Personal Post: “pictures of the summer to prove that it really existed”

Fingers crossed and saying my prayers for safe transit, I packed up the film I shot all summer long and shipped it out to be developed. When the package arrived, Ben and I sat in bed together and flipped through the prints, my heart exploding with every photo. This summer wasn’t just any summer, it was Juniper’s first summer, something I anticipated since that second pink line appeared 18+ months ago.

Part of the joy of parenthood is sharing the things you love with this new little person. It may be your 200th visit to the beach, but it’s the first time she’s felt sand in her toes, and it may be your annual camping trip at the usual spot, but it’s the first time she has woken up to the sunny pattern leaves make on the tent walls in the morning.

This summer was full of “Juniper’s firsts”, and part of that was sharing places with her that meant a lot to us growing up. We visited The Farm where she held a kitten and giggled when she touched a baby goat. We went camping at Peninsula State Park where she rode in a canoe and took naps in a cargo wagon. She ate fruit straight from the orchard, visited beaches, parks, and pools, and soaked up the summer sun right in our own backyard.

Every outing required more planning and packing than any previous summer (babies come with SO much stuff), but as anyone who has ever loved anyone knows, the joy of wonderful things is multiplied when you see someone you love experience that joy. And we are closing out the summer with a heart full of memories and a head full of stories to tell as she grows up.

It’s amazing how children can change how we experience our world. Everything is new again — just like magic.
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Photos above from 35 mm film scans July-September.
Blog title taken from song “People Take Pictures of Each Other” by The Kinks.
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Weddings: laura & nick, sepia chapel and tundra lodge, green bay, wi

Laura and Nick said their “I-dos” at Sepia Chapel in Green Bay with a reception to follow at Tundra Lodge. After a summer of squeltering wedding days, Laura and Nick’s day had the perfect weather, cool and sunny, and everyone was beyond excited to celebrate with them! The colors were purple and charcoal with hints of rustic details including pinecones, burlap, wood slices, and wooden flowers in Laura’s bouquet. Their cake was topped with a family heirloom gifted to Laura by her grandmother before she passed.

We love both venues the couple chose. Sepia chapel is warm and neutral; the symmetry and natural light make for great photos and the guest experience is always impressive. Tundra Lodge is always on schedule and we love the bright, low ceilings, and dramatic chandeliers. We also want to thank The Woods Golf Course for taking us around in golf carts and seeking out beautiful places for us to photograph (silly golf cart racing photos will have to wait to be shared another day, lol!) Congratulations to Laura and Nick, and their three adorable boys who added even more joy (and some wicked dance moves) to the special day!

Portraits: cozy log cabin family photos, green bay, wi

Jacob and Trish got their “Cozy Cabin” session in early this year, helping us show off our Limited Edition Sessions theme with their adorable boys. “Cozy Cabin” is a one day special event in Green Bay with only eight sessions available. We will have the space prepared with a wooden bench, fresh cut birch, cozy wool blankets, cups of cocoa, and real log cabins. You just bring fall spirit! Sessions take place Saturday, November 10th and include a full 50 minutes with us (nothing “mini” about these sessions!), comprehensive editing, an in person viewing session, three social media images, an 8×10 archival print, and a $100 print credit all for $195! Book yours HERE.

Weddings: washington island lavender farm styled wedding, door county, wi

For years I have been dreaming of photographing a styled wedding in the fields of lavender on Washington Island. I pictured the wild, herb bouquet, glamorous gown, and french macaron tower. This August we were able to collaborate with some incredible vendors who made it a reality! People have asked us why we do styled shoots, and the answer is simple: everyone who is a part of your wedding is a creative. Whether they are making your cake, styling your wardrobe, or designing your florals, we are creative people whose job it is to make your vision a reality. Playing with new ideas and trying things that we have imagined helps keeps us fresh – it feeds our creative energies and makes us better at what we do.

This Washington Island styled wedding took place in the lavender fields of Historic Island Dairy with a stop at Stavkirke Church and champagne at sunset at the iconic Schoolhouse Beach. Never before has a styled shoot involved a ferry ride or an overnight stay, but we had an absolute blast!

We couldn’t do this without the talents of the amazing vendors who collaborated with us. Seriously, if you are looking for vendors for your Door County wedding, look no further. Thank you to everyone involved:

Venue: Island Lavender at Historic Island Dairy http://www.islandlavender.com http://www.historicislanddairy.com
Dress: Erika’s Bridal Couture http://www.erikasbridalcouture.com
Suit: DuBois Formalwear http://www.duboistuxedo.com
Florals: Blossoms Flower House http://www.blossomsflowerhouse.com
Hair & Make-Up: Rachel @ Invidia Salon
Rings: Alyssa & Anna Fine Jewelry http://www.alyssaanna.com
Cake: Monzu Bakery http://www.monzubakery.com
Models: Hope Copiskey and Oliver Wallschlaeger

And special thanks to Rachel from Invidia and our models, Hope and Oliver, for traveling across Death’s Door to the Island with us!

