Meet Barb


Hi! I am Master Photographer Barb Gordon and I understand how difficult it can be for you to be in front of a camera. I am renowned for my attention to the details that make your portraits memorable while making it fun and comfortable for your family. You may not know how good your portraits could be until you experience working with an expert who knows how to create the masterpiece your family deserves.

If you want portraits you will love, call me, you will look your best-maybe even a little bit better. My personalized service goes a long way to ensuring you will love your portraits. I will help you with many important details that are often overlooked.

Reflecting on some of the photo sessions I have had throughout my 25 plus years in this wonderful art, I am so grateful. I have worked with hundreds of newborn babies and nervous new parents. I am now photographing some of my past high school senior client’s children. And as it comes full circle when I know I am recording the last photograph a person will have taken. It is such a privilege to be a part of so many families. It is an honor to do something so meaningful and priceless for people.

My favorite part of the photographic process is the unveiling. My reward is seeing the expressions, tears, excitement, and the connection people have with each other. If I can boost someone’s self esteem, enhance their home with artful images, capture relationships and wrap it up in a memorable experience-I’m a happy artist.

Get the red carpet treatment and the portraits you can’t wait to share!

I am an internationally published and award winning photographer, entrepreneur, speaker, and writer.

  • Master Photographer-with PPA
  • Photographic Craftsman-with PPA
  • Certified Professional Photographer -with PPA, less than 4% of the 20,000 members in 54 countries of PPA hold this mark of excellence.
  • Photographic Business Degree: Business Impact Zone of Iowa (BIZ)
  • 2011 Graduate of the E-Myth Mastery Impact, Core Business Development Program

My most prestigious awards include:

  • Photographer of the Year, Silver Level at PPA’s 2010 International Print competition.
  • Iowa’s Master Photographer of the Year-2010
  • Fuji Award 2010
  • PPA Loan Collection 2010
  • PPA Loan Collection 2006
  • PPA Showcase 2003
  • twice named Iowa’s Top Ten Photographer of the Year

I am a member of Professional Photographers of America International (PPA), Professional Photographers of Iowa (PPI) , Northeast Iowa Professional Photographers which I organized in 1990 and has served many offices.

I serve on the alumni board for the photography department for Hawkeye Community College where I graduated from in 1985 with an AA degree in Portrait Photography. I attend seminars and continuing education on a regular basis.

I have been locally honored by YWCA Tribute to Women of Achievement 2001 and Advanced Entrepreneur of the Year 2003 from the Women’s Business Center of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Portraits & Stories founder and photographer August of 2009. is a tribute to cancer survivors for inspiration, hope, and comradery.

Also in August 2009 I launched to reach out to photographers across the country who are looking for encouragement, inspiration, and mentoring in their photography careers.

It is an honor to create wonderful portraits for you. Because of your patronage, Gordon Photography regularly contributes to World Vision Micro Loans, supports a missionary with Young Life, and donates to Fire Around the World. God bless you!

Lets’s get started today! The fastest way to reach me is by phone (319) 435-2125.

By appointment only:

Gordon Photography & Gallery, Inc.
at Lost Creek Farm


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