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Door County Extended Family Session at The Farm

Door County Photographer The Farm Sturgeon BayYears ago Elyse and Kyle were one of the first winter weddings we ever photographed. It was everything I dreamed of: the freshly fallen snow, the fur wrap, the white ball-gown, and a couple so deeply in love that we knew it was going to last. Here they are, some years and two kids later, celebrating Elyse’s parents anniversary and gathering all the extended family together for a photo session.

Large Group Extended Family Photos

I know what a hassle it is to plan an extended family session (I’ve coordinated one for my own family). There are schedules to line up, outfits to plan, information to relay. Add a handful of toddlers, and the stress level rises. It’s hard…but we do it because we know how valuable it is. It is images like these, with family gathered together at a special location, that preserves memories. And those rough edges that come with planning can be a bit softened through good planning (that’s what our consultations are for), easy-to-pass-on information that gets everyone on the same page (that’s what our clothing guide is for), and someone at the session to make everything fun for the kiddos (that’s what Ben is for!)

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There are still schedules to coordinate and snacks to pack, but when grandma has that canvas on her wall of all the people she loves best, those little inconveniences won’t even register in your memory.

This session was so fun for us. These kiddos were a riot and everyone in the family was so wonderful and patient. Just being together put them in the highest spirits! We are happy to make images that matter so much in telling a family’s history, and even happier to see the canvas arrive and know how very much it will be loved.

Destination Family Photos at Peninsula Park in Door County

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We love photographing in Door County and any chance we can head that direction makes our hearts happy! With high water levels we were worried we would have trouble finding a sandy beach for family photos, but just a little scouting led us to Peninsula State Park. There we found sandy beachfront, long grasses, and a limestone coast. The {K} family was in town for the holiday weekend, traveling from Missouri and wanted to take unique family photos to commemorate their visit and the beautiful scenery in Fish Creek.

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The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed exploring different areas of the park together. Lexi and Ryan did a great job and we even captured a couple photos of Erin and Scott to celebrate their anniversary.

Green Bay Extended Family 50th Anniversary Photos

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50th Anniversary Photos

Pat and Dayton planned this family session in celebration on their 50th wedding anniversary. They wanted to gather their children and grandchildren together for a nice shot of everyone together, and in the process we also got fun photos of the grandkids together, pictures of them with their three children, and breakdown photos of each family individually. The evening light was perfect and the weather couldn’t have been better at our location at Green Isle Park!

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The {H} family is so wonderfully welcoming and Pat and Dayton are full of travel plans and interesting stories. When scheduling when they would like to pick up their album and wall art, we were working around a flight to Ireland, a cruise to Puerto Rico, and a weekend in the northwoods. This family knows what’s important and they make it happen. Congratulations, Pay and Dayton, on 50 years together and cheers to all the big things ahead!

Green Bay Outdoor Family Photos in Lilacs

Green Bay Family Photographer Outdoor Spring Pictures BirthdayEach year we host Limited Edition Sessions with an exclusive theme and location in spring and fall. Although I am tempted to call them “mini sessions”, that doesn’t do a good job of describing what they are. When we were new photographers just starting out, we did “mini sessions” a few times a year, but I hated how rushed everything was. It reminded me of my portrait studio days with ten minute sessions and a boot out the door. The photos were prop-heavy, overly posed, and just didn’t feel like us. We fell away from special sessions for a number of years, and returned with a new concept three years ago — longer times so everyone can settle in and be playful, no cheesy props, and letting the natural work speak for itself by choosing dates and locations that emphasized the beautiful changing seasons we have here in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Our first Limited Edition Spring Sessions in 2017 were in a Door County apple orchard surrounded by blossoms, the next year we offered tulip sessions, and this year I was dreaming of the perfect location in a grove of lilacs. Lucky for us, Alex and her family offered up their home which was landscaped with flowering trees, fruit blossoms, and, of course, lilacs. The location was a perfect match to our vision and the date lined up exactly with peak bloom; it couldn’t have been more perfect! Toward the end of the day we photographed Alex, Jake, and their kiddos at their home among the lilacs. It was a beautiful afternoon to make special memories for a special family.

Outdoor Spring Photos in Lilacs

Police Dog Mattis and Deputy Dennis (Brown County) Photo Session

Green Bay Photographer Green Bay Family Photos PetsWe are “dog people” as most people know just from visiting our about us page where we introduce Pieper (our rescue) as part of the photography team. As such, we photograph pups often and are full of tricks to get them to sit, stay, perk up, and come running when needed. All those skills were unnecessary when it came to Mattis and Deputy Dennis’s photo session this spring. Mattis is a trained K-9 officer for the Brown County Sheriff’s Department and so bribery and teasing were not necessary. He followed every command Nick gave (all of them in German), my favorite of which was platz! where he would just lay down immediately, wherever he was at. He is such a handsome dog and was such a good boy for his session.

K-9 Officer Police Dog Photos in Green Bay Wisconsin

As we finished up the photos, Lizzy joined the session along with their other dog, Callie, and it was funny to see how different Mattis interacted one-on-one with his doggy mom. Whereas with Nick he was at full attention, ears perked, direct eye contact, with Lizzy he had his tongue out, sat lazy to one side, and immediately rolled over for some belly rubs. Mattis lives at home with Nick and Lizzy and it was so obvious how much of a comfort Lizzy is to him. Both dogs did a great job and it was such a fun experience for us!

