Fall Extended Family Photos, Appleton Wisconsin

Appleton Family Photographer Fall Family PhotosThis year fall came and went faster than usual. Between wind, rain, and sudden cold, there were very few dates with leaves on the trees and sun-shining, but Katie’s family session was on one of those lucky days.

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The idea for this extended family session came about around this time last year. Katie’s mom, Holly, was putting together her annual holiday card and realized they didn’t have a single photo of the entire family together. As Holly pieced together separate photos for the card, Katie knew the perfect Christmas gift for her parents — a gift certificate for family photos. And in a perfect twist of fate, Katie’s niece, Charlotte, the first granddaughter in the family, arrived just in time to join the photos.

Extended Family Photos

When Katie and I met up in September to begin planning, we tossed around many ideas for locations. With family coming from central Wisconsin, Neenah, and Appleton, staying near the Fox Valley only made sense. And since Katie’s home backs up on a nature preserve, their backyard was the perfect option! The tots did great and baby Charlotte was so smiley.

Extended family sessions are a favorite of ours for a few reasons. Firstly because we know how important they are. Those photos of kids, grandkids, and grandparents are the ones we always wish we could get, but even though we think we’ll snag a few during holiday get-togethers, it rarely happens. Secondly, we love them because of how much value the session has…. all in one session we can take big group photos, grandparents with grandkids, individual family groups, grandkids together, siblings together, *stops to take a breath* and kids separately all at one time while everyone is dressed cute and ready for photos. And lastly, we enjoy these sessions because they are a challenge. Extended family photos means kids at a variety of ages, lots of hands-on posing, and plenty of help with outfit coordination. We have methods for all these things and love a good challenge!

Cheers to Katie and her family!

Woodwalk Gallery Wedding with Sunset Beach Photos, Door County

Door County Wedding Photographer Egg Harbor Wedding PhotographerSmall Wedding Door CountyWoodwalk Gallery, Egg HarborEgg Harbor, WisconsinWe don’t have a running list of our favorite weddings, but if we did, Alicia and Mike’s wedding would be on it. It was everything we love best — an intimate guest list, a small wedding party, the love of family and friends, and a beautiful early fall afternoon.

Woodwalk Gallery Wedding, Door County

The wedding took place at the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. It is an art gallery and wedding venue and one of our favorite places to photograph because of the incredible scenery and wonderful owners. Their ceremony took place under a pergola in a field of wildflowers. Alicia walked down the aisle with her father, and Mike smiled seeing her arrive. After hors d’oeuvres and drinks on the lawn, we wandered into the sunflower fields for pictures.

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The reception was held in the barn space at Woodwalk surrounded by local art with dinner served on a collection of vintage china. Friends and family were laughing happily, enjoying food and drinks, followed by some of the most thoughtful wedding speeches we’ve ever heard.

Sunset Beach Photos, Door County

After a little taste of cake, we drove Alicia and Mike out to the beach for sunset photos. All day long it was cloudy and our plan for sunset pictures looked impossible, but as we pulled in the clouds lifted just enough to give us that bright, golden light that all photographers dream of. We walked out on the pier while wild gusts of wind blew and waves crashed up over the sides. Alicia and Mike weren’t bothered by any of it; they were simply content in being there together.

As we drove back to the venue, we talked about life, love, travel, and all the wonderful future plans they have on the horizon. It sounds like the start of something wonderful. Congratulations, Alicia and Mike!

Personal Post: letters from my mom & letters to my daughter

Husband and Wife Team Downtown Green BayWhen I was pregnant with Juniper, I had a wonderful surprise from my mom. Letters. Stacks of yellowing sheets produced on an electric typewriter in the late 80s. From the moment I was  born and into my toddler years, my mom wrote letters to future me about what it was like to be my mom.

Becoming mothers brings us closer to our moms, and it was even more beautiful for me to have this strange opportunity to connect with her at my same level, in the same shoes… as a clueless new mom to a new baby girl. The letters include hopes and fears and milestones and real life struggles. They are such a gift. And I knew after reading the first one, that I wanted to do the same for Juniper.

