021620-56 Here it is!  My setup for the event.  I made some macarons for the open house fun too. 021620-57021620-57 Again, thank you to everyone who came out for the Wedding Open House!!  It was a joy chatting with you all!

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Happy Valentines! https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/2/iowa-wedding-photographer-midwest-weddings 010216-012010216-012 Happy Valentines' Day everyone!  I hope your having a great day full of love and joy! 

Aside from answering emails, I took the day "off" and I'm loving it.  I spent most of my afternoon in the kitchen baking up some yummy vanilla macarons to share at the Willow Creek Barn Wedding Open House this weekend (which you should definitely stop by on Sunday!).  Soon, I'll be off to cook our Valentines' Day feast of lobster tails and ribeye steaks.  Yum!!  I'm pretty sure making food for others is my love-language!

I'm looking forward to a quiet evening at home with my favorite people!  I hope you are all surrounded by love today as well!

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Happy Valentines' Day everyone!  Hope you all have a day filled with love and joy!!

Don't for get this Sunday, I will be joining a group of amazing wedding vendors for a Wedding Open House at a brand new venue in Colo, Iowa! Join me at Willow Brook Barn on February 16th from noon - 2:30.  Attendees will be entered to win a Grand Prize valued at over $1000 to help you create the wedding of your dreams.  Seriously, this is a FANTASTIC grand prize that ALL the vendors in attendance have collaborated to create.  Are you planning a wedding or know someone who is? You definitely don't want to miss this event!

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Ordering Your Wedding Cake {Wedding Wednesday: Guest Post} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/2/ordering-your-wedding-cake-wedding-wednesday-sugar-flower-cake-design 012220-37012220-37 Before you meet with your cake artist to order your wedding cake there are a few things you should consider.

Does your Budget match your vision?
A wedding cake is much more than a dessert, and much of the time spent making a wedding cake is the decor - delicate piping, beading, or creating gum paste flowers - rather than baking and making the icing. That being said, the cost is in labor. Be realistic about your taste and budget. Wedding cakes typically are priced per slice, and the price per slice increases based on design. For example, a wedding cake that serves 100 guests can range from $400.00 to $800.00, and a wedding cake that serves 200 to 400 guests can range from $800.00 to $2,400.00.
If you are on a tight budget but you want the "wow" factor, order a three-tiered cake for your centerpiece and side cakes (sheet cakes) that can be cut and served to your guests.

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Consider how your cake will hold up to an outdoor event versus an indoor event.
Wedding cakes are fragile! Regardless of the size, heat and humidity can melt butter and make for an oozy fruit filling. Rain can ruin a fondant cake, not to mention turning gum paste flowers into a sticky mess, whether buttercream or fondant, a wedding cake is at its happiest in temperatures between 60 - 70 degrees. If that is not possible, the cake should be placed away from direct heat or in a cooler area before being displayed on the cake table. If your event is to be outdoors, think about having the cake and other desserts under a tent, away from direct heat or sunlight.
 
Order in Advanced!
Wedding cakes should be ordered nine to three months in advance; although three is pushing the deadline. Bakeries strive to create the most beautiful and delicious cake that you have envisioned. Planning ahead will ensure that the cake will be ready for your big day.
 

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Hire a Professional!
Your wedding is an important day, the last thing that you want to do is worry about the cake or anything else. Bakeries and cake designers have done many weddings and prepared for emergencies.
 
Don't be afraid of fondant.
Fondant has gotten a bad wrap, mostly because at one time, it didn't taste good. Those days are over! There are many wonderful companies making delicious tasting fondant, and fondant is just another type of icing. The pros are that fondant creates incredible designs, comes in a wide range of colors, and insulates the cake. The cons are that some may have issues with the texture. It's a chewy consistency; however, the fondant can be peeled off, and there is a layer of buttercream underneath.

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Cake Trends for 2020.
These are some cake trends for 2020. 
 
Edible fresh flowers are showing on both buttercream cakes and fondant cakes. This is a very fresh and delicate look for cakes. If you are familiar with edible flowers, you will usually see them in salads or desserts. Ask your florist if they can order edible flowers, they will most likely have a supplier. Painted Buttercream has been popping up for wedding cakes, birthday cakes, and even sheet cakes! This decorative technique is created using a palette knife to create flowers in different strokes. Imagine a cake created by Monet or Van Gogh!
 
Fondant cakes with Worn Edges are trending this year. This design features fondant wrapped around the cake with a brittle worn edge or a cake with many ruffles having worn edges.  A white on white design can make for a very romantic look!
 
Moroccan Inspired Tiled Prints are trending for couples that want a statement piece for their wedding. These prints feature bold colors with gold accents or intricate piping in gold, blues, fuchsias, and yellows.
 
Clean and straightforward wedding cakes featuring stunning Geometric Designs have been trending for 2019 and into 2020. Often these designs create an edible art piece with the cake as the backdrop.
 
Couples who want to be a bit bold and different are leaning towards the Black Wedding Cake! This trend has been popping up in the past two years and has become a favorite color for clean, modern designs and edible art pieces.
 
