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Seniors: kellen, voyageur park de pere

Kellen’s senior session was one of the last we photographed before going on maternity leave.   The leaves were just starting to change and the sky had the soft moody tone it gets in fall. It was the perfect day for portraits. We chose Voyageur Park in De Pere as our location because it offered greenery, waterfront, and more industrial looks. Diverse locations like that make for sessions with good variety. Kellen was a natural in front of the camera and we had a blast capturing his personality and making timeless images. Since it had been years since their last family portrait, the {K} Family decided to add on a mini family session and include Kellen’s brothers, Jamie and Reed. Enjoy your senior year, Kellen!

Seniors: kasey, de pere nature preserve

When Kasey and her family got in touch about a senior session, I had to do a double-take on her name. I’ve only met two other Kaseys who spell their names like mine, so it’s a rarity to say the least. Kasey was looking for a location that was wild and rustic for her senior photos, and we found the perfect spot just outside of De Pere. I love the intense greens, endless fields, and soft line of trees at the nature preserve, and they were complimented nicely by Kasey’s blush dress and lace up boots.

We ended up with a great day – clouds covered the sky providing even light, and soft breezes were just enough to add movement to our photos. Congratulations, Kasey! Enjoy your senior year!

Engagements: chris & carly, proposal at st. norbert college

Back in March Chris contacted us to photograph his surprise proposal to Carly. After chatting with him, we realized how much of a surprise it was! The couple lives in the Chicago area, but Chris was planning a girls’ weekend with Carly’s friends to get her up to Green Bay without being aware of his secret plans.

Chris and Carly began dating at the beginning of their freshman year at St. Norbert College in De Pere, so even though they now live out of state, proposing to her in the place where it all began was important to him. The date fast approached and Chris was able to coordinate all the many people who were to be a part of the surprise. As Carly and her friend walked along the Fox River, they turned the corner by the St. Norbert docks to see Chris waiting waiting at the bench where the two of them started dating. In his arms he held three dozen roses, and as she approached, he knelt down and asked her to marry him.

As Ben and I hid behind buildings capturing the moment, both their families came from across campus, running down the hill to greet them and spend the weekend in celebration. Even with the chilly, cloudy weather, Carly slipped out of her jacket for a little mini engagement session on the beautiful campus where it all began. Congratulations, Chris and Carly!

Seniors: kirsten, bairds creek & de pere preserve

bairds-creek-senior-pictures-green-bay-ashwaubenon-high-school-de-pere-preserve-fall-photos-1 bairds-creek-senior-pictures-green-bay-ashwaubenon-high-school-de-pere-preserve-fall-photos-2It’s no secret that fall is my favorite time of year. I love the crisp air, the bright colors, the crunch of leaves underfoot – all of it. This fall arrived later than usual, which was perfect for photographers like us, because we got a chance to capture it well into November. Kirsten’s session was on a cool late October day and involved cute clothes, playing in leaves, and a few photos with her brother and sister. The entire session was relaxed as we chatted with Kirsten and her family, and she demonstrated a few tennis and soccer skills for us. Kirsten is down-to-earth and fun to be around. She participates in sports at school and enjoys water activities, being outside, and painting. We adored all the little session details and can’t wait to deliver their album and wall art. Congratulations! Enjoy your senior year, Kirsten!

Weddings: Annie and Michael at st. norbert docks

De_Pere_Rowing_Waterfront_Wisconsin_Wedding_Dockside_First_Look_Green_Bay_Photography_Kress_Bemis_Center1 De_Pere_Rowing_Waterfront_Wisconsin_Wedding_Dockside_First_Look_Green_Bay_Photography_Kress_Bemis_Center2I love how different weddings can be.  Each couple has a unique style and when they tie the knot their day is colored by personal histories, families, and interests.  This was especially true for Annie and Michael’s memorial day weekend wedding.  The couple lives in Germany and returned to the U.S. to celebrate this milestone with friends and family.  The day was planned with a variety of influences including their love for rowing and 1920s Downton Abbey style, and included little touches of German culture.

The afternoon began with a first look on the St. Norbert docks which set a relaxing tone for the rest of the evening. The day was warm and beautiful and the bride and groom were beyond happy to be there with friends and family who had traveled so far to celebrate with them. From the German candy takeaway gifts, to the sparkling gold champagne flutes, to the Sperry wedding shoes, we loved all the details and felt blessed to be the ones behind the camera.  Congratulations, Annie and Michael!

Vendors: karli from cake and cookie llc

De_Pere_Wisconsin_Photography_Bakery_Cake_Business_Branding_Green_Bay_Cookie_Macaron_WeddingLast week we got a chance to sit down with Karli, owner of Cake and Cookie LLC in De Pere, pick her brain about wedding desserts, and snap a few photos of her beautiful (and delicious!)  macarons.

So often couples come to us with questions about the next steps after choosing their photographer, so we thought we would do a quick interview with Karli for our Vendor Spotlight post and share a little bit of advice on choosing your baker and deciding on wedding desserts. Read on for some information and inspiration!

What would you like people to know about you?

I make everything from scratch in small batches from quality ingredients. Everything is done by me with help from my mom, Mary.  From the consult to the baking, everything is done by just the two of us which keeps things personal. We try to be a friendly small business over here.