Last month my baby turned two years old. We celebrated with a cactus themed party at Mayflower Greenhouse, had family photos taken downtown, and just last week I finished the last letter of Juniper’s second year. As I printed the pages and slipped them into a little folder for future Juniper, I got curious and flipped open to a few random sections…

And there was Juniper three weeks old finally back up to birth weight, five months old having her first dip in a pool, nine months old pulling herself up on furniture, 15 months old saying her first words. I. Was. Transported. It made me realize the letters aren’t just for Juniper, they are for both of us, keeping us on terms with who we were at all these stages.

The method of writing might be different in the 30 years that divides the two packs of letters, but the pages are filled with so much of the same things — pride in milestones, fears about our capabilities as parents, worries about the future, and so much love. Just a reminder that of all the things time has the power to change, the love of a mother is not one of them.

Fall Citydeck Senior Photos, Downtown Green Bay

Green Bay Senior Photographer Downtown Citydeck PhotosI cannot express how excited I am to share these images! Miranda’s session had all the things I love best: golden sunlight, fall color, and cute clothes. It was such a pleasure to get to know her, hear about her life, and enjoy the October weather.

Fall Senior Photos in Green Bay, Wisconsin

When Miranda called to start planning her senior session, we were immediately struck by how independent and decisive she is. This girl knows what she wants and chases after it; we have no doubt that she will achieve anything she puts her mind to. Planning a session in fall, she knew she wanted a place that was woodsy enough to have fall color but still had a meadow area with long grasses. We had the perfect location in mind! Following that up, she was hoping for a waterfront locale, and after a few different options, we chose the Citydeck which worked perfect with her outfit.

Senior Photos, Citydeck, Downtown Green Bay

We got to share Miranda’s images with she and her loved ones earlier this week and I can’t wait to see them when they arrive! (We’ll share on our Instagram so you can enjoy too!) Best wishes on all your future endeavors, Miranda! It was such a pleasure photographing your session!

Fall Senior Portrait Photos in Green Bay

Fall Photos, Green Bay Abby is so cool. If I were in high school; I’d want to be her friend. She’s into art and photography, has a great sense of style, and plans on going to school for criminology. Beyond all that, she worked in a tattoo parlor for most of high school and even did some designs herself…see? Cool.

Green Bay Fall Senior Photos

When we got together to plan for Abby’s session, I asked what they were thinking about for location or the mood of a location. At first they brought up a really common photography destination here in Green Bay and asked my opinion. I mentioned that it’s nice, but very popular, and they immediately asked what one of my favorite unpopular locations was. That’s how we ended up choosing our fall-centered location full of deep red sumac and drying mustard plants (you know, the things that make my photographer heart skip a beat!)

Green Bay Senior Photographer

Fall had certainly arrived in time for Abby’s session; the colors were just starting to turn and the wind was picking up (although those dang mosquitos had yet to die — they happily rest in peace now). Fall light gives such a warmth to images. I love that golden light at golden hour; it doesn’t get much better than that. Congratulations on your senior year, Abby, and best wishes on all the great things your future holds!

Cave Point Engagement Photos, Door County

Cave Point, Door County PhotosCave Point Engagement PhotosAshley and Kyle are the best kind of people. They are genuine, down-to-earth, and know exactly who they are and what they’re looking for. I can only imagine they knew they were right for each other from the moment they met three years ago.

Cave Point Engagement Photos

As a couple Ashley and Kyle like to spend a lotos time outside: mountain biking, kayaking, running, and exploring with Kyle’s son, Calvin. So when we were choosing an engagement session spot, Cave Point in Door County was a no brainer. It is a beautiful location, but beautiful in a wild, untamed way like all the hobbies the two of them share.

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Their engagement session was at the end of July which is the perfect time of year to be on the cool lake-side of Door County. We walked the trails and explored the Niagara Escarpment, and got to know the three of them. It was a beautiful evening celebrating who they are as a couple.

Ashley and Kyle got married last month and we will have wedding photos to share soon! (If you want to be the first to see them, feel free to subscribe to the blog in the sidebar.)

