Maribel Caves Senior Photos, Wisconsin

Green Bay Senior Photographer Maribel Caves WisconsinWhen Will began planning for his senior session, there was no question on where it would be held. Will loves the outdoors and spends lots of time hiking and hanging out at Maribel Caves County Park in Maribel Wisconsin, just a short drive from his home in Denmark.

Maribel Caves County Park Photography

Aside from enjoying the outdoors, Will is a talented trumpet player and the captain of his soccer team at Denmark High School. We worked each of these things into the session including a few photos with the happiest pup ever.

Green Bay Senior Photos, Denmark High School

Thanks for taking us on a hike with a side of photography on a beautiful early fall day. Enjoy your senior year, Will!

Green Bay Botanical Gardens Senior Photos

Green Bay Senior Photographer High School Senior PhotosWe love when families of high school seniors return! We get to find out what they’ve been up to in their new [grown-up] lives and meet the younger sibling whose turn it is to step into the spotlight. After photographing Ethan, it was Cara’s turn!

Green Bay Senior Photographer

Cara is a fashion lover like myself, so planning her session was extra fun for me! We always discuss clothing during our consults and oftentimes seniors send me pictures of their wardrobe options with questions or seeking feedback. It’s the best. Cara chose a wide range of clothing from casual denim to a blue floral wrap dress (my favorite!)

Green Bay Botanical Gardens

We decided to do the entire session at Green Bay Botanical Gardens because of the great variety it offers — woods, brick, flowers, fountain — it’s got it all! Midway through the session, the clouds grew heavy and we ducked into shelter just in time for rain to fall. Luckily for us it was light and brief and we were able to step back out into a garden made even more vibrant by the rainfall. (I love when things work out like that!)

Rustic Senior Photos in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Green Bay Senior Photographer Green Bay High School Senior PhotographerWhen we planned for Bryce’s senior session, I knew a rustic location was a must! We always want to help seniors and their families select a location that feels like them. Senior photos should be unique and customized to the person in the photos. We sent some location options Bryce’s way and he selected a log cabin location in Green Bay and Fonferek Glen which we love for its rustic old granary and tall, grassy fields.

Rustic Senior Photos, Green Bay, Wisconsin

We had great weather for his session. The sun was warm and bright and the evening finished with pink skies. We even got to include photos with his dog and his truck which was extra fun! Congratulations on this milestone, Bryce, and best wishes on everything yet to come!

Green Bay Senior Photographer

Green Bay Author Headshots Photography

Green Bay PhotographerEarly in the pandemic while most of us were baking bread and trying to figure out which store had toilet paper in stock, Abby was writing a book. Abby wrote and completed her young adult fiction novel in just four months and it’s set to be published with Titletown Publishing early next year!

Author Book Jacket Headshots, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Abby and her mom contacted us mid-summer to get headshots ready for her book jacket and future promotional use. We developed a vision for something clean, simple, and with a pop of wardrobe color to help Abby’s creativity take centerstage.

Titletown Publishing Author Headshot

We love working with inspiring young people like Abby! It’s such a joy to be a part of their big dreams even if it’s just in a small way. Best wishes on all your future endeavors, Abby. Can’t wait to read your book!

Anderson Dock Senior Photos, Door County

Door County PhotographerEphraim, Door CountyLauren contacted us looking for a photographer with bright, vibrant color for her destination senior session in Door County. She and her family were traveling into town over Labor Day to spend the weekend with her grandparents in Ephraim. We photograph destination Door County sessions all the time, but usually seniors are from the midwest; Lauren came all the way from Arizona!

Door County Senior Photographer

As we planned her session she talked about how everyone in her yearbook would have neutral photos, photographed mostly in the desert, and she wanted something unique and popping with color. (You don’t have to tell us twice…chasing vibrant colors and creating interesting color relationships is kind of our jam!)

Unique Lifestyle Senior Photos

On the session day, the wind was strong and the waves crashed up and over the pier at Anderson Dock in the heart of Ephraim. Instead of fighting the wind, we used it to our advantage and captured some lifestyle candids of Lauren with glamorous blowing hair. We had gorgeous golden hour light and finished up the session with a sunset. Thanks to Lauren and her family for sharing a bit of their holiday weekend with us! I can’t wait to see your photo albums as they arrive and get packed for their long trip to the southwest. Enjoy your senior year, Lauren!

The Photo I Really Wanted to Share

Green Bay WisconsinI have a vision for everything. I am easily influenced by space and clothing and light and color. I can see how one thing connects to another thing to convey mood and emotion. It’s why I love planning parties and putting together outfits and making art. All of these things use my creativity and my analytical brain to assemble beautiful stories.

Pandemic Pregnancy

When we found out we were pregnant in July, my brain immediately strung all the joy together in neat little rows. An April due date meant sweet pastels for clothing and bunny stuffies for their first Easter basket. It meant late winter maternity photos in a grove of evergreens and announcement photos in an apple orchard (perfect timing as I would be 14 weeks mid-September). Three and a half years seamed like a wonderful age difference, and we talked about what it would be like to share the news with Juniper and how great she would be as a big sister. I was carried away as if this wonderful news were a symphony that lifted me straight through into the future. I could see it all.

