Portraits: welcome baby nora, newborn photos

Baby Nora arrived four weeks early, happy and healthy. Big sister, Charlotte, will be turning two in October and it’s fun to look back on her newborn photos and compare those little baby faces – imagining how much more they will look alike as they grow older. Nora did a great job for her session, barely fussing as we changed poses. Love all those sweet little baby features! Congratulations to Emily and Graham on baby number two!

Weddings: amy & steph, woodwalk gallery, door county

Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor is one of our dream wedding venues. Firstly, it’s an active gallery with beautiful artwork, but then it’s also a historic barn surrounded by hilly fields, woods, and vintage ephemera. When I first sat down with Amy and her mother, and found out what friendly, down-to-earth people they were, I knew we wanted to be a part of their wedding day. After meeting Steph and getting to know them both, we couldn’t have picked a better couple to work with.

Amy and Steph’s day was full of personal touches, from a reserved chair at the ceremony for Amy’s late father, to an aisle lined with “pennies from heaven”, to Amy’s service dog dressed in a custom “work vest” for the event, every detail was attended to. One of the most striking features of the wedding was the seemingly endless flowers. Everywhere we turned there were vases, jars, and pails brimming with purple and white blooms.

Although rain was forecast at 80% throughout the day, the clouds stayed away for Amy and Steph’s first look and outdoor ceremony. As dinner began in the tent, the rain started to come down, and as speeches came to a close we could hear the thunder begin and the wind pick up. On our wedding day in the midst of family portraits, a sudden gust of wind brought down a large tree branch which fell between us and out photographers. A friend of mine said that she felt it was someone up in heaven greeting us and joining in the day. If that is true, Amy and Steph had lots of love sent down to them that day with the rain, wind, and thunderstorms that carried on throughout their barn reception. Cheers, Amy and Steph!

Personal Post: baby on board

We’ve been keeping a secret, and it’s time to share! Ben and I are excited to announce we’re expecting a little one to join our family this fall! Baby Hock is due October 27, 2017. Big sister Pieper doesn’t seem to get it, but she’s thrilled about the midday naps!
Stay tuned for more.
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Photo session in Door County by Kayla LeBlanc of KL Creative.

Weddings: kara & andy at st. lawrence church and devils river campground, denmark, and the ravine, green bay

Kara and Andy tied the knot last month at their home church in Denmark surrounded by friends and family. The day was beautiful and springlike, accented even further by Kara’s choice of hydrangeas and mint blue dresses.

The couple met in the same town nearly four years ago at a nearby bar, Basil’s, where Andy was attending a bachelor party and Kara was enjoying a night out with friends. Their relationship grew from there with similar interests in music, sports, and drinks. On May 21st, 2016 Andy proposed near Lambeau Field and they started planning their special day.

We loved their intimate catholic church in Denmark, and their choice of the rustic cabin location at Devils River Campground. The bridal party was in good spirits, and their little mascot, Reed, was there to celebrate just as much as the “big guys”. Congratulations to the happy couple, and cheers to many years together!

Portraits: door county orchard blossom family session

When Tiffany contacted us to set up their Limited Edition Orchard Blossom session, she let me know that she wanted a special way to celebrate mother’s day with the important women in her life. We did just that with a four generation photo with Vicent, mom, grandma, and great-grandma.

The afternoon was cloudy, but the cherry trees were at peak bloom and everything was beautiful. Vincent enjoyed snuggles with family and exploring the orchard at the top speed of an 18 month old (although he did stop in his tracks to check out the old truck!) We love lifestyle sessions like these. There is so much play and personality in the images and I think that makes them even more special!

Portraits: tori’s one year session, green bay botanical gardens

Tori is full of personality! Just a moment with her and you’ll realize how closely she watches everything around her. She learns quickly how things work, how they go together, how they come apart (and, when possible, how to get inside). Tori makes people work for her sweet smiles, but the moment she brightens up, we all smile along with her.

We had the most beautiful evening to document Tori’s first Birthday at Green Bay Botanical Gardens. It was mid-May so the fruit blossoms were still on the trees and the fields were filled with tulips. Spring is such a gorgeous time for family sessions like these! Happy First Birthday, Tori!

Portraits: summer family session on the green bay citydeck

As a kid growing up in Door County summertime was all about being near the water – bay, lake, or river – by boat, beach, or bridge, it didn’t matter, as long as there was water. When we started planning the {D} Family’s session, we imagined waterfront and planned outfits around cool, summer tones. Isaac and Deacon were in good spirits enjoying the beautiful weather, and fun interactions with mom and dad. Some days our work feels more like play, and this was one of those days.

Happy Birthday to little brother Deacon who just celebrated his one year milestone with a cake smash (with bow-tie and birthday hat) on the Green Bay Citydeck!

Portraits: limited edition orchard blossom session, egg harbor, door county

This spring we hosted our first limited edition orchard blossom sessions. We paired up with a Door County orchard to offer special sessions for the short week when the cherry trees hit their peak bloom.

We have been photographing the {P} Family since before little brother, Everett, was born and it was so fun to see how much they changed in the last year. In between family photos, the boys ran, played, and even danced through the orchard. Everett was loving the freedom, David was loving the games of catch we were playing, and we were loving those natural smiles. It’s tough to beat Door County in the spring!

Personal Post: turning 30 and celebrating with confetti

Maybe I’ve watched too much Sex and the City but turning 30 never scared me. I didn’t associate it with growing old, or needing to achieve some unreachable level of wisdom. Instead, my milestone aligns with goals as frivolous as thinking I might figure out how to dress better and cook actual meals (like meat that roasts in the oven – can you imagine?) It’s not as though “growing up” gives us some free pass to no longer think critically and use our actions to make a difference, it’s more that our experience shows us that there is no age when all our questions are answered. As it turns out, divine wisdom doesn’t come down on our birthdays to provide the certainty to feel like we “know what we’re doing” (or if it does, I haven’t hit that birthday yet).

Keeping our eyes high above daily life would mean overlooking our small achievements and disregarding little moments of feeling at peace with where we are at. That’s not how I want to live my life – pretending I’m too [smart, serious, high-minded] to enjoy whatever silly goal I have set or accomplished. Each, deserves recognition.

For me 30 means setting intentions (big and little) but also allowing myself the freedom and forgiveness to quit things that don’t work. It means taking chances that scare me, owning up to what I want, and making time to sit quietly with myself. Big ideas begin with small actions, and sometimes that’s as simple as better sharing the love you have for the people in your life or taking a break when your mind/body says you need it.

So I might not “know what I’m doing” but I can find bliss in the questions, and triumph in the tiny fractions of answers I stumble upon. In the meantime, I will break out the confetti and champagne for the littlest of achievements and I encourage you to do the same. Cheers!


Photos above ^^ taken with Jackie and Ashley, my elementary school buds and closest friends, by Riverland Studios in Charleston, SC. If you liked this post and want to read something similar, please check out Three Years of Marriage and I Still Do and Why We Need to Stop Comparing Ourselves.

Portraits: welcome baby landon, newborn photos

Two years ago in spring Ashley and Jesse were celebrating their engagement surrounded my an orchard of blooming apple trees. Little did they know, just two years later, they would be spending their spring holding onto their brand new baby boy. One of the greatest joys of being a photographer is getting to watch love stories grow like this, from proposals and weddings to bellies and babies. Congratulations on your new arrival, Ashley and Jesse! And happy day of birth, Landon Daniel!

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