Small Wedding at Simply Country Barn

Simply Country Barn Freedom, WI PhotographerWhen Connie and David began planning their wedding, they knew what was most important to them. The day was about family, plain and simple. It was about celebrating two people who found one another, and enjoying it with the closest friends and family who had been with them along the way. The result was a wedding that felt intimate and full of joy.

Small, Intimate Wedding Photographer

It’s for small, intimate weddings like these that we started offering our Elopement Package which covers just two hours of time. We want to help celebrate real couples whose weddings may be different from the norm, but are just as valuable and deserving of timeless memories.

Simply Country Barn Wedding, Freedom, Wisconsin

Congratulations, Connie and David! It was a pleasure to photograph your special day!

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Victorian Evergreens Limited Edition Sessions in Green Bay

Green Bay Family Photographers Winter Family PhotosEach spring and fall we plan themed one-day-only Limited Edition Sessions. Rather than host classic “mini sessions” that can feel rushed, cheesy, or over the top, our Limited Edition Sessions are centered around the changing of the seasons and include a full 50 minutes. Themes never repeat, which means it’s a great way to get a variety of images that are totally unique! This fall our Limited Edition Session theme is “Victorian Evergreens” with a 1800s velvet couch and vintage set in a grove of evergreens right here in Green Bay.

Green Bay Family Photos

Sessions include up to six people with photos of the group together, breakdowns of the group, posed photos and candids. They also include comprehensive editing, an in person viewing session, 3 social media images of your choice, an 8×10 archival print, and a $100 print credit all for $195! This is 40% off our usual family session prices and a great way to get updated images in time for the holidays!

  • Up to Six People
  • Comprehensive Editing
  • In Person Viewing Session
  • Three Social Media Images
  • 8×10 Archival Print
  • $100 Print Credit

Christmas Mini Sessions

There’s nothing “mini” about these sessions (with a full 50 minutes of time) except the price! Come join us in the evergreens on Saturday, November 9th! BOOK HERE

Twin Girls Senior Session, Downtown Green Bay & Botanical Gardens

Downtown Green Bay Twin Senior Girls Green Bay Botanical Gardens PhotosEmma and Lauren’s session was the third senior session we got to photograph for twins and it was such a joy! I love the challenge of creating equal images that are completely different to reflect their individual styles. It is also so much fun because of the dynamic of siblings and the fact that we get to do photos of them together as well! Lauren and Emma are really incredible people. They are both musically talented, and individually participate in student council, forensics, and school sports. When we planned for their session, they said the most important thing to them was vibrant color, which is a perfect fit for our style.

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We planned two locations for their session — Downtown Green Bay for rustic brick and bright murals and Green Bay Botanical Gardens where we got to capture golden hour light and vivid yellows and purples that brought out the color in their clothing. Both girls chose fun wardrobe pieces to amp up the color, which worked well for both their individual photos and their photos together.

Downtown Green Bay & Green Bay Botanical Gardens

Their prints, albums, and wall art pieces have been arriving all week and it’s so much fun to see all the ways this family will get to enjoy their session for years to come!

Badger State Brewery and Green Bay Church Wedding

Green Bay Wedding Photographers Kasey and Ben Photography Green Bay Wedding PhotographerDowntown Green Bay PhotographerGreen Bay PhotographerMallorie and Chris’s wedding was the perfect day. It was the most beautiful weather, the most fun bridal party, and the sweetest couple. Add in visits to two of Green Bay’s best breweries as the icing on the cake! Mallorie and Chris met at a mutual friend’s retirement party in downtown Green Bay three years ago. Fast forward to today where they love being outdoors, traveling, camping, running, and spending time with their little girl, Remi Claire. They both clearly know how lucky they are to have found one another, and there is nothing more beautiful than seeing a couple whose love is matched by their gratitude.

Badger State Brewery Wedding

Mallorie and Chris got married at St. Matthews church with a reception at Badger State Brewery in Green Bay. Along the way we stopped downtown for photos at the pop-up park on Broadway and candids at the Titletown RoofTap bar by Titletown Brewing Company. During photos, clouds covered the sky creating bright, lovely, even light — perfect for pictures — and as we reached the bar, the rain came down in sheets which somehow added to the celebration!

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We loved being a part of this great day with wonderful people! Happy (almost) three months to Mallorie and Chris!

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