My name is Lindsay McGowan, and I live in North Liberty, IA with my husband and three boys.  I grew up in the Chicago 'burbs, moved to Iowa City in 1999, graduated from The University of Iowa then never left!

With degrees in psychology and business, photography was never on my radar as a career.  Having a passion for the hobby combined with my desire to be creative led to the birth of my business in 2011, six months after birthing my twin boys. With 3 kids 3 and under, a lot of coffee, and a very simple DSLR, I  jumped in with both feet and never looked back.

With over a decade of learning, experience and building lasting client relationships, I cherish the loyalty and memories created with each family I work with. What I love about my job is hearing stories, watching you grow, listening to laughter and capturing the best hugs ever. Photographing your life, your love, your moments. To be asked to be part of all of these moments is such a gift. With a portfolio full of variety: timeless portraiture, birth story, newborn, children, family, commercial and editorial.  Each gallery has a mix of posed portraits and timeless lifestyle stills of your story.  I  am so excited to be here. 

Can't wait to hear from you!

Voted Iowa City Press-Citizen's Best of the Area

Corridor Business Journal 40 Under 40 2020

what clients are saying...

“Lindsay has a heart of gold.  On very short notice, she came and did a photo shoot of our son in the hospital.  They turned out amazing and we treasure them.” – Brianna

“Lindsay was absolutely wonderful to work with and I would highly recommend her to anyone! Like I’m sure many of you who are reading this have experienced…after following Lindsay’s Photography page, my days were always brightened by such bright and beautiful family and newborn pictures woven throughout my Facebook feed. It was an easy decision to reach out to Lindsay once we had a due date for our baby girl! Then, when our little miss decided to show up almost two weeks early, Lindsay was SO accommodating to move around her schedule to get timely newborn photos (just days before her vacation)! We were so thankful for her flexibility!

The photo shoot was great. Lindsay is incredibly friendly and knows exactly what she is doing when it comes to lighting and positioning the baby. She brought everything she would need for the shoot and was extremely professional. We just got our digital copies and cannot wait to order prints of these bright and beautiful photos!”  – Marianne


“Lindsay does a great job working with kids!  In the past we have dreaded pictures with our kids, but our experience with Lindsay has made it enjoyable. We were referred by friends and will make sure that we refer anyone we know to Lindsay for their family pictures! She’s the best!” – Nick


“Lindsay has special ways of making my kids smile and it works every time! She is so much fun to work with and we have always gotten amazing photos from her. It is hard work getting 3 kids 6 and under to give a true smile and yet she does it every time (and makes it look easy!) We have used her the past 3 years for our family photo sessions and won’t be going anywhere else. 5 stars.” – Laura


“Professional, a joy to work with, and her pictures are beautiful.  Trust her with capturing everything from our business to the important moments in our life.  Can’t recommend Lindsay enough!” – Bobby


“Lindsay is such a talented, professional, and patient photographer! She has done multiple newborn and family sessions for us. Lindsay has a knack for capturing not only posed photos, but also finding those sweet, unexpected moments. Her patience with children is unmatched, making sure she takes the time to ensure they are comfortable and happy—somehow she is able to find peace in the chaos of toddler-chasing, baby cries, and sibling scuffles. Definitely recommend!” – Sarah


“Lindsay has been capturing our families milestones since my daughter was a newborn. We just completed our 8th session with her yesterday and I have to say she impresses me more and more each time. Lindsay has a magical way of getting our sometimes picture shy toddler to give real genuine smiles that capture her personality. She makes the session quick and fun for everyone involved. The galleries she sends are always amazing with tons of options to choose from. Choosing someone to capture your once in a lifetime moments is a huge deal. We will continue to choose Lindsay over and over again. Love her and her amazing work.” – Sarah


“We used Lindsay for the first time ever last week for our family/maternity session and I KNOW the photos are going to be amazing without even seeing a single one yet! She wasn’t afraid to be goofy with our 3.5 year old who’s on the ornery side to get him to smile nice, he loved her! I love how many photos you get when you book a package, rather than getting like 8 then having to pay additional money on top of the session fee per photo to be put on a disc- I like having them all to look back on! Photography sessions can sometimes be awkward or feel too posed/staged, and this was definitely the opposite! She made it fun and captured just us being us!” – Hannah


“I wish there was a 1000 star button for LMP! As a fellow photographer friend, it’s so hard to find someone you trust to capture your special memories! These were the first family pictures we have had since the arrival of our new little girl and Lindsay NAIL our session! She was fun, amazing and captured all the sweet little moments. I couldn’t have asked for more amazing pictures! Thank you so much Lindsay! I can’t wait for all of our session in the future! You have earned a life long client for sure! Thank you  x 1000! xoxoxo” – Sarah