Portraits: cozy cabin limited edition session, green bay

A few years ago we stepped away from doing “mini sessions”. One of the main reasons for this was that we felt rushed. If a kiddo took some time to warm up (introverts get it) or a baby needed a bottle break, half our time was already over and we didn’t have room to make exceptions. I felt like we weren’t delivering our best work, so we just stopped doing them altogether.

Then last year, Ben and I dreamed up our own type of session. We asked ourselves what we would want if it was our family, and that’s when we came up with Limited Edition Sessions. Limited Edition Sessions still have the exciting location and exclusive dates, but they also have a spacious time slot (nearly an hour) so we’re not worried about feeling rushed. The long session time alows us to photograph in our favorite way, mixing posed and candid photos and cuing families with activities to help them interact and play. Limited Edition Sessions are also lower cost to allow new clients to “try us out” and families with older kiddos to come back for fun, shorter sessions.

Nicole, Jeff and their family are new to us this year. Their girls, Alex and Quinn, are so sweet and so happy! It was a pleasure getting to know them and make pictures together on that snowy Saturday! Happy Holidays!

Portraits: cozy cabin family photos, green bay, wisconsin

Katie writes one of my favorite mom blogs, My Darling Days featuring lots of DIY cooking/crafting, travel, and outdoorsy midwestern traditions (which you know I have a soft spot for!) We first met when she stood up in a wedding we photographed and after that she did a handful of photography mentoring sessions with me and we got to know each other better. Since then we’ve both started our families and I’ve enjoyed reading her down-to-earth honesty and humor about what mom life is about on the best and worst days.

When Katie saw our Limited Edition Cozy Cabin sessions pop up on Facebook, she tagged her hubby in the post saying this was what she really wanted for their anniversary. I was thrilled to get to work with them as a family, and couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate the milestone (8 years together!) than with pictures to preserve the memory. Congratulations, Katie and Zac!

Vendors: usb memory direct, custom usb drives

As a photographer, it’s not shocking that I’m a visual and hands-on person. The way things look and feel is incredibly important to me. I’m affected by light and texture, and I only like to have things around me that absolutely love. All these personality traits affect what kind of photographer I am and how we run our business.

When we were starting out (post-college, doing photography as a side-hustle), everyone was shooting short sessions with little guidance, burning discs left and right, and I couldn’t find the value. I felt I had lost what lead me to photography in the first place. I took a step back and reevaluated. I wanted to know people and what they were like so the images could feel like them and their stories. My visual side wanted to help them choose clothing, locations, and time of day, and my introvert side wanted to feel better prepared for the sessions. This is why we changed how we do things. Every session begins with an in person meeting where we can get to know our clients and their needs, provide guidance, and prepare to meet their overall goals. A start like that helps everyone feel relaxed and comfortable at the session and in turn creates better, more meaningful images.

The second part of this was what happened after the images were taken. I realized what a disservice we were doing our clients by burning discs and sending them off to (most likely) get lost in the bottom of a drawer. We never got to see our clients’ response to the images or make sure they were happy with the results. Families were overwhelmed by the task of choosing what to do by themselves and froze up, or worse, ordered cheap prints that faded within the year, canvases that warped, and substrates that cropped important elements from view (you know, like someone’s head).  It made me sad to know the images we worked so hard to create hadn’t gotten to be enjoyed in real life.

Now we work with our clients to help them see how images can compliment each other, give notice of how things will crop, and help them narrow to their favorites to fulfill their overall session goal (whether that’s 50 images for an album, one images for a canvas, or five images for family and friends). What is important is that the process feels effortless and in the end, our clients leave with heirloom quality prints and products.

Because of this, choosing which vendors we work with is very important. We want our products to be warm, beautiful, and built to last. This not only applies to our prints but also to our digital options. When a family chooses to add high resolution images to their package, We want that branding to follow through with warmth and beauty. We are happy to have found a vendor whose usbs fit that image and back it up with simple cross-platform usability. USB Memory Direct has become that company for us. We now feature their round “carpenter” design pine usbs with our logo engraved. They are the perfect companion to our line of prints, albums, and wall art. Special thanks to Taylor at USB Memory Direct for making the process simple!

If you have questions about any of our products or the experience we offer and what to expect, please send us a message! We love to hear from new people!

Learn more about USB Memory Direct HERE.

Portraits: fall family photos at pamperin park, green bay

Fall is our most popular time of the year for family sessions here in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The leaves are starting to change color, the air feels crisp and clean, and it’s time for cardigans and flannel (the coziest of all fashion choices!) I met with Allison to talk about her session a few weeks beforehand and got to know her two smallest boys, Clark and Jack while they played and snacked. Allison told me she was looking for portraits that would be timeless and fit their minimal, clean style for her home and family. On the session day we got to meet her husband Paul and their two older boys. Everybody was dressed in perfect seasonal layers in blues, creams, and grays that fit with the bright oranges of the fallen leaves. We played with the little boys and teased smiles out of the older ones. At the end of the session, we ended with a giant leaf fight, the perfect reward for some well-behaved little guys. It was a pleasure, Allison and Paul, we wish you and your family the best this holiday season!

