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!

Door County Greenhouse and Beach Senior Photos

Door County Senior Photos Door County PhotographersI’ve been looking forward to photographing Sophie’s senior photos for years. She’s one of the art students who I work with one-on-one up in Door County and we’ve known each other for a long time. So when the session planning began, we had many ideas for themes, locations, and outfits, and I couldn’t be happier with all the variety!

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Sophie goes to Sevastopol High School in Door County. She’s a great student, involved in many activities, interested in arts, languages, and culture, and loves her animals. She is incredibly smart, kind, and conscientious. For her session, she knew she wanted to begin at Sunnypoint Gardens greenhouse, which was fun and original. She planned that stop with a silk, floral shirt that paired perfectly with the magenta in the flowers (I love color relationships in photographs — blame my art background!)  After that, we hopped across the street to Cornerstone Suites to photograph with the rustic buildings and field of wildflowers. Our last stop was for sunset at a Door County beach.

Door County Beach Photos

We were lucky enough to have the most beautiful calm day, and since fall was just around the corner, we had the beach all to ourselves. Sophie took off her Converse and walked out on the pier where the horizon was starting to blur water into sky and giving us the soft, even light that is so lovely for portraits. Best wishes on your senior year, Sophie!

Door County Extended Family Session at The Farm

Door County Photographer The Farm Sturgeon BayYears ago Elyse and Kyle were one of the first winter weddings we ever photographed. It was everything I dreamed of: the freshly fallen snow, the fur wrap, the white ball-gown, and a couple so deeply in love that we knew it was going to last. Here they are, some years and two kids later, celebrating Elyse’s parents anniversary and gathering all the extended family together for a photo session.

Large Group Extended Family Photos

I know what a hassle it is to plan an extended family session (I’ve coordinated one for my own family). There are schedules to line up, outfits to plan, information to relay. Add a handful of toddlers, and the stress level rises. It’s hard…but we do it because we know how valuable it is. It is images like these, with family gathered together at a special location, that preserves memories. And those rough edges that come with planning can be a bit softened through good planning (that’s what our consultations are for), easy-to-pass-on information that gets everyone on the same page (that’s what our clothing guide is for), and someone at the session to make everything fun for the kiddos (that’s what Ben is for!)

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There are still schedules to coordinate and snacks to pack, but when grandma has that canvas on her wall of all the people she loves best, those little inconveniences won’t even register in your memory.

This session was so fun for us. These kiddos were a riot and everyone in the family was so wonderful and patient. Just being together put them in the highest spirits! We are happy to make images that matter so much in telling a family’s history, and even happier to see the canvas arrive and know how very much it will be loved.

Green Bay Botanical Gardens Senior Photos

Botanical Gardens PhotographerBriana traveled into town for her session at Green Bay Botanical Gardens. She learned about us from a senior we photographed a few years ago and loved her session so much that she chose the same location. One of my favorite challenges about senior photography is finding new ways to see a space we’ve photographed before. When we get to know people, who they are and their sense of style guides us make images that feel unique to them, no matter the location.

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Green Bay Botanical Gardens is always a dream to photograph because of how many different looks are in one space. Yes there are flower gardens, but there is also a woods, a fountain, a pond, and stone and brick structures all which give us great variety as photographers. Briana is so naturally photogenic that she made our job easy! Best wishes on your senior year, Briana!

Green Bay Botanical Gardens Photos

Personal Post: Giving My Daughter Space to “Do it Wrong”

35 mm Film Photos Door County Raising a toddlerTalking about parenting right now means putting a vulnerable voice out into a critical culture. This isn’t to say our generation is somehow more judgmental than past generations; we just see more of one another’s lives thanks to social media. So now instead of collecting “feedback” from your auntie and mother, you can also collect it from that friend-of-a-friend from high school and someone you used to work with. Oh joy. And whether or not you choose to post to social media or comment on the posts of others, you are probably still consuming the media and drawing your own conclusions.

The good news is this criticism has sprouted from the best of intentions: concern for the safety of children. But when concern for safety becomes concern for lifestyle and we aren’t prepared for how to interact in this culture, we end up stuck in a place of shame, guilt, and fear of “doing it wrong”.

Parenting in the Toddler Years

That said, I know some people will find my parenting too hands off (I get looks as my daughter runs through the farmer’s market 20 feet ahead of me) and some will find me too rigid (really mom, she can’t have any juice?) I’m sure others will find ways to see me as overprotective, old fashioned, or crunchy, but for myself, I am quite surprised at the kind of parent I turned out to be.

When I thought of the future, I imagined myself fretting over my child’s every move, holding my arms around her to protect her from bumps and bruises, chewing my nails and saying that warning phrase one extra time to give myself peace of mind. But what I failed to account for when I imagined myself as a mother, is that I would be a mother to a little person with a personality all her own.

Juniper is fast and loud. She climbs everything, devises complicated ways of stacking things to reach what she wants. She likes the fastest rides and the biggest challenges. At two, this kid eats more at a meal than I did in middle school. She is bold and talkative, and usually searching the house for her galoshes so she can find a way to be outside…even if it’s raining…even if it’s 6:00 am…even if it isn’t her house. She. Is. Wild.

But this wildness comes from her curiosity and her passionate impulse to consume everything as though life is something to be swallowed whole. And can I just say what a gift it is to see life this way?

