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Intimate Door County Covid Wedding, Airbnb and Anderson Dock

Door County Airbnb Wedding Covid Pandemic Wedding First look Door County Wedding Virtual Wedding Door County Door County Elopement Photography Small Wedding Photographer Door County Wedding Photographers Airbnb Wedding Door County Anderson Dock Wedding Door County2020 weddings looked a little different. Couples everywhere were put in a difficult situation of swapping venues, cutting guest lists, and putting preparedness plans in place to keep themselves, their guests, and their vendors safe. This was the case for Alissa and Joe’s summer wedding.

2020 Covid Pandemic Wedding

Alissa and Joe’s wedding was always planned to be intimate, but with the pandemic in full swing, an 80 person guest list soon became a 15 person guest list with many close friends and family joining virtually. Alissa and Joe swapped their venue over to an Airbnb in Door County that was perfect to house themselves and their bubble as well as offer beautiful fields, fire pit, and scenery for their outdoor wedding.

The wedding itself was a destination Door County wedding, so unfortunately their parents were unable to make it. Alissa and Joe handled this with grace and scheduled a “Zoom first look” with each of their parents before the start of their ceremony. They were all smiles as their pup sat at their feet, basking in the sunshine.

Door County Airbnb Wedding Photography

We wandered the fields and took advantage of outbuildings for photos. As the ceremony ended, clouds blackened the sky, and everyone was ushered in to sanitize hands and mask up for the sweetest, most intimate reception. There were fairy lights everywhere, and soft music played as friends grilled out and served class Door County treats like Renard’s Cheese Curds and Wood’s Apple Cider Donuts. The entire evening had the feeling of best friends enjoying a weekend getaway. Good food, good conversation.

Anderson Dock Rainy Day Twilight Photos

As the time approached we had scheduled for sunset beach photos, we closely monitored our weather apps and made the on-the-fly suggestion to go at twilight and swap our location from the beach to Anderson Dock in Ephraim. We surmised from the radar that the rain should cut out just as we arrived.

Luckily our hedged bet paid off, and the rain stopped long enough for us to get some moody sky photos and fun candids in front of the graffitied Hardy Gallery before daylight disappeared. It was the perfectly imperfect ending to a perfectly imperfect wedding day.


As an aside, I’d like to thank all the couples we’ve worked with over the last year for making choices that kept us safe and comfortable. It’s because of you that we were able to do what we love most! Thank you.

Door County and Anderson Dock Senior Photos

Door County Senior Photo SessionDoor County Senior PhotographerMost of the time seniors come to us with a sense of what they want — they want fields or water or brick or flowers — but every now and then they come to us with specific ideas. For Brynn, that specific idea was this big bending willow tree in the back of her family’s home. It wasn’t so much a location as it was an object that connected her to childhood. What Brynn didn’t know, is that I’ve also always been obsessed with willows — their droopy leaves that form canopies and filter in warm, ambient light. There is just something so romantic about their beauty which was perfectly matched with Brynn’s lace dress and soft curls.

After capturing some favorites at the willow tree, we headed farther north from Fish Creek into Ephraim for a stop at Anderson Dock, a Door County icon. The clouds covered most of our sunset, but we got a light breeze that blew Brynn’s hair beautifully, and the heavy blue of the sky made the oranges that peeked out all more dramatic. Such a fun and beautiful session!

Woodwalk Gallery Wedding with Sunset Beach Photos, Door County

Door County Wedding Photographer Egg Harbor Wedding PhotographerSmall Wedding Door CountyWoodwalk Gallery, Egg HarborEgg Harbor, WisconsinWe don’t have a running list of our favorite weddings, but if we did, Alicia and Mike’s wedding would be on it. It was everything we love best — an intimate guest list, a small wedding party, the love of family and friends, and a beautiful early fall afternoon.

Woodwalk Gallery Wedding, Door County

The wedding took place at the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. It is an art gallery and wedding venue and one of our favorite places to photograph because of the incredible scenery and wonderful owners. Their ceremony took place under a pergola in a field of wildflowers. Alicia walked down the aisle with her father, and Mike smiled seeing her arrive. After hors d’oeuvres and drinks on the lawn, we wandered into the sunflower fields for pictures.

Door County Wedding Photographers

The reception was held in the barn space at Woodwalk surrounded by local art with dinner served on a collection of vintage china. Friends and family were laughing happily, enjoying food and drinks, followed by some of the most thoughtful wedding speeches we’ve ever heard.

Sunset Beach Photos, Door County

After a little taste of cake, we drove Alicia and Mike out to the beach for sunset photos. All day long it was cloudy and our plan for sunset pictures looked impossible, but as we pulled in the clouds lifted just enough to give us that bright, golden light that all photographers dream of. We walked out on the pier while wild gusts of wind blew and waves crashed up over the sides. Alicia and Mike weren’t bothered by any of it; they were simply content in being there together.

As we drove back to the venue, we talked about life, love, travel, and all the wonderful future plans they have on the horizon. It sounds like the start of something wonderful. Congratulations, Alicia and Mike!

Door County Greenhouse and Beach Senior Photos

Door County Senior Photos Door County PhotographersI’ve been looking forward to photographing Sophie’s senior photos for years. She’s one of the art students who I work with one-on-one up in Door County and we’ve known each other for a long time. So when the session planning began, we had many ideas for themes, locations, and outfits, and I couldn’t be happier with all the variety!

