About the Photographer


I'm Rebecca Gansen, photographer. I'm happiest when I'm wearing flip flops, yet I prefer the cold; I'd rather curl up with a good book than go to the movies; Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year; I thrive on trying new hobbies; I love my Cyclones, even though I married a Hawkeye; I have a long, long list of places I want to travel to; I have come to rely on my morning run to get my day started off right; my cats are awesome and I don't care who knows it; I have the most supportive husband and family in the world and I would never be where I am today without them.

I've been a practicing photographer since I was six years old. Hundreds of rolls of film later, I graduated from Hawkeye Community College in 2008 with a degree in Professional Photography. In college, I had a top three portfolio and was awarded the Top 5 student award based on my entries in the Heart of America Photography conference. I started Photography By Becca upon graduation in 2008 and opened my first studio in 2010. I chose Jewell, IA because I am a proud South Hamilton graduate and I've always loved the community. 

In October of 2017 I closed the doors to the studio in Jewell to prepare for my greatest adventure of all: becoming a mother for the first time (due March 16, 2018). My husband will complete his podiatry residency in June and we'll be relocating for his permanent job. At first, I will be a stay at home mom and will decide what direction to take my photography after the first year.

The photo to the left was taken by the lovely and talented Heidi Biersner of blink.images by heidi.