About Lydia

Eastern Iowa Family, Senior, & Newborn Photographer

Hi there, friend! I’m Lydia.

Most days, you’ll find me in my home office, swimming in a spreadsheet. In the evening, I’m usually curled up reading a book or on the trampoline with my kiddos. 

But a couple days each week? That’s when I have a camera in my hand, serving parents—the ones who are feeling the days fly by far too fast.

If you’d rather love on your children during a photo session than hold a fake smile and picture-perfect poses… if you want photos that reveal your child’s personality… if you cherish photos that you can look at years from now and really feel them…

There IS a better way. You can have photographs that match the beauty your eyes see, not magnify the flaws and imperfections.

You can have a less-stressful, relaxed photo session that captures how much you love one another. And you can have unique photos that aren’t cookie-cutter. 

I’m not perfect, and I don’t expect you to be, either. 

I want to show you how incredibly beautiful your family is through others’ eyes. Let’s create something wonderful together.


Lydia Fine with son making silly face, black and white photo
Lydia Fine with son making silly face, black and white photo
Lydia Fine with son making silly face, black and white photo
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How I got here

“Hey LYDIA, CAN YOU take a picture of us for our Christmas card with your nice camera?”

That’s my Origin Story in one sentence. I took my friend’s photos, and they were total crap, but I was hooked.

Give me all your grumpy dads; I’m here for it. In fact, I’m married to a certified Picture-Day Hater, so I’m not fazed a bit.

Your entire experience with me is important, but ultimately, I want you and your family to have FUN at your session. 

Creating images that capture connections between people is my happy place. If that’s what you’re after, we’re going to get along wonderfully.

Header photo: (c) Jessica Schroeder Photography

Fun facts about me


Awesome Offspring

One girl, one boy, both created in a laboratory. Yay for science and IVF!


School Classmates

I grew up on a farm in a wee town named Moulton. Points if you can find it on a map!



I’m sincere, generous, a people-pleaser, and a little too Type A. See? Not perfect. 🙂  


Years of Marriage

He’s a professional comedian, and he tries out his jokes on me. They’re not always funny.

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My favorite things

chocolate peanut butter Cheerios

supporting the ALS Association of Iowa and families affected by ALS

girls’ night at tin roost with my besties

the sound of my children laughing

pineapple basil Press hard seltzer

fried brussel sprouts (nom nom)

ultra-nerdy weather reports

a satisfying backhand-roundhouse combo

doing the Wordle with my mom

staying up too late reading

podcasts: radiolab, planet money, freakonomics

attempting to grow stuff (and not kill it) in my backyard

"My kids had a blast."

“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.”

—Sarah L.

Choose Your Adventure


See more about the sessions, including pricing, packages, and galleries chock-full of example photos.

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Every family looks different, and that's fine by me. My job is to coax out the unique YOU-ness of your family. All you need to do is show up ready to love on your family and laugh.

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Lifestyle Newborn

Relaxed, in-home sessions with no baskets, headbands, or buckets. Just baby and parents (plus any siblings or furry friends) doing what they do best: being together.

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Senior Photo Sunset Blonde Girl Apollo & Ivy Photography Iowa


Bespoke and uniquely designed senior photo sessions for young people who want to step outside the cookie-cutter senior photo box.

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Fine Art School Photos

These aren't your mama's school photos. I deliver natural-light photographs that are timeless and beautiful works of art you'll treasure for years.

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