1920s Styled Wedding at Hotel Northland, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Green Bay Wedding Photographer Hotel Northland Wedding Photography Green Bay, Wisconsin Wedding Photographer Hotel Northland Wedding, Green BayStyled weddings are a great way to explore new venues and push the boundaries of wedding trends in the area. They give us the opportunity to sharpen our skills, try out ideas, and collaborate with talented vendors who can build a vision into reality. I’ve been closely following Hotel Northland’s renovation for years, and as an “old soul” with a soft spot for 1920s architecture (we live in a 1924 American Four Square home if you don’t already know), Hotel Northland is a dream wedding venue right here in the heart of downtown Green Bay.

Hotel Northland Wedding

This spring I reached out to Elizabeth who is the event coordinator at Hotel Northland and she was happy to show us around and help make plans for the shoot. Lucky for us, our wedding industry friends here in Green Bay loved our vision for a clean-cut, 1920s inspired wedding in shades of blue and were excited to collaborate. Erika’s bridal had a gown that was not only a perfect fit for the theme, but also a perfect fit for the model, DuBois had a brand new super-slim tux in blue which fit our color story perfectly, Nichole at Petal Pusher created a gorgeous bouquet and an architectural flower crown, Monzu constructed a gorgeous art nouveau cake, Alyssa loaned us an emerald cut ring that is a great fit for the era, and Caroline at Mint completed our vision (as though she were inside my head) like she always does. Toss in a few vintage books and coupe champagne glasses, and we were in business!

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In our original plan for this shoot we were seeking a bride model with darker features (I always love dark hair with a white dress) but after seeing Emily and Luke’s email come through, we were hopelessly in love with them and knew they would be our couple. Contrary to most styled sessions, we always choose real life couples because I like the natural intimacy. Luke and Emily had a whirlwind romance, loved the 1920s, and were just so cute and in love. We immediately emailed Katie at Erika’s Bridal with our model’s measurements, and through some kind of magic, she had the dress we had already chosen in the perfect size. I love when things align that way.

1920s Gatsby Wedding

This styled wedding at Hotel Northland opened us up to play with a lot of concepts we have been toying with, allowed us to work with vendors we love, and let us explore every square inch of this historic hotel in downtown Green Bay. We are truly blessed to do what we do, the way we love to do it.

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Thank you to our fabulous vendors!

Venue: Hotel Northland Autograph Collection Hotels
Dress:  Erika’s Bridal
Menswear:  DuBois Formalwear
Flowers:  Petal Pusher
H&MU:  Mint Salon
Desserts:  Monzu Bakery
Ring:  Alyssa and Anna Fine Jewelry
Models: Luke and Emily Hoppe

Green Bay Outdoor Family Photos in Lilacs

Green Bay Family Photographer Outdoor Spring Pictures BirthdayEach year we host Limited Edition Sessions with an exclusive theme and location in spring and fall. Although I am tempted to call them “mini sessions”, that doesn’t do a good job of describing what they are. When we were new photographers just starting out, we did “mini sessions” a few times a year, but I hated how rushed everything was. It reminded me of my portrait studio days with ten minute sessions and a boot out the door. The photos were prop-heavy, overly posed, and just didn’t feel like us. We fell away from special sessions for a number of years, and returned with a new concept three years ago — longer times so everyone can settle in and be playful, no cheesy props, and letting the natural work speak for itself by choosing dates and locations that emphasized the beautiful changing seasons we have here in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Our first Limited Edition Spring Sessions in 2017 were in a Door County apple orchard surrounded by blossoms, the next year we offered tulip sessions, and this year I was dreaming of the perfect location in a grove of lilacs. Lucky for us, Alex and her family offered up their home which was landscaped with flowering trees, fruit blossoms, and, of course, lilacs. The location was a perfect match to our vision and the date lined up exactly with peak bloom; it couldn’t have been more perfect! Toward the end of the day we photographed Alex, Jake, and their kiddos at their home among the lilacs. It was a beautiful afternoon to make special memories for a special family.

