October Moon Photography bio picture

    Hi there! This is us - Jen and Brent. We are the faces behind the lens at October Moon Photography. And this is OUR family. (Well, minus the 2 furry Golden Retrievers that have a special place in our clan too.) And see those 3 little dudes pictured with us? (Yep, the completely adorable and incredibly handsome ones.) They are OUR everything and the entire reason why we do what we do. In fact, it is because of pictures like this of us together that we feel so strongly about creating images like this for your family. Families are our "thing", our specialty. It's what we do, what we are good at and what we LOVE.

    Thanks for stopping by to check us out. Feel free to stay as long as you'd like. Here you can get a look at all of our latest work as well as updates on happenings and events. You can also leave us some love in the comments sections, browse through the tabs above to see more examples of our sessions as well as find out information about your investment. And just for fun, take a peek in the "About Us" section to read some fun little random pieces of information about us, your photographers.

    And last but not least, don't forget to contact us to reserve a spot on our calendar for YOUR family session. We promise you that it is an investment in yourself that you will never regret - ever. (But hurry, dates fill up fast!)

    xoxo, Jen & Brent

    Image courtesy of His & Hers Photography

Cedar Rapids, IA Family Photographer | A Little Southern Comfort

It is always an honor when we are asked by another photographer to shoot their family images.  This session was an even extra special honor since they loved our work enough to invite us all the way to North Carolina to shoot their session.  Meet Julie and her incredibly gorgeous family.  She is an amazingly talented newborn photographer and owner of Uppercase Photography in Winston-Salem.  I have known her for quite some time from a photography forum made up of talented photographers from all over the world.  I even flew to her studio a couple of years ago to attend one of her newborn training workshops.  So to be able to visit again was just a treat.  AND to go along with Brent and make a mini vacation out of it was even better.  We even took our turn in front of the camera during the trip as well.  (Images from that session to be posted at a later date.) Here is a large sampling of our time spent together.  We shot her family for almost 2 hours.  We could have photographed them all night.  But the only draw back to shooting in golden hour light is that it changes so quickly and you can lose it real fast toward the end of a session.  And we did.  Lost light fast, that is.  And we chased it for awhile until we just had nothing left. You might be seeing their session pop up again sometime on our blog.  We actually made this a fusion session where we video recorded the interactions of the family because sometimes it is more than just pictures that make the memory.  I have some catching up on editing to do and will get to the video clips later.  I am excited to see how it all fits together.  🙂
June 29, 2013 - 2:50 am

Donna - These are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I can’t wait to see what you do with the video clips! You do AMAZING work!

June 29, 2013 - 2:59 am

Laura - Oh my stars these are positively gorgeous!! You captured this family so perfectly. The love, the light, the everything. perfect. perfect. Beautiful family (I mean, really? how much more beautiful could they be?) and I just love every image. Julie and her husband and girls have to be thrilled.

June 29, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Kathleen Weibel - Wow – so, so beautifu! Julie, you look amazing, and your family is gorgeous. Jen – gorgeous work and beautiful lighting as always. You have such a way with families.

June 29, 2013 - 8:07 pm

Laura Morita-Yeun - Oh, gosh. Julie, you look gorgeous and happy and vibrant and fantastic. Your whole family does. And Jen, you and your hubs went all out on this session. Love the light and the interaction. Sigh… Beautiful!

June 29, 2013 - 10:58 pm

Kari - I love every single one of them! Gorgeous family, and a great job capturing them!

June 30, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Jennifer Herb - Gorgeous photos and gorgeous family! Truly breathtaking!

June 30, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Danielle Frank - These are stunning! Beautiful images of a beautiful family!

