Hello and welcome. I'm Gigi! I'm a wedding and portrait photographer based in Eastern Iowa.

Thanks for stopping by the blog. This is where I share recent weddings and shoots, tips for brides, and tips for photographers.  


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New Bern Bridal Shoot

I absolutely loved getting to photograph these gorgeous dresses throughout New Bern, NC.

April 18, 2019

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How Many Hours of Coverage Do You Need?

One of the most frequent questions that I get asked is “How many hours of wedding photography coverage do I need?” When you’re just starting to plan your wedding, it can seem overwhelming! If you’re looking to get a rough estimate of how many hours of photography coverage you need on your wedding day, I’ve put together this guide.

February 26, 2019

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How I Prepare For Weddings

Before the wedding day, a lot of work has to be done to make sure that the big day runs as smoothly as possible. Here’s a look at how I prepare for every wedding that I shoot.

February 1, 2019

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Should You Hire a Wedding Planner?

This post is for all the newly engaged future brides. Here are 5 considerations to help you decide if you should or shouldn’t hire a wedding planner.

January 14, 2019

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5 Tips For An Amazing Wedding Reception

The reception is often the most memorable and best part of any wedding day. The portraits are taken, the ceremony is over, and all that’s left to do is have fun with your closest friends. Here are 5 tips for brides to make the most of your wedding reception. 

September 9, 2018

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Should You Do A Receiving line?

There are pros and cons to having a receiving line after your wedding ceremony. As a photographer, I definitely have an opinion on receiving lines. Here’s my take on whether or not you should have one.

July 11, 2018

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What To Do if It Rains on Your Wedding Day

Here are a couple things to remember if the forecast is calling for rain on your wedding day!

June 13, 2018

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Tips for Including Your Pets in Your Pictures

Here are 5 tips to consider when including your pets in your photos.

May 30, 2018

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3 Tips For A Perfect Send Off

The send off pictures are always some of my favorites from the day. No matter what type of exit you’re planning on, here are 3 tips for the perfect send off.

May 16, 2018

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4 Tips for Your Engagement Session

It’s always a little intimidating to have your pictures taken… If you’re nervous, I totally understand! Here are 4 tips for your engagement session that will make your session prep a little easier and less stressful!

April 17, 2018

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How to Get Beautiful Detail Pictures

I love capturing all of the little details that brides have worked so hard to plan. It’s probably one of my favorite parts of wedding photography. Rings, jewelry, invitations, programs, and florals are all included in the details that I usually shoot. Here are suggestions for brides and photographers to get the very best detail shots.

March 7, 2018

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Why You Need to Have a First look

It’s traditional for the bride and groom to wait to see each other until the bride is walking down the aisle. A less traditional, but also popular option, is doing a first look. As a photographer I’m a huge fan of the first look. Here’s why:

February 7, 2018

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How Much Time Do You Need for Wedding Pictures?

One of the questions I get asked the most is, “How much time do I need for wedding pictures?” Whether you’re a photographer shooting your first wedding, or a bride planning for the big day, here’s what you need to know!

January 24, 2018

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