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Monday, August 24, 2009

Austin & Danielle's engagement

Taking pictures for customers that live in other states can be tough sometimes making schedules coordinate and with Austin and Danielle living in Minneapolis that proved to be the case. Thankfully we found a Sunday that would work and were fortunate that the weather cooperated for us. We headed up to Ames to get some pictures on ISU's campus. Both Austin and Danielle are recent grads and knew of some great locations for their pictures. We had a really nice time walking around trying to avoid all of the new freshman that seemed to be everywhere! Here are a few of the shots from the evening.

Thanks again for showing me around, I had a great time hanging out with you guys. I hope your trip home went fast and was uneventful! Talk to you soon!

Erik - Inspired Images

Shane & Marcy's wedding

What a beautiful day for an outdoor wedding! When I booked Marcy and Shane and we were sitting down talking about their wedding they mentioned that they were going to be getting married in the rose garden. My first thought was awesome, it's going to be so beautiful!...but then my mind quickly remembered what the date was! I was thinking 95 and humid but Saturday was the opposite with the temperatures almost feeling cool by the end of the evening. The wedding was gorgeous and being a 6:00 ceremony the light was being filtered by the huge oak trees which made for great shots. Following the ceremony we headed downtown to the Iowa State Historical Building for the reception. Before heading up I talked Shane and Marcy into going on a little walk to get some additional shots and it's a good thing we did cause they turned out awesome! The reception was gorgeous, and how could it not be with a great view of Des Moines' skyline to the west and the State Capitol Building to the east and the capper was watching the fireworks from the I-Cubs game! All in all it was a beautiful wedding for two wonderful people. Here are a few shots from their day.

Thanks again guys, I hope you had safe travels to British Columbia and have a wonderful time on your honeymoon! I can't wait to hear all about it. Talk to you soon!

Erik - Inspired Images

Ryan & Rachel's engagement

We were finally we were able to get Ryan and Rachel's engagement pictures in before their wedding next month! We had a beautiful evening for pictures and we took advantage by heading first to Grays Lake and then heading downtown for a little bit of variety. It was a lot of fun chatting with both of them and talking about future plans. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to their wedding, it's going to be a lot of fun! Here are some pictures from our shoot.

Thanks again guys, can't wait to see you again soon!

Erik - Inspired Images

Maegan & Rich

Maegan and Rich had their wedding a couple of weeks ago and HOT can describe a lot of things about this wedding, the temperature, the photographer, seriously I was sweating like crazy, the couple (and when I say couple of course I'm talking about the bride...sorry Rich but you know it's true!) Maegan and Rich are close friends of ours and it was a privilege to be able to not only be able to attend their beautiful wedding but to be able to capture the images. Following the ceremony we headed to a nearby park and everyone was great considering the temps. We got as many pictures as we could stand before heading to the reception. Of course if any of you have been to Audubon you know we had to get some pictures with Albert the Bull. Unfortunately I don't think I'll post any of them from there as it got quite interesting with all of the groomsmen. Here are some of the web appropriate pics!

I'm so happy for you guys and so glad that I was there, you are truly meant for each other and I couldn't be happier for you! Talk to you soon!

Erik - Inspired Images

Friday, August 7, 2009

Eastman Family

It had been a long time coming to get this shoot in but it was worth the wait. On Thursday I had the privilege to take some family pictures for the Eastman's at their home. It was a beautiful setting and a wonderful family. Their little man Logan is just about the cutest kid I've seen, he was so full of energy and personality. We took advantage of their gorgeous wooded lot and were able to get some really nice pictures. Here are a few.

Thanks again for allowing me to spend some time with your family, I'm looking forward to working with you again in the fall! Talk to you soon.

Erik - Inspired Images

Monday, August 3, 2009

Dana & Renee

I say it all the time, we have awesome clients! Dana and Renee were so much fun on Saturday. I went to school with Renee and her sister Michelle so it was awesome to get to see them again along with all of their family and friends. The wedding was held at the beautiful Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny, with the reception following at Stoney Creek Inn. Immediately following the wedding we headed out for some more fun pictures, we ended up below the Saylorville Dam and were able to get some great shots. Everything went off without a hitch save for the fact that we had to have a scavenger hunt looking for Dana's lost sunglasses! It was a great time getting to hang out with old friends and to see two wonderful people commit their lives to each other. Here are a few pictures from the day.