Cedar Rapids, IA Photographer | Vineyard Wedding

Welcome to the wedding day of Peter and Cristina.  It was a beautiful ceremony that took place in a lovely little vineyard in Galena, IL.  The couple decided not to see each other prior to the ceremony but once they finally laid eyes on each other, they could not take them off one another.  The entire time they stood before their family and friends was filled with stolen glances, gentle whispers and loving looks.  It was just one of those things that while watching it, you couldn't help but smile adoringly back at them.  Just take a look through these images and you'll know exactly what I mean.
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Zach.  May you never forget the incredible love that you felt for each other on this day.
June 27, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Dianne Knapp - What a special day! Beautiful pictures, made me smile….love these two!

June 28, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Joan Hackbarth - Wow so amazing and I loved the sentiment of each of the shots! Fabulous! So very blessed!

Cedar Rapids, IA Photographer | A Beautiful Day

When Mandy emailed us and asked if we would shoot her wedding, I think I told her "no."    Well, I might have actually said my standard response of, "I am flattered that you asked but we don't really shoot weddings.  They scare us because there are no do-overs of the day.  And they few weddings that we have done were because people asked really nicely."  Well, guess what....She asked nicely.  LOL.  Besides that, it would have been really hard to turn my dear friend down.  I have known this girl since our college days where we met working as camp counselors at YMCA Camp Foster in Okoboji, IA.  And even though we had lost touch until we found each other again in Facebook land, we are the type of friends that can pick back up right where we left off no matter how much time has passed.  So the thought of traveling for an engagement session and wedding to spend some time with her and her fiance was really all the convincing that I needed.  And I fell easily into the same comfortable friendship with Ashley (her love and fellow photographer) as I did when first meeting Mandy.  And Brent agrees that these two people are just the kind of people that you can't help but love. Speaking of love...I wanted to invite you to take a picture walk through their special day.  (Get a tissue.)  Just editing these images made me feel like I was right there with them all over again.  And I hope that they will cherish these memories for the rest of their lives.  I am sure there are probably a hundred details that they have already forgotten so hopefully this puts a smile on their faces.  Mandy and Ashley, love you both!!!  Take good care of each other.  xoxo
A first look for mama's little loves.  <3 <3  Melt.
It is only appropriate for the photographer groom to take his own pictures of his beautiful bride walking down the aisle, right?  😉
The videographer.  Hahaha.  No, not really but I just couldn't resist as I was standing right behind him as he raised his phone to capture some moments of his own.
Congratulations again you two.  It was our pleasure to be  such an important part of the first day of the rest of your lives.  Miss you already.
June 12, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Rachel Aberle - Gorgeous images! Congrats to the bride and groom.

June 12, 2013 - 6:53 pm

Melissa Ford Moritsch - Beautiful!

June 12, 2013 - 8:32 pm

Niki Aab - I think you should shoot weddings more often. Very beautiful!

June 12, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Kellie Olson - My cousin is beautiful! Wonderful pictures!

June 12, 2013 - 9:17 pm

Lisa Brown Anderson - wow! mandy, you look amazing!

June 13, 2013 - 5:40 am

Connie Struwe - Every picture was perfect – what special couple!

June 16, 2013 - 5:38 am

Ruthie Varkovitzky - These are so beautiful! The best wedding I can remember. 🙂

Cedar Rapids, IA Family Photographer | It’s My Birthday!

So in honor of Jen's  birthday month, we decided to run a little promotion.  It is a pretty big one, actually.  We have never really done anything like this before.  We have already received many inquiries just from the post on Facebook 3 days ago.  So hurry up!  Don't let April slip away when this offer will end.  Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Cedar Rapids Family Photographer | It’s What We Do!