Outdoor Spring Photos in Lilacs

Police Dog Mattis and Deputy Dennis (Brown County) Photo Session

Green Bay Photographer Green Bay Family Photos PetsWe are “dog people” as most people know just from visiting our about us page where we introduce Pieper (our rescue) as part of the photography team. As such, we photograph pups often and are full of tricks to get them to sit, stay, perk up, and come running when needed. All those skills were unnecessary when it came to Mattis and Deputy Dennis’s photo session this spring. Mattis is a trained K-9 officer for the Brown County Sheriff’s Department and so bribery and teasing were not necessary. He followed every command Nick gave (all of them in German), my favorite of which was platz! where he would just lay down immediately, wherever he was at. He is such a handsome dog and was such a good boy for his session.

K-9 Officer Police Dog Photos in Green Bay Wisconsin

As we finished up the photos, Lizzy joined the session along with their other dog, Callie, and it was funny to see how different Mattis interacted one-on-one with his doggy mom. Whereas with Nick he was at full attention, ears perked, direct eye contact, with Lizzy he had his tongue out, sat lazy to one side, and immediately rolled over for some belly rubs. Mattis lives at home with Nick and Lizzy and it was so obvious how much of a comfort Lizzy is to him. Both dogs did a great job and it was such a fun experience for us!

Limited Edition Lilac Session, Green Bay Family Photographer

Lilacs Spring Photos Green Bay PhotographerI love photographing toddlers. Many photographers dread this age — they like sleeping newborns or well-behaved grade-schoolers best — but I love the energy toddlers bring! There is no “sit and smile”, there is no convincing “cheese”, but there is always big play. We will get down in the grass, we will tickle and tease, we will be our most ridiculous (anyone who has had photos with Ben knows this!) And the reward for getting to their level is unbridled laughs from kiddos who haven’t learned to be self-conscious or “tone it down”. They are completely themselves, making each photograph their own.

Green Bay Outdoor Family Photos

As a mom of a toddler, I know the age is not without difficulty. There are tantrums over which shoes to wear (galoshes every day if you ask Juniper) and there is no logic that can penetrate their sadness when you won’t let them play in the thunderstorm, but the other side of it is little lessons they teach over and over reminding us to be in the moment. Stop and smell the flowers, see that the dandelions are as pretty as the lilacs, and enjoy the time we have with the people we love best.

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Photos above from Joey and the {T} Family’s Limited Edition Lilac Session in Green Bay, WI.

Limited Edition Lilac Session, Spring Family Photos in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Green Bay Family Photographer Lilacs apple blossom picturesWhen Nicky contacted us about a family session for herself, her husband, and their little girl, Hayden, she admitted that the last professional photos she had been in were her senior portraits. Sometimes people are afraid to tell us the last time they had photos, but we know what it’s like to be a parent, and we know how time can fly by and how easy it is to wait for the “perfect time” — when the weather is better, when the baby reaches a milestone, when we “improve” something about ourselves that makes us feel worthy of being in photos. Of course, deep down we know there is no perfect time and every season of parenthood is both beautiful and difficult. We were honored to be the first to photograph this loving little family.

Green Bay Family Photographer

Even with it being her first pictures, Hayden was a pro in front of the camera. She was happy and ready to play all the silly games we had in mind. She snuggled daddy and nuzzled noses with mommy. The lilacs were in full bloom for our Limited Edition Spring Sessions and she gathered the blossoms up and gave them a big sniff, so proud that they matched the purple of her dress. In short, we loved photographing this session!

Hannah & Jake’s 5 Year Anniversary Session, Downtown Green Bay and Hotel Northland

Hotel Northland Green Bay Wedding PhotographerWhen Hannah and Jake approached me with the idea for their 5 year anniversary session, I was 100% onboard. Their wedding was a small affair and they didn’t get to have the photos they felt truly captured the celebration of their marriage. As their anniversary approached, Hannah got an idea for a chic, glamorous, downtown session with a floor-length gown and city all around them. I got her email and was like, okay, we need to shoot this session. I could imagine her vision and couldn’t wait to bring it to life!

