Hi, I’m Synthia, the woman behind the lens at Lovely Moments Photography. I’m in love with my career as a newborn photographer, maternity photographer, baby photographer, and family photographer in the Ames, IA area (Story City, to be exact). But I’m also someone who embodies the idea that life is an adventure and you never know where it will take you.

I grew up in Iowa, and like many kids and teens, I was set on going out into the world, exploring different areas, and establishing myself anew elsewhere. So I left home at 18 with a one-way ticket to Florida to work for the National Coalition for the Homeless through Americorps. I later moved to the Saint Louis metro area for college and, driven by my continued love for serving people, I became a social worker.

When I eventually moved back to Iowa, I planned to make it a short-term residency. Then I met my now-husband and meeting your soul mate has a way of making you stick around. I’ve truly become the “never say never” girl! I never planned to return to Iowa, but I’ve been making my home here for over ten years now. I never expected to be a mom either, but I was blessed with amazing twin girls who are my entire world.

My journey into my career as a family photographer was a winding path as well. I dove into photography to take pictures at kids’ parties. I was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed photographing newborns more, and helping beautiful families capture the memories as their kids grew up. I find such joy in watching these families grow and change every year, and I look forward to continuing to get to know my clients’ families for years to come.

I’d love to get to know you too! Contact my Story City, IA family photography studio today to book your session or discuss the best ways to capture the special moments in your family’s lives.

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