Archive of ‘Family’ category

Portraits: cozy cabin limited edition session, green bay

A few years ago we stepped away from doing “mini sessions”. One of the main reasons for this was that we felt rushed. If a kiddo took some time to warm up (introverts get it) or a baby needed a bottle break, half our time was already over and we didn’t have room to make exceptions. I felt like we weren’t delivering our best work, so we just stopped doing them altogether.

Then last year, Ben and I dreamed up our own type of session. We asked ourselves what we would want if it was our family, and that’s when we came up with Limited Edition Sessions. Limited Edition Sessions still have the exciting location and exclusive dates, but they also have a spacious time slot (nearly an hour) so we’re not worried about feeling rushed. The long session time alows us to photograph in our favorite way, mixing posed and candid photos and cuing families with activities to help them interact and play. Limited Edition Sessions are also lower cost to allow new clients to “try us out” and families with older kiddos to come back for fun, shorter sessions.

Nicole, Jeff and their family are new to us this year. Their girls, Alex and Quinn, are so sweet and so happy! It was a pleasure getting to know them and make pictures together on that snowy Saturday! Happy Holidays!

Portraits: cozy cabin family photos, green bay, wisconsin

Katie writes one of my favorite mom blogs, My Darling Days featuring lots of DIY cooking/crafting, travel, and outdoorsy midwestern traditions (which you know I have a soft spot for!) We first met when she stood up in a wedding we photographed and after that she did a handful of photography mentoring sessions with me and we got to know each other better. Since then we’ve both started our families and I’ve enjoyed reading her down-to-earth honesty and humor about what mom life is about on the best and worst days.

When Katie saw our Limited Edition Cozy Cabin sessions pop up on Facebook, she tagged her hubby in the post saying this was what she really wanted for their anniversary. I was thrilled to get to work with them as a family, and couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate the milestone (8 years together!) than with pictures to preserve the memory. Congratulations, Katie and Zac!

Portraits: fall family photos at pamperin park, green bay

Fall is our most popular time of the year for family sessions here in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The leaves are starting to change color, the air feels crisp and clean, and it’s time for cardigans and flannel (the coziest of all fashion choices!) I met with Allison to talk about her session a few weeks beforehand and got to know her two smallest boys, Clark and Jack while they played and snacked. Allison told me she was looking for portraits that would be timeless and fit their minimal, clean style for her home and family. On the session day we got to meet her husband Paul and their two older boys. Everybody was dressed in perfect seasonal layers in blues, creams, and grays that fit with the bright oranges of the fallen leaves. We played with the little boys and teased smiles out of the older ones. At the end of the session, we ended with a giant leaf fight, the perfect reward for some well-behaved little guys. It was a pleasure, Allison and Paul, we wish you and your family the best this holiday season!

Portraits: cozy cabin session with baby wilson and family

The {S} Family was our first session of the day for our Limited Edition Cozy Cabin Sessions this year. The sessions were held in Green Bay with a winter set up including tin mugs, wool blankets, cut logs, and all the cozy essentials. The night before brought a light dusting of snow, which made the backdrop all the more perfect for Kasey, Ross, and baby Wilson’s session! The family was dressed in seasonal layers with puffer vests and sweaters and Wilson had the tiniest sherpa hat and duck boots ever. Even though young babies are usually uncomfortable with strangers, Wilson was smiley and happy the whole way through. With the cold temperatures, we took a break to let the little guy warm up, and finished up with some cute lifestyle shots in front of the cabin. These are going to make for the cutest Christmas cards, and we can’t wait for the {S} Family to have their beautiful wall art!

Portraits: cozy log cabin family photos, green bay, wi

Jacob and Trish got their “Cozy Cabin” session in early this year, helping us show off our Limited Edition Sessions theme with their adorable boys. “Cozy Cabin” is a one day special event in Green Bay with only eight sessions available. We will have the space prepared with a wooden bench, fresh cut birch, cozy wool blankets, cups of cocoa, and real log cabins. You just bring fall spirit! Sessions take place Saturday, November 10th and include a full 50 minutes with us (nothing “mini” about these sessions!), comprehensive editing, an in person viewing session, three social media images, an 8×10 archival print, and a $100 print credit all for $195! Book yours HERE.

Portraits: family photos and destination glamour session, green bay botanical gardens

While Nicole’s grandmother was visiting for the summer, Nicole and her mother, Marina, came up with a wonderful idea. They planned to pamper Paz with a surprise hair and makeup appointment and schedule a photography session to follow. With a little coaxing, they agreed to be involved as well and the results were wonderful. Paz is vibrant and stylish; she loves hiking and the outdoors. We had a lovely summer evening photographing the family at Green Bay Botanical Gardens. As Paz returns to the Philippines, Nicole is leaving for college in New Mexico, and her brother is retuning to the states after years away. At these stages families can be like ships passing, and it was so wonderful to use their brief time all together to capture these images. Safe travels one and all, and best wishes on your big adventures!

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.

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