Downtown Green Bay Anniversary Session

On the morning of Hannah and Jake’s session we were met with rain. Hannah and I debated on whether to cancel or continue with the session that evening as planned. I knew a rainy day would be harder — there’s lots of picking up dresses and hiding under umbrellas — but I also knew that the rain was supposed to let up, and if the timing was just right, we could get the dramatic, overcast light and the glossy, vibrant color that rain brings to every surface. We decided to go for it, and as soon as Hannah stepped out in her long black dress and flawless makeup, we were ready for the challenge.

Hotel Northland, Green Bay

As predicted, the rain stopped for the perfect window of time for a jaunt around downtown Green Bay stopping at various spots for photos. As we finished up our last shots outside Hotel Northland, it started up again, and Hannah and Jake snuggled under an umbrella for intimate photos that wrapped up the session. We loved every minute of it and felt honored to be chosen to bring their ideas to life! Happy 5th anniversary, Hannah & Jake, and cheers to 50 more!

Personal Post: Travels To Savannah Georgia

Travel Photography Kasey and Ben TravelI love packing for a trip. Let me rephrase that, I love planning outfits for a trip. Rolling up clothing and puzzling it together in the suitcase brings me great joy, and having just the right number of pieces to mix and match lights up the “type a” planner in me. This was even more fun for my trip to Savannah because I was traveling with my mom — no hubby to plan for, no baby stuff to pack. I knew I would miss my little family while I was away, but the luxury of packing carry-on only and thinking only of myself cannot be denied.

I was headed to Savannah for a business retreat with other lady bosses from the Green Bay area as part of Rise Retreat. For three days we stayed in the gorgeous De Soto hotel in the historic district expanding our ideas of what we are capable of, sharing openly with one another about dreams and struggles, and taking notes like wild women so we would be ready to make big leaps when we returned home.

Savannah, Georgia Travel Photography

I invited my mom to come along, as Savannah in spring seemed like the perfect girls’ trip and she is an excellent travel buddy. In the days leading up to the retreat she and I walked the squares, ate lots of food, and spent time by the water (including a beach day at Tybee!) It was easy and blissful. I was able to get some sketches in, enjoy warm weather, and soak up the history and arts culture of the city. It’s amazing what a break like this can do for the spirit. Sometimes we need a little reminder of who we are as powerful, capable women. I think this is especially true for us moms whose identity can get consumed by one title. Savannah was the perfect little reset before the busyness of summer!

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Film scans above shot on Kodak Portra 400 35 mm film and developed by Dwaynes Photo.

Green Bay Maternity Session at Fonferek Glen

Green Bay Photographers Fonferek Glen WaterfallsSpring may be my favorite time of year to photograph maternity sessions. The grass is coming up, the trees are budding, and even before the flowers bloom, baby animals are being born. New life is all around and nothing emphasizes that more than maternity photos. Megan contacted us in winter partway through her pregnancy to plan for her session and pick the perfect location for the time of year, knowing we wouldn’t quite have leaves or blossoms yet.

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After chatting about her vision, we decided on Fonferek Glen in Green Bay to capture the rustic charm of the old granary, barn, and fence line, as well as the fields of tall grass. Megan dressed perfectly for the season in florals, and although we fought with a little wind, we had a golden hour sunshine to make beautiful photos. Megan and Randy’s little boy is due to make his arrival in the next week or two. Congratulations, M & R!

Green Isle Park Spring Family Photos, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Green Bay Family Photographers Green Bay Family PicturesJust a few weeks before this session there was a foot of snow on the ground as Courtney and Tanner celebrated their engagement. Now, in March, we celebrate their family! This was Ainsely’s first official portrait session and she did a great job! Baxter (the first baby) was also included in the session and brought extra joy and energy to the scene. The four of them are so sweet and we were blessed with such lovely spring weather and bright sunshine. Happy babies and a happy families make for beautiful photos that make our hearts happy! (Be sure to check out Courtney and Tanner’s Engagement and stay tuned for wedding photos next year!)

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