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Green Bay Holiday Session with the {H} Family

Christmas Card Pictures Green Bay Family PhotographerWhen Sara and her family contacted us about our Limited Edition Sessions, the first thing she said was that they had never had a family photo with everyone looking at the camera and smiling. This was not for want of trying. Sara’s family had been photographed many times as a group, but since becoming a family of five three years ago they couldn’t seem to get one of them all looking and smiling.

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Sara had read on our website that we are a husband and wife team and work together to capture real expressions in even the hardest situations. We met up, I learned about her kids, Natalee, Molly, and Alexander, and that Alex is on the spectrum. He’s a smiley kid, but he’s adventurous and wants to run, play, and explore. We chatted a little more, I learned about Alex’s interests and what gets his attention, and Ben and I prepared for their session (which mostly involved Googling “Hot Dog Dance” lol). When the family arrived, we felt like we knew them already.

Winter Family Photos, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Alex and the girls did great and we were excited to take on the challenge of creating the family photo that Sara and Andrew had been dreaming of. It makes our hearts so happy to get to share these images with their family!

Fall Extended Family Photos, Appleton Wisconsin

Appleton Family Photographer Fall Family PhotosThis year fall came and went faster than usual. Between wind, rain, and sudden cold, there were very few dates with leaves on the trees and sun-shining, but Katie’s family session was on one of those lucky days.

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The idea for this extended family session came about around this time last year. Katie’s mom, Holly, was putting together her annual holiday card and realized they didn’t have a single photo of the entire family together. As Holly pieced together separate photos for the card, Katie knew the perfect Christmas gift for her parents — a gift certificate for family photos. And in a perfect twist of fate, Katie’s niece, Charlotte, the first granddaughter in the family, arrived just in time to join the photos.

Extended Family Photos

When Katie and I met up in September to begin planning, we tossed around many ideas for locations. With family coming from central Wisconsin, Neenah, and Appleton, staying near the Fox Valley only made sense. And since Katie’s home backs up on a nature preserve, their backyard was the perfect option! The tots did great and baby Charlotte was so smiley.

Extended family sessions are a favorite of ours for a few reasons. Firstly because we know how important they are. Those photos of kids, grandkids, and grandparents are the ones we always wish we could get, but even though we think we’ll snag a few during holiday get-togethers, it rarely happens. Secondly, we love them because of how much value the session has…. all in one session we can take big group photos, grandparents with grandkids, individual family groups, grandkids together, siblings together, *stops to take a breath* and kids separately all at one time while everyone is dressed cute and ready for photos. And lastly, we enjoy these sessions because they are a challenge. Extended family photos means kids at a variety of ages, lots of hands-on posing, and plenty of help with outfit coordination. We have methods for all these things and love a good challenge!

Cheers to Katie and her family!

Victorian Evergreens Limited Edition Sessions in Green Bay

Green Bay Family Photographers Winter Family PhotosEach spring and fall we plan themed one-day-only Limited Edition Sessions. Rather than host classic “mini sessions” that can feel rushed, cheesy, or over the top, our Limited Edition Sessions are centered around the changing of the seasons and include a full 50 minutes. Themes never repeat, which means it’s a great way to get a variety of images that are totally unique! This fall our Limited Edition Session theme is “Victorian Evergreens” with a 1800s velvet couch and vintage set in a grove of evergreens right here in Green Bay.

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Sessions include up to six people with photos of the group together, breakdowns of the group, posed photos and candids. They also include comprehensive editing, an in person viewing session, 3 social media images of your choice, an 8×10 archival print, and a $100 print credit all for $195! This is 40% off our usual family session prices and a great way to get updated images in time for the holidays!

  • Up to Six People
  • Comprehensive Editing
  • In Person Viewing Session
  • Three Social Media Images
  • 8×10 Archival Print
  • $100 Print Credit

Christmas Mini Sessions

There’s nothing “mini” about these sessions (with a full 50 minutes of time) except the price! Come join us in the evergreens on Saturday, November 9th! BOOK HERE

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.

Green Bay Outdoor Family Photos

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!

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