.westen. [des moines area newborn photographer]

When one of my closest friends told me she was expecting her first baby – I was beyond excited!  Not only for her to become a mom and all the fun things that come with having a baby – I was excited to take her baby’s pictures!!  My day finally came and I had so […]

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.give her wings and she shall fly.

  Above is a picture I posted on Instagram about an hour before the scariest thing that has ever happened in my life.  I have no idea why at the time but I titled the picture “give her wings and she shall fly.” We were out on a small lake just a few miles away […]

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.thank you.

I cannot thank everyone enough for the comments, emails, thoughts and prayers, messages and ‘likes’ to the blog post about my dad.  I know it’s the hardest thing my family has ever gone through and we are all humbled how my dad went ‘viral’ on the interwebs.  Just thought you’d all like to know – […]

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.living life.

Today I got to spend a couple of hours watching my dad live his life.  I watched him enjoy one of his favorite things – State Wrestling. For those of you who don’t know what’s been going on with my dad, 4 weeks ago yesterday, my dad was admitted into the Israel Hospice House in […]

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