Jacob – Class of 2019 – Senior Pictures

Jake’s mom is my first cousin and it really warms my heart when family hires me for their important images. I know they can choose from many other talented photographers in the area so I truly appreciate it!

Jake is a sweet guy with a wonderfully witty sense of humor. He chose the urban/country combo session (the most popular senior session) so we started with golf images and then finished in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Take a look at some of the favorites of this handsome guy!

They ordered a metal print of this golf montage. Seniors love to have something to showcase their sports interests.


We took the next two shots on a bridge at the golf course. It was perfect!



And here are a few more casual ones taken at the park. Jake was great with his “serious” look but he also flashed a sweet grin to his mom in the second shot below!



If you choose to go with the urban/country combo session you are welcome to choose two days within the same week for your sessions and that’s what Jake did. So we did his urban session a few days later. We were worried about the rain but it held off until the very last five minutes of his session. The heat however, did not hold off.

I’m not sure how he looks so cool and calm in these next images as it was HOT!



I’m pretty sure I said something incredibly hilarious right before this second image was taken. Or I probably tripped. Yep, that’s probably it. As I’m kind of a klutz, this is a common occurrence during photo sessions. Hey – whatever it takes for a laugh or two!

We finished up the session in this alley we found while wandering around. It worked perfectly!


Senior sessions are a chance to show the “True You” and I think we accomplished that with Jake.


If you are a member of the class of 2019 and interested in more information about senior imagery by TruYou Photography & Design – – please visit the information page. There are still a few sessions open in October and November.

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back soon!

I’ll be showcasing some spooky Halloween styled images in October!




Spooky Halloween Shoot – 2018

Are you interested in having your own spooky Halloween shoot?

I am looking for 1 or 2 teens or adults to just have fun dressing up and goofing off!

We will create something like these:







Are you interested? Email info@truyouphoto.com and send a picture of yourself!

Costumes, jewelry, etc. will be provided!

You can also visit TruYou on facebook, instagram and at the website!


Newborn Photography – Marion, IA

This little sweetie was adorable for her newborn session!

Look at how precious she is in the ivory and gold colors! And that little bonnet adds just the right touch!


Her daddy loved this blue and lavender combination.



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She snuggled right in to this furry pink set up. I love finding soft pretty wraps for the little ones!


And of course here is an image of her Mommy and Daddy loving on her!

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Newborns are so very special and I am so grateful and feel really blessed when someone trusts me to take these oh-so-important photos.

Thanks so much!

If you are expecting a little one soon – – make sure you visit the TruYou Photography & Design newborn gallery page to see what I can offer.

Your baby’s comfort and happiness is the most important thing. Together we will create amazing soft and beautiful images of your precious bundle. And there will be plenty of time for cuddling!

This is the second year in a row TruYou has been voted one of the top ten newborn photographers in the Cedar Rapids, IA area.

If you are interested in more information about newborn photography by TruYou Photography & Design – – please visit the information page.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back soon!


International Print Competition (IPC) 2018 – Professional Photographers of America

Another exciting year of competition is coming to a close and I’m excited to have scored high enough with three of my images to receive merits.

I want to give you a little bit of an idea of how far an image can go when I’m creating for competition instead of for the client.

First up – this image was titled “Midnight Mystic” and received a score of 83. I started with this:

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And entered this:

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Thank you to Laura for being a fabulous model for me! If you look close enough you will see six rather creepy looking skull faces within the smoke of this image. See if you can find them!


The next image I’d like to share is titled “Enchantress of Evil” and it received a score of 81. I started with this:

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And ended up with this:

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Quite a difference!

Thank you to Ali for being such a wonderful muse! We will be getting together again soon to create some more fun images!


The last image I entered that received a merit was titled “Always In My Heart”. This is a tribute piece created for my sister Sharon and it received a score of 81. I’ve been working on different versions of this image for over a year. This angel image is very special to me and I am so grateful to my niece Caitlin for posing for me. She had no idea what I was going to end up with!

I started with these:

And ended up with this:

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I’m also going to share my last submission. It scored a 79 so didn’t make it into the merit category – but it was created from love. Titled “Mourning Rose” it is about the depth of loss.

I started with this:

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And created this:

Mourning Rose

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! If you are interested in art work for your home of your OWN family, please contact me soon. If you are looking for family, newborn, baby, child or senior photography, let’s get together and create some memories!

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back soon!