Limited Edition Lilac Session, Green Bay Family Photographer

Lilacs Spring Photos Green Bay PhotographerI love photographing toddlers. Many photographers dread this age — they like sleeping newborns or well-behaved grade-schoolers best — but I love the energy toddlers bring! There is no “sit and smile”, there is no convincing “cheese”, but there is always big play. We will get down in the grass, we will tickle and tease, we will be our most ridiculous (anyone who has had photos with Ben knows this!) And the reward for getting to their level is unbridled laughs from kiddos who haven’t learned to be self-conscious or “tone it down”. They are completely themselves, making each photograph their own.

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As a mom of a toddler, I know the age is not without difficulty. There are tantrums over which shoes to wear (galoshes every day if you ask Juniper) and there is no logic that can penetrate their sadness when you won’t let them play in the thunderstorm, but the other side of it is little lessons they teach over and over reminding us to be in the moment. Stop and smell the flowers, see that the dandelions are as pretty as the lilacs, and enjoy the time we have with the people we love best.

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Photos above from Joey and the {T} Family’s Limited Edition Lilac Session in Green Bay, WI.

Limited Edition Lilac Session, Spring Family Photos in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Green Bay Family Photographer Lilacs apple blossom picturesWhen Nicky contacted us about a family session for herself, her husband, and their little girl, Hayden, she admitted that the last professional photos she had been in were her senior portraits. Sometimes people are afraid to tell us the last time they had photos, but we know what it’s like to be a parent, and we know how time can fly by and how easy it is to wait for the “perfect time” — when the weather is better, when the baby reaches a milestone, when we “improve” something about ourselves that makes us feel worthy of being in photos. Of course, deep down we know there is no perfect time and every season of parenthood is both beautiful and difficult. We were honored to be the first to photograph this loving little family.

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Even with it being her first pictures, Hayden was a pro in front of the camera. She was happy and ready to play all the silly games we had in mind. She snuggled daddy and nuzzled noses with mommy. The lilacs were in full bloom for our Limited Edition Spring Sessions and she gathered the blossoms up and gave them a big sniff, so proud that they matched the purple of her dress. In short, we loved photographing this session!

Green Isle Park Spring Family Photos, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Green Bay Family Photographers Green Bay Family PicturesJust a few weeks before this session there was a foot of snow on the ground as Courtney and Tanner celebrated their engagement. Now, in March, we celebrate their family! This was Ainsely’s first official portrait session and she did a great job! Baxter (the first baby) was also included in the session and brought extra joy and energy to the scene. The four of them are so sweet and we were blessed with such lovely spring weather and bright sunshine. Happy babies and a happy families make for beautiful photos that make our hearts happy! (Be sure to check out Courtney and Tanner’s Engagement and stay tuned for wedding photos next year!)

Waterfront Family Session at Sunset, Green Bay

We Photographed this beautiful family at their home on Nicolet Drive along the mouth of the bay in Green Bay. When we first met, we visited them at their home to get an idea of the space, noting the gorgeous waterfront, docks, and trees. We planned for sunset photos and were pleased with the cotton-candy pinks and soft blue tones we had on that calm day. The family even decided to end their session splashing in the water! What a fun session and a wonderful family to work with!

Tips for Safe and Beautiful Winter Photos

Snow winter photos wequiock fallsHere in Wisconsin the winters are long and it really gives us two options; we can stay inside for months on end, or we can learn to appreciate the snow and tolerate the chilly temperatures. For many people (Ben included) the prospect of winter sports like skiing and ice fishing make the season something to look forward to, but for the rest of us, we need something else to help us through. For me, that something is the cozy factor.

Like most people, I love warm, summer days where the light is long and jackets aren’t required, but one thing winter does better than any other season is provide us with a reason to snuggle close to our loved ones. Winter is wool blankets, candles in the windows, and silent, snowy nights. As a photographer, winter gives us so much to work with — there are the snowflakes clinging to tree branches, families snuggled under blankets, couples holding one another close, and kiddos playing in the snow. Everything is intimate, the closeness amplified by the cold temperatures.

Winter Photos in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Although winter is our slow season, we photograph weddings and portrait sessions all year long. February is our favorite month for winter photos as it usually offers plenty of snow (more than plenty this year!) I know there are many people considering having photos done outdoors in the winter, but there are worries holding you back. So I thought I would take a moment to talk about our process and how we keep the experience safe…

  1. Sometimes Cold is Too Cold

There are limits to when it is safe to be outside for extended periods of time. Just like a rain date in spring, we keep “cold dates” in winter in case the temperature or windchill are unsafe. If it’s a couple’s session, 15 degrees many be tolerable, but if it involves young family members, we are better off waiting for a warmer winter day.

2. Pay Attention to Footwear

Cold, wet feet are the end of a session, so prepare by choosing appropriate footwear, namely boots. There are so many options for cute boots and socks for adults and kiddos alike, that there is no worry of finding something that will work well in photos and still keep you warm and dry.

3. Take Breaks

Every session we photograph takes place a few hours before sunset to ensure the most flattering light. In winter, we build in a little extra time knowing that we will need to take breaks every ten to fifteen minutes to keep everyone comfortable. We also choose locations where vehicles can be parked nearby or where there is a heated building just steps away. This way when the cold starts to bother, everyone has a moment to warm their hands and reset.

4. Watch Out for Extremities

Fingers are usually the first thing to get cold. Although most people choose not to wear gloves in photos, we suggest having them along to slip on between photos. We also recommend hand warmers in each pocket. It’s amazing what a difference they can make!

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We love getting the perfect shot in falling snow with a snuggling family, but safety always comes first. We would never put you or your loved ones at risk by choosing a remote location, or pressuring anyone beyond their comfort zone. Feel free to CONNECT with us to talk about your vision for a winter session and how we can make beautiful, unique photos happen while keeping everyone safe.

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