Portraits: cozy cabin session with baby wilson and family

The {S} Family was our first session of the day for our Limited Edition Cozy Cabin Sessions this year. The sessions were held in Green Bay with a winter set up including tin mugs, wool blankets, cut logs, and all the cozy essentials. The night before brought a light dusting of snow, which made the backdrop all the more perfect for Kasey, Ross, and baby Wilson’s session! The family was dressed in seasonal layers with puffer vests and sweaters and Wilson had the tiniest sherpa hat and duck boots ever. Even though young babies are usually uncomfortable with strangers, Wilson was smiley and happy the whole way through. With the cold temperatures, we took a break to let the little guy warm up, and finished up with some cute lifestyle shots in front of the cabin. These are going to make for the cutest Christmas cards, and we can’t wait for the {S} Family to have their beautiful wall art!

Seniors: gonzalo, bairds creek, green bay

When planning for Gonzalo’s senior photos, he and his family knew they wanted two things: fall color and to incorporate his soccer jersey. We knew we could make that happen and gave suggestions for a few different locations, the family eventually settling on Bairds Creek in Green Bay. Gonzalo plays soccer for Preble High School and plans to play in college as well. His second outfit was a great choice for late fall with the rich crimson brining out the warm tones in the leaves. We had a fun session and can’t wait to share their prints and album with them!

Weddings: sara & mike, surprise vow renewal and landmark resort, door county

We’ve been photographing Sara and Mike’s family photos for the past few years, and normally when it’s time to set up a session, Sara will call or email and we will chat about locations and ideas. So when I got a call from Mike instead, I was a bit surprised. He told me he was planning a surprise vow renewal for Sara to celebrate their 20 years together. Years before, Sara mentioned how she would like to renew there vows at 20 years, but to keep it a surprise, Mike planned the renewal for 18 years of marriage, and 20 years together.

The renewal was held at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor. Family and friends gathered near in the garden overlooking Lake Michigan while a family friend played music on the piano. Covert texts were sent back and forth about timing, and Ben was stationed with his longest lens for the best view of the approaching couple. As they got to the top of the hill for their “casual walk” Mike told us Sara stopped and said, “I don’t think we can go down there; there’s a wedding happening.” But by the time they turned the corner, she knew it was for her. The ceremony was beautiful — a thoughtful meditation on commitment, love, and God. There were tears and lots of smiles. After the ceremony, we took a few photos with their boys, Sam and Ben, and everyone celebrated with dinner at the Landmark Resort restaurant. Congratulations, Sara and Mike, and cheers to 20 more!

Seniors: claire, downtown de pere & bairds creek

Before every session we sit down with clients to get to know them and what their session goals are. During this time we also chat about style, location, and wardrobe “dos and don’ts”. I love getting to  know seniors and their parents so we are all comfortable at the session and we can make images that show off their unique personalities and sense of style.

Claire and Pat were such a joy to work with from our very first meeting! They are fun, funny, and Claire is natural in front of the camera. When we got to our first location and she stepped out of the car in this vintage, linen romper, I was so excited! It was a bold, fun outfit choice, and it totally paid off. We started the session downtown for some urban shots and ended at Bairds Creek where the color was just starting to turn and had that dreamy, warm sun that only happens in September. Enjoy your senior year, Claire!

Personal Post: juniper’s first birthday

And just like that, a year has come and gone. One year ago we were in the hospital meeting our baby girl for the first time, trying to settle on a name and realizing, awestruck, that life would never be the same. This year, I am watching Juniper run from room to room with an excited gallop-skip, shrieking just because she likes to hear the sound of her own voice. Time is a crazy thing.

A few weeks ago we gathered together with family for a first birthday party at The Art Garage in downtown Green Bay. Juniper was in a wool pleated 1960s-ish dress we found at Little Bird and the theme was lemons with lots of bright yellows and soft pinks. We had lunch with a lemonade bar, and a little photobooth area for guests to take snapshots with our Fuji Instax. Juniper liked eating watermelon and playing on the floor with her friends. She was very excited to see people she knows and likes everywhere she went as she cruised the room. Grandma Jeanie made a three-layer lemon and raspberry cake for guests, and I made Juniper a simple white smash cake. She tasted the frosting and little bits of cake, but wasn’t wildly excited about it until daddy started helping her smash it. It was a fun way to celebrate her first big milestone. Happy Birhtday, Baby J!

Seniors: hope, cave point, door county & downtown green bay

It’s amazing how much variety we can capture when seniors pick two really cool locations! We started Hope’s senior portrait session in the summer at Cave Point in Door County and ended it in fall in downtown Green Bay. The variety of the seasons, wardrobe, and setting made it such a fun session for us to photograph. The Niagara Escarpment is always gorgeous to photograph and even though the water has been high this year, Hope braved the rocky climb down to the water and was rewarded with beautiful Lake Michigan waves crashing and pouring over the rock face. When we met up in Green Bay, the leaves were just turning gold and we were able to get an urban mood with brick, murals, and industry for our backgrounds. So much to love about this session!

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