Archive of ‘Family’ category

Portraits: family photos at green bay botanical gardens

Ten years ago on this day, Emily and I were in Italy together studying art history and printmaking. It’s strange for me to think about years later with graduations, weddings, homes, art-making, jobs, and babies filling the time in between. Now we photograph Emily’s family and she watches our baby, Juniper. There are all these versions of ourselves keeping in contact though memories and photographs, and I can remember exactly what it felt like to sit side-by-side sketching in Florence, or walk the streets while trying to make up rhyming songs about what we were doing (something Emily was always much better at than I). Now the photos include our families and the rhyming nonsense songs have a captive audience (Charlotte, Nora, and Juniper). So amazing how time works.

Happy first birthday, Nora!

Portraits: spring mommy and me session at green bay botanical gardens

Spring in Wisconsin is unpredictable. Sometimes it’s 85 in March, and sometimes we get three feet of snow in April. After a long winter (and a few trial versions of spring), May is a welcome month. The leaves start to bud on the trees, fruit blossoms appear, and the gardens burst with tulips and daffodils. We held this year’s Limited Edition Spring Sessions at Green Bay Botanical Gardens to capture this beauty. Lucky for us the day was warm and sunny, and it couldn’t have been better weather to be outdoors capturing happy families and playful kiddos.

These images are from Jen and Briella’s mommy and me session. The pair had never had professional family photos done together and this was a way for them to mark this time in their lives as they prepare for a big move across the country. Their session was casual and fun, and you would think they were experienced in front of the camera — Briella even came up with her own pose she wanted to do! Sending this family best wishes on the move! Stay posted for more family sessions from our 2018 Limited Edition Sessions!

Portraits: spring family session on the green bay citydeck

During spring 1.0 this year (the one before stowstorm Evelyn dropped 30 inches over Northeast Wisconsin) we met up with the Ortiz family for their spring session celebrating Lizzy’s 3rd birthday and Laney’s sitting milestone. It was a sunny afternoon with beautiful waterfront views from the Green Bay Citydeck.

Laney loved being tossed in the air by daddy and snuggling against mommy. Lizzy was ready to run and play. She spotted birds and fish and wanted to be a part of every game or idea we came up with. Rachel told us that for the next few days after their session, Lizzy was practicing setting up her stuffed animals and dolls for “picture time”. Too cute!

The grass is growing and the trees are starting to bud, which means photography season is here! Looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces and growing kiddos for 2018!

Portraits: fall family session at barkhausen waterfowl preserve, suamico, wisconsin

We were so happy to meet up with this family in early fall. It had been a few years since their last session and so much had changed. We walked the trails at Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve in Suamico and took portraits of Kayla, Mike, and Dezi. There was a lot of teasing and playing as well as noticing things in nature. Although we needed to duck out of some unexpected rain partway through the session, everyone was in good spirits, and the night ended with beautiful sunshine peeking out from behind the trees.

Portraits: beach maternity session, waiting for baby alena

Elizabeth was turning two and Rachel and John were expecting their second baby girl – so much to celebrate! Lizzy loved playing in the sand and patting her baby sister, and we loved the sweetness of three of them (soon to be four) snuggled up together. Together we explored the beach, watched seagulls, and chased Lizzy down the boardwalk. It was a beautiful evening to celebrate milestones.

Portraits: barn family session, howard, wisconsin

The last time we photographed the entire {B} Family, Luke and Emma were just tots, running and playing outside. Now Luke is on his way to passing up mom and dad and Emma has turned into a beautiful young lady full of spunk and style. The {B} Family’s past sessions have taken place at their northwoods cabin, so it should come as no surprise that this session was at an equally sentimental location: Missy’s grandmother’s barn.

The barn is located in Howard and it stands as a beautiful piece of family history. While the land around it has filled with the homes and play-sets of young families moving into the neighborhood, the barn remains, worn and beautiful, filled with memories of the people who enjoyed it over the years, their names still visible in the cement. When we photograph families at a location this special to them, the images become more intimate. It’s as though the past clings to the space, and transfers itself to the photograph.

We were happy to make some new memories with the {B} Family, and look forward to all the exciting changes to come in the next few years.

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!

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