Seniors: cassidy, heritage hill historical park, green bay

heritage-hill-senior-photos-log-cabin-winter-green-bay-wisconsin-photographer-yearbook-pictures-ashwaubenon-high-schoolUsually once the leaves have fallen and the days get shorter, senior season has ended. Most sessions take place on warm afternoons in summer with a few individuals waiting until early October. So when we get a call about winter senior photos, it’s a rare opportunity! Cassidy’s session took place at Heritage Hill State Historical Park in Green Bay. It was the perfect location for a winter session, with barns, cabins, and wood piles all around. The day was chilly and windy (just a few short weeks before Christmas), but Cassidy was in good spirits and the session was fast moving and fun. Cassidy is into video games and good books, and she is looking forward to graduation in June when she can start on her next adventure. Congratulations, Cassidy!

Portraits: winter snow day family session in suamico

winter-snow-photos-green-bay-photographer-wisconsin-family-pictures-sledding-lifestyle-reforestation-camp-suamico-1 winter-snow-photos-green-bay-photographer-wisconsin-family-pictures-sledding-lifestyle-reforestation-camp-suamico-2The snow is falling heavily on the big hickory tree in our front yard and it’s Christmas Eve Eve (this constitutes a real holiday in my family of over-celebrators).  This has me in the mood to share some snowy day photos from my session with Shannon and her two kiddos. When I met with Shannon she explained that she had been searching for someone to take photos in which she and her children got to be themselves – laugh, play, and be natural in front of the camera. Whether it was bending down to pick a flower, or twirling in the falling snow, she wanted images that showed their personalities and character. We call sessions like this “lifestyle sessions” and I new the perfect spot in Suamico, if only we could get a fresh blanket of snow… and we did.

Ben and I packed our weatherproof gear, laced our boots, and loaded up the vintage Radio Flyer sled that sits on our front porch during the winter months. Cecily and Duncan loved the snow – running, twirling, and eating handfuls of it as it came down all around us. We did a little posing and a lot of playing to keep up with those two and in the end got to make a little winter magic. Happy Holidays, everyone! Enjoy your weekend!

Portraits: winter family session at door county tree farm

door-county-tree-farm-photography-family-photos-pictures-one-year-sturgeon-bay-green-bay-photographer-christmas-lifestyle-winter-pictures-1 door-county-tree-farm-photography-family-photos-pictures-one-year-sturgeon-bay-green-bay-photographer-christmas-lifestyle-winter-pictures-2As I type this blog with my coffee in hand, it’s 12 degrees outside my office. Wisconsin winters can be cold and long, but they also allow for some pretty spectacular photographs for those brave enough to handle these chilly days. We loved Vicent’s one year session and family photos at this Door County tree farm in late November. Tiffany and Carlos brought along a plaid wool blanket, and a little wagon for Vicent. We packed up some cocoa to help keep the chill out. That baby was bundled and wrapped and snuggled to keep warm. All of it set us up to capture real moments of parents caring for their little one, and loving one another. Such a magical reminder of what matters as we go into this holiday season. Happy First Birthday, Vicent!

Events: family session and reunion at game day in appleton

appleton-photographer-birthday-event-wisconsin-family-portrait-children-photographyIt’s not often that we say yes to photographing family events, but when Hillary called from Chicago planning an event in Appleton before she and her family moved to Denver, I got curious. Hillary and Aaron were making plans to move west with their boys at the end of October, but before they departed they wanted to have one big event to say goodbye to their family. An important part of the celebration was that Aaron’s two grandmothers would be there, keeping cozy on the chilly night by patio heaters and endless cups of coffee delivered by loved ones. They knew it would be a special event that the family would want to look back on.

Ben and I divided up to photograph groupings of each of the individual families, and also to capture candid moments throughout the evening. It was an event full of joy, laughter, and people holding each other close.

Portraits: fall family session at westwood hills nature center, minneapolis minnesota

minneapolis-minnesota-family-photos-lgbt-westwood-hills-nature-center-st-paul-photographer-1 minneapolis-minnesota-family-photos-lgbt-westwood-hills-nature-center-st-paul-photographer-2In all the bustle of a wedding day, sometimes it’s hard to slow down and have a moment with those you love best. That’s what Together Sessions are for. When Tracy and Kristy mentioned saving their session for family photos with their son, Vinny, we thought that was a perfect idea! We would have an opportunity to photograph them as they truly are on a real day – favorite clothes, home city, and a little family walk. The session was held on a chilly October morning, but Vinny was kept warm by his puffer vest and an occasional snuggle underneath a cozy blanket. Despite the cold, Vinny was a trooper – entertained by Ben’s antics and happily exploring the area. It was a pleasure photographing this beautiful family!