Leaving Room for Imagination

Things I haven’t the smallest interest in, she will find deeply fascinating. Toys which have a specific use will gain new life with her interpretation of their purpose. She wants to reorganize the crayons instead of coloring with them, use the bath boats as teacups, and make car noises as she pushes the doll stroller. And I’m going to let her. Just like I’m going to let her eat the uncooked zucchini that fell to the floor as I was making dinner and wear swim diapers over her clothes. She can ride in the cargo portion of the stroller, wear all my jar lids as bracelets, and refer to every full grown dog as a “little baby puppy” (with her voice high and her nose scrunched).

Doing these things “wrong” isn’t going to hurt her or anyone else. She’s learning what it means to make her own decisions and she’s figuring out how things work (or devising new ways for them to work). And, when it comes right down to it, it would be pretty self-important of me to tell her the “right way” to play.

What Does it Mean to “Do it Wrong”?

My grandma has a story from when she was a little girl that has always stuck with me. She was at school in art class drawing a sky filled with pink, fluffy clouds. When the teacher saw it, she told my grandma it was no good because clouds aren’t pink. Imagine all the ways we can crush a child’s spirit in the name of teaching them the “right way” to do things.

And whether those clouds were pink or neon green or floating underwater or made of cotton candy or drawn with dandelion rubbings, I never want to be the person who makes the world a little smaller by closing the door on possibility and imagination. Grandma gets her revenge every time sunset turns clouds from white to yellow, yellow to orange, and from orange to a bright, rosy pink.

I guess what I’m saying is, Juniper will have plenty of opportunities to learn the correct pronunciation of the word, the right purpose for the tool, the proper way to respond to the circumstance, but for now, there is play. There is big, big play. And I’m going to give Juniper all the space I can to “do it wrong”.

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Film scans above from this summer (May-July) from 35 mm Kodak Portra negatives.

Door County Senior Photos at Pebble Beach and Anderson Dock

Door County Senior Photos Anderson Dock Photos, Ephraim, WisconsinRachel’s family has been traveling up to Door County for years. They have a place along the water in Sister Bay where they spend family weekends (including many cozy winter days!) So when Rachel started planning for her high school senior photo session, she knew exactly what she wanted to do.

Door County Senior Photos

Pebble Beach is located just around the corner from their condo, so they knew it’s beauty and felt connected to the place. We began our session in the evening with bright sun glowing off the water and waves splashing up on the rocks. Our next location was chosen because its a Door County staple, and (in my opinion) the best place to see a Door County sunset. That place is Anderson Dock a pier in Ephraim featuring The Hardy Gallery covered in graffitied names of visitors.

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When we arrived, the sun was low enough for golden hour light, and we stayed long enough to capture a brilliant sunset. With the high water levels we’ve had this year, there was this infinity pool effect of the water meeting up with the top of the pier. It was the perfect magic for a summer session. Congratulations on your senior year and upcoming graduation, Rachel!

Bri & Patrick’s Green Bay Courthouse Elopement

Green Bay Wedding Photographers Green Bay ElopementGreen Bay Elopement PhotographerWhen Briana and Patrick began to plan their wedding, they realized that they didn’t want a big ceremony with hundreds of guests. With family spread across the U.S., it didn’t make sense to gather them together and try to plan travel dates. What they wanted was to start their marriage in a way that felt simple and true to who they are as a couple.

Green Bay Courthouse Wedding

Briana and Patrick got married on a Thursday at the Brown County Courthouse in downtown Green Bay. Patrick’s mother and sister were in attendance and signed as witnesses to their wedding. The ceremony was short and sweet, and afterwards we made use of the gorgeous courthouse interiors with dramatic stairs and murals as great backgrounds. We popped outside for some photos of them exiting the courthouse and romantic couples’ photos.

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As we wrapped up, the sky got dark and the temperature dropped as a big storm headed our way. Briana and Patrick ducked into their car just before the rain came down in sheets. If rain on your wedding day is lucky, these two will be very fortunate! Congratulations, Briana and Patrick! Thanks for sharing your day with us!

Destination Family Photos at Peninsula Park in Door County

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We love photographing in Door County and any chance we can head that direction makes our hearts happy! With high water levels we were worried we would have trouble finding a sandy beach for family photos, but just a little scouting led us to Peninsula State Park. There we found sandy beachfront, long grasses, and a limestone coast. The {K} family was in town for the holiday weekend, traveling from Missouri and wanted to take unique family photos to commemorate their visit and the beautiful scenery in Fish Creek.

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The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed exploring different areas of the park together. Lexi and Ryan did a great job and we even captured a couple photos of Erin and Scott to celebrate their anniversary.

Green Bay Extended Family 50th Anniversary Photos

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50th Anniversary Photos

Pat and Dayton planned this family session in celebration on their 50th wedding anniversary. They wanted to gather their children and grandchildren together for a nice shot of everyone together, and in the process we also got fun photos of the grandkids together, pictures of them with their three children, and breakdown photos of each family individually. The evening light was perfect and the weather couldn’t have been better at our location at Green Isle Park!

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The {H} family is so wonderfully welcoming and Pat and Dayton are full of travel plans and interesting stories. When scheduling when they would like to pick up their album and wall art, we were working around a flight to Ireland, a cruise to Puerto Rico, and a weekend in the northwoods. This family knows what’s important and they make it happen. Congratulations, Pay and Dayton, on 50 years together and cheers to all the big things ahead!

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