Welcome Elsie - Dubuque Newborn Photographer

Sweet baby, Elsie, is a true testament to the innocence and newness of life. Elise is a rainbow baby and her mom asked me to incorporate that into one of the images. A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. A beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.

Welcome Zoe - Elizabeth, IL Newborn

Meet Zoe! I've worked with her big sister now for a while and I was so honored to take Zoe's newborn photos. She just loved being curled up on the beanbag in our studio! Mom asked me to include angel wings, a beautiful floral crown and the gold crown with the letter "Z" into her newborn session. We had so much fun and Zoe was made to model! We wish the Bussan family all the best!

Zoe..."Your wings already exist, all you have to do is fly."

Welcome Elaina

I always feel humbled with another photographer or artist asks me to take their brand new baby's portraits! Elaina's mom, Callie, is also a photographer and she brought some great props for me to include in her first session. She brought her cowboy boots from her wedding and her guitar. We worked these all in with a little country flair and a Wartick Photography twist!

At the viewing appointment, Elaina had both her grandmas and parents! It was so much fun showing them the gallery of art we created for her and watching how they cuddled her too! Elaina is one blessed little girl and so loved!

The Dubuque Stork Affair: Brand new event for new and/or expecting parents

I'm so excited to be presenting the Dubuque Stork Affair along with one of my business partners, Sprout! We have been working hard on this event since this past summer and it is now less than a month away! 

The Stork Affair is Saturday, February 3 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Grand River Center.

The event is a great opportunity for new, expecting or hope to be expecting parents. We always say it takes a tribe so we hope that aunts, uncles, grandparents and all those that help raise your children will join us. We have included everything from a fashion show, educational classes, a Dad zone, resource booths and more! Plus, Mercy Dubuque and Medical Associates have come on board as major sponsors! I'm so excited and humbled by all the businesses and great people that have helped us bring this together! Go check out the Stork Affair website page to learn more!

While being a great resource for parents, this event is also a fundraiser for the UI Stead Family Children's Hospital. We chose this recipient because they will help anyone no matter your income and you just never know when you might need them as a resource. I've also been personally touched by this hospital since many of my clients have used their services and I have had family members require a stay as well. 

If you want to attend, please swing by Sprout and pick up your tickets in advance for $5. They will also be available at the door for $8. There will be lots of wonderful door prizes as well for those who attend! It is going to be a definite must for anyone in the tri-states having a baby or whom has just had one! 

Don't forget to stop by my booth for a show special!

Theo is Six Months and Loves to Splash

Theo is so handsome in his six month pictures! We put him in the same vintage suitcases that he had when he had his newborn session done. Plus, we did a milk bath that he just loved!

Wild One Cake Smash

Parker's Wild One Cake Smash turned out simply amazing! Karen Meyer created this beautiful cake and Parker's mom found the cutest crown! We added a beautiful wood backdrop and some fun woodsy garland to top everything off!


35mm Sigma Art is my go to lens


Every photographer works to find their "go to" gear to help them create the story they want to tell in their photographs. Very quickly into my professional photography adventure, I found that I love prime lenses. If you don't know what a prime lens is, it is basically a fixed focal length. They are known for their sharpness and since I shoot pretty open, they have a amazing bokeh. With a zoom lens you can change your focal lengths. 

In my bag you will find a 35 mm, 50 mm and 85 mm sigma art and sony lenses. (I'm a sony camera girl!) However, I mainly use my 35 mm since I just love the ability to stay close to my subject and get great sharpness. With newborns and babies, I always try to stay close especially if they are in buckets or sitting in props. This way I can ensure their safety. 


Introducing Shaylee, Dubuque Newborn

When we hold a precious new baby in our arms, there is a sense of hope and wonder that fills our soul. The new baby can bring a sense of calm during difficult times as we focus in the possibilities of this fresh new amazing tiny being. Often, parents bring in items that they treasure and mean so much to them for their newborn sessions.

For Shaylee's session, her mom brought in some things to honor the people she loved and cared about. Shaylee's mom told me she wanted to honor her daughter's grandfathers by bringing in one their sets of drumsticks and a book about her super hero grandfathers. I love how both of the images turned out! Her mom also brought in some Chicago Bear's items because Shaylee's dad loves da Bears. Plus, the pink blanket in the bucket picture was a baby gift from Shaylee's grandma. It is fun to incorporate heirlooms into images that will be around for generations.  Those images help to tell a story that is near and dear to their heart.

Welcome, Shaylee! You are loved so much! You have angels on earth and heaven watching over you!

Introducing Lily - Dubuque Newborn

A fews months ago now, I photographed Lily! Lily is the newest member of the fun-filled Murphy family. Both mom and dad are design experts (Dad even is a co-owner of a local creative firm), but they gave me free rein to style the session how I see fit. Lily's mom, Heather, shared that she was doing her nursery in coral, gold polka dots and a little unicorn magic. Heather even made some beautiful graphics for her daughter's nursery so she wanted to be able to put images up that coordinated with the graphics. I pulled things to bring in the whimsy of her nursery, but to also provide a look of timelessness for her pictures. I love how it turned out. We even used Lily's stuffed unicorn, blanket and crown in her images.

For the sibling images, we had to get a little creative. Although her big brother loved his littler sister so much, he wasn't too sure about posing with her for a few pictures. Therefore, we did each of the kiddos separately and put them together in Photoshop. Gotta love photoshop!

Thank you for the honor of letting me capture as your family grows!

Welcome, Lily! You are just perfect!