WHY HELLO THERE, FRIEND!
I’m Lydia, a North Liberty transplant since 2005, born and raised in rural Iowa.
I grew up on a farm in the 80s (I’m dating myself, yikes) in a teeny-weeny town you’ve probably never heard of. After community college, I moved to Iowa City, got a business degree and a job in marketing (which I still do full-time), and later an MBA.
The husband and I created two humans: a daughter who likes to dye her hair different colors and a son who knows about a billion animal facts. They’re often my unwilling models, and are easily bribed with screen time.
Fun fact: I kept my last name when I got married, Fine, because it’s awesome and I love it.
Words of Affirmation are my love language and I’m an Enneagram 2 (“The Helper”), which means I’m a friendly people-pleaser and I secretly fear I’m not good enough. I’m not perfect, not one bit, so don’t worry about putting on airs around me. Real life is messy. *shrug*
And most importantly, I can’t wait to meet you.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME AND
How I got here
“Hey LYDIA, CAN YOU take a picture of us for our Christmas card with your nice camera?”
Basically, that’s my Origin Story. I took my friend’s photos, and they were total crap, but I was hooked.
Give me all your grumpy dads and kids; I’m here for it. In fact, I’m married to a certified Picture-Day Hater, so I’m not fazed a bit.
That’s why we spend about fifteen seconds getting that “everyone smile and look at the camera” shot, and move on to the fun stuff.
Your entire experience with me is important, but ultimately, I want you and your family to have FUN at your session.
When I create images that focus on the relationships and connections between people… well, it feels pretty great. If that’s what you’re after, we’re going to get along wonderfully.
Header photo: (c) Jessica Schroeder Photography.
Fun facts about me
One girl, one boy, both amazing and both created in a laboratory. Yay for science!
I grew up on a farm in a wee town named Moulton. Points if you can find it on a map!
Es obvio que es mi segunda idioma, pero me las arreglo.
Years of Marriage
He’s a professional stand-up comic, and yes, he tries out his jokes on me. They’re not always funny.
My favorite things
chocolate peanut butter Cheerios
supporting the ALS Association of Iowa and families affected by ALS
mules at tin roost with my best girlfriends
the sound of my children laughing
pineapple basil Press hard seltzer
fried brussel sprouts (nom nom)
being a national weather service storm spotter (nerd alert!)
a satisfying backhand-roundhouse combo
doing the Wordle with my mom
staying up too late reading
podcasts: radiolab, planet money, storycorps, and freakonomics
attempting to grow stuff (and not kill it) in my backyard
Choose Your Adventure
(AND LOOK AT SOME PRETTY PICTURES)
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“Lydia with Apollo & Ivy is money well-spent. Great communication before the session, and lots of laughs and candid moments during your photo session. My kids had a blast.”