Tell me about starting Cake and Cookie LLC.

I started Cake and Cookie because I like being able to create my own style and I wanted to see if I could bring something new to the wedding cake world in Northeast Wisconsin.  When I opened Cake and Cookie I was baking out of a shared kitchen, and selling through deliveries and at the downtown farmers markets. I got my own space here in August and I really love it.  I found the shop at just the right moment; we were growing and it was no longer feasible to carry equipment and ingredients with me. When the flower shop moved out of this space, I was able to expand.

What was your background with food?

I’ve always loved cooking.  As a child in summer I would drag my mom’s old pots and pans out to the backyard and cook in my sandbox.  In high school I took every art class and cooking class, but when I graduated I thought I wanted to go to a traditional four year school.  My mom knew I should be cooking but she let me figure it out on my own.  I left the university and went to culinary school at Fox Valley Tech in Appleton which is where I discovered that I loved the creative and artistic aspects of baking. After that, I went to the French Pastry School in Chicago.  I was there I learned to make macarons, and it became something I really enjoy.

Where do you find inspiration?

I like looking through contemporary wedding styles and decor – blogs, magazines, etc. and getting inspiration from them.  I can get inspiration from just a ruffle or other detail.  I will see other people’s cakes in the industry and find things that I like or would change.  Everyone is a little different in their artistry, so each person will put their own spin on things. My personal creative style is very simple and organic with clean lines.  I like incorporating simple patterns, lace, pearls, and organic work with gold brushstrokes and things like that.

What is the best piece of advice you would give couples planning their wedding dessert?

It’s a great idea for couples to form an inspiration board (with pinterest it’s so easy to show things you like even if you can’t describe them).  Sharing pictures and swatches gives me a way to get the feel of your wedding so we can create a cake to compliment your decor.  I do complimentary consultations where the couple gets to choose two flavors of cake and two flavors of filling that they want to try.  I allot that time to do kind of what we’re doing right now, sit down and chat.  They try the cakes; we talk about ideas, and I can develop a few different quotes for them.  I try to make the process a little easier, because I know that brides have 1000 other things to keep straight.

 How early should couples think about booking their baker?

For me, it’s a little different than most because it’s just me here.  I tend to book up faster and sooner than a larger bakery.  My advice would be “the sooner, the better”; I only take on one, maybe two weddings each weekend to allow me enough time for the entire process.  For summer weddings, I would say six or so months out, but if you want it sooner, you can always come in to try cake, put down a deposit, and you won’t have anything to worry about until your day gets closer.

What are some alternative wedding sweets that couples may not have considered?

A lot of couples with larger guest counts are doing smaller stacked cakes to keep the style simple, and then “kitchen cakes” for the rest of their guests. I call mine “kitchen cakes” instead of “sheet cakes” because they are still circular so they will look the same as regular wedding cake when they are cut. Dessert tables with things like cookies are become more popular, as well as macaron towers.  I also do a cupcake alternative which are mini layer cakes inside clear cups.  Beyond that, I have had couples comes in with an idea for something they absolutely love (like mint brownies or gingersnap cookies). So I’ve made some personalized desserts like that as well.

Are there any current wedding trends you love?

Dessert tables. I love those because they are always so cute.  I have been seeing a lot more simplicity in cakes and incorporating metallics – silver leaf, gold brushstrokes.  Organic looking icing and statement flowers are both still very popular.

Is there anything you are dying to try?

I’ve never done a “naked cake” before, and I would love to do one!  It really goes along with that organic aesthetic that I like.  Naked cakes have the edges exposed, and there is either no icing or it is applied in thin, textured layers.  I love the look of it, and it would be a great option for someone looking for a dairy-free cake as well.

What do you love most about doing what you do?

I just love baking. I love the fact that I get to be creative, and being creative with food is so interesting because it is not a traditional art.  Running a business is also great because I get to form relationships with clients, spend some time one-on-one, and turn their vision into a reality.  I love defining my own style, and it’s great when someone comes to you because of that style.

Final tips…

Be sure to do cake tastings before choosing your baker.  You want to know that you like the taste, and also check to be sure that the design you are interested in can be created by the baker you choose.  Also find out who will be making the cake – oftentimes the person you meet with will not be the person making your dessert.  You can always ask to meet the baker or the owner to be sure you have open communication.

You can find Karli at Cake and Cookie LLC in downtown De Pere at 518 George Street (try the macarons while you’re there) or online at http://www.cakeandcookiellc.com .

Portraits: waiting for baby elizabeth

Green_Bay_Maternity_Photos_Outdoor_De_Pere_Waterfront_Voyeger_Park_SunsetAnytime I feel unsure about the beauty of early spring in Wisconsin (wondering how long I have to wait for grass and leafy trees), all I need to do is go near the water.  When the golden hour hits and the light settles on that cold water, there is incredible beauty (even as we wait for the greenery to arrive).  And how appropriate to photograph the anticipation of a new life in the springtime – nature is waking up and baby Elizabeth is preparing to meet her family.

Rachel and John’s maternity session was a chilly one, but we are so glad that they chose to do it outdoors.  Rachel looked so beautiful with the afternoon light reflecting off her hair, and they both looked so happy to be together, celebrating what was yet to come. Congratulations; we look forward to meeting little Elizabeth!