First Snow {lifestyle}

The first snow of the season started last night & it was gorgeous. It looked like big, puffy cotton balls slowly falling from the sky. I’m not a winter person typically, but the great thing about having kids is that you can see things through their eyes. I knew my 2 year old would find it magical, and it would be my 9 month old’s first time seeing snow at all. I was sad that my 10 year old was on a road trip with her Grandma & Aunt because I know she would have loved to get out there too!

I said, “Blake! Look outside! See all the snow?”

“Oh yeah! That’s a lot of snow Mom!”

“Want to go outside & see it? You can even catch it on your tongue and eat it!”

“Yeah Mommy yeah! I wanna go outside! Let’s go Mom!”

Of course then I had to actually find their snow gear! I just got excited & blurted out my idea. We only had a little bit of light left & now that my little Blake had heard the idea he wanted to be teleported outside instantaneously into the winter wonderland. With all of the typical patience of a 2 year old. 😉

I couldn’t find Cole’s baby snowsuit so I got out his 9-12 month winter coat and snow pants. They were way too big for him. He could barely move & would tip over from a sitting position. It was reminiscent of that scene from “A Christmas Story”. So we ended up with Cole wearing an oversized pair of snow pants & winter coat, no hat or shoes. Blake had a hat, snow pants, & a fall jacket that we switched after a stop at the car. It was warm, so I wasn’t too worried about it. I just wanted to get them out before the sun went down!

Blake was so excited when we got outside he kept yelling, “It’s snow time! It’s snow time!” Cole was not impressed, then touched the snow & was just flat out mad after that. Blake ran around full speed with his mouth wide open and tongue out trying to catch every snowflake. “It’s snowin’ Mom! I’m eatin’ it!” Then he would run up and give me hug. “I love you Mommy” I took most of these photos one handed while holding Cole or reaching out to help him balance & it got dark so quickly. While these aren’t technically perfect images they are so perfect to me. I live for documenting my kids’ lives. It’s a huge passion of mine. I plan to share more of how I document my family in the coming months, with tips to help you document yours. If you have any questions relating to documenting your family, please leave them in the comments below. I’d love to get ideas for some winter blogging.:)

If you have questions about documenting your family please leave them in the comment section. If you’re interested in having your family memories captured in a real, lifestyle way please email me at candid.contrast.photo@gmail.com

<3 Cat

Fall Mini Sessions

It’s that time of year again! Our annual fall mini sessions.:)These sessions were released to our mailing list subscribers first, so a couple slots are already full. I’m booked up for the year except for two open sessions in the last half of November. If you’d like a family session, milestone session for your little one, or couple’s session in the beautiful fall color now is your chance! Check out the info below, as well as a few of my favorite images from each of the fall mini sessions last year. Click Here to book online to secure your spot!

1:00 Sarah M.

1:30 Liz C.

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2:30 Stacy W.

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4:00 Amber W.

4:30 Alissa W.

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5:30______

This family has never missed a mini session with me! I also had the honor of photographing Madi’s extended family right before her first birthday, and the announcement that her little brother Byron was on the way. Madi & Byron both came in the Spring to get their photos taken with the baby bunnies, and I most recently saw her at an Anniversary party I photographed, where she assured me she was ready to smile pretty for me at this year’s session.  :)  It’s a pretty awesome part of my job watching families grow. Not to mention the fact that as a work at home Mom of 3 kiddos, lets just face it, this is also my social hour. 😉

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I was SO excited to see an email from Amy that she wanted to book a session for her & Alex. I photographed their wedding in 2012 & could not wait to see them again!! They were just as cute together as they were on their wedding day.
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Speaking of getting married, these two had just tied the knot maybe a week before our session. It was nice to give the newly weds some family photos!
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Next up is my best friend of 23 years and my beautiful goddaughters. Julietta (the older one) is at that age where real smiles are hard to come by. I decided to sit her down and have a convo with her one-on-one before the rest of the family got started. We talked about family, friends, and farts… haha. I was able to elicit some real emotions for Mom. Trust me, I know how it is Mamas. I’ve got your back. I will always try my very very best to get you portraits of your children that feel genuine to who they really are.:)On a side note… little Misha’s teeny tiny pig tails! <3 <3
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Next up is this adorable little family, who has since grown by one more little girl. It was so fun to explore with Norah and play some peek-a-boo.:)She’s close in age to my son Blake, so it’s always fun to catch up with her Mom Steph and talk about the ins & outs of having two years olds. So much to talk about.
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If I’ve photographed you before, I would love to see you again! If not, I would love to get to know your family & capture some wonderful portraits for you. Remember, your family will look totally different next year! Don’t wait to get some great portraits of them… and you Mom! 😉 Click Here to pay your deposit & book your spot today.

Summertime Lemonade Stand {Cousins}

Hard to believe it’s already towards the end of August! I sent my daughter off to 4th grade today, and I’m sure many of you are sending kiddos off to school today and next week if you haven’t already. I’m not one of those parents who is ready for school to start, I never want summer vacation to end! Just in case you’re like me and you may be mourning the end of summer a bit, here’s a little sunshine for you.:)I shot this session 2 years ago with my daughter & her cousin Isabella. Enjoy!

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lemonade stand summer photos, Candid Contrast Photography, lifestyle photography, Bellevue Dubuque IA
lemonade stand summer photos, Candid Contrast Photography, lifestyle photography, Bellevue Dubuque IA
lemonade stand summer photos, Candid Contrast Photography, lifestyle photography, Bellevue Dubuque IA
lemonade stand summer photos, Candid Contrast Photography, lifestyle photography, Bellevue Dubuque IA
lemonade stand summer photos, Candid Contrast Photography, lifestyle photography, Bellevue Dubuque IA
lemonade stand summer photos, Candid Contrast Photography, lifestyle photography, Bellevue Dubuque IA
lemonade stand summer photos, Candid Contrast Photography, lifestyle photography, Bellevue Dubuque IA
lemonade stand summer photos, Candid Contrast Photography, lifestyle photography, Bellevue Dubuque IA
We had to get little brother in for some photos towards the end.:)
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lemonade stand summer photos, Candid Contrast Photography, lifestyle photography, Bellevue Dubuque IA
Ready to get some fun images of your kiddos? Drop me a line at candid.contrast.photo@gmail.com. My fall schedule is filling up quickly. I only have a handful of sessions open for the rest of the year, so if you’re hoping to grab on of them don’t wait!

Vivien | 7 Days New {Sneak Peek}

I’m so excited to share just a few photos from Vivien’s newborn session! After photographing Stacy & Austin’s engagement, wedding, & maternity photos I could not wait to meet sweet little Vivien! She was certainly worth the wait. I loved spending some time getting to know this sweet little girl & catching up with her parents. I wanted to post some of my favorites from the session to hold Mom & Dad over until our big premiere.:)

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Dubuque Iowa newborn photographer, Dubuque Iowa lifestyle photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
Dubuque Iowa newborn photographer, Dubuque Iowa lifestyle photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
Dubuque Iowa newborn photographer, Dubuque Iowa lifestyle photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
Dubuque Iowa newborn photographer, Dubuque Iowa lifestyle photographer, Candid Contrast Photography
Dubuque Iowa newborn photographer, Dubuque Iowa lifestyle photographer, Candid Contrast Photography

The First Look {just one}

Just one… OK two from Devon & Ryan’s first look. <3 Ohhh how I love witnessing these moments.

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