Lastly, Big Cakes are coming back! Stunning centerpiece cakes capturing the style and taste of the couple are on-trend. The upside is having a cake that can be created with personal details in a big way, and the cake will make incredible pictures! 

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Sugar Flower Cake Design
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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) cedar rapids cedar rapids photographer custom wedding cake iowa city wedding iowa city wedding photographer iowa photographer iowa wedding photographer midwest wedding photographer sugar flower cake design wedding cake wedding planning wedding wednesday https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/2/ordering-your-wedding-cake-wedding-wednesday-sugar-flower-cake-design Wed, 12 Feb 2020 14:30:00 GMT
Vintage Love Rentals {Album Features} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/2/heirloom-wedding-album-des-moines-wedding-photographer-iowa-weddings GNO_0722GNO_0722 I recently delivered three gorgeous keepsake albums to Cynthia at Vintage Love Rentals showcasing some of the AMAZING inspiration shoots I've had the absolute pleasure of working on with her.  I am still obsessed over the Boho Alpaca Inspiration shoot from 2018 and dreaming of warmer days filled with dinners in the woods from the Woodland Wedding Inspiration shoot this past July. GNO_0710-1GNO_0710-1 GNO_0713GNO_0713 GNO_0717GNO_0717 GNO_0707GNO_0707 GNO_0699GNO_0699 GNO_0700GNO_0700 Are you planning a wedding and looking for timeless, authentic photography with unparalleled service for your big day? Contact us here to see if we are available for your wedding day. 2021 dates are filling quickly!

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) beautiful des moines des moines wedding des moines wedding photographer inspiration iowa photographer iowa wedding photographer love midwest wedding photographer vintage love rentals wedding planning wedding rentals https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/2/heirloom-wedding-album-des-moines-wedding-photographer-iowa-weddings Mon, 10 Feb 2020 14:15:00 GMT
Frozen {Inspiration Shoot} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/2/frozen-wedding-inspiration-des-moines-wedding-photographer-winter-weddings 012620-02012620-02 It was a cold day, but absolutely worth it for this beautiful shoot!  On a beautiful winter day, we headed to Garden Grove, Iowa to Iowa Reindeer Rentals for this amazing frozen inspiration shoot. 012620-06012620-06 How fantastic are these earrings from Wells Cooperative?  Seriously!!  They are perfect for this year's blue color of the year.  They would also be a gorgeous "something blue" for a wedding day! 012620-08012620-08 How amazing is this sweetheart table set in the frozen woods?  The silvers and blues are perfect!  Each chair is draped with a fur to keep the couple warm.  Vintage Love Rentals has such amazing design vision and created this gorgeous look! 012620-11012620-11 If you remember a few weeks ago I shared a post about the sugar cookies I'd recently made.  Well, I thought it might be fun to make some sweets for this shoot.  How fun are these sugar cookie place cards?  Plus they are a delicious salted-caramel flavor.  Yum!! 012620-12012620-12 012620-18012620-18 012620-21012620-21 I love the silver chargers!  They are beautiful, organic shapes that almost feel like ice crystals.  Perfection! 012620-30012620-30 Meet Andy the reindeer!  He was so much fun to see.  He is one of four reindeer at Iowa Reindeer Rentals in Garden Grove, and was the only on who still had both antlers at the time of the shoot.  Apparently it is the season to shed those big antlers!  Glad he had hung on to his for the shoot! 012620-23012620-23 Andy got to hang out with our beautiful junior bridesmaid model, my oldest daughter.  She didn't really volunteer for this gig, but she was a trooper and put up with having her hair done and standing in the cold in a beautiful gown (though she is wearing a shirt and thick pants under the gown, rocking some warm winter boots, and had a warm vehicle to sit in when she wasn't in front of the camera.  Hypothermia and frost bite are real, my friends).  I think she was pretty excited to get to hang with a real life reindeer too! 012620-41012620-41 How stunning is this silvery-blue bridesmaid's dress by Designed by Kanya Marie!!  So beautiful!  As I mentioned before, it was cold!  So we didn't have much opportunity to show of the top of the dress, but I think it still looks fabulous with the silvery fur wrap. 012620-43012620-43 I love the lantern in lieu of a bouquet.  It fits perfectly with the decor and looks lovely in this wintery setting. 012620-37012620-37 012620-46012620-46 Did I mention I love baking?  I had so much fun working on my macaron making skills for this shoot.  I wish you all could have tried them!  I think I finally have the hang of macarons.  These beautiful blue macarons are topped with a sprinkle of silvery luster dust and were a fun addition to this shoot.  In case you're wondering, the dark blue are caramel flavored, the medium blue are vanilla, and the light blue are almond.  So yummy! 012620-48012620-48 012620-53012620-53 My daughter was such a sport about getting dressed up and modeling in the cold for this shoot.  I think her real motivation to participate were the macarons.  As soon as we wrapped, she asked if she could have some!  Of course I said yes!! 012620-58012620-58 012620-62012620-62 I hope you loved this winter-y frozen themed wedding inspiration shoot as much as the other vendors and I do!  I know Iowa winters can be super unpredictable, but they can also be absolutely stunning!

