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I tell you all the time, heaven is a place on earth with you. This 1930s art deco style wedding was so fun to shoot. Laura & Andrew are some of the nicest people and their style is so on point for who they are as people. I mean, tell me they didn’t completely rock […]

Iowa City Wedding Photographer

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Wedding with a Classic Style This wedding day was a treat. I got up at 4am to drive two hours from my city (the old Capitol) to Des Moines (the new Capitol) and man, oh, man was it ever worth it. This wedding took place when winter still had its […]

Iowa City Engagement Session

A windswept prairie engagement session just outside Iowa City This park is truly one of Iowa City’s best kept secrets, and a wonderful place for an engagement session in Iowa City. The Corridor area has tons of beautiful spots on the lake and trail systems but you don’t really hear about the trails in West […]

Iowa City Family Photographer

Documenting Kori & Alex’s growing family at the Linen & Light Studio I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Buffingtons since the early days when I was just getting started professionally and Hudson was just a few months old. Little Olive just had her first birthday and we documented it here along with some […]

This Iowa City senior portrait session was so much fun! Mae’s mom reached out to set it up, and after chatting a little bit about a few ideas for locations, Mae chose Hickory Hills park in Iowa City. I had absolutely zero objections to Hickory Hills because it is one of my all time favorite […]

Iowa City Senior Portrait Session
Iowa City Wedding Photographer

Something I talk to my clients about a lot while planning their timeline is a “first look”. It is important to know whether or not you are doing one, as it will have an effect on the rest of your timeline for the day. What is a first look? A first look is the first […]

Cottage Core Intimate Wedding at the Ashton House in Iowa City

Do you dream of a cottage core wedding ceremony? This small and intimate wedding will inspire you to do just that. The Ashton House is a hidden gem for small weddings in the Iowa City area. Humble and unique, it was originally built in 1947 by Edward L. “Ned” Ashton as a private residence. According […]

In-home newborn session photography

“If I am thinking correctly,” said Pooh, “a new baby is probably, undoubtedly the grandest gift that ever could be.” Winnie the Pooh Oh, how my heart loves these newborn sessions. When Brittany reached out, I was so happy to hear from her! Firstly, I was a second shooter learning the ropes when she and […]

The Seller family grew by one! This was a really enjoyable session for me, as the last time I saw this beautiful family, little miss was just a newborn! My, how she’s grown. I love seeing families grow and babies getting bigger – to me it’s such an honor to be invited to document these […]

Colleen wanted to commemorate her graduation with a photo session, and get a few shots with her puppy. I love how these turned out! Her puppy is so dang cute, and I had the pleasure of holding him while I got some photos of Colleen. He was definitely the star of the show to passerby […]

Muscatine Wedding Photographer

Ali & Zack’s engagement session in Muscatine at Iowa Fields and Deep Lakes Park. Torey Rohde is a wedding and lifestyle photographer.

Iowa City Children's Portrait Photographer

Children’s portraits of Lyla & Charlie at a park in Iowa City by portrait photographer, Torey Rohde

Dubuque, Iowa As a wedding photographer, I get to experience a lot of things. One of those things is witnessing true love and friendship between two partners who truly cherish one another, and balance one another as human beings. It’s one of my favorite bride-walking-down-the-aisle photos ever, when Austin is overcome with his happiness and […]

Dubuque Grand River Center Wedding
Maquoketa Caves State Park Engagement Session

Maquoketa Caves State Park Summer greenery, Iowa wildflowers, natural caves in a state park, seriously how much better can it get? Laura and Andrew’s session was so lovely to be a part of. They chose the location as one of their favorite places and I didn’t hesitate to say yes, even though it was a […]

Alexis and Dalton Storm were already married when we set up this bohemian, film-inspired styled shoot, that Dalton planned secretly for Alexis’ birthday. The two lovebirds got to relive their wedding day with Little Lights on the Lane, Iowa City’s brand new event center (circa 2020). It was such an incredibly beautiful night in small […]

First of all, the name of this place is hilarious to me. Pappy Dickens runs alongside Hickory Hills Park in Iowa City. To be completely honest, I wouldn’t have noticed a difference between the two before this session. Rachel and Ben got married this past November (that’s how far behind in blogging I am, ahh) […]

Ceremony: Crapo Park, Burlington, IA Reception Venue: Regal on the Hill Getting Ready: The Peacock Loft Dress: Rime Arodaky Tux: Men’s Wearhouse DJ: GoodVibez Entertainment Catering: Smokin’ J’s BBQ This was a dreamy, dreamy day in Burlington, Iowa. Skyler and Lucas married on a very hot Iowa summer day. We started at the Peacock Airbnb […]

I just can’t get over how effortlessly vintage this session is. I met Haley & Pedrick in the middle of Iowa’s rolling hills, left my car and climbed into the backseat of their truck. We drove through gates with cows who eyeballed us lazily, so content in their grazing. We drove across the fields from […]

Venue: The Shore Event Center Hair: Lacey Homan-Kemp with Rooted Salon Dress: Zazou’s Bridal Suit: Men’s Wearhouse Flowers: Flowers by Melanie This wedding day has a special place in my heart. Allie & Phil are two incredible human beings that I’m so blessed to have gotten to meet. I know I say all the time […]

Oh, where do I start? I feel blessed by every couple that chooses me to be their photographer, but these two were pretty special. I showed up on rehearsal night and then ended up staying for dinner and hanging out with this super rad group of people. I never once felt awkward with them, and […]

April showers bring May flowers. It was true for Cierra & Kevin’s spring wedding, and we did 95% all of our shooting indoors! Little Lights on the Lane in West Branch and Saint Elizabeth church in Hiawatha provided beautifully for their wedding day. It was a whirlwind adventure, and we had a bit of traveling […]

I love this session with Maya so, so much. The lighting was perfect, the fossil gorge was empty, and Maya was so fun to work with. I’m really proud of this one! Congrats on graduating, girl!! And thanks for getting artsy with me!

Often times before I meet with a couple, they let me know how nervous they are and/or how much the guys don’t really like photos. I mean, even I get uncomfortable in front of the camera so I totally get it! There’s truly no other time when you’re this vulnerable, and despite the Instagram/Facebook/email messaging […]

(Images by Torey Rohde Photography at Little Lights on the Lane) Setting up the timeline for your wedding day is a big deal! After all that time, money, and energy spent planning and preparing for your big day, you’ll want to make sure the day flows smoothly and that you have time for everything you […]

Choosing your ceremony and reception location(s) are one of the first (and biggest!) decisions you’ll make after deciding to get married. There’s a lot to consider and a fairly steep learning curve, along with an often a lofty price tag, so you want to make sure that your investment is what will really serve you […]

Iowa City Engagement Session