Reese | BIG SIS cannot contain her excitement for February 2016!


I really fought James on this post – he was ready to shout from the mountains (its got to be like a Lion King/alpha male thing) while I spent a good portion of the first trimester in denial (until I started barfing consistently that is, then it became much more real) – truth is, infertility has humbled me – to my core.  I went into the mindset that a second baby would be pretty dang easy, as Reese was, so when the months went by and the option of an earlier winter baby (as any wedding photographer, who tries for maternity leave around their most seasonal work) passed by, I had a huge dent in my self esteem.  It was a situation I never in a zillion years imagined myself in – and I learned that I spend a nice chunk of time in an arrogant fog – trying to control what not I, but God, has all the control over.  It was a tough lesson that I actually, now, thank the Lord for.

Its flabbergasting to me that I am exposing myself like this, considering I never wanted to even mention the baby on Facebook until it was bundled up in a swaddle in my arms.  I guess I was scared.  For some random hormonal reason, at a baby session this spring I just unloaded on one of our moms + before I knew it, we talked about so much grittiness I think we covered years of topics that we experience with our closest girlfriends.  Thank you, secret mommy friend – your raw words and quick understanding was exactly what I needed that week (and you know who you are – thank you from my heart.)

So that made me realize – the more vulnerable I allowed myself to be, the more lives could be touched.  And while co-teaching Living Free at Life Church, in which the second the word infertility left my mouth – the room literally filled with breaths of relief.  So, now I have promised myself that openness/feelings and all that mush – it sucks (!) but, if it helps someone else, then I have done what God has asked me to do – which, is make me muddle through a rough season (and the dreaded words every mom hates: scar tissue) to use my voice as a tool.  My wish is not for sympathy (because I am abundantly blessed – with or without a baby bump) but for a mommy (or daddy, or grandma) reading this to feel hope, feel comforted – feel that you are NOT alone – and feel that you have more support than you realize.

Lets get back on a more light hearted track (whew) – Reese (I am completely serious) often checks her tummy to see who has the larger (and shocking, its always me!)

She came home from school one day and, with a truly concerned look on her face, said: whoa Mom – you are gigantic!  When I told her I was actually pretty small right now, and that the bump would be getting MUCH larger, she matter of fact replied: but, I doubt thats possible.  Oh, kid – thanks for the confidence crush.


I imagined the confetti shots to be totally epic, and they were anything but.  I even bought two huge frames, with the plan of doing side by side shots of big sis: when we know the sex of the baby the same shot with pink or blue glitter.  However, like I mentioned above – that was me trying to plan things out, and again this was him being sneaky reminding me that I am not in control of his greater plan.

While cutting the bags of glitter open – an extremely chiseled athlete jogged by in track shorts, in which Reese (who has NO volume control) shouted: Mom, why is that man running outside the house in his undies?!  He was a pretty good sport about it – but her attention span went straight to hyper and by the time she chilled out and learned the correct timing for the toss, the sun had disappeared and we were fresh out of confetti.  I still though, laugh when I look at these less than Pinterest-perfect pics.

big-sis-bumpI feel I covered all the ground I needed to in terms of if I will be waddling into your reception or not.  The timing is surprisingly perfect, as far as how far along the bump will be (or have been born) for your wedding dates, and I could not feel more at ease!

Maternity leave and all that business will be posted later on – but know every fall/early winter wedding will be wonderful + manageable – and I have allowed an awesome amount of time to bounce back before spring weddings!  Thanks, all my brides for being so lovely.  And – cheers to new beginnings (engagements, weddings, new babies and past brides becoming mommies!) – how glorious and astounding is the circle of life?!

xo – Missy {and James + Reese (at 2 months shy of 4 yrs. old)

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parsons – iowa city | family session – end of summer 2015

Parsons-downtownHow about I start you off with the background that Miki is my very best friend in the whole world (like cheesy friendship bracelet type stuff) – SO, it was pretty informal like: lets get together and eat pizza and if we get a couple keepers – then great.

OMG.  If there was ever a session where I was flabbergasted at the behavior of not one but two children, it was this evening.  As in, we could rent these kids out for flower girl/ring bearer combo.  No fruit snacks, bribes, threats or any type of edible junk was used.  The kids are really that sweet.  I know, I know – I am super jealous.


Family sessions are a challenge.  Thats no secret, right?  Grabbing the attention of multiple children while at the exact moment of fluffy overcast clouds floating by, and the wind is stalled and etc etc – any photographer will tell you that the finished product is way more luxurious than the session.  And any of our clients will tell you that they left the session with grass stains and sweat beads.  I know, we put you guys to work and we love you for that!  But, geez honestly this sesh. was a breeze.  These children are little sweethearts and I am so proud of the little gentleman and sweetie pie that Miki and Derrick have raised (!!)


Jaxson – large group shot above – that pose, right!?  Gosh what a little stud!  Totally did not pose him.  He did this all by himself which makes it extra hilarious and sweet.

Back to when I referred to family sessions.  Typically James will rapid fire at the beginning, when kids are usually the freshest so we can get our safe shots, and anything after we throw them in the car seats/new clothes (and our promises for fruit snacks have not followed through quite yet) then anything after is bonus.  Again we were totally wrong.  These kiddos would have shot until dark if we allowed – they were so cooperative the entire time.  So when we decided to throw pipsqueak in a tutu (that belonged to Miki when she was a toddler!) we got tons of extra (unexpected!) shots before it was time to call it a wrap and chow some pizza (and let the kids toss on character pajamas and do butt bouncers all over the couch).

THANK YOU again Parsons for coming on down to Iowa City and visiting – always special when we are able to get together. xoxoxo.

Love you guys! – MD


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Blair is {six months} old!


The Beck clan has been around since the beginning of Drescher Photo (and way before) as friends and loyal clients.  Its super rewarding to think back all the way to their engagement session (what, like a million years ago?) when we could grab a beer afterwards (oh, the good old days sans kiddos) and their wedding at 126 where I stuffed my face (as did Jessi – we were meant to be) with crab cakes.

Then there comes the time period where I was pregnant with Reese, so when I felt like laying on the couch in sweatpants, it was not a challenge to convince Jess to join.  We have had shared Superbowl parties, late nights downtown, indulged in lots of sushi, Hawkeye tailgates … and play dates and lending an extra diaper or pull up here or there.

But most appreciated, they have always, always been supportive to Drescher Photo.  Whenever we had a weird idea we were too scared to test drive on anyone else, these guys were in.  And anytime we felt overwhelmed in the office, they were on their way over from North Liberty with pizza + wine.  Or, anytime (which happens often) things come up like a rescheduled video shoot/etc they are always the first to offer to reschedule in a heartbeat.  And above all, Jess is the worst lier and super blunt which makes for great conversation at any rate.

Oh, and about the super confusing photo above: thats me showing Elsie Jean how she should snuggle up to her mama.  Even with chocolate, we still could not convince her.  She did however bust out her guns when her superwoman dress went on, so no shortage of cheese, it just took a little nudge!


Blair and Elsie Jean are sweet sisters who have stolen the heart of their daddy (and I see them taking this to their advantage in their futures).

I also wanted to take a quick one to applaud Jess because August is National Breastfeeding Month and she has been one super mama not only being proactive about it with EJ but Blair too.  After Blair, she went ahead and switched up some new routines with her diet and mixed with nursing, looks amazing + healthy and has her body looking amazing as ever, and strong as ever since two pregnancies/births!  I know I got a little off topic, but moms who are reading will be universally proud for her and agree with me that she deserves to shine + feel like a total babe looking at her photos (xoxo!)



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