VENDORS:
Rentals: Vintage Love Rentals
Venue: Iowa Reindeer Rentals, llc
Dress: Designed by Kanya Marie
Jewelry: Wells Cooperative

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(Geno Photography - Iowa Wedding Photographer) award winning photographer blue blue wedding des moines des moines wedding photographer des moines wedding photography designed by kanya marie frozen wedding garden grove gorgeous inspiration iowa photographer iowa wedding iowa wedding photographer midwest wedding photographer reindeer reindeer wedding vintage love rentals wells cooperative winter wedding winter wedding ideas https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/2/frozen-wedding-inspiration-des-moines-wedding-photographer-winter-weddings Fri, 07 Feb 2020 14:30:00 GMT
What Do I Wear to Weddings? https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/2/iowa-city-wedding-photographer-des-moines-weddings-cedar-rapids-wedding-photography _MG_0067_MG_0067 Not going to lie, I’ve heard some pretty cringe-worthy stories of photographer clothing choices through the years, so it makes sense that I am often asked what I wear to weddings.  Maybe you’ve heard of photographers showing up in khaki shorts and flip-flops, jeans and t-shirts, mini-skirts and low cut tops, etc. Yikes! Not my style. 179A1045179A1045

I like to keep it classy and look like I belong at a wedding.  My goal is to blend in and not be noticed more than necessary.  For that reason, I wear black or navy knee-length dresses and will often accessorize with colors that match the wedding.  179A9317179A9317 I wear simple ballet flats or dress sandals because I am on my feet for up to 11 hours and am pretty much constantly on the go.  Naturalizer brand are my absolute favorites.  Comfort is key, but being a professional is most important. 179A1273-1179A1273-1

I keep my hair up in a bun or updo because it looks nice and it's super functional for me.  I cannot photograph a wedding day if I'm constantly pushing my hair out of the way.  179A0911179A0911

I hope this has given you a better idea of my wedding day style!

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They're Here! https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/2/vintage-love-rentals-weddings-iowa-city-wedding-photographer GNO_1748GNO_1748Vintage Love Rentals I am blown away!!  These just came in this afternoon and they are STUNNING!  96 pages of gorgeous vintage rentals.  Love them so much!!  This was truly a labor of love and absolutely worth it! GNO_1748GNO_1748Vintage Love Rentals GNO_1748GNO_1748Vintage Love Rentals GNO_1748GNO_1748Vintage Love Rentals GNO_1748GNO_1748Vintage Love Rentals GNO_1748GNO_1748Vintage Love Rentals This gorgeous look book is going to be so amazing for Vintage Love Rentals.  I know Cynthia plans to deliver some to Des Moines area wedding and event planners soon!

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Vintage Love Rentals {Look Book} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/1/vintage-love-rentals-des-moines-wedding-photographer-iowa-wedding-rentals Do you remember my posts last spring (here, here, here, and here) about the work I was doing with Cynthia at Vintage Love Rentals in Des Moines?  Well, all of those inventory shoots have finally all come together into their gorgeous Look Book.  The printed magazines should be in the studio on Monday.  I cannot wait to see them!! 

Not only does this Look Book feature product shots of some of the items they have to offer (if we put it all in, the book would be about 1,000+ pages), it also includes some inspiration shoots at the end to get your creativity flowing.  It features some of my favorite shoots I've had the pleasure of working with Cynthia on! 

I'll be sure to post some photographs of the final product once it's in.  Be sure to check back soon for those!

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Album Feature {Phillip + Megan} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/1/album-feature-iowa-city-engagement-portrait-iowa-wedding-photographer GNO_8170GNO_8170 Good morning, everyone!  I have a new album feature on the blog today.  Love this album so much!  Wrapped in a beautiful natural linen, debossed with their names, and filled with stunning images from their engagement session this album is amazing!  GNO_8160GNO_8160 This is truly a beautiful custom designed heirloom album!  I know I probably sound like a broken record, but I really think albums are the most wonderful way to showcase and enjoy your photos.  Don't get me wrong.  I love some wall art too.  But albums allow you to not only include a lot more photos; they also allow you to experience your moments as a story.  There is something so magical about turning the pages and seeing the next portraits, each spread telling your story.  It makes my heart happy! GNO_5950GNO_5950 I hope you enjoyed this little album feature.  Did you know, all of our wedding photography collections include an Heirloom Album?!  Contact us today to learn more!

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Frozen {Inspiration Shoot Sneak Peek} https://www.genophotography.com/blog/2020/1/frozen-wedding-des-moines-weding-photographer-iowa-wedding-photography-winter-weddings iowa-winter-weddingiowa-winter-weddingblue frozen themed winter wedding in garden grove, iowa by iowa city wedding photographer, geno photography Winter has a magic all it's own.  I was so excited to be asked to be a part of this gorgeous winter-y, frozen themed inspiration shoot!  Be sure to check back for more!

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