I envisioned the nursery – white furniture and a brand new bookcase filled with all the art I had made while pregnant. There would be windows that needed replacing, and we should probably switch Juniper to the larger room, that’s only fair, and maybe the crib would need repainting, and should we get new carpet now before that baby is old enough to crawl or is it better to wait until both kids are grown?

My mind could see it all, but my actions were more hesitant. We didn’t buy the cute baby booties or tell all our friends the news. In fact, I tried to suppress that visioning instinct. After all, it was early. And we had been here before.

Miscarriage / Infant Loss

The tests looked normal, my levels were rising well. I ordered the clothes for our apple orchard session and booked the photographer. Then one day I woke up and I didn’t feel pregnant anymore. Shortly after, I ended up in the E.R. and heard the thing I really didn’t want to hear. I choked on sobs through the double-layered masks I had worn to keep myself and my new baby safe. It was all happening just like before.

At the hospital they wouldn’t let me see the screen or print a photo. I was hearing that it was all over, that there was no heartbeat, but I hadn’t even seen the baby I would never meet. I walked out of there with nothing. No sign that this baby had ever existed, no tangible way of knowing that this baby I had carried for 9 weeks was anything more than a fever dream. And it hurt. There was the hurt of losing the pregnancy I desperately wanted, but there was also the hurt of having nothing to remember them by, of losing this entire future I had imagined for us together.

After more ultrasounds to confirm (with a plea for a photo) and the physical act of miscarrying, our apple orchard outfits arrived.

I folded them up and left them on the dresser. The thing they had arrived to celebrate was no longer happening.

I was grieving. And even with the support of those who love me best and the reassurances of people who had been there before, I felt alone in my grief. I was grateful for my little ultrasound photo, but I was haunted by the fact that I never got to celebrate this baby. Those outfits sat on the dresser as though the life I had planned for myself had been cancelled. And I realized that I wanted those photos. I wanted to celebrate my pregnancy in an apple orchard with my family. I craved a substantial way to hold onto all the joy that this pregnancy had brought us during those 9 weeks in the midst of a pandemic. When there was next to nothing around us that felt good, this baby was our bright spot, here to bring us hope.

Our Bright Spot

So here it is. The photo I really wanted to share.

The vulnerability of the act of sharing makes me uncomfortable. I am not healed; I am still in the middle of this. My impulse is to never let anyone ever know I wanted something I couldn’t have. I worry you will think I’m ungrateful for the child I already have. I fear your pity, or worse, your deep and exposing empathy. But I am writing this because I need to celebrate the best thing that happened to us during this pandemic. Though the time may have been brief, the love is without end.


Read about our first miscarriage: Loving a Baby After Losing a Baby and The Fog of Grief.

Downtown Green Bay Senior Session on the Citydeck

Downtown Green Bay Senior Photos Senior Portrait Photographer Green BaySometimes high school seniors are looking for something sweet and simple. They don’t want to travel across the city for different locations or have full wardrobe changes onsite. And that’s great. We want to give you a relaxed experience and beautiful images, however we can best make that happen. We love a simple golden hour session, especially when it involves the Green Bay Citydeck! I’m a waterfront lover myself (blame it on my Door County roots) so anytime we get to shoot along the river, I’m pleased.

Bryce’s session was on a hot August evening with lots of golden sunshine. We captured some photos along the water, then headed around the corner for some downtown shots with brick and a more urban look. Bryce is thoughtful, observant, independent, and easy to be around. We enjoyed photographing his session and wish him the best of luck in all that comes next!

Rustic Maternity Photos, Fonferek Falls, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Pregnancy Belly Photos Green Bay Green Bay Maternity PhotographerI met Katrina and Patrick in weather like this, cold and rainy when the days start to shorten. We bonded over our mutual love of apple cider and talked about their wedding details. 2020 has been filled with unexpected twists and turns, but Katrina and Patrick were blessed with a wonderful little twist, a baby due right just weeks before their wedding was planned to take place.

Instead of photographing their wedding in a few weeks (we get that honor in 2021) we were given the opportunity to photograph the beautiful moment of waiting for this baby to arrive, bonding and preparing and anticipating the day they get to meet face to face.

We planned Katrina and Patrick’s maternity session at Fonferek Glen in Green Bay. With the dry weather, the falls weren’t running, but we got the most beautiful golden hour. The location matched their rustic vision for the session with fields of wildflowers, barn wood, and and apple trees and Katrina paired that with two glamorous floor-length gowns. It was perfect.

Congratulations, Katrina and Patrick and best wishes as you prepare to meet your little bundle.

Door County and Anderson Dock Senior Photos

Door County Senior Photo SessionDoor County Senior PhotographerMost of the time seniors come to us with a sense of what they want — they want fields or water or brick or flowers — but every now and then they come to us with specific ideas. For Brynn, that specific idea was this big bending willow tree in the back of her family’s home. It wasn’t so much a location as it was an object that connected her to childhood. What Brynn didn’t know, is that I’ve also always been obsessed with willows — their droopy leaves that form canopies and filter in warm, ambient light. There is just something so romantic about their beauty which was perfectly matched with Brynn’s lace dress and soft curls.

After capturing some favorites at the willow tree, we headed farther north from Fish Creek into Ephraim for a stop at Anderson Dock, a Door County icon. The clouds covered most of our sunset, but we got a light breeze that blew Brynn’s hair beautifully, and the heavy blue of the sky made the oranges that peeked out all more dramatic. Such a fun and beautiful session!

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