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Green Bay Rising Tide Society (calling all creatives!)

Green Bay Wedding Florist Green Bay WisconsinEvery second Tuesday of the month, a local business in the Green Bay area hosts a Rising Tide Society Meeting. Rising Tide Society is a community for creative business owners with chapters all across the country. It began in 2015 in only 12 cities (Green Bay was one of the first!) as a way for creatives to support one another through education and face-to-face networking.

But this isn’t your daddy’s networking group; there are no neckties or elevator pitches here, just real people getting to know one other, sharing ideas, and supporting one another’s goals. This is because Rising Tide is founded on the quote “a rising tide lifts all boats”. We know there are plenty of opportunities out there for all of us because we each offer something different (even those of us who work in the same industry). Believing this frees us up to be open with one other no matter what stage we’re in, because nobody is guarding their plans or backstabbing their way to the bottom. It’s about community over competition every time.

“a rising tide lifts all boats”

The Green Bay chapter of Rising Tide is led by Sarah Schrader and Nicole Bergeson and supported by area members who offer up their spaces for hosting and volunteers who provide drinks and snacks. This month’s host was Angie Kusek-Schubert, the owner of Ginger Birch in Vickery Village. Her beautiful shop is filled with fun gifts, beautiful florals, and pieces for your home. I was disappointed to have to duck out so quickly after the meeting, but will certainly return for browsing (and suggest you do the same!)

Each Tuesdays Together meet-up has a theme and comes with an informative guide on the subject. April’s theme was SEO and Alex VandeHei of HeiPro Digital gave an informative presentation to help us understand how Google “reads” our sites and what changes we can make to improve our online visibility. Alex also answered questions on this tricky subject, and Nicole guided everyone through small group exercises on the user-friendlieness of our individual websites. I found both the presentation and exercise incredibly helpful.

For me, the best part of Rising Tide is getting out of the house and meeting real people facing the same challenges as you are. So much of being an entrepreneur is going on it on our own, stumbling through problems and inventing solutions, and sometimes we just need to be with people who “get it”. Rising Tide is completely free and welcoming to all, so we encourage you to join us at our next meeting (May’s meeting will be the first Tuesday instead of the second due to an unusual conflict) and you can always find event details in the Facebook Group. Special thanks to Nicole, Sarah, Alex, Angie, and everyone who offers up their time and talent to make events like this happen. See you at the next meeting!

Green Bay and Door County 2019 Photography Classes

Here it is — my 2019 photography class line-up! I have one teen class next month and three adult classes over the summer and early fall. Taking Control in Manual Mode is the most comprehensive class for beginners and involves a lot of hands-on learning, detailed visual guides, and practice time as well as one-on-one and group critiques to help you feel confident behind the camera.

Lightroom: A Beginners Guide to Editing Your Images is the most popular class, selling out each year! In this class we will learn about workflow, how to organize your images into catalogs, how to safely store and back-up, as well as how to batch edit your images to save time and make corrections to light, color, cropping, saturation, and more!

Overcoming Difficult Light in Photography is new this year. It’s an intermediate level class for students already comfortable with their cameras. We will talk about difficult lighting situations: bright noonday light, sunsets, back-lighting, strong side-light, and low light, and how to account for them. We will use various tools including reflectors, diffusers, led lights, and flash. This will be a fun introduction to lighting. SIGN UP FOR PSA CLASSES

If these classes don’t cover a topic of interest to you or don’t work with your schedule, contact us about setting up a one-on-one mentoring session where I will tailor content to your skill level and interests, and we can work around your schedule. LEARN MORE

Every year I announce my teaching schedule here first! If you don’t subscribe to the blog, but would like to be the first to see where I will be teaching, enter your information in the sidebar and you will be the first to know! It’s 2019; let’s take the plunge and learn something new!

Portraits: welcome baby nora, newborn photos

Baby Nora arrived four weeks early, happy and healthy. Big sister, Charlotte, will be turning two in October and it’s fun to look back on her newborn photos and compare those little baby faces – imagining how much more they will look alike as they grow older. Nora did a great job for her session, barely fussing as we changed poses. Love all those sweet little baby features! Congratulations to Emily and Graham on baby number two!

