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Minutes after a mother left with her child the door bell rang. In surprise I opened the door to learn it was KCAU. The news station heard of the fundraiser Clicks for Cans. They interviewed me about the fundraiser and was featured that night at 10pm.

For those who missed it here is the written article from their website!

“Channel 9 Eyewitness News

Kids in Sioux City were all smiles in front of the camera Saturday, and that’s because for every picture they take they help feed a hungry family in Siouxland. Ashley Heim is a local photographer, and for the first time ever she hosted the “Camera Clicks for Cans,” event, where families can donate five items of canned goods or five dollars to give to the Foodbank of Siouxland, and in return they get a professional photo taken.

“I believe in paying it forward. If you do one nice thing for somebody else, they’re going to be able to continue you that for somebody else, later on down the road in need,” said Heim.

It is the first year Heim has held the event. She’s hoping to spread the word and do it again next year.”



Here’s one of our cuties from the Camera Click for Cans event. We collected a fair share of food for the Food Bank of Siouxland. Thanks again to those who contributed. I look forward to the event next year!


This year was the first annual Camera Clicks for Cans. Families were encouraged to participate because for each portrait of their child, they are helping another family in need. For a donation of 5 cans or $5.00, parents receive a complimentary 5×7 portrait of their child. The set up included haybales, cornstalks and pumpkins.

The event was featured on

We collected over 10 cans of food and more non-parishables for the Food Bank of Siouxland. A big thank you goes to the families who participated. I hope the word spreads for next years event!

Taking Photos to Feed the Hungry – News, Weather and Sports for Sioux City, IA:

After the engagement sitting was finished Courtney and I talked for a bit. She showed me her wedding theme colors, the floral arrangements, and in return we decided on the looks of the engagement album, and the save the date card design.

(it’s going to be a gorgeous wedding y’all)

After seeing her colors and choosing the save the date design this gave me the ability to create a custom look for her disc case so it creates a cohesive theme in colors/design for both the wedding and her photography experience. While I didn’t have a photo on hand for the color matching I did my best from seeing colors on the internet and my memory (I hope it served me well!) to coordinate the colors for the case. The case is labeled with a Chevron detail and the year to remember their engagement with 🙂

I hope it’s ok to give this sneak peak of things as I don’t want to ruin any surprises!




Texting Courtney through the day gave her and I reassurance that the months long planned engagement portrait sitting would still take place despite rain forecasts for the day in Omaha, NE. The morning of the forecast said there was time in the afternoon for clear weather. My family and I packed everything we needed and headed down early afternoon. The traffic was moderate for a Saturday.

After a few wrong turns and with Courtney and D’s patience we arrived in the Old Market. Walking along the streets the air was filled with beautiful saxophone players…. singers and guitarists. The atmosphere was a lively and fun. The area supports local artists.

Courtney was attracted to the Old Market for the atmosphere, texture, locations and variety. The Old Market has a storefront area called the Passageway for businesses. Inside are several levels of storefronts to explore. The ceiling was open allowing sunlight to cascade from above. We started in the passageway for their portraits.

We traveled upstairs to have some hallway shots. On the second level the ceiling is not open so it was a tad dim. D stood next to a cut out opening allowing light in. The ceiling had clamp lights accenting the plants in the cut out window so I had them stand underneath them to create an accent light for their hair.



Using the archway in the front of the park framed Courtney and D nicely for some serious yet poignant looks. We used a few poses and after a short walk found a bridge in front of building allowing families to travel from one side to the other.



The bridge portraits are my favorite from the session. In Sioux City we do not have the opportunity for portraits like these so I was happy to give them something unique.


Shortly after we were ready to include Ozzie, their third family fuzzy family member.

**By the way guys – He was really fluffy and reminded me of a Pixar movie. I just wanted to shout, “HE’S SO FLUFFY!”. Ozzie is super cute and even smiled for us 🙂


By now we had a change of clothes. The sun was coming out to give us some golden light and we took some more time between walking around the pond for more portraits. Out of the hustle and bustle of the urban areas we focused on them as a couple to showcase some nice poses, and her gorgeous ring!






I cannot wait for their wedding next year in May! Thanks Courtney and D for allowing me to share and capture this time with you!