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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

Door County Family Photographer Fish Creek Beach PhotosVacation Photos, Door County

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.

Tips for Safe and Beautiful Winter Photos

Snow winter photos wequiock fallsHere in Wisconsin the winters are long and it really gives us two options; we can stay inside for months on end, or we can learn to appreciate the snow and tolerate the chilly temperatures. For many people (Ben included) the prospect of winter sports like skiing and ice fishing make the season something to look forward to, but for the rest of us, we need something else to help us through. For me, that something is the cozy factor.

Like most people, I love warm, summer days where the light is long and jackets aren’t required, but one thing winter does better than any other season is provide us with a reason to snuggle close to our loved ones. Winter is wool blankets, candles in the windows, and silent, snowy nights. As a photographer, winter gives us so much to work with — there are the snowflakes clinging to tree branches, families snuggled under blankets, couples holding one another close, and kiddos playing in the snow. Everything is intimate, the closeness amplified by the cold temperatures.

Winter Photos in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Although winter is our slow season, we photograph weddings and portrait sessions all year long. February is our favorite month for winter photos as it usually offers plenty of snow (more than plenty this year!) I know there are many people considering having photos done outdoors in the winter, but there are worries holding you back. So I thought I would take a moment to talk about our process and how we keep the experience safe…

  1. Sometimes Cold is Too Cold

There are limits to when it is safe to be outside for extended periods of time. Just like a rain date in spring, we keep “cold dates” in winter in case the temperature or windchill are unsafe. If it’s a couple’s session, 15 degrees many be tolerable, but if it involves young family members, we are better off waiting for a warmer winter day.

2. Pay Attention to Footwear

Cold, wet feet are the end of a session, so prepare by choosing appropriate footwear, namely boots. There are so many options for cute boots and socks for adults and kiddos alike, that there is no worry of finding something that will work well in photos and still keep you warm and dry.

3. Take Breaks

Every session we photograph takes place a few hours before sunset to ensure the most flattering light. In winter, we build in a little extra time knowing that we will need to take breaks every ten to fifteen minutes to keep everyone comfortable. We also choose locations where vehicles can be parked nearby or where there is a heated building just steps away. This way when the cold starts to bother, everyone has a moment to warm their hands and reset.

4. Watch Out for Extremities

Fingers are usually the first thing to get cold. Although most people choose not to wear gloves in photos, we suggest having them along to slip on between photos. We also recommend hand warmers in each pocket. It’s amazing what a difference they can make!

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We love getting the perfect shot in falling snow with a snuggling family, but safety always comes first. We would never put you or your loved ones at risk by choosing a remote location, or pressuring anyone beyond their comfort zone. Feel free to CONNECT with us to talk about your vision for a winter session and how we can make beautiful, unique photos happen while keeping everyone safe.

Three Generations Cozy Cabin Family Session

Three generations of beautiful women to photograph at a cozy winter cabin? Yes, please! Danielle and her family booked one of our Limited Edition Cozy Cabin Sessions this November as an opportunity to get Hazel’s four year photos done, have images for the yearly Christmas card, and get pictures as a family. Grandmother, Debbie, was along to help out with the pup and jumped in for a few photos with her girls. We loved Danielle’s fur-lined puffer vest and Hazel’s buffalo plaid — too cute! Their session was at the windiest point in the day, but Hazel was tough and a couple car breaks with some hand warmers and a little teasing by Ben helped her make it through. Bentley was his puppy self, happy with the snow and snacks, and pleased to have room to run. The family traveled from Wausau area to Green Bay for their family session and we’re so glad they did!

Seymour WI Fall Family Session

When Ashley and Mike suggested their family’s property for a fall photo session, I had no idea how beautiful it would be. The land has been in the family for years and features a house (still kept in its original style), renovated barn, and many rows of trees, fence, and garden, all perfect for us to photograph. We know Matthew, Blake, and Ellie well, and Ben is all about wild, crazy play that gets kiddos to open up and be themselves during sessions. By the end of the afternoon, all three of them were chasing him in circles and trying to jump on his back (behind the scenes pictures may or may not need to be shared later, lol!) Needless to say, real play means real smiles. The afternoon was a little cool and drizzly, but we had the best time and still got to make great images together. See you next time {R} Family!

Seniors: clara, jackson harbor, washington island, door county

This past winter I shared with Ben the fact that I longed to shoot a session on Washington Island. In spring we started chatting about how to make that happen, then out of nowhere, I received an email from Clara. Clara’s family has enjoyed the island for generations and for her it’s a home-away-from-home, the place to get away and reconnect with nature, family, and herself. With both of her parents as teachers, Clara and her sister are able to spend the majority of each summer at their cottage on Jackson Harbor.

For those who don’t know, my family has an old farmhouse on orchard land in Baileys Harbor that I connect to the same way Clara connects to her cottage, so when we started messaging I knew her session would be a perfect fit for us to photograph. After FaceTiming to plan her session, we set a date and packed our gear to board the Washington Island Ferry. The ferry departed from Gills Rock and took us across Death’s Door to the island. It was a beautiful, breezy ride. When we arrived, Clara’s family was there to greet us and share the island and all the spots they’ve enjoyed there over the years. It’s amazing to me all the memories that a place can hold, and how those memories can become the legacy of a family. Clara’s senior portraits were meant to be on Washington Island; anywhere else wouldn’t quite have been the same. Enjoy your senior year, Clara!

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.