Seniors: alli, green bay botanical gardens & green bay beach

It’s so fun for us when seniors choose two locations that are completely different from one another. With our first stop at Green Bay Botanical Gardens, we had beautiful greens, flowers, and fountain with everything precise and perfect, and with our second beachy location we got the wind and water completely untamed and beautiful. As we got to the bay, the wind picked up along the shore and we were worried about how it would affect pictures, but we actually love Alli’s windblown hair and dress, especially as the sunset glows in the background! Alli is sporty, easygoing, and fun, and we loved getting to know her and her family. Best wishes on your senior year and beyond, Alli!

Weddings: miranda & kyle, simply country barn, freedom, wisconsin

To say we were blown away by Miranda and Kyle’s wedding would be an understatement. Simply Country Barn in Freedom is a gorgeous venue with high, open-structured ceilings, and rustic-elegant details. The wedding featured baby’s breath, greens, and pinecones, as well as antlers the couple collected while shed hunting. The afternoon was hot but the couple and their wedding party remained in good spirits. We photographed all around the venue, at the little bridal cabin, in the evergreens, and even made a special post-dinner trip outside for golden hour – our favorite! Congratulations, Miranda and Kyle; we wish you many years of happiness!

Branding: josh hembel music

A few weeks ago we got to photograph a few lifestyle headshots for Josh Hembel, a local musician who happens to also be my brother. Josh is writing music for his first album and performing in songwriter shows in Door County and Green Bay. His music lyric-centered with poetic turns-of-phrase. We held his session at his beautiful brick home in downtown Green Bay and his toy aussie, Echo, even made an appearance. To follow Josh and find out more, check out his Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/joshhembelmusic

Seniors: clara, jackson harbor, washington island, door county

This past winter I shared with Ben the fact that I longed to shoot a session on Washington Island. In spring we started chatting about how to make that happen, then out of nowhere, I received an email from Clara. Clara’s family has enjoyed the island for generations and for her it’s a home-away-from-home, the place to get away and reconnect with nature, family, and herself. With both of her parents as teachers, Clara and her sister are able to spend the majority of each summer at their cottage on Jackson Harbor.

For those who don’t know, my family has an old farmhouse on orchard land in Baileys Harbor that I connect to the same way Clara connects to her cottage, so when we started messaging I knew her session would be a perfect fit for us to photograph. After FaceTiming to plan her session, we set a date and packed our gear to board the Washington Island Ferry. The ferry departed from Gills Rock and took us across Death’s Door to the island. It was a beautiful, breezy ride. When we arrived, Clara’s family was there to greet us and share the island and all the spots they’ve enjoyed there over the years. It’s amazing to me all the memories that a place can hold, and how those memories can become the legacy of a family. Clara’s senior portraits were meant to be on Washington Island; anywhere else wouldn’t quite have been the same. Enjoy your senior year, Clara!

Weddings: brittany & tim, green bay community church and riverside ballroom, green bay

Brittany and Tim had a long road leading up to their wedding day. After an incredibly romantic courtship and proposal, they faced medical issues and the loss of loved ones, and we could read in their hearts how much they looked forward to their wedding day as not only a symbol of their love, but also the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. Brittany and Tim are deeply caring and always thinking of others, and so it came as no surprise that their wedding was filled wall to wall with friends and family ready to celebrate their wedding day.

After the couple got ready, Brittany had a first look with her grandfather and father-in-law, followed by a prayer circle with her bridesmaids. The ceremony was held at Green Bay Community Church with picture stops at Lambeau Field and Pamperin Park before arriving at their reception at Riverside Ballroom in downtown Green Bay. The entire day was filled with personal touches with every detail planned to match the theme. It was a beautiful day with two wonderful people. Congratulations, Brittany and Tim!

Portraits: family photos and destination glamour session, green bay botanical gardens

While Nicole’s grandmother was visiting for the summer, Nicole and her mother, Marina, came up with a wonderful idea. They planned to pamper Paz with a surprise hair and makeup appointment and schedule a photography session to follow. With a little coaxing, they agreed to be involved as well and the results were wonderful. Paz is vibrant and stylish; she loves hiking and the outdoors. We had a lovely summer evening photographing the family at Green Bay Botanical Gardens. As Paz returns to the Philippines, Nicole is leaving for college in New Mexico, and her brother is retuning to the states after years away. At these stages families can be like ships passing, and it was so wonderful to use their brief time all together to capture these images. Safe travels one and all, and best wishes on your big adventures!

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