Over the past 5 years of our photography business, we have had opportunities to photograph quite a few things from births to weddings.  Each one of these experiences has been truly amazing and has helped us learn and grow, not only as photographers, but also as individuals and as a husband/wife team.   These years have also given us time to develop our style and to really explore the type of photographers that we are and who we want to become.  And as we hit our 5 year anniversary in photography, we now have a better understanding of who we want to be as artists.  Let me explain: A little over 2 years ago, it hit me very suddenly that our kids (ages 4 and 2 at the time) were not babies anymore.  They were growing and changing so quickly and I knew it wouldn’t be long before they were “all grown up.” I realized that this time in our lives when they look up to us like we are their heroes and their entire world revolves around us would pass by all too quickly.  I got sad that there would soon come a day when the unsolicited ”I love yous,” big squeezy hugs and sweet little kisses “just because” would be fewer and farther between.  In the back of my mind, I would sometimes think about how amazing it would be to have a photographer in the room with us during a Saturday morning snuggle session just snapping away as we did our thing – talked, laughed, snuggled, hugged and kissed - documenting our relationship and togetherness.  Or to have someone there in the middle of a lazy weekend tickle fest capturing the time unfold through the lens just so I would never forget the looks of pure delight on our faces or the sounds of our laughter turning to cackling that would fill the entire room.  It was around this time that I also started to soak in all of these moments a little bit differently than before.  Since I knew that life was so crazy, unpredictable and fast-paced, I made every effort just to stop for a minute and almost step away from myself so that I could make sure each of the things that I never wanted to forget would be made into a memory.  I would concentrate on how they looked all little, warm and snuggled in my lap, how their skin felt so soft nuzzled against mine and how their hair would tickly my lips as I placed gentle kisses on top of their heads.  I would pause to breath in the intoxicating scent of their freshly bathed hair or the maple syrup that was left over from breakfast or that sweet smell of fresh air mixed with little boy that can only come from a long afternoon of playing outside in the warm weather air.  I would close my eyes to take away all other distractions so that I could focus on the feel of the embrace of their arms wrapped around my neck and their little hands clasped in mine.  And that laughter.  I had to make sure that I would always be able to remember their giggles and squeals so I would hug them close so the sound would fall directly into my ears. As I would sit back and reflect on these things, I knew that I wasn't the only one who so desperately wanted to hold tight to these moments.  I knew I wasn't the only one who would some days wish that time would slow down so that our "babies", our everythings could just stay exactly the way they were for a little bit longer.  And this was beginning of the turning point in our family photography sessions.  Each session that we have had in our business since then started to evolve into something that we wanted to give back to the families that we worked with – pictures that could not only see but also "feel," "hear" and even "smell."  Images that flooded their hearts with their own "Saturday morning snuggles" or "lazy weekend tickle fest" memories.  Images that filled their ears with the sounds of their children's laughter and the reminiscence of exactly how it felt to be back in those precious times.  We started to move beyond a place of trying to get the perfectly posed, formal looking images with everyone looking and smiling right at the camera into capturing the emotion, relationships and personalities of each family.  There was something magical that started to take place between the way we worked as a team and how families were responding to what we were doing during sessions.   There was something special about them.  Something special about the way they made us feel when we shot them and something special about how the families felt when they saw the resulting images.  And then we knew – shooting families was OUR thing!  It is what we do, what we are good at and what we really and truly LOVE.  It lights us up and fills our spirit.  So with that, we decided to make more room in our schedule for families and make family photography our specialty.  Even more than that, we decided to incorporate the use of video within our family sessions because sometimes memories are more than just pictures.  And family video fusion session is so incredibly unique and something that you will never, for one second, regret having to look back on. We couldn’t be more excited about our new direction!!!!!  We hope you like the little “face-lift” we have given ourselves. We are starting fresh with a new site and new blog. We are incredibly blessed to be doing what we do and cannot wait to see where this journey will take us.  But most of all, we cannot wait to work with YOUR family.  xoxo  (P.S.  If you currently have something on our schedule that is not specifically a family session, no worries.  We are still happily looking forward to our time with you!)  And just because it seems weird to make a post with no photos, I leave you with a little collage of some of our favorites from a family session last fall.  (Be on the lookout for some more blog activity in the future as some family sessions that were never officially blogged in the past get to take center stage on our new site.)
March 24, 2013 - 9:26 pm

Rachel Aberle - Perfect!

March 24, 2013 - 11:44 pm

Judy Spurgin - such color and sweet pictures.