I hope your flight was enjoyable to Mexico, have a wonderful time down there and just relax! Thanks again for everything, we'll see you soon!

Erik - Inspired Images

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jim & Val

It was the second weekend in a row that I had an outdoor wedding and the second weekend in a row that the weather was awesome! Jim & Val tied the knot at the new Honey Creek Resort on Lake Rathbun. What a great venue and a very picturesque place for an outdoor ceremony. We started off by heading out to the golf course and jumping in some golf carts and driving to a nearby hole for some really nice group shots as well as individual shots of Jim and Val. We got back to the resort just in time for the beautiful ceremony. The reception followed in the resort. Here are a few of the pictures from the day!

Thanks again guys, you had such a wonderful wedding. I hope you are having a great time on your cruise! Talk to you soon!

Erik - Inspired Images

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Senior shoots are fun, it's great to get to hang out with young adults that are full of ideas but also want you to do your own thing. I had the pleasure of spending a little bit of time with Abby, her Mom and sister on Wednesday. Abby is a senior this year at Valley and was excited about getting her senior pictures taken. We hit up some local parks and ended the shoot downtown shooting her in a really cute dress. I had a great time and from the sounds of it everyone involved did as well. Here are a few pictures from our shoot.

Thanks again guys for finding a time that would work, I'm looking forward to seeing you again for some head shots. Talk to you soon!

Erik - Inspired Images

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mike & Jill

An outdoor wedding in July with temps in the 70's? I don't think you could have drawn it up any better! Mike and Jill got married on Saturday in Cedar Rapids at A Touch of Class ,with a beautiful outdoor ceremony written by Jill. It was just perfect for the two of them filled with special messages to each other. It was a lot of fun taking their pictures as they are both great people and just perfect together. We started the day taking some formal pictures in a park nearby, I couldn't believe our luck having it be mostly cloudy and very comfortable for all involved. Following the wedding we headed inside for a very nice reception. Here are a few of the shots from the day.

Thanks again guys for letting me be a part of your day! Talk to you soon!

Erik - Inspired Images

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mike & Mary's engagement shoot

So I got a call earlier in the week and it was Mary telling me that they were going to be in town and she wanted to see if I would have any time for engagement pictures this weekend. I had Jeff & Erin's wedding on Saturday but had an opening on Sunday morning for a shoot so we were able to get it in. We decided on going downtown and hitting up a few spots. It was a good time just walking around with them and getting to know them a little bit. They both live in Chicago now but Mary grew up in Des Moines so the wedding is going to be back here this fall. It was fun talking with them about Chicago, vacations, jobs, and probably the funniest thing Mike's hobby of doing headstands. I'm sure that most of you have already visited it in the past but you should check out his website at He has fans ranging from the everyday guy on the street to Bob Knight! I'm sure that he's available for public appearances so you might want to check in with him for any formal functions that you may have coming up. All kidding aside I had a great time hanging out with these two and we were able to get some really nice pictures. Here are a few from the shoot.

Did you think I was joking?Thanks again guys, I was glad to hear that you made it home safely! Talk to you soon!

Erik - Inspired Images

Jeff & Erin Wedding

On Saturday I took the wedding pictures for a great couple Jeff and Erin. I had a great time getting to know them a little bit during their engagement shoot and found that we had a lot in common so it was good to see them again on their big day. It was a beautiful service performed by Erin's father, making it even more special. The wedding was held at Hope Lutheran Church in West Des Moines with the reception following at the Foxboro Conference Center in Johnston. After the wedding the whole wedding party and many additional friends all loaded up on a sweet Iowa Hawkeyes party bus, I have to admit that my thoughts turned to tailgating in a rig like that! Jeff and Erin had a beautiful reception and showed off some great dance moves and Jeff followed that up later in the evening with some old school rapping at the DJ station. It was a fun day all around, here are a few of the pictures.

Thanks again guys, I hope that we see each other soon!

Erik - Inspired Images