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!

Introducing Michael, Quad Cities Newborn

Brand new Michael came up from the Quad Cities for his very first photo shoot. His big brother and sister were so proud of him and did such an amazing job taking their sibling pictures. Some times sibling images can be pretty difficult depending on the ages, but for these two they made it look like cake. Enjoy a little peak into their session below.

Book your superhero mini session!

Does your child love superheroes? If so, this is the perfect mini session! For $129 plus tax, you will get a 15 minute session, 3 digital images from an online gallery and a superhero set of peg dolls by Teeny Weeny toys. This is a fantastic deal since digitals alone are typically $50 each. We will have capes and masks for Iron Man, Spider Man, Captain America and Super Man. We only have a limited number of sessions available and they are already going quickly, so book right away.

Carter is One

Carter is one of the sweetest, gentlest little guys I've worked with as a newborn and child photographer! Since Carter is a baby plan member, I had the honor of watching him grow and capturing his first year milestones.

Mom and Dad brought in this adorable hat and suspender set...I just love how he looks in this and how bright his blue eyes are in the top set of photos.  Then we did the one year birthday pictures with a one year onsie and finished with the cuddly bear photos.

Amanda Kennedy - Winner of Sprout Contest!

Sweet princess, Kenlee, was in for her newborn session. Kenlee's mom, Amanda, was the winner of the Sprout drawing. She won a Platinum Nest Session plus some awesome digital products. We will also be putting up one of her pictures up in Sprout, one of Wartick Photography's business partners.

We had to use a crown since she is daddy's little princess. He calls all his sweet girls, "his little princess."  Kenlee has three older sisters that all adore her!

Now let the fun begin, to choose an image to hang up at Sprout.

Kirby Family Welcomes Baby Alex, Dubuque, IA

The Kirby family welcomes their sixth child, Alex. I love how this first photo turned out with Alex in his father's hands. It resembles all the love this little guy will have in his life from his mother, father and siblings.