Weddings: kaitlyn & elijah at elizabeth ann seton parish and ki convention center, downtown green bay

green-bay-ki-convention-center-wedding-photography-rain-rainy-wedding-wisconsin-fall-blush-navy-he-nis-ra-park-1 green-bay-ki-convention-center-wedding-photography-rain-rainy-wedding-wisconsin-fall-blush-navy-he-nis-ra-park-2 green-bay-ki-convention-center-wedding-photography-rain-rainy-wedding-wisconsin-fall-blush-navy-he-nis-ra-park-3 green-bay-ki-convention-center-wedding-photography-rain-rainy-wedding-wisconsin-fall-blush-navy-he-nis-ra-park-4Rainy wedding days are especially beautiful in autumn. The layer of water droplets on each surface brings out the vibrancy of the leaves and gives every surface a lustrous shine. Kaitlyn and Elijah chose a blush and navy color palette for their wedding which shook up the traditional fall colors. Her bouquet was layered in pale roses, hydrangeas, and greens with a tiny pin belonging to her grandmother tucked into the stems. Their small wedding party kept the day feeling intimate and the two tiny flower girls – twirling through in umbrellas – made things feel extra festive. After the ceremony at Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, we crossed the street to He Nis Ra Park to take in all the beautiful fall color. The Citydeck downtown was our final stop, and the muted sunset was the perfect backdrop for our last few photos before the reception. At the KI Convention Center, the ballroom space was lit with a ceiling of string lights and walls decked in colored up-lighting, with the finishing piece being the custom logo of their names projected onto the wall. The evening was full of surprises, dancing, and celebration. Congratulations, Kaitlyn and Elijah!

Seniors: kirsten, bairds creek & de pere preserve

bairds-creek-senior-pictures-green-bay-ashwaubenon-high-school-de-pere-preserve-fall-photos-1 bairds-creek-senior-pictures-green-bay-ashwaubenon-high-school-de-pere-preserve-fall-photos-2It’s no secret that fall is my favorite time of year. I love the crisp air, the bright colors, the crunch of leaves underfoot – all of it. This fall arrived later than usual, which was perfect for photographers like us, because we got a chance to capture it well into November. Kirsten’s session was on a cool late October day and involved cute clothes, playing in leaves, and a few photos with her brother and sister. The entire session was relaxed as we chatted with Kirsten and her family, and she demonstrated a few tennis and soccer skills for us. Kirsten is down-to-earth and fun to be around. She participates in sports at school and enjoys water activities, being outside, and painting. We adored all the little session details and can’t wait to deliver their album and wall art. Congratulations! Enjoy your senior year, Kirsten!

Portraits: fall family session at home, hobart, wisconsin

christmas-pictures-green-bay-family-photographer-home-lifestyle-fall-children-holiday-cards-hobart-wisconsin-1 christmas-pictures-green-bay-family-photographer-home-lifestyle-fall-children-holiday-cards-hobart-wisconsin-2When fall arrives late, photographers rejoice because it means we get beautiful, rich color into November. The {H} Family’s session took place the last few days of October, and yet the leaves were still orange and red tones. When Sara suggested holding their biannual family photos at their home in Hobart, that seemed like a wonderful way to make the images more personal. It would be a familiar location for Sam and Ben, and also gave us the opportunity to photograph in front of meaningful spots, like the climbing vines Sara transplanted from her parents’ house. The day was temperate and overcast and we topped the session off with some lifestyle images of Sam and Ben playing basketball in the front yard. Images like that are perfect because they document exactly who the boys are right now and what they’re interested in.

Portraits: charlotte’s one year session, pamperin park, green bay

fall-family-pictures-pamperin-park-green-bay-child-one-year-outdoors-lifestyle-leaves-colorful-photos-1 fall-family-pictures-pamperin-park-green-bay-child-one-year-outdoors-lifestyle-leaves-colorful-photos-2When newborns we photograph come back for their one year milestone, I am always amazed by how much can change in a single year. Nothing marks a year gone by more pointedly than a baby’s growth. In wonderful cases like Baby Charlotte, we’ve gotten to see them in between as they start to sit up, smile and interact. But when we see them at one year old, standing, laughing, and – in Charlotte’s case – running, it’s really incredible. Those tiny sleeping bundles grow up and we love seeing the new things they learn and the little people they’re growing into. Charlotte’s session was all fall fun, starting with mommy and daddy time and ending with balloons, pumpkins, and leaves. Her favorite things are songs, books, and teasing us by running the other way. Happy First Birthday. Charlotte!

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