Portraits: welcome baby landon, newborn photos

Two years ago in spring Ashley and Jesse were celebrating their engagement surrounded my an orchard of blooming apple trees. Little did they know, just two years later, they would be spending their spring holding onto their brand new baby boy. One of the greatest joys of being a photographer is getting to watch love stories grow like this, from proposals and weddings to bellies and babies. Congratulations on your new arrival, Ashley and Jesse! And happy day of birth, Landon Daniel!

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: matt & chelsea, northwoods cabin proposal

Crivitz-Engagement-Proposal-Northwoods-Wisconsin-Engagement-Photographer-Wedding-1 Crivitz-Engagement-Proposal-Northwoods-Wisconsin-Engagement-Photographer-Wedding-2Matt and Chelsea knew each other a long time before they got together. They traveled in the same groups of friends, worked side-by-side, and saw the absolute best and worst days. Their relationship was built before one tried to impress the other, before silly “dating games” took hold, and because of that, it came from a place of understanding and honesty. Last year Matt surprised Chelsea with a photography session at her family’s cabin as a gift, but as the session came around this summer, it became more than just a “couples session”. The turn-of-the-century cabin is in the Crivitz area and sits on beautiful Wonder Lake, far into the woods.  As the session ended on a hot July afternoon and the canoe was being pulled ashore, Matt got down on one knee right there in the lake and asked Chelsea to marry him. She said yes, and we couldn’t have been happier to be there to capture such an important milestone at a place they love best. Congratulations, Chelsea and Matt!

Portraits: welcome baby jocelyn, newborn photos

Green-Bay-Newborn-Baby-Photos-Indoors-Studio-Door-County-Flowers-GirlAshley and Scott were blessed with their first baby in April: little Jocelyn Elaine. At one week new for her session, she was sleepy and snuggly and happiest in mommy and daddy’s arms. She did a wonderful job, and settled peacefully into every pose we tried. As a spring baby, we decided to do a special photo involving fresh flowers – lilies and tulips – that would remind her family of this very special time she arrived.

Congratulations to Ashley and Scott and all the family whose lives Jocelyn has already touched. Lots of well wishes for a wonderful baptism on Sunday!

Portraits: charlotte’s sitting session, green bay, wisconsin

Green-Bay-Family-Photos-Indoors-Studo-Baby-Photographer-Infant-Six-MonthsMost of the time we consider ourselves outdoor photographers, but here in Wisconsin weather can be unpredictable when it comes to photographing little ones. We decided to hold Charlotte’s sitting milestone session indoors with light, springy colors inspired by April (and that completely adorable kitty dress!) It’s always amazing to me what a different experience it is from photographing newborns at a few weeks old and having them return at six months. The last time we saw Charlotte she was a sleepy, squishy bundle, and now she is smiling, interactive, very observant, and of course, mobile. Sitting sessions are one of my favorites because of all these changes and the amount of personality that can come through in the images. We can’t wait to see how much she changes by the time one year photos roll around!

Portraits: welcome baby emerson, newborn photos

Green-Bay-Newborn-Baby-Photos-Family-Siblings-Sister-Love-1 Green-Bay-Newborn-Baby-Photos-Family-Siblings-Sister-Love-2A newborn with a toddler for a big sister can often be a challenge when it comes to photos, but between Emerson’s chill attitude and Harper’s excitement for being involved in pictures, there was no trouble whatsoever. We got some sweet, sleepy baby pictures (seriously, those eyelashes though), some bright smiles and adorable pouts from the tot, and of course, snuggly mommy and daddy with new baby photos. It was an absolute joy to share these images with the Cassy and Michael yesterday, and I can’t wait to see the prints as they arrive.

Simple photos of the newest moments are my favorite thing about newborn sessions – no frilly outfits or cheesy props needed. There is just nothing like capturing all the baby goodness while they are at their smallest. Congratulations, Cassy, Michael, and Harper on your new arrival!

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