Door County Senior Photographer

Sophie goes to Sevastopol High School in Door County. She’s a great student, involved in many activities, interested in arts, languages, and culture, and loves her animals. She is incredibly smart, kind, and conscientious. For her session, she knew she wanted to begin at Sunnypoint Gardens greenhouse, which was fun and original. She planned that stop with a silk, floral shirt that paired perfectly with the magenta in the flowers (I love color relationships in photographs — blame my art background!)  After that, we hopped across the street to Cornerstone Suites to photograph with the rustic buildings and field of wildflowers. Our last stop was for sunset at a Door County beach.

Door County Beach Photos

We were lucky enough to have the most beautiful calm day, and since fall was just around the corner, we had the beach all to ourselves. Sophie took off her Converse and walked out on the pier where the horizon was starting to blur water into sky and giving us the soft, even light that is so lovely for portraits. Best wishes on your senior year, Sophie!

Door County Senior Photos at Pebble Beach and Anderson Dock

Door County Senior Photos Anderson Dock Photos, Ephraim, WisconsinRachel’s family has been traveling up to Door County for years. They have a place along the water in Sister Bay where they spend family weekends (including many cozy winter days!) So when Rachel started planning for her high school senior photo session, she knew exactly what she wanted to do.

Door County Senior Photos

Pebble Beach is located just around the corner from their condo, so they knew it’s beauty and felt connected to the place. We began our session in the evening with bright sun glowing off the water and waves splashing up on the rocks. Our next location was chosen because its a Door County staple, and (in my opinion) the best place to see a Door County sunset. That place is Anderson Dock a pier in Ephraim featuring The Hardy Gallery covered in graffitied names of visitors.

Door County Destination Session Photographer

When we arrived, the sun was low enough for golden hour light, and we stayed long enough to capture a brilliant sunset. With the high water levels we’ve had this year, there was this infinity pool effect of the water meeting up with the top of the pier. It was the perfect magic for a summer session. Congratulations on your senior year and upcoming graduation, Rachel!

Personal Post: “pictures of the summer to prove that it really existed”

Fingers crossed and saying my prayers for safe transit, I packed up the film I shot all summer long and shipped it out to be developed. When the package arrived, Ben and I sat in bed together and flipped through the prints, my heart exploding with every photo. This summer wasn’t just any summer, it was Juniper’s first summer, something I anticipated since that second pink line appeared 18+ months ago.

Part of the joy of parenthood is sharing the things you love with this new little person. It may be your 200th visit to the beach, but it’s the first time she’s felt sand in her toes, and it may be your annual camping trip at the usual spot, but it’s the first time she has woken up to the sunny pattern leaves make on the tent walls in the morning.

This summer was full of “Juniper’s firsts”, and part of that was sharing places with her that meant a lot to us growing up. We visited The Farm where she held a kitten and giggled when she touched a baby goat. We went camping at Peninsula State Park where she rode in a canoe and took naps in a cargo wagon. She ate fruit straight from the orchard, visited beaches, parks, and pools, and soaked up the summer sun right in our own backyard.

Every outing required more planning and packing than any previous summer (babies come with SO much stuff), but as anyone who has ever loved anyone knows, the joy of wonderful things is multiplied when you see someone you love experience that joy. And we are closing out the summer with a heart full of memories and a head full of stories to tell as she grows up.

It’s amazing how children can change how we experience our world. Everything is new again — just like magic.
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Photos above from 35 mm film scans July-September.
Blog title taken from song “People Take Pictures of Each Other” by The Kinks.
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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!

Engagements: stephanie & cory, southern door barn and countryside

Cory and Stephanie are dream chasers. They are ambitious and kind-hearted, the sort of people who find out what needs to be done and make it happen. Knowing they would make a good match, their mutual friends spent a long time trying to set them up. Luckily they acquiesced and just over two years later, here we are.

As we started planning their engagement session, Cory and Stephanie brought up the idea of photographing at the site of their future home in Brussels, Wisconsin. Cory grew up there, and the land is gorgeous – fields, trees, water, and the most incredible view of the sun going down over farm fields. The location was not only beautiful, but also full of meaning: fond memories of the past, and hopeful dreams of their wide open future. Can’t wait to celebrate with these two in just a few short weeks!

Personal Post: the gift of curiosity

Since it’s off season for us, I have yet to really try my hand at the artful act of balancing life and work. It’s an intimidating task and one with few examples to follow as my job doesn’t give me a 9-5 schedule or any difference in work and living space. This is both a blessing and a curse as it means I can work in my robe and pajamas (please don’t come knocking on my door unexpectedly), but I have to use my judgement to know when to call it quits, shutdown the computer, and turn off email notifications.

On the slow days I’ve been thinking about the kind of parent I will be. And although it’s likely I have little choice in the matter, I can’t help but consider what I want Juniper to receive from me beyond a warm house and a full belly. And it comes down to one thing: curiosity. The gift I most want to give to her is the ability to look at the world with an open heart and curious mind — exploring, daydreaming, wondering. Curiosity means probing into the things we take for granted and asking questions. It means walking off the path, getting dirty, and breaking rules.

Juniper comes from a long line of well-intentioned rule-breakers who are curious to their core. Curiosity leads to passion, and when people we care for love something with great passion, we learn to appreciate what they love because their loving it makes it special. There are a million things I want to share with our baby girl: hundreds of books I want to read, scores of cities I want to bring her to, and many acres of land I want us to explore. But whatever her interests, whether they overlap with mine or not, I hope to pass along this great gift. That way she can love whatever she wants to love and chase whatever she wants to chase, and curiosity will call her to dig deeper every time.
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Film Scans above from hikes in February 2017 at Cave Point, Newport State Park, Potawatomi State Park, and Whitefish Dunes in Door County.
In the top photo I am pregnant with baby Juniper but don’t know it yet. <3

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