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.

Door County Wedding Photographer

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.

Green Bay Senior Photographer

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!

Green Bay Wedding Photographers

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!

Door County Senior Photographer

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!)

